Our Team

Preparing Students for Success in College and Beyond

Experienced Advisors

All Five Summers advisors graduated from top universities, and we love sharing our experiences with students to ensure their time in high school and beyond is  academically and personally meaningful.

With our advisors’ diverse educational backgrounds and years of expertise, Five Summers offers effective personalized university plans and application guidance to maximize students’ chances for success in the university application process.

Supportive Mentors

We match our advisors to students based on their interests, values, and personalities, ensuring that every student is paired with an advisor who is best able to connect to and motivate them.

We respect our students’ choices and listen to them. We are mentors and often friends. In Five Summers, we are happy to see students acquire academic and practical knowledge, to develop curiosity and a positive attitude toward the world.

Comprehensive Program

We are proud of our students and believe the knowledge and positive attitude our students gain through working with Five Summers will help them throughout their university career and beyond.

Our university planning program and university application advising program are complementary, allowing those who wish to start early the chance to apply to university with greater self-confidence, time-management skills, personal development and success.

 
 
 
 
 

Evan Brown

Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area, Evan studied English and Education at Stanford and Harvard Universities (BA 2006; MEd 2011). Evan’s passion for language and literature earned him admission to many top universities including Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and UC Berkeley. He was awarded Stanford’s Intellectual Exploration Grant, which he used to conduct research abroad. During the interim between his undergraduate and graduate studies, Evan traveled and lived in Europe, Asia, and North America. He has taught high school English in the US and China. In the past few years, he has served as a college admissions coach. During his teaching and advising career, Evan has had the privilege of encountering many of today’s most exceptional and talented young minds, and he has helped them gain admission to their dream schools. He speaks fluent Chinese.

Peter Morelli

Born just outside of Vancouver in the small town of Mission, Dr. Morelli spent his childhood years running around in the forests of northern British Columbia before finding his way back to Vancouver via the Okanagan. He completed a Bachelor of Arts First Class Honors in English with a Major in Humanities at Simon Fraser University, then continued on to graduate studies at the University of Cambridge in the UK, where he completed an MPhil in Eighteenth-Century and Romantic Studies and a PhD in English. Peter specializes in the literature and politics of the British Romantic period and in literary, critical and political theory and practice. Dr. Morelli has taught in the English departments of both Simon Fraser University and the University of Cambridge and helped research and develop course syllabi for the World Literature Program at Simon Fraser University. When he isn't reading, writing or teaching, he can usually be found playing football (soccer) or hiking through forests and up mountains.

Sinatrio Raharjo

Sinatrio was born in Indonesia and grew up in Calgary, Alberta. Having been very competitive since he was young, he always had an interest in sports and has been an accomplished competitive fencer since he was 11. He chose to attend the University of Pennsylvania as it continued to nurture his two passions: academics and fencing. At Penn, Sinatrio took a wide selection of courses, from biology to music history, in order to broaden his academic palette. Having been most interested in societal dynamics and the complex nature of criminal behavior, Sinatrio graduated from Penn with a degree in Criminology. He continued to fence in college with Penn’s varsity fencing team where he served as a leader and role model. Fencing has also led him to travel and live around the world for competitions/ training camps including many countries in Europe and Asia. Sinatrio speaks English, French, and basic German.

Vanessa Milost

Vanessa grew up in Porto Alegre, Brazil, and earned a B.A. in Economics and International Studies with a minor in Italian from Bryn Mawr College, an all-women's liberal arts school in Pennsylvania, U.S. Since graduating magna cum laude in 2014, she has worked in the software industry and co-directed a university admissions program catering to high school students in her home country. Her work and research have taken her to communities in a number of countries, including Argentina, Nicaragua, Mexico, Peru and, most recently, Canada. Vanessa now resides in Vancouver and is pursuing an M.A. in International Studies with a concentration in Latin America at Simon Fraser University. In her free time, she enjoys dancing, reading mystery books, and biking along the seawall.

