Our Team

With a staff of professional educational consultants, each family is guaranteed the benefit of a talented and collaborative team.

We meet weekly to exchange information about colleges and services that would benefit our students. Frequent professional development events keep us up-to-date on the ever-changing legal and social landscape of our profession. We pride ourselves on our detailed knowledge of the learning support at each college and on the type of student that will be served well there. Our team of consultants possesses the skills and sensitivity required to work with all types of learners and the expertise to facilitate the independence and self-advocacy skills needed to succeed in college.

Judith S. Bass, CEP Founder & Certified Educational Planner

Judith S. Bass, CEP is an internationally recognized expert in the field of college and postsecondary placement for students who learn differently. For the past 20 years, Ms. Bass has provided comprehensive planning services for students with ADHD, ASD, and other learning differences. Ms. Bass is a contributing author in the recently published book, Navigating the Transition from High School to College for Students with Disabilities.

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Kelly Scherr, M.B.A., M.Ed. Senior Educational Consultant

Kelly helps students realize their potential by matching student and family priorities with those colleges and support programs that give her students the best chance for success. She works primarily with students diagnosed with ADHD, ASD, and other learning differences. Kelly has been working with neurodiverse students since 2013. Her experience working one-on-one with students as an Executive Function Coach helps her understand the strategies needed to support diverse learners in high school and in college environments.

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Ann Marie Stripling, M.S. Educational Consultant

Born and bred in the great state of Alabama, Ann-Marie has lived in the DC area for the last 10 years. She graduated from Auburn University (War Eagle) with a B.S. in Psychology and has an M.S. in Applied Clinical Psychology. In her early career, she worked to provide in-home and community-based counseling to students and families, while later she moved into the field of Special Education and helping students transition to college.

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Patricia Braun, J.D. Associate Educational Consultant

Tricia enjoys working with students and their families to find the college or post-secondary program that will best help students reach their potential as they transition from high school to the next chapter in their lives. For her this includes focusing on each student’s strengths and helping find programs that will support each student’s unique challenges. Tricia has taught classes and designed curriculum in high schools and elementary schools.

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Jessica Applestone Associate Educational Consultant

Jessica was inspired by her own experience working with an independent college counselor during high school to become a college admissions consultant herself. She has successfully guided students and their families through the admissions process since 2016. Jessica loves working with students who learn differently and is the parent of a high school student with ADHD and dyslexia who is rapidly approaching college age.

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Debra A. Berigow, M.S., CPCC, PCC ADHD & Executive Function Coach

Deb sincerely believes the heart and soul of coaching rests upon the partnership between client and coach, and the coaching experience enables students to ultimately empower themselves—to understand how they learn and to value and utilize their strengths. Through thought-provoking questions and caring support, Deb guides her students to experience self-discovery and experimentation with their ideas in areas such as managing time, balancing life and academic responsibilities, and developing useful habits and routines. She helps them to create their own individual strategies and solutions as they make changes, create options, and achieve meaningful goals for themselves. Deb does this with optimism, respect and empathy.

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Brad Bernstein, LCPC Academic & Executive Function Coach

Brad has over 20 years experience in independent school education as a counselor, administrator, and teacher. In addition to working in schools, Brad also has his clinical counseling license and works with adolescents and adults to support their social-emotional needs. Brad brings his expertise and experience to BES to support students in both academic coaching and college placement. He uses a strengths-based and student-centered approach to help students develop their executive functioning and study skills.

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Kathleen A. D’Alessio, M.Ed., CPCC, ACC ADHD & Executive Function Coach

Kathy’s love of coaching college students and adults with ADHD/executive function and learning differences is built upon her vast experience and expertise working in a college exclusively for students who learn differently.  As a founding faculty member of Landmark College, the premier college for students who learn differently, and with 36 years of experience in teaching, administration, advising, and coaching, Kathy understands the cognitive, emotional and developmental processes and the issues and concerns of neurodiverse individuals.

