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. Educational Consultant and Senior Executive Function Coach

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 clients 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 specific 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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Susy Thomas, Ph.D. Educational Consultant

With over twenty years specializing in evaluation of learning and attentional disorders, Susy has expanded her practice to provide college counseling here at Bass Educational Services. Susy has dedicated her career to empowering students to work towards being lifelong learners. She earned her B.S. in Psychology and minor in Spanish from the University of Scranton. As an undergraduate, Susy authored research on nontraditional college students.

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Jaclyn Vincent, Esq., M.Ed. Director of K-12 Services

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.

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April Miller, M.S., CCC-SLP Educational Consultant

April is a Speech-Language Pathologist and Independent Educational Consultant with over 20 years of experience in Education. As an SLP Clinician, she worked with diverse pediatric populations from birth to 18 across various settings. As a college faculty member, she taught undergraduate courses in Communication Disorders and also supervised graduate student diagnostic and treatment practica.

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Brad Bernstein, LCPC Academic Coach and Educational Consultant

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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Jessica McLaren, MSW 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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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.

Shafi Noss

Shafi is a Maryland native, who studied physics and philosophy in undergrad after a wonderful year abroad in Japan. He has been recognized as a National Merit Semifinalist, awarded 2nd place in the state in his age range on verbal scores from the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth, and first place in his year for an undergraduate physics project, creating a relativistic simulation of the solar system. He is also a member of MENSA and the co-coordinator of their entrepreneurship group.

Now, having navigated the educational system with his own ADHD and having been a client of BES during his transition to college, Shafi is ready to leverage his perspective and tutoring experience, and pass on his expertise to the next generation of students with learning differences, ready to fulfill their potential.


Director of Client ServicesJean Ruland
Administrative CoordinatorDenise Dorsie
Account ManagerReenie Heon


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