The Experts

Education Consultants

Sue Luse

Sue Luse

Education Consultant | Owner

Perhaps you’ve heard her warm, assured voice on WCCO radio or seen her appear on KARE TV? Or maybe, you’ve read her words of wisdom in Consumer Digest Report? Sue Luse founded College Expert to guide students, and their sometimes-frazzled parents, through the nuances of the college admissions process. A Certified Educational Consultant, Sue is a bit of a trailblazer. For years, she served the Twin Cities’ south metro community as a high school guidance counselor. Read more about Sue.

Contact Sue at sue@collegeexpert.net


Ryan Luse

Education Consultant | Co-Owner

Ryan Luse is an Independent Educational Consultant and co-owner of College Expert in Minnesota. Ryan attained his undergraduate degree at Emerson College in Boston and received his certificate in college counseling through UCLA and trained through IECA’s Summer Institute at Swarthmore. He has a background in education, performing arts, writing and technology. His own college experience was a profound time in his life that has resonated with him to this day to find the right fit for his students. Read more about Ryan.

Contact Ryan at ryan@collegeexpert.net


Katie Hanson

Katie Hanson

Education Consultant | Essay Expert

Katie has spent her professional career supporting students as they dream big about their futures. After earning her B.A. from St. Olaf College in English and Media Studies, she entered the college admissions field as an AmeriCorps fellow with College Possible, a local nonprofit. It was there that Katie learned the ins and outs of college advising as she guided local high school students through the college application and enrollment process. She is currently a Career and College Center Coordinator at South High School in Minneapolis.

In addition to college advising, Katie has taught ACT classes through the Princeton Review and has sat on local and national scholarship committees; however, her main passion is working with students one on one to concoct their dream plan. Every person’s college journey is unique, and so is their planning process. Katie loves getting to know young people, talking with them about what they want their life to look like, and helping them put together a plan to get there.

Contact Katie at katie@collegeexpert.net


Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson

Education Consultant | Essay Expert

Michelle has been on the College Expert team since 2016, first as an essay expert, and more recently, as an education consultant.

Michelle earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College in Sociology/Anthropology and M.A. in Education Psychology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. During Michelle’s career, her work has centered on supporting students to achieve their goals. Previously, Michelle was an AmeriCorps fellow through a non-profit, College Possible, and has worked in financial aid and career services at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Currently, Michelle works for the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota.

At College Expert, Michelle delights in helping students craft their life stories into applications and writing pieces that reflect students’ unique selves. She believes that the college search and application process can be enlightening for students to reflect on their values and goals as they prepare to take off on life’s next chapter.

Contact Michelle at michelle@collegeexpert.net

Essay Experts

Barb Buchholz

Barb Buchholz

Essay Expert

Barb Buchholz has been an Essay Expert with College Expert since 2017.  For more than 25 years she worked in corporate communications, most recently as a freelance writer, editor and consultant, and she loves working with students and applying her experience to the college application process. As an Essay Expert, she finds it rewarding to watch students develop an appreciation for their unique strengths and life experiences through writing their essays. Barb has a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Minnesota and a Master of Business Communication degree from the University of St. Thomas. She is a board member and communications consultant for Saving Grace Village, a nonprofit that provides weekend retreats for adolescent girls. She lives in Lakeville with her husband, and her son is a sophomore in college.

Contact Barb at barbbuch07@gmail.com


Heather Lyons

Heather Lyons

Essay Expert

Heather Lyons is first and foremost a mother of three beautiful children. She is also an English Language Arts and English as a Second Language teacher at Minneapolis South High School. She joined the College Expert team in 2009 and loves working with students in her role as an Essay Expert and co-leader of the summer essay writing workshops and Jam Sessions. When asked to write this bio, she responded, “Therefore, since brevity is the soul of wit…I will be brief.” (Shakespeare, Hamlet)

Contact Heather at hmlyons@comcast.net


Katie Hanson

Katie Hanson

Essay Expert | Education Consultant

Katie has spent her professional career supporting students as they dream big about their futures. After earning her B.A. from St. Olaf College in English and Media Studies, she entered the college admissions field as an AmeriCorps fellow with College Possible, a local nonprofit. It was there that Katie learned the ins and outs of college advising as she guided local high school students through the college application and enrollment process. She is currently a Career and College Center Coordinator at South High School in Minneapolis.

