Curio Team

Our team is composed of multilingual global citizens who
are dedicated to helping students enroll in the school of
their dreams and succeed.

Asher Genoot

  • Founder and CEO, Curio Education
  • Founding Partner, Ivy Crest Institute of International Education
  • Member of Alpha Lambda Delta, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Phi Sigma Theta National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key International Honour Society, and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Society
  • Graduated Summa Cum Laude with 3.93 GPA in Business Administration from the University of Southern California
  • Graduated from college in two years and awarded Dean’s List every semester
  • Recipient of the Dean’s Scholarship, E. Morgan Stanley Scholarship, Town & Gown Scholarship, and Gary S. Porges Scholarship
  • Top Prize at Harvard’s Seeking Alpha Competition
  • Fluent in English and Chinese (Shanghainese), proficient in Hebrew and Chinese (Mandarin)

Abby van Geldern

  • Former Women’s Soccer Coach, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Former Admissions Counselor, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
  • Former Admissions Ambassador, Saint Lawrence University

Andy Yang

  • B.A. of Economics, California State University, Berkeley
  • 5 years of study abroad consulting experience helping students apply for undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs
  • Founder and president of College Start-up incubator with chapters in Stanford, UCB, and UCLA

Arun Ponnusamy

  • Former Assistant Director of Admissions, University of Chicago
  • Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Caltech
  • Former Application Reader, UCLA

Cara Camire

  • M.Ed. in Counseling Psychology, University of Massachusetts – Boston
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Massachusetts – Dartmouth
  • Twelve years of experience in college and guidance counseling

Casey Near

  • Former Admissions Counselor, Mills College
  • Summa cum laude graduate, Scripps College

Daniel Koo

  • Five years’ experience in digital media and video production, producing commercials, documentaries, and corporate training videos for many big brands such as BMW, Oshkosh Corp, and Xinhua News
  • Six years’ experience in online education and education APP UX development, working on two online education apps, and one learning management system (LMS)
  • Eight years’ experience in branding and marketing with diversified expertise in re-branding and VI design
  • Avid follower and promoter of game theory and mechanics, founder of the Beijing Board Game Club with more than 100 regular members

Devery Doran

  • Admissions consultant with over 10 years of admissions and counseling experience
  • B.A. from Harvard College
  • MBA from the University of Texas, Austin
  • Director of Admissions at Make School, San Francisco
  • Former senior admissions officer at Harvard College
  • Former application reader at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Former founding VP of College Counseling at The Princeton Review
  • Served on the McCombs Admissions Committee of the University of Texas, Austin
  • Ran the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions

Helen Gong

  • Recipient of a full scholarship to Brandeis University, graduated magna cum laude with a 3.8/4.0 GPA
  • Double major in International/Global Studies and French/Francophone Studies, minor in East Asian Studies
  • Brandeis University’s Commitment to Service: Bronze Medal for completion of more than 300 hours of community service in two years during university
  • One year in a full immersion study abroad program with direct enrollment in the French university system in Aix-en-Provence, France
  • Seven years of education related experience in the US, France, and China (former Teacher, TA, and Tutor)
  • Three years of business related experience in the US and China (former East China Manager and Senior Interviewer at Vericant, former Branch Manager and Field Sales Leader at Vector Marketing)
  • Languages: English (Native), French (C1, Advanced), Mandarin Chinese (HSK 4, Advanced), Spanish (A2, Elementary)

Hui Qin Chan

  • Former Arts Peer Mentor at The University of Melbourne
  • Former Global Officer at Monash University’s Study Abroad Department
  • Ranked in the top 10 percent of IB grades globally upon finishing high school
  • Visual Artist for MudFest (Melbourne University’s Art Festival) in 2017
  • Featured visual artist in Antithesis Journal Volume 27 and Farrago Magazine Edition 5 in 2017
  • Intern at Shanghai Daily and at F&T group
  • Multicultural upbringing with living abroad experience in five countries to date

Isabella Ye

  • Former IELTS and TOEFL teacher in Longre Education Group
  • Many years of test prep and study abroad consulting experience
  • Director of Studies in Xiaozhan Education and EIC

Jasmine Zang

  • Many years’ business experience as a cross-border e-commerce provider
  • Three years’ experience in office management and human resources
  • Ten years of experience living abroad experience with an in-depth understanding of multicultural backgrounds

Jazzmin Lu

  • B.A., Yale University
  • Former Admissions Officer and Assistant Dean of Admissions, Pomona College
  • Former Summer Recruitment Coordinator, Yale Undergraduate Admissions

