Our Team

In-depth Expertise

The Over the Top College Advice team offers
in-depth expertise in the following areas:

  • Determining a realistic college list, keeping “best fit” in mind
  • Reviewing the Common Application/Coalition Application and college-specific applications for complete and effective responses
  • Developing ideas for essay writing; assist with editing
  • Resume writing and editing
  • Helping coordinate summer college visits
  • ACT and SAT test prep and tutoring
Graduating Students

Dreams are goals with deadlines!

Lisa Carnevale-Santoro

Senior College Advisor / Tutor

Lisa Over The Top College Advice Advisor and Tutor

Lisa Carnevale-Santoro is a Senior College Advisor and Tutor with Over the Top College Advice. Lisa is also a Senior College Advisor with Over Top Test Prep and a Marketing Consultant. Over the past decade, Lisa has assisted high school students navigate the complex college application process through numerous types of services. Lisa has helped students gain admission into some of the most competitive schools in the country such as Stanford, Columbia, Duke, Notre Dame, NYU, Boston College, Johns Hopkins, Vassar, UNC, as well as Florida colleges such as UF, FSU, FAU, UM and others. Lisa’s son attended Duke University as an undergrad, with her guidance and his hard work. References are available upon request and positive reviews are posted online from clients.

Lisa has a Master’s degree in English and studied five languages in college in Rome, Italy. She was a high school English teacher in Italy for a few years and then transitioned to marketing in the financial arena in New York and has worked with world class financial firms. Lisa is passionate about her advisory role and is dedicated to helping students find the best college match. She enjoys working with both students and parents to strategize and establish a customized approach to the college application process.

Phoebe Cavanaugh

College Advisor / Tutor

Phoebe Cavanaugh Cobb is a College Advisor with Over the Top College Advice and also works at St. Johnsbury Academy in Vermont as Director of Marketing. Phoebe’s talent is in writing and editing and she has helped many students bring their college essays from good to great. Phoebe has broad knowledge about U.S. colleges, especially those in the northeast, and is able to think creatively in building a college list.

Prior to her work at St. Johnsbury Academy, Phoebe worked in asset management marketing as a consultant and for various firms in New York City. She has worked in the marketing field writing and editing for 18 years.

Phoebe graduated with a B.A. in English from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City. She is confident that her knowledge of U.S. colleges and the college application process can help families work through what can often be a stressful time for both students and their parents.

Patricia Alessi-Rozzi

Senior College Advisor

Patricia Alessi-Rozzi is a Senior College Advisor with Over the Top College Advice and also works as a Guidance Counselor at Olympic Heights High School in Boca Raton, Florida. Patricia earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Mass Communications/Advertising at the University of South Florida. In 2006, Patricia earned her Master of Education Degree in School Counseling from Florida Atlantic University where she graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She holds Florida Professional Certification in both Guidance and Counseling K-12 and Teacher~ Pre-K to Primary Grades.

As a high school counselor, Patricia enjoys all facets of college advising including helping students choose coursework to impress college admissions representatives and enhance their GPA, assisting students in building an impressive high school resume, helping students explore colleges and apply to their dream and safe schools, editing college essays, writing recommendation letters, and assisting with the FAFSA and Bright Futures Scholarship applications.

Patricia conducts numerous college nights for parents to help parents and students begin preparing for the world of college admissions early in the high school career. She has been the Duke T.I.P. and Testing Coordinator at her schools for the last ten years and is passionate about analyzing test data and helping students, parents and teachers discover students’ strengths and areas of opportunity. Patricia is also a firm believer in Multiple Intelligences and Personality Types, and helping students find their unique area of expertise to help guide their college and career choices. Patricia loves working with families to help relieve some of the stress of the college admissions process and guide students to the next adventure in their precious lives.

Christie Kafka

Writer / Editor

Christie Kafka is a Writer/Editor with Over the Top College Advice, bringing two decades of editing experience to every assignment she tackles. With a B.A. in Journalism (with a News-Editorial concentration) from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill under her belt, Christie moved to New York City and worked her way up the editing ranks of some of the biggest news outlets in the country, including Newsday, The New York Daily News, and The Wall Street Journal (where she earned a Pulitzer as part of the editing team that produced the newspaper on Sept. 11, 2001, despite the Journal’s offices being severely damaged in the World Trade Center terrorist attacks).

Shifting out of the newsroom and into the freelance editing field, Christie has built a roster of clients as a public relations writer and editor, blog writer, and news editor. Guiding students to creatively craft college essays is one of Christie’s joys, and it shows through in the prose she helps produce: She works with students to finesse the delivery of extremely impressive and creative essays.

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