The FutureWise mission is to empower students and accelerate success.
FutureWise consultants are at once strategists, motivators, drill sergeants, cheerleaders, and confidantes. We strive to empower students to be independent thinkers and self-advocates. Our work with them focuses on identifying and developing their interests and passions; our aim is not to simply "get students into college," but rather to guide them through the college admissions process while also helping them to be successful, productive, and responsible in high school and in college.
We believe that college represents one of the most promising, memorable, and blissfully challenging times in an individual's life. At FutureWise, we are infinitely passionate about thoughtfully and honestly guiding our students on their journey to get there.
JENN CURTIS, MSW is co-founder of FutureWise Consulting and is the Director of College Counseling. She earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the Honors College at UCLA and her master’s degree in social work from USC, where she was elected to the Phi Kappa Phi honor society and named Dean's Scholar. Jenn earned her College Counseling Certificate from UCLA. She is a member of the Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the Western Association for College Admission Counseling (WACAC), and an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
Jenn developed and teaches a college and career readiness program for first generation students. She is the expert college counseling guest contributor for several blogs. In addition, she is the editorial assistant for an academic journal, has edited several books, and works with graduate and doctoral students in developing effective writing skills. Such experience allows her to help her students to grasp all aspects of the college-going process and to develop their own unique voice as they present themselves to colleges.
With her background in mental health and experience working with students one-on-one and in group settings, Jenn is well-equipped to assist all students with identifying their unique skills and individual goals. Her work in ADHD treatment research makes her suited to assist students with disabilities in identifying the numerous resources available to them.
Jenn has an incredible ability to listen and provide thoughtful feedback, making her easily relatable to students. Her passion lies in helping students navigate the often difficult transition from high school to college and in empowering them to find the motivation to reach their potential. Jenn regularly attends professional conferences and tours college campuses, and she commits a great deal of time to researching and staying up-to-date on the latest education and college admissions trends.
CASEY EMERY, MA is co-founder of FutureWise Consulting. She earned her bachelor's degree in business/economics from Westmont College, and she obtained her teaching credential and master's degree in education from UCI. Casey is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA).
Casey has taught in a classroom setting and has a great deal of experience assessing and meeting student needs. As a school teacher, Casey developed a passion for the value of learning how to learn and for helping students develop effective time management, test taking, communication, and study skills. In addition, Casey has worked as a behavioral therapist for students with Autism Spectrum disorders and as a result is adept in assisting all students with overcoming obstacles to learning, improving social behaviors, and developing essential life skills. As an interviewing coach at a non-profit organization, Casey has helped students gain both confidence and a professional voice in communicating with adults.
Casey is equipped to outfit students with the tools to market themselves and to find success in their personal and academic lives. Her upbeat and friendly nature paired with her desire to encourage others inspires students to believe in their potential and in their capacity to achieve success. Casey is a board member of the Elite OC, a philanthropic young professionals organization.
EULYNN GARGANO is the Director of Tutoring and Test Prep at FutureWise Consulting. She earned her dual bachelor's degrees in English and philosophy from UCLA and pursued her master's degree in education policy at NYU. As a mother of 3, she understands the importance of college readiness as a lifestyle and is firmly committed to treating the test preparation process as a partnership among the student, parent, tutor, and college counselor—all working toward the same goals of empowerment and success.
During her 7 years in New York, Eulynn served as Director of Teacher Recruitment, Training, and Development for the nation's largest test preparation provider, developing and maintaining the quality of over 200 tutors while concomitantly gaining experience and knowledge of the content and policy of schooling in the United States and abroad. Additionally, she served on NYU's Faculty Academic Affairs Committee, giving her a unique perspective into the hallmarks of academic readiness for a successful university career.
Eulynn began her tutoring career in 2006 and is an expert at identifying a student's areas for improvement and enabling them to look at the test with a knowledge that allows them to bring their scores to the level of the most competitive colleges to which they are applying. She has helped high scorers achieve perfect scores and has helped average scorers raise their scores to the elite level. Eulynn believes that test preparation is a necessary tool in today's admissions process in order for students to leverage their scores to gain access to the best fit schools.
Eulynn has an incredible amount of patience and enthusiasm for outfitting her students with the essential strategies and techniques necessary for success. She is engaging and eloquent in her ability to empower students to achieve their best. Eulynn upholds the values of community and volunteerism and holds a leadership position in the Orange County Junior League and dedicates time to the admissions office, alumni programming, and student mentorship programs at a large university.
DANETTE WINSLOW, MSW is the financial aid consultant at FutureWise Consulting. She graduated from Cal State University Los Angeles (CSULA) with a bachelor’s degree in social work and a concentration on the young adult population. She then earned her master’s degree in social work from CSULA with a concentration on children, youth, and families. It was during that time that Danette’s interest in college admissions—and in particular financial aid—was first sparked, and she began to follow her passion of steering students and their families through the process of procuring financial aid and scholarships from both public and private universities.
For over 3 years, Danette worked in the Educational Opportunity Program, where she provided services to first generation college students, helping them navigate the often confusing world of financial aid and offering them support as they successfully journeyed through college.
During her employment at CSULA, at Woodrow Wilson High School, and at Operation Jump Start Danette gained a combined 8 years of experience helping high school and college students remain focused and motivated and assisted them with the financial aid process. She has become adept at patiently guiding students and their families through the nuances of the FAFSA and CSS/Financial Aid Profile and with leading them through the process of identifying and searching for applicable grants, scholarships, and other funding to meet their individual needs, including locating specialized funding for books and other on-campus expenses.
Over the years, Danette's expert guidance has resulted in countless students applying for and being selected to receive sizable scholarships and grants to assist in funding their college tuition.
Danette has developed and facilitated numerous financial aid, budgeting, and special college programs workshops for students, families, and counselors. She is a supporting member of the National College Access Network (NCAN).