“I couldn’t have done any of this without you! I appreciate the endless hours you spent helping me with my essays, responding to my e-mails and phone calls, and meeting with me and my parents.”

Helen, Syracuse University

ALAN HAAS, founder of Educational Futures, has over 35 years of experience counseling students and their parents. An alumnus of Wesleyan University (CT), Alan holds two graduate degrees from Harvard University, where he studied counseling, psychology and educational administration.

He is a former principal of two leading American secondary schools and served as Deputy Director General of the International School of Geneva, Switzerland. Alan is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling, The Headmasters Association and a former Board Member and Vice President of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

Alan was honored with the Steven R. Antonoff Award for Professional Achievement at the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) May, 2017 Conference in Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes an IECA professional who has distinguished him or herself by their outstanding contributions to the profession of independent educational consulting.

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BRENNAN BARNARD, M.ED is the Director of College Counseling and External Affairs at Khan Schools Network, CA. He is also the College Admissions Program Advisor with the Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Director of College Counseling for the College Guidance Network, and College Partnership Manager for Schoolhouse.world. He was the founding Director of College Counseling for US Performance Academy, an on-line school for elite athletes.

During over two decades in education, Brennan has worked as a teacher, coach, dorm parent, admission officer, counselor and administrator at a number of independent high schools and colleges. He has counseled Olympians, thespians, artists, cadets, social workers, engineers, philosophers, doctors, writers, lawyers and everything in between.

Brennan served on the Executive Committee for the Character Collaborative, and was a member of the Advisory Board for the New Hampshire College and University Council’s New Hampshire Scholars Program. He presents regularly on character, athletic recruiting, mindfulness, discipline and other topics in college admission. A contributing writer for Forbes.com, he has written about college admission for the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Thrive Global, HuffPost, San Francisco Examiner, New York Times, Concord Monitor, Journal of College Admission and other publications. He has also been featured in articles in the Boston Globe and Associated Press and an occasional featured guest on New Hampshire Public Radio. He has been interviewed about college admission by New England Cable News, New York Living, and ABC News. Brennan was a New England Association of College Admission Counselors Professional of the Year for 2017 and honored with the Association for College Counselors in Independent Schools’ Excellence in Counseling Award in 2021. He is co-author of, “The Truth About College Admission: A Family Guide to Getting In and Staying Together” and the companion guide “The Truth about College Admission Workbook: A Family Organizer for Your College Search.”

A native of suburban Philadelphia and practicing Quaker, he is a graduate of Westtown Friends School. Brennan earned a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Spanish from Franklin & Marshall College and a master’s degree in Higher Education and Student Affairs Administration from The University of Vermont. This father of two college students lives in Hopkinton, New Hampshire where he is a volunteer firefighter.

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DIANE CAMPBELL has been a professional school and college counselor for over 20 years. She has worked at the university, middle, and high school levels, guiding students in college/career development. She is the current Director of College Counseling at Liberty Common High School in Ft. Collins, Colorado.

Diane is the past Rocky Mountain Association of College Admission Counseling (RMACAC) Professional Development Chair. She serves on the advisory board for the College Board and Slate.org and contributes to several college admissions counselor advisory boards nationwide. Diane was named 2017 CTCL (Colleges That Changes Lives) Counselor of the Year and a 2019 RMACAC Roger Campbell recipient, and most recently, she is the 2023 Colorado Counselor of High School Relations Counselor of the Year.

Diane presents at local and national conferences on various college admissions and career topics and trends, and has been a guest speaker on several podcasts. She has been featured in the Washington Post, Chronicle of Higher Ed and Jeff Selingo’s book, Who Gets in and Why.

A native of San Diego, CA, Diane has lived in Pittsburgh, PA, Chicago, IL, and most recently, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University in 2001 with a M.Ed in School/College Counseling.

CAROLYN KALAHAR has been providing administrative support for Educational Futures consultants and students for over three decades. Carolyn delivers personalized assistance to our students completing their applications, organizes the supplemental essay process and gives instructions for submitting required supporting documentation. She ensures our students stay on track to meet all deadlines by establishing priorities and providing support throughout the application process. For our international families, Carolyn organizes all logistics related to campus visits including arrangements for domestic travel and lodging and ensuring that students maximize their time on campus.