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Our Management Team

Ajit Jain

Greetings! My name is Ajit Jain and I am one of the partners at Insight. I graduated with an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004. I also hold a BASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. I have professional experience as a management consultant…

My name is Ajit Jain and I am one of the partners at Insight. I graduated with an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business in 2004. I also hold a BASc in Civil Engineering from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. I have professional experience as a management consultant with McKinsey and Co., where I worked with retail banking clients. I also served as a construction manager with Turner Construction Company for four years managing the operations associated with the $500 million renovations of the General Motors Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI. Soon after graduating from Stanford, I founded a company focused on identifying and pursuing attractive investment opportunities in the private industry. My search, in tandem with my Stanford classmate Purvi Mody, led me to Insight. 

I spent more than 20 wonderful years as a College Counselor at Insight and I loved every minute and the hundreds of students I crossed paths with! My role is now focused entirely on business operations. Insight throws many exciting challenges and opportunities at me on a daily basis and I look forward to playing an active role in the long-term growth and development of this wonderful organization. 

During my tenure at Insight as a counselor, I worked with students who were admitted to The Ivy League, Stanford, Duke, Washington University in St. Louis, Northwestern, Rice, USC (with scholarships), UIUC, University of Washington, Pomona College, Carnegie Mellon, and many more. I also helped students gain admission to all UC Schools including UCLA, UC Berkeley, and UC San Diego. I believe that every child is a unique individual and therefore deserves a very personalized Insight experience in order to better guide them throughout high school and the college admissions process. We all learn in different ways and we are all therefore suited to very different college environments. In my current role, I continue to work with our counselors regularly. 

During my time at Stanford I spent two years volunteering at the Costaño School in East Palo Alto serving as a mentor to a second/third grader as she tackled math and reading. I have also volunteered my time as a pro-bono consultant with the Stanford Alumni Consulting Team on projects for St. Matthew’s Episcopal School in San Mateo, The Nueva School in Hillsborough and the Redwood City Education Foundation

As a proud Canadian I love getting back home to Toronto as often as possible to spend time with my family and giving my son the opportunity to spend time with his grandparents. I relish the time I get to spend with him playing street hockey, basketball, riding our scooters to the park or simply hanging out at home.

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Center Manager & Executive Assistant

Christina Shumaker

Hi! My name is Christina and I joined Team Insight in 2016.I was born and raised in the Bay Area and am now raising my little family in Santa Clara. I graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management with a Minor in Business.

Hi! My name is Christina and I joined Team Insight in 2016.

I was born and raised in the Bay Area and am now raising my little family in Santa Clara. I graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Science in Hospitality Management with a Minor in Business. While in college, I worked full time with an event venue where we would coordinate weddings, fundraisers and other various events. There, I was able to meet and work with all types of families while fostering my own desire in helping them achieve their dreams and goals.

After graduation, I have had the opportunity to work in many industries, including HVAC, the salon/spa and medical fields where my roles have always centered around helping others. Working with people and especially the youth has been such an inspiration that my goal is to get my teaching credentials. Being at Insight Education has allowed me to be immersed in the wonderful community of education and support a team that is so dedicated in guiding students work towards their individual goals.

In my spare time, you can find me volunteering at my daughter’s elementary school, spending time with my two girls and husband, or planning our next vacation to Disneyland.

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Client Operations Manager

Casey Shook

Hello, my name is Casey Shook and I have been with the Insight Team since 2014. Acquiring and sharing knowledge is at the core of my being, and I am thrilled to support a team that helps students achieve their academic goals!

Hello! My name is Casey Shook and I have been with Insight since 2014. Acquiring and sharing knowledge is at the core of my being, and I am thrilled to support a team that helps students achieve their academic goals! I am also a Silicon Valley native (born in Mountain View and graduated from Santa Clara High), so I feel right at home working with local students and their families.

