Professional Education Consultants

Michael Binder

Michael Binder, (MS, MBA), the founder of Your College Navigator is one of the premier college consultants on Long Island having successfully guided hundreds of students through the college planning and admissions process. Mr. Binder is a noted speaker and author on the college preparation, selection, admissions, financial aid and scholarship processes. Mr. Binder founded Your College Navigator five years ago when he saw first-hand the challenges facing students and parents in the increasing complex and competitive college admissions process.

His unique "5 Step Approach" and significant success has not gone unnoticed. Over the past several years, Mr. Binder has been invited to appear at over 70 libraries, high schools, PTA's, Banks and CPA firms in Nassau and Suffolk counties. His articles have been published in 17 newspapers as well as in numerous internet blogs, and he publishes a regular newsletter for interested students and parents. Recently, Mr. Binder was interviewed by Newsday and he appeared in their December 30, 2012 article entitled "Student's See Heightened Competition for Colleges".

Mr. Binder actively participates in industry forums and is a member of two of the most significant industry organizations, the Independent Educational Consultants Association and the Higher Education Consultants Organization, and he has personally visited over 100 colleges and met with admissions directors at dozens of others.

Dr. Stuart Donnelly

With over 18 years of teaching experience and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Oxford University, Dr. Donnelly is considered by many leading educators to be one of the most experienced and qualified private tutors in the country.

After graduating from Oxford, Dr. Donnelly followed his love of teaching and embarked upon a full-time career in education. He lectured at George Washington University, D.C. before accepting a teaching position at Hong Kong's prestigious French International School. While in Hong Kong, he founded and directed Tutors of Oxford, which grew to become the territory's largest tutoring center. Upon his return to the United States in 1998, Dr. Donnelly accepted a lecturing position at Western Connecticut State University before moving to New York City in 2000 to found Tutors of Oxford NYC and Doctor MCAT, Manhattan's premium one-on-one MCAT tutoring and test prep service.

Dr. Donnelly (a.k.a. 'Doctor MCAT') has developed a unique strategy that is extremely efficient in dealing with the passage-based problems that appear on each section of the MCAT. His patient step-by-step teaching style helps to build his students' knowledge and confidence in each topic and greatly improves their test-taking skills. Many of his students have been admitted to some of the world's leading medical schools including Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, Oxford, Yale, and Cambridge.

Dr. Donnelly's services are in high demand, therefore it is often advisable to reserve your time slot well in advance to ensure availability. For more information about online or in-person tutoring, visit or contact Dr. Donnelly directly at (917) 568-2473 or at

Dr. Gary Goldman

Dr. Gary Goldman assists aspiring physicians in crafting an ideal application to medical school. From the first steps of carefully planning courses and activities in college, through application editing and interview preparation, Dr. Goldman individually helps and inspires students to achieve their greatest potential and achieve their dreams.

Dr. Goldman is a practicing physician at New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical College on the upper east side of Manhattan. He has served on the Cornell Medical College Committee on Admissions for ten years, as well as on the Tri-Institutional MD/PhD Program of Cornell University, Rockefeller University, and Memorial-Sloan Kettering Cancer Center for seven years.

With his unparalleled experience and insights into medical school admissions, he can share a deep understanding of the admissions officers' analysis and decision-making. Through compassion and humor he works to make the process far less stressful. By limiting the number of students, Dr. Goldman provides one-on-one help in a timely and individualized manner. His services are particularly helpful for the student with a less-than-ideal application.

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Dr. Odey Raviv

Dr. Odey Raviv is a learning specialist and educational consultant who has worked for over 30 years with students facing academic challenges. He has always been fascinated with helping students of all ages learn and thrive. Since his first experiences as a teenager working with children, he has known that becoming an educator was his destiny.

Dr. Raviv began his career by teaching in the toughest neighborhoods of New York City. He then pursued a doctoral degree in the education of exceptional students at the University of Florida where he he was granted a doctoral fellowship to research learning differences and social acceptance. After receiving his Ph.D., Dr. Raviv resumed and broadened his work in education by developing a career which encompasses being a learning specialist, professor, administrator, consultant, advisor, mentor, educational therapist, and coach throughout New York City and Long Island.

Focusing his work on students encountering learning differences, attention deficits, inconsistent motivation, and memory weaknesses, Dr. Raviv demystifies the learning process by teaching alternative strategies. He stimulates each client's awareness of his or hers particular strengths so those strengths can be put to use to overcome or compensate for areas of weakness. By developing an individualized program to teach critical thinking skills, alternative learning and study approaches, and reading strategies, students build skills that can positively impact their high school performance and prepare them for their college studies.

Dr. Raviv specializes in counseling and advising special needs students and those with accommodations in choosing the right college that will address their needs and support them as they reach their academic potential. In examining the student's unique learning approaches, individual abilities, and career goals, Dr. Raviv, together with the student and his/her family, pinpoints the colleges that best meet the particular needs of the student.

