Our Team

Judy Bass, our founder, has spent years visiting colleges and building relationships with the Directors of Disability Services and Learning Specialists at universities. Judy often contacts a college's disability office to discuss a student's profile and to clarify whether the college can provide the specific accommodations and services needed for that student to be successful.

Judy hosts meetings with college admissions counselors and learning specialists, participates in college tours for consultants several times a year, and also visits colleges on an individual basis. She is an instructor in UC-Irvine's College Consultants Certificate program, teaching other consultants about working with students who learn differently. Judy prides herself on educating families about the college planning process through her numerous speaking engagements throughout the United States, including parent presentations at schools, national and regional conferences, workshops, guest blog posts, and webinars. She is active in many organizations, including being a past Board member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), current Vice-Chair, Commissioner of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP),  and member of Learning Disabilities Association, CHADD, Tourette Syndrome Association, ADHD Group of Northern Virginia, ACCESS of DC, and WISER-DC.

Judy has built a team of experienced professionals who are caring, compassionate and have a positive attitude towards students who learn differently. Each member of the team understands that developing a connection with the student is crucial to a successful working relationship. Meet the team who promises to make your college search experience an easy and exciting endeavor:


Michele B. Stanton, M.Ed.

Educational Consultant
  • Specializes in K-12 school placement for students with learning differences
  • Has developed a deep understanding of students' needs through extensive classroom experience
  • Expert at evaluating schools and services for educational placement

Casey Martin, M.Ed.

Educational Consultant
  • Past experience as an educational administrator and teacher
  • Enjoys the challenge of making the process of education accessible to students with learning differences
  • Passionate about guiding clients and families to the right fit

Laura Shovan, MAT

Educational Consultant
  • Over 20 years of experience as an educator and poet-in-the-schools
  • background working as a state arts council Artist-in-Resident
  • wrote as an education reporter in published papers and magazines

Heather McGrath

Tutor Coordinator
  • Has been an SAT/ACT test-prep tutor since 2008
  • Earned a graduate degree in Counseling Psychology
  • Previous experience as an organizational coach and academic tutor

Jean Ruland

Office Manager / Executive Assistant
  • Knowledgeable about the needs of families of students with learning challenges
  • Assists with execution of strategic planning goals
  • Specializes in logistics, scheduling, supply management, and customer service

Debbie Glazer

CWLD Head Research Assistant
  • Maintains the database
  • Contacts college personnel to keep data up-to-date
  • Researches information on additional colleges to add to the database

Maureen Heon

Bookkeeper
  • Takes care of payroll and taxes
  • Manages billing and client financial matters
  • Works with accountant to ensure IRS compliance