Bob Patterson

Bob Patterson
CEO BE Education US

As the former chair of highly selective admission committees including Stanford University, the University of Pittsburgh, UNC Chapel Hill, and UC Berkeley, Bob is well versed in the entire application process for both domestic and international students. Having read over 100,000 applications as the Director of Admissions at Stanford, the expertise he brings to BE Education is invaluable.

Bob’s career in the field of admissions began during his own undergraduate career at the University of Pittsburgh and now spans twenty years working within the admissions process of US higher education. He has helped thousands of students throughout his career find and select the best fit institutions. He has also played a key role in shaping the US admissions landscape, introducing international initiatives, outreach programs, and multicultural programming to many institutions, bringing his dedication and passion for education to everything he pursues.

Bob has also served as an elected delegate on the National Association of College Admission Counselling, and has been interviewed, featured, and quoted in popular media such as the Wall Street Journal, the Chronicle of Higher Education, Bloomberg Radio, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle and Family Circle Magazine.

Anthony Nemecek

Anthony Nemecek
Chief Education Advisor

A Fulbright Scholar and former Director of the UK-US Fulbright Commission EAS, Anthony’s extensive admissions experience comes from 25 years in the field as a teacher, lecturer, independent counsellor, and admissions director.

As Director of the Fulbright Commission in London, Anthony was responsible for the US Educational Advisory Service, representing over 4,000 higher education institutions and promoting education in the USA, as well as the highly sought-after Fulbright scholarship. He is regularly invited to speak and conduct seminars on higher education and admissions processes all over the world.

Beyond his own vast teaching and lecturing experience, Anthony works closely with several UK secondary schools, providing seminars and events for staff, students, and parents. He has worked as an advisor for many of the top independent schools in the UK.

Anthony has also co-authored both Uni in the USA and Uni in the USA and Beyond published by The Good Schools Guide, Lucas Publications Ltd, and writes frequently for the British national press.

Daniel De Witt

Daniel De Witt
CEO BE Education Group

A highly-acclaimed teacher and pioneer of education, Daniel has spent the last ten years specialising in helping students understand and bridge the gaps between the UK and US higher education systems.

Educated at Harvard and UCL, Daniel entered education through the prestigious Teach First programme in 2011. As a teacher, he was consistently rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED and the Institute of Education, and worked as Head of Faculty for one of London’s top non-selective schools. Daniel founded an information service on higher education and campaigned for global competency in the UK national curriculum.

Alongside his work with individual students, Daniel runs higher education seminars and events for staff, students, and parents, and is regularly invited to speak at schools, US College Day and Higher Education events. He is also currently the US university school counsellor at Epsom College, London.

His exceptional gift for languages and linguistics led him to receiving a starred First Class Honours degree in French Studies and International Relations from UCL in 2007, where he was also awarded the Violet Hall undergraduate prize, the Top Arts Faculty Student prize, and was nominated for the prestigious Gapper Literary Prize.

Kristen Cammarata
Director of Higher Education

A former Director of Education USA and Director of International Support and Programming at Northeastern University, Kristen brings over 20 years of professional experience in advising high school and college students from around the world. Kristen firmly believes that there are many possible “fits” for each student and focuses on exploring each individual’s unique skills, interests and potential to identify all the academic possibilities.

Previously, Kristen worked for the U.S. Department of State and the Institute of International Education to lead educational advising throughout the Middle East, North Africa and Southern Europe, and managed a professional development program for a global network of over 400 educational advisors worldwide.  She designed an innovative college counselling model that is now used in several countries.

Kristen has lived and taught English in Japan and Morocco, was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship by the U.S. Department of State, and has experience as a camp counsellor, university tutor, and teaching assistant.

Thomas C LePere

Thomas C LePere
Senior Advising Consultant

As the former Associate Director of the Office of Higher Education at the Council of International Schools (CIS), Tom has worked closely with international admission directors from more than 450 top universities in the United States, Canada, and Europe to provide them with guidance on international student outreach.

Tom’s career in the field of university admissions has spanned nearly 30 years, and his experience demonstrates a lifelong commitment to international education, inspiring and guiding students to pursue their educational aspirations and gain admission to the university of their choice. He has held key roles in university admissions, and has led the international admission programs at Lynn University and Marymount California University.

Tom has also managed numerous international education conferences, and directed dozens of university groups and tours across the world. He believes that the university admission process, like the university experience itself, should be one of discovery and growth, and he brings that passion and enthusiasm to his profession.

Julia Gooding

Julia Gooding
Senior International Education Advisor

As a former admissions officer, English teacher, and college counsellor for various schools across New York City, Julia brings over 10 years of experience in international education. After completing her Master’s degree in International Education Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education, Julia consulted with high schools across the US, helping schools improve their international student enrolment and success.

Julia’s commitment to furthering international education opportunities for students stems from her personal experiences and global travel to over 35 countries. After earning high honours in Asian Studies and Spanish at Colgate University, she received a Fulbright grant to study Contemporary Buddhism at Renmin University in Beijing.

Julia has also acted as a United Nations representative leading a non-profit cultural education and exchange organization as well as managed multiple international academic conferences and education programs throughout China.

Daisy Hill

Daisy Hill
Junior Creative Director

A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College (BA) with First Class Honours, the University of Oxford, and the University of Edinburgh (MSc), Daisy has six years’ educational experience in English language, literature, and linguistics, as well as the liberal arts curriculum. At BE Education, Daisy supports students through all aspects of their UK and US university applications, with a special focus on writing. She oversees all of students’ written work for their applications and manages a team of writing specialists providing creative direction through the admissions process.

Daisy has been through the admissions process for both UK and US university, and has valuable experience of applying to, and living in, the US as a British student. Indeed, her own admissions story was featured in an article in the Sunday Times (“US Colleges pluck Britons as fees bite,” 2012). Whilst at Sarah Lawrence, she built a personalised course of study which centred on her creative and academic writing talent. She was also Editor-in-Chief of the student translation magazine Babel, which discussed many of the challenges student writers face.