Meet The Team

Our Coaches

 

Ferah Aziz, Founder
College/Career Coach
B.S.B.A. Finance, M.B.A.

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Ferah has been teaching and coaching students for over 19 years; prior to this she was a financial controller at Citicorp. She began her education career as a college instructor at IBMC, where she specializes in Student Success, Career Marketing, and a variety of business courses. She started college admissions coaching in 2007, and founded launchphase2 with two others in 2011. Ferah enjoys coaching her students to discover who they are, who they want to be, and how they can get there, all while striving to do their best. Ferah’s coaching helps students reach their personal best outcomes, from improved grades, to college admissions, and to internships/jobs and careers. She keeps current on the latest in college admissions by attending conferences, professional development activities and through college visits. Ferah also co-authors an Education column in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, and has been a guest speaker at nationwide webinars on Student Success and Letting Go (for parents). A Colorado native, Ferah and her husband have two daughters. Their oldest daughter recently left Silicon Valley to work in Portland, Oregon as internal auditor, and their second daughter teaches 9th grade physics in Denver.

Ferah’s Professional Development activities and College visits.

Ferah’s Service/volunteer work:
University of Colorado Healthcare Ethics Committee (13 years), Poudre School District Volunteer (19 years, DECA judge, Mock Interviews, Speaker/Presentations), Service Club Advisor, Girl Scout Leader, and pro-bono college/career coaching for disadvantaged students.

Professional Memberships:

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 Ethical Standards

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).

Ann Keith, Co-Founder
Essay Coach and Test Prep Facilitator
BS Journalism/Public Relations
MS in Adult & Continuing Education

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Calling on her journalism background, Ann provides final proofing and editing to ensure polished college admission essays for lp2 students. Ann also keeps students motivated and on track to meet or exceed their test score goals. She has successsfully helped students raise their ACT test scores 2-5 points through experienced guidance and coaching. Ann has over 24 years of experience working with students: she began her career at Purdue University followed by several positions at Colorado State University where she managed international student scholarships and planned short term visitor training programs in Agriculture, Engineering and Forestry. Ann is passionate about making a positive difference in the Fort Collins community. She has worked on several boards and as a front line volunteer at many local non-profit agencies. Ann and her husband look forward to every opportunity to visit their daughter who lives and works in the Bay Area, California. They are happy to have their younger daughter back in Colorado where she is working until she begins graduate school.

P. Carol Jones
Essay Coach and Collaborative Partner
B.A. Journalism

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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.For more information on her book, visit: http://towardcollegesuccess.com/.

Bitte Lindell-Colby
Co-Founder
LCSW, M.S.W in Social Work

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Bitte has experience in counseling and coaching youth for over 27 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and college coach. Bitte has post-graduate training in Family Therapy from universities and institutes in Sweden, London and Boston. Bitte manages a team of Social Workers in Colorado. She also provides clinical supervision to Master’s Degree Social Workers working toward their license (L.C.S.W). Bitte enjoys all aspects of counseling students and their families. Bitte and her husband have a son working in NYC, and a daughter who is pursuing her career in the medical field. Both are graduates of Bowdoin College.

Contact us today to arrange a complimentary
launch readiness meeting at
info@launchphase2.com or call 720-340-8111

Advisory Board

June L. Bouscaren
Advisor
B.S.E.E., JD

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June L. Bouscaren graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and worked as an electrical engineer and software developer for 8 years at HP before attending law school. After graduating from Suffolk University in Boston, MA with a Juris Doctor, she began her legal career at Amp Incorporated where her practice focused on creation, acquisition, retention, protection and licensing all forms of intellectual property. After moving to Colorado in 1999, June started and operated a private law practice before joining Agilent Technologies, Inc. as in-house counsel in 2004, transitioning to Keysight Technologies, Inc. when it split off from Agilent in 2014. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania and Colorado as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is currently employed by Keysight as Managing Counsel. June’s daughter graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Broadcast Journalism and is currently a reporter for St Louis public radio, most recently reporting on the events in Ferguson, MO. June’s son is studying Computer Science in the 5-year co-op program at Drexel University and working towards launching a business that will offer a new social media platform making it easier to make plans to get together with real people and in person rather than relying on a computer screen for social interactions.

