TUTORS & ADVISORS

Our people are our greatest asset. Ivy Link’s education consultants and instructors are exclusively students and graduates of the Ivy League. In addition to their unmatched educational pedigrees, they boast extraordinary accomplishments in the classroom, on standardized tests and in an array of professional settings. Many have earned Master’s Degrees, PhD’s or professional degrees in education and other specialized fields.

Beyond a mastery of academic subjects and an aptitude for standardized tests, our consultants and instructors share common traits essential to education: a love of teaching, maturity, confidence, patience, empathy and an ability to connect with students. Ivy Link’s consultants and tutors have extensive experience teaching and mentoring in diverse settings and at different levels.

Adam Nguyen
Founder

Adam has over a decade of experience helping applicants and students at various levels in admissions counseling, test preparation and academic coaching. He has served as a Pre-Law Advisor at Harvard and a reader of applications in Columbia’s Office of Undergraduate Admissions. Additionally, Adam has mentored and tutored students through non-profit organizations like Columbia’s Double Discovery Center and New York Cares. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Political Science from Columbia and a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. He has also studied at the University of California, Berkeley as a Woodrow Wilson Fellow in Public Policy and International Affairs, and at the University College London. Adam is a frequent speaker and commentator on admissions and standardized testing, appearing on Bloomberg TV and at The Parents League of New York, Columbia University, Citigroup and JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Cory Bragar
Director of Standardized Testing

Cory has extensive experience with test preparation strategies in connection with college and graduate school admissions. For almost a decade, she has provided one-on-one instruction to students preparing for standardized tests such as the SAT, ACT, LSAT and GMAT. Prior to joining Ivy Link, Cory worked as a tutor at Advantage Testing, an Admissions Associate in the Trinity College Admissions Office, and while at Harvard, an advisor to undergraduates with respect to the law school application process. Cory is a graduate of The Dalton School and Trinity College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts with honors in American Studies. She also holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School. Prior to teaching full time, Cory worked as an intellectual property attorney at a top-ranked law firm in New York. In her spare time, Cory is an amateur magician and an avid practitioner and instructor of martial arts including Krav Maga, Brazilian Jujitsu and Taekwondo.

Laurent Vasilescu
Principal Advisor

Laurent Vasilescu provides strategic guidance to applicants to business schools. Laurent graduated from Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics and from Columbia Business School, where he was a member of the Hermes Society, a group of selected students who serve as ambassadors for the Admissions Office and who provide a student perspective on life at Columbia Business School. Laurent has worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP as a consultant advising consumer products and retail companies on various valuation and inter-company taxation issues, and at Limited Brands/New York and Company where he was promoted four times until he left as Senior Manager of Planning to attend Columbia Business School. During business school, Laurent worked at Lazard Asset Management, where he focused on the retail and consumer stocks.

Barry Weinberg
Vice President – Operations

In addition to tutoring and advising students, Barry Weinberg oversees the day-to-day operations of Ivy Link. Barry has worked with Ivy Link students primarily in economics and the college admissions process, although his experience includes Calculus, statistics, the social sciences, and Mandarin. Barry’s background extends to the financial industry, where he has worked as an equity research and portfolio analyst at Georgica Advisors and Value Insight Partners, a family office and related fund of hedge funds. Barry is a graduate of Columbia where his studies focused on East Asian politics and the Chinese Communist Party. While at Columbia, he was head of the Student Governing Board and was a member of the Committee on the Core Curriculum, which oversees Columbia’s rigorous common courses required of all students. In addition to his student leadership roles, Barry enjoyed playing for the Columbia Men’s Water Polo Team and his work as a Fellow for Young People for the American Way.

ADVISORS & INSTRUCTORS

Julia Bosson | Columbia, MFA (candidate) | Columbia, BA
Kate Brassel | Columbia, PhD (candidate) | Princeton, MA | Cambridge, MPhil | Columbia, BA
Michael Carter | Columbia, BA
David Chan | University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), MBA | Cornell, BA
Scott Dubler | Stanford, MS | Columbia, BS
Ellen Hoobler | Columbia, PhD | Wellesley, BA
James Ip | Harvard, MD | Columbia, BA
Jason Kim | Columbia, BA
Ann Lai | Harvard, PhD | Harvard, SM | Harvard, AB
Eva Levy | Columbia, BA
Kristen Loveland | NYU, JD (candidate) | Harvard, PhD (candidate) | Columbia, BA
Ryan MacLennan | Harvard, AB
Stephanie McGuire | Oxford, PhD | Oxford, MSc | Longy Conservatory, MM | MIT, BS
John Ng | Harvard, MD | Columbia, BA
Suveg Pandey | Harvard, AB
Margarita Popova | Columbia, BA
Justin Reynolds | Columbia, PhD (candidate) | Cambridge, MPhil | University of Chicago, BA
Jesse Santos | Columbia, MD (candidate) | Columbia, BA
Caleb Simone | Columbia, PhD (candidate) |Columbia, PB Cert | Baylor, BA
Michael Sugarman | Columbia, BA
Barry Weinberg | Columbia, BA