Founded Headed For College to help families in need of expert educational consulting, college and graduate school counseling, and academic planning. Ms. Tabbush received a B.A. in Economics/Business from UCLA in 1987, graduating Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude. After graduating from UCLA, Jennifer worked as a Financial Analyst for Merrill Lynch Capital Markets Investment Banking Division in New York and Los Angeles. Jennifer earned her M.B.A. from the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management in 1991, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Ms. Tabbush worked for Walt Disney Television during business school in International Television Marketing. After graduating, Jennifer joined Nissan North America as a Senior Financial Analyst working in the strategy group.
Ms. Tabbush began her admissions career in 1990 as a volunteer student reader of applications to
the MBA program at UCLA Anderson. From 1990-2008, Ms. Tabbush worked in graduate admissions
for the UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management where she was Associate Director of MBA
Admissions. She read thousands of essays, interviewed hundreds of candidates, and represented
UCLA Anderson at events in the U.S. and abroad. Jennifer was also a member of the UCLA Undergraduate
Admissions and Relations with Schools admissions read team and read applications for
UCLA’s freshman class for three years.
Jennifer earned the Certified Educational Planner designation and holds a certificate in College
Counseling from UCLA. She has advised high school and college students in the U.S. and abroad regarding academic
planning and successful college and graduate program search and application strategies since 1994, and
has helped hundreds of students on a volunteer basis. She relies on her extensive admissions experience and knowledge of the admissions and academic landscape, as well as her ability to connect with teens, to help students navigate high school and find colleges that are a great fit. Ms. Tabbush loves every minute spent working with students. She and her husband Victor have two sons. Jennifer is currently serving a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, where she is also a member of the Finance Committee. She is a member of the following professional organizations:
She has worked in college counseling for the past 10 years. She has helped hundreds of students find, and attend, their dream college. She works with all types of students from all types of backgrounds. Kimberly has the added expertise of working with performing arts students. She counsels her students, strategizing on college selection and the audition process. In addition, Kimberly works with students who have learning differences, ensuring that they receive all the support they need when preparing for college.
Kimberly Byron brings a unique and varied skill set to Headed for College. As a 25-year veteran of the corporate world, she has a distinct perspective and global vision for what it takes to be successful in today’s business environment. Working for global and multi-national conglomerates such as Toyota Motor Corporation and Wickes Companies Inc., Kimberly served as Public Relations Manager and Advertising Manager for both companies. She created media campaigns, authored speeches and oversaw corporate imaging. It was in this capacity that she developed her expertise in both corporate and creative writing. Now, as a seasoned professional writer, she brings her knowledge, guidance, and insights into working with high school students as they find their authentic voice in their college essays.
Kimberly was also a principal partner in her own public relations company, KB Associates, where she represented clients in such diverse industries as entertainment, food services, healthcare, retail, and education. It was in this capacity that she began to nurture her interest in the education field and working with kids. She began assisting with essay writing and ultimately merged into counseling. After personally counseling her two daughters through the college process, she realized her true calling.
Kimberly received her Certification in College Counseling from UCLA. In addition, she is a UCLA volunteer alumni representative at college fairs, educating high school students, and their families, about UCLA. Kimberly is a UCLA graduate with a dual bachelors degree in communications and sociology. Kimberly is a member of the following professional organizations:
He joined Headed for College in 2013 following a distinguished 37-year career as a senior college admissions officer and dean, most of it at UCLA. He was recently named the recipient of the UCLA Anderson School of Management’s Outstanding Alumni Service Award for 2016. He has been described as having had a lasting impact on the lives of UCLA students and alumni over the past 35 years. The diversity of positions he held at UCLA was remarkable. Many remember Eric as an energetic and highly effective Director of Admissions for 10 years when the UCLA MBA Program grew into being a truly national and international powerhouse. He then transitioned to become Assistant Dean and Director of the MBA Program and Dean of Students for the next 12 years, where he managed all student services, including admissions. In 2003, following the infamous “Dot Bomb,” Eric was asked to take over the leadership of the Parker Career Management Center during a difficult recession. Within a short period of time the Career Center was transformed and student career outcomes soared. Eric’s personal relationships had a lot to do with those successes.