Jamie L. Reich

Jamie L. Reich, a native of Long Island, holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Sociology and Education from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., a Master of Science in Education with a specialization in Counselor Education from Hofstra University in Uniondale, New York as well as New York State Public School Teacher Permanent Certification in School Counseling. In addition, Ms. Reich holds a Professional Diploma in Marriage and Family Therapy from Hofstra University.

Ms. Reich is an Associate Member of the highly regarded organization, IECA, Independent Educational Consultants Association and is a member of NACAC, National Association for College Admission Counseling. Additionally, she is a member of Nassau Counselors' Association and NYSACAC, New York State Association for College Admission Counseling. Additionally, Ms. Reich served as Director of College Advising Services for a prestigious New York based SAT/ACT preparation company.

Ms. Reich has successfully guided hundreds of students and their parents through the exciting/stressful college application process. She works closely with the student on college selection, creating a stellar resume, brainstorming essays, building interview skills, assisting with deferral and wait-list strategies as well as transfer applications. Additionally, Ms. Reich provides early guidance for 9th, 10th and 11th graders in academic planning, extracurricular activities including community service efforts and summer planning. She also provides assistance with graduate school applications and essay brainstorming. Ms. Reich prides herself on the trust that clients have placed in her as she becomes the "go to" person for siblings and friends. The lasting relationships she builds with clients endure well beyond the college application process. Learn more about Jamie's college advising services. 

Marshall "Soulful" Jones

Marshall "Soulful" Jones found his voice at the world famous Nuyorican Poet's Cafe one summer night in 2006. Since then, he has shared the podium with notables such as Ambassador Andrew Young, Henry Louis Gates, Marc Lamont Hill, Mia Farrow, Dr. Julius Garvey, and John Leguizamo. He has opened shows for music artists Jordin Sparks, Musiq Soulchild, Kem, and Raheem DeVaughn. He regularly performs at numerous colleges and universities and he is an annual guest at the Omega Institute's Hermitage. He has been on National slam teams winning the first ever Group Piece Finals (2008-Urbana) and placing 2nd in the nation at NPS (2011- Nuyorican Poets Cafe). Completely informed by his art, Marshall conducts dynamic, experiential workshops with youth (UrbanWord NYC, Creative Outlet, SASF, Mercersburg Academy etc.) bringing the engagement of his craft into the classroom.

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Felice Kobrick

Felice R. Kobrick, LCSW of Kobrick College Consulting, LLC is an Educational Consultant, with an undergraduate degree in psychology and business, and a graduate degree in social work/counseling. As a graduate of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Training Program, she is an Associate Member of the IECA and, as such, adheres to the strict ethical guidelines developed by IECA for private educational counseling. Felice is also a member of the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC), and the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA). She also offers her expertise on the college admissions website and writes a monthly column, College Admissions 101, for the 18 newspapers that make up the Anton News publishing group on Long Island.

As colleges become more expensive and competitive, families feel increased pressure to make the right college choice. Using state-of-the-art, college admissions software designed and personalized for each student, Kobrick College Consulting, LLC assists students and their families as they navigate the intricacies of the college admissions process. Because we provide the expertise needed to determine which colleges are a good fit for a student's specific academic credentials and future goals, we ensure that every student finds a college where he or she can thrive and be successful!

Fabio Botarelli

Growing up in New York City, Fabio considered himself fortunate to have been raised in such a cultural and vibrant environment where there was always something to do and places to explore but his primary years were everything but gravy. From an early age he struggled with learning disabilities and this obstacle made learning a burden for him as opposed to a labor of love that he thought it should be for students of all ages. This approach to learning began to change when he was exposed to the game of chess; a mental sport that not only made learning a game to him, but also gave him some much needed self-esteem to surmount his learning difficulties throughout his tenure in a K-12 special education environment. At one point he was in the top 100 in the nation for boys of his age category from years 14-18. He credited his success to a caring chess tutor and a determination to rebel against the philosophy of classical chess with his own "active positional/hypermodern" approach to the game that has seen him garner numerous accolades and earn the terror of opponents who are not familiar with his style of play.

As the first student in the history of his high school to get accepted into a first tier school, Fabio went on to graduate from Trinity College with a degree in political science; leaving behind a legacy as a productive member in student government and founder of the college's first official chess club. Upon graduation, Fabio worked for Shernaz Kennedy to train her students at her chess programs at the All Souls School and Browning School; an experience that changed his life because from there he discovered that his love of the game was superseded by a newfound love of teaching others how to excel in it.

During the week he runs the after school chess programs that he himself created at Regis High School and The Parkside School and also assists in running the after school chess programs at The All Souls School and the Browning School for boys. When he is not working at these programs he gives private lessons to students after work or on the weekends and continues to keep his chess mind sharp by competing in chess tournaments twice a month at the Marshall Chess Club. His veteran chess experience, unorthodox approach to the game and the patient teaching methods passed down to him from caring special education teachers have provided him with the tools to help his students succeed. Over and over again it has been proven that chess advances ones spatial, numerical and administrative-directional abilities, along with verbal aptitudes but more imperatively chess makes learning a game; a game that teaches each student to work towards victory while enjoying the process of growth in both ability and maturity.

