Ellen graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature, with minors in French and Music, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1975. She went on to earn her JD from Emory University School of Law. After clerking for a federal judge and working for the U.S. Department of Labor, Ellen concentrated on corporate, real estate, and health law at a Wall Street firm. Later, as an appellate litigator working for an international insurance company, her responsibilities included teaching legal writing skills to other attorneys. Prior to co-founding Collegistics, Ellen’s interest in education led to her service on the Legislative Advisory Committee to the Scarsdale Board of Education and active involvement as a co-founder of STOP (State Testing Opposed by Parents). She also held positions as an officer of the Greenacres PTA, on the Executive Committee of the Scarsdale Young Writers’ Conference, and as a parent member of multiple Committees on Special Education. As a Board Member of STEP (Student Transfer Education Program), Ellen and her family hosted a student from Memphis, TN, during the year he attended Scarsdale High School.