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Wade Klein, M.A., Ed.M., M.S.Ed.

President

Wade is regarded in the field as a preeminent college advisor who has been working in the field for over 20 years. He is the Director of College Services and School Counselor at one of the top-rated high schools in the United States. He has served as a college counselor at other leading high schools and as the Director of College Counseling for the Summer Study Program at Penn State University. Wade has taught and conducted research at Teachers College, Columbia University. Furthermore, Wade works closely with Teachers College, Columbia University, Fordham University, the Hunter Graduate School of Education, and the Lehman College Graduate School, and New York University to supervise and train their graduate students to become school and college counselors. He has presented at the Hunter Graduate of Education School and at New York City-wide training sessions for college advisors. Additionally, Wade works with highly-rated colleges to improve their ability to attract top candidates and to ensure that they will be successful in college. He has also been a featured speaker for the New York State Association of College Admission Counselors.

Wade has earned two Masters’ degrees from Columbia University, specializing in school, career and psychological counseling. He has also earned a third Masters degree in Educational Leadership from the City College of New York (CUNY). He attained his Bachelor’s Degree from the University at Albany (SUNY) in 1990. Wade is also a certified Life Skills Educator. He is a member of NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counseling), The New York Association for College Admission Counseling, New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education.

Sean Elias, B.F.A., M.A.

Theatre and Performing Arts Specialist

Sean is an actor, director, teaching artist, educator and coach. Sean has worked as a professional actor in equity theatres across the northeast, as a director at the historic Theatre 80 and the Kaufman Music Center in NYC, as a teaching artist with CenterStage one of the nation’s premiere equity theatres, as an educator in Boston’s public schools and community outreach programs and as a coach to organizational leaders and independent consultants.

As an actor, Sean most recently performed as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Perry Award Nomination). Past professional credits include Little Women, Much Ado About Nothing, Into the Woods, The Cradle Will Rock, Venus, In the Boom Boom Room, Cabaret, Gypsy, The Producers, Evita, Peter Pan and The Wizard of Oz. Sean has also performed in various cabaret venues throughout New York City including The Duplex, The Underground and the legendary Don’t Tell Mama’s.

As a director Sean most recently directed the limited engagement New York revival of The Cradle Will Rock by Marc Blitzstein at the historic Theatre 80. In addition, Sean was asked to direct an evening of one-act operatic and musical theatre performances for Mannes College, The New School for Music at The Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall.

As an educator Sean has worked in Boston’s public high school system as well as with the IBA Cacique Youth Arts Center. IBA provides low-income youth with the necessary resources, skills, and support needed to succeed in school and in their personal lives. In the classroom, Sean emphasizes project-based, experiential and interdisciplinary learning in hopes of expanding the learners capacity to think critically and solve problems creatively. With a background in theatre education for community development, all of Sean’s lessons aim to promote an increase in the learners civic engagement.

When not on stage, Sean serves as a coach and consultant to leaders from independent practices to Fortune 500 companies – helping them to advance their oratory skills for public speaking engagements ranging from 50 to 5000 attendees. Sean holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of the Arts and a M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College.

Caroline McAuliffe, B.A., M.F.A.

Fine Arts Specialist, Educator and Consultant

Caroline is an established artist and educator having exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan. Caroline joined the Children’s Museum of Art as a teaching artist in 2009, where she has developed a weekly silkscreen program and teaches intensive arts classes, including a portfolio preparation to students applying for arts high schools in New York City. Additionally, she teaches cross-curricular programs and arts enrichment through Wingspan https://www.yourcanadianmeds.com/ Arts, Inc. and Doing Art Together, two nonprofit arts companies located in the city. Her educational placements have taken her to four boroughs and New Jersey to teach art to all ages, including special needs, ESL, physically disabled, and at risk youth in juvenile detention facilities and District 79.

She holds an art-teacher certification in New Jersey and has seen students in New Jersey and New York public schools through the college application process. Caroline has also worked as a printmaking consultant to Drew University’s fine arts department to assist in developing a regionally competitive program. During the summer of 2012 she partnered with Trisha Brown Dance Company and the Children’s Museum of the Arts to teach movement and arts classes to children and families on Governor’s Island. She currently works https://canadianpharmacysites.com/ as a free-lance textile printer for custom fabrics and maintains an art studio in Jersey City, where she is the founder of Gates Press, a fine art printing business.

Caroline received an NEA grant in 2010 as an artist in residence at Brydcliffe Artist Guild in New York. She has since participated in residencies at Vermont Studio Center and is scheduled to be in residence in Iceland in the summer of 2013. Caroline graduated with distinction from Pratt Institute’s Master of Arts program in drawing and printmaking in May of 2009. She received a B.A. in Studio Arts and Arts Education from Hobart and William Smith Colleges in 2005, where she was named an Arts Scholar and received High Honors in Painting. Upon graduating, she also won the Arthur Dove and Catherine Gracey Awards for artistic excellence.