In addition to college advising, Katie has taught ACT classes through the Princeton Review and has sat on local and national scholarship committees; however, her main passion is working with students one on one to concoct their dream plan. Every person’s college journey is unique, and so is their planning process. Katie loves getting to know young people, talking with them about what they want their life to look like, and helping them put together a plan to get there.

Contact Katie at katie@collegeexpert.net


Kris Olson

Kris Olson

Essay Expert

Kris Olson has been an Essay Expert with College Experts since 2013 and is an IECA Certified associate member of the organization. She looks forward to working with juniors and seniors each year because of their excitement and enthusiasm for the future. Although Kris focuses mostly on the essay portion of applications, she also helps with all other aspects of the college application process. “The best part, for me, is seeing students find their individual voices while crafting an essay only they could write from their own unique experiences.”

Beyond college choices in the US, Kris has a special interest in the many and varied international college options that are available to our students. “For the right student, attending an international university in the UK, Ireland, Austria, France or Netherlands (among others) can be not only life-changing, but also more focused and even more affordable than colleges in the US.”

Kris graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University, with a B.A. in journalism, and has worked in a variety of writing and editing positions for more than 30 years. She has two children, both attended college in the US, and graduate schools in the UK and Australia respectively. She lives in Excelsior with her husband Greg, and travels as often as possible.

Contact Kris at krisolson.ce@gmail.com


Margaret Duden

Margaret Duden

Essay Expert

Margaret’s 20+ year career has centered around writing, editing, and education. She has worked for Stanford University, the University of Maryland College Park, Georgetown University, and Twin Cities Public Television, and she is the author of seven decodable story books for beginning readers. At TPT, Margaret helped produce DragonflyTV and SciGirls. Margaret currently keeps busy as an English and test prep tutor. Margaret graduated first in her class from South High School in Minneapolis and holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University. Her academic interests include sustainable agriculture, moral philosophy, social theory, and intellectual history. In her free time, she enjoys learning new things and practicing yoga. Margaret is an Associate Member of IECA.

Contact Margaret at margaret.duden@gmail.com


Michelle Anderson

Michelle Anderson

Essay Expert | Education Consultant

Michelle has been on the College Expert team since 2016, first as an essay expert, and more recently, as an education consultant. 

Michelle earned her B.A. from St. Olaf College in Sociology/Anthropology and M.A. in Education Psychology from the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. During Michelle’s career, her work has centered on supporting students to achieve their goals. Previously, Michelle was an AmeriCorps fellow through a non-profit, College Possible, and has worked in financial aid and career services at the University of Minnesota- Twin Cities. Currently, Michelle works for the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) at the University of Minnesota.

At College Expert, Michelle delights in helping students craft their life stories into applications and writing pieces that reflect students’ unique selves. She believes that the college search and application process can be enlightening for students to reflect on their values and goals as they prepare to take off on life’s next chapter.

Contact Michelle at michelle@collegeexpert.net

Office Manager

Jean Bohlig

Jean Bohlig

Office Manager Extraordnaire

Jean has been College Expert’s Office Manager since 2012 and she is the official College Expert Dogs sitter. While she thoroughly enjoyed helping her three daughters find ideal college fits, she wishes she had known about College Expert’s services at the time. Jean’s penchant for structure, organization and making sure processes run smoothly is a good fit for the dynamics of College Expert. She has vast experience in a variety of administrative and educational roles, including substitute teaching and working with youth at the St. Paul Police Department. Jean holds a Criminal Justice Management degree. Jean enjoys baking, cooking, boating, and reading, but more than anything she enjoys planning outings and spending time with friends & family – especially her grandchildren!

Contact Jean at jean@collegeexpert.net

Top