The Team


We are a team of educators who all graduated from top tier universities: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia University, University of Chicago and Boston University. Most of us served as alumni who interviewed hundred of students. For the past 5 years, we have been helping over 40 students get into their dream schools.  


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Vincent Choi | Co-founder and Chief Product Architect

Vincent is the founder of Ivy University Consulting and has worked in the educational sector for 15 years. Currently, he also serves on the Board of the Shuang Wen Academy Network (SWAN), which began in 1998 and has earned a National Blue Ribbon Award, in conjunction with PS184M, the nation’s first dual-language English-Mandarin public school. His experience spans across all ages from high school seniors down to pre-K within public, charter, and private schools, with a special emphasis on pedagogies focusing on growth mindset and individualized development. Beyond his non-profit work with the Black Star Project and Umoja Student Development Corporation, he also served on the Board of Innovate Manhattan Charter School (in conjunction with Kunskapsskolan in Sweden) and the University of Chicago Alumni Club. Vincent graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Music, where he also served as the Format Chief of the Classical and Electronic genres at WHPK88.5fm. He is an advocate of enabling students to pursue their interests, even despite its vocational focus.

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Tracy Ruan | Co-founder

Tracy ‘s passion on college admission starts with her brother’s college application. While helping her brother applying to college, she has been to a lot of school meetings, seminars and workshops. She was often told by the counselors that her brother's school list is hard to reach and recommended to apply safe. Tracy was not really happy with the answer. She encouraged her brother to aim high, follow his heart and give every school on his list a try! Therefore she spent almost half year full time working with her brother and the result was he received admissions by 3 top 100 schools, which includes: Michigan State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Drexel University, as well as DePaul University, Columbia College in Chicago. Continue with that passion, she decided to help more students to reach their highest potential and get into their dream schools. Tracy graduated from Boston University with a master degree in International Business

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David Penberg | Head of Admission Consulting

An urban and international educational leader for 30 years, David Penberg has taught and held leadership positions in independent, international and charter schools, higher education, community based organizations, and not for profits. He has a deep grounding in progressive education, the cross-cultural experience and leadership development. He was a fellow in the Carey Leadership Program at Bank Street College (1982-84) and Klingenstein Fellow for International School Heads at Teachers College, Columbia University (2008). He was the founding director of the nationally recognized Liberty Partnerships Program 22 years ago at Bank Street College. Since then, Penberg has held posts as Head of Studies and Head of School in international schools in Mexico City and Barcelona. He was most recently the Head of School at Innovate Manhattan Charter School in the lower east side and an adjunct at Pace University’s Teaching Fellows program. Penberg contributes to The International Educator, Independent School Journal, and ASCD’s Smart Briefs. His perspective on leading, teaching and learning emerges from a life-long apprenticeship and the conviction that there has never been a more urgent time to reinvent education, than now. He abides by Auden's dictum "We were put on earth to make things." In addition to his M.S. in Leadership and Supervision from Bank Street, Dr. Penberg has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

Dr. Penberg, has also worked at Sun Yat Sen University as a foreign expert, where he taught Public Speaking and Writing to science students selected by the World Bank, to do their graduate and post graduate work in the U.S.

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Galina Kho | Head of Admission Consulting

Galina Kho has 10+ years in the marketing industry. She holds a M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, a M.A. in Communications & Technology from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Social Psychology from Emory University. She’s had multiple years in the tech startup industry as well as years of vendor experience where she worked with C-level executives to implement new knowledge output products for the advertising research industry. Having grown up in Beijing and Hong Kong, Galina also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.

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Shahrukh Khan | Sr. Tutor

Shakrukh is currently a junior student at Harvard University. He has 8 years experience in tutoring in various subjects, including English, History and essay writing. He has been volunteering at Harvard University with reading college essays for 3 years. Prior joining the team, he works as a private tutor in guiding students through the college application process.
Shahrukh also serve as an editor on Harvard International Review and as an editorial writer at The Harvard Crimson. He speaks English and Hindi.

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Mihalis Alisandrators | Sr. Tutor

Mihalis is a junior student at Princeton University. He has been tutoring math, sciences and standardized test prep. He has helped about 20 students improved test scores by at least 30%. His ACT score is 35 (Full Score: 36), SAT Score 2340 (Full Score: 2400).
As an undergraduate at Princeton University, he is a USA Weightlifting Judge. He also compete in various contest, one of it was Olympic Weightlifting. He enjoys helping students in college application process. He often applies the weightlifting spirit into college application process, which is to stay focus and hang in there for one more second. He has been successfully helped 4 students get into Ivy League schools in 2016. He speaks English and Spanish.