Jordan Kanarek

  • Director of Private Tutoring, The Princeton Review of Washington, D.C., 2013-2015
  • Certificate in College Counseling, UCLA
  • Certificate in College Counseling, Columbia University
  • Invited Speaker, Johns Hopkins Pathway to College and Summer Discovery

Julie Simon

  • Former Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, University of Michigan
  • Evaluated more than 20,000 college applications during her 16 years of experience in college admissions
  • M.A. in Higher Education Administration, University of Michigan

Katie Sprague

  • M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and M.Ed. in School Counseling, Columbia University
  • Former School Counseling Intern, High School for Math, Science, and Engineering

Kavin Buck

  • MFA, California Institute of the Arts, Valencia, CA
  • Former Vice President of Enrollment and Student Services at The Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
  • Former Director of Enrollment and Outreach at UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, Los Angeles, CA
  • Past President of the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC)

Kristin Sullivan

  • Fifteen years of counseling experience
  • B. A., Psychology, University of Michigan
  • M.A., Counseling, Michigan State University

Laura Dicas

  • Master’s degree in Public Administration, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Former Associate Director of Admissions, University of Alabama at Birmingham
  • Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Millsaps College and Spring Hill College

Lyne Chen

  • Five years’ experience in teaching, education consulting, and research management
  • Tutored over 1200 students and taught over 3500 class hours
  • Trained nearly 100 outstanding lecturers
  • Former Head Tutor at One Smart Education
  • Former Lecturer and Teacher Trainer at New Oriental

Meredith Graham

  • Former Associate Director of Admissions, Cornell University
  • Former Associate Director of the University Service Center, Boston University
  • Former Academic Advisor, Purdue University

Michael DeRoma

  • Years of experience in counseling kids to enter top international universities
  • China Government Scholarship for masters’ degree in International Relations, Nanjing University
  • Two years as the Cultural Liaison Officer at Nanjing University
  • More than six years’ experience in Sino-US cultural relations
  • Fluent in Mandarin Chinese (HSK6)

Michael Tokarz

  • More than 10 years of teaching experience, including seven years’ teaching in China, and four years’ teaching at International Middle/High Schools in Shanghai
  • Awarded Star Teacher, SISU Xiwai International High School, 2017
  • Certified Secondary School Teacher by the state of Massachusetts, USA 2016
  • Bachelor of Science and Management Science, Cum Laude, 2001, Bridgewater State University
  • Certified Permaculture Designer
  • Active supporter of Shanghai’s non-commercial arts community

Monica Brown

  • B.A., Stanford University
  • M.Ed., Harvard University
  • Former Senior Admissions Officer, Harvard University
  • Former Assistant Director of Admission, Wellesley College

Nancy Gao

  • 7-years of international education experience
  • Career development counselor, helping high school students plan their future.
  • Trained 100+ students from international high schools, and helped them get accepted by the world’s top universities
  • Provided 1,000+ families with family counseling services to help parents plan their children’s study abroad programs
  • Guided 10,000+ students to participate in extracurricular activities, cultivating students’ interests and directing them to search for preliminary professional directions in those activities

Nandita Gupta

  • Read more than 7,000 applications during her tenure as an admissions officer at Stanford University
  • Princeton graduate; defended thesis on college accessibility and readiness
  • Managed Stanford’s alumni interview program in two regions

Naomi Zeng

  • M.Sc. in Management, Durham University, UK
  • Awarded for the best dissertation of the overall Masters in Management programmes
  • 5-years of experience specializing in counseling, including Graduate school admissions, MBA, law, social science, art, etc., but also offering K-12, boarding, private school, and college admissions
  • 5 years of experience specializing in admissions counseling, including college, and K-12, boarding and private schools
  • Cultivated standout admission results, with over 450 Chinese students gaining admission to top universities in the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, and Hong Kong, China
  • Additional hands-on experience in HR recruiting, academic operations support, and social media marketing
  • Former Admissions Manager, Kings Education Group

Nicole Pilar

  • Two-time Fulbright Scholar (2014-15, 2015-16)
  • B.A. in Political Studies, Pitzer College
  • Invited Speaker, Johns Hopkins Pathway to College

Nikayla Loy

  • Master’s degree in Higher Education Leadership, Drexel University
  • Read and evaluated several thousand applications for Drexel University
  • Deep knowledge of biomedical engineering field

