We know what it takes to get you into your dream school.
Not only is our team of experts experienced and passionate in getting people into their dream schools, we have an extraordinarily diverse team in terms of personal and professional backgrounds. It’s important to us at The Art of Applying that our consultants represent the variety of work experiences, nationalities, and lived experiences we find among our diverse clients.
When you work with The Art of Applying consultant team, you will have a primary consultant and can draw on the expertise of our entire consultant team as necessary.
Consultant Team at The Art of Applying
Nicole’s eclectic background in coaching, business, and psychology make her uniquely positioned to be your Mindset Coach. She has also served as a Consultant at The Art of Applying.
After an accomplished career in Ecommerce and management consulting, Nicole became an International Coaching Federation Associate Certified Coach to help clients create the life they want to lead. She received her MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating as a Palmer Scholar (top 5%). She was awarded the Isik Inselbag Scholarship for excellence in academics, leadership, teamwork, and service.
She was one of 40 Leadership Fellows selected to mentor the next class in leadership and communication. She also served as a member of the MBA Program Office Advisory Board on Student Life,Cohort Social Chair, Technology Club Career Development Director, and Co-President of the Wharton Wildmen Ice Hockey League of 200 skaters (despite having very little ice skating experience growing up in Hawaii!).
Nicole has 10 years of experience in corporate strategy, business development, M&A, and international expansion in Ecommerce and Technology. Following business school, Nicole spent 5 years at eBay as a founding member of the eBay Marketplaces M&A team and closed global deals totaling >$100M. She also headed her group’s MBA summer internship program and was responsible for recruiting and managing interns. Prior to business school, she was a management consultant focused on Media & Entertainment and Retail at L.E.K. Consulting in Los Angeles and Sydney.
Nicole holds a BA in Psychology from Yale University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude (top 10%). At Yale, she was an Undergraduate Career Services Peer Counselor helping fellow students polish their resumes, research potential careers, and apply for jobs.
She is currently a freelance business consultant, exploring the world. In her free time, Nicole enjoys teaching yoga, scuba diving, hiking (she completed the 500-mile Camino de Santiago!), and meditation.
As a Mindset Coach for The Art of Applying, Kimberly’s experience provides a unique perspective and understanding of the mindset needed to bring your best self to the application process.
As a university professor, Kimberly mentored students through the process of applying for advanced degree programs and also served on graduate admissions committees where she reviewed applications and conducted admissions interviews and played an integral role in final admissions decisions.
Kimberly’s passion for mentoring led her to become an International Coach Federation, Associate Certified Coach and she is also certified by Multi-Health Systems to deliver emotional intelligence training to help clients maximize their success. Studies indicate that while cognitive and technical skills are required for professional success, it is emotional intelligence (e.g. self-confidence, time management, effective communication) that is the best predictor of success and will set you apart.
Kimberly earned her Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Cancer Biology in 2001 and in 2007 completed postdoctoral training at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF). Kimberly was the recipient of several awards, including the Wellcome Trust Biomedical Research Award, the American Society for Cell Biology Young Investigator Award, and the American Cancer Research AFLAC Scholars in Training Award, which recognize young investigators for outstanding productivity and innovation in research. She was also the recipient of fellowships that provide funding to support career development in biomedical research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the California Breast Cancer Research Fund, and the Hooper Foundation.
In 2007, Kimberly was awarded a prestigious five-year grant from the NIH to build an independent research program focused on breast cancer (awarded to only the top 1% of applicants). In 2009, she joined the faculty at the University of Arizona Cancer Center where she continued her research and mentored undergraduate, graduate, and medical students for their career development.
Kimberly lives in Tucson Arizona, and in her free time loves gardening and photography as they help her slow down and enjoy the beauty of the Sonoran Desert.
