Meet the College Counselors

Ms. Nicole ‘Nikki’ Danos
Director of College Counseling
425.679.0165

Nikki Danos’ love of Seattle began during her first visit to the Emerald City in 1995. Since then, she vowed to make Seattle her home, and that day came in July 2009. But her love of counseling high school students began long before that.
 
After growing up in Southern Louisiana and graduating from Loyola University New Orleans with a degree in Communications, Nikki decided that her calling was serving high school students.  She worked for her alma mater in the Office of Admissions for six years, recruiting and evaluating applications for students from all over the US. Knowing that she wanted to develop a more permanent relationship with families, Nikki decided to switch sides of the desk in 2003 and became a college counselor at Windward School, an independent school in Los Angeles. When Nikki relocated to Seattle in summer of 2009, she became the Director of College Counseling at Rainier Scholars, a long-term college preparatory program for low income students of color.
 
Nikki is a long-time advocate of all-girls' education, and she is excited to support the young women at Forest Ridge in their college aspirations.
Ms. Laura Boismenue
Director of Counseling
Associate Director of College Counseling

425.679.0164

An experienced professional in the field of college admission, Laura Boismenue has served in a variety of capacities within higher education, university admission, and college counseling. She has most recently served as College Counselor at Ojai Valley School in Southern California where she created and implemented a unique College Counseling curriculum to fit the specific needs of their day and boarding student population. Her work in College Counseling engages students and families in realizing their full potential and pursuing a college education at an institution that is the right “fit” for each student.    

A specialized area of focus of Laura’s work in both the university and secondary school settings has been to broaden the scope of cross-cultural education, engaging a diverse population of students, both international and domestic, in the enrichment of learning beyond their own context. Prior to serving as College Counselor, Laura served as Assistant Director of Admission at California Lutheran University and Study Abroad Advisor at Biola University. 
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