            David Penberg

An urban and international educational leader for 30 years, David Penberg has taught and held leadership positions in          independent, international and charter schools, higher education, community based organizations, and not for profits. He has a deep grounding in progressive education, the cross-cultural experience and leadership development. He was a fellow in the Carey Leadership Program at Bank Street College (1982-84) and Klingenstein Fellow for International School Heads at Teachers College, Columbia University (2008). He was the founding director of the nationally recognized Liberty Partnerships Program 22 years ago at Bank Street College. Since then, Penberg has held posts as Head of Studies and Head of School in international schools in Mexico City and Barcelona. He was most recently the Head of School at Innovate Manhattan Charter School in the lower east side and an adjunct at Pace University’s Teaching Fellows program. Penberg contributes to The International Educator, Independent School Journal, and ASCD’s Smart Briefs. His perspective on leading, teaching and learning emerges from a life-long apprenticeship and the conviction that there has never been a more urgent time to reinvent education, than now. He abides by Auden's dictum "We were put on earth to make things." In addition to his M.S. in Leadership and Supervision from Bank Street, Dr. Penberg has a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  

Dr. Penberg, has also worked at Sun Yat Sen University as a foreign expert, where he taught Public Speaking and Writing to science students selected by the World Bank, to do their graduate and post graduate work in the U.S. 


Vincent Choi
Vincent is the founder of Ivy University Consulting and has worked in the educational sector for 15 years. Currently, he also serves on the Board of the Shuang Wen Academy Network (SWAN), which began in 1998 and has earned a National Blue Ribbon Award, in conjunction with PS184M, the nation’s first dual-language English-Mandarin public school. His experience spans across all ages from high school seniors down to pre-K within public, charter, and private schools, with a special emphasis on pedagogies focusing on growth mindset and individualized development. Beyond his non-profit work with the Black Star Project and Umoja Student Development Corporation, he also served on the Board of Innovate Manhattan Charter School (in conjunction with Kunskapsskolan in Sweden) and the University of Chicago Alumni Club. Vincent graduated from the University of Chicago with a degree in Music, where he also served as the Format Chief of the Classical and Electronic genres at WHPK88.5fm. He is an advocate of enabling students to pursue their interests, even despite its vocational focus.
 

Tracy Ruan
Tracy ‘s passion on college admission starts with her brother’s college application. While helping her brother applying to college, she has been to a lot of school meetings, seminars and workshops. She was often told by the counselors that her brother's school list is hard to reach and recommended to apply safe. Tracy was not really happy with the answer. She encouraged her brother to aim high, follow his heart and give every school on his list a try! Therefore she spent almost half year full time working with her brother and the result was he received admissions by 3 top 100 schools, which includes: Michigan State University, University of Colorado-Boulder, Drexel University, as well as DePaul University, Columbia College in Chicago. Continue with that passion, she decided to help more students to reach their highest potential and get into their dream schools. Tracy graduated from Boston University with a master degree in International Business.

Galina Kho
Galina Kho has 10+ years in the marketing industry.  She holds a M.S. in Strategic Communications from Columbia University, a M.A. in Communications & Technology from Georgetown University, and a B.A. in Social Psychology from Emory University.  She’s had multiple years in the tech startup industry as well as years of vendor experience where she worked with C-level executives to implement new knowledge output products for the advertising research industry.  Having grown up in Beijing and Hong Kong, Galina also speaks Cantonese and Mandarin.  

Shahrukh Khan
Shakrukh is currently a junior student at Harvard University. He has 8 years experience in tutoring in various subjects, including English, History and essay writing. He has been volunteering at Harvard University with reading college essays for 3 years. Prior joining the team, he works as a private tutor in guiding students through the college application process. 
Shahrukh also serve as an editor on Harvard International Review and as an editorial writer at The Harvard Crimson. He speaks English and Hindi.

Mihalis Alisandratos
Mihalis is a junior student at Princeton University.  He has been tutoring math, sciences and standardized test prep.  He has helped about 20 students improved test scores by at least 30%.  His ACT score is 35 (Full Score: 36), SAT Score 2340 (Full Score: 2400).   
As an undergraduate at Princeton University, he is a USA Weightlifting Judge. He also compete in various contest, one of it was Olympic Weightlifting.  He enjoys helping students in college application process. He often applies the weightlifting spirit into college application process, which is to stay focus and hang in there for one more second.  He has been successfully helped 4 students get into Ivy League schools in 2016.  He speaks English and Spanish.