Meet The Team
Ferah Aziz, Founder
B.S.B.A. Finance, M.B.A.
Certified Educational Planner, CEP
Ferah has taught and coached students for over 20 years. She began her fulfilling education career as a college instructor at IBMC, where her specialty was Student Success, a course designed to help students discover their interests, strengths, and attributes, followed by goal setting. Additionally, students learned study skills and test taking strategies. Ferah also taught Career Marketing, Speech, Leadership, and a variety of business courses. Prior to her education career, she was a financial controller at Citicorp.
Ferah started college admissions coaching in 2007, and founded launchphase2 LLC with two others in 2011. She enjoys guiding students to truly understand who they are, who they want to be, and how to create options to get there. Ferah’s coaching helps students reach their personal best outcomes, from improved grades, to college admissions, to internships/jobs and careers. Ferah stays current on the latest in college admissions by attending conferences, through professional development activities and by frequent college visits. Ferah also co-authored an education column with P. Carol Jones, in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, and was a guest speaker at nationwide webinars on Student Success and Coaching Parents and Believing & Letting Go with P. Carol Jones.
A Colorado native, Ferah enjoyed living in the Bay Area, NYC, Chicago, Germany, and in the Middle East, where she gained appreciation for various lifestyles, perspectives, and education systems; she raised her children in Fort Collins, where she lives today. Ferah and her husband, a former electrical engineer and high-tech manager, and currently a business professor at Colorado State University, have two daughters. Their oldest daughter, graduated from Santa Clara University; she recently left Silicon Valley to accept a new position in Portland, Oregon, as an internal auditor. Their second daughter, a University of San Diego graduate, teaches 10th grade chemistry in Denver.
Ferah’s Service Work: University of Colorado Healthcare Ethics Committee (13 years), Poudre School District Volunteer (19 years), DECA judge (8 years) , Mock Interviews in local high schools (7 years), Speaker/Presentations, Service Club Advisor (7 years), and pro-bono college/career coaching for disadvantaged students (7 years). Ferah is the treasurer for College Consultants of Colorado, and is a mentor for a new Educational Consultant (through Rocky Mountain Association for College Admissions Counselors).
Prior Volunteer Positions: Leader’s Challenge high school club advisor, Girl Scout Leader, and starting after school enrichment programs at Shepardson Elementary school.
Our coaches adhere to ethical codes and standards of conduct as prescribed by professional college admissions organizations:
- National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC)
- Rocky Mountain Association of College Admissions Counselors (RMACAC), and
- Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA).
B.S. in Telecommunications, Minor in Theatre
Autumn has multiple talents, from keeping launchphase2 organized and running smoothly, to preparing various tools and documents for students pursuing their college and career goals, while devoting herself to instructing and inspiring her dance students. After graduating from the University of Florida, Autumn continued her education in New York City at The Kane School for Pilates and The School for Film and Television. For 20-plus years, Autumn’s professional dance career has included performing around the world, including dancing with the Radio City Rockettes for seven years and at Tokyo Disneyland. After leaving New York City, Autumn and her husband founded the nonprofit, Make and Believe Productions and she taught dance at Brenau University in Georgia. Autumn is also a producer and director with The Project Dance Foundation and selected to write their Producer’s Manual. Autumn currently teaches, judges and choreographs around the country, manages the office for launchphase2 LLC.
