Team

Dr. Rachel Rubin, Co-Founder

Dr, Rachel RubinDr. Rubin is one of the leading college admissions consultants worldwide.  For years, Dr. Rubin has been working with students and their families to help applicants reach their college admission goals. She has also served on admissions committees at selective universities and has first-hand knowledge of their admission processes.  In addition, Dr. Rubin has conducted some of the most significant and comprehensive research to date on how elite U.S. colleges and universities make admissions decisions.  In 2012, Dr. Rubin's research received international media attention from outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, TIME and CNN.

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Rachel Blankstein, Co-Founder

Rachel Blankstein

Rachel Blankstein is a co-founder of Spark Admissions, having worked for several years in the field of college and graduate school admissions.   Rachel works with students to help them gain admission to Ivy League and other selective U.S. colleges and universities. In addition, Rachel is a member of the University of Chicago Alumni Admissions Committee.

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Dr. Lindsay Cohen, Senior Admissions Consultant

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A Senior Admissions Consultant at Spark Admissions, Lindsay Cohen is a veteran educational advisor with experience guiding students in admissions and higher education. Dr. Cohen works with students to help them develop their academic skills, expand their extracurricular interests, and attain admission to their top choice schools.

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Dr. Matt Newman, Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Matt Newman, Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Matt Newman has worked for more than a decade in academic advising and undergraduate and graduate admissions. As a Senior Admissions Consultant, Dr. Newman advises high school students on academic and extracurricular planning, crafting vibrant essays, and interviewing. 

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Dr. Taylor Papallo-Wall, Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Taylor Papallo-Wall, Senior Admissions Consultant

Dr. Papallo-Wall joined the Spark Admissions team in 2015 after earning his doctorate from Yale University. As a Senior Admissions Consultant, Dr. Papallo-Wall guides high school students through the college admissions process, aids them in locating and obtaining internship opportunities, and helps them to develop their academic and study skills.

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Jennifer Morgan, Admissions Consultant

Jennifer Morgan, Admissions Consultant

As an Admissions Consultant, Jennifer Morgan excels in supporting high school students as they prepare for and apply to college. Jennifer’s extensive experience in academic program advising and development at Duke University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison gives her an important perspective in reviewing and strengthening students’ admissions materials.

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