Our Team

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Meet Our Team

At IvySummit, we take pride in our team’s wide range of experience and skill sets, allowing us to provide students with original perspectives, unparalleled academic guidance for all intended majors, and unique application strategies. Besides graduating from Ivy League and top-tier international universities, members of our team have: served on admissions committees; worked as research scientists; taught in China, India, New York, and Brazil; received perfect SAT scores and written test prep books; published poetry and short stories; and exhibited their art in renowned international galleries.

Despite differences in specialization, our team is held together by a shared desire to see students reach their full potential and realize their academic/career dreams. We clearly see the power of education in transforming not only one’s own life, but the greater world, for the better. We also believe that every student has talents and passions that may still be dormant– and we take pride in our ability to bring these strengths and interests to light. It is precisely this vision that inspires us to guide students toward becoming the best versions of themselves, toward becoming men and women of integrity who use their gifts to leave their mark on society.

Senior Admission Counselors

Gregg Prigerson

Former admissions counselor
- Stanford University
  • Senior Admissions Counselor -Stanford University
  • 22+ years of college admissions experience
  • Former director of college counseling for a prestigious boarding school
  • Reviewed thousands of applications
  • Based on East Coast

Marie Arlen

Former admissions counselor
- Columbia University
  • Former admissions counselor - Columbia University
  • 14+ years of college admissions experience
  • Former director of admissions for a consulting firm
  • Reviewed thousands of applications
  • Based in NYC

Anna Marie Smith

Former admissions counselor
- Rice University
  • Former admissions counselor - Rice University
  • Former admissions evaluator-NYU
  • 10+ years of college admissions experience
  • Former director of admissions for a large consulting firm in NYC
  • Reviewed thousands of applications
  • Based in Asia

Senior Admission Consultants

Natalie Lundsteen

Senior Admission Counselor
Dphil- Oxford University
  • DPhil - Oxford University
  • Career Counselor -MIT
  • Career Counselor -Stanford
  • Admissions consultant for Kaplan Test Prep, London
  • Taught at American Embassy School in New Delhi
  • 20+ years admissions experience
  • Based in Dallas

Krassen Mitev

Senior Admissions Counsultant
B.A.- Stanford University
  • B.A. -Stanford University
  • Received 30+ Full Scholarships (Including Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, and Columbia)
  • 13+ years admissions consulting experience in China
  • Fluent in Russian, Chinese, English, and Bulgarian
  • NGO Expert
  • Based in China

Robert Clyne

Former admissions reader at Yale
PhD- Yale University
  • PhD - Yale University
  • B.A. -Stanford University
  • Phillips Exeter Boarding School
  • Former admissions reader at Yale
  • 18+ years of international admissions consulting experience
  • NGO Expert
  • Based in Asia

Leah Elias

Senior Boarding School Counselor
B.A University of Michigan
  • B.A. -Chinese Language from Univ of Michigan
  • 5+ years living in Beijing working with Chinese students
  • Developed program for Chinese students applying to US Boarding Schools

Justina Chen

Senior Admission Consultant
M.Eng. –Cornell University
  • M. Eng. –Cornell University
  • B.S. - Cornell University
  • Career Coaching Expert

Brian Stewart

Senior Test Prep Consultant
Author of best-selling Barron’s ACT, Barron’s SAT, and Barron’s PSAT/NMSQT
  • Author of best-selling Barron’s ACT, Barron’s SAT, and Barron’s PSAT/NMSQT
  • Provides custom test preparation plans for clients
  • Worked with thousands of students around the world on the ACT, SAT, and PSAT
  • Princeton graduate

Senior editors

Evan Coopersmith

Senior Editor
PhD- University of Illinois
  • PhD - University of Illinois
  • B.S. - Princeton University
  • Editor-in-chief of Princeton’s Tiger Magazine
  • Princeton Alumni Interviewer
  • 10+ years application editing experience

Andrea Schiralli

Senior Editor
Master's- Harvard University
  • Master’s - Harvard University
  • B.A. - Cornell University
  • Professor of English - Jiangxi, China
  • Worked with several Chinese companies
  • Published SAT/GRE books
  • Based in NYC

Zachary Mazur

Senior Editor
PhD- Yale University
  • PhD- Yale University
  • MA and MPhil- Yale University
  • Teaching position at Yale University, the University of Management and Finance in Warsaw
  • 8 years experience in higher education, teaching, and mentoring students
  • Fluent in Polish and speaks German and Russian

Marisa De Marco

Senior Editor
Master’s - Columbia University
  • Master’s - Columbia University
  • Published Author
  • Worked with several Chinese companies
  • Based in Italy

Zachariah DeGiulio

Senior Editor
Master’s in Architecture - MIT
  • Master’s in Architecture - MIT
  • B.S.E, Civil Engineering - Princeton University
  • Fulbright Fellow
  • QuestBridge Scholar
  • Perfect 1600 on SAT

Griffin Harris

Senior Editor
B.A. - Amherst College
  • B.A. -Amherst College
  • Several years’ application editing experience
  • Works with several large firms as copywriter/copyeditor

Executive team

Brian Giroux

Founder of IvySummit
Senior Admissions Counselor
  • Professional Member of IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
  • International Student Designation –IECA
  • Four-year scholarship student-athlete
  • 15+ years college admissions experience
  • Visited 450+ Colleges/Universities and 150+ Boarding Schools/Day Schools
  • Tours 40+ Colleges/Universities every year with international clients
  • Based in Washington, DC

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