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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 renovation 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 private industry. My search, in tandem with my Stanford classmate Purvi Mody, led me to Insight. 

I spent close to ten 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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Co-CEO and Head of Counseling

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Purvi Mody

Hello!  My name is Purvi Mody and as one of the partners at Insight Education I love working with students ready to achieve their educational dreams!  I have eighteen years of experience as an educational and admissions counselor. My formal experience in this field began with Achieva College Prep in 1999, but I have worked […]

Hello! 
My name is Purvi Mody and as one of the partners at Insight Education I love working with students ready to achieve their educational dreams! 

I have eighteen years of experience as an educational and admissions counselor. My formal experience in this field began with Achieva College Prep in 1999, but I have worked privately with students since 1998. At Achieva, I developed the Jump Start Program, designed for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders. My work with more than one thousand students during my career has allowed me the privilege of assisting many with their admission to some of the top universities in the country including Stanford, Brown, Harvard, UC Berkeley and UCLA to name but a few. My philosophy centers around helping kids identify and apply to the schools that are the best fit for them and then develop applications that emphasize their unique attributes and talents. I also enjoy working with Freshmen, Sophomores and Juniors helping them with every facet of their high school journey. I have increasingly spent time advising families of middle school students on choosing the best high school for their child and helping their children develop the fundamental skills to be successful in high school. And as graduate school admissions, including law and medical, have become more complex, I have worked with applicants to develop and execute their admissions strategy. 

I graduated from UCLA with a BA (Honors) in Psychology, and minors in Education and Business. I then completed my Masters in Education at the Stanford University School of Education. My final foray into a degree program culminated in an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. I am a member of WACAC (Western Association for College Admission Counseling).

I have built my career on my passion for education and am exceedingly well versed in the college admissions process. More importantly, I love to connect with students as they embark on an increasingly stressful and complex journey. 

When I am not reviewing college admissions essays or helping students start a new club and set academic goals, I can be found spending time with my beautiful boys (future Insighters) and husband.

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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 Administrative Assistant/ Receptionist at Insight Education.

I grew up in the Bay Area and attended Piedmont Hills High School. I recently graduated from San Jose State University with a Bachelors of Arts in History. 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. My passion made me realize that my goal is to obtain my teaching credentials.

After graduating SJSU, I aimed to be part of the educational community and so I joined Insight Education. 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 in Chemical Engineering. During my study, I presented at the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Abilities Conference. After college, I wanted to learn more about […]

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 in Chemical Engineering. During my study, I presented at the 19th Annual Undergraduate Research, Scholarship & Creative Abilities Conference.

After college, I wanted to learn more about 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 have always been the go-to gal for homework help and 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

Deanna Nieto

Hi! My name is Deanna Nieto and I am the Administrative Assistant at Insight Education. I was born and raised in the Monterey Bay Area. I completed my undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University. I then continued my education at Santa Clara University, earning […]

Hi! My name is Deanna Nieto and I am the Administrative Assistant at Insight Education.

I was born and raised in the Monterey Bay Area. I completed my undergraduate degree with a Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development from San Jose State University. I then continued my education at Santa Clara University, earning a Master’s and Teaching Credential. At the core, I have always been passionate about education. I have had various experience working at after school programs, one-on-one tutoring, and being employed in the public school system as a 4th-grade teacher. It has been such a privilege to be apart of many students’ lives to help achieve their goals and be there as they progress through the many milestones emotionally and academically.

As I chose to recently navigate my way out of teaching, being a part of the management team at Insight Education has allowed me to stay within the education system. I believe that all students play a role in our future and I am grateful to be working with high school students and families as they journey and prepare their way to continued education.

Outside of work, I love to workout, go on runs, cook, and spend time with family and friends.

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What Are Insight Students & Parents saying?
  • “Our ACT instructor methods were so helpful and wonderful to have.”

  • “Zach, thank you so much for helping me become a confident and successful writer”

  • “We were extremely happy throughout the process – got much more than what we invested in Insight counseling.”

  • “From their knowledge of all the colleges and resources, professionalism and the hands-on coaching, Insight has raised the bar!  ”

  • “Insight counselors truly care about students not only during their time at Insight but further along the road.”

  • “I am currently a student at Carnegie Mellon University and I can honestly say that without Insight Education, I would not have gotten in.”

  • “Sarah was a great mentor & worked with our kid in keeping him motivated & focused along the way. She is extremely knowledgeable ”

  • “I wanted to thank Purvi from the bottom of my heart for guiding both of my kids through the maze of high school education.”

  • “Our counselor really helped in educating us – the parents – on the process.”

  • “I took an Insight SAT Boot Camp, and afterward I got 1570 on the SAT! 800 in MATH!”

  • Early Decision vs. Early Action – Which to Choose?

    October 8, 2020

    If you are entering the college admissions process, you might have heard of these terms. You might even wonder what they are. What is the difference? Which is better for your college admissions strategy, if at all? Insight College Admissions counselo..
  • How to Combat Zoom Fatigue

    September 15, 2020

    If you are finding yourself exhausted between classes, office hours, webinars, and social time all on Zoom, you are not the only one. Over the past few months, “Zoom fatigue” or “Zoomed-out” have shown up more and more over social media and ..
  • List of All Test Optional Colleges 2021

    August 14, 2020

    The list contains the test-optional colleges that changed their admission policy’s due to COVID-19. This list was last updated (September 23, 2020).  FAQ About Test-Optional 1. Test-Optional vs. Test-Blind Test optional means that you can still su..
  • What are College Admissions Officers Looking for?

    July 17, 2020

    An Interview with Santa Clara University’s Claire Kreeft, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admissions I conducted an interview via email with Ms. Claire Kreeft, Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Santa Clara University (SCU).  Ms...
  • How Covid-19 Has Impacted Insight Alumni

    July 11, 2020

    This is a special one. At a time of uncertainty for all of us, five former Insight graduates have taken the time to share the details of their experiences in college during the pandemic. There have been highs and lows and their experiences range from..
  • Standardized Testing: A Reflection

    June 24, 2020

    I feel like there are certain activities that will always make me a little—okay, very—nervous.  These include riding a roller coaster, watching a horror movie, and lastly, taking standardized tests!   Standardized testing was not my forte, ..
  • Finding Your College Match If You Have Learning Challenges

    June 9, 2020

    Have you ever wondered how to find a good college match if you have learning challenges?  In order to answer that question and provide insight, I conducted interviews via email and phone with Gabrielle E. Miller, Ed.D., Assistant Vice Provost, Learn..
  • From Our Founders

    June 7, 2020

    Dear Insight Community,   It has taken us a number of days to gather our thoughts and put something down on paper to share what we are feeling with our Insight community. The country and the world are going through significant turmoil and the mo..
  • Transferring Between UC Campuses…Wait, That’s Possible?

    May 13, 2020

    You’ve probably heard about transferring from a community college to a UC institution, but did you know it’s possible to transfer between UC campuses?  This is the path I took—I spent my first two years at UC Santa Barbara before transferri..
  • Insight’s List of Colleges Accepting AP Credits 2020

    April 30, 2020

    THE FOLLOWING LISTS THE COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES ACCEPTING 2020 AP CREDITS Adelphi University: “We will still award Advanced Placement (AP) credit in the same way for virtual exams being offered by the College Board. We will also lend flexib..

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