Heather McKay, College Counselor

Heather serves exclusively as the Diamond Membership College Counselor for College Planning Experts. A graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara with both a B.A. in English and a M.A. in Educational Leadership, Heather’s education in writing and higher education policies makes her an exceptional advisor and essay guide. She also has unparalleled experience to share with her students.

Heather has held various roles in higher education for the last decade. She spent four years working for an international test preparation company, becoming an expert on standardized tests and college entrance exams. She knows how to best approach admissions tests. She then worked as a college counselor, both for a boutique college consulting firm and for a large public school. Working with hundreds of students, she has expertise in all types of personalities and goals. Her students have been accepted to schools ranging from Stanford, to USC, to UCLA, to Cal Poly SLO, UT Austin, Michigan, etc. She also worked closely with admissions reps from various colleges and universities, bringing presentations with new information to her families. During the course of her career, she also obtained her teaching credential in Career Technical Education, so she is an expert on creating curriculum to showcase various career opportunities to her students.

Before coming to work with our Diamond clients, Heather founded her own college admissions firm, giving her an in-depth understanding of college consulting. Her prowess in this industry is unparalleled. She understands how to a create custom college plan for each student and how to successfully team with schools for your child’s success. But more than that, college is an exciting experience, and she wants to make the application process fun! She wants her students to succeed and be happy with their journey and goals. When she is not working, Heather enjoys spending time with her husband, two kids, and two dogs. She loves hiking and is a country music enthusiast.