Karina holds a Master’s degree in Public Policy from the Harvard Kennedy School. At the Harvard Kennedy School, she was the recipient of the Center for International Development travel scholarship and the Women and Public Policy’s Roy Family Internship Program fellowship. She also co-chaired the International Bridge Builders Conference that convened grassroots leaders from developing countries to exchange experiences and gain skills.
Upon graduating from Tufts University in 2002, with a BA in International Relations, Magna Cum Laude and high thesis honors, Karina received the Samuel Huntington Public Service Award and spent one year developing the Esperanza Cultural Center in a shantytown in Santiago, Chile.
In 2008, when Karina completed her studies at the Harvard Kennedy School, she moved to Mexico and held leadership positions in diverse social change organizations dedicated to poverty alleviation. When she returned to the United States in 2012, she worked as a Program Associate at the Association of Junior Leagues International, Inc. (AJLI), where she provided capacity-building services to the organization to strengthen its community impact programs. From 2013 to 2015, she was successively a fellow at We Are All Brooklyn and Council of Jewish Émigré Community Organizations (COJECO).
Currently, Karina is leading FXB USA, an international development organization, by developing a broad base of support for FXB programs, building a strong evidence base for FXB’s impact and expanding its presence in the U.S.
In her free time, Karina loves to spend her time with her two children.
Raven holds a Masters degree in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Bachelors in Chinese Language and Education from College of the Holy Cross. Raven has spent the past five years living and teaching in various countries such as China, Taiwan, South Africa and Belize. She is currently the Career Program Manager at Auburn Global, Auburn University, where she designs and delivers the professional development courses and programs for the University’s international students. Prior to joining Auburn, she was the Academic Director of a summer Chinese language dual-immersion program at Qiangda Academy, where she was instrumental in launching the program’s international arm. Her background in international education is also complimented by her experience as a Corporate Contracts Translator for Jilai Law Firm, located in Beijing, China.
In her current position as the Career Program Manager, Raven coaches hundreds of international students on how to land their dream jobs, gain admission to graduate school, and win prestigious scholarships. Raven, herself, is the recipient of numerous academic awards. She is a Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholar, Fulbright ETA Award Recipient, and a Princeton Public Policy and International Affairs Fellow. While pursuing her undergraduate degree in Chinese language and Education, she studied abroad at Beijing University and the Beijing Institution of Education. As a stand-out among her peers, she was then selected as her school’s Presidential Scholar as well as for the ‘Senior Spotlight’, which highlighted only four of her undergraduate institution’s most outstanding senior class members.
In her spare time, Raven loves to travel and add to her collection of dolls from all around the world.
Catherine has a JD from Stanford Law School and is currently a PhD Candidate in the History Department at Stanford, where she studies human rights movements in the Arab world. Her studies at Stanford are supported by a five-year fellowship, and she has won research awards and scholarships from the American Society of International Law, the law firm Chadbourne and Park, the Stanford Center on International Conflict and Negotiation, and the Abbasi Program in Islamic Studies. She has an MA in Middle East Studies from the American University in Cairo where she was awarded a full fellowship for her degree. After law school, Catherine worked as a judicial clerk on the Constitutional Court of South Africa.
After graduating from college and being accepted to public policy MA programs (including The Fletcher School), Catherine decided instead to move to Cairo where she worked for a research center and founded a non-governmental organization that provided service-learning programs for American college students in Egypt. She speaks three languages and has worked on human rights and development projects in Afghanistan, Yemen, Bahrain, Egypt, and Jordan. She is a member of the State Bar of California.
In her free time, she likes to explore ancient cities and try out new recipes.
Ashley received a Juris Doctor from New York University School of Law in 2011, and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Pomona College in 2008. In law school, Ashley was a New York Women’s Bar Association Foundation Fellow and a Dean’s Scholar. She was an active member of the Black Allied Law Student Association, serving as Social Chairand 3L Liaison.
After law school, Ashley spent five years as a transactional associate in the New York City offices of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP and Sidley Austin LLP focusing on capital markets and commercial real estate finance transactions. She is a member of the New York State bar.
