Who We Are
Michelle J. Cassel, B.A., J.D., M.L.S.
Michelle earned her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Marymount University and her law degree at the City University of New York Law School. Michelle also studied Comparative Law and European Union Law in Madrid through the Marshall Wythe School of Law of The College of William and Mary. A litigator for over ten years practicing public interest law, Michelle received the 2004 Attorney of the Year Award from Legal Services of New Jersey. She also taught her practice area to the legal profession. Michelle decided to further her education while still practicing law, and earned her Masters in Library Science and Information Technology from Rutgers. Michelle is a certified Professional Librarian and has experience working as a reference librarian. In 2006, after having guided several families and their children through the college search and application process, Michelle founded College Search Navigators, based on her assessment of the growing need to help high school students and their families by providing professional college placement advice and assistance. Michelle is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and has attended the IECA Summer Training Institute. Michelle is also a Member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), New Jersey Association for College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), as well as the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and subscribes to HECA standards of good practice. Michelle attends national and state association conferences, and regularly participates in regional college counselor campus tours.
Diane C. Gallo, B.A., J.D.
Diane earned her B.A., Magna Cum Laude, from Georgetown University and her law degree from The University of Virginia School of Law. During her junior year of college, Diane also participated in the Comparative Government Studies Program at the University of Essex in Colchester, England and served as an intern for a ranking member of the British Parliament. Her experience with the college admissions process started as early as her own college career, during which time she worked extensively with both the Georgetown University Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Georgetown Admissions Ambassadors Program. After law school, Diane was a successful transactional lawyer in private practice, and eventually left law to raise her family. During this time, she spent twelve years as a Senior Officer of the National Society of the Children of the American Revolution, one of the oldest and most prestigious civic organizations for children in the nation. Not only did she lead her local society to attain distinction as the Most Outstanding Society in the Nation and in the State of New Jersey, but her tenure provided numerous opportunities to counsel society members regarding the college admissions process. Diane has served as both a UVa and Georgetown Alumni Association Representative, through which she has assisted many students in the application and recommendation process at these schools. As a natural outgrowth of both her experience and recognition of the growing need of high school students and their families for a professional level of assistance in the college search and application process, Diane was pleased to join College Search Navigators in 2008. She is a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) and attended the IECA Summer Training Institute. Diane is also a Member of the New Jersey Association of College Admission Counseling (NJACAC), as well as the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and subscribes to HECA standards of good practice. Diane attends the IECA, HECA and NJACAC annual conferences.
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While many think of the summer as a time to relax, hit the beach and do anything but something academic, summer is the best time to explore potential academic majors and careers. You can learn more about this at your local library. Take advantage of the down time to up your game. You will be glad you did.
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