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1001 Ogden Ave.
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Downers Grove, IL

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1717 North Naper Blvd
Suite 200
Naperville, IL

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Meet Ken Johnson

Meet Ken Johnson

Ken Johnson is an attorney with a varied legal and business background. He received his J.D. from The John Marshall School of Law and also earned his MBA from Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. Ken was also an adjunct professor at IIT Kent College of Law in the LLM program and taught such courses as Finance, Broker Dealer Regulation, Venture Capital for Lawyers, Investment Banking, Electronic Markets and Exchanges and Mergers and Acquisitions. Ken has gained extensive experience…

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Meet Bret Koontz

Meet Bret Koontz

A 16-year veteran Student Ministry Pastor, Bret has spent his entire career serving students and families in non-denominational churches. Bret has held ministry roles with churches in Maryland, Virginia, Kentucky and Illinois. Most recently, Bret was a pastor in the southwest Chicago suburbs where he led a ministry of a few hundred students and leaders. He was also the visionary leader for student ministries, where he oversaw the ministry development at 13 church locations. Bret was a leading contributor to…

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Meet Julia Rogers

Meet Julia Rogers

Julia Rogers creates customized itineraries for students who are looking for a meaningful, rewarding gap year. She specializes in assisting students who are enthusiastic about taking a gap year but don’t yet know how or where to best spend their time. Julia offers a personalized, supportive approach in connecting young people with vetted opportunities domestically and abroad. In addition to mentoring students throughout the planning process, she is passionate about connecting her clients with high-quality options that fit their interests,…

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Meet Bob Proctor

Meet Bob Proctor

Bob is the owner of Shamrock Financial Planning located in Naperville, IL. Shamrock offers comprehensive financial planning along with securities and advisory services. He is a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and a Chartered Financial Consultant (ChFC) with over 25 years in the financial services business. Bob is a member of numerous industry organizations and has served on numerous Boards of Directors, including the Chicago Lighthouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. Bob has been an attender, teacher (grades 3 through…

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Meet Anita Gajula, Academic Coach

Meet Anita Gajula, Academic Coach

Anita Gajula is a caring, dedicated and experienced educator and professional. She received her Bachelors degree in Psychology from Williams College and a Masters degree in Higher Education from the University of Michigan. She started her career working with student leaders and organizations at the Williams College Multicultural Center and Macalester College. She then became an Academic Adviser at the University of Chicago where she worked one-on-one with students to make informed decisions, define their goals and figure out their…

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Meet Scott Venters, College Admission Coach

Meet Scott Venters, College Admission Coach

Scott serves as an Admissions Coach on our team. He brings with him a great deal of experience working with students in both secondary and  higher education settings. He has over four years of experience as  an  independent college admission coach. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, he is currently working as a Professional School Counselor in the Northwest Chicago Suburbs. Throughout his time working with students outside of the classroom in  Student Affairs, he gained an understanding of what it takes…

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Meet Catherine Zdziarski

Meet Catherine Zdziarski

Catherine holds a Master of Arts degree in School Counseling and has dedicated 19 years to education as a teacher, campus minister and a fundraiser for scholarships. Catherine attended a small, private liberal arts college as well as a large state school and has professional experience at Roanoke College, Marshall University, and the University of Charleston. A first-generation college student, Catherine is passionate about how higher education can open doors to future success and personal growth. Her experience as a…

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Meet Lindsay Vozar

Meet Lindsay Vozar

Lindsay received her Bachelor's degree from Boston University in Secondary English Education. After graduating, she spent two years teaching internationally in Asia and Latin America. During her time abroad, Lindsay worked with many students who were interested in attending college in the United States. Due to the lack of resources that existed for these students, Lindsay worked to establish counseling services at each school while she received her certificate in college counseling from the University of California at San Diego. Lindsay is…

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Meet Alefiyah Shikari

Meet Alefiyah Shikari

Alefiyah graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a B.A. in Teaching  of French, and a M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership-Policy Studies. She worked as a Recruitment and Admissions Counselor in the Office  of Admissions and Records at the University of Illinois at Chicago for more than three years, and has visited more than 23  high schools across Illinois, as well as high schools and college fairs nationwide. While  student teaching, Alefiyah discovered her passion for education and is excited to…

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Meet Greg Putra

Meet Greg Putra

Greg has spent the last 8 years as a Financial Aid Professional at Career Education Corporation. Over the last 5 years he has worked as a Student Finance Manager leading a team of Financial Aid Advisors responsible for the advising and processing of Financial Aid for over 6 campuses across the country. He has experience working with the FAFSA, the appeals process, reviewing award letters and Title IV Funding options. He received his Bachelor’s degree from Northern Michigan University. As our Financial Aid Manager Greg…

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