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Matthew Douglas Academic & Executive Functioning Coach

Matt Douglas is a veteran educator with over a decade of experience working with teens and young adults. Since starting his career as a high school teacher he has worn many hats in the field of education, including the group director of a teen travel summer camp, the social skills and academic manager at a progressive private school, and now as a life coach and academic counselor. His philosophy for his clients is one of compassion, respect and occasional tough love, with the ultimate goal of helping the teens and young adults he works with on their journey of becoming independent, confident adults.

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Karen J. Green, M.Ed., ACC Academic Achievement & ADHD Coach

Karen’s professional experience includes over 20 years working with gifted, high ability, and multi-diverse students, K-12, in the role of educator and administrator. As the District Coordinator for the Gifted and Talented program at McKinney, TX ISD, Karen enjoyed working with educators and parents to support the gifted and multi-diverse students. Today, she provides coaching for high ability students struggling with executive function, her area of expertise and passion. She believes a strength-based approach is critical for helping students develop skills and strategies to strive and thrive in a neurotypical world, both socially and educationally.

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Denise Mary Higgins, MAT, MS ADHD & Executive Function Coach

Denise Higgins has extensive experience in working with teenagers and adults who want to examine goals and increase self-awareness in academic, personal, and professional settings. She holds the conviction that all people have the capacity to become their most desired selves and is passionate about joining clients on their journeys to increase awareness, create strategies for success, and achieve the personal and professional goals they desire. Denise has completed the JST Coach Training Program and holds an MAT in History Education and an MS in Academic Advising. She recently retired from Landmark College after 33 years of service.

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Paige Krug, AACC ADHD & Academic Coach

Paige Krug is a special education teacher and has added ADHD, Executive Function, and Academic Coach to her credentials. Over the past year, Paige has been training with the ADD Coach Academy (ADDCA) in obtaining her specialty coaching certification. She is an ADDCA Associate Certified Coach (AACC). Her program focused on coaching those with a unique brain wiring, specifically those with ADHD or ADHD-like symptoms. She has over 200 training hours and this is just the beginning. This program has been wonderful for Paige because it allows her to better support her clients, as well as, learning about her own ADHD.

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Jenn Litvak, M.S., AACC, ACC ADHD & Executive Functioning Coach

Jenn specializes in guiding young adults, who think differently, through major life transitions. As an ADHD Coach, she helps individuals to build self-confidence, recognize their strengths, overcome obstacles, and reach their full potential. In addition to extensive training in executive function and social communication coaching, Jenn has spent the last 25 years working with college students to develop their skill sets with time management, work- life balance, leadership, and organization. Her coaching style is engaging, fun and interactive! She always takes a positive approach with her clients and truly meets them where they are to achieve progress and success.

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Samantha Maloney Diamente, AACC Coaching Coordinator & ADHD Coach

Samantha has spent the last nine years as a College Reading & Learning Association (CRLA) Certified Master Tutor, homeschool teacher, mentor and curriculum creator. She is an ADDCA Associate Certified Coach and  has completed over 150 classroom hours at the ADD Coach Academy with special training for families impacted by ADHD. Samantha has led English language chat sessions for Raritan Valley Community College, received advanced training in tutoring for college admission essays, and has written various curricula ranging from collegiate-level ESL to primary school speech & composition.

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Jessica McLaren, MSW ADHD & Executive Function Coach

Jessica McLaren has an undergraduate degree in Psychology from Marist College and a Master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University. She is an active board member of the Learning Disabilities Association of Maryland Montgomery County. As a board member she assists and educates teachers, administrators, and parents about learning disabilities and the different services available.

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Marissa Mosley Academic Coach

Marissa Mosley is an English teacher and academic coach, specializing in asset-based instruction. Marissa’s mission as an educator is to support students’ growth as learners and as individuals by highlighting their strengths, nurturing their gifts, and contributing to their ability to both recognize and fulfill their potential to be difference-makers in the world around them. She holds strongly to the belief that every student, regardless of their challenges, has been gifted with unique strengths, passions, and personality that can be utilized to achieve great things both in the classroom and beyond.