Alberto Milian

Born in California, Alberto spent his years in graduate school in New York writing about the history of San Diego. Upon the completion of his doctoral dissertation in 2018, Alberto won Cornell University’s Messenger-Chalmers Prize for “Best Dissertation on Human Progress & the Evolution of Civilization.” Besides improving his research and writing skills, Alberto honed his teaching methodology as a teaching assistant and instructor at Cornell, where he taught for over five years. Alberto also mentored undergraduates campuswide. In Vancouver Alberto has worked with international students seeking entry into North American university, preparing them for the reading, writing, and speaking necessary for academic and career success. In his spare time Alberto watches FC Barcelona soccer matches and listens to Bruce Springsteen.

Allison Wattenbarger

Allison grew up in Philadelphia, where she stayed to attend the University of Pennsylvania for her B.A. She graduated magna cum laude from Penn with a major in English and a minor in Jewish Studies, and went on to receive her Master of Divinity, magna cum laude, from Duke University. Allison has lived and worked in Rome, Tunis, and Jerusalem as a programming coordinator and educator in the arts, refugee resettlement, religious life, adult education, and interfaith dialogue. Through her travels and degrees, she has studied French, German, Arabic, Latin, Biblical Hebrew, and Biblical Greek. Allison delights in teaching students of all ages to explore texts and to develop clear, thoughtful, and vibrant writing for academic, application, and professional settings.

Tom Douce

Born in Ohio, Tom split his childhood between Michigan and Ecuador. He attended the University of Michigan, where he earned a BS in Cell & Molecular Biology, with a minor in Philosophy, and a Masters in Biomedical Engineering. He went on to work as a researcher in the biotech industry in Salt Lake City, and in a bioengineering lab at MIT. A reflective type, Tom still wanted to develop in how he interpreted the human story and what it means for how we live. To this end, he came to Vancouver for graduate studies in theology at Regent College, where he has led tutorials in the history of Christianity. He feels called to help people learn and thrive in wholesome and meaningful lives, and plans to pursue a PhD in Psychology. Tom speaks Spanish and reads Biblical Hebrew. He enjoys unusual discussions, strategy board games, and writing poetry.

Houman Mehrabian

Houman earned his master's degree in English literature from the University of Tehran in 2012. He started his PhD studies at the University of Waterloo in 2013, concentrating on the theatre of Shakespeare and the history and theory of rhetoric. And in 2017, he was honoured to receive the University of Waterloo’s award for exceptional teaching by a graduate student. Upon completing his doctoral dissertation, which is a rhetorical analysis of the language of Shakespeare’s tragic protagonists, Houman has moved to Vancouver to put his education and teaching experience to use in the beautiful British Columbia.

Oakley Ramprashad

Oakley was born in Vancouver and grew up predominately in the United States. He completed his BA at Cornell University in 2016, where he graduated with Dean’s List Honours. After graduation, Oakley moved back to Canada where he attended the University of British Columbia, receiving his Master of Education in 2018. His research focused on modern American history and specifically the social conditions relevant to the mass incarceration of black American men since the 1970s. After completing his MEd he attended the University of Victoria where he will complete his MA in History. His research focused on the history of pedagogical services and programming in the Canadian federal prison system. Oakley comes from a family with a deep passion for higher education. Both his parents have been professors at various U.S. universities, and one of his grandfathers served as the president of Wake Forest University. In addition to his familiarity with higher education in the U.S., Oakley has helped research and create multiple lesson plans that are fully integrated into the B.C. social studies curriculum. In his spare time Oakley enjoys listening to Motown and trying to control his two stubborn dogs.

Li Sha

Dr. Sha has a Ph.D. degree in Educational Psychology from SFU and a postdoc experience at the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of AERA (American Educational Research Association), APA (American Psychological Association), and ISLS (International Society of Learning Sciences). As an educational psychologist, Dr. Sha was not only involved in many significant research projects conducted at SFU, University of Hong Kong, Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and the University of Pittsburgh but has also published a number of influential research articles in highly ranked peer-reviewed academic journals.  One of the focuses of his research was on parental influence on K-12 students’ self-regulation, motivation and achievement in learning. Apart from giving seminars/presentations to the Chinese community in his spare time,  Dr Sha’s individual consulting service on parenting as well as children’s psychological development and learning take up most of his time.  His expertise, professionalism and work ethic have been highly praised and appreciated by many Chinese parents and their children.

