Admission and Financial Aid Experts

About Us

Thank you for considering Ivy Ready as a part of your family's college planning and application process. We were founded in 2015 with focus on Ivy Ready Evaluation before expanding to counseling for earlier intervention and planning.

Our main office is located in San Francisco, CA, but we provide consultations by phone and via Skype. With a team comprised of former admission officers, who are members of prestigious admission counseling organizations, we provide expert advice for families at different stages of the planning process. Learn more about our services by clicking here.

Please reach out anytime if we can be of assistance.


Meet a Few Members of Our Team

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Meet Meklit Workneh, M.D.

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.

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!

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

Memberships: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and International Association for College Admission Counseling (OACAC)

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

Memberships: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Actionable Intelligence for Social Policy (AISP)

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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Tesfa Habebo Stanford U. Fmr. Officer

Tesfa Habebo
Admission Guardian, Ivy Ready®
B.A., Stanford University
Impact Abroad Fellow, 2009
Stanford Public Policy Institute Fellow, 2010
Haas African Service Fellow, 2010
Bing Overseas Fellow, 2011    
Former Admission Officer, Stanford University

Tesfa brings his unique perspective as a first-generation college graduate to the Ivy Ready team. As a recent immigrant to the U.S., his experiences transcend culture, nationality, and class. He loves to read science fiction, challenges himself in technical and design work, and uses his free time to inspire low-income students to expect more of themselves. 

He believes that all students can reach their full potential with the right support, hard work, and persistence. He is most passionate about helping others discover their untapped talents and break societal biases.

Interests: Technology, nonprofit management

Membership: National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC)