Admission and Financial Aid Experts

About Us

Thank you for considering Ivy Ready t0 be a part of your family's college planning process.

With a team comprised of former admission officers, who are members of prestigious admission counseling organizations, we are available to assist you with your particular needs at different stages of the college planning and admission process. Please learn more about our services by clicking here.

From urgent counseling through Timed Consultation to supporting students throughout the college application process, our services include expert advice and mentorship.

Our main office is located in San Francisco, CA, but counselors provide consultations by phone and Skype—making our services accessible to all students across different time zones.. 

If you have any questions at all, please send us an email at contact@ivyready.org or give us a call at (650) 239-6307.


Meet a Few Members of Our Team

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Meet Meklit Workneh, M.D.
College Counseling Professional - Medical School

B.A., Stanford university
M.P.H., Yale University
M.D., University of Califronia, San Francisco

Dr. Workneh is an American Board certified internal medicine physician who serves as Ivy Ready's premier medical school planning and application consultant. She is an outstanding physician with an unparalleled educational pedigree and excellence in patient care. Recently, she was awarded the Clinical Research Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University, where she now serves as a resident physician.

She has extensive knowledge of the medical school admission process not only from her own journey of gaining admission into prestigious institutions like Stanford, Yale, and UCSF, but also from her time as an admission committee member at UCSF. 

She is available to assist you with long-term planning, as a mentor, or to address your specific questions through short-term consultations. Request more information by clicking here.

Erika Robinson

Erika Robinson
College Counseling Professional

B.A., Harvard University (English)
M.Div., Episcopal Divinity School
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Princeton University
Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions, Columbia University
Seasonal Admission Reader, Harvard University

In addition to her experience as an Admission Officer, Erika has taught Advanced Placement Language and Composition for more than a quarter century, and has guided thousands of seniors in the writing of successful college essays, including her own daughter, a recent graduate of Columbia University. Erika has written hundreds of letters of recommendation, as well, and knows the college admissions process from a variety of perspectives: student, parent, teacher, and admissions officer. She enjoys showing young people that, as daunting an experience as the admissions process is, it can also be an exciting opportunity for students to discover both who they are, and who it is they wish to become. Erika has been an admissions consultant both domestically and throughout Asia, having traveled to and worked with students in India, South Korea, and China. She most enjoys helping students with the essay writing process, and watching them discover their voices as both writers and as young adults who are ready to offer their gifts to the world.

Ariel Ivy Ready Consultant

Ariel Mazel-Gee
College Counseling Professional

B.A., Stanford University
M.A., University of Southern California (USC)
Former Admission Officer, Stanford University

Ariel has been working in college admissions for nearly a decade, both as a member of an admissions committee (Stanford University) and as an ambassador to prospective students. In this time, she has read thousands of applications, edited hundreds of personal statements, and developed a wide breadth of knowledge about the admissions process. Ariel combines her insider's knowledge of the application process with her passion for working with teens to help students of all levels and backgrounds communicate unique and compelling applications.

To take full advantage of her expertise, select Comprehensive Application Support from the Application Support page. She can guide students with school selection, writing personal statements, application strategy, interview preparation, what (and what not) to include on an application, how to make a strong resume, and everything in between!

Alicia Stewart Ivy Ready Admission Consultant

Alicia Stewart
College Counseling Professional - Business School

B.A., George Washington University
MBA Candidate, Whitman School of Business, Syracuse University
Former Admission Officer, Columbia Business School

 With more than ten years of experience in higher education admissions, financial aid, student affairs, and teaching, I bring with me a lot of knowledge and expertise to my counseling work with students. As a Former Assistant Director of Admissions at Columbia Business School, I had the privilege of working with both full-time MBA and Executive MBA applicants. I also served as Assistant Director of Student Financial Planning at Columbia University Medical Center and have helped dozens of students navigate the financial aid system. I interviewed students, read applications, and coached hundreds of applicants into Columbia’s top-tier programs.

