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Hale Educational Consultants are graduates of top US universities and experts in the application process who are deeply familiar with the challenges and concerns that face students and families applying from overseas. We are the gold standard in American college admissions, and your success is our priority.

Peter Y. Davos

Founder and CEO

Peter is a first generation college graduate, born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa, with a double major, from Johns Hopkins University and spent his junior year abroad completing the General Course in International Relations at the London School of Economics. Peter holds master’s degrees from Oxford University (Lady Margaret Hall) and Harvard University (Graduate School of Design), where he was selected Marshal of his class, and has completed UCLA’s Certificate in College Counseling with Distinction and IECA’s Summer Training Institute. As a student, he received numerous awards and accolades, including the Graduate Merit Award for study at the London School of Economics, Harvard GSD Alumni Council Unsung Hero Book Prize (awarded to the student that contributes most to student life outside of the classroom), the Harvard GSD Colloredo-Mansfeld Prize for Superior Achievement in Real Estate Studies, the Harvard Real Estate Consortium Founders’ Award, and membership in the Phi Beta Kappa, Golden Key, Order of Omega and Pi Sigma Alpha National Honor Societies. Peter is the co-President of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Society of the UAE, member of the Johns Hopkins Second Decade Society, former member of the Johns Hopkins Alumni Council, and member of the Harvard GSD Alumni Council. He has been featured in over 100+ international news features in media outlets such as Gulf News, the National, Khaleej Times, Al Bayan, Arabian Business, Hindustan Times, Peninsula Qatar, Saudi Gazette, Times of Oman, City 7, Dubai One, Forbes Middle East, and Dubai Eye.

Katie Buoymaster

Managing Director

Katie graduated from Williams College with a double major in English and philosophy. During her time at Williams she was extensively involved with both departments, working as a teaching assistant for multiple philosophy professors and as a teaching assistant in an 11th grade English class at a local public high school, participating in selective intradepartmental student groups, and writing a cross-disciplinary senior thesis. Upon graduating, she was awarded honors for her senior thesis and a Fulbright grant to teach at a Turkish university. Before joining Hale, Katie also interned at the Istituto Affari Internazionali think tank in Rome. Originally from San Francisco, California, Katie loves outdoor sports, traveling, and baking.

Jeffrey Dalton

Director of Test Prep Services

Jeffrey graduated from New York University with a major in linguistics and languages. After college, he taught English in Lahore, Pakistan for four years where he helped middle school students develop their literacy in English. After returning to the USA, Jeffrey worked as an SAT/ACT/GRE/GMAT tutor in New York and New Jersey for a leading international test prep company. before making the shift to Dubai. He has scored in the top 99th percentile on both the SAT and ACT; his students have an average ACT increase of 3 points and an average SAT increase of 150! With nine years of teaching experience, Jeffrey capably and efficiently guides students to achieve their target scores on standardized tests.When not in the classroom, Jeffrey enjoys music - he plays piano and guitar.

Melusi Dlamini

Director of Curriculum Development & Senior Test Prep Instructor

Originally from the Kingdom of Swaziland in southern Africa, Melusi graduated from Harvard University with a major in philosophy. He began his career in education as a Fellow with the MATCH Charter Public School in Boston, where he tutored and mentored 6th, 7th and 8th graders in all subjects before moving to Dubai. Throughout his career, Melusi has developed test preparation programs for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, GRE, and GMAT tests for international test prep companies in Singapore and the US. He has an impressive record working with high-achieving students, many of whom have scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and ACT and earned perfect 800 scores on the SAT Physics, Chemistry, and Math Level II tests. Melusi has seven years of teaching experience and is always looking for innovative ways to deliver content and improve student learning. When Melusi is not busy in the classroom, he enjoys studying philosophy and history, and developing his audio engineering and music production skills.

Joel Lai

Test Prep Instructor and Business Development Associate

Joel graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Richmond, triple majoring in Latin, Greek, and economics. Joel was the recipient of The Mart Madison Bowen Award for Excellence in Latin upon graduation. During his time in UR, Joel was awarded grants for a summer program in the University of California – Berkeley and a semester abroad at the Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies in Rome. On campus, Joel was the president of the Martial Arts Club, as well as a tutor of Greek and Latin for the Academic Skills Center. On his time off, he enjoys dancing, reading, and traveling the world.

Elysa Bryen

Educational Consultant

Elysa graduated from the University of Chicago with a double major in public policy studies and Near Eastern languages and civilizations. During her time at UChicago, she served on the Executive Committee of Model United Nations of the University of Chicago (MUNUC), an international high school Model UN conference, and co-founded the first ever Arabic language magazine for undergraduate and graduate students. Elysa also worked in the Career Advancement office, connecting students with career opportunities in policy, politics, and public service. She participated in a study abroad program in Vienna, Austria. Before joining Hale, Elysa interned in strategic communications, development, and research with legal nonprofits and NGOs in Detroit, Michigan and Washington, D.C. Originally from Michigan, Elysa loves volunteering with community organizations, painting, baking, and eating copious amounts of ice cream.

