Who We Are
ForWord Consulting LLC is a small company of independent college admissions counselors and educational consultants located inside the Northern Virginia beltway.
Cathy Ganley, Owner and Senior College Counselor, member IECA, has a background steeped in higher education. She understands the admissions process and hand holds each client through it, from choosing colleges, creating a working resume, preparing for the SATs/ACTs, completing applications, understanding financial aid, and applying for scholarships.
Cathy grew up in Arlington County, attended O'Connell High School, and raised her own children Fairfax County (TJ and McLean High Schools), which means she's got some serious insight into what's happening and why.
Many call Cathy the "teen whisperer" because she understands how teens think and what they need for motivation. Cathy thinks that it's because she's tired of talking loudly to get her own children to listen but is grateful for the praise nonetheless.
Dr. Jay Bass, Senior College Counselor, brings a wealth of experience, knowledge and success to ForWord Consulting in assisting secondary school families and their students. In addition to a rewarding career in Fairfax County and Montgomery County Schools as a teacher, trainer, counselor and Director of Student Services, Dr. Bass has been assisting students with their college admissions process for over twenty years. Dr. Bass has delivered seminars nationally to eductional staff and parents on topics ranging from risk, violence, and substance abuse prevention; to bullying, effective parenting and school staff collaboration.
Dr. Bass resides in Falls Church and is the proud parent of three happily launched adult children.
What We Do
Where We Work
We serve all areas of the Washington, DC metropolitan region using Zoom as well as occasional in-person meetings.
We have worked with students from McLean, Oakton, Langley, Thomas Jefferson, Falls Church, Yorktown, H-B, W-L, Sidwell Friends, Holy Child, Bullis, Landon, Oakcrest, O'Connell, Gonzaga, The Heights, Visitation, Herndon, Annandale, Madison.
Essentially, if you attend any school between the Potomac and Sterling, we have experience helping.
What We Stand For
We proudly support all students without regard to race, religion, sexual orientation, belief, residency status, politics.