Dr. Beth Dennard
Beth has earned her doctorate in education, has visited over 300 colleges, and has worked in both college admissions and high school guidance. Beth introduced educational consulting to the Bay Area in 1999, and the success and excellent reputation of Bright Futures Consulting is a direct result of both her professional experience and her passion for helping people succeed. Although getting into college has become more competitive and complex, Beth simplifies the search, structures the application process, and finds the programs that best fit each of her clients. Beth is a certified Birkman Consultant and Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a Certified Educational Planner – the highest level of competence one can achieve in educational planning.
Susan has worked for Bright Futures consulting (BFC) for almost ten years. She is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Biochemistry and a M.S. in Genetics. Having previously worked as the assistant to the director of College Counseling at Clear Lake High School, she is also an experienced substitute teacher and a volunteer in both her church and community. Susan has three children, all of whom have graduated college and moved on to successful careers. Her two daughters worked with BFC in high school and credit their work with BFC for pointing them in a satisfying direction. Susan’s excellent people skills and passion for helping students give her instant rapport with students and families.
Raymond Van Buskirk
A graduate of UC Berkeley with a BA in Economics and MBA (Accounting/Finance) and Masters in Theology from Concordia, Saint Louis; Raymond has a wealth of experience in the corporate, government and non-profit sectors. He served as a senior financial executive for Fortune 500 companies handling all aspects of financial planning, accounting and treasury operations, and as Director, Grants and Contracts Service, U.S. Department of Education. And, he has served as a pastor and adjunct business and public policy professor. He and his wife have one recent college graduate (gainfully employed!) and two in college.
Susan is a graduate of the Mount Vernon College for Women, which is now The George Washington University’s Mount Vernon Campus. She earned her B.A., in Political Science with a minor in Business Administration. Prior to joining the Bright Futures’ team, Susan has volunteered in various organizations and worked part time in retail, providing caring and professional service to all the organizations she has served. Susan and her husband Stan have two daugthers, both of whom worked with Bright Futures in high school. Susan says her daughter’s took full advantage of the counseling and workshops offered at Bright Futures which helped them target the best fit colleges for each girl and made the college application process a positive experience for the family. One of Susan’s daugthers will graduate from Auburn University in May 2014. Her other daughter is attending the University of Texas at Austin. Both girls have loved their college experiences.
Kim Krist graduate from the University of Texas at Austin with a B.B.A. in Marketing and earned her teaching certification from the University of Houston. Kim worked in business before becoming a teacher with the Clear Creek Independent School District. She has two children, the oldest is an incoming freshman at the University of Texas at Austin. Kim is very involved in various charitable organizations in the Bay Area ans serves on the board of the Clear Creek Education Foundation.
Elana graduated from the University of Houston-Clear Lake with a degree in Human Resources Management and recently earned a Master’s in Higher Education from the University of Houston. She is knowledgeable in educational policy, student/professional development and support, and the newest facets of higher education. She has experience working with international, first-generation, and “gap-year” students and a love of personal finance and creative writing. She has two energetic sons and a wonderful husband who works as a hospital chaplain. In addition to working for Bright Futures, she’s a church administrator and serves as a financial instructor and a board member for a non-profit organization.