P. Carol Jones
Essay Coach and Collaborative Partner
Carol is a freelance writer/editor and owner of an editorial services business that includes editing college admissions essays, and coaching secondary and college students in writing. She collaborates with launchphase2 by providing college admissions essay edits, as a co-author of the educational column in the Coloradoan, and as co-presenter at education seminars. Carol is the author of Toward College Success: Is Your Teenager Ready, Willing and Able?, a resource for parents of middle and high school students to help them evaluate and prepare their teenagers for success in college, or to help them make the decision that going straight to college after high school is not the right path for their child. The book emphasizes the non-academic and life skills that all teenagers need to succeed in whatever they do after high school. As a writer and journalist, Carol has written on a variety of topics for local, regional, and national audiences; as an editor, she has worked on both technical and general documents. For more information on her work, visit: http://pcaroljones.com/
June L. Bouscaren Advisor
June L. Bouscaren graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and worked as an electrical engineer and software developer for 8 years at HP before attending law school. After graduating from Suffolk University in Boston, MA with a Juris Doctor, she began her legal career at Amp Incorporated where her practice focused on creation, acquisition, retention, protection and licensing all forms of intellectual property. After moving to Colorado in 1999, June started and operated a private law practice before joining Agilent Technologies, Inc. as in-house counsel in 2004, transitioning to Keysight Technologies, Inc. when it split off from Agilent in 2014. She is licensed to practice law in the states of Delaware, Pennsylvania and Colorado as well as before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is currently employed by Keysight as Managing Counsel. June’s daughter graduated from Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Broadcast Journalism and is currently a reporter for St Louis public radio, most recently reporting on the events in Ferguson, MO. June’s son is studying Computer Science in the 5-year co-op program at Drexel University and working towards launching a business that will offer a new social media platform making it easier to make plans to get together with real people and in person rather than relying on a computer screen for social interactions.
Laura Hester Advisor
AB Psychology, MD Family Medicine
Laura wears many hats: mother, physician, and professor. She commutes to work at the University of North Carolina where she teaches medical students and residents, and provides medical care for underserved patients in a rural emergency department where she is the Medical Director. Laura is the child of a military family, and graduated from high school at Jakarta International School, in Jakarta, Indonesia, where her father was assigned to the American Embassy. She then attended Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania, majoring in Psychology and completing her pre-med requirements, all while working off-campus 40 hours per week. Upon graduation, she deferred medical school for a year to accept the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship which supported her as she studied traditional medicine in Indonesia and China. Her world travel slowed down a bit as she headed to medical school in North Carolina and completed her Family Medicine residency in South Bend, IN. She was in private practice there for 5 years while her husband, Chris Peterson, completed post-doctoral research in Mathematics at Notre Dame. In 1999, she and her family settled down in Fort Collins, CO and her husband joined the faculty at Colorado State University. Along the way, she has helped to launch her first 4 children, as well as their Indonesian exchange student, into their college careers at Stanford, Duke, Yale, The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill, and The University of North Carolina in Asheville. She has one child remaining in high school, and is beginning to prepare for an empty nest. Her eldest son is married and works in banking in Seattle, and her second son just began graduate studies in Mathematics at The University of Michigan. Laura and her husband enjoyed their own educational sabbatical last year, spending a semester in Bali, Indonesia where their two youngest children attended The Green School and the entire family became certified scuba divers.
Mary Pat McCurdie Advisor
PhD Chemical Engineering
Mary Pat McCurdie has a wide-ranging background: chemical engineering, entrepreneurship, ballet, and not-for-profit organizations. She worked as a chemical engineer (Orbital/ATK, Ball Aerospace, CSU Graduate Research Associate, HP/Agilent Technologies) from 1983–2002, when she purchased “The Dance Closet,” a small dancewear boutique near CSU in Fort Collins. In 2005, she grew the store’s lines to include yoga and fitness wear, changed the name, and relocated to Old Town Fort Collins. Mary Pat and Prima Bodywear were charter members of BeLocal Fort Collins, a non-profit promoting locally owned, independent businesses. Mary Pat also served on steering committees for BeLocal from 2009-2011. Mary Pat performed with Canyon Concert Ballet (1987-2009), dancing and mentoring many young dancers as they grew into young adulthood. She served on the Board of Directors of Canyon Concert Ballet from 2005–2011, acting as Treasurer, Vice-President, and President. During 2017, she again served as Board President and Executive Director for Canyon Concert Ballet during an operational transition. Mary Pat also supports education, particularly literacy programs. She has served on the Northern Colorado Board of Directors for BookTrust since 2012. She and her husband (former CEO of SAFEbuilt, Inc.) have one son who graduated from Westminster College in 2013. He is currently a project manager at Xact Data, an e-discovery software firm in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Linda Kennedy Advisor
Linda has a degree in electrical engineering and has worked at HP for over 30 years in a broad range of marketing jobs including new business creation & marketing strategy. Her passion is understanding the customer & giving them meaningful products, services, & innovation. Linda has two US patents in her name & an additional 12 disclosure/patents pending. Linda is in the midst of the high-school-to-college transition with her two daughters – one is a senior in high-school finalizing the college choice journey. The other daughter is a graduate of CU Boulder and starting a PhD program in Micro Biology at Princeton. She stays active with students by tutoring in math & guest speaking on marketing & career topics at the secondary & college level.