Anna Cross Ivy Ready College Consultant

Anna Cross, MPH
College Counseling Professional

B.A., University of San Francisco
MPH, University of San Francisco
Former Admission Officer, University of San Francisco
Former Admission Officer, UCSF, Master of Science in Global Health Program
Admission Officer, UC Berkeley Department of Economics, PhD Program
Anna has extensive experience working with students and families with college planning, application preparation, and financial aid opportunities. She has worked as an academic advisor at a private institution, as well as in the UC system, guiding and preparing students for their academic journey. She graduated from the University of San Francisco with a B.A. in Psychology and a Minor in Neuroscience. She then went on to earn a Masters in Public Health from the University of San Francisco. She has significant experience working with Jesuit universities, as well as the UC system, at both the graduate and undergraduate level.

Marie Arlen Columbia U. Fmr. Officer

Marie Arlen
College Counseling Professional
Former Admissions Officer, Columbia University

Marie has over 11 years of experience working in higher education admissions. During this time, she has reviewed over 50,000 applications and has extensive experience working with international applicants. She is passionate about helping prospective applicants realize their dreams and is eager to review applications!

Interests:  Outdoor adventures, spending time with family and friends

Perlman Ivy Ready Consultant

Nikki Perlman
B.A., University of California, Los Angeles
M.A. Ed., Stanford University
Certificate in College Counseling, University of California, San Diego
Former Admission Reader, Stanford University

Nikki is an experienced college admissions counselor who has worked with students as early as 9th grade on their journey to college. A strategic and compassionate mentor, she enjoys coaching students on career & major exploration, high school course selection, extracurricular assessment, college list development, essay & interview guidance, and application preparation. She graduated from the University of California, Los Angeles with a B.A. in Anthropology and a minor in Spanish. After working at Google in marketing & project management, she went on to earn an M.A. in Education and a California teaching credential from Stanford University.  She has worked in education for several years, including teaching, counseling, and assessing hundreds of applications for undergraduate admission. She is delighted to work with students and families as part of Ivy Ready's prestigious counseling team. 

Gregg Prigerson Stanford U. Fmr. Officer

Gregg Prigerson
College Counseling Professional
Former Admission Officer, Stanford University

Gregg is the current Director of College Counseling at a private boarding school. In his 18 years as a college counseling expert, he has helped many students successfully navigate the application process and find their best college fit. He has also recruited and counseled international applicants from China, India, and South Korea.

His previous roles include working at the University of Miami, Auburn University, The University of Alabama, Stanford University, and Ringling College of Art and Design.

Interests: Avid tennis player and fan, biking, and running with his golden retriever

Tesfa Habebo Stanford U. Fmr. Officer

Tesfa Habebo
College Counseling Professional

B.A., Stanford University
Former Admission Officer, Stanford University

Tesfa has extensive experience working with students and families with planning for college. As a college coach and mentor, he excels at helping students identify activities that are designed to challenge and help them grow intellectually. He enjoys reading Star Trek and other scientific novels, challenges himself regularly in technical and design work, and uses his spare time to inspire students in his local community to expect more of themselves. 

Interests: Technology, nonprofit management

Membership: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)

John Gipner Ivy Ready Financial Aid Consultant

John Gipner
College Counseling Professional - Financial Aid
Former Financial Aid Officer, Stanford University

As a 15-year veteran of the College Financial Aid Industry, John provides his expertise to families by helping them plan for financial success. He offers early planning support for education-related expenses, offers guidance with financial aid inquiries, identifies resources to pay for college, and shares his insights on unique aid packages. For example, John has helped families determine whether or not their family contribution is likely to remain the same, increase or decrease over the long term by reviewing their financial projections. He has helped families determine how changes in their financial assets or number of students in college are likely to impact their expected college contribution throughout college. John is an invaluable member of the Ivy Ready family by helping families maximize their resources, which is just as important as helping them reach their dream schools.

He offers timed consultations, one-on-one support with filling out the FAFSA and CSS profile, and is available to provide a detailed college cost projection for schools you may be considering.

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