Sandra is the founder and Managing Director of American College Counselors. She is a graduate of the University of Georgia, where she was awarded a full ride scholarship from Rotary International for her excellent academic performance. There, she obtained a Bachelors of Arts in Journalism with minors in Marketing and Advertising. Prior to launching American College Counselors, Sandra was the Director of College Counseling of one of the largest College Counseling companies in the United States. Mrs. Diaz is fluent in Spanish and English and has helped hundreds of domestic and international students get admitted into their dream schools.
Prior to starting her College Counseling career, Sandra spent over ten years working in marketing and advertising at multinational corporations like Texas Petroleum Company and DDB Needham. She then moved to Madrid, Spain, where she worked at a marketing and public relations company. In 2001, she moved back to the United States, where she became the founder and broker of Village Realty and Investments, Inc.
Outside of work, Sandra volunteers in many community related programs such as Beaux Arts, an organization that raises funds to support the Museum of Art of Fort Lauderdale. Sandra is also a member of Charity Guild and serves as the President of the Matilde Santamaria Foundation, an international nonprofit organization that provides educational support to underprivileged children in developing countries.
Felipe is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and was a member of the Trott Business Program, UChicago’s selective, three-year business program that prepares students for leadership in business. Felipe’s concentration was on entrepreneurship and he used his language skills in English, Chinese, and Spanish, to work at startups and venture capital firms in New York City, USA, Shenzhen, China, and Bogota, Colombia.
The high-level writing and critical thinking skills he gained while studying Philosophy, coupled with his experience in business and his familiarity with the college admissions process at highly competitive universities, has made him an intuitive and effective college admissions counselor. Felipe worked with another private college consulting company for four years before starting at American College Counselors where he is now one of our Senior College Admissions Counselors. He recently received his MBA.
Scott Singer is a PhD candidate at Balliol College, Oxford studying International Relations. At Oxford he is a Clarendon Scholar, a full tuition and fees scholarship traditionally given to the top graduate applicant in each department.
Scott previously obtained his bachelor’s degree in Economics and Fundamentals: Issues and Texts from the University of Chicago, where he was awarded the Howell Murray Alumni Association Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a graduating senior, and his MPhil in International Relations (with Distinction) from St Antony’s College, Oxford. Scott has held multiple positions in the government-policy nexus, including in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Department of State, and Research Assistant in Oxford’s Department of Politics and International Relations. In each case he has leveraged his English, Mandarin, and Spanish language skills.
Scott’s extensive training in writing and communication has fostered his highly individualized approach to creating applications. He seeks to understand and really know every student he works with to help them put their best application forward. He has assisted dozens of students through the college admissions process, honing these skills in his several years as an applications consultant at CollegeVine.
Alexis Metz is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature and minored in Women’s and Gender Studies. At Miami University, Alexis participated in the University Academic Scholars Program, a select cohort of students dedicated to studying the humanities. Additionally, Alexis was nominated from a small group of undergraduates to work as a writing consultant at the university-run Howe Center for Writing Excellence. During her two-year tenure as a writing consultant, Alexis guided both undergraduate and graduate students through the writing and editing processes and developed a passion for supporting students.
Following graduation, Alexis worked for a private educational consulting company as an associate counselor for two years. Alexis’ previous experience, familiarity with competitive admissions, and dedication to students’ success enable her to be a thoughtful, fastidious, and highly effective college advisor.
Isabella Garces serves as senior writing specialist. She is a published writer passionate about art, languages, and storytelling. She is fluent in English, Spanish, French, German, and Portuguese.
After studying International Relations and English at Tufts University, and graduating Summa Cum Laude, she moved to New York where she currently works as the Production Coordinator for Digital Media at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. You can find her work in several publications such as Esquire, Wescover Magazine, Popshot Magazine, and her literary blog: The Textures of Us.
Shih-Ting Chang is American College Counselor’s representative for Asia. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance and Banking from Shih-Chien University, in Tapei, Taiwan along with a Master’s Degree in International Finance from The Rennes School of Business in France.
Mr. Shih-Ting currently works at Deloitte Consulting in Shanghai, China. He is fluent in Chinese, English, and French and is an active member of the Rotary Club in Taiwan.
Marta Leal Von Uslar is our representative for South America. She has been involved in the field of education for many years as an English teacher in Brazil, her native country.
Marta has always had a passion for education and her greatest desire is to help students achieve success.
Mrs. Von Uslar has a Bachelor’s in Tourism and currently lives in Rio de Janeiro. Prior to her work with American College Counselors she worked in the tourism industry and lived in New York City and Philadelphia.