Our team consists of highly experienced college counselors from international high schools and former university admissions officers. We carefully select our staff based on his or her knowledge of the college admissions process, their understanding of and ability to ‘connect’ with students with international backgrounds. As well, all are members of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and have collectively visited more than 600 college campuses in the US, Canada and the UK.
Our counselors maintain close, strong working relationships with admissions representatives at many of the leading universities in the world. Tour Directors are responsible for leading each tour while Tour Advisors (along with the Director) help students learn about the college admissions process throughout each program and assist in leading.
Trevor Sturgeon – Director
Trevor has experience as an administrator and counselor at high schools in Canada and, for the past 16 years, as a college counselor at two highly respected international schools. Trevor is currently a high school counselor at Singapore American School. Previously, he worked for several years at International School Manila (ISM) where he served as High School Counselor and Department Head of Counseling PK-12. Trevor earned a Bachelor of Education from McGill University, a Masters degree in Educational Counseling, as well as a Masters of Educational Leadership degree. Trevor has visited over 100 college campuses in the US and Canada. He has organized and presented numerous counseling and college programs for students, parents and teachers on a wide variety of topics related to the college admissions process. He is a former Vice President of Finance as well as a past Vice President of Communications and Technology for the Overseas Association of College Admission Counseling (OACAC).
Beth Kramer–Tour Director
Beth has worked as an international school counselor for 23 years in Singapore, China, India, and Saudi Arabia. Her primary role during many of those years has been advising students about US and UK university choices and applications. Students and parents appreciate her detailed knowledge of universities and her knack for helping students identify institutions that match their academic and personal goals. Throughout her career, Beth has visited numerous campuses in North America and Europe, and has directed university tours in both the UK and the US. She has also led student groups on cultural exploration trips in Asia and managed team trips as a Model United Nations advisor. An active member of the OACAC, Beth has presented at many conferences and workshops over the years. Beth holds a bachelor’s degree from Johns Hopkins University and master’s degree from the University of Washington. Beth had two daughters attend and graduate from US colleges.
Dawn Betts–Tour Director/Tour Advisor
Dawn is a counselor at Singapore American School where she has been employed for fifteen years. Prior to moving to Singapore, Dawn worked at International School Bangkok and the American School of Kuwait. She holds a Masters degree in Counseling from University of Buffalo, a Masters in Education from Buffalo State University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Willamette University. Her college counseling experience is enhanced by 20 years of working with students, as well as with her two children. In addition to working with students as a Counselor, Dawn has coached the Swimming and Cross-Country teams. Dawn has two children, both of whom attended US colleges and are now in the workforce.
Jack Shull–Tour Director/Tour Advisor
Jack has worked as a college counselor at six international schools during the past 30 years – in Norway, Thailand, Belgium, Egypt, China and Taiwan. Jack’s expertise is in the field of advising international students hoping to gain admissions to universities in the United States, Canada, or Europe. His main goal is to guide students to apply to colleges which best match them and where they can they have the opportunity to receive a solid academic program and find happiness and success. Jack has given numerous presentations at international conferences on the topic of advising college-bound students, written articles on college admissions, served as an adjunct faculty member for UCLA Extension program, and has developed programs and workshops for high school students. He has been an active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and served as president the Overseas Association of College Admissions (OACAC). Jack helped his two children find best match universities, both of whom are now graduates.
Ray Marx –Tour Director/Tour Advisor
Ray has spent a large portion of his professional career in Quito, Ecuador. Born in Canada, and raised in the United States, he received his undergraduate degree from Fairfield University and then spent one year in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Baltimore, MD. He earned his M.A. in English from the University of Illinois at Chicago and eventually moved to Ecuador where he spent five years as an IB English teacher at Colegio Americano de Quito. In addition, he started his own Adventure Travel Company in South America before moving to the Navajo Reservation in Arizona where he worked as a school administrator for two years, earned his E.S.L. certification and began a second M.A. in high school counseling. He completed a college counseling certificate through UCLA and has been the Director of College Guidance at the American School of Quito for the past ten years. He has served on the board of the Overseas Association for College Admissions Counseling as both Vice-President for Membership and President.
Sheri Neal– Tour Advisor
Sheri is currently the Head of Counseling at the American School in Japan. Prior to moving to Japan, Sheri worked at The American Embassy School in New Delhi, The American School of the Hague, and Canadian Academy in Kobe. She holds a Masters degree in School Counseling from the University of Iowa, a Masters in Education from the University of Northern Iowa, and a Bachelor of Arts in Japanese language and literature from the University of Iowa. Sheri has given numerous presentations at international conferences on counseling and college admissions and is a current faculty member for College Board. She is an active member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling (NACAC) and a past vice- president of professional development of the Overseas Association of College Admissions (OACAC). Sheri has one daughter who is in her first year of college and a son in 11th grade.
Ben Compton – Tour Advisor
Ben is currently a high school counselor at Concordia International School Shanghai. He has 14 years of experience in international schools, and has been a high school counselor at the American School of Doha, Brent International School Manila, and Shanghai American School, Puxi. Ben has a Masters degree in Counselor Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and a B.S. in History from Wittenberg University in Sprinflield, Ohio. He has coached international school varsity boys and varsity girls basketball throughout his career. Ben was an initial member of the East Asia Regional Council of Schools (EARCOS) Counselor Advisory Committee.
Kathleen Schultz–Tour Advisor
Kathleen is currently a high school counselor at NIST International School in Bangkok. Previously, she worked as a counselor/university advisor at schools in the Czech Republic and Germany. Kathleen earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Human Services from the University of Oregon and a Masters Degree in Counselor Education. She has led student and counselor tours in the UK, US, and Europe and has an extensive background in assisting students with applications to competitive universities around the world. She is a frequent presenter at international conferences and has served on boards and committees for the European Council of International Schools (ECIS), the Council of International Schools (CIS), the Overseas Association for College Admission Counselors (OACAC) and currently is on the Communications Committee for the National Association for College Admission Counselors (NACAC). Kathleen makes it a point to stay abreast of current trends in university admissions that affect international students.
Frieda Dietrich – Tour Advisor
Frieda is currently a high school counselor at The American Embassy School in New Delhi. Prior to moving to India, Frieda spent thirteen years as high school counselor at Singapore American School. Previous international experience includes counselor positions in Cairo and Amsterdam. She holds a graduate degree in School Counseling from Colorado State University, a Masters in Special Education from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wayne State College. Frieda has given numerous presentations at international conferences on counseling and college admissions. She is an active member of the Overseas Association of College Admissions (OACAC).
Franko Cifizzari – Tour Advisor
Franko has worked in education for over 20 years, living overseas since 1999. Born and raised in the United States, he received his undergraduate degree from University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He currently resides in Beijing, China where he is the Head of Counseling at Western Academy of Beijing. Franko spent six years working at a private school in California before moving abroad. Prior to moving to China, he worked at international school in Greece, Switzerland; and Indonesia. He obtained his M.A. in International Education at Bath University in the U.K. and currently serves on the Membership committee of the Overseas Association for College Admissions Counseling.