Meet Our Team

Shannon Ho

Director

Ms. Ho earned her Bachelor’s of Cognitive Sciences in Criminology Law and Society & Psychology and Social Behavior ...


Chesley Ekelem

Education Consultant

Chesley Ekelem is an MD candidate at Vanderbilt University with intentions to graduate with certificates in both Health ...


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Shannon Ho

Ms. Ho was raised in Walnut, California and earned her Bachelor’s of Cognitive Sciences in Criminology Law and Society & Psychology and Social Behavior from the University of California Irvine. There, she discovered her passion for leadership development, teamwork, and mentorship. Ms. Ho received 3 years funding from the University of California, Irvine to research white collar crimes performed by physicians utilizing Medicare and Medicaid during her undergraduate career. During that time, she also worked on a research projected funded by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation in the relocation of sex offenders. After completing funded research on medical fraud and white collar crime, Ms. Ho’s senior research revolved around juvenile delinquency, incarceration, and recidivism rates. This is where she found her passion in the researching the best methods to help incarcerated youth reintegrate into society. Ms. Ho received numerous individual and team awards and was ranked as the #1 research leader and topic within her graduating class.

After completing her dual Bachelor degrees, Ms. Ho continued onto graduate school to get a Master’s of Applied Sciences in Criminology Law and Society with a focus on recidivism rates of juvenile offenders and the success of reintegration into society post release. During this time, Ms. Ho worked as a Behavioral Therapist and Counselor at a detention center in Southern California where she wrote multiple immersive programs for youth to learn basic mannerisms and skills needed to reenter society as functioning individuals. Ms. Ho’s research in the developmental mindset of youth and teenagers was recognized by the University as the most comprehensive and effective strategical implementation of research based procedures.

Ms. Ho continued to work for the federal and state government as a criminal investigator and research analyst where she was tasked with identifying and locating potential hotspots for the illegal disposal and transportation of hazardous materials. She taught leadership, management, organizational design, and law enforcement research strategies to fellow law enforcement officers to maximize efficiency in handling cases.

In her free time, Ms. Ho enjoys the outdoors. She loves long-distance road biking, exploring new restaurants with her fiancé, rock climbing, sport shooting, kayaking, and hiking.

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Chesley Ekelem

Chesley Ekelem is an MD candidate at Vanderbilt University with intentions to graduate with certificates in both Health Equity and Global Health. Prior to starting medical school, Chesley graduated from Harvard College with High Honors. She received a bachelor’s degree in Evolutionary Biology with a secondary degree in Global Health and Health Policy. She had a lot of success in the college and medical school application processes, despite the absence of tutoring, application counseling, and test prep for the SAT/MCAT. She turned down offers from over 15 medical schools, including Ivy League schools, University of California schools, and the extremely selective joint program at UC Berkeley- UC San Francisco of only 16 students. She received multiple full-ride academic scholarship offers, each equating to more than $250,000.

In college, Chesley took as many extra classes as she could, exceeding the standard credit limit by 18%. She excelled in courses in calculus, chemistry, organic chemistry, physics, and graduate level courses in Biology. She received a prestigious National Science Foundation full-tuition scholarship to do her thesis research and take intensive marine biology courses at Western Washington University for a semester. She published her Honors thesis in environmental toxicology in the Harvard Undergraduate Research Journal.

While in college Chesley dedicated a significant portion of her time to international affairs, tutoring, and mentoring. She received numerous competitive Harvard fellowships to fully cover her travel and expenses conducting research or volunteering abroad in Costa Rica, India, Madagascar, Panama, South Korea, Taiwan, and Thailand. She worked as an organic chemistry and chemistry tutor, proctor, and supervisor for Harvard Summer School. She served as an Advising Fellow for 3 years, advising more than 30 Harvard freshmen on how best to navigate academic rigors and extracurriculars. Her interest in languages inspired her to work as an English as a Second Language Peer Consultant at Harvard, and formally study French, Igbo, Mandarin, and Zulu.

Upon graduation from Harvard, she set out to South Africa and Botswana on Harvard’s most prestigious postgraduate traveling fellowship, the Rockefeller Fellowship. While in Africa, she lived at Buddhist temples where she took lessons on Buddhist philosophy and mindfulness practices. During her explorative year in Africa, she volunteered daily – on a rural Buddhist farm, at a soup kitchen for the homeless, in a teaching hospital, township clinics, or with a leading HIV-AIDS physician researcher. She then received the Taiwan Ministry of Education Ambassador Scholarship, which fully funded her Mandarin studies and accommodations at the National University of Tainan. After exploring her interest in Chinese medicine in Taiwan, she turned down a Fulbright award to go to Czech Republic so that she could accept an appointment from the French Ministry of Education to serve as an English teacher in Martinique for one year immediately prior to starting medical school.