Gael Casner, Educational Consultant and Owner of College Find

For the past fourteen years, Gael Casner has helped hundreds of students navigate the complex world of college admissions with confidence. She guides students to identify their best-fit colleges in order to maximize their acceptances.  Gael also produces a monthly newsletter for clients throughout the U.S. and abroad as well as for other independent counselors. Gael is a past recipient of the Newsday Service Award for Arts/Education and has spent six years on the Board of Directors (Past President) of the Higher Education Consultants Association, a national organization that serves 950 independent college consultants.

"My involvement in college admissions began with my own sons more than twenty years ago. Since then, I have visited and/or researched hundreds of schools. In addition to maintaining a practice that spans the globe, I've evaluated freshmen applications for UC Berkeley through four cycles. I love this work, especially motivating students to do their best through the process."

As a community volunteer, Gael has mentored first generation students through 10,000 Degrees (formerly the Marin Education Fund) and sits on the advisory board of the College Admissions and Career Planning program at UC Berkeley. She is frequently asked to be a guest speaker through UC Berkeley Extension and has presented nationally at education-focused conferences. Past commitments have included a five year stint as a board member of Amigos de las Americas, Marin Chapter, and two years as the School Community Association President of a "Blue Ribbon" school in New York.

Gael is the mother of a UCLA graduate and an ASU graduate.


Tufts University: Bachelor of Arts in English/Education (double major), magna cum laude 
UC Berkeley Extension: Professional Certificate, College Admissions and Career Planning, Awarded with Distinction
K-12: Attended schools in FL, CA, VA, HI, MA and Japan

Professional Affiliations

HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association), Board of Directors, Past President
NACAC (National Association for College Admissions Counselors)
WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counselors

In Print

Poets and Quants: More College Applicants Are Hiring Consultants. Do You Really Need One? 2016     Alaska Airlines, January 2014 Magazine, "College Bound"
Reform Judaism Magazine, Fall 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 Issues, "Admission 100: Getting In, What the Experts Say"
How to Research Colleges: Advice from HECA Members
ACT for Dummies, 5th Edition, "What's the Biggest Mistake Most Students Make in College Planning?"

College Find Affiliate

Lori Byer, College Admission Consultant

Lori Byer is the founder of Cornerstone College Consulting and works with students in her San Rafael office.  She brings over twenty years of experience from a variety of educational settings to her work as a College Admission Consultant. She has taught and tutored students in grades six through twelve and traveled extensively to colleges and universities across the US in her work as a leadership consultant for a non-profit organization.

She and her husband have two children; a son who is a graduate of Northwestern University and a daughter, who is a Junior at Duke University.  In her time outside of the office, she enjoys hiking with friends, supporting the arts, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.

To learn more about Lori and her college advising program click here .

"My work as a college admission consultant has been a most rewarding professional experience. Mentoring students through a process of self-discovery and personal reflection is an honor. I find all facets of the experience equally intriguing and energizing. Whether I am analyzing statistical data, attending professional development conferences, reading student essays or calming parents' fears, this important work is exciting and fun."


Utah State University:  Bachelor of Science, Secondary Education
UC Berkeley Extension: Professional Certificate, College Admissions and Career Planning

Professional Affiliations

HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association)
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counselors)
WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counselors)

The College Find Team

Jessica Scott, Partner

Over the past five years, Jessica Scott has been assisting high school students with the college application process.  After working as an attorney for a number of years, Jessica happily made a career change to join the small, education-focused company that she and her husband started in 2011.  She was excited to discover that her experience with in-depth legal research and writing translates well when developing personalized college lists and dissecting college essays.  She is thrilled to be part of the team at College Find, and loves helping teenagers and their families as they navigate the college admissions process.

Jessica and her husband, Shane, have a one-year old son and live in San Anselmo.  No college applications for him yet! The three of them can often be found hiking, rock climbing, gardening and attending story time at the library.


University of California, Davis:  Bachelor of Arts, Communications and Bachelor of Arts, English Literature
University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law:  Juris Doctor                                                                                                          UCLA Extension:  Professional Certificate, College Admissions and Career Planning, Awarded with Distinction

Professional Affiliations (Student Membership)

IECA (Independent Educational Consultants Association)
NACAC (National Association for College Admission Counselors)
WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counselors)                     

Stephanie Mech, Writing Specialist

Stephanie Mech is a writing specialist with Gael Casner of College Find.  She has been interested in college admissions counseling since graduating with honors from Chapman University with a degree in Sociology.  After graduating from UC Berkeley Extension's certification program in College Admissions and Career Planning, Stephanie began advising students in both group and private tutoring capacities, particularly focusing on helping them form their college application lists and assisting them with the application or scholarship essay writing process.  She pays special attention to helping her students showcase their unique stories and voices while also revealing their varied strengths and interests, presenting a comprehensive and memorable view of the student.

Stephanie lives in sunny San Anselmo.  In her free time, she enjoys catching up on the latest bestsellers at the library, writing fiction, trying out new recipes, and cheering on the San Francisco Giants.


Chapman University: Bachelor of Arts, Sociology, with honors
UC Berkeley Extension: Professional Certificate, College Admissions and Career Planning

What Clients Say

"Gael is everything she promises and more! Whether you have a strong-willed student (like mine) or an uncertain student, Gael has a great manner with them -- to go with a substantive knowledge base and a clear process for both you and your young adult. Gael was worth every penny! "



Gael Casner
Greenbrae, CA

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