Randip Bakshi

Born in Russia to Indian parents Randip has lived, studied and worked in India, Canada, and the United States. He studied the History of Art and Middle Eastern Studies at the universities of Toronto and Victoria. His interest in Islamic art and architecture coupled with his passion for Urdu and Persian literature led him to a doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley. He has experience applying to and successfully being accepted into several top-ranked universities in Canada and the United States. He currently teaches Asian art to post-secondary students and is preparing to start the Bachelor of Education program at the University of British Columbia in the fall. In his spare time, Randip enjoys cooking and miniature painting. He also hopes to be fully proficient in French by the end of the year."     

Kevin Kim

Born in Seoul, South Korea, Kevin moved to Vancouver, Canada, when he was ten years old and enrolled at West Point Grey Academy for his secondary school. He then received his undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley, in Integrative Biology with an emphasis on the Integrative Human Biology track. He has a passion for both arts and science, which he has pursued for many years since he was young. His pursuit led to many promising research and internship opportunities, on top of leading many student organizations on campus. He also mentored high school students and undergraduates during his free time. Kevin is now a DDS Candidate at New York University College of Dentistry for the Class of 2024, hoping that his artistic skills and scientific knowledge can hone him to become a competent dentist. He speaks English and Korean.

Lauren Hathaway

Lauren was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona. She moved to NYC to attend Fordham University, where she majored in English and minored in Spanish and Creative Writing. While at Fordham, Lauren wrote for the student newspaper, co-founded the school’s Irish dance group, and landed her dream editorial internship with Penguin Books. Following junior year, she mentored international high school students at a UCLA-based summer program, which sparked her interest in working with young people. After graduating summa cum laude in 2013, Lauren spent four years teaching English in Spain. She has a TEFL certificate from the International University of Catalonia and is pursuing a master’s degree

in Children’s Literature at UBC. In her free time, Lauren loves hiking, cooking, and watching old movies.

Michele Venetz

Michele is a dedicated teacher and coach who has taught English, creative writing, and tennis for many years. Michele earned her degree in English and Education from Columbia University. Michele has taught secondary school in New York City, where she also coached tennis and basketball. She was involved in a literacy program in Harlem, where she discussed life and literature with children, and worked to instill in them a love of learning. Upon returning to BC, Michele has been actively teaching, writing, and coaching. She has taught creative writing classes, and has fully realized the therapeutic benefits one receives from the simple act of writing. She is currently guiding students along their own educational paths, helping with standardized test preparation, and improving reading and writing skills. Michele still seems to find magic in words, and continues to share this discovery with her students.

Kasey Kimball

Kasey grew up in a small town on the northeast coast of Massachusetts. She received her BA from Johns Hopkins University with a major in International Studies and a minor in French. In her third year, she studied British history and politics at one of her favourite places in the world: Oxford University. After graduation, she stayed in the Baltimore area to work at Goucher College. As a campus minister, she gathered and mentored a diverse group of students, facilitated discussions around the big questions of life, trained leaders, led service trips, and developed her own skill and passion for teaching. In January 2018 she completed her MA in theology at Regent College with a thesis on medieval theologian St. Bonaventure. She enjoyed contributing to the Regent community as a teaching assistant, student council VP, Academic Symposium presenter, and caterer. To Five Summers she brings her life-long love of learning and experience helping others grow as thinkers, writers, and community members. When she's not working, she can be found running with her favourite dog Finley, watching British detective dramas, studying Latin, and listening to podcasts.

Le Tran

Le grew up in Oakland, California, and attended college at Brown University in Rhode Island. Since graduation, he has worked in social justice and education. Le has also lived in Vietnam, Spain, and France for work and research. As a humanities teacher, Le's mission is to build platforms for youth empowerment and meaningful learning experiences. With a love for travel and adventure, Le has been to 40 countries--and counting! His next journey is to South Africa, where he will embarking on a Fulbright fellowship. 

