Who We Are
Everyone at KeMeiXin shares the same two objectives:
- We want to help Chinese students and their parents find the best possible educational opportunities in the United States, by providing honest and independent advice.
- We want to make an honest living, without compromising our strong ethical standards.
To do this, we have assembled a team of both Chinese and American professionals, who work together out of our office in Beijing.
Gabriel Niu has 8 years of experience helping Chinese students find the best overseas educational opportunities. As the head of the American Service Department for one of Beijing's top-ten education agencies, he pioneered application counseling services for boarding schools in China. He has helped more than hundreds of Chinese students head overseas for programs that include summer camp, high school, post-graduate year, community college, 4-year College, and graduate school. Prior to this, he was a department head for China Youth Online, the online portal for the Communist Youth League, which is one of China's largest youth-oriented websites. He holds a joint degree from the University of Colorado and China Agricultural University. In late 2008, he was looking for a way to provide better, more unbiased service to Chinese students. Inspired by Tom Melcher’s leadership and sharing the same ideas, he co-founded Kemeixin Consulting with Tom.
Hamilton Gregg attended boarding school in the US before earning his undergraduate degree from the University of Colorado where he majored in Political Science. After working in hotel management, investment management, and advertising, he started working in education. For over 25 years he has been involved in education on three continents: from Assistant Director of Admission (Thacher School), Director of Residence (Oregon Episcopal School) to College Counselor at three different schools (Leysin American School, Switzerland; Canadian Academy, Japan; International School Of Beijing, China). Along the way he earned his M.Ed from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is single and has lived in Beijing for eight years. He joins Kemeixin in hopes of adding to the already excellent staff.
As graduate of Johns Hopkins University in Political Science, Co-Author of a book on Laser Satellite Communication and a serial entrepreneur, Phil is comfortable helping students with all interests whether liberal arts, sciences, and/or business with resume development, major and school selection, essay subject review, essay editing and interview prep. He has helped students get into the best school they can for nearly 30 years. Having travelled extensively around America, 49 of 50 states, and been to six of seven continents and feels Antarctica beckoning, Phil has a depth of knowledge that will help you determine where and what is best for your child. He brings the prospective of both a former partier and a current parent to the process. Phil first came to China in 2011 and now lives here with his wife and two children. With decades of marketing consulting in USA he knows how best to present each child individually. He wants to find the unique selling features of your child that will insure they are chosen for their best possible school.
Isabelle Krishana attended one of New York City's top private schools, and then earned her undergraduate degree from Princeton University, where she majored in International Affairs and Teaching. After gaining experience as an elementary school teacher, she earned her Master's degree from the Graduate School of Education at Harvard University. Most recently, Isabelle started her own company in New York City, which taught parenting skills. She lives in Beijing with her husband and daughter, and has helped many friends apply to top colleges in the US.
Shelley O’Connor was a teacher at Beijing Technology and Business University, responsible for teaching students in ESL (ESL) courses. She has been provided assistance for students who applying for U.S. graduate programs. In addition to guiding students prepare for the TOEFL, Shelley helped all aspects of the application, including essay writing, interview preparation and so on. In her spare time, Shelley also trains high school students TOEFL skills and help them to prepare the U.S universities courses. Shelley graduated from the University of New Hampshire, received a bachelor's degree in sociology. Before moving to Beijing, she worked in a well-known gallery in New York - Gallery Revel as a director. In the past seven years, Shelley and her husband and son have been living in Beijing
Judith Chen has enjoyed an extensive career in international finance, working in banking and insurance in the U.S. and Greater China. She relocated to Beijing in 2006 as Head of Business Development with a major multinational firm. Judith has a deep interest in education, having attended international schools across many continents since childhood. She obtained an undergraduate degree at Smith College, a master's degree at Yale, and has completed additional graduate work at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy. Recently she has obtained a Master's in Education from the College of New Jersey, as well as a Certificate for Teaching Secondary Languages, for both English and Chinese. Her older daughter graduated from Williams College in Massachusetts and her younger daughter is in Brown University now. Over the years Judith has counseled many friends and relatives on educational opportunities in the United States.
Chelsey Champ lived in San Francisco, California, before moving to Beijing 6 months ago. She attended Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts, where she studied Business Administration, Marketing, and Global Business Management. She also earned her MBA with concentrations in Strategy, Marketing, and Entrepreneurship from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Chelsey has many years of experience in marketing and sales, and she worked in the healthcare industry for over 5 years before moving to Beijing. Additionally, she enjoys traveling, hiking, volunteering, and running marathons.
Emily Brait graduated from the University of Alabama with honors in 2011. During her time in university she studied Philosophy and English as well as participated in numerous on campus organizations and events, serving as president for the International Relations Club her senior year. After graduating from university, Emily moved to Changchun, Jilin to teach English at English First. During her time at English First, Emily worked with a variety of students, helping them to improve their oral English, study for the TOEFL, prepare for interviews, and improve their writing skills. She is currently pursuing an LLM in International Law at China University of Political Science and Law in Beijing.
Casey is a certified College Counselor through UCLA and currently resides in Beijing where he has been for almost 3 years. Originally from Orlando, Florida he attended the University of Florida and graduated with a finance degree. Before working as a college counselor he worked in teaching and commercial banking. He has extensive experience in the high school and the collegiate sports environment competing in swimming, water polo, and basketball. He earned High School and Collegiate All-American Honors in water polo and has continued to pursue his passion for the sport in Beijing helping start and manage the Beijing Ducks Water Polo Club.
Sean Aguilar attended one of the top high schools in America, Stuyvesant High School in New York, and was awarded a National Merit Scholarship. After graduating from the State University of New York at Albany, Sean headed west to California and soon founded his own publishing company; creating glossy magazine publications for leading brands like Mercedes-Benz and BMW. As part of his development in the field, he attended the Stanford Professional Publishing Course in Palo Alto and Folio: Conferences in New York and Los Angeles. Sean has taught in Beijing since last Winter and is most proud of helping college-bound Beijingers to master the SAT vocabulary as they navigate to their chosen university in the US.
Mike Cooper grew up in a small town in Idaho before attending Dartmouth College. He graduated from Dartmouth in June 2012 and is currently living in Beijing. Following his freshman year at Dartmouth, Mike spent his summer volunteering as an English teacher in China at schools in Beijing, Handan, Baoding, and Linchuan (Jiangxi). Upon returning to the United States he started studying Chinese. In 2010 he came to Beijing to study Chinese at Beijing Normal University for six months. Mike majored in Asian Studies (East Asia Concentration) with a minor in Education.
Raya has several years of experience living, working, and studying internationally. As a dual citizen of the US and Canada, she is familiar with the system of higher education unique to both countries. In 2009 Raya was awarded funding through the Canadian International Development Agency to work in collaboration with Beijing Forestry University's organic gardening student group Aoxiang. Since then, she has lived in Russia, studied in Geneva, and worked at various nonprofits in Beijing. In 2012 Raya graduated from the University of Victoria with a Bachelor of Arts. She is currently working for the economic section of the Embassy of Canada in Beijing.
Grace Hsieh is a graduate of the Hawken School and Yale University, where she majored in humanities and international studies. She worked at Ogilvy Public Relations in Beijing, and was a visiting scholar at the prestigious China Law Center of the Yale Law School. Most recently, she was a consulting analyst at BDA (China) Limited, where she advised multinational companies, hedge funds, and private equity firms on investment opportunities in the Asian markets. Grace is a four-time Prize winner of the World Piano Competition, and has performed solo at Carnegie Hall four times. She lives in Beijing.