Andrew Lockwood

Andrew Lockwood, J.D. of Lockwood College Consulting is a controversial, outspoken critic of runaway college costs and a college finance consultant who specializes in helping "forgotten middle-class" families take advantage of "loopholes" in the federal financial aid system so that they can pay for a top college--without filing bankruptcy. Daily, Andy witnesses firsthand the financial and emotional stress that parents of college-bound children are up against under today's challenging economic conditions.

Andy and his partner, Peter Ratzan, wrote The "Never Pay Retail For College" Financial Aid Maximization System (a comprehensive guide to college financial aid for families who think that they cannot qualify), andCollege Pete's Thick Envelope Magic (a self-study course that helps children get into their top choice colleges). Andy and Peter co-hosted the College Planning Power Hour on 1400 ESPN Radio in Ft. Lauderdale and frequently appear in various media. Andy's newest book is The 49 Biggest Recruiting Mistakes a Student-Athlete Can Make..and How to Avoid Them!--a guidebook for student-athletes to use their talents to get into, and pay for, America's top colleges. Andy is the publisher and co-founder of the newsletters The College Success Bulletin andStudent Athlete Magazine.

A highly sought after and entertaining public speaker, Andy lectures several times a year on college finance's "secrets" around Long Island and Florida to groups such as the New York Financial Planners Association, numerous Temples, Jewish Community Centers, Adult Education Centers, the Knights of Columbus and high schools, PTAs and other civic and religious organizations. He is a member of the American College Funding Association and the Nassau Counselors' Association.

Andy chose his career because he personally amassed more than $100,000 in student debt between undergraduate studies at Wesleyan University, where he was a member of the basketball team and St. John's University School of Law. Now, he would like to keep other students and families from finding themselves in that same situation.

Audrey Serel

Audrey Serel has been involved in the educational field for the last twenty-eight years. She received her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from New York University in 1981 and earned her Master of Arts in Special Education in 1985. Upon graduation, she worked full time as a resource room teacher for The New York City Board of Education. The teacher to student ratio was 1:5; Audrey needed to individually assess each student to find their areas of strength and weakness, then address each students' individual learning styles to facilitate academic success. She worked for the Board of Education for fourteen years.

The next chapter of Audrey's life was spent dedicating herself to raising her two sons and volunteering in their schools and community. She has served as a member and chair person of various committees which included several years as a PTA board member. She won the Jenkins Award in 2001, which is given to distinguished individuals for years of service to children and youth.

She is a member of the Orton Society, The National Learning Disabled Society, and Ahead. She spent many years advocating for the rights of children with learning differences in her community. She referred parents to various specialists depending on their child's needs to address academic or socially related issues. Audrey also guided them in the evaluation process to make sure those students received proper services and accommodations in the school system.

Audrey began Options4You after raising her children and effectively completing the college process with them. Audrey is well versed in all different learning disciplines. Her own children had varied academic needs. Her eldest is academically gifted and her youngest struggled with learning disabilities from the age of 3. He is currently attending a top university, receives accommodations and is accomplishing his goals stupendously.

Due to Audrey's educational background and personal experiences, she is able to successfully work with all learning disciplines. Her adage is "I am an equal opportunity educator." Audrey's clientele is not limited to the learning disabled arena. Audrey has also successfully placed students into highly competitive universities.

She is a professional member of the following organizations: Independent Educational Consulting Association (IECA), National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) and Higher Educational Counseling Association (HECA).

Bonnie Snyder

Ms. Snyder grew up in New York City where she attended private school. She received a bachelor degree in English and Communications from Tulane University and earned her master's degree in Early and Elementary Education with honors from Hunter College. After graduation, she taught as a head teacher in preschool and elementary education schools in the private school system including: Studio Elementary School, Shari Tefila Nursery School, Columbia Grammar Preparatory School and the Claremont Children's School.

Ms. Snyder founded the kindergarten test preparation company, Competitive Edge Tutors, in 1990 to help students gain a competitive edge and overall test-taking confidence on standardized tests like the ERB, the Stanford Binet and The OLSAT/BSRA. She has been widely sought after and recognized for her expertise in this field since her company's inception, and has overseen all aspects of the company's growth while maintaining her commitment to individual students.

As its President, she has expanded Competitive Edge's programs to include test preparation for all preschool through 6th grade tests including the New York State ELA and Math exams, the ISEE/SSAT, and additional specialty school exams. She has also extended her services to include assessments, school play-date coaching, school admission coaching, school essay and writing support, weekly homework and skill-work assistance and help strengthening students' specific skill subsets such as reading, writing or mathematics.

Ms. Snyder has also found success working on students' emotional issues, reducing anxiety in the classroom to create more confident, motivated learners. She works with students to fine tune a precise set of learning skills as she believes that test taking and academic success can be achieved through practice. Ms. Snyder adheres to an individually tailored program to help students improve their test scores and grades, but sees the core of the process being about helping students to have fun, feel good about themselves and get excited about learning.

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