Owner & College Consultant
Brenda has been guiding students and their families through the college application process since 2009. She started by volunteering and co-leading the Winter Park High School College & Career Center before establishing herself professionally in 2014, and has had the privilege to work with wonderful students with many varied cultural and socioeconomic backgrounds.
She graduated from Duke University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Engineering, double-majoring in Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering. In addition to her early career as an engineer and her longtime volunteer leadership, she served as an alumni admissions interviewer for Duke and is a Leadership Orange (OCPS) graduate.
She is also a wife and a parent, so she experienced firsthand the college tour road trips, the extensive financial aid forms, and the long wait until April 1 for decisions! Her two sons graciously endured having a mom who meticulously researched everything. Jake is a recent graduate of Vassar College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama. Kyle earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from Rice University, and after receiving a prestigious national fellowship, he remains at Rice pursuing his PhD.
As a proud Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), she adheres strictly to the IECA’s Principles of Good Practice. She stays current by visiting college campuses, attending conferences, participating in continuing education, avidly reading, joining online forums, following social media, and listening to podcasts. She also keeps in touch with former students, who eagerly share their college experiences.
Fiona received a bachelor’s degree in English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a minor in French from Indiana University in 2018. She writes poetry and prose and aims to publish a collection. She also works at Stardust Coffee & Film in Winter Park. She loves her job as an essay reviewer and feels extremely honored to help students reach their goals through writing.
Fiona uses a writer's workshop approach to providing feedback on students' essays; her notes prepare students for college-level writing. She shares specific professional writing tips that lead to clearer and more engaging essays and her personal notes encourage an ongoing dialog for continuing improvement.
Mission, Vision & Values
. . . Provide experienced and personalized college planning and application services to a wide range of families in our community, by offering affordable individualized plans as well as all-inclusive services.
. . . Inspire reflection, exploration, independence, confidence, and direction with an honest and informed approach.
. . . Be forward-thinking with knowledge of trends, innovations, and initiatives in higher education.