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As co-founder of Innovative College Counseling, Tanuja combines the business skills developed in her previous career with her experience in college counseling.  She is a college counselor for Chicago Scholars where she helps underserved students with the college application process.  She has a BA in Economics and an MBA in Marketing from the University of Illinois-Champaign and is a certified college counselor accredited from UCLA.

Tanuja is a member of the Illinois Association of College Counselors, the American College Counseling Association, and the National Association of College Counselors. She serves on the boards of  Chicago Scholars, Co-chair of the Claremont McKenna Parent Network Board Admission Liaison Committee  and the Brookfield Zoo. When she’s not busy guiding her clients, Tanuja enjoys spending time with her husband, three daughters and three dogs! She enjoys yoga, reading and travel, especially to college campuses.

As co-founder of Innovative College Counseling, Archana Desai brings her analytical skills in her previous career with her experience in college counseling. Archana is a graduate of the Purdue University where she earned a Ph.D. degree In Pharmaceutical Sciences. She was an Associate Professor for over eighteen years at Midwestern University in Downers Grove, IL where she still is an Adjunct. While volunteering for a number of activities at her children's schools she became  interested in mentoring high school students and became a mentor with Chicago Scholars where she helps under-served students with college application process.

She is committed to learning and staying current about the college admissions process and is enrolled in Certificate of College Counseling program from UCLA.  She is also a member of National Association for College Admission Counseling.



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