Ashley enjoys practicing her French language skills, recreational reading, trying new recipes and travel (and writing related reviews).
Mario holds an MBA from the Yale School of Management, where he focused on asset management and economics. He was a Joseph C. McNay Fellow in Finance, Consortium Fellow, and Robert Toigo Fellow. While at Yale SOM, he co-led the Black Business Alliance and served as a student liaison for the Consortium. He was heavily involved with the Investment Management Club, Finance Club, and Yale Leadership Institute. He received a BBA from Howard University, where he concentrated in finance.
Mario works with Dimensional Fund Advisors, covering broker-dealer distribution. He works with financial advisor clients across several regions of the US, educating them and prospective clients on Dimensional’s investment philosophy and strategies, and helping them with strategic business initiatives. Much of his role involves updating clients on capital markets research, consulting on portfolio construction, and assisting with client communication.
Prior to business school, Mario worked in strategy consulting with Accenture, where he conducted analyses and provided recommendations on post-merger integration to clients in the financial sector.
Mario enjoys cross-training, travel, biking, movies, and horology. He currently resides in Austin, Texas.
Elisa has an MBA and Masters of Industrial Labor Relations from Cornell’s Johnson School of Business and Cornell’s School of Industrial Labor Relations. Elisa focused on Marketing during her MBA and Organizational Behavior during her time at ILR, combining her interests in consumer behavior and decision making in organizations. Both of Elisa’s internships during her studies were with IBM in HR in Sao Paolo, Brazil and Enterprise Sales in New York City. Shortly after graduation Elisa joined IBM in a rotational development program, gaining experience in HR, Marketing, and Finance. Elisa decided to leave IBM to join the startup world in 2014, where she worked as both a Director of Human Resources and Product Marketing Manager for two different artificial intelligence companies.
Prior to graduate school, Elisa worked for a human resources lobbying firm in Washington, DC. She went to undergraduate at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, where she majored in City Planning and Spanish. Elisa speaks 4 languages, loves travel and international cooking, horseback riding, and spending time outdoors with her husband and two dogs.
Ritu holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. During her time there, Ritu nurtured her interest in journalism through serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of The Bottom Line, the business school’s online newspaper, and through coursework at the Columbia School of Journalism.
Upon graduating from Barnard College in 2004 with a degree in Economics, Ritu moved to London to partake in an internship program at UBS. After completing the year-long program, she relocated back to her hometown of New York to continue her career in financial services. She held various roles at Goldman, Sachs & Co., Cedarview Capital, and J.P. Morgan before pursuing her graduate degree. Today she helps various companies with their marketing efforts.
During her free time, Ritu loves to explore health and fitness-related activities, and collect stamps in her passport.
Andrea received her JD from New York University School of Law in 2012, where she was awarded the Vanderbilt Medal for Outstanding Contribution to the School of Law after serving as a member of the Student-Faculty Admissions Committee, president of the Jewish Law Students Association, a teaching assistant, an articles editor for the Journal of Law and Business, and a producer/director of the Law Revue, NYU’s full-scale parody musical.
Before moving home to Minneapolis to practice corporate law, she worked as a transactional attorney in the New York City office of Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP, before moving home to practice corporate law at Fox Rothschild LLP for five years. Her practice focused on emerging growth companies, corporate finance, mergers & acquisitions and joint venture real estate transactions. She now works as a nonprofit and small business consultant serving creatives, entrepreneurs, startup companies, arts organizations and nonprofits with their legal and other business needs.
Andrea’s first career after graduating cum laude from Pomona College in 2006 was in college admissions, working as an admissions officer for Haverford college just outside Philadelphia. She has read thousands of application essays and brings the eye of the admissions committee to her work with The Art of Applying clients.
Andrea performs improv comedy and coaches girls’ youth hockey in Minneapolis. She loves theater, art, and travel of all kinds, and just joined a rec volleyball league to try something new.
