Brooke started Advantage College Planning in 2008 after working at Vermont Student Assistance Corporation and College Foundation, Inc. Brooke's passion for working with students and desire to make the college planning process less stressful for families inspired her to start the college consulting business.
When she's not meeting with students and parents, Brooke visits dozens of campuses each year, attends national conferences, and participates in workshops and seminars to keep up with college admissions and financial aid trends. She frequently presents seminars and workshops on various college planning topics around Wake County.
Brooke has the following professional designations:
Immediate Past President, Higher Education Consultants Association
Member, National Association of College Admissions Counseling
Associate member, Independent Education Consultants Association
Member, Southern Association for College Admission Counseling
Former Board Member, National College Advocacy Group
In addition to coaching students through the college planning process, Brooke enjoys coaching new college consultants on building a successful college planning practice.
When she’s not working with students or consultants, Brooke spends her free time camping (hopefully near the beach) with her husband, two young children, and their Yorkshire Terrier, Buddy.
director of college consulting
Lindsey Ringenbach has worked in college admissions and college counseling for the past 17 years. She began her career in college admissions at her alma mater, UNC Chapel Hill, where she served on the undergraduate admissions committee for seven years.
Her professional path then led her to Ravenscroft School, where she guided students and families through the college admissions process as the school’s Assistant Director of College Counseling. Lindsey transitioned back to higher education when she was appointed to the position of Associate Director of Admissions at Meredith College, an all-women’s college in Raleigh, North Carolina. Most recently, she joined the inaugural administrative team at a new STEM-based charter high school, where she has the pleasure of counseling the school’s first graduating class.
An avid reader and writer, one of her favorite professional experiences was serving on the Editorial Committee for the college admissions and counseling peer-reviewed journal, The Journal of College Admissions. Though no amount of reading can replace the experience she gained when she counseled her own child through the college search and application process. That first- hand knowledge provided her with a unique perspective to help students and families through their own processes.
A highly trained yoga teacher, Lindsey approaches her work with students in the same way as she teaches a yoga class: with compassion, empathy, and support. Ever optimistic and cheerful, she is passionate about helping students discover their true potential. Originally from Syracuse, New York, Lindsey lives in Raleigh, North Carolina with her family and their Bernese Mountain Dog, Shya.
college Planning Consultant
Jamie joins Advantage College Planning after 6 years of working in public and private universities in Tennessee. While working in academic advising, major and career development, and community engagement, she frequently saw her students struggling with the idea of “fit” years into their college careers. An advocate for student success, Jamie was drawn to college planning through her determination to lessen the number of college students asking “What am I even doing here?” Jamie’s intention for her students is that they will graduate from high school having made an informed decision about “what’s next” that comes from thoughtfully understanding who they are and who they hope to become over the next four years.
A lover of words, Jamie has also worked as a writing coach since her grad school days. Most recently, she has worked as an essay specialist with college essay editing service, Prompt. Jamie loves helping students discover their voice through telling their story, and she can teach you to master comma usage in under 5 minutes.
Jamie earned her BA in Christian Education from Presbyterian College and her MA in English from Belmont University. She is currently completing a graduate certificate in College Counseling from the University of California, Los Angeles.
When she isn’t working with students, Jamie loves to travel. She and her husband spent 2018 living abroad in 12 different countries and one 2-week ocean crossing! She has a dog, Piper, who acts like a cat and a cat, Oswin, who acts like a dog. She loves to read and to garden, and is always in need of more shelves to hold new novels and new houseplants.
college Planning Consultant
Cara has a career that spans over 10 years in graduate admissions, most recently at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She has worked across interest areas including Social Work, Medicine, Biomedical Sciences, and Public Administration and has awareness of what it takes along the way to reach a specific career destination. She loves learning about each school's unique opportunities and believes in covering all bases when finding best fits for her students’ interests and needs. Cara earned her BA in Psychology from Marquette University in 2002, and her MA in Counseling Psychology from The Adler School of Professional Psychology in 2008. In her spare time, Cara enjoys spending time with her family and playing any activity she can, especially tennis and golf.