Meet the Team


Sonya Ohlsson, Director of University and Career Counselling

Sonya graduated from Johnson State College, Magna Cum Laude, with a degree in literature and the London School of Economics with a MSc (Masters of Science) in Gender and Social Policy. She has worked in the field of education and youth development for almost 20 years at both the secondary and university level, working at UC Berkeley, the University of Vermont, and Northeastern University, as well as Westtown School, one of the oldest continuously running co-ed boarding school in the US, near Philadelphia, PA, and at The Field School in Washington, DC. She is passionate about helping young people explore who they are and the world around them so they can find and succeed on the path that is right for them. She pushes her students to embrace taking academic and social risks so they may experience the joy of truly learning. 



Chanel Liu, University and Careers Counsellor

Chanel graduated from New York University (NYU) with a Bachelor’s degree in French and Business and a Master’s degree in French Studies. She also has a College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She worked as the Assistant Director of International Admissions at NYU Shanghai for over 3 years and moved on to a college counseling role at the American School in Japan. She enjoys working with students from different backgrounds as well as helping them work toward their goals.




Tracy Weldon​, University and Careers Counsellor

Tracy graduated from Harvard University with a Master of Education in Higher Education and from University of North Carolina at Wilmington with both a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. She has worked at both Kumon Leysin Academy of Switzerland (KLAS), a Japanese boarding school, and at Leysin American School (LAS), a boarding school in Switzerland with students from 60 different countries. In addition, Tracy has experience as a teacher, an admissions counselor, a private counselor, and an essay coach.




Venessa Zhao, University and Careers Counseling Coordinator

Venessa graduated from East China Normal University. She coordinated admissions for the Secondary School when she joined us in 2011. As Venessa moved on to the University and Careers Counseling Office in 2015, with her main focus on the ‘Careers' part by organizing the internship program and the career speakers series, she also helps students and parents learn more about overseas educational opportunities, such as overseas exchanges, summer programs and international universities application, etc.




Winnie Cai, University and Careers Counselling Officer

Winnie graduated from World Maritime University with a master degree in 2010. She spent about five years at Shanghai Jiao Tong University and one year at an educational consulting company. She worked as a member of Academic Ranking World Universities Team to conduct data collection and project coordination.