Rosette received a Master’s in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School in 1998. Rosette has more than 24 years of experience in consulting, management, communications, information technology, policy and business development in local, state and federal governments, corporations, nonprofits, and multinational organizations.
She recently worked as the Strategic Communications Director for the nonprofit TechSoup, which provides low-cost technology and other tech-related opportunities to nonprofits in approximately 200 countries. Prior to that, she did public sector consulting and project management for 15 years. And prior to that, she worked in Europe and Africa for the U.S. State Department, U.S. Peace Corps, and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. She has been a Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2003. Today, she is a management consultant for state and local government, nonprofits, and corporations.
In the volunteer space, Rosette is the Board President of the Sacramento Valley Returned Peace Corps Association, a nonprofit whose mission is to fulfill the third goal of the Peace Corps: to bring the world back home. She leads the organization in helping fund development projects and disaster relief; communicating to the 500+ returned Peace Corps volunteers in the area; and teaching the community about the culture and peoples outside of the U.S. Rosette is also the Co-Leader and Founder of the Colonial Heights Neighborhood Association, an organization that leverages her community’s assets to beautify the area; empower youth; make the neighborhood safe and clean; and, in general, transform the ‘hood’ for good. She also founded and runs the after school program, Explore and More!, which serves at-risk youth by providing them homework assistance, snacks, arts and crafts, and opportunities to play games like chess.
Rosette was inducted into the Milpitas High School Hall of Fame in 2016. She was an awardee of the Frank H. Williams Peace Corps award in 2012. And the Rosette Nguyen Health Center in Guinea, West Africa, was constructed in 1996 and still remains today to serve the citizens of Gobire, Guinea, and surrounding areas, who wouldn’t have been served over the last two decades if she hadn’t had it built.
Shayla received her law degree from the UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law. While at Berkeley, Shayla developed her passion for International Human Rights Law and diplomacy and participated in the California Asylum Representation Clinic and the International Human Rights Law Clinic. Shayla was also involved in the Boalt Hall Mock Trial Team and served as the National Financial Secretary for the National Black Law Students Association.
During her second year of law school, Shayla was a legal intern for Commissioner Timothy Simon of the California Public Utilities Commission. In this role, she regularly advised the Commissioner regarding the legal implications of various state regulatory issues involving energy, telecommunications, water and transportation.
Prior to attending law school, Shayla was a financial analyst for General Electric (GE) Energy in the Financial Management Program. Shayla also interned at Barclays Capital and Lehman Brothers Investment Banks while earning her undergraduate degree with honors from Howard University, where she received a full merit laureate scholarship. Shayla is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. where she served as International Undergraduate Member-at-Large from 2008-2010.
Shayla is currently a partner at the Mount & Nash Law Group where she focuses on general civil and business litigation. She is also a member of the Orange County Nuisance Abatement Board and a 2017 New Leaders Council – Orlando Fellow. In her free time, Shayla enjoys spending time with her husband and reading.
Originally from Los Angeles, Zoe attended Vassar College for her undergraduate education where she majored in Science, Technology, and Society. During her Junior Year, Zoe received the Ann Cornelisen Fellowship which allowed her to spend time in Ecuador working in Clinics and Hospitals in the country’s capital as well as working to practice, understand and contribute to culturally competent medical facilities in more rural areas of the country. During her senior year, Zoe worked as a Pre-medical Advisor for the Office for Fellowships and Pre-Health Advising where she was able to gain experience assisting students in navigating the path to medical school. Zoe swam as a member of the Varsity Swim Team at Vassar during her senior year as well as served as President of the Class of 2015. She graduated from Vassar with honors and went on to begin her medical education at Harvard Medical School the following year.
In addition to her MD, Zoe is currently pursuing a Master’s in Bioethics from the Harvard Center for Bioethics. She currently works as a researcher for the Brigham and Women’s Department of Surgery helping to examine quality of life and patient outcomes in the Department’s Vascularized Composite Allograft Transplantation Program.
