Welcome To Blueprint

Personal, innovative and fun pre-college summer programs that help you get ready for college – today. You’ll be going to college soon. For real. And with that comes independence, new opportunities and a whole lot of changes. From admissions to roommates, the Blueprint experience will help you handle it all.

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Meet The Team

We are a team of dedicated professionals, ready to do whatever it takes to help you get ready for college

Michael Dodson

Michael Dodson

Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer

As Blueprint‘s Chief Executive Officer, Michael is responsible for Blueprint’s longterm development and strategy. After transferring from UVM, Michael received a degree in political science from Emory University. Although not a part of his original college plans, he studied in Italy and Egypt. He worked as an options trader at the New York Board of Trade before developing summer programs in 2005. Michael founded Blueprint with Justin in 2007.

Justin Laman

Justin Laman

Co-Founder & Chief Enrollment Officer

As Blueprint’s Chief Enrollment Officer, Justin is responsible for the company’s sales, marketing and recruiting efforts. He received his ABJ in telecommunications from the University of Georgia and took on the world as a journalist in New York City. He switched gears in 2003 to follow his family’s tradition of working in education and consulted with colleges in need of pre-college programs. Justin has been operating pre-college summer programs for 13 years and founded Blueprint with Michael in 2007.

Catherine Pray

Catherine Pray

Senior Partner & Enrollment Advocate

Cat earned a dual bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Intercultural Communications from the University of New Mexico. During college, she was an active member of student government and Kappa Kappa Gamma. Cat then earned her JD from the New England School of Law in Boston, while working her way through school as a dance teacher. Cat is currently a lawyer, dance teacher and Blueprint’s Senior Partner and Enrollment Specialist.

Jenn Graff

Jenn Graff

Chief Operating Officer

As Blueprint‘s Director of Operations, Jenn is responsible for Blueprint’s day-to-day-operations. Jenn earned a Bachelor‘s in Psychology from Western Michigan University and a Master’s in Clinical & Community Psychology from UNC Charlotte before starting her career as an adolescent and family therapist. From there, Jenn transitioned to the corporate world where she led projects, teams and operational initiatives as a project manager at a technology company. With experience supporting and developing people and organizations since 2004, Jenn is thrilled to be collaborating with so many talented individuals to set students up for success.

Chris Foy

Chris Foy

Vice President of Finance

As Blueprint’s Director of Finance, Chris is responsible for all company financial functions and controls. He received his MBA from the University of South Carolina where he also received his undergraduate in Accounting and Management. Chris has over 10 years of diverse accounting and financial experience as a Manager, Controller and CFO in industries including construction, manufacturing, insurance and investments.

Darci Manzo

Darci Manzo

Director of Production

After graduating from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnology Anthropology and Political Science; Darci pursued a professional dance career, performing and teaching around the world. Darci joined Blueprint with ten years of event planning and project management experience for several renowned museums, nonprofit and youth organizations including Sundance Film Festival, Americans for the Arts, Kidspace Children’s Museum and Inner-City Arts.

Raha Obaei

Raha Obaei

Director of Program Development

After completing her degrees in History and Journalism from the University of Missouri, Raha Obaei became a middle school social studies teacher in NC. While teaching, Raha first got involved with Blueprint as a Program Director after years of summer programming experience and a love for education. While consulting on college and career readiness for a school district in Los Angeles, Raha was brought back to Blueprint as the Academic Advisor. Now with a Masters in Urban Education Policy from Brown University, she is happy to be working full time with Blueprint as our Director of Program Development. She enjoys using and collecting data, nerding out about books and college and career readiness, and cooing at just about every dog she sees.

Etoyia Magee

Etoyia Magee

Director of Human Resources

Etoyia grew up in Michigan and earned her Bachelor’s in Organizational Communications from UMich-Flint. After a long career in both the nonprofit and corporate sectors, she switched focus to become a positive change agent in the workplace for the betterment of its employees. In 2010, Etoyia earned a Master’s in Human Resources Management from Keller Graduate School of Management. She brings over sixteen years of experience in community engagement programming, along with over seven years of experience in varied HR functions. Etoyia is overjoyed about being a part of such a dynamic and inspiring team of individuals, passionate about enhancing students’ overall college experiences.

Katherine Brown

Katherine Brown

Brand & Marketing Manager

Excited at the opportunity to work with such a hard-working, enthusiastic team, Katherine Brown joined Blueprint’s marketing department in January 2015. Kat earned her Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies with a concentration in Graphic Design and minor in Photography from Gardner-Webb University. With experience in design, blogging, social media, advertising and operations, she seamlessly combines creativity and logistics. When not working in front of the computer, Kat enjoys anything that includes fitness and the outdoors. From hiking with her dogs to growing her own garden to running obstacle course races on the weekends.

Tommy Featheringill

Tommy Featheringill

Production Coordinator

Tommy Featheringill is thrilled to join Blueprint‘s Program Department as a Program Production Coordinator. Tommy holds a Bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in Tourism, Conventions and Events Management. He also earned a Business Management certificate from Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Immediately following his graduation, Tommy began working in top-of-the-line hotel industries, and brings to Blueprint more than ten years of hospitality experience. Tommy is the funniest person that he’s ever met, and when he’s not hard at work for Blueprint, he is feeding his obsession with reality television, and chowing down on any food that contains scallops or a variation thereof.

Rita Ogbeama

Rita Ogbeama

Production Coordinator

Rita Ogbeama holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon, and graduate degrees from George Fox University and Northcentral University. Rita has a unique blend of experience in higher education and business. Before Blueprint, Rita served as a Senior Career Development Specialist in the higher education field where she coached students to become successful in college and the workforce. In addition to experience in planning events, she also worked as a business and education consultant. In her free time, Rita enjoys Oregon Football, great wine, tech gadgets and game shows. Rita is happy to be a part of the Blueprint family and excited to help impact the lives of many students as they prepare for college.

Sarah Callahan

Sarah Callahan

Human Resources Analyst & Lead Recruiter

Sarah began working with Blueprint in 2014 as a Resident Advisor. Since then, she has taken on the roles of Program Instructor, Residence Life Director and now HR assistant! Sarah brings to the table several years of HR experience as well as valuable field experience. She grew up on Long Island and went on to study Psychology and Spanish at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She also received a specialization in Developmental Disabilities and Human Services. Some things she loves - traveling, teaching yoga, working with children, playing basketball, dancