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Amanda Anthony is a 2004 graduate of Purdue University, with a BS in chemistry and a BA in political science, cum laude. She returned to school in 2006 to pursue her master's in public policy, with an emphasis on education policy, at the University of Chicago's Harris School of Public Policy. After graduating in 2008, she started working as a strategic planner for Chicago Public Schools. She quickly moved to a strategic management consulting role in the district and helped several departments make their everyday processes more efficient and effective.

Expertise: K12 Education, Public policy, Political Science, Journalism, TEFL, Chemistry, Economics, Statistics, Communication, English

Jacqueline J. is an environmental professional and freelance writer based outside of Charlottesville, Virginia. She graduated cum laude from Yale University with distinction in the Geology major, and got her M.S. from the University of Vermont in Natural Resources Planning. Jamison has worked in groundwater consulting and land conservation, and recently published her first children’s book. She maintains an environmental family blog, In her free time, she is a volunteer interviewer for Yale.

Expertise: Environment, English, Geology, Natural Resources Planning, Business

Nicole I. Nicole Israel is a writer, lawyer and journalist who lives in New York City. She received her B.A. in Economics from Boston University, M.S. in Journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and J.D. from New York Law School. She has worked in well-known news outlets such as CNN, ABC News, the Associated Press and The New York Times. Nicole has also freelanced for the New York Daily News and New York Magazine. Nicole has been recognized as a Fellow for the Asian American Journalist Association (AAJA) Knight Poynter organization, as was also selected as a Fellow for the Radio Television Digital News Association in Europe. Nicole is a member of the Asian American Journalists Association, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the American Bar Association.

Expertise: History, Finance, Business, Economics, Fine Arts, Theater, Public Affairs, Law, Health Care, Media, Journalism, International Relations, Political Science

Cynthia C. Cynthia C. recently graduated from MIT this past spring and is currently back in her home town as a medical student at Columbia University in New York City. She studied Biology at MIT and was heavily involved in cancer research, as well as community health advocacy in inner city Boston. She has traveled to China several times in recent years to conduct various service projects, including promotion of HIV/AIDS awareness in rural Anhui as well as an educational leadership program in Beijing. In her free time, Cynthia enjoys backpacking, getting lost in cities, and experimenting with new delicacies.

Expertise: Medicine, Biology, English, Academic Research

Franklyn Vardon Franklyn Vardon is a U.S.-based editor and admissions writing consultant with more than 25 years of professional experience. He has assisted more than 300 MBA applicants get into top schools, including Harvard, Stanford, Wharton, MIT, Chicago, Yale, Columbia, UC Berkeley, and London Business School. Before joining TopAdmit, he was a Senior Writer in the Economic Opportunities Program of the Aspen Institute in Washington DC, an Acting Assistant Dean at Harvard University, and a Research Writer at the Harvard Business Review, where he co-wrote case studies for Harvard Business School’s second-year program. Franklyn studied at Yale (BA in Philosophy), Harvard Law School (JD program), and the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins (Master of International Public Policy program).