In her free time, Zoe loves jigsaw puzzles, cooking, and pretending she can still swim.
Santino from Harvard Medical School
Santino received his B.A. from Yale University in 2015, where he was a S.T.A.R.S. scholar and the recipient of an American Chemical Society scholarship. As a student-researcher in the department of Cellular Neuroscience, Neurodegeneration and Repair, he published work on the molecular regulation of neuroplasticity and memory extinction. He was also heavily engaged in leading a student energy consulting organization, playing club baseball, and mentoring students with learning disabilities in the greater New Haven area.
After graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry, Santino went on to pursue an M.D. at Harvard Medical School. He is currently completing a research year at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Brigham and Women’s Hospital in the Department of Radiation Oncology, where he is focusing on the study of prostate cancer and healthcare disparities. During his time in medical school, he has also become passionately involved in volunteering at Boston’s suicide prevention helpline, which supports anonymous callers and texters with 24/7 crisis services. Additionally, he has served on the school chapter’s executive board for the Student National Medical Association, an organization committed to supporting underrepresented minority medical students and addressing the needs of underserved communities.
Devin from New York University Stern School of Business and Tisch School of the Arts
Devin has been working to help applicants get into their dream schools, both as a test prep teacher and admissions consultant, since 2002. In that time, he has worked with over 2,000 students to improve and hone their applications, and can boast of having at least one former student in every top law and business school in the United States. He also literally wrote the book on the GMAT, having contributed two chapters to the course book used by an unnamed (but large and purple) test prep company, as well as numerous other consumer test-prep products. When he left the aforementioned company for grad school, he was rated as their top GMAT teacher in New York, and one of the top LSAT teachers in the country.
Devin graduated magna cum laude from Manhattanville College with a double major in theatre and history and a minor in English. Later, after acting a whole bunch in New York, he returned to graduate school to attend NYU’s Dual Degree Program in Producing, earning an MBA with specializations in Finance and Entertainment, Media & Technology from the Stern School of Business and an MFA in Film Production from Tisch School of the Arts.
In addition to his work as a consultant, Devin is an award-winning producer and screenwriter, whose films have screened at festivals all over the world. When things are going his way, he can be found either riding his motorcycle around New York City, underwater with a SCUBA tank on his back, or showing up on more TV game shows than any one person should.
Kennedy from Harvard Business School
Kennedy holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School. One of Kennedy’s passion is to help bright talent apply and get admitted into colleges throughout the United States. After graduating from HBS, Kennedy consulted for the admissions office of Harvard Business School and helped create and analyze student surveys to refine and improve the admissions process. He also enjoyed volunteering as an Admissions Representative where he had the opportunity to explain the case method as well as highlight the advantages of an HBS education to future applicants. In addition, over the past decade, Kennedy has served as the Class Note Secretary for his HBS class, and currently is part of the Los Angeles alumni volunteer group that conducts interviews for Harvard University.
Kennedy is also passionate about bringing high quality, college preparatory education to the youth of underserved communities across the United States.
As the Associate Executive Director, he is responsible for the operations, finance and instruction of a charter school in the greater Los Angeles area. Prior to that, Kennedy was responsible for managing and expanding charter schools in the K-12 sector in urban areas throughout southern California and Massachusetts. Kennedy specializes in doing turnaround work, as well as creating and growing charter networks. Kennedy has served on the board of Massachusetts Charter Public School Association and of other charter schools in California.
Prior to working in education, Kennedy worked for 12 years in the private sector with Booz Allen Hamilton as a consultant to C-level managers in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry in the US, UK, France and Nigeria. He also worked as a regional analyst for Monsanto, and as a chemical sales representative for Exxon/Mobil.
In addition to his MBA, Kennedy also holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida, a B.S. in Psychology from Biola University, and a M.Ed. from Fielding Graduate University.
Kennedy has lived in Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic, Washington Heights, Miami, Houston, Chicago, Boston, Orange County, Andover and currently resides in Palos Verdes, California, with his wife and children.
Judy, Consultant Emeritus
Judy Kugel joins The Art of Applying team after a 33-year career at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government where she served on the admissions committee for 25 years.
At Harvard Kennedy School, Judy directed the Office of Career Services for many years. In 1997 she became Registrar. At retirement, she was Associate Dean of Students, a position she held for several years.
As a member of the MPP, MPA2 and Mid-Career MPA admissions committee, she evaluated thousands of applications.
A graduate of the University of Michigan with a B.A. in Political Science, Judy received a M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology from Boston College.
In 1972, she co-founded the Boston Project for Careers, a nonprofit organization formed to develop opportunities for individuals who were seeking part-time professional positions, often after being at home with young children. The organization was one of the first to promote job-sharing in professional positions.
Judy is the author of numerous personal essays and travel articles in newspapers and magazines. Exploring transitions has been a theme throughout Judy’s career and she has taught workshops on that subject. A determined journal writer, she has been blogging twice-weekly at www.70-something.com
She has two sons—HKS MPP, Class of 1997 “despite his mother being there” who is now The New York TimesFrugal Traveler and Kellogg MBA 2000 who is CFO for a boys school.
Editing Specialists at The Art of Applying
Amanda – Editor, Artist, & Designer
Amanda is an artist, designer, and writer for video games and other interactives, as well as a children’s book illustrator. Some of her previous work has won prestigious industry awards, including the Independent Games Festival and Game Developer’s Conference for Best Mobile Game. Amanda was featured in The Creator’s Project – VICE, and spoke at the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrator’s conference for Storytelling in the Digital Age.
Though a longtime resident of Austin, Amanda recently moved back to the city after spending three years on an island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. While there to work on a video game for a client, for her own projects she also collected fascinating stories from generations of islanders, centuries of Outer Banks lore, observed the landscape as a naturalist, and for research she volunteered in the collections department and library of a Maritime Museum that features artifacts from Blackbeard’s shipwreck The Queen Anne’s Revenge and nearby sunken U-boats. This experience was like a dream, and a welcome break from the longtime drought in Texas at the time, but breakfast tacos and Austin culture called her home again.
As an environment artist and storyteller, Amanda spends a lot of time thinking about how we experience space, and how space experiences us. In her spare time she seeks out hidden places, elaborate gardens, historic architecture, packed antique stores, and she plays the flute.
Ariel from Tufts University
Ariel received a B.A. in Sociology from Tufts University in 2015. Her passion for words and service secured her a Balfour/Chenault scholarship and inspired her to join the Tufts Literacy Corp as a reading/writing tutor for local host communities. As Vice President of the Tufts Third Day Gospel Choir, she entwined words with music and sang for First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House.
As a freelance copy editor, Ariel discovered a passion for dissecting prose, refining and reassembling it so that it rings with meaning and power. In her current role as an Editing Specialist, she works with Art of Applying clients to transform their writing. Ariel applies her literary prowess to each application, elevating lists of events and accomplishments to authentic, compelling stories that thrill admissions committees.
If she’s not in a headstand on her yoga mat, you may find Ariel rewatching Harry Potter, decorating a friend’s new apartment, reading Wikipedia articles at random, or trying to parallel park.
Cecilia from The University of Texas – Austin
Cecilia received a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017. While at UT, she primarily focused on the intersection of literature and film and further developed her creative writing skills.
Since graduation, she has been working as a freelance copywriter and editor. Her passion for storytelling has also led her to create a plethora of short stories, poems, film scripts, and blog posts. Earlier this year she co-founded Film Darlings, an online entertainment magazine that has covered film festivals such as Fantastic Fest and Austin Film Festival.
Apart from her career as a writer, Cecilia has lived and breathed for acting since she was first cast as a barnyard chick in her elementary school’s production of E-I-E-I Oops! Since then, she has been cast in several independent films and commercials. One of her short films premiered at SXSW 2018 in a Faces of Austin screening.
During her free time, she enjoys binge-watching TV with her cat, yoga, collecting vintage clothing, and eating vegan junk food.
Jared from Florida State University
Originally a South Floridian, Jared moved “north to the south” to attend school in Tallahassee, ultimately receiving a degree in Creative Writing from Florida State University.
His lifelong passion for writing and music led to a 2011 move to Austin, TX, in order to immerse himself in its ever-evolving culture alongside like-minded movers, makers, and shakers. He’s spent the past decade eschewing the cold and sterile convenience of algorithms, seeking to bring music journalism back to its word-of-mouth, person-to-person roots – shunning the limitations of “genre” and “scene” to instead emphasize the unifying potential of the entire medium. His creative outlet Truth via Music is the form this mentality of encouragement, support, exploration, and inspiration has taken.
Over the last several years, Jared has been contributing freelance media and promotional work for music venues around Austin (including regular collaborations with Heard Presents, who operate Empire Control Room & Garage, The Parish, and all sorts of SXSW events), as well as various music festivals, locally and nationwide. He’s conjured up enticing press releases for some of the more positively indescribable bands in the city, helping to connect their innovative sonic offerings with the record labels they deserve. He has also been editing copy for Austin Real Estate Photography, particularly the email newsletters and blog posts.
His other passions include DJ’ing, performing woodwind and brass instruments (in live settings and as a session musician for various producers and bands), and fixing up, renting out, selling, and riding bicycles. He hopes to appear on Jeopardy one day and show up all the people who’ve wondered why he spends so much time perusing obscure Wikipedia pages in his free time.
Krystal from The University of Texas – Austin
For two decades, Krystal has written, edited, and proofread for internationally known websites, daily newspapers, a marketing software company, the State of Texas, and more. Krystal received her bachelor of Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2000 and was valedictorian of her class in the school’s Paralegal Certificate Program in 2014.
It was in 2014 that she accepted a position as legal editor for the Texas Legislative Council. This job offered the unique opportunity to to “see how the sausage is made” in Texas politics. As a legal editor, Krystal worked alongside the attorneys who draft the bills that — sometimes, maybe, eventually — become law in Texas.
A longtime side-hustler, Krystal became a full-time freelancer in 2016. She currently writes lifestyle-focused articles for Family Circle and recently became a staff writer for the business news website The American Genius. She has been writing email campaigns for OutboundEngine for the past five years and became a copy editor for the marketing software company in 2016.
Krystal’s resume also includes stints with MSN.com, the Austin American-Statesman, the Chicago Tribune, and Sun Publications.
Krystal lives in an RV just outside Austin, Texas, with her musician partner, three dogs, and a six-toed cat. In her free time, she binges TV shows, brandishes her otherwise useless pop-culture knowledge at trivia nights, and tries to become BFFs with every animal she meets.
Mallory from The University of Mississippi
Mallory’s background in journalism, integrated marketing communications and leadership make her an experienced editor and writer. Mallory received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Southern Studies, as well as her Master’s in Journalism: Integrated Marketing Communications from The University of Mississippi. While at Ole Miss, she was selected for “Who’s Who” as a member of the Ole Miss Hall of Fame, worked as both Editor-in-Chief of the Ole Miss yearbook and The Daily Mississippian. When she was not working for the yearbook or paper, she was working with students of all levels in The Center for Writing at Rhetoric as a Level 3 Writing Consultant and team leader.
After receiving her Master’s, Mallory moved from Oxford, Mississippi to Austin, Texas to pursue a career in marketing working for the Texas Workforce Commission and later a small creative agency. She now runs her own business as an entrepreneur, writer and editor.
When she is not working, she spends time volunteering for the Girls Empowerment Network, Creative Mornings Austin and coaching girls basketball and cross country.
