David Feinburg BA Tufts, MBA Cornell | (NY, NY)
David has been assisting students with U.S. university applications 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.
David Hawkins BA Oxford,MA Oxford,PGCE Bristol | (Somerset, UK)
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.
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 moved to London to work as a U.S. college counselor and English teacher at St. Paul’s. When she left St. Paul’s to complete her Master’s degree at London School of Economics (LSE), Bronwyn began offering her own independent application consulting services while teaching the SAT and GMAT at Kaplan’s London office. Bronwyn’s clients rave about the highly personalized quality of her services, her ability to demystify the application process, and her skill at drawing out each student’s unique story and writing voice. Bronwyn graduated Magna Cum Laude from Duke University in 2008 with a BA in Political Science and recently completed her PhD in Political Science at UCLA.
Christina Von Loeper BA Oxford, MSc LSE | (NY, NY)
Before joining Syzygy, Christina worked at St. Paul’s for seven years, where she taught French and German and was a college counselor in the U.S. Universities Admissions department. Christina is known for the care she puts into each student’s application and has been highly successful in helping her clients gain admittance to some of the most elite U.S. universities. Christina has also worked as a journalist, media salesperson and environmental consultant, mainly in Africa and the Caribbean. She read History and German Literature at Oxford University and has a Masters in Media and Communication from LSE.
Sam Fletcher BA UNC, MA SOAS | (London, UK)
Sam graduated from Winchester College, England and then took a gap year during which he interned as a journalist in Chennai, India. Sam turned down an offer to read history at Christ Church College, Oxford to accept a place as a Morehead Cain Scholar at the University of North Carolina (UNC). At UNC he acted in numerous plays, taught at a local high school and worked for the school paper. Sam graduated in 2016 from UNC with an honors degree in History and a minor in Creative Writing and recently completed his MA in Turkish Studies at SOAS University of London.
Alicia Johnson BA Duke, MA Univ of Texas, MEd Columbia | (NY, NY)
After earning an MA in Greek at the University of Texas, Alicia became an archaeologist and worked in Greece and the U.K. for ten years. Alicia taught at the university level for several years before shifting her professional focus to secondary education in 2010. Prior to joining Syzygy in 2016, Alicia taught at two prestigious private secondary schools in the U.S., The Hockaday School in Texas and Horace Mann School in New York. Alicia also spent several years working in the admissions department at Horace Mann and offers her current students invaluable perspective from this admissions experience. Since joining the team at Syzygy, Alicia has coached many students on how to craft compelling, persuasive, and personal essays.
Naomi Weinberg BA Princeton, MBA Harvard | (Boston, MA)
Based in the Boston area after spending 13 years in London, Naomi helps students with college and business school essays and interviews. Naomi previously spent time in the corporate world working in both management consulting and business development. She graduated Cum Laude from Princeton University with an AB in Religion and a concentration in American Studies. Naomi also earned an MBA with Honors from Harvard Business School where she and her teammates were the winners of the first social enterprise business plan.
Meg Stone BBA College of William & Mary, MBA Wharton, MSW USC | (London, UK)
Chief Operating Officer, Counselor
Meg recently joined the Syzygy team in London, where she will be responsible for overseeing certain business operations of the firm. Meg has been working as an executive coach/consultant and psychotherapist for the past ten years, 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 spent eleven years working in investment banking for Goldman Sachs 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. Meg also holds a Graduate Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA.
Brandy Fransen BFA Savannah College of Art | (WinterPark, FL)
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.
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
Matthew J. Mitchener BM Boston University | (NY, NY)
Performing Arts Specialist
Matthew is an active freelance percussion performer whose performance career has taken him to some of the greatest concert halls across the country and Europe including Carnegie Hall (New York), Symphony Hall (Boston), the Victoria and Albert Museum (London), and the Concertgebouw (Amsterdam). As an educator, Matthew maintains a private drum studio in New York and has given masterclasses across the U.S. In addition to his performance career, Matthew has extensive knowledge of the audition process for instrumental and classical voice programs at the top performance conservatories and liberal arts universities in the U.S.