Our Experts

Dr. Beth Dennard

Dr. Beth Dennard

Owner & Director

  • EdD in Education
  • MA in Counseling, LPC
  • Certified Educational Consultant
  • Certified Birkman Consultant
  • 30+ Years Experience
Elana Guerra

Elana Guerra

College Consultant & Director of Operations

  • MEd in Higher Education (UH)
  • BS Human Resource/Management (UHCL)
  • C.A.S.A. for Child Advocates, Inc.
  • Expertise: Student Success Coaching, Career Guidance, Customized Application & Essay Support, Non-traditional Students
Claire Mangrum

Claire Mangrum

College Consultant & Business Development

  • BA Sociology (Pepperdine)
  • Mult. Subject Teacher Certification (California)
  • Dispute Resolution & Conflict Management Certification (Pepperdine Law)
  • 8 Years: Selective College Admission, Study Abroad, and Experiential Education
  • Expertise: Gap Year Advising, Customized Application & Essay Support, Academic & Career Planning
Jigisha Doshi

Jigisha Doshi

College Consultant & Business Development

  • Certificate in College Counseling (UCLA)
  • BA in Psychology (University of Mumbai)
  • Diploma in Textile Design & Management
  • Represents FBISD at multiple district committees
  • Board President of PACE (Fort Bend Association of Parents of Academic Excellence)
  • 9 years: Coach for Destination Imagination / Odyssey of the Mind
  • Expertise: Student Success Coaching, Non-Traditional Students, Academic Planning, Customized College Applications
  • Certified Birkman Consultant
Dr. Avonna Swartz

Dr. Avonna Swartz

College Consultant

  • PhD Curriculum and Instruction (The University of Texas at Austin)
  • 20 yrs: High School AP Teacher, College Planner, Academic Advisor & Lecturer (UH & U Tulsa)
  • Founder of The College Planner
  • Published numerous articles on college admissions
  • Former Director of Yale National Initiative Teachers Institute for Tulsa
  • Expertise: Customized application & essay support, course planning, and college transitions
  • Member: IECA, Texas Exes, and Barbara Bush Literacy Foundation
Raymond VanBuskirk

Raymond VanBuskirk

Financial Expert

  • MBA Accounting
  • BA Economics
  • MA Theology
  • Served as senior financial executive for Fortune 500 corporations and as Director, Grants and Contracts Service, U.S. Department of Education
  • Special Aptitude/Interest: Financial planning. Helping families of all backgrounds and income levels save money on college.