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

Co-Founders

Dr. Yuhsien Wu

Ed.M., Harvard University

Ph.D., in Business Administration, University of Missouri

Dr. Wu is the co-founder of US-China Education and Culture Center (USCECC) and Veritas Education Leaders 501 (c)(3), and Chair of Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance – DC Chapter. 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. 

Dr. Wu is an expert in student motivation and serves as a mentor to students globally, including Harvard College students. She also designs classes focusing on self-growth to help students enhance their 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. To learn more, click here

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Richard Wang, MBA/MS

M.B.A., University of Maryland

Board Member, TCFA

With over 15 years of professional experience 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 provides strategic advice to grow this one of a kind youth community engagement program by working with global law firm, financial institutions, local government, school district management teams, and members of U.S Congress. Richard also serves as a member Minority Student Achievement Oversight Committee for the Fairfax County Public Schools and is currently a board member of The Chinese Finance Association (TCFA). 

Team Members

Amber Li, Ed.M

Director of Education

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.

Paul Allen, ABD/MS 

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 the eldest just graduated from college. He knows both the public and private high school systems well and has been an effective college coach for many years.   

Rachel Myers, Ed.M 

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.  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.

Thomas Bensing, MA

Education Manager

MA., 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.

Jade Rhoden, BA

Lead Advisor

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. 

Tommy Sheffield, MFA

English Reading and Writing Instructor

M.F.A., George Mason University

Mr. Tommy is a published writer and editor, and an experienced teacher. 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 a teacher, Tommy is working not only to instill academic confidence in students, but also to help them open up and express their ideas in class.

Patty Hsu, BA

Asia Customer Care

B.A., Soochow University

Ms. Hsu is interested in comparative cultural studies and believes firmly that cultural values can shape how we fit into a competitive global market. As someone who also values logical reasoning as well as strong interpersonal skills, she thinks an education focusing on holistic development is key in raising a confident child who is able to become an outstanding global citizen.

Thomas Messersmith, MA

SAT Instructor

PhD Candidate, University of Maryland

Mr. Thomas is an experienced instructor for SAT/PSAT Test prep and an effective teacher for a wide range of subjects including History and English. He received an MA in European History and is currently working toward a PhD. He brings energy and excitement to his class sessions to ensure that the student is not just engaged but excited to learn.  His classes are tailored to the specific needs of students because everyone learns a little differently, and he believes it is his job to understand how each student learns and use that to help them do the best they can.

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