Student Experiences

Full Passage's Editing Team

Full Passage boasts a top-notch editing support team that works with Brad to ensure your student's success. They proof and offer suggestions on essays, applications, and other documentation required by colleges and universities.

Elizabeth Garst, Editor-At-Large at Full Passage and Brad Barnes’ Assistant/Girl Friday

Elizabeth and Brad have been working together for the past ten years helping students find a college. She delights in her role with the company, working with one of the top college admissions advisors in CO. Elizabeth earned her Bachelor’s of Science in Social Work from the Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in Women’s Studies. Her passion for working with high school students and their families began when she was a summer intern for Denver Kids, Inc. and later continued during her tenure at the Rotary Club of Denver as the Assistant Director. During her time with Rotary, she was an active member of the High School Scholarship and College Scholarship Committees. She also followed her passion for working with young adults to both Minnesota (Camp Birchwood, Summer Camp Counselor) and to Maine where she worked at Kinglsey Pines Camp as the Girl’s Campus Head. She also worked with students and parents at St. Hilda’s Family Centre in the East End of London during her time there. She now lives in the mountains of Colorado with her family and is immensely proud of all the students she has worked with over the last ten years.

Kate Stricklan, Editor at Full Passage

Kate was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area, where she attended a large public high school. She headed to New York City for college, majoring in Classics at Columbia. She also has a Masters Degree in Modern English Literature from the University of York (UK). She met her husband, a native Coloradan, while volunteering in India and in the past four years, they have lived in Denver, Egypt,Norway, and currently reside in Malaysia. Throughout the various moves, she had held a variety of positions, including Latin teacher, petroleum technician, and refugee advocate. She has also been Chair of the Columbia Alumni Representative Committee in Norway and has had the pleasure of interviewing prospective students on behalf of the university. This is Kate’s fourth year with Full Passage. She knows how to apply to college, and the importance of submitting well-written essays and applications.

Erica Mason, Editor at Full Passage

Erica Mason has been a teacher for ten years, with experience ranging from Kindergarten and high school to training teachers. She currently lives and works in Busan, South Korea, training teachers and teaching English to middle school students. A former education and health Peace Corps volunteer with a Masters in Public Administration, Erica has been editing with us for the past three years. She knows how to get into college.

Sarah Austin, Editor at Full Passage

Sarah Austin is a Denver-based writer and artist. She has a degree in Communications and Spanish from American University, and has extensive experience in writing and editing for business, online, and print media. She has lived and worked abroad as a sailor and educator, and calls upon her skills in translation to help young writers communicate their vision. Sarah will be joining us for her third year as an editor with Full Passage. Being from the area, Sarah works well with Denver college admissions advisor, Brad Barnes.

Piyali Kundu, Editor at Full Passage

Piyali is a recent graduate from Erasmus University Rotterdam, The Netherlands with a Masters degree in Health Economics, Policy, and Law. Born in India and raised in New York City, Piyali has travelled extensively both for work and study. During her undergraduate years at Tufts University, she worked with local youth for college preparation, teaching students how to apply for college. She also tutored adults in English as a second language while abroad in Yemen. She currently works as a research assistant with her former university and is completing a scientific article for publication. She lives with her Dutch husband and their nine month old daughter in Norway. This is Piyali’s first year with us and we couldn’t be more delighted that she has joined our team. 

Michelle Moschkau, Editor at Full Passage

Michelle currently resides in the beautiful state of Maine. She coordinates activities for senior citizens and individuals with disabilities for work. She fell in love with learning at Evergreen State College in Olympia, WA, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. Michelle draws from her experience working for the Department of Academic Advising at Evergreen, her extensive work with youth, teaching them how to apply for college, and her previous writing and editing experience in her personal and professional endeavors. We are just tickled that Michelle would join us this year to edit for our students.

Cindi L'Abbe, Editor at Full Passage

Cindi L'Abbe attended Keene State College in Keene NH. Cindi has taught in a variety of settings, from kindergarten to university level.  She is currently teaching ESL in Busan South Korea. She is also a yoga instructor and modern dancer. Having Cindi work with us has been a great experience so far this year.

Lucas Benson, Editor at Full Passage

Lucas was born and raised on a small farm in Northwest Iowa and moved to Iowa City in 2000 where he has been ever since.  In between working a wide variety of jobs, Lucas earned his Bachelors Degree in English followed by his Masters in Secondary English Education.  He now teaches Reading and Composition courses at a local Community College and in his free time he enjoys running, writing and recording music.  This is his first year with Full Passage and we are overjoyed since he was brought to us by former editor, Nicole Forsythe.

Amelia Ritchhart, Editor at Full Passage

Amelia Ritchhart is a busy mom to two hilarious little girls.  She grew up in Southwest Colorado, but currently lives in Northern Colorado.  She graduated from Colorado State University with a degree in Liberal Arts and Spanish, after studying at the University of Seville in Spain.  Amelia completed her teacher training at Northern Arizona University.  Amelia has taught various grades and subjects over the years, including helping migrant children and teens learn English.  She currently volunteers a great deal at her children’s school, including running an after-school Spanish club.  In her free time, Amelia enjoys crafting, reading, writing, hiking and biking with her husband and daughters. Amelia is passionate about education and wants to help students to find a college. We are so glad to welcome Amelia to our team this year.

Anthony Bushik, Editor at Full Passage

Anthony earned an English degree specializing in writing form the University of Pittsburgh. An avid adventurer, he has traveled through most of Asia, and has taught English in both South Korea and India. Now living in the beautiful city of Chicago, Anthony spends his time running by the lake and finishing up his first novel. Anthony believes that having a solid understanding of our language is imperative to success in the world, and he strives to find clear and creative ways to impart that knowledge onto his students. Anthony is a new edition to our editing team and we are so happy he is with us.

Johnny Stewart, Editor at Full Passage

My name is Johnny Stewart and I am so excited to be joining your team!  I graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in May ’13 with degrees in Business (HRM) and Dance.  Currently, I am a member of the Actor’s Equity Association, working mostly in musical theatre throughout the state of Colorado and wherever future contracts will take me!  While attending CU, I was a member of the Presidents Leadership Class, where I also served as a class advisor.  In that position, I assisted in curriculum design, teaching, grading, and mentoring.  I worked in the CU Admissions Office, directing phone calls, giving campus tours, and got some insight into the admissions processes!  One of my favorite endeavors was the Leeds Scholars Program.  I was a founding member, Program Coordinator and Teacher’s Assistant to the program.  Again, I got to design cutting-edge curriculum, oversee the mentorship program (which involved teaching mentors and mentees proper memo formats), and improve the writing and public speaking skills of my students.  Because of my involvement with PLC, Leeds Scholars, CU Admissions, and the Boettcher Foundation, I believe I am equipped to help students tailor their essays toward their desired audience with concision and pizazz!  Thanks again for this wonderful opportunity!