Director of STEM Programs and College Counselor
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Ellie was born in Taiwan, raised in Costa Rica, educated and trained in the United States, where she lived for nearly 15 years. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Dartmouth College and a dual MBA/MA from The Wharton School and The Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania.
She spent most of her career working for Fortune 500 investment banking, private equity, and strategy consulting firms such as Salomon Smith Barney (now Citigroup Investment Banking), GE Capital and Accenture. In addition to her professional and academic credentials, Ellie possesses first-hand experience in Ivy League admissions. She has worked in The Wharton School’s Office of Admissions, where she had to evaluate and rank multiple applications. She also co-chaired UPenn’s Secondary School Committee in Vietnam, where she liaised between the university’s office of admissions and local alumni.
In her spare time, Ellie guided the children of friends and families on their college applications. Her mentees were accepted to all 8 Ivy League universities and other highly selective institutions.
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Tony was born in Vietnam. He and his mother were the first Vietnamese boat people in Malaysia after leaving Vietnam in December 1975. After 7 months in a refugee camp, he was reunited with his father who was studying for his PhD at NYU. Tony grew up in New York and then New Jersey. He attended the University of Pennsylvania where he has a B.S. in Finance from the Wharton School and a B.A. in International Relations and Political Science from the College of Arts & Sciences. He also has an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College.
Tony first came to Vietnam in 1992 where he worked as an analyst for a spin-off of Solomon Brothers. Following business school, he worked in the Equities Division as an Associate at Goldman Sachs and in the Fixed Income Derivatives Division as a Vice President at JPMorgan for nearly 10 years. Tony returned to Vietnam for the second time in 2007 where he was the Chief Investment Officer and Managing Director for Indochina Capital managing approximately $500 million of real estate private equity funds. He has interviewed and recruited hundreds of fresh college graduates from top schools for positions at these prestigious institutions and has intimate knowledge of the relationship between college and the work place.
Tony is now the Executive Director for i-IVY. He is fluent in English and spoken Vietnamese. He is the proud father of two little girls, Evie and Emma. He is an American sports fanatic and is a fan of the New York Yankees, New York Jets and Boston Celtics.
Although Mark has had many interests in his life — from mathematics to TESOL to literature, then, finally, to SAT prep and college admissions counseling — through it all, he has always been a teacher. Over the years, he has worked with children and adults, at universities, summer camps, international schools and private academies. With a Bachelor’s degree in Math, Master’s degrees in both TESOL and Creative Writing, and a PhD in literature, Mark has taught courses in freshman composition, fiction writing, world literature, modern grammar, research methods, statistics, critical reading, business writing, and English for academic purposes. He has also started his own college admissions business, Lyon Prep Academy, after tutoring for some of the most respected test prep and college admissions companies in the industry . He believes that a great teacher must possess the same spirit of inquiry and love for learning that he expects to foster in his students, and so he’s constantly striving to expand his knowledge and his teaching repertoire.
Director of STEM Programs & College Counselor
Loc currently serves as a College Counselor and Director of STEM Programs at i-IVY. Graduated from the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) with a Bachelor of Science in Applied Physics and Medical Engineering, Loc committed to broaden the Caltech Impact to a wider community through educational outreach, coaching, and research in STEM-related fields. Besides 5 years of extensive research and development experiences in molecular diagnostics device, drug delivery nano-system, and computational biophysics in university and startup settings, Loc has directed or cofounded several non-profit organizations whose mission is to nurture the next generations of scientists and engineers of Viet Nam via summer science programs. Loc has high hope that young students whose passion lies within or across STEM fields will lead the world forward with proper shared vision and guidance.
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Vu graduated from University of Oregon with a BS in Economics. Over the past five years, he has successfully prepared many students for US standardized exams and supported them with their study-abroad applications at high school, and junior high school levels. Outside of education, Vu conducts due diligence research for a US-based compliance firm, giving him insights into different industries in Vietnam. Both of these experiences allow him to help chart the most optimal academic career path for Vietnamese students at a young age.