Gail Grand, MS, Director

Gail Grand has spent her entire professional life as an educator and writer. Mrs. Grand holds professional certification in Biology and General Science, in Gifted Education, and in School Guidance & Counseling. She is the author of two educational guidebooks for teenagers, the publisher of a nationally used newsletter for independent educational consultants, and a highly respected independent educational consultant.

After years of teaching secondary science and gifted education, Gail earned a master’s degree in school guidance & counseling and embarked upon a second career specializing in college counseling. After 15 years as Director of College Counseling at the Hebrew Academy of Greater Miami, she relocated to California and served as a college counselor at Chaminade College Preparatory School. Long an advocate of out-of-school experiences, Gail shared her accumulated knowledge in Student Science Opportunities and in Free (and Almost Free) Adventures for Teenagers (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)

As a college advisor with both a school-based and independent practice, Gail saw the need for timely and unbiased college guidance information to be presented to students and parents as they made their way through the maze that is the college selection, application, and financial aid process. Her newsletter, The College Advisor, and the highly acclaimed parent workshop series, College Unraveled, were developed to meet these needs.

Gail is a professional member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), as well as a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She subscribes to their Principles of Good Practice.  Each year, Gail visits 20-30 college campuses, attends National Conferences and takes part in and presents numerous professional development programs.  She is a graduate of the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions and the Santa Clara Institute on College Counseling.

Hilary Lefitz, MSW, College Counseling Associate

Hilary holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from San Francisco State University and a Master's degree in Social Work from USC. During her 20 year career in counseling, she has helped hundreds of individuals and families  cope with life changing transitions. Her skills are now applied toward college counseling, specifically to support high school students as they navigate the college admission process. She is currently enrolled and has nearly completed the UCLA College Counseling Certificate Program.  The mother of three daughters,  she has first hand experience understanding the importance proper counseling has on college fit and acceptance. Hilary is a member of  WACAC.