Ferah has taught and coached students for over 20 years.
Ferah started helping students with college admissions coaching in 2007, and co-founded launchphase2 LLC in 2011. She enjoys guiding students to truly understand who they are, who they want to be, and how to create options to get there. Ferah’s coaching helps students be their best selves, from improving their grades, to gaining college admissions, and to finding internships, jobs and launching their careers.
Ferah stays current on the latest in college admissions by attending conferences, through professional development activities and by frequent college visits. Ferah enjoyed co-authoring an education column with P. Carol Jones, in the Fort Collins Coloradoan for three years. Additionally, Ms. Jones and Ferah were guest speakers at nationwide webinars on Student Success and Coaching Parents and Believing & Letting Go.
Prior to working as a college coach, Ferah began her fulfilling education career as a college instructor at The Institute of Business & Medical Careers (IBMC), where she taught Student Success, a course designed to help students discover their interests, strengths, and learning styles, followed by goal setting. Additionally, Ferah’s students learned study skills and test taking strategies. Ferah helped establish IBMC’s two-year business degree program and taught a variety of business courses along with Career Marketing, Speech, and Leadership. Prior to Ferah’s education career, she worked at Citicorp in a number of positions including as a manager and a regional financial controller.
A Colorado native, Ferah enjoyed living in the Bay Area, NYC, Chicago, Germany, and in the Middle East, where she gained appreciation for various lifestyles, perspectives, and education systems. Ferah and her husband Asad Aziz, a business professor at Colorado State University (previously an electrical engineer and high-tech manager), raised their daughters in Fort Collins. Their oldest daughter graduated from Santa Clara University and worked in Silicon Valley (at SanDisk), in Portland, OR (at Columbia Sportswear) and now works for EY (in Seattle, previously in Chicago). Their second daughter, a University of San Diego graduate, is a dean at a Denver high school where she taught 10th grade chemistry.
Ferah’s Service Work: launchphase2 Service Club Advisor (10 years), University of Colorado Healthcare Ethics Committee (16 years), Poudre School District Volunteer (20 years), DECA judge (8 years), Speech & Debate Judge (2021), Mock Interviews in local high schools (7 years), Speaker/Presentations at Poudre School District (3 years), and pro-bono college/career coaching for disadvantaged students (8 years).
Prior Volunteer Positions: Leader’s Challenge high school club advisor (1 year), Girl Scout Leader (2 years), and Ferah started after school enrichment programs at Shepardson Elementary school.
Ferah’s Professional Memberships:
Ferah is a member of the American Institute of Certified Educational Planners (AICEP), the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the ACT Colorado State Organization Council, the Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counseling (RMACAC), and the College Consultants of Colorado (CCC) organizations.
College Consultants of Colorado (CCC) leadership positions: Ferah served the Denver based CCC organization (with about 60 members) as president (2020-22), as a board member (2019-22), as treasurer (2017-20) and as a marketing & press committee member.
Our coaches adhere to ethical codes and standards of conduct as prescribed by professional college admissions organizations:
- National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
- Rocky Mountain Association of College Admissions Counselors (RMACAC), and
- Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).
Carol is a freelance writer/editor and owner of an editorial services business that includes editing college admissions essays, and coaching secondary and college students in writing. She collaborates with launchphase2 by providing college admissions essay edits, as a co-author of the educational column in the Coloradoan, and as co-presenter at education seminars. Carol is the author of Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing and Able?, a resource for parents of middle and high school students to help them evaluate and prepare their teenagers for success in college, or to help them make the decision that going straight to college after high school is not the right path for their child. The book emphasizes the non-academic and life skills that all teenagers need to succeed in whatever they do after high school. As a writer and journalist, Carol has written on a variety of topics for local, regional, and national audiences; as an editor, she has worked on both technical and general documents. or more information on her work, visit: http://pcaroljones.com/
Autumn has multiple talents, from keeping launchphase2 organized and running smoothly, to preparing various tools and documents for students pursuing their college and career goals, while devoting herself to instructing and inspiring her dance students. After graduating from the University of Florida, Autumn continued her education in New York City at The Kane School for Pilates and The School for Film and Television. For 20-plus years, Autumn’s professional dance career has included performing around the world, including dancing with the Radio City Rockettes for seven years and at Tokyo Disneyland. After leaving New York City, Autumn and her husband founded the nonprofit, Make and Believe Productions and she taught dance at Brenau University in Georgia. Autumn is also a producer and director with The Project Dance Foundation and selected to write their Producer’s Manual. Autumn currently teaches, judges and choreographs around the country, is a receptionist at Advanced Otolaryngology and Audiology and manages the office for launchphase2 LLC.