Perceiver Team




Board of Advisors
Dr. Alex Duke
Dr. Alex Duke
  • MS and Ph.D. in Higher Education

  • Former Director of Admissions and Student Affairs at UCLA

  • Former Assistant Dean for Enrollment and Student Services at USC

  • Former Assistant Dean for Academic and Student Affairs at Pardee RAND Graduate School

  • 30+ years of experience in higher education recruiting, admissions, scholarships, enrollment, and student affairs

Dr. Paul Stoltz
Dr. Paul Stoltz
  • The originator of Adversity Quotient® (AQ®)

  • World's leading authority on the integration and application of GRIT and resilience

  • Founder and CEO at PEAK Learning, Inc.

  • Top 10 most influential global thinkers

  • Oversees research in 17 countries as Director of the Global Resilience Project

  • Member of Stanford University’s Distinguished Leaders Lecture Series

Mr. Nanxian Chen
Mr. Nanxian Chen
  • Honorary Chairman of Shenzhen Yucai Education Group

  • Founding Principal of Shenzhen Yucai Schools

  • Honorary President at Shenzhen Learning Disorders Association

  • Independent Director at ISS-LINK

  • China National Excellent Educator

Dr. Robert Stephenson
Dr. Robert Stephenson
  • STEM Consultant

  • Emmy Award-Winning Host and Creator of Curious Crew

  • 2010 National Teacher of the Year Finalist

  • 2009-2010 Michigan Teacher of the Year

  • 2006 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching

Professional Team
Robert Jew
Robert Jew


  • President, Perceiver

  • Coach, AEC Foundation

  • Former Admissions Officer at UC Berkeley

  • Former Interviewer at UCLA

  • 20 years of experience across different business industries and higher education mentoring

  • BS in Mechanical Engineering and MBA, UCLA

Dr. Jonathan Jiang
Dr. Jonathan Jiang

Chief Science Mentor

  • Principal Scientist of Engineering and Science Directorate and Managing Supervisor of the Aerosol and Cloud Research Group at Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)

  • American Geophysical Union (AGU) Editor, overseeing the reviewing processes for AGU’s journal of Earth and Space Science

  • Awarded the Prestigious Edward Stone Prize in 2019

  • Awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medals in 2010 and 2019

Laura Glaviano
Laura Glaviano

Educational Consultant - Senior Mentor

  • Master of Education, USC

  • Bachelor of Art, double major in English and Political Science &

  • minor in Writing, Rhetoric, and Public Speech, University of Oregon

  • 8+ years in education including secondary and postsecondary teaching, leadership development, and curriculum design

  • Worked with over 300 students who have been accepted to Stanford, UCLA, UC Berkeley, and many others.

  • Awards and recognitions include full ride scholarship to USC, University Student Body President, and International Teaching Fellowship

Jency Yan
Jency Yan

Founder & CEO

  • Chief Executive Officer of Perceiver Education Inc, United States

  • General Manager at Perceiver International Education, China

  • MBA

  • China National Certified Psychological Consultant (Level 2)

  • Developer for Fortune 500 Corporate Training Programs

  • HR Talent Development and Succession Planning

Liyan Jiang
Liyan Jiang

ASL Director

  • College & high school admissions counseling, academic advising, and family education consulting

  • Teaching English and Chinese as second languages, curriculum development, program design, and classroom management in the university level and grade 7-9 level

  • MA in TESOL, Azusa Pacific University, California

  • BA in Foreign Language Education, Guiyang Teachers College, China

Andy Xiao
Andy Xiao

Marketing Development Manager

  • Master of Leadership Studies, University of San Diego

  • ICF Certified Coach (ACC)

  • 5+ years of experience in education marketing

  • 5+ years of experience in higher education consultant

  • Former Recruiter at UCSD summer session

  • Professional Certificate in College Admission-NACAC

Rachel Miller
Rachel Miller

English Teacher

  • Southern Illinois University, MA in TESOL

  • Taught freshman English at UCI

  • Over 10 years of English teaching experience

  • Experience in private tutoring: reading fluency for children and pronunciation classes for international companies

  • Arizona State University, Bachelor in Mass Communication and Design Studies

Jake Jacobs
Jake Jacobs

Educational Consultant

  • MA in TESOL

  • UC Irvine-BA in Linguistics

  • Over 12 years of English teaching experience

  • Instructor of ESL, TOEFL, GMAT & English for STEM at UC Irvine for 10 years

  • Course expert for TOEFL iBT, English grammar/writing course

Dr. Cathy Jin
Dr. Cathy Jin

Science Mentor

  • UCLA- Ph.D. in Chemistry, Biophysics, Biochemistry

  • AP Chemistry teacher

  • Professional STEM coach

Jean Shao
Jean Shao

Operations Director of Southern China Region

  • Dual Master of Education, New York University

  • Taught at Brooklyn Technical High School, top three public high schools in New York

  • 10 years of experience in college application consulting and English training

  • Helped and tutored around a hundred students to successfully enter TOP30 universities in the US, as well as other well-known universities in the UK, Australia, and Canada.