In 2010, Eric transitioned to become Associate Dean for External Affairs and Executive Director of
Alumni Relations where he motivated a team of people to engage UCLA alumni world-wide, and
he energized the UCLA Anderson Alumni Network like never before. Eric says, “I loved every one
of those jobs for different reasons. But most importantly, I was and still am passionate about
working with students.” Eric also served as an admissions officer at Hobart College and Pitzer
College earlier in his career.
Eric served as a trustee of the Graduate Management Admission Council among other noteworthy
Boards of major Higher Educational Organizations.
At Headed for College, Eric works with students from all over the world and he is known to
develop deep and meaningful relationships with his students, which is a key to successful outcomes.
Eric is a graduate of Hobart College in Geneva, NY and received his MBA from UCLA Anderson in
1980. He is the proud father of sons Alex and Nicholas, both grown and doing what they love.
Steve Peifer was honored with the NACAC Excellence in Education Award in 2010, the Yale Counseling Award in 2007, and the Guidance Professional of the Year award in 2013 from the NACCAP. For his work in Kenya, he received the CNN Heroes Award in 2007. (Watch the video here.). Steve took an unusual route to become a college counselor. He was the Practice Manager for Oracle Consulting, and during a sabbatical in Kenya, ended up becoming Director of College Counseling at Rift Valley Academy in Kijabe, Kenya. The 100-year-old school had never had a student attend a top university; when Steve left there after 14 years, there were six students at Harvard, six students at Stanford, and many others at great colleges in the U.S. He left Kenya in 2013 and is currently the Director of College Guidance at The King’s Academy in West Palm Beach, FL. He considers college choice to be a very important decision, and the privilege to be a part of that conversation with teenagers is a great honor.
Steve is the author of A Dream So Big. He has been married for 32 years to Nancy and has four children, one grandchild and one grandchild on the way. He has a BA from Northern Illinois University and completed the Certificate Program in College Counseling from UCLA. He was awarded the Certified Educational Planner credential from the AICEP. Ten percent of his earnings will be donated to the work he started in Kenya.
Steve is a member of the following professional organizations:
Stephen Schreiber has spent his career in higher education. He was Director of Men’s Housing at Wake Forest University, Director of Orientation at the University of Texas at Austin, and Associate Dean of Students at the University of Chicago. Dr. Schreiber was the Director of the GMAT testing program at the Educational Testing Service and the Executive Vice President of the LSAT testing program. He is currently consulting with organizations with educational components and reads undergraduate applications for Princeton University.
With the LSAT, Dr. Schreiber met regularly with law school Deans, Directors of Admission, and faculty and was intimately involved in the introduction of new programs and services to law school applicants and law schools. He has worked with admissions officers at every US and Canadian law school. He was instrumental in the LSAT being used internationally in Australia, China and India.
His entire career has been spent working and advising undergraduate and graduate students. He continues that now using his many experiences and contacts to assist students in developing their applications to law schools. He has built a network of experienced law school admission officers to help students make sound decisions and wise choices.
Dr. Schreiber has a BA in Sociology from the College of Wooster in Wooster Ohio, and a masters and doctorate in Higher Education Administration from Indiana University in Bloomington.
Inna Gergel, Headed For College’s graduate health care advisor, has been advising undergraduate and graduate students for over fifteen years at UCLA. Since 2004, she has specialized in advising students seeking careers in health care including medical and dental school, nursing, physical therapy, physician assistant and psychology graduate programs. Inna advises students throughout their undergraduate careers and through the graduate school application process. Using a holistic approach, she aids students with academic preparation, research opportunities, volunteering and extra-curricular activities, revisions of personal statements, assistance in answering prompts during secondary applications, interviews and more.
Ms. Gergel has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Comparative Literature from UCLA and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology with emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University. She is a member of the National Association of Advisors for the Health Professions.
David Cooley joined Headed for College in 2014. His background includes more than seven years as an award-winning Career Coach for UCLA Anderson School of Management’s full-time MBA program. His experience also includes five years as a Career Coach and trainer for Drake Beam Morin, an international career consulting firm. He has worked with clients of all ages and experience levels, from recent college graduates to senior-level company executives. His client list includes E! Entertainment, Synopsys, the Walt Disney Company, Gilead Sciences, the IMAX Corporation, L.A.’s Metrolink and Lumend Technologies.
He received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and holds a certification in General Management from UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is certified in Career Coaching by the Hudson Institute of Santa Barbara, California.