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:
President-Elect, Higher Education Consultants Association
Associate member, Independent Education Consultants Association
Member, Southern Association for College Admission Counseling
Former Board Member, National College Advocacy Group
Brooke graduated magna cum laude with her BA in Business from Champlain College. She is currently completing her graduate certificate from the University of California, Los Angeles in College Counseling.
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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.
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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.