Dean Liu
Dean Liu

Business Development Manager

  • MBA, University of California Riverside

  • Previous worked in Anderson Graduate School of Management admissions office at UC Riverside

Scott Phelps
Scott Phelps

Science Mentor

  • Master’s degree in Geophysics from Caltech.

  • 14 years of teaching high school science and math and tutoring privately.  

  • 22 years of teaching college math and science at the University of La Verne, Mt. SAC, Chaffey College, Cal Poly Pomona, Citrus College, Cal State LA.  UCLA teaching assistant in statistics.  

  • Volunteer tutor for returning veterans at PCC

  •  Award-winning high school teacher and very positive ratings by students.

  • Board Member at PUSD

Ray Wong
Ray Wong

Educational Consulting Manager

  • 10 years experience of studying and living abroad

  • Former biology researcher with a solid academic background

  • An Explorer and adventurer who has traveled to 38 countries

  • Martial art and survival training coach

Dr. John Moran
Dr. John Moran

Vice President of Educational Consulting

  • Transformational education leader, who has created sustainable change and excellence in schools, colleges, and corporations in the US and China for thirty years

  • Master of Education from the Harvard and a Doctor of Education from USC

  • Principal and Superintendent of private schools and the Dean and Chancellor of colleges for many years

  • A published author, motivational speaker, and education consultant, as well as a Harvard Interviewer

  • Helped hundreds of students enter top colleges. Also, he is the father of two adult sons, who were both accepted to Harvard

Lee Moua
Lee Moua

Director of Educational Consulting

  • Master of Education, Harvard University

  • BA, Ethnic Studies and Education Minor, UC Berkeley

  • 8+ years of experience in admissions consultant, career, and guidance counseling

  • Students have been accepted to 450+ university and graduate programs in the USA and overseas, including Harvard, Stanford, MIT, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, UC Berkeley, UCLA, etc.

  • Received 18+ awards, recognitions, and accolades professionally and in university

Patrick Zylka
Patrick Zylka

Educational Consultant - Senior Mentor

  • Assistant Dean of Admission, Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University

  • Secretary of ICCAM (Independent Consortium on College Admissions in Music)

  • 14+ years of professional experience in college admissions

  • The University of Michigan, Master of Music degree

  • The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Bachelor of Music degree

Cindy Ma
Cindy Ma

Operation Director/Partner

  • Johnson and Wales University-MBA

  • Straight A Graduate with Honors

  • 12 years of experience across business and operations management at Fortune 500 corporations worldwide

Ms. Natacha
Ms. Natacha

Business Mentor

  • MBA, Washington University in St. Louis

  • Adjunct Professor at Washington University in St. Louis

  • Projects consultant with MIT, Adidas, Asics, Timberland, Hewlett Packard, Nike, Reebok ...

  • Advisory board member for Iambic 3D Scanning

  • Mentor for the Institute for Economic Empowerment of Women (IEWW)

Joy Frey
Joy Frey

Assistant to President / Client Service Manager

  • Senior consultant for college application

  • 10 years of experience across business and operation management

  • Video Production Management

  • Major in Business Administration at Shanghai Jiaotong University

Tory Elmore
Tory Elmore

Educational Consultant

  • College admissions consultant

  • Private tutor for SAT/ACT, k-12 and college-level English and Language Arts, and ESL

  • 7 years of English-teaching experience

  • MS in Geography and Computer Programming Development, University of Wisconsin- Madison

  • BA in Environmental Science, Brown University

Melissa McDonald
Melissa McDonald

English Program Manager

  • ESL & TEFL Teacher Trainer and Academic Coordinator at UC Irvine

  • ESL curriculum writer

  • 25 years of English teaching experience

Yiuman Su
Yiuman Su

Senior Leadership Coach

  • Chief Engineer at Epirus System

  • Chairman for CESASC Student STEM Essay Contest

  • Judge at California Science Fair

  • Mentor for FIRST Robotics Competition

  • President Judge at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF)

Bill Tao
Bill Tao

Educational Consulting Senior Manager

  • 10+ years of experience in college counseling

  • Helped over 150 Chinese students get Top 50 US college offers and 85% of them were admitted to Top 35 US colleges

  • Studied MS in financial analysis program, University of San Francisco

Dr. Simone Hicks
Dr. Simone Hicks

AEC Coach

  • Serves as the Assistant Dean and Director of Case Management at Scripps College in Claremont, California

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision. 

  • Have held positions in community mental health, acute psychiatric units, and college counseling.

Flora Guo
Flora Guo

Client Service Manager

  • B.A. in English Literature, minor in International Business

  • Prolific and passionate writer and translator

  • More than 15 years of experience across different industries including newspaper, international cultural collaborations in theater and dance, and business management

  • Five years of experience in consultation and market research in higher and secondary education