Wes Huang

Educational Consultant

Born and raised in Orange County, California, Wes graduated from New York University Abu Dhabi as a University Honors Scholar with a major in history and a minor in political science. During his time at NYUAD, he also took academic courses in India, Nepal, Tanzania and Western Europe. Heavily involved in his local community, Wes organized conferences on inter-religious dialogue in the UAE and volunteered regularly with special needs children in the region. Using original archival material, he wrote his senior thesis on the multi-religious and multi-ethnic relationships that led to the first modern hospital in Abu Dhabi. Before Hale, Wes interned as an educational assistant at the Aquarium of the Pacific and as a business development analyst in Washington DC. He enjoys playing team sports and discussing military history.

Nana-Korantema Koranteng

Educational Consultant

Nana graduated from Pomona College with a major in Middle Eastern studies and concentrations in religion and politics. As a student, Nana was an active volunteer on and off campus and especially enjoyed working with students in the community surrounding her college. Nana also studied abroad in both Jordan and Oman, conducted field research in Gaborone, Botswana, and interned with an Islamic feminist NGO in Malaysia. Prior to joining Hale, she completed a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Manama, Bahrain, where she taught at Ahlia University. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Nana enjoys reading, music, studying Arabic, and traveling.

Tim Laas-Nesbitt

Educational Consultant

Tim graduated from the University of Virginia with a double major in economics and English, before completing a master’s degree in economics at the University of Amsterdam. At UVA, Tim worked as a projectionist at Newcomb Hall Theater and was very active in the international community, organizing movie nights and sports events with the International Residential College. During his graduate studies, he focused mostly on behavioral and development economics. His thesis on Islamic banking and finance investigated the resilience of this nascent industry to financial crises. Before joining Hale, Tim spent three years as an admissions consultant in Singapore helping students find the right educational fit and apply to universities in the US. Born in the US and raised in Europe, Tim enjoys playing music, writing, and traveling.

Frida Lundgren

Educational Consultant

Frida graduated Cum Laude from Tufts University with a major in international relations. During her time at Tufts, Frida was very involved in the international community on campus. She worked as a coordinator for the Tufts International Orientation Program, and as a mentor and member of the advisory board for the Tufts University Undergraduate Admissions’ PASSPORT Program. Frida was awarded a Certificate of Achievement recognizing her contribution to the international community upon her graduation. She also participated in study abroad programs in Italy, Cambodia, and Vietnam. Before joining Hale, Frida worked in Boston and Berlin as a student advisor for language immersion programs. Originally from Sweden, Frida enjoys traveling, cooking, and blogging.

Alexandra Newlon

Educational Consultant

Originally from Boston, Alexandra moved to Montreal, Canada to study anthropology and African studies at McGill University, after which she received a master's degree from Washington University in St. Louis. In between her undergraduate and graduate studies, she spent three years in Turkey as a Fulbright Fellow, and as a private IELTS/ESL tutor. During this time, she volunteered at a women’s empowerment cooperative, and a Kurdish advocacy non-profit. When she returned to the U.S. she worked as the Volunteer Coordinator for a citizenship tutoring program for elderly immigrants and in refugee education and resettlement. She speaks French, Turkish, and is learning Arabic. Alexandra loves encouraging her students to discover their passion both inside and outside of the classroom.

Vanessa Ridley

Educational Consultant

Vanessa graduated from the University of California - Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in public health. During her time at UCB, she was a Community Outreach coordinator for the Black Engineers and Science Student Association. Vanessa developed the organization's first college outreach mentorship program that paired university students with local high school students. During her undergraduate studies, Vanessa also studied abroad in Spain. After graduating, Vanessa decided to further her education while working as a math teacher in California. She received a master's in urban education, with an emphasis in policy and administration from Loyola Marymount University before continuing her teaching career in Abu Dhabi. Born and raised in San Diego, California, Vanessa enjoys learning new languages, mastering different yoga poses, and traveling all over the world.

Dari Seo Seo

Educational Consultant

Dari graduated from Dartmouth College with a major in government and a minor in environmental science. At Dartmouth, he was selected Marshal of his class, served as Student Body Vice President, and was awarded the William Jewett Tucker Fellowship. Dari also studied abroad in France and played for Dartmouth’s Club Soccer Team. Before joining Hale, he worked in China, served as a Human Rights Activist in Nicaragua, and interned with McKinsey & Company as a research analyst. Originally from Costa Rica, Dari loves cooking, sports, and outdoors activities.

Paul Stock

Educational Consultant

Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Paul graduated Summa Cum Laude from Tufts University, where he completed a double major in international relations and Arabic. Paul was a recipient of the Arabic Language, Culture and Literature Prize upon graduation. While at Tufts, Paul studied abroad in Amman, Jordan, during his junior year and worked with his peers as a Head Tutor for Arabic with the Tufts Academic Resource Center. He has also interned with non-profits and local government. In his spare time, Paul enjoys trivia, learning languages, traveling, and playing tennis.