Laura Hester
Advisor
AB Psychology, MD Family Medicine

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Laura wears many hats: mother, physician, and professor. She commutes to work at the University of North Carolina where she teaches medical students and residents, and provides medical care for underserved patients in a rural emergency department where she is the Medical Director. Laura is the child of a military family, and graduated from high school at Jakarta International School, in Jakarta, Indonesia, where her father was assigned to the American Embassy. She then attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, majoring in Psychology and completing her pre-med requirements, all while working off-campus 40 hours per week. Upon graduation, she deferred medical school for a year to accept the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship which supported her as she studied traditional medicine in Indonesia and China. Her world travel slowed down a bit as she headed to medical school in North Carolina and completed her Family Medicine residency in South Bend, IN. She was in private practice there for 5 years while her husband, Chris Peterson, completed post-doctoral research in Mathematics at Notre Dame. In 1999, she and her family settled down in Fort Collins, CO and her husband joined the faculty at Colorado State University. Along the way, she has helped to launch her first two children, as well as their Indonesian exchange student, into their college careers at Stanford, Duke and Yale. Their eldest daughter is taking a gap year (service in Africa and Indonesia, before starting her college education of University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. They still have two daughters in the wings in high school.

Vance Harwood
Advisor
B.S.E.E

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After graduating from the University of Colorado, Vance embarked on a 35-year career working for HP and various other high tech companies in technical and managerial roles in R&D, Marketing, and Finance that included two international assignments and the awarding of 5 patents. Vance changed gears in 2011, transitioning to developing a financial blogging / consulting business.  His blog, Six Figure Investing, has logged over 1.2 million visits, has been mentioned in multiple on-line publications including Barron’s and is syndicated at Investing.com and Seeking Alpha. Vance covers a wide range of topics, including investor psychology, Exchange Traded Funds, volatility as an asset class, and various derivative strategies.

Vance and his wife Nancy, live in Loveland, CO.  His oldest daughter works as an accountant for the Department of the Interior, his son runs his own website: Postscapes—Tracking the Internet of Things, and his youngest daughter is a board certified Physician Assistant.

Linda Kennedy
Advisor
B.S.E.E.

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Linda has a degree in electrical engineering, & has worked at HP for over 20 years in a broad range of marketing jobs including new business creation & marketing strategy. Her passion is understanding the customer & giving them meaningful products, services, & innovation. Linda has two US patents in her name & an additional 12 disclosure/patents pending. Linda is in the midst of the high-school-to-college transition with her two daughters – one is a sophomore in college and the other is a freshman in high-school, starting the college choice journey.  She stays active with students by tutoring in math & guest speaking on marketing & career topics at the secondary & college level.

Bob Komives
Advisor
B.S.B.A. Art-Architecture, M.A. Planning

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Bob earned his master’s in planning from Harvard, and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth where he was also an all-conference football player. Prior to retirement, he used to operate his own firm in Ft. Collins, providing land-use planning services (clients include the Kickapoo Indians and the City of Ft. Collins). Bob was also a planning director on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Fluent in Spanish, he worked over four years in Central America, both as a Peace Corps volunteer and a watershed management professional. His community involvement ranges from Spanish tutor to board member for Bas Bleu Theatre. Bob stays in touch with the high school-to-college transition by regularly interviewing applicants to Dartmouth College. Bob recently published Good Day, which is a collection of his optimistic poems (illustrated by Gale Whitman). To learn more about this book, click here: gooddayartpoetry.com

Mary Pat McCurdie
Advisor
PhD Chemical Engineering

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Mary Pat McCurdie has a wide-ranging background — chemical engineering, entrepreneurship, ballet, and the arts. She worked as a chemical engineer (Alliant Tech Systems, HP/Agilent Technologies) until 2002, when she purchased “The Dance Closet”, a small dancewear boutique, near CSU in Fort Collins. In 2005 she grew the store’s lines to include yoga and fitness wear, and changed the name to ocated in Opera Galleria in Old Town, Ft Collins). Mary Pat and Prima Bodywear are charter members of BeLocal Fort Collins; she was also on a steering committee for BeLocal Fort Collins, an organization that helps to promote locally owned businesses from 2009-2011. Mary Pat performed with Canyon Concert Ballet (1987-2009), dancing with and mentoring many young dancers as they grew unto young adulthood. She served on the Board of Directors of Canyon Concert from 2005-2011, acting as Treasurer, Vice-President and President. Mary Pat also enjoys helping young people through her volunteer work; currently she is dedicated to helping children get books through the BookTrust. She and her husband Mike (CEO of SAFEbuilt, Inc.) have a son who graduated from Westminster College. He launched his career at software company in June 2013 in Salt Lake City.