Strategic Associates

tinaTina Tranfaglia
College Knowledge Admissions Consulting
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(847) 331-6874
Glenview, IL

Tina has been working in college admissions for 25 years, first as an alumna member of the Harvard and Northwestern Admissions Committees, now as a private admissions consultant since 2007.  She has quickly established a reputation as one of the premier coaches in the Chicago suburbs for assistance with admission to highly selective colleges. She assists students and parents with all aspects of the college admissions process, including development of a college list, discovery of unique essay topics, essay coaching/editing, interview preparation, development of an activities resume, and more, while providing timelines, task lists, and tips throughout the process.  She works with students in-person in the Chicago area and via Skype around the country.  She holds a B.A. in Economics (1984) from Harvard and an M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance (1989) from the J.L. Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.  Since her roster fills up early, it is best to contact her during Sophomore year or earlier.


Regina RathnauRegina Rathnau
The Law Office of Regina L. Rathnau LLC
53 West Jackson Boulevard, Suite 862
Chicago, Illinois 60604

Tel: 312-659- 2953
Fax: 312-602- 4983

Regina Rathnau is a lawyer and CPA focusing her practice on estate planning and tax matters, as well as related issues like real estate and corporate work.  Her office is based in downtown Chicago, but she also has a satellite office in Orland Park and offers house calls.  Regina can assist you with understanding how the law impacts your family and assets and how to best protect them for the future.  She prides herself on taking a personal interest in her clients and keeping in touch to ensure her clients are always protected.



Marla Dembitz

MBD College Consulting
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Deerfield, IL
Marla Bark Dembitz has been an independent college consultant since 2007 and brings 18 years of experience as an English teacher and attorney to her college consulting practice. As a former teacher, Marla knows how to educate, inspire and motivate students to express their ideas and communicate with confidence. As a former attorney, Marla understands the importance of teaching students to be an advocate for themselves. Marla gives personalized guidance to every step of the college selection and application process, including developing a timeline to ensure all applications are sent out on time, creating a college list, providing tips for visiting colleges, creating a polished resume, preparing for college interviews, helping students develop a unique college essay and more. Marla has a caring and supportive approach and works with a limited number of families so she can give each student the personalized attention they deserve. Marla has a Masters in Teaching from Northwestern University and a Juris Doctorate from Chicago Kent College of Law.


Myrna Goldberg & Kris Ruben
Ruben & Goldberg LLC
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Northbrook, IL

Ruben & Goldberg, LLC is a small firm centrally located on the North Shore in Northbrook, IL. Our attorneys bring a wide range of legal and other experiences to the firm to uniquely serve our clientele. Due to our small size, we are able to provide optimal results at competitive rates. Moreover, we are able to give our clients the individual attention and service they deserve.