Chatham, NJ

268 Green Village Road Suite 4
Green Village, NJ 07935
Phone: 973-457-1150
Fax: 973-457-1170

Rick Michalak

President, Breakaway Prep

Rick is a graduate of Northwestern University where he majored in economics. He later returned to Northwestern to get his MBA and today likes to use fancy business terms like "brand-awareness," "fixed costs," and "delegation." Before opening the Chatham, NJ office of Collegewise in May, 2006, Rick spent ten years as the national Vice President of Operations for The Princeton Review. During that tenure, he traveled to offices around the country and today has very strong opinions as to the finest hole-in-the-wall dining establishments in over forty cities. Rick has spoken to thousands of students, parents, teachers and administrators about the college admissions and testing process and steadfastly maintains that sausage is the only acceptable topping for pizza.

Amanda Robertson

Director of College Counseling

Amanda majored in psychology at Middlebury College where she also spent roughly 2,136 hours staring at the bottom of the pool in the college natatorium. When Amanda was a swimmer back in the day, she captained Middlebury's team and earned NCAA All-American honors. After graduation, Amanda entered the wonderful world of college admissions. She served as Director of College Placement for an independent school in the suburbs of Washington, DC and as Assistant Director of Enrollment Management within the University of Maryland system, where she earned her master's degree in Higher Education. During that stretch of time, she was lucky enough to see lots of applications on both sides of the process. In 2006, Amanda emerged from the stacks of application folders and relocated to New Jersey. She followed her underlying passion and began working on her own to help families navigate the college admission process. Despite her time in the South (ask any Rhode Islander-Washington, DC is definitely the "Deep South"), Amanda is enjoying life as a jersey girl, but remains a steadfast Patriots and Red Sox fan.