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A Successful Collaborative Approach

We are leading college and graduate school admissions consultants. Our expertise in problem solving, in project creation, and in writing and editing comes from our shared experience in business and education. Our CEO, Pierre, created the Yale Student Business Society, which now boasts one of the largest business communities in the Ivy League. He and his team have teaching and research experience at some of the top colleges in the nation. Most importantly, they have helped students from around the world gain admission to the schools that best fit their interests by creating tailored roadmaps for success in academics and beyond. Their insights on education and business have been featured by Forbes, U.S. News, CNN, The Washington Post, Reader's Digest, ABC News, NBC News and elsewhere.

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Pierre Huguet, Ph.D.

CEO & Co-founder, Leadership Development

Pierre decided to create H&C Education after years of extensive experience in both education and entrepreneurship. He's a leading college and graduate admissions expert whose advice has been featured on, U.S.News, CNN Business, the Washington Post, ABC News, Business Insider, and elsewhere. He has launched several successful for-profit and non-profit companies. In 2015, he started and managed his own real estate investment company. He is also the founding president of the Yale Student Business Society, now the largest non-profit organization focusing on entrepreneurship and management at Yale. He has served on the board of several business organizations in the Yale community. Pierre has taught literature to undergraduate students at Yale and has published articles in some of the most prestigious reviews in his field, such as Europe, and has received numerous grants, fellowships, and distinctions throughout his education.

He studied Comparative Literature, Philosophy and Political Science at the University of Montreal and earned his B.A. summa cum laude in Comparative Literature and Philosophy. He holds a master’s in Literature from McGill University, and M.A., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from Yale University in French literature and cultural history.

Pierre is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).

Angela Dunnham

Master Admissions Counselor
Former Assistant Director of Admission, Dartmouth College

Angela Dunnham is a graduate of Dartmouth College, where she majored in English Language and Literature. She is earning her master’s degree in Educational Leadership and Policy at Beijing Normal University in China. As an Assistant Director of Admissions at Dartmouth College, she traveled to schools around the country and read over 1000 applications.

Angela has considerable experience advising students and families throughout all stages of the admissions process. She has worked with students living in the United States and China. She has hosted workshops for US high school guidance counselors and youth development organizations to deepen their understanding of the admissions process.

Angela is passionate about using her skills to bring out the best in her students. She has helped students gain admission to Top 30 colleges and universities, including Yale University, Brown University, John Hopkins University, University of Michigan, and more. Angela is also specially prepared to help less competitive applicants improve their admissions chances.

Angela helps students develop their narrative, fine-tune their leadership skills, and define their extracurricular profiles. In addition to a thorough understanding of the holistic review process used to evaluate students at highly-selective colleges and universities, Angela’s track record as a leader, community organizer, and educator allows her to connect and prepare students to be competitive in the application process.

Racquel Bernard

Master Admissions Counselor
Former Assistant Director of Admission, Dartmouth College

Racquel Bernard graduated with a bachelor’s in African and African American Studies from Dartmouth College. After graduating, she served as an assistant director of admissions at Dartmouth for one year before completing a Master’s in Cultural Studies at the University of the West Indies in Jamaica. Racquel Bernard researches reggae and samba reggae, the ways women use these musical worlds to confront misogyny and racism. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in Musicology at UCLA. 

She has worked with students to successfully apply to Princeton, the University of Chicago, UCLA, NYU, Northeastern, Boston University, and more. Racquel has traveled internationally giving admissions presentations, meeting with clients, and discussing important factors in the application process. She uses her experience reading applications as an admissions officer to help students craft applications that stand out from the crowd.

John Klich

Master Admissions Counselor

John graduated cum laude from Yale University with a B.S in chemical engineering. Prior to joining H&C Education Consulting, John worked for two years as an applications consultant at CollegeVine, helping clients to perfect powerful personal narratives and gain admissions to top 30 universities. His clients have also earned acceptance to top 10 programs in disciplines ranging from mechanical engineering to fine art. With an additional six years of independent tutoring experience, John has demonstrated a long-term commitment to teaching and mentorship.


John’s other work experiences have shaped his approach to working with students. In 2020, he was recognized by the Yale College Dean’s Office for his dedication to his undergraduate research and his positive impact on the Yale community. He has also interned at Purdue’s Birck Nanotechnology Center and at Novartis, and he is now pursuing a Ph.D. at Stanford University in the Schools of Engineering and Medicine. . As an engineer by degree and a scientist in training, John’s experience enables him to find creative solutions to unique problems. He is ecstatic about the opportunity to impart this approach to clients, empowering them to discover their voices and pursue their passions.

Adrianne Owings

Principal Admissions Counselor

Adrianne graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Theater & Performance Studies. Originally hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, her own college applications earned her admission to four Ivy League schools in her senior year of high school. She began her career in educational consulting at CollegeVine as an Essay & Applications Specialist during her first year at Yale. She has since worked with GPS Education and College Planning Source as an Essay Specialist where she helped high school students around the world create their own successful college application essays. She has also worked with the Yale Undergraduate Admissions Office as a Tour Guide and Yale Ambassador.