Jeffrey Hu

Jeffrey was born in Beijing and moved to California when he was in middle school. He attended Stanford University, where he majored in Economics and also studied Japanese intensively. At Stanford, Jeffrey received various awards including the J.E. Wallace Sterling Scholastic Award and the President's Award for Academic Excellence. After college, Jeffrey moved to Hong Kong to work as an associate consultant at Bain & Company for two years. He then worked for a company that invested in, developed and operated retail real estate in China. From 2009 to 2011, Jeffrey attended the Harvard Business School for his MBA. He currently works in Shanghai as an associate at Morgan Stanley in its Real Estate Investing Group. He has advised successful business school admits to the Kellogg and Harvard MBA programs.

Katie Anderson

Katie grew up in North Carolina and studied English and Theatrical Design at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Katie has a passion for the English language and focused her undergraduate coursework in British Literature, linguistics, and folklore. After graduation, Katie followed her love of learning to Duke University Press, where she worked closely with top editors in the humanities and social sciences. After three years in the publishing industry, Katie served as the Staff Assistant to the Academic Council at Duke University. She is now pursing as Master's degree in Theological Studies at Regent College in Vancouver with a focus in the cultural history of Christianity. When she isn't in the classroom, Katie enjoys yoga, camping, rock climbing, or curling up with a good book and a cup of tea. 

Raymond Ngu

Raymond graduated magna cum laude from Carleton College with a major in Sociology and Anthropology and a concentration in Educational Studies. During his time there, Raymond was awarded the Grove Scholarship, as well as the Multicultural Alumni Network Scholarship to pursue a summer internship at the Center for American Progress in Washington, DC. Originally from Toronto, Raymond has served as a college Writing Consultant and a Resident Assistant, two roles that have afforded extensive experience mentoring students in both academic and personal capacities. He has also counseled his peers in his roles as a Sociology/Anthropology Departmental Adviser and a Campus Advocate Against Sexual Harassment and Assault. Raymond belongs to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and is proficient in Mandarin, Cantonese, and French.

Jessie Booth

Jessie was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her deep love of travel and learning has led her to study micro-finance in West Africa, ecology in the Appalachian Mountains, and civil rights in the American South. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley in Environmental Studies with emphasis on sustainable development, ecology, and environmental justice. An avid city-dweller, she is interested in sustainable urban development and design of public space. She is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Landscape Architecture at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. Before returning to school, she was the development operations manager at the Nature Conservancy in California, a global environmental organization.

Maryam Garba

Maryam is a fashion designer. Originally from Nigeria, Maryam relocated to California in 2006 to attend Stanford University. She majored in Human Biology and African Studies and graduated with honors. She then went on to Harvard to earn her MEd with a focus in Biology. True to her name, Maryam Garba launched her eponymous fashion label to create stylish and interesting work clothes for professional women. Maryam served three years as co-director of the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program, where she guided 48 students through their college applications. Her students gained acceptance into Stanford, Brown, Dartmouth, among other top tier schools. Maryam brings a strong passion for working with young people and helping them realize their dreams.

Angela Steele

Angela was born in Phillipsburg, NJ and now lives in Oakland, CA. She attended public schools for 17 years and enrolled at Phillips Academy Andover for her final year of high school. She went on to Stanford University, where she majored in Cultural and Social Anthropology with a concentration on Mandarin and Chinese Popular Culture. Enrolling in Chinese on a whim freshman year, Angela never knew it would lead to years of study and a lifetime’s worth of adventures. On her first trip to China in 2004, Angela befriended many urban artists, dancers and musicians and wrote her undergraduate thesis on Hip Hop in Beijing. Angela was the MVP of Stanford’s 2006 National Championship Women’s Rugby Team. As a 2007-2008 Fulbright Scholar, Angela documented Hip Hop culture in 13 Chinese cities. Angela is currently the Operations Manager of a student travel company.

Jessica Gordon

Jessica is originally from Miami, Florida. She graduated from Brown University, where she majored in International Development, focusing on Latin America and China. Jessica has previously lived in China where she travelled across the country, took an in depth study of the Chinese language, and took part in Jingdezhen pottery workshop design. Recently, she was involved in energy research with Oxfam's Beijing office. Jessica is a passionate environmentalist and loves art, animals, and travelling. Currently, she is pursuing a master's degree in Environmental Science at Yale University's School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. She is experienced in directing US and Chinese students apply for undergraduate and graduate institutions, and have succeeded in helping her students get accepted into their ideal American university.

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