Joanna E. Cain, BSN, BA, RN

Founder and President

Ms. Cain founded Global Academic Consultants, LLC in 2010 with the mission to help young people secure a promising future. A believer in the premise that education can transform lives, Ms. Cain delights in working with students and their parents in helping them achieve their goals.

Ms. Cain has devoted her entire adult life to education. She has delivered over 100,000 hours of teaching and training to clients from a wide range of industries in classroom, clinical, corporate, and online environments. As a professional writer and editor, Ms. Cain has developed a full spectrum of learning content for educational publishers. She also possesses a corporate background in public relations and communications, marketing and branding, sales and fundraising, international business and social etiquette and protocol, and event coordination.

Ms. Cain attend Phillips Exeter Academy, a preparatory boarding school, for a summer program in the 10th grade, and enjoyed the boarding school life so much that she then applied to and attended The Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree from Baylor University, a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Emory University, and a certificate in Legal Nurse Consulting from Kaplan University. She has also completed graduate level courses in education from Duke University, as well as technical writing, business leadership, and communications courses.

To balance work with play, Ms. Cain has competed in several elite athletic competitions, including the Hawaii Ironman World Championships, English Channel Solo Swim, Maui Channel Solo Swim, and the Lake Travis Solo Swim. A passion of Ms. Cain’s is to enrich her community, and she does so by serving as a board member, committee chairperson, and philanthropic donor of resources to several non-profit organizations.

Ms. Cain is a member of several professional education associations, attends annual conferences around the globe, and visits school campuses to keep abreast of the latest industry trends. 

Angie Record, PhD

Chief Academic Officer

After graduating from the University of Florida with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Dr. Record backpacked across Europe before relocating to Tucson, Arizona to earn a Master of Arts degree in Media Arts from The University of Arizona. She holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the Institute of Communications Research at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She taught college courses in communications and media studies before she entered into private practice as an educational consultant. Dr. Record is a dynamic educator and consultant who keeps her finger on the pulse of current events and trends around the globe in order to connect on a meaningful level with her students, colleagues, and clients. She is a detail-oriented and results-driven professional with a knack for motivating students beyond their perceived potential. She imparts all of these qualities with professionalism, patience, appropriate empathy, and engaging humor. Dr. Record joined Global Academic Consultants in 2010.

Tracy Carreon

Success Skills Coach

Tracy Carreon has been an educator, wellness coach, group facilitator, and speaker for over 25 years.  She began teaching English in high school classrooms, and before long became keenly aware that her students were missing skills beyond academics that were vital to their success, such as coping with stress, managing emotions, balancing life’s responsibilities, and setting meaningful goals. This realization led Tracy to earn a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling and certifications in Emotional Intelligence Assessment, Hypnosis, and Mindful Coaching. Since 2012, Ms. Carreon has been a Developmental Psychology instructor at Front Range Community College, and continues to coach, facilitate groups, and deliver presentations. With passion, humor, and depth of knowledge, she blends the latest in neuroscience, psychology, and wellness, inspiring clients and audiences to unlock their brain’s potential for increased resilience, focus, awareness, and clear, confident decision-making. To this day, Ms. Carreon remains most devoted to, and inspired by, the population she began teaching and counseling—young people. She enjoys every chance to help them learn principles and practices for managing stress, creating lifelong healthy coping skills, and taking steps toward achieving greater success and happiness. Ms. Carreon joined Global Academic Consultants in 2011.

Efrata Kirose

Director of International Marketing

Efrata Kirose is currently a senior at the University of Colorado-Boulder. She is studying International Affairs with a minor in Business and a certificate in Technology, Arts, and Media. Originally from Ethiopia, Ms. Kirose immigrated to the United States at a young age and has lived much of her life in Colorado. In addition to leading Global Academic Consultants’ marketing efforts, she has served as a mentor to international students. Due to her vibrant personality, Ms. Kirose  has helped these students adapt to American culture and has successfully guided them through the academic process. As well as being an immigrant, Ms. Kirose is a first-generation college student who brings an intercultural perspective to the company, as she is keenly aware of the many challenges that immigrant and international students face today. Ms. Kirose joined Global Academic Consultants in 2018.