About Us

Lee Oller, Sara Schroeder and Pat Brands of Admit One College Advising, are professional college advisors who work with clients throughout the Bay Area.  Each advisor works independently; clients usually work with one advisor over the course of the application process. As a team, the three advisors meet regularly and network frequently with Bay Area, Regional and National counselors to stay current with admissions practices and to maintain a high level of professional expertise.

Meet the Admit One advisors:

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Lee Oller Pat Brands Sara Schroeder

Lee Oller

Lee Oller has been an educator for over 25 years, teaching high school English, directing children's theatre, facilitating language arts workshops, and substitute teaching. Lee received her undergraduate degree from Oakland University in Michigan and completed graduate work at Wayne State University; City University, London, England; and Golden Gate University, San Francisco. She holds a certificate from UC Berkeley in College and Career Advising and is a member of HECA, NACAC and WACAC. Lee provides pro bono advising for College Track, Oakland; and presents annual college essay workshops throughout the Bay Area. Her teaching and arts background enhances her work with students on their application essays and supplemental work for competitive art majors.

Sara Schroeder

Sara Schroeder earned her certificate in College and Career Advising from the University of CA, Berkeley.  She graduated from Punahou School in Hawaii, earned a BS from Willamette University and completed post-graduate studies in education at Lewis & Clark College. Originally a middle-school teacher, she has taught at various levels in Oregon, California and Hawaii. Sara enjoys pro bono advising for students at College Track in Oakland and presents college essay workshops at high schools in the Bay Area. She is a member of the professional organizations HECA, NACAC and WACAC.

Pat Brands

Pat Brands joins Admit One College Advising after recently retiring from her position of 18 years as the College and Career Counselor at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. She has been involved in the East Bay College Fair at Saint Mary’s College since 1993, co-chairing the event for 3 years. She has been a frequent guest speaker at many college advising events: college fairs, MDUSD Parent Conference, County Office of Education GATE events, and other professional and business organizations. Pat has visited well over 100 colleges across the country. Pat received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Northern Illinois University; she also holds an Illinois teaching credential, and Illinois and California school counseling credentials. Pat provides pro bono counseling through the Gooden College Connection in Richmond, CA.