Bergen County, NJ

Rick Michalak

Rick is a graduate of Northwestern University where he majored in economics. He later returned to Northwestern to get his MBA and today likes to use fancy business terms like “brand-awareness,” “fixed costs,” and “delegation.”

Jen Redmond

Counselor

Jen is a NJ native. She grew up in Short Hills and New Vernon and is one of 5 kids who attended Oak Knoll School in Summit. But, before she migrated back to the area, Jen spent most of her high school

Katie Horan

Counselor

Jersey born and bred, Katie graduated from Princeton, where she majored in American history, played left wing on the field hockey team, and served as a resident advisor for freshmen.

Chao Huang

Tutor

Chao received his fundamental math training in China, where he amassed an enormous arsenal of math tricks and mastered the art of test-taking.He graduated Magna Cum Laude

Rick Michalak

Rick is a graduate of Northwestern University where he majored in economics. He later returned to Northwestern to get his MBA and today likes to use fancy business terms like “brand-awareness,” “fixed costs,” and “delegation.” Before opening the Chatham, NJ office of Collegewise in May, 2006, Rick spent ten years as the national Vice President of Operations for The Princeton Review. During that tenure, he traveled to offices around the country and today has very strong opinions as to the finest hole-in-the-wall dining establishments in over forty cities. Rick has spoken to thousands of students, parents, teachers and administrators about the college admissions and testing process and steadfastly maintains that sausage is the only acceptable topping for pizza.

Jen Redmond

Jen is a NJ native. She grew up in Short Hills and New Vernon and is one of 5 kids who attended Oak Knoll School in Summit. But, before she migrated back to the area, Jen spent most of her high school and college years traveling the globe with the US national soccer team to countries like China, Mexico, Germany and Thailand. However, her favorite place on earth is Charlottesville, VA where she spent her undergraduate college years as an English major at the University of Virginia. Oh and she also played a little soccer at UVA as well (8 out of the 10 months of the school year to be exact). After receiving her MA at Boston College in 2012, Jen and her husband decided to head back to NJ and settle down in Chatham.
Jen has worked with high school and college students in a variety of settings; at Boston College she worked with academic affairs to help student athletes navigate the challenging academic curriculum, at Nightingale-Bamford School a New York City Private school and then at the Drew University Counseling Center. Once she found her way back to NJ, Jen was eager to continue working with HS students and help counsel them through the college process. When she’s not strategizing with students on how to tackle their mountain of supplements or going through primary essays with a fine tooth comb, you’ll find her hanging out with her husband, reading, dreaming of traveling again, or squeezing in any form of exercise.

Katie Horan

Jersey born and bred, Katie graduated from Princeton, where she majored in American history, played left wing on the field hockey team, and served as a resident advisor for freshmen. After a Rotary Scholarship to England and a stint editing research reports in the financial industry, she worked in the pharmaceutical industry and completed her MBA in Marketing and International Business at NYU. She’s been a consultant, volunteer, and Chatham field hockey and lacrosse youth coach. Katie was an active member of Princeton’s Alumni Schools Committee for 25+ years, and has survived the college process with two of her three daughters. She loves to conduct mock interviews (and tell students what she was thinking on the other side of the table), brainstorm and proofread essays, and help students highlight their strengths as they complete their applications. In her free time, Katie reads college admission blogs for fun and walks her golden doodle, Clover.

Chao Huang

Chao received his fundamental math training in China, where he amassed an enormous arsenal of math tricks and mastered the art of test-taking. He graduated Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa from University of Maryland with a degree in mathematics. While at Maryland, he received a prestigious scholarship and became one of the very few undergraduate teaching assistants. He imparted the wisdom of calculus to his fellow Terrapins and won their loyalty with his skills in breaking down intimidating problems, giving adrenaline-inducing pep talks and organizing mouth-watering pizza parties. He has been helping students ace their math exams ever since, and he still enjoys watching their eyes light up when they have their “Aha!” moments. Chao listens to classical music and believes that a proper car should have manual gears and three pedals, just like a proper piano.