Joanna E. Cain, BSN, BA, RN
Founder and President
Lead Residential School Consultant
Ms. Joanna 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 to help 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 students and clients from a wide range of industries in classroom, clinical, corporate, and online environments. As a published writer and professional 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.
As a bachelor’s-prepared registered nurse (BSN) with professional training and clinical experience in school nursing, childhood development, pediatric illnesses, and pediatric mental health, Ms. Cain is very adept at helping parents determine educational solutions for children of all abilities, including those with learning, emotional, and behavioral challenges. She assists domestic and international students with the admission process to schools around the globe, including private day schools; college preparatory, nurturing, therapeutic, and military residential schools (boarding schools); wilderness and specialized programs for troubled adolescents; and trade and technical schools for those students who do not wish to pursue the traditional route of obtaining a college or university degree. In situations where parents require an expedited solution, Ms. Cain will work countless hours and utilize her resources and connections in the industry to help place students in programs that are the best fit for the student.
Ms. Cain attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a New England college preparatory boarding school that is currently ranked number two in the nation, for a summer program in the 10th grade, and enjoyed boarding school life so much that she then applied to and attended The Hotchkiss School (currently ranked number ten in the nation) 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 consulting associations, attends conferences around the globe, and visits school campuses to keep abreast of the latest industry trends. She is a strong proponent of fostering relationships with admissions representatives in an effort to offer her clients a wide range of educational options.
Lead College Consultant
Success Skills Coach
Ms. Tracy Carreon is an educator, college consultant, and success skills coach dedicated to the advancement of young people. She began her career 25 years ago, teaching English in middle and high school classrooms. Before long, Ms. Carreon became keenly aware that her students were missing skills vital to their success, such as the ability to define genuine goals, make discerning choices, take meaningful action, and manage everyday stress. This realization led her to earn a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling and certifications in Emotional Intelligence Assessment and Life Coaching. Since 2012, Ms. Carreon has been a Developmental Psychology instructor at Front Range Community College. She has also worked as an advisor to students helping them determine their “best fit” major, choose optimal classes to enhance their academic career, successfully complete necessary college applications and related documents, take meaningful assessments to gain insight into strengths, and remain on track academically throughout high school and college. Through her roles at the college, Ms. Carreon has come to understand the questions, ambitions, and stressors of those making the leap from high school to college, and her ability to communicate with and inspire students continually motivates positive action and results.
Ms. Carreon understands that adolescence is a unique time of identity formation, when young people are navigating an internal and external world of constant change, in which they are asked, and feel driven, to make decisions about who they are and who they want to be, and what they want to do with their lives. When working as an advisor and coach, she is passionate about helping her clients come to know themselves better, and uncover and define their intrinsic motivation and most earnest goals. With these in mind, Ms. Carreon seeks to guide students by utilizing insight, humor, compassion, and knowledge through each step of the process, so they may make the best choices, and take the necessary actions, for their most successful future.
Ms. Carreon brings profound understanding of adolescent neuroscience and psychology to her work, as well as abilities to build rapport and inspire students to unlock their brain’s potential for increased resilience, focus, awareness, and clear, confident decision-making. Ms. Carreon joined Global Academic Consultants in 2011.
Mr. Dorien Simon is the founder of Score Student whose goal is to provide students with effective methods of gaining admission to the schools of their dreams. From the lens of a student admitted to Stanford University, he wishes to share his strategies with those who aspire to achieve admission to the most prestigious universities in the nation. Due to his insights and user-friendly guides, Mr. Simon has impacted the lives of numerous students pursuing elite college admission. He currently assists Ms. Carreon with college consulting and manages several aspects of the company’s social media marketing and business development. Mr. Simon joined Global Academic Consultants in 2019.
Director of 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.