Pamela Donnelly is a #1 bestselling author (SWAT Team Tactics for Getting Your Teen Into College), speaker, and educational specialist. As Time Magazine’s go-to college admissions expert, she frequently appears on regional and national television. Larry King has endorsed her most recent book, 4 Keys to College Admissions Success. She is a frequent speaker at live events throughout the greater Los Angeles region and passionate advocate for education reform.
Pamela graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Columbia University in the City of New York with degrees in Literature/Writing and Secondary Education, and has been called both “the Suze Orman of Education” and a “teen whisperer”. A professional educator for over 20 years and former on-camera talent under contract to ABC- TV, she is the academic expert trusted by many of the most discerning parents in America.
Her commitment to leveling the playing field has led to strategic partnerships with major philanthropic organizations across the US, and she has spoken on Capital Hill about the need for increasing equitable access to higher education for disadvantaged students. A mother of three, Donnelly leads Valley Prep’s team of expert educators, helping parents go the extra mile to ensure their teens transition to the colleges of their dreams.
Aline Hesse graduated magna cum laude from the University of Southern California with her Master’s degree. She is a highly qualified educator who loves working with parents and their teens to help them obtain optimal results. Her position with Valley Prep involves placing tutors, communicating with parents, and spreading the word online and in the media about our services and programs. The Valley Prep family appreciates her top notch academic services support. When not working, Aline loves to read and play piano.
Student Services Coordinator
Merry Rose brings a well-rounded background in human resources and administrative organization to Valley Prep. She loves working with parents, students and staff to provide the seamless coordination of our services. Her journey into education began with the birth of her daughter, a recent UCLA graduate. Prior to motherhood, she enjoyed a noteworthy career as a professional back-up singer. Merry assists with our social media presence, and is always searching for the most relevant and helpful information to share with our families. In her free time, she loves singing with the Angel City Chorale.
Jonathan Cardinia earned his Bachelor of Science degree at St. Alexius College. Honors included Dean’s List and numerous academic awards and achievements. He is an experienced customer services professional with many years of work and training in the medical field before joining the team at Valley Prep Tutoring. In addition to enjoying providing excellent administrative support, he loves reading, traveling, and spending quality time with family.