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 effective developmental and college application plans for our students.

 

With over 15 years of experience in business management and computing technology at 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 and well-rounded thinking, Jonathan aims to promote holistic education in more families. Because of his passion for education, he has coached high school students, recent graduates, and junior staff members in developing both 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 D.C. area. Through his work as a finance professional and tech entrepreneur, he has gained in-depth knowledge of what it takes to succeed in life as well as in one's career, especially in the financial and technology industries.

He looks forward to bringing his experience and expertise to the Veritas Education team and helping more students reach their academic 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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Mr. 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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Ms. Myers

Senior Advisor

Ed.M., Harvard University

B.S., Boston University

Ms. 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 been a positive influence on many of our students.

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Ms. 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 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 goals. Ms. Liu is a results-oriented professional with the highest integrity and is able to develop clear strategies to achieve outstanding results.

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Mr. Bensing

Education Manager/Advisor

M.A., Central European University

B.A., Virginia Tech

Mr. Bensing brings English and history teaching experiences from 1st grade to university-level to the Veritas Education team. He works with students and teachers to promote deep thinking ability, cross-cultural communication, and a lifelong love of learning. His experiences studying and working in the US, Europe, and Asia have made him passionate about promoting clear and respectful communication with others, especially in writing. Mr. Bensing has about 12 years’ experience in fencing.

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Mr. 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 has 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. 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 of colleges.

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Ms.Rhoden

Instructor/Marketing Specialist

B.A., Portland State University

As an instructor, Ms. Rhoden works with students to improve their ability to express themselves - through writing, speaking or otherwise. She graduated from Portland State University with a BA in Chinese Language and a minor in Arabic. As a mom and someone interested in cross-cultural education, Jade has accumulated a wealth of knowledge in teaching and cross-cultural exchange, which gives her a unique perspective on the American education system and childhood development. She is passionate about helping students grow into effective learners and well-rounded adults.

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Mr. Tommy

Instructor

M.F.A., George Mason University

Mr. Tommy is a published writer and editor as well as an experienced instructor and curriculum specialist. 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 contributed to editing and publication of two books designed to help disabled veterans become entrepreneurs. As an instructor, Mr. Tommy works 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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Ms. 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 public and private school settings. 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 systems at Veritas Education, she is eager to create strategic partnerships 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 bachelor’s and master’s 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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Dr. Xu 

Advisor

Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University

B.S., Shanghai Jiao Tong University

Dr. Xu is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Xu’s research focuses on the frontier of modern treatment planning in radiation oncology, and her work has been published in top-tier medical journals. Dr. Wu is also not a passionate doctor, but also a passionate mentor. Throughout the years Dr. Xu has coached a number of M.D./Ph.D. graduates and medical undergraduates to become qualified physicists.

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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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