Our Team

Beth H. Gelles

Partner and Co-Founder

Beth graduated from Harvard College in 1990 with an A.B. in English and American Literature. For over twenty years, she was an alumna interviewer for Harvard in both NYC and in Silicon Valley, CA. She has conducted hundreds of evaluative interviews on behalf of the university and through this experience, she acquired intimate knowledge of the college admissions and selection process. Beth received her MBA in Marketing from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management in 1997. For over 15 years, Beth worked in advertising, public relations and marketing for consumer products companies and internet start-ups. Her love of writing and speaking has always inspired her to help others with their own presentation skills –both on paper and in person. From 2002 to 2011, Beth lived in the San Francisco Bay Area and was on the Board of Trustees for both The Carey Elementary School and the Bay Area Discovery Museum.

Beth has worked extensively with under-served students in need of college guidance through a Westchester County non-profit organization that provides college counseling services to Yonkers high school students. Beth (and Nancy) also run pro-bono workshops on various aspects of the college process for students and high school teachers in Yonkers, New York.

A resident of Scarsdale, Beth is a dedicated school and community volunteer. Currently, she serves on the Advisory Council of Yonkers Partners in Education. Beth is a co-chair of the Scarsdale Fox Meadow Compact Committee – a team comprised of students, teachers and parents –which seeks to address current needs of the school and community at large. Beth has also chaired teams for the Scarsdale Young Writers Workshop, the Fox Meadow Elementary School Spirit Committee and the Scarsdale High School Debate Invitational.

Beth has completed the New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC) Summer Institute and the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Summer Training Institute. She is a member of NYSACAC and Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), and an associate member of IECA.

Beth’s interests include singing, playing piano, indulging in musical theater, hiking and reading contemporary fiction. She enjoys life in Scarsdale with her husband Jeff and her three children — a son at Harvard University, a daughter at Scarsdale High School, and a daughter at Scarsdale Middle School.

Nancy S. Stuzin


Partner and Co-Founder

Nancy graduated from Cornell University in 1988 with a B.S. in Economics and was involved with Cornell Admissions for over 20 years. After practicing law for many years, Nancy finally pursued her true passion of assisting students and families with the college admissions process and established Acceptance Ahead. During her two decades of involvement with Cornell Admissions, Nancy had numerous responsibilities including interviewing prospective candidates, presenting information at college fairs, organizing events for admitted students and coordinating over 700 alumni interviewers. She was Chair of Cornell’s College Fair Committee for NYC and was selected to become Co-General Chair of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network of NYC. Working closely for many years with the Deans, Associate Deans and officers in Admissions has deepened Nancy’s understanding of the admissions process and has provided her with invaluable insight and knowledge of the application process at selective colleges and universities throughout the U.S. Additionally, Nancy has significant experience navigating the complex financial aid process. She has worked with under-served students in need of college guidance and support through a Westchester County non-profit organization that provides college counseling services to local high schools. Nancy and Beth also run pro-bono workshops on various aspects of the college process for students and teachers in Yonkers, New York.

A committed and involved member of the Edgemont and Westchester communities, Nancy has served three terms on the Executive Board of the Edgemont PTA and Edgemont PTSA in addition to chairing numerous committees over two decades. Nancy is a founding Executive Board Member of Impact 100 Westchester, a women’s not-for-profit charitable organization. Nancy serves on the Advisory Board of Yonkers Partners in Education and held several Advisory Council positions at Cornell University. Nancy has completed the New York State Association of College Admissions Counseling (NYSACAC) Summer Institute, the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) Summer Training Institute and a Seminar Series on Financial Aid Counseling. She is a member of NYSACAC, Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA) and is an associate member of IECA.

An avid skier, runner, chef and traveler, Nancy resides with her husband, Randy, in Westchester County, where they’ve raised three children — a daughter who graduated from Cornell University and Columbia University Teachers College and who teaches English at Stuyvesant High School in Manhattan, a son who attends Columbia University, and another son at Edgemont High School.