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 Veritas Education 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

M.Ed. Candidate, University of Pennsylvania

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 a 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, EdM

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, PhD(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 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.   

Rachel Myers, EdM 

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

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, MSEd

Education Specialist

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. 

Jade Rhoden, BA

Advisor/Instructor 

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. 

Ms. Lori, MEd 

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 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, PhD(ABD)/MA

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, she later became a high school mathematics teacher, district mathematics coach and high school principal. Laurie completed her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction, Secondary Mathematics at George Washington University. She has 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. Her teaching experience includes every level of high school mathematics with both public and private school students, including test prep, AP course preparation and college advising. Her skill combination of 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.

Ms. Emily, PhD

Reading and Writing Instructor

Ph.D., University of Virginia

Ms. Emily is a professional editor and an effective teacher. She has experience teaching both in the FCPS system and outside of it. Her expertise with languages reflects a deep understanding of both concise written communication and the fundamentals of grammar; she loves to teach students how to use language in effective ways in her classes. Her area of expertise is non-fiction texts, and her teaching methodology focuses on drawing out student engagement and deepening understanding through stimulating discussion questions and activities. Her classes feature close reading of materials so that students can best understand the meaning, subtext, and writing strategies involved. 

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Mr. Tommy, MFA Candidate

English Reading and Writing 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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