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Joanna E. Cain, RN, BSN

Founder and President

Ms. Joanna Cain founded Global Academic Consultants in 2009 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; she finds deep fulfillment in this endeavor.

Ms. Cain has devoted her entire adult life to education by teaching and training 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 utilizes compassion, patience, and appropriate humor to connect with parents and students.

Ms. Cain attended Phillips Exeter Academy, a top-ranked college preparatory boarding school for a summer program, and enjoyed boarding school life so much that she then applied to and attended The Hotchkiss School (another top-ranked boarding school). 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 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. Clients often ask Ms. Cain her opinion of the Operation Varsity Blues scandal that occurred in 2019, and she makes it very clear that she does not accept financial incentives from any schools or programs, unlike many of her competitors. This allows her and her team to recommend schools and programs that are the best fit for the individual student, and not the company’s bottom line.