Gina Gerrato Greenhaus founded Greenhaus College Consulting in 2011, to assist students and their families through the maze of college admissions and create a winning strategy to successfully transition from high school to college. After visiting numerous colleges and meeting with admissions counselors, she has a well-defined interpretation of what matters most to colleges and how they make their decisions.
Gina takes tremendous pride in her role as a mentor, coach and college counselor for high school students. She enjoys over a decade’s worth of experience working with adolescent youth while advising as a professional counselor with community, school based programs and private practice. Her success comes from developing trust with students, partnering with their families, as well as mentoring and coaching.
Gina is a trained counselor with a Masters Degree in Counseling Psychology with a specialty in working with families, children and adolescents. Her professional experience includes working in a variety of counseling settings with both middle and high school students. She has also completed an Educational Consulting Certificate Program through UC Irvine. Her passion for education and counseling has inspired her to develop a comprehensive college counseling model to help students get on track and discover their future goals. Gina is able to create a supportive environment for students to work through their college applications and essays, with less stress and more success.
In addition to working in private practice, Gina reads scholarship applications for the Hillsborough Education Foundation and Scholarship America. Additional experiences include working as an external undergraduate application reader for the University of California in San Diego, undergraduate division and working as an expert witness in the area of college transfer admissions for a local Law Firm in San Diego. She also spent two years mentoring and volunteering her time with first-generation students at YALLA San Diego, a nonprofit organization. Gina also mentors college students at San Diego State University as they transition from college to the work environment.
Gina attends conferences and workshops each year to keep current with new information and specific programs that might interest her students. She is a member of the Western Association of College Admissions Counselors, Higher Education Consultants and Independent Educational Consultants Association. Gina’s mission for every student she works with is to guide and match them with their best-fit college to allow them to grow academically and personally develop their own uniqueness. Her success comes from her innate ability to establish an alliance with students and gain their trust, as well as from being flexible and focused on the needs of each student.
Gina is originally from New York and moved to San Diego in 1991. She is married with one son and a golden retriever.
Jen Fordham is an independent educational consultant whose mission is to help students and their families achieve their educational goals. Jen believes that every student is a unique individual who deserves the focused attention and personalized guidance needed to transform their dreams into reality.
Jen’s career began with intensive training and experience in educational therapy as a coach for students with special learning needs. This experience led Jen to focus on helping students to understand themselves in order to find success and reach their greatest potential. Educational therapy strategies for improved learning and self-efficacy remain an important feature of Jen’s work with all students.
With twelve years of experience as a traditional high school teacher, private school administrator, and head of school, Jen’s specialties include math, science, study skills, test-taking strategies, and essay writing. Building trusting relationships and mentoring adolescents and teens as they grow and develop is one of Jen’s greatest joys.
Jen holds a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from UC San Diego and a Master’s Degree in Education from Pepperdine University. She also completed UC Irvine’s Certificate Program in Educational Consulting. Jen keeps current on issues related to learning disabilities and college admissions by regularly attending educational conferences and workshops. She is a member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.
In addition to counseling students with Greenhaus College Consulting, Jen assists first-generation San Diego high school students as a volunteer for Partners in College Success (PiCS). Jen also volunteers for the College Essay Guy’s Matchlighter Program which provides free counseling and essay assistance for students in need.
2018 will be a big year for Jen as she and her husband are expecting their first child – a boy! Jen loves kids, living in San Diego, and enjoying the ocean and the outdoors.