Meet the Counselors

Emily Allen, Director of Counseling Services,

EMILY ALLEN, Director of Counseling Services

Ms. Emily Allen is an outstanding educational leader with broad, international experience in counseling and teaching. She has sent students to all of the most selective universities and colleges in the USA and Europe, including the Ivy League, Oxford, Cambridge and other good selective institutions. She has earned certification from The Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions, The University of Oxford’s International Guidance Counselors Institute, The UCAS International Advisors Conference (Universities & Colleges Admission Service for the UK) and others. She is a member of CIS (The Council of International Schools), IACAC (The International Association of College Admissions Counselors) and NACAC (The National Association of College Admissions Counselors for the USA). Even more important, she recently experienced the college-application process as a parent: Her daughter graduated from high school in 2017 and is now at Yale University. Ms. Allen loves her counseling work, and she puts her long experience as an English teacher to good use helping students with their application essays. She holds a B.A. in English from the University of Florida, an M.A. in English Literature from California State University, and an M.Ed. in International Counseling from Lehigh University. Prior to joining the ACS administration, she served as the Director of College and University Counseling and Director of International Programs at Cape Cod Academy in Massachusetts and before that she served as School Counselor and Director of University & College Counseling and Testing at St. Stephen’s School in Rome, Italy. Her past experience includes working as a College and University Counselor at King’s Academy in Jordan and with School Year Abroad in Beijing, China. She also taught at The American School of Tangier in Morocco and at Pomfret School in Connecticut. In addition to college and university counseling and teaching, she has done social-emotional counseling, volunteered for a crisis hotline, worked in a learning specialist program, taught English literature at small colleges, supervised boarding school dormitories and coached cross-country running.

Svetlana Velkova, Ph.D.

School Psychologist
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology

  • Master of Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

  • Major: Cultural science

  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”


  • Doctor of Philosophy in Cultural and Differential Psychology

  • Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”

Teodora Angelova

School Psychologist
  • Master of Science in Clinical and Counseling Psychology

  • Bachelor of Science in Psychology

  • Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski

Milena Yordanova

College/University Counselor
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science & International Relations, Minor: History and Civilizations

  • American University in Bulgaria

Nandi Blanchard

College/ University Counselor
  • Master of Arts in Psychology (Honors)

  • University of Edinburgh

  • Master of Arts in School Counseling

  • College of New Jersey, USA

  • Professional Qualification (Anticipated)

  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

Yarona van der Horst

College / University Counselor
  • Master of Arts in Educational Administration

  • Teacher's Degree in Geography

  • Bachelor of Arts in Educational Counselling

  • Bar - Ilan University, Israel

  • International School Counseling Certificate

  • Lehigh University, USA

  • Expert in Gifted Education

  • Radboud University, The Netherlands

Desislava Veleva

Assistant, College Counseling
  • Master in European Integration

  • Bachelor of Arts in Bulgarian Philology

  • Teacher Qualification: Bulgarian Literature and Language

  • Sofia University “St. Kliment Ohridski”