Our Story

The stories that move us are the ones we remember most. They make us smile from ear to ear or bring us to tears. They tug at our heartstrings or compel us to walk, run or donate to a cause. These stories started with a moment that led to a movement. And, they were written by storytellers like us.

Our approach to writing college essays begins with helping students discover or uncover those moments in life that reveal their true character — whether they’re ambitious, adventurous, kind, thoughtful, dedicated, determined, patient or persistent. Our team of creative thinkers, journalists and wordsmiths guide students to carefully craft those experiences to make them memorable.

Our own story has been evolving for decades. We have been writing, well, since we could hold a pencil in our hands. From winning elementary school essay contests to earning coveted Emmy and Associated Press awards to helping students gain admission into some of the most prestigious schools in the country, we have spent our careers revealing, reliving and retelling the stories that shape people’s lives.

Let us help you find your story.


Our Team



Marina Angleton, President, Partner and Lead Essay Editor

From South Florida to London to New York and Hong Kong, Marina and The Write Essay team have spent more than 13 years helping students across the globe reach their competitive college acceptance goals. Angleton is a 30-year, nine-time Emmy award-winning television veteran who has worked at networks such as NBC and CNN. Her documentaries include an HBO special produced with Gloria and Emilio Estefan and two documentaries highlighting the marriage of Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge. Her documentaries have taken her to Peru, Greece, Egypt, London and Belgium

As a journalist, Marina uses her years of interviewing and writing experience to zero in on the perfect topics from students’ experiences that ultimately end up being essays that touch the reader. It is this unique approach to writing that sets The Write Essay apart.

In her time off, Marina enjoys visits to NYC to see her son, a VP for a national real estate investment trust. She enjoys boating with her husband and friends, cooking, traveling (during the off-season!) and practicing Pilates.




Jeannie Salameh, Partner and Lead Essay Editor

Jeannie has written thousands of stories about compelling people, companies and products. Her passion for ideas and words propelled her 13-year career as a TV news executive producer. She has covered some of the biggest news stories of our time, ranging from the loss of our 9/11 heroes to hurricanes, hanging chads, Columbine and the Super Bowl. She earned an Associated Press Award and team Emmy during her time in the newsroom.

As lead essay editor, Jeannie inspires students to find the stories that have shaped their lives and relive them through words so that others can share in the experience.

Jeannie was born with an entrepreneurial spirit. She founded two public relations agencies and has helped clients in numerous industries around the globe tell and share their stories on every major network and media outlet from The Wall Street Journal to TIME magazine and CNN.

In her time off, you’ll find her building beach sandcastles with her little one, hiking, indulging her weakness for theme parks and exploring new places with her family.



Tracey Ulrich-Matalon, Senior Essay Writer

Tracey is a 20-year television news veteran whose career has taken her to several markets, which include New Jersey, Columbus, Providence and Boston. The recipient of several Associated Press Awards, this talented writer has worn several hats throughout her time in the business, including: reporter, anchor, producer and executive producer.

Her love for the written word led her to become a Broadcast Journalism professor at Newbury College in Chestnut Hill and Emerson College. Her teaching style has inspired countless college students to pursue a career in writing.

A native Philadelphian, Tracey now lives in the New York metro area. She has two children. Her daughter is a forensic biology major at Loyola University and Tracey’s son is a high school student who spends his time on the basketball court, baseball diamond and on the track.

A major sports enthusiast, Tracey is proud of the fact that she has traveled to most major league baseball stadiums, and her goal is to hit them all! In her spare time (what spare time?), Tracey enjoys surfing social media, reading and traveling.



Christy Day, Senior Essay Writer

Christy is a true wordsmith and veteran writer who has spent more than 10 years chasing big stories in newsrooms across the U.S. She has covered everything from the bombing of a women’s clinic in Atlanta to major hurricanes. Her career includes writing for social media and Yahoo! Finance. Christy received a master’s in communication from San Diego State University and taught journalism, advertising and communications at the school. She earned a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Florida.

Christy’s love of writing can be traced all the way back to high school when she joined the school newspaper as a staff writer. Since then, she’s been sharing her passion for the written word by mentoring others.

In her time off, she enjoys coaching her daughter’s soccer team, cooking exotic meals and relaxing at the beach.



Ashley Carter, Essay Writer

Ashley has mastered the art of writing and helping students. As a high school English teacher, she has coached, encouraged and inspired students to become effective and compelling storytellers. Essay writing is one of her passions, and for Ashley, helping students learn to express themselves is one of her greatest joys.

Sharing her love for writing expands beyond the classroom. A firm believer in giving back, Ashley volunteered in maximum security prisons, helping inmates learn to express themselves through creative writing.

When she’s not working with students, Ashley enjoys acting in community theatre, writing, reading and exploring New York City with her corgi, Monster.



Ashley Aweimrin, Essay Writer

Ashley has a true passion for helping students master the basics of English literature. With a bachelor’s degree in English, she spends time tutoring students, guiding them through the essay writing process. She’s a skilled editor with an eye for details. Since she was little, she’s always had a TALENT for teaching and helping peers in school. As a mom of two, Ashley enjoys spending her days playing with her kids, traveling, and finding new recipes to cook in the kitchen.




Kerri Winick, Essay Writer

Kerri Winick has nearly 20 years of experience as a journalist, editor, and researcher. Her passion for storytelling began in elementary school and led her straight to the fast-paced world of television news, where she worked hand-in-hand with investigative reporters and produced consumer segments that led to community awareness and change. Her stories have aired on local TV stations across the country, in major markets like Boston, New York, and Washington D.C.

You’ll also find her work on social media and digital news platforms. Kerri prides herself on being able to deep dive into any topic and can fact-check like it’s no one’s business. She enjoys collaborating and bringing out the creative side in students.

Kerri is a proud graduate of Syracuse University (Go Orange!), where she majored in Broadcast Journalism. In her free time, Kerri loves being outdoors with her husband and 10-year-old son, teaching gymnastics and attempting to build furniture with her power tools.