Founder – Eric Endlich, Ph.D.
Dr. Endlich has worked with many families around the world to help them navigate the college application process and find the ideal universities for their interests and needs.
He is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and serves on their Learning Differences/Neurodiversity Committee and Diversity/Equity/Inclusion Committee. In 2020, IECA honored Dr. Endlich’s contributions with the “Making A Difference” Award. Learn more about this honor here.
Dr. Endlich is also a licensed psychologist, professional writer and former college instructor. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in English from UC Berkeley, where he was awarded a Regents Scholarship (highest honor) as well as the President’s Undergraduate Fellowship for original research. He went on to earn graduate degrees in psychology from NYU and BU, and a certificate in independent educational consulting from UC Irvine.
Dr. Endlich has taught at Tufts University, Suffolk University, Boston College and UMass Boston. He is an advisory board member for Oakstone Publishing, the International Journal of Rehabilitation and Special Education and the Asperger/Autism Network (AANE).
Recent media features include “How to Know If You’re Ready for College” and “How to Better Cope with Remote Learning” from CollegeXpress, and a podcast interview about college students and mental health with College Parent Central. For more articles, videos and podcasts, visit our media page.
“The chances of getting into the best-known colleges may be decreasing, but we can help find a school that will be a great match for you – whether you’re a straight-A, B, or C student.”
– Eric Endlich, Ph.D, Founder of Top College Consultants
The Top College Consultants Team
Lisa Andrews, MSW, M.S., M.Ed.
A results-oriented professional school counselor, Ms. Andrews has developed college and career readiness programs increasing students’ emotional growth, learning engagement and college acceptance rates. She is the department chair and lead school counselor at Ganesha High School in Pomona, CA. At the University of La Verne’s School of Education (Educational Counseling Department), she teaches graduate courses and serves on the graduate admissions committee.
Her commitment to deep equity work involves equalizing the playing field and creating pathways to college success for underserved students with exceptional learning needs.
Ms. Andrews is Board President of the nonprofit Gladeo (a free, inclusive career guidance platform), and an essay reader for the Gates Millennium Scholar Program, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc. Light and Achievement Scholarship Fund.
She earned her BA in Communicative Disorders from University of Redlands, MSW from University of Southern California, Masters in Educational Leadership from Concordia University, and MA in School Counseling from University of La Verne. Lisa is a music enthusiast and avid tennis player, and loves USC football and all things Trojan-related.
Jennie Swenson, BA, BS
Ms. Swenson has over a decade of national and international experience as a youth advocate and educator, including five years as a Post Secondary Counselor for Fusion Academy.
Ms. Swenson is passionate about connecting with each individual to discover their personalized path. She especially enjoys helping students identify meaningful extracurricular activities as well as capture their unique voice for essays and interviews.
Individualized meetings include standardized testing planning, creating a college list, pursuing aptitude testing, identifying a major, building a resume, assembling a portfolio, writing essays, preparing for interviews, selecting a college, mastering life skills and more.
She received her Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension, is a certified yoga and HeartMath instructor and has worked as an English, Psychology, and Life Skills teacher. She earned a BA in English and BS in Communication Disorders with a Minor in Music from Brigham Young University. An advocate for service learning, Ms. Swenson wrote her undergraduate honors thesis on post-operative speech therapy for individuals with cleft palate in Amman, Jordan, and taught English to youth in leprosy colonies in India. After graduation, Ms. Swenson worked with children and adults with learning differences in clinics and schools. She enjoys traveling, live music, and spending time with friends and family.
Alisha Uppal, M.S., NCC
Ms. Uppal has experience with U.S. and international admissions, and has worked with students nationally and abroad. She has guided students applying to both undergraduate and graduate programs, and has mentored students with transfer applications. Ms. Uppal aims to help students find colleges and universities that best fit their academic, social, and extracurricular needs, and strives to guide students in constructing essays that authentically portray their interests, personality, and career goals.
Ms. Uppal graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, English, and Classical Studies from Emory University. While at Emory, she was a member of the Eta Sigma Phi Honors Society for Classical Studies, research assistant on several projects in the psychology department, and editor-in-chief for WMRE magazine. She has earned a Master of Science in Counseling from Johns Hopkins University, where she was a member of Chi Sigma Iota International Honor Society for Counseling. In addition to being a college admissions consultant, Ms Uppal is a practicing psychotherapist and National Certified Counselor (NCC).
Ayako Lainez, MA, SpEd
An experienced and dedicated counselor, Ayako has completed a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA Extension and has worked in a private high school. She is a member of the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC) and an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
Ayako has helped students in various settings to navigate course selection and discover their postsecondary goals. She has a master’s in special education, and is knowledgeable about IEPs/504 plans and accommodations.
Ayako has extensive experience with ADHD, autism, dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia, mental health challenges, hearing/visual impairments and physical disabilities. She has taught language arts, worked as a journalist and enjoys supporting students on their essays and applications. In addition, Ayako is a “TCK” (third culture kid) and has personal experience navigating the college and graduate school application process as an international student.
To improve access to college for students worldwide, especially those with learning differences or emotional challenges.
Top College Consultants prides itself on simplifying the college admissions process for families. Our experienced team is dedicated to supporting families every step along the way. We are guided by 3 core values:
Top College Consultants strives to provide valuable guidance to students and families throughout the process.
We believe that all students, regardless of their challenges, deserve access to a quality college education.
Our diverse team of lifelong learners is passionate about helping and inspiring students.