Bob Komives Advisor
B.S.B.A. Art-Architecture, M.A. Planning
Bob earned his master’s in planning from Harvard, and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth where he was also an all-conference football player. Prior to retirement, he used to operate his own firm in Ft. Collins, providing land-use planning services (clients include the Kickapoo Indians and the City of Ft. Collins). Bob was also a planning director on the Island of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts. Fluent in Spanish, he worked over four years in Central America, both as a Peace Corps volunteer and a watershed management professional. His community involvement ranges from Spanish tutor to board member for Bas Bleu Theatre. Bob stays in touch with the high school-to-college transition by regularly interviewing applicants to Dartmouth College. Bob recently published Good Day, which is a collection of his optimistic poems (illustrated by Gale Whitman). To learn more about this book, click here: gooddayartpoetry.com
Vance Harwood Advisor
After graduating from the University of Colorado, Vance embarked on a 35-year career working for HP and various other high tech companies in technical and managerial roles in R&D, Marketing, and Finance that included two international assignments and the awarding of 5 patents. Vance changed gears in 2011, transitioning to developing a financial blogging / consulting business. His blog, Six Figure Investing, has logged over 2.5 million visits, has been mentioned in multiple online publications including Barron’s and is syndicated at Investing.com and Seeking Alpha. Vance covers a wide range of topics, including investor psychology, Exchange Traded Funds, volatility as an asset class, and various derivative strategies. Vance is on the advisory boards of Invest in Vol and Ibex Investors. Vance lives in Longmont, CO. His oldest daughter works as an accountant for the Department of the Interior, his son runs his own website: Postscapes Tracking the Internet of Things, and his youngest daughter is a board-certified Physician Assistant.
Ann Keith, Co-Founder
BS Journalism/Public Relations
MS in Adult & Continuing Education
Calling on her journalism background, Ann provides final proofing and editing to ensure polished college admission essays for lp2 students. Ann has over 24 years of experience working with students: she began her career at Purdue University followed by several positions at Colorado State University where she managed international student scholarships and planned short term visitor training programs in Agriculture, Engineering and Forestry. Ann is passionate about making a positive difference in the Fort Collins community. She has worked on several boards and as a front-line volunteer at many local non-profit agencies. Ann and her husband are happy to have both of their daughters back in Colorado, after studying in California (Cal-Poly San Luis Obispo). Upon graduation, their eldest daughter started working in the Bay Area as a city planner, and was recently located to the Denver office. Their youngest daughter is completing her graduate studies in Denver.
Bitte Lindell-Colby, Co-Founder
LCSW, M.S.W in Social Work
Bitte has experience in counseling and coaching youth for over 27 as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and college coach. Bitte has post-graduate training in Family Therapy from universities and institutes in Sweden, London and Boston. Bitte manages a team of Social Workers in Colorado. She also provides clinical supervision to Master’s Degree Social Workers working toward their license (L.C.S.W). Bitte enjoys all aspects of counseling students and their families. Bitte and her husband have a son working in NYC, and a daughter who is pursuing her career in the medical field. Both are graduates of Bowdoin College.