Noor Haddad

  • Worked in International Programs Division at UC Irvine
  • Worked in international test prep at The Princeton Review
  • B.A. in Spanish, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona

Pippa Ebel

  • B.A. in English Literature and Languages, Oxford University
  • Selected by the Oxford Business School’s Accelerator Program
  • Developed customized teaching curriculum for executives of International companies in China such as Deloitte, Thompson Reuters, Siemens
  • Many years of teaching experience in Spain and China
  • Fluent in French, English and Chinese

Rahsaan Burroughs

  • Former Associate Director of Admissions and Liaison to the Department of Athletics, The George Washington University
  • Evaluated more than 17,000 college applications during his 15 years in college admissions
  • Ed.D in Higher Education Administration, George Washington University; B.A., The College of William & Mary

Raymond Chiu

  • More than 10 years in database driven technology, systems analytics, and database architecture
  • Two years of developing healthcare data aggregation systems to track patient health outcomes
  • Three years of building better data analytic systems for healthcare companies to improve patient health outcomes for patients
  • V2 HL7 certified (Health Level 7) and able to build comprehensive frameworks that meet the standards for the secure exchange, integration, sharing, and retrieval of electronic health information
  • One year of developing end-to-end solutions for clinical metrics required by government health plans and governmental oversights
  • Teaches technology training seminars for doctors and physicians

Serena Qiu

  • Ten years’ experience in journalism with hundreds of published articles in mainstream newspapers and a book series named Fortune Global 500 in China
  • Five years’ experience in international education with recognition from an American K12 charter school and prestigious British colleges
  • Proven success in cross-culture project management including partnerships with UNDP’s Green Campaign and UNESCO’s Atlas of World Languages
  • Former Head of Marketing and Communications, Greater China, Kings Education Group
  • Former Entrepreneurship and Chinese Language Teacher, Myron B. Thompson Academy
  • Former Executive Chief Editor, Beijing Youth Daily Group

Suzanna Brown

  • Center for Chinese Studies (CCS) Endowment Award and Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship for a Master’s Degree, University of Michigan
  • Accepted to the Inter-University Program (IUP), Tsinghua University in Beijing, China
  • Liberal Arts honors graduate, Calvin College, number one ranked regional college in the Midwest
  • Former English Teacher, Northeastern University, Qinhuangdao in Hebei, China
  • Former Administrative Assistant, Grand Rapids Christian High School International Student Program

Tom Barry

  • M.Ed., Stanford University
  • Former Assistant Director of Admissions, Colorado College

Waheed Gardezi

  • B.A. in Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University
  • Years of expertise in SAT tutoring
  • Experienced in college counseling for Chinese students, especially in business and STEM
  • Former Research Director, Kirin International Holding, Inc.
  • Former Senior Consultant, Cognizant Technology Solutions
  • Former interviewer at Harvard University

Yan Yan Mao

  • Graduated B.A. cum laude, summa cum laude in Visual and Environmental Studies, Harvard University
  • Masters of Fine Arts, California College of the Arts
  • Thomas T. Hoopes Prize and Rudolf Arnheim Prize
  • Innovation Prize from Harvard Student Agency
  • Design and Engineering Prize from Technology and Entrepreneurship Center at Harvard Prizes
  • Ten years’ experience in academic and test prep tutoring, education consulting, and college counseling
  • Additional work experience in scientific research, public art, food industry, and financial technology
  • Harvard alumni interviewer in Bay Area, California
  • Former Team Leader and Senior Test Prep Tutor at AJ Tutoring
  • Former Admissions Advisor and Essay Editor at Drtobe Education Consulting and Boston Education Consulting
Asher Genoot
Abby van Geldern
Andy Yang
Arun Ponnusamy
Cara Camire
Casey Near
Daniel Koo
Devery Doran
Helen Gong
Hui Qin Chan
Isabella Ye
Jasmine Zang
Jazzmin Lu
Jordan Kanarek
Julie Simon
Katie Sprague
Kavin Buck
Kristin Sullivan
Laura Dicas
Lyne Chen
Meredith Graham
Michael DeRoma
Michael Tokarz
Monica Brown
Nancy Gao
Nandita Gupta
Naomi Zeng
Nicole Pilar
Nikayla Loy
Noor Haddad
Pippa Ebel
Rahsaan Burroughs
Raymond Chiu
Serena Qiu
Suzanna Brown
Tom Barry
Waheed Gardezi
Yan Yan Mao