PlanMyCollege is a fast-growing, college planning service community. We are dedicated to helping families succeed in planning for college and beyond. Students and parents turn to PlanMyCollege to see expert answers to their college questions, to access guidance in the process through the PlanMyCollege planner, and to find expert services to guide them in getting to college. Educational professionals turn to PlanMyCollege as a platform to share their expertise and market their services to families who have a need.
The concept of having an online, college planning platform was founded by GuidedPath. From their beginnings in 2005, GuidedPath has grown to a worldwide leader in college and career planning. Serving independent educational consultants, schools, non-profit groups, GuidedPath is a tool students use, parents appreciate, and professionals can rely on. GuidedPath broke barriers again in 2015 when GuidedPath Edge was launched. It is a tool dedicated to students and parents, giving consumers affordable access to professional college planning. From the innovative five-step college planning process to interviews with leaders and experts, GuidedPath continues to lead the way professionally.
Cyndy McDonald, President
Cyndy McDonald is a recognized leader in both college counseling profession and educational technology. She has over twenty-five years of experience assisting students with college planning, both as a school counselor and as a successful independent educational consultant. Throughout her career, Cyndy has mentored many school counselors and independent educational consultants. Currently, Cyndy teaches classes in the UCLA online college counseling certificate program. Cyndy is also the founder of Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), a professional membership organization for independent educational consultants. She serves as an active member of several professional organizations: NCAG, AICEP, NACAC, IECA, WACAC and HECA. Cyndy has a Masters in Education, with an emphasis on counseling. Cyndy is a woman entrepreneur in technology, having founded the first online college counseling tool. A first generation college student herself, with years of experience presenting to students and teachers alike, Cyndy is available for speaking engagements on issues related to first generation and under-represented students, college admissions, educational consulting, technology entrepreneurship.
Tao Qin, COO
Tao is an EdTech entrepreneur with over 20 years of technology leadership experience and a strong track record for driving results across diverse organizations ranging from startup to Fortune 500 company. Proven ability to build, lead and manage teams; to diligence potential acquisitions, and to effectively collaborate with industry leaders. Tao has a bachelor degree in Physics and a master degree in Computer Science.
Ron Krubeck, Chief Architect
Ron Krubeck is a talented technology leader with over thirty years of experience in the software industry. Ron was employee #18 at Sybase and helped the company to grow to over 1000 employees. Ron co-founded and led the technology side of Requisite Inc.; the leading provider of requirements management software. (Requisite was eventually sold to Rational Software.) Ron has also held executive leadership positions in several other enterprises ranging from startups to Fortune 500 companies. Ron has a BA in Mathematics with a Computer Science option from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Andrea Lindquist, Senior Product Manager
Andrea brings her technical computer background and her experience working with High School students in the college application process to our team. Andrea spent her early programming years as an officer in the United States Air Force, followed by software testing at IBM. Her years as the Post-Graduate Coordinator at a nationally acclaimed High School solidified her desire to help students get into their best fit college. Andrea has a Masters in Computer Information Systems from the University of Denver and a Bachelor of Science in Systems Analysis from Miami University, Ohio.
Jo-Ann Beserra, Strategy Advisor
Jo-Ann’s background in both software technology and college consulting combines two perspectives that compliment each other to help define college planning strategies for the future. Her goal is to remove barriers for students, especially under represented students, as they pursue affordable colleges and an education to launch them into a viable, successful career. Jo-Ann has a masters in computer information systems from the University of Denver and certificate in educational consulting from the University of California Irvine. Professional experience has included software engineering, product management, consulting and two CEO positions. In addition to her passion for college education, she enjoys many Colorado outdoor activities such as hiking and biking, playing the cello and loves spending time with her family.