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The Best Team In College Counseling


College Counselor: Kelly L. Riccardo, B.A.

In my 34 years as an educator--24 of those as the Coordinator of an International Baccalaureate program--I realized that what energizes me is assisting young people reach their goals.  I enjoy helping students discover and share their stories in their college applications, and I am gratified to help them find the best fit for their next steps towards those goals.  I get nearly as excited as my students and parents do about acceptances, and I believe in the process.


College Counselor: Samia M. Ferraro, M.Ed.

College admissions is an increasingly complex and competitive undertaking. I am prepared & qualified to guide students and families through these complexities by arming them with current, accurate information and professional advice.  With over 25 years of proven experience in college counseling, I help my students through the journey of self discovery by questioning, probing and listening until they realize their own story.  Finding the right college is not an exact science but realizing what they want and need in a school takes them to that right place.

Member:  HECA, SACAC


Associate College Counselor: Rebecca Lewis, B.S.

I am passionate about promoting and inspiring student development and achievement. Having 15 years of experience working in the field of education, I’ve been able to support students in their growth and accomplishments and help them navigate the admissions process. Given the right tools and guidance, every student can discover their potential and find their true path to success.

Member:  SACAC

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Associate College Counselor: Heather Yush, M.S.

My goal is to inspire personal growth and empower students as skillful, confident decision-makers in their best-fit college search journey.  I’ve collectively admitted, advised, coached, and recruited thousands of college-bound students and athletes throughout my fifteen-year career in higher education.

Certificate of College Counseling - UC Irvine

Member: IECA


College Counselor: Susan Ledbetter, M.Ed.

With many years of experience at an independent school, I truly love supporting students to insure their voice, their talents, their goals and aspirations are effectively shared in every section of the application. I'm ready to help you realize your academic ambitions.


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MCR Editor: Aariel Charbonnet, PH.D.

For the past 10 years, my goal has remained the same: to support diverse populations of students in their pursuit of higher education. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism, I earned a master’s in mass communication and a Ph.D. in higher education administration. I’ve worked professionally as a reporter, an editor, a communications strategist, as well as a student advocate in the non-profit and higher education spaces. My work combines my two loves: communication and supporting students on their path to discovering where their passion meets their purpose.


Writing, editing and storytelling, focused on clarity, syntax, grammar and purpose, are my areas of expertise. Having worked with high school students in pre-college programs, as well as university admissions, I have an acute understanding of how to support students in cultivating a competitive college application, specifically the essay. 


Administrative Manager Julie Russo, B.A.

My role is to assist our counselors and new clients by setting up files, conducting intake, and managing the invoice. You’ll hear from me for updates on course grades, test scores, and to schedule meetings. As your journey with My College Resource begins, I assure the process progresses smoothly for your family.


Meet Debra Landesberg, M.S.

President & Founder

Secondary & College Education Consultant

For over 20 years, my focus and training to be knowledgeable on trends in higher education, the college application process, scholarships and financial aid, high school course selection and activities, assures the most critical up-to-date information for you.  As a result of leadership in national organizations, it is with humility and pride to be invited to present at conferences, as well as receive national and regional awards.

The My College Resource Team practices a student-driven process for helping students achieve their “best fit” college experience. By taking into account each student’s individual needs, talents, and goals the process is highly personalized and aims to take the mystery and stress out of the college search process. Based in Sarasota, Florida, we have guided thousands of students from around the globe through the college application process. Always honored to collaborate with students, I am tremendously proud of the work and results achieved with My College Resource clients. Partnerships with community-based organizations and high schools continues to direct students' educational road maps. It is due to the successful implementation of my early vision that My College Resource has become regionally and nationally recognized as a preeminent resource for college and secondary education consulting. Debra extends credit to the talented and creative team at My College Resource for this ongoing success.




MCR Follows The Highest Ethical Standards In College Counseling

We strictly adhere to the code of ethics put forth by the Higher Education Consultants Association
as well as the ethical practices of the National Association of College Admission Counseling
and the Independent Educational Consultants Association's Principles of Good Practice
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Deb Landesberg
Susan Ledbetter
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