I received my B.A. in Sociology from Seattle University, where I also minored in Women’s Studies and Spanish. On campus I was heavily involved with the school’s radio station and served as a programming director while also hosting my own weekly on-air show. Outside of school I worked in the fundraising department of the 5th Avenue Theatre Association and also spent some time in retail along the Emerald City’s famous waterfront.

After my time in the Pacific Northwest I realized I was a true California girl and returned to the sunny Bay Area. I have since worked as an event planner, barista, bookkeeper, fundraiser, administrative assistant, and database nerd before I found myself wanting to get into the education field — I consider myself lucky to work with the Insight team and call upon my skills and experience to support our amazing students.

When I’m not in the office I can be found with my husband and our adorable young son in either our Sunnyvale neighborhood or at a nearby beach.

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Education Manager

Diana Marie Apiado

Hello! My name is Diana Marie Apiado and I am the Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist at Insight Education. I recently graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Arts in History.

Hello! My name is Diana Marie Apiado and I am the Education Manager at Insight Education.

I was born in Germany but grew up in the Bay Area. I attended Piedmont Hills High School and graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2018. During college, I worked part-time in the retail industry and volunteered in the youth’s religious education at my church. I always had the devotion to help others, but my true passion lay within helping students to achieve their dreams and goals because I believe that they are our future.

After graduating SJSU, I aimed to be part of the educational community and so I joined Insight Education in the summer of 2018. I am excited to be part of a team that is dedicated and passionate about helping students to strive for success and attain their goals.

Outside of work, I love to bake and cook, spend time with my family, and take nature hikes.

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Marketing Manager

Jenny Hwang

Hi! My name is Jenny Hwang, and I am the Marketing Manager at Insight Education. I graduated Magna cum Laude from UC Davis (go Aggies!) with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. During my study, I presented at the Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Abilities Conference and graduated Summa Cum Laude. After college, I wanted […]

Hi! My name is Jenny Hwang, and I am the Marketing Manager at Insight Education. I graduated Magna cum Laude from UC Davis (go Aggies!) with a Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering. During my study, I presented at the Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Abilities Conference and graduated Summa Cum Laude.

After college, I wanted hands-on experience in business and marketing, so I joined the Marketing team for an international cosmetics company in Los Angeles. It turned out I truly enjoyed marketing because it revolves around data, strategic planning, and creative problem-solving.

I had always been the go-to gal for homework help and project guidance, which sowed a deep interest in the Education industry. My diverse background reinforced my belief in helping students define their success at a university of their choosing. Fortunately, I’ve joined Insight Education in 2020 to pursue my passion.

As part of the team at Insight, I work with counselors and the business team to communicate with our students, parents, and potential clients. It is truly wonderful to be a part of a company that you believe in, and I am very grateful to be a small part in facilitating students’ successes in navigating the college admissions landscape.

Outside of work, I love reading, baking, gardening, and taking silly pictures of my dog.

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Administrative Assistant

Valerie Gomez

Hi, My name is Valerie Gomez and I am new to the Insight team, joining this year in 2021.   I was born in Denmark but migrated back to Palo Alto where I grew up and completed all of my school. I have since grown up in Palo Alto and have first-hand experience with the […]

Hi, My name is Valerie Gomez and I am new to the Insight team, joining this year in 2021.

 

I was born in Denmark but migrated back to Palo Alto where I grew up and completed all of my school. I have since grown up in Palo Alto and have first-hand experience with the school systems for the Bay Area. For my college experience, I chose warm and sunny Arizona State University where I finished with a Bachelor of Arts in Education in May 2020. I have since migrated back to the Bay Area, as I am a Californian at heart!

 

As a student mentor for 2 years, I was able to manage and work with individual students to help them achieve the best path for themselves in college. Through my experiences, I choose to pursue a non-teaching area of education, as I saw a lot of value in career paths that dedicated themselves to improving the education system. This is what has led me to Insight, as I hope to continue improving education for individuals and helping provide understanding and direction so that students can shape their educational journey. 

 

In my spare time, I practice speaking and reading German as I have been learning for 3 years and hope to maintain it, I also enjoy a nice walk to my local Philz and watching Disney movies! 

 

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