Leadership

Co-Founders

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Dr. Yuhsien Wu 

Co-Founder

Dr. Wu is the co-founder of Veritas Education, Chair of Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A) – DC Chapter, and Board of Director, H4A serving Harvard alums globally. She obtained a master's degree in education with a concentration in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in Business Administration from University of Missouri (with a minor in psychology).

Dr. Wu is an expert in student motivation and serves as a mentor to students globally, including Harvard College students. She designs classes focusing on self-growth to help students enhance their deep thinking, leadership, cultural, and communication skills. Her research interests are interpersonal in nature, and include mentoring, cultural differences, communication, social skills, and emotional intelligence. As a speaker, she has been invited to discuss global competence, international education, mental wellness, and race relations in America.

Ed.M., Harvard University

Ph.D., in Business, University of Missouri

Member of IECA 

Board of Direct, Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A)

Chair, H4A-DC

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Richard Y. Wang 

Co-Founder

Richard is an expert in education. His interdisciplinary experience allows him to develop a comprehensive analytical method to formulate an effective developmental and college application plan for our students.

 

With over 15 years of experience in business management and computing technology from a global consulting firm and a top financial institution, Richard has cultivated countless young adults and helped them reach their academic and professional goals. As the co-founder of BranchOut!, he also leads and grows this youth community engagement program by working with global law firms, financial institutions, local government, school district management teams, and members of the U.S Congress.

 

Richard also serves on the committee of:

Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee (MSAOC), Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Advanced Academic Program Advocacy Committee (AAPAC), Fairfax County Public Schools, VA

Education Certificate Program, Harvard University

M.Ed. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

M.B.A., University of Maryland

Board of Director, TCFA

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Jonathan Zuo

Partner/Advisor

As someone who values deep thinking and well-roundedness, Jonathan aims to promote holistic education to more families. Because of his passion for education, he has been coaching high school students, recent graduates, and junior staff members in developing their soft and hard skills.

In addition to being a mentor, Jonathan has served as a leader in top financial institutions in New York and the Washington DC area. Through his work as a finance professional and tech entrepreneur, he has gained an in-depth knowledge on what it takes to succeed in life as well as in one's career, especially in the finance and technology industry. 

He looks forward to bringing his experience and expertise to the Veritas Education team to help more students reach their academical and career goals.

M.S., Stanford University

B.S., University of Science and Technology of China

Vice-Chair, TCFA-DC

Team Members

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Paul Allen

Senior Advisor 

Ph.D. ABD, University of Washington

M.S., London School of Economics

Mr. Allen brings more than 20 years of education and senior management experience to the team. He has designed courses and taught at all levels from pre-school to university doctoral seminars. Mr. Allen has three children and knows how to connect with teenagers with the goal to guide them towards young adulthood. He knows both the public and private high school systems well and has been an effective college advisor for many years.  

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Rachel Myers

Senior Advisor

Ed.M., Harvard University

B.S., Boston University

Mrs. Myers obtained a master's degree in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University and received her bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education from Boston University.  She has been an effective college advisor as she knows how to bring out the best in each student. As a licensed teacher, she enjoys helping our students improve their reading, writing, and thinking skills. She is able to make learning enjoyable and has brought positive influence to many of our students.

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Yi Liu

Associate Director

M.A.S., Illinois Institute of Technology

B.Eng., Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Ms. Liu brings extensive experience in education consulting with a focus on high school planning and college counseling to the team. Before entering the education field, she started her early career as an engineer. Ms. Liu graduated from Shanghai Jiao Tong University with a bachelor's degree in Engineering and earned her master’s degree in Biomedical Imaging and Signals at the Illinois Institute of Technology. She wants to make a difference in the world and believes that education is the most powerful tool to do that. It is this strong passion that has driven her to help students achieve their own success. Ms. Liu is a results-oriented professional with the highest integrity and is able to take complex situations and develop a clear strategy. She holds herself accountable for achieving outstanding results.

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Thomas Bensing

Education Manager/Advisor

M.A., Central European University

B.A., Virginia Tech

Mr. Bensing brings teaching experiences from 1st grade to university-level to the Veritas Education team. He graduated from Virginia Tech with a B.A. in History and completed M.A. in History at Central European University. Additionally, his experience living and teaching in Greater China gives him insight into the ways in which cross-cultural and international education encourages cooperation and understanding.

