Vielka Hoy Consulting was founded in 2013 and is committed to supporting students in their college ambitions. We are a college counseling consultancy that specializes in working with underserved communities: students of color; immigrant and first-generation students; low-income students; girls; and students in public schools. We realize that includes a lot of students—most everyone—but we take the approach that these students are not getting the level of service that students and families with means are getting. So, we decided to see what happens when the students who typically would not receive this level of service actually did.
And we found a service that works.
Thus far, VHC clients have been admitted to and are attending selective four-year universities with their funding needs met. These universities include:
• Barnard College
• Columbia University
• Duke University
• New York University
• Northwestern University
• Oberlin College
• Pepperdine University
• St. Mary’s College
• UC Berkeley
• University of Pennsylvania
• University of Southern California
…and many more.
The need to graduate from college is more important now than ever. Doing so with as little debt as possible, is becoming more difficult. That’s why we are committed to graduating students, in as close to four years, with as little debt as possible.
We work with students and families as early as Grade 7 and as late as Fall of Grade 12. We begin with a consultation with the student and family to assess your concerns and goals, share more about our services, and propose a plan to best meet your needs.
We offer a scaled service with holistic support for all of our clients. As a client, you will be working with our CEO & Founder, a designated Case Manager, and customized support from our team of tutors and education experts.
Our primary offices are in San Francisco, California and Portland, Oregon. All of our services can be accessed remotely, and we work with clients throughout the U.S. as well as international students.
Vielka has been in education for nearly twenty years as a middle and high school teacher and university instructor. She earned a BS in Social Studies Education from New York University and MA in Afro-American Studies from UCLA, and most of her doctorate at UC Berkeley in African Diaspora Studies. Vielka also founded Bridge to College Inc, a web app, and works as a program associate and specialist in educational technologies at the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Vielka is an Afro-Latina and was a first-generation college student. You may also see her riding her bike down both University Aves in Berkeley and Palo Alto without a helmet #freethedread.
Dayspring Mattole has worked in education for over ten years, advising and mentoring students as an administrator and working to advance equity and inclusion in higher education. She has a deep passion for addressing systemic inequities and empowering individuals to pursue their goals and thrive. Dayspring graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with a B.A. in Sociology and earned a Master of Education in Student Development Administration from Seattle University. Dayspring grew up in a rural community in Humboldt County, California and loves being near the ocean as much as possible. She is excited to be a part of the Vielka Hoy team and support students and families in navigating the college search process and thriving during the college transition. Outside of work, Dayspring loves exploring outside, going for long runs, cheering for the Portland Thorns soccer team, and spending time with family. #westcoastisthebestcoast
Amanda has worked to support students and families in a variety of college, high school, and social work settings for ten years. She earned a BA in Psychology from Dominican University of California and a MA in School Counseling from Manhattan College. Amanda’s higher education experience includes roles in both student affairs and academic affairs which have made her an expert at helping students navigate the various process, resources and supports on college campuses. Amanda’s work in the high school setting has involved supporting students in both guidance/counseling and community service offices. She is looking forward to using her experience to guide and support students and their families as they prepare for college. When she is not working, Amanda can be found enjoying a cup of a coffee (or two) and spending time with her husband and son at the local parks! #coffeestateofmind
Charles has worked in a number of advising and mentoring roles in higher education after being inspired by the support he received as a student. He was a first-generation student at Portland State University, where he earned a B.S. in Psychology and a M.S. in Educational Leadership and Policy, and is deeply committed to helping others achieve their dreams. He is particularly excited to contribute to VHC’s mission of working with underserved students, and helping to extend it’s capacity to support students throughout their journey in college. #letsdothis
Taryn earned her BA in Adolescent Education from St. John’s University in 2012. After graduating she served an AmeriCorps year with City Year, changing her goals from teaching Italian to teaching Math! She taught at several charter schools in Brooklyn, NY and earned her Masters Degree from Relay Graduate School of Education. She is excited to use her experience as an educator and coach to support students and families through the journey of applying to and persisting through college. #EachOneTeachOne
Kaila spent three years teaching high school English in the Mississippi Delta before joining Vielka Hoy Consulting and Bridge to College. She graduated from Penn State with degrees in Journalism and International Politics. Kaila thinks education in America has become a bit bonkers, and is excited to join VHC in a capacity that she believes allows her to make a change and fight educational inequity to get students to and through college.
Akhila is a rising sophomore at San Jose State University majoring in Business with a concentration in Management Information Systems. Akhila is very involved with on campus activities and clubs in her school, such as MISA, KESA, and intramural basketball. When not in school, Akhila enjoys going on photoshoots with her friends and exploring new places, trying new dessert places, and learning the various complexities of Premier Pro. #selftaughtvideographer.
Azhia is a senior at Stanford University double majoring in Computer Science and Biology. She is really interested in ways to combine tech with health and healthcare delivery. Azhia loves working with students and helping them reach their goals. In her free time, Azhia likes to read, bike, and bake. #foodie
Guadalupe is a rising Junior at Claremont McKenna College where she plans to major in Mathematics and Spanish. Throughout high school, Guadalupe understood that as a first generation college student she wanted to give back to her community and became involved with different affinity and centers on campus. Despite being from Los Angeles, Guadalupe has not explored much of her home city. Given this, on her free time, Guadalupe likes to go out and see other sites and explore secret jewels of the city. #Wheretonext?
Jaime Luis Benitez, or Luigi (as he is known by his peers and colleagues) is a student at the University of Southern California, pursuing a major in Mathematics and a minor in Applied Analytics. Some of Luigi’s favorite hobbies are playing games, working out, and socializing with friends. #FightOn
Miguel is an educational professional with 6 years of experience in mentoring, tutoring, and providing academic support to students in both secondary and higher education. Miguel began his undergraduate career at Umpqua Community College and then graduated with a BS in Mathematics from Portland State University. He is dedicated to the success and empowerment of students by promoting self-advocacy, cultural awareness, and strong mentor relationships. Academically and professionally, Miguel has interacted with students from varying cultures, identities, languages, and challenges. Miguel actively relies on his personality, passion, culture, language, love, grit, and versatility to adapt to their needs; empathy and genuineness have been critical to success. Miguel is excited to continue this important work with VHC, and connect with new students and see them flourish! #youtharethefuture