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Ben Reznikov, M.Ed. Academic and Executive Functioning Coach

Ben Reznikov is a licensed school counselor and has spent the last 12+ years working in different roles with children and adolescents. He has held the roles of a counselor, mentor, coach, behavior implementor, camp counselor, and peer supervisor. Currently, Ben maintains a school counseling license in both Illinois and Missouri. Working with BES, Ben is excited to help clients overcome obstacles, thrive with their unique learning styles, and find personal successes, as he uses a student-focused approach that allows the client to be a center figure in the development of their action plan.

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Marci M. Rubin, AACC, MBA ADHD Coach

As a ADDCA Associate certified life coach, specializing in ADHD, I utilize my life experiences and yoga practice to facilitate life changes based on individual strengths. Together we customize strategies, tools and life-long skills, that enable you to reach your full potential. I work with individuals who are ready to move forward in a new direction with their careers, education, and home life. Success and happiness are right in front of you. As your partner in coaching, we will uncover your own answers and clarity in obtaining your goals, purpose and greatest potential.

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Jaclyn Vincent, Esq., M.Ed. Academic and ADHD Coach

Jaclyn has extensive experience in the field of education in the classroom and from a policy perspective. She received a B.A. in Government & Politics and an M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Maryland. Jaclyn taught 5th grade in MCPS for three years before moving into the world of policy. At the Maryland State Dept. of Labor, Jaclyn worked on building the pipeline for in-demand industries by preparing students for college and the workforce.

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Jennifer Georgia, Ph.D

Jennifer grew up in Montgomery County, attending Holton-Arms School, where she was captain of the “It’s Academic!” team, and scored 800 on the Verbal portion of the SAT (one of 27 students to do so out of a million tested that year). She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton, and then got her Ph.D. in English from Harvard, where she also worked as a Teaching Fellow in writing, 18th century literature, feminist literary theory, and the history and structure of language. After earning her doctorate, she turned down a professorship to go live in England, where she became a speechwriter, producing talks on everything from women and world peace to endangered oceans that have been delivered at the White House, before Congress, at the UN, and at universities and conferences around the world. Jennifer is not quite as serious as she sounds, however. In addition to speeches, she is writing a series of mystery novels. She has kids of her own with very different learning styles, one at Princeton, the other an independent video game designer. She likes memes, Marvel movies, cool science, theater and digital art.

Nancy Halsey

Nancy Halsey has a BA degree in English and history from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Humanities degree from the University of Dallas. She enjoys studying both literature and history, and worked for 20 years as a professional writer and editor. As teacher and tutor, Nancy enjoys helping students to grow as learners. She has tutored young children learning to read, and has tutored middle school students in English language, literature, and PSAT prep. Most recently, she has taught English literature and creative writing with high school students in a one to one classroom setting. Nancy is beginning her second year as an essay coach with Bass Educational Services, a role she finds creatively engaging and incredibly satisfying. Nancy enjoys spending time with friends and family, writing, reading, movies and walking.

Diane Lawrence, Ph.D.

Diane grew up in Montgomery County and attended Seneca Valley High School. She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with a B.A. in Psychology and Biological Sciences, and then got her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Rochester. She pursued research on infectious diseases, immunology and mind-body connections, and she now provides scientific guidance to researchers trying to improve their grant applications and get funded for their work. She especially enjoys encouraging younger researchers and helping them find career development opportunities. In addition to spending time with her family, Diane enjoys puzzles, reading, hiking, and martial arts in her spare time.

Ellen Moharsky-D'Angelo

Ms. D’Angelo has been an educator for over twenty years. She has taught students from three years old to adults. Ms. D’Angelo has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Bloomsburg University of PA in Elementary Education, a Master’s Degree from University of Scranton in Curriculum & Instruction, and a Master’s Degree from Western Governor’s University in Administration and Leadership. She is a certified teacher in elementary (K-6th grade), special education (K-adult), and English (7th-12 grade). Her specialty is SAT/ACT preparation for high school students, who wish to attend college.


Director of Client ServicesJean Ruland
Account ManagerReenie Heon


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