Our Story

College Bound Consultants assists families whose children are planning to or are applying to college. We have enabled 94.3% of our clients gain admission to their top college choice and 100% of our clients gain admission to at least one of their top three choice institutions. College Bound Consultants is highly successful because we enable students to compose the strongest applications that demonstrate their best and most distinctive attributes. We work closely with college representatives to remain current of the ever-changing admissions requirements. Allow us to motivate and guide the student in completing and submitting outstanding applications far ahead of deadlines. Eliminate the stress associated with the college application process for both the child and family. We are qualified to assist all kinds of students as all of our college consultants are state-certified, trained, and experienced school counselors who hold advanced graduate degrees. We also feature experts who specialize in essay review, fine art portfolio assessments, and performing art audition review. CBC offers multiple plans and service options designed to meet your family’s needs. In-home appointments are conveniently planned to meet your schedule throughout the New York City metropolitan region. We also use state-of-the-art web, video and phone conferencing technology to communicate with our local, national, and international clients.

Meet Our Consultants

Wade A. Klein

M.A., Ed.M., M.S.Ed.
President & Founder

Wade is regarded as an expert of the field of college and career planning who has been working in the field for almost 30 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, he 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. Additionally, he advises 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. He holds permanent state certification as an elementary school teacher, middle and high school counselor, and as a district administrator. Wade is also a certified Life Skills Educator. He is a member of National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), The New York Association for College Admission Counseling, New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling, and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society for Education.

Marc M. Radin

C.P.A., C.C.P.S.
National Certified College Financial Planning Specialist and Certified Public Accountant

Marc is a past president of the NJCPA Bergen County, New Jersey Chapter. As a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), his firm has been serving individuals as well as small & medium size businesses for over 20 years. As one of less than 300 certified college planning specialists in the country, he offers college financial planning services for clients who are seeking to maximize need based financial aid opportunities as well as those who are seeking to maximize tax, cash flow, and investment opportunities.

Rachel DeJong

B.A., M.A.
Academic Tutoring Centers (ATC)

After graduating from the University of Michigan and Columbia Teachers College, Rachel DeJong taught high school English at a rigorous specialized school in New York City. Rachel’s course load included AP English classes and a senior seminar on personal essay writing and college research. In 2015, Rachel started her own college essay consulting business, The Right Essay, and worked with students who gained admission to Harvard, Princeton, Cornell, Michigan, and other excellent schools. After eight years of teaching, Rachel returned home to Chicago with her husband Math to begin their new roles as Owners of Academic Tutoring Centers. Rachel tutors high school English and the Critical Reading, Reading, and Writing Sections of the SAT and ACT, but she is especially passionate about helping students improve their writing. 

As, we believe the best tutors are teachers. Owned and staffed by former teachers, ATC ensures that our tutors differentiate instruction based on individual learning needs, communicate material in engaging ways, and connect to students as individuals. With a dynamic tutoring staff, we offer in-person and online support for tests.

Sean Elias

B.F.A., M.A.
Theatre and Performing Arts Specialist

Sean Elias is the Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer of Iron Crow Theatre in Baltimore, MD. Sean has worked as a professional actor in equity theaters across the Northeast including The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, as a director at the historic Theatre 80 and the New School for Music at The Kaufman Center’s Merkin Concert Hall at Lincoln Center, as well as in public and private schools, universities and community outreach programs and as a coach to organizational leaders, arts organizations and independent consultants.

As an educator Sean heads the theatre department at The Jemicy School, a private high school in Owings Mills, Maryland dedicated to students with dyslexia and other learning differences. Sean has worked as an educator in public and private school systems as well as with community outreach programs serving under privileged youth in urban settings. Sean also serves a Resident Teaching Artist with Center Stage Theatre and as adjunct faculty for
Towson University.

When not on stage, Sean serves as a coach and consultant to arts organizations such as The Chesapeake Arts Center and leaders from independent practices to Fortune 500 companies. Sean holds a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre Performance from the University of the Arts and an M.A. in Theatre Education from Emerson College.

Caroline McAuliffe

Artist, Educator, Consultant

Caroline is an established artist and educator. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, most recently at the Children’s Museum of Art in Manhattan. She teaches cross-curricular programs and arts enrichment through Wingspan 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.

Caroline 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. She currently works 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.