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Sai Liu

Education Specialist/Advisor

M.S.Ed., University of Pennsylvania 

B.A., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Mr. Liu obtained a master's degree in Education from University of Pennsylvania and received his bachelor's degree in Communication from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As a passionate educator, Mr. Liu has an abundance of experience working with students, his strong communication skills enable him to advise students effectively and efficiently. In addition, having lived and studied in many different countries, Mr. Liu developed a unique understanding of international education, and is committed to using his knowledge and positive energy to support his students. 

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Ms. Lori

Senior Advisor

M.A. Ed, University of Southern California

B.A. University of Notre Dame 

Prior to entering the college admissions field, Lori taught history, government, and English. She also has worked with nonprofits and with children on the autism spectrum. As an advisor and essay specialist, Lori helps high school students write authentic, revelatory application essays. With over a decade of editing and writing experience, she walks students through the entire essay writing process, from brainstorming ideas to perfecting a final draft.  Fully committed to developing good writers and strong, memorable essays, Lori labors to ensure this important part of the student’s application strengthens his/her complete portfolio.

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Ms. Laurie

Senior Advisor/Instructor

PhD. ABD, George Mason University; M.A., George Washington University

B.S., US Naval Academy

Graduate Certificate in Advanced Education Leadership, Harvard University

Ms. Laurie graduated from the US Naval Academy and served in the United States Navy with a STEM and Humanity double major, she later became a high school mathematics teacher, district mathematics coach and high school principal. Laurie completed her PhD coursework in Mathematics Education Leadership at George Mason University where she was a Dean's Scholar and was trained as a researcher at Harvard University. Ms. Laurie's wealth of experience in teaching, admissions, counseling and scholarship make her a unique education leader. She has 3 grown children and they have all gone to their first choice college.

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Jade Rhoden

Instructor/Marketing Specialist

B.A., Portland State University

Ms. Rhoden graduated from Portland State University with a BA in the Chinese language and a minor in the Arabic language. With 6 years of living and teaching in China, she has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in teaching and cross-cultural exchange. Ms. Rhoden is passionate about helping students grow into effective readers and writers. 

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Mr. Tommy

Instructor

M.F.A., George Mason University

Mr. Tommy is a published writer and editor, and an experienced instructor and curriculum specialist. He received a BS in Writing, Rhetoric and Technical Communication and is currently getting his MFA in Creative Writing. A published poet, essayist, and short story writer, he also works as the Poetry Editor for Stillhouse Press, where he is Managing Editor for two books: Before the Fevered Snow, a book of poetry by Megan Merchant, and a new book of poetry by Dean Smith, head of Duke University Press. He has published two books of his own poetry, and helped edit and publish two books designed to help disabled veterans become entrepreneurs. As an instructor, Mr. Tommy is working not only to instill academic confidence in students, but also to help them open up and express their ideas in class.

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Amber Li

Advisor

Ed.M., George Mason University

Ms. Li is committed to student success within and beyond the classroom setting. She obtained a master’s degree in School Counseling from George Mason University and has experience working in both the public and private school setting. Ms. Li has a wealth of knowledge in college advising, application coaching, personal growth, and professional development. With over six years of experience in developing and implementing comprehensive college coaching and advisory system at Veritas Education, she is eager to create strategic partnership in the community to provide even more services and resources to serve our students and families.

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Ms. Kirsten

Instructor

M.A., University of Virginia 

Ms. Kirsten is an accomplished teacher with many years of English instruction experience at private schools in the greater Washington D.C. area, and she is currently a certified Virginia Catholic Education Association teacher. She completed her BA and MA degrees at the University of Virginia before teaching English at both the university and high school / middle school levels. In class, she values participation and does her best to encourage it in all of her students. For her, this means making class interesting and providing a space where students feel comfortable expressing themselves. Her goal is to get students to independently engage with the material and build learning skills that will help them in her class, as well as other classes they take in the future.

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Advisory Board

Dr. Waverly Ding

Ph.D. University of Chicago

Associate Professor, Robert H. Smith School of Business, University of Maryland

Former Assistant Professor at Haas School of Business, UC-Berkeley

Dr. Michael Dutch

Ph.D. University of Houston

Professor of Management, Guilford College

Dr. Xiumin Martin

Ph.D. University of Missouri

Professor of Accounting, Washington University in St. Louis

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