David Feinburg BA Tufts, MBA Cornell  | (NY, NY)

Founder, Counselor

David has been advising students applying to U.S. universities for over ten years. After spending 18 years as an equity salesperson for Goldman Sachs in New York and Boston, David joined the faculty at St. Paul’s School of London in 2007, where he taught, coached and served as the department head for U.S. Universities Admissions. After leaving St. Paul’s in 2014, David started Syzygy Global Education. David has extensive knowledge of all of the elements of the university admissions process and long-standing relationships with many of the admissions counselors at the top U.S. universities.

Dr. Bronwyn Lewis Friscia BA Duke, MSc LSE, PhD UCLA | (LA, CA)

Lead Essay Specialist

Bronwyn has been assisting students with their applications to U.S. universities since 2008, when she joined the U.S. Universities Admissions team and English Department as a Colet Fellow at St. Paul’s School of London. After completing her fellowship, Bronwyn began offering her own independent application consulting services before joining Syzygy Global Education in the year it was founded. Bronwyn’s clients rave about the highly personalized quality of her services and her skill at drawing out each student’s unique story and writing voice. Before and during Bronwyn’s time at Syzygy, she graduated magna cum laude from Duke University with a BA in Political Science, taught the SAT and GMAT in Kaplan’s London office, earned her Master’s at LSE, and completed her PhD in Political Science at UCLA.

David Hawkins BA Oxford, MA Oxford,PGCE Bristol | (Somerset, UK)

Counselor

David is an expert in international university admissions systems and specializes in the admissions systems for the U.S., U.K. (including Medicine and Oxbridge), Canada and Europe. David was previously Head of College and Career Counseling at the International School of Brussels (one of the largest such schools in Europe) and Head of Careers at Taunton School. David is an Affiliated Consultant to the Council of International Schools and is a former member of the Government Relations Committee of the International Association for College Admissions Counseling.

Meg Stone BA William & Mary, MBA Wharton, MSW USC | (London, UK)

Chief Operating Officer, Counselor

Based in London, Meg works closely with many of our U.K. and European clients in her role as an admissions counselor and is also responsible for overseeing certain business operations of the firm. Before joining Syzygy, Meg spent ten years working as both a psychotherapist and executive coach/consultant, including three years in the student counseling center at University of Southern California (USC). Prior to embarking on this second career in counseling and consulting, Meg was a managing director at Goldman Sachs, where she spent 11 years in investment banking in the U.S. and U.K. Meg earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and an MSW from USC.

Elizabeth Marcellino BA UCLA, MBA Wharton |(Los Angeles, CA)

Essay Specialist

Elizabeth has worked as a freelance journalist in Los Angeles for more than a decade and brings her skills as a writer and storyteller to the Syzygy team. She has interviewed entrepreneurs, artists and public officials to explore the narrative behind their successes and is passionate about helping students relate their own life stories in the most compelling way. Before pursuing life as a writer, Elizabeth was a managing director at Goldman Sachs in New York, where she spent 12 years in investment banking, portfolio management and private equity. She earned an MBA from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has a BA in Economics from UCLA. Elizabeth also serves on the board of Jumpstart, which works with preschoolers in under-resourced communities to close the early learning gap.

Sarah Zimmerman BA Yale, MA NYU | (London, UK)

Essay Specialist

Sarah has been a professional writer and editor for over 25 years. She graduated from Yale University cum laude and received a Master’s degree in Creative Writing from NYU.  Her work has appeared in national magazines and newspapers including Town & Country, Bride’s, Cosmopolitan, Time Out New York, American Way, and The American Hour, among other outlets. Sarah has taught on-line essay writing at The New School.  She also worked as a senior writer in an agency environment, writing everything from speeches, brochures, and op-eds to new business proposals for both non-profit organizations and Fortune 500 companies. Sarah was also the founding editor of Avenue Asia: 500 Influential Asian Americans, a successful offshoot of Avenue magazine. More recently, Sarah has been working as an editor for a Brussels-based literary agent.

Brandy Fransen BFA SCAD | (WinterPark, FL)

Visual Arts Specialist

Brandy has worked in international higher education and admissions for over 15 years. She earned her BFA in Graphic Design from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) and worked as a designer for many years before returning to SCAD in the role of Director of International Admissions. During her twelve years at SCAD, Brandy led workshops and tutorials on “How to Prepare a Dynamic Portfolio.” She has also conducted hundreds of interviews with students applying to art schools and reviewed just as many portfolios. In 2015 Brandy joined the faculty of Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida as the Senior Associate Director of International Admissions.

James Friscia BA Princeton, MBA London Business School | (LA, CA)

Business Specialist

James is a strategy consultant and area specialist in business education programs. His career has been in strategy consulting for Fortune 500 companies and other large international enterprises as well as in-house as a director at both a large private company and a public corporation. James has conducted and coached interviews for undergraduate admissions, graduate admissions, and business roles, and he has tutored students in how to raise their scores in both the GMAT and SAT. He is passionate about helping students define and achieve their business-oriented educational goals. James graduated Summa Cum Laude from Princeton University and has an MBA with Honors from London Business School. 

Aileen F. Mitchener BM/BFA Belmont University |(NY, NY)

Performing Arts Specialist

Aileen is an accomplished singer, dancer and actor who performs throughout the U.S. and internationally in a variety of venues including regional theaters, NYC theaters, and opera companies. Aileen also works as a private voice teacher and audition coach and has taught master classes across the U.S. Aileen has assisted many students preparing portfolios in Theatre Design, Theatre Technology, Stage Management, Film, Directing, Playwriting, and Dramaturgy.

Tim Wheaton BA Drew University, MEd Harvard |(Lexington, MA)

Athletic Recruitment Specialist

Tim recently joined the Syzygy team as an expert in athletic recruitment. With over 20 years of experience as a Division I coach at Princeton and Harvard, and 10+ years as a college administrator at the Division I and III levels (including serving as Director of Athletics at Colby College), Tim has a strong understanding of college athletics, the athletic experience, and the recruiting process. As a former two-sport intercollegiate athlete and parent to intercollegiate varsity and club athletes, he brings a great deal of experience from many different perspectives to the athletic recruiting process.

Rachel Sobel BA/BS Syracuse, MSW Simmons, PhD Berne | (Phila, PA)

Learning Differences Consultant

Rachel has over 30 years of experience assisting students with learning differences throughout all phases of the university admissions process. Rachel has her PhD in Counselor Education and is also a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Educational Planner. Her extensive training and experience as a psychotherapist, college counselor, and educator informs her approach to consulting with families and students. Rachel routinely visits universities throughout the U.S., meeting with representatives from the offices of students with disabilities and with admissions officers to learn about new programs and admission trends. She is also a frequent speaker for professional and parent groups throughout the U.S. on topics that relate to the specific needs of students with learning, emotional, behavioral, and social disabilities as they plan for their future.