Mallory loves the role as editor because it plays into her strengths as not only a writer but a strategic thinker. Mallory loves to travel with her husband and welsh corgi, read fiction and memoirs, cook big meals on Sunday’s and dreams of being a yogi one day.
Phil from The University of Washington
Phil hails from the West Coast, where he started reading as a precocious two-year-old, deciding by his teenage years to embark on a career of writing, reading, and editing. He began his professional writing career as a freelance writer for the Seattle Times, while still in his undergraduate journalism program at the University of Washington. He graduated from that program in 1990, interned that summer at the Los Angeles Times, and returned to Seattle until trading rain for sun, moving to Austin in 1994.
He won a full fellowship to the James A. Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997, completing a three-year creative writing MFA program in 2000. That fall, he added teaching to the mix, inspired in part by working with students on their writing at UT’s Undergraduate Writing Center. He began at San Antonio College as an English instructor, and has sojourned at a number of schools since – he currently works as a lecturer in the Writing Program at the University of Texas at San Antonio and an English and Student Development instructor at Austin Community College.
He also currently writes and edits for Major League Soccer’s official website and provides public relations and content management support for three Austin-based educational non-profit organizations.
When he’s not in front of a computer or a lectern, he’s on a bike, a soccer pitch, or traversing Texas with his wife and three children.
Sarah from Florida Gulf Coast University
For the past 8 years, Sarah has worked as a copywriter, editor, and writing consultant, helping individuals and brands find the words to tell their story. After earning a Bachelor of Arts (2011) and Master of Arts in English (2013) from Florida Gulf Coast University, Sarah taught writing, composition, and rhetoric at the university level at both private and public universities in Florida and Georgia. She has also worked as a writing consultant for university students at the FGCU Writing Center and taken on dissertation and personal statement editing projects for graduate students and doctoral candidates.
Sarah first knew that she wanted to be a writer when she read some of Ernest Hemingway’s short stories in high school. What she didn’t know until later is that this would not take the form of writing heroic tales about bullfighters and fishermen but rather helping organizations connect with their audience through clear and compelling content. As a professional storyteller, she helps both businesses and individuals find the words to express themselves and share their stories with the world.
Sarah’s background as a creative marketing professional and content marketing expert make her well-suited for editing work as she has a careful eye for detail and is always finding ways to better communicate ideas in a way that appeals to the target audience. As an editing specialist, she aims to help individuals tell their story while highlighting their strengths and unique qualities.
Originally from Southwest Florida, Sarah came to Austin in 2018 with her two dachshunds – Franz and Jean-Ralphio. When she’s not working to build her business, she enjoys checking out new bars and restaurants, throwing axes in a weekly axe league, listening to vinyl, reading non-fiction, and watching true crime documentaries.
Tina from The Art Institutes International – Minnesota
Tina received a Bachelor of Science in Advertising with a concentration in copywriting from The Art Institutes International, Minnesota in 2008. While attending The Art Institutes, she managed the school’s academic achievement center and tutored students in branding, English and resume writing. This is where she discovered her love for editing and the art of storytelling through resumes.
Graduating at the start of the recession taught Tina how to be resourceful and aggressive in establishing her career. Ad agencies weren’t hiring — and she had student loans to repay — so she started a communications consulting firm. Her first clients were nonprofits trying to make a big impact with a shoestring budget — just like her. This opened the door to for profit clients (with marketing budgets!) and to date she has worked with Piper Jaffray, LendingTree and Lenovo.
In 2010 Tina relocated to Austin, TX and pursued her content marketing career with Austin-based real estate firms BusinesSuites and Keller Williams Realty. She also managed communications for UT Austin’s Office of Financial Aid, where she learned the intricacies of Title IV and scholarship programming. Tina is currently an editor at OutboundEngine, where she manages content strategy for email marketing campaigns.
Tina is a Big Sister through Big Brothers Big Sisters Central Texas and also plays mom to two puppies and an African spurred tortoise. She’s obsessed with true crime podcasts and dresses that have pockets.