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Dr. Tara Williams

Founder + CEO

Pari Aryafar

Media + Marketing

Kristine Walsworth

College Admissions + Writing Specialist

Oliver Bahman

Business, Accounting, Languages, + Math Tutor

Judy Salley

Administration

Marlene Salazar

Administration

Christie W

Career Counseling Specialist

Mari Hurtado

Business, Spanish, + Law Tutor

Keomakara Tan

Math Specialist

James Needham

Math + Computer Sciences Tutor

Katie Sy

Math, Sciences, Writing + Executive Functioning Tutor

Carrie VanBuskirk

Executive Functioning Specialist

Jassy Yao

Executive Functioning + Writing Tutor

Estefanie Altuna

Executive Functioning + Writing Tutor

Natalie Popp

Executive Functioning + Writing Tutor
Founder + CEO

Dr. Tara Williams

Dr. Tara Williams is a highly accomplished professional in the field of education and consultancy, renowned for her expertise and guidance in helping students achieve their academic and career goals. With a Doctorate of Philosophy in Synthetic Inorganic Chemistry and over thirteen years of teaching experience, Dr. Williams provides expert support and mentorship to students, while also making a substantial impact in assisting students with disabilities. Her dedication and exceptional skill set have established Innovative Collegiate Consultants, Inc. as a trusted resource for students navigating their collegiate journey.

Media + Marketing

Pari Aryafar

Pari Aryafar is a highly accomplished professional with expertise in media, administration, and project management. With a Masters in Writing and extensive knowledge of office management, customer service, and administrative procedures, Pari ensures seamless operations and efficient execution of projects at Innovative Collegiate Consultants. Her exceptional communication skills and creative flair also contribute to enhancing the organization’s online presence and fostering long-lasting partnerships with clients.

College Admissions + Writing Specialist

Kristine Walsworth

Kristine Walsworth has a BA in English from Miami University, an MA in English from the University of Central Florida, and extensive experience in teaching high school English. With 15 years of expertise in college admissions essay writing and 2 years of overall college admissions consulting, Kristine specializes in high school English, college essay writing, and college admissions consulting.

Business, Accounting, Languages, + Math Tutor

Oliver Bahman

Oliver Bahman holds a B.S. in Business Administration with an Option in Accounting and a Minor in Economics. With over 3 years of tutoring experience, Oliver specializes in general business, accounting, economics courses, foreign languages (Spanish and French), college mathematics (algebra/pre-calculus), and K-12 general subjects, demonstrating proficiency in a wide range of subjects to provide comprehensive academic support.

Administration

Judy Salley

Judy Salley is a highly experienced professional with a diverse background in telecommunications, administration, and consulting. With expertise in administrative and billing tasks, Judy’s exceptional skills in navigating complex systems and ensuring accuracy make her a valuable asset to the team at Innovative Collegiate Consultants, Inc.

Administration

Marlene Salazar

Marlene Salazar is a professional welder and organizer who brings years of experience to her role. With strong organizational skills and a commitment to exceptional customer service, Marlene ensures smooth operations and effective communication within Innovative Collegiate Consultants. Her dedication to creating a positive academic experience for students is reflected in her efficient task management and prompt handling of inquiries.

Career Counseling Specialist

Christie W

Christie W has a B.A in Strategic and Corporate Communication and specializes in networking, interview preparation, and writing resumes and cover letters. With strong communication skills and expertise in these areas, Christie can provide guidance and support to individuals looking to enhance their professional networking abilities and excel in job interviews.

Business, Spanish, + Law Tutor

Mari Hurtado

Mari Hurtado holds two master’s degrees, one in I/O Psychology and one in Legal Studies. Additionally, she has dual B.S degrees in Communication Studies and Psychology with a minor in Biology, and are currently pursuing a PhD in Business Psychology with a concentration in consulting. Mari specializes in administrative and legal fields, bringing extensive knowledge and skills in these areas to provide valuable expertise and support.

Math Specialist

Keomakara Tan

Keomakara Tan holds a B.S. in Applied Mathematics from UCLA and an M.A. in Mathematics (Applied Concentration) from CSUF. With approximately 10 years of math tutoring experience, Keomakara specializes in a wide range of math subjects including pre-algebra, algebra, trigonometry, business calculus, calculus, and more.

Math + Computer Sciences Tutor

James Needham

James Needham is a current undergraduate student at Rice University, pursuing a double major in Math and Computer Science. With experience in tutoring students of various age groups, James specializes in Math, Computer Science, and Physics, demonstrating skills in these subjects to provide effective academic support.

Math, Sciences, Writing + Executive Functioning Tutor

Katie Sy

Katie Sy holds a BS in psychobiology and brain and behavioral health from UCLA and is currently pursuing a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at Chapman University. With 10 years of tutoring experience, Katie specializes in various subjects including psychology, biology, high school math, English, writing, executive functioning, and standardized testing (SAT, ACT).

Executive Functioning Specialist

Carrie VanBuskirk

Carrie has a Bachelor’s degree, with experience working at the Center for Autism & Related Disorders, focusing on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). She has over 10 years of experience working with various disorders. Currently, Carrie is pursuing a master’s in clinical psychology with a specialization in marriage and family therapy at Pepperdine University.

Executive Functioning + Writing Tutor

Jassy Yao

Jassy Yao holds a B.S. in Psychology with a concentration in Clinical/Community Psychology. With expertise in clinical and community psychology, Jassy possesses skills in psychological assessment, community mental health, research, and interpersonal communication, enabling her to provide support and contribute to the field of psychology.

Executive Functioning + Writing Tutor

Estefanie Altuna

Estefanie Altuna holds a major in psychology and a minor in law from UC Riverside, and is currently pursuing a Clinical Psychology Master’s degree with an emphasis on the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) program at Pepperdine University. As an MFT Trainee, Estefanie assists families, couples, and individuals in their personal growth and development, while also working as a Behavioral Technician to help children with neuro-disabilities enhance their communication skills. With aspirations of becoming a forensic psychologist, Estefanie applies their understanding of human behavior and mental health challenges within the legal system.

Executive Functioning + Writing Tutor

Natalie Popp

Natalie Popp holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. With prior experience as a paralegal and current work as a counseling intern, Natalie possesses a diverse skill set including literature analysis, research, technical writing, creative writing, organization, task management, interpersonal skills, and communication.

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