Don’t worry. We’ve got this.​

The team from College Calm has been reducing family stress while helping students find the right school since 2009.

Our Philosophy

At College Calm, we love getting to know our students, listening to their stories, learning what motivates them, and helping them find their voice. We consider it our job to reduce the stress and confusion students and families feel during the college application process. Our personalized approach creates a comfortable environment where we focus on student’s strengths, validate their experiences and build their capacity to calmly and effectively complete their college applications.

We do not view high school and the college process as a means to an end, but rather a time when students can learn about their academic assets and personal interests. We challenge students to think about what they can learn about life through the college process, and encourage them to dream about their futures. We believe students need to start the process early enough to give themselves the time to be (or learn to be) pro-active, organized, and thoughtful. By the end of the process, we want our students to find a college where they will thrive, not just attend.

Meet the Team

Roxana Dommer

Roxana Dommer

Founder and College Counselor

I founded College Calm in 2009 because I believe that the college process can be an empowering experience for high school students. My background in education and admissions provides me with the unique combination of knowledge and tools to help students complete the college application process. As an application reader in the Stanford University admissions office and an admissions counselor at Santa Clara University, I read and evaluated hundreds of undergraduate applications and have first-hand experience in recognizing what makes the best applications rise to the top. Throughout my 20+ years in education, I have tutored students in reading, writing, math, and executive functioning skills.

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I have a BA from Georgetown University and an MA in Education from Stanford University. As a native of the Bay Area, I attended several local schools, including Nueva, Castilleja, and Menlo School. I currently live in San Carlos with my husband, two children, and our two rambunctious bulldogs.

Jenny Dumas

College Counselor

I have dedicated my career to supporting students through academic transitions. I was a high school counselor for ten years, most recently at Lynbrook High School in San Jose, CA. I worked with diverse groups of students which helped me understand how competitive and stressful the college process can be for all students. From creating a college list to writing college essays, I enjoy helping students find their own path and identify their authentic self. I pride myself on being able to help students recognize their strengths, set realistic college goals and make an organized plan to complete each step of the college research and application process without stress.

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My undergraduate degree is in Social Work and I completed my Masters in School Counseling in 2007, while coaching field hockey at the collegiate level. My experiences as a two-sport athlete, college coach, and counselor have allowed me to explore a large number of colleges all over the United States. I am an east coast native and I love all things active: yoga, hiking, and sports. I currently live in Santa Clara with my partner and our twins. 

Dafna Adler

College Counselor

I have worked for the past 12 years as a counselor at a competitive public high school in Silicon Valley, where I’ve enjoyed engaging with diverse students to realize their college dreams. My college guidance background includes all aspects of the process: identifying what is important for each student, compiling a list of matching schools, planning college tours, editing essays, completing applications, and all the details in-between. I wholeheartedly believe that every student can find the right colleges through a process of reflection, research, and hard work, and I aim to support every student in their individual journey to get there with a minimal amount of stress.

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 My undergraduate degree is in French Studies, including one year of studying abroad in Paris, and I earned my Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology in 2006. Professional development is incredibly important to me and I have attended numerous counseling conferences, events, and workshops, including the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions and the Verona Counseling Institutes conference in Italy. I have also visited 90+ colleges and universities, both domestically and abroad, and continue to visit as many new places as possible each year. My personal passions include baking and all things food-related, travel, foreign languages and cultures, yoga, and writing. 

Tammy Friedman

College Counselor

I am a UC Davis Summa Cum Laude graduate with two BA degrees in Psychology and Spanish. I also have an MS in Marriage Family Therapy, as well as a Pupil Personnel Services credential. I have worked as a high school counselor for over 20 years. 

I have a deep passion for counseling students and helping them on their personal journey. My unique position allows me to understand the relationship and coordination needed with respect to independent counseling and the high school experience. My therapeutic background helps to provide a safe outlet … 

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for students and families during the highs and lows of the college process.  I have expertise in the UC and CSU application process and have participated in five education abroad language immersion programs. I am fluent in Spanish.

I am a Bay Area native and San Mateo High School graduate.  I love traveling, singing, hiking, and anything related to musicals! I currently live in Rocklin with my husband, two daughters, and our rescue dog Mocha.


Kerry Folan

 Synergy Coach and Counselor in Training

I feel honored to work with students in my community through college counseling and the Summer Synergy project. High school is such an important time for students to discover their interests and explore them in a meaningful way with an eye toward the future. I enjoy helping students develop their passions, find right “fit” schools, and express themselves in their essays. I have over 25 years of experience working in education, including teaching, advising, writing, developing curriculum, and, perhaps most importantly, guiding students in a supportive and encouraging way.

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I am originally from the East Coast and hold a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs and French from the University of Virginia and a Master’s degree in Education from Stanford University. I am active in many community organizations, serving on the Board of Healthy Cities Tutoring and committees of the Community Foundation of San Carlos, as well as being a college coach for Future Grads of the Boys and Girls Club of the Peninsula. I live in San Carlos with my husband and two children. 

Jennifer Rudy

Synergy Coach

I love my role as a Synergy coach because I am energized by helping students explore their own unique strengths and passions.  As a coach, I help students develop several of their own project ideas, narrow down a topic and scope, create specific goals and milestones and provide feedback as they synthesize their ideas into a meaningful project and a final presentation for their peers. It’s extremely gratifying to engage with students as they build a practical skillset for project management and immerse themselves in self-discovery that will support their decisions regarding college, a career, and beyond. I share my personal passion for writing and communication with my students as they transform their own…

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“big ideas” into final presentations. My role as a coach mirrors that of my professional life.  Whether running nonprofit peer mentor programs or teaching undergraduate-level courses, I have always loved working with young adults.  

My undergraduate degree is in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, with a minor in Psychology. I also hold a Masters in Public Health. For the last two decades, I have been part of project management, capacity building, organizational development, and strategic fundraising teams within nonprofits, government agencies, and philanthropic foundations in California. My professional interests in public health include youth development, women’s health, social determinants of health disparities, and public health policy. I am a Southern California native and am happiest at the beach! I enjoy reading, writing, exercising, photography, cooking, and being with family and friends. I live in San Carlos with my husband and three children, and my best coping mechanism in life is a little levity.


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