Although her academic studies have largely focused on acting over the past four years, Adrianne has also honed her writing skills until the tutelage of Yale professors such as Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Donald Margulies and journalist Margaret Spillane. Outside of the classroom, she was a Staff Writer and the Opinion Editor at The Yale Politic, an undergraduate cultural and political journal, and has been published in The Yale Daily News as well. She also served as the Business Manager and International Tour Manager of her a cappella group, Redhot & Blue, and as the Director of the Leading Ladies Gala, a 200-person event held annually by the Women’s Leadership Initiative at Yale. She has also been heavily involved in the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign for several years.

She uses her experience in multiple disciplines to help students achieve their personal and academic goals, and she believes there is nothing as rewarding as watching a student gain confidence in their skills and succeeding in the college admissions process.

Lukas Corey

Principal Admissions Counselor

Lukas is a Yale University senior pursuing a double major in Biology and Computer Science. After working in management, hiring, and applications consulting at CollegeVine for two years helping more than one thousand students with their essays, Lukas transitioned to a College Admissions Counselor position at H&C. In college, he has been a Yale Admissions Ambassador, Computer Science TA, Editor of the Yale Scientific Magazine, Writer for The Yale Globalist, Volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter, and Member of the Dean’s Advisory Committee for Science and Quantitative Reasoning. He also co-founded, the Yale Undergraduate Research Journal, and Yale CS Tutorials.

Lukas’s experience in business, internships, and research is also vast. In high school, he helped start the nonprofit Model United Nations Northwest, which runs Washington State’s largest conferences. A published researcher, he has worked in labs at the University of Washington, the National Institutes of Health, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Yale, and Novartis. He has received tens of thousands in grants and scholarship funding from the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking, NASA, the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design, and more.

Marc-André Alexandre

Athletic Recruiting Specialist

Marc-André is the athletic recruiting specialist for H&C Education. He holds a B.A. in History of Science and Medicine from Yale University. An accomplished athlete during his college years and captain of the Varsity Track & Field Team in 2017, he believes in the complete development of young student-athletes, academically and physically. This last year, Marc-André worked as a Project Manager for Credo, a social impact consulting company, and spent substantial time working in education alongside teachers, professors, non-profit leaders and members of the Québec Ministry of Education.

His experience as a successful Ivy League student-athlete, his strategy, and decision-making skills and his passion for education and consulting explain his commitment to offering quality advisory services.

Arielle Ambra-Juarez

Law School Admissions Consultant

Arielle Ambra-Juarez graduated with Honors from the University of Chicago with degrees in Economics and Linguistics. Post graduation, she served with AmeriCorps, teaching 9th-grade algebra in Chicago, and is now a 1L at the University of Chicago Law School. Prior to joining H&C, she spent several years as an applications consultant and later manager at CollegeVine, working with clients to gain admission to their top choice schools.

Arielle’s expertise is in helping students brainstorm, organize, edit, and polish their personal statements and essays. She is passionate about bringing out and highlighting a student’s most compelling and unique stories to set their application apart. With a background in admissions and recent personal experience with successfully applying to law school, she is intimately familiar with applications process and is eager to guide prospective students through it.

Charly Kuecks

Tutor & Writing Specialist

Charly is passionate about demystifying the cutthroat college admissions process through rigorous, but fun, personalized tutoring. She got her start as a math tutor at the Waterford School, her alma mater, and Utah's leading college preparatory K12 school. Since then, she's expanded into running in-person and virtual courses and consulting for the SAT, ACT, and GRE. At Shmoop, she brought her editorial voice to the AP products, always with an eye to engaging high school students. She's excited to help students increase their confidence, passion for learning, and knowledge of the standardized testing landscape through H&C Education.

Standardized tests:
SAT (all sections), ACT, ACT Writing, GRE.

English Language and English Literature, Calculus AB and B.C., Psychology, French, World History, European History, U.S. History, Biology, Chemistry, Psychology.

High school courses:
All levels of English literature, All levels of creative writing, Calculus, Statistics, Algebra, Trigonometry (all math), French, Honors/standard STEM (Chemistry, Bio, Physics), Test prep.

Special Needs Skills:
ADD/ADHD, Anxiety-specific needs, Behavioral disabilities, General learning disability, Gifted.

Phil Gao

Managing Director, China

Phil graduated from Yale in 2018 with a master's degree in data science and statistics. Over the past two years he has helped students on their TOEFL and GRE exam prep, essay and personal statement writing, and school selection. He returned to China after graduation to work for a unicorn company as a data scientist. He joined H&C as the Managing Director of the company’s operations in China, to work on market expansion, online content management and customer development.

His background in data science informs his approach to educational consulting and his focus on quantifiable results. Phil now lives in Beijing and is excited to help students explore higher education opportunities in North America.


Managing Director, China

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