Our Specialists


Essay & Application Specialist

Gilli is a Phi Beta Kappa, summa cum laude graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she majored in Anthropology, earning departmental honors for her senior thesis. Gilli worked in the Barnard Office of Admissions for three years, granting her an inside look at college admissions. A professional writer, she has been working as a college essay coach and application specialist for eight consecutive seasons and enjoys guiding students through both the creative writing and logistical portions of the application process. In addition to working one-on-one with students, Gilli has led college essay writing workshops throughout Los Angeles and continues to expand her coaching abilities by participating in regular trainings under the tutelage of Alexandra Dumas Rhodes. She enjoys helping students find their voices and develop a passion for writing to serve them not only in their college essays but also in their future writing endeavors. Gilli's college essay students have been accepted to institutions such as Columbia, Barnard, Harvard, UChicago, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Cornell, Emory, Wesleyan, USC, Sarah Lawrence, Bard, NYU, Brandeis, the University of Michigan, USC, UCLA, and UC Berkeley. Gilli is currently the Director of Operations for Rhodes Educational.


Essay & Application Specialist

Ross brings two decades of professional experience as a writer (fiction/nonfiction/personal narrative, screenwriting, journalism) into each college essay tutoring session. An experienced educator with an MFA in creative writing, Ross understands that every student writes differently. He is skilled at helping his students elevate their writing to compelling and original personal narratives that express who they are in their own words. Ross’ students do more than produce a piece of writing to attach to an application; they achieve the demanding writing standards that will be expected of them at the university level. Ross’ students have gained admission to universities including Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Brown, and Caltech. He particularly enjoys working with creative and artistic students. Ross also helps students with borderline grades not only gain admittance to a four-year college but also have options to choose from. Whatever kind of student your child is, Ross is excited to help them meet their goals!


Essay & Application Specialist

Kala earned a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University (magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), holds an MMus degree in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory, and is a certified Spanish-to-English translator. Fluent in Spanish and highly proficient in German and French, Kala’s diverse cultural, educational, and professional experiences have required her to communicate in many different languages, tones, and media. She loves working with students to uncover the stories deep within them and help them discover their own unique voice – especially when that voice lands them an early decision acceptance! Kala is a highly accomplished application specialist with Rhodes Educational whose students have been accepted to colleges such as Barnard, Tulane, and the UCs.


Art Portfolio & Art School Application Specialist

Chana is a Fine Artist, Graphic Designer, Trainer, Public Speaker, and Art Portfolio Specialist. Chana offers students the creative consulting, technical skills, and direction needed in order to obtain admission to Art programs. She has been teaching at the university level for over 30 years in the fields of Fine Art and Digital Imaging at top art schools including UCLA, the USC School of Cinematic Arts and Annenberg School of Journalism, Otis College, and the Parsons School of Design. She has also consulted on incoming fine art portfolios and applications. Chana is also an Adobe Certified Expert/Instructor. You can see her exhibiting art at https://www.behance.net/chanaart


Film, Television, Theater Portfolio & Application Specialist

Rachel is a graduate of Barnard College, Columbia University, where she studied Film and Media Studies and Political Science. As a filmmaker and producer, she has extensive experience on set producing her own work, as well as in production company offices, evaluating scripts and stories for large studios and production companies. Rachel has produced several short films and a feature documentary. As a result of her work experience in theater, film, documentaries, and reality television, Rachel knows how to find and evaluate a good story or script - and how to tell it. Rachel is happy to be working with film applicants to define their film school portfolios.  In addition, Rachel has extensive audition experience and loves helping drama applicants find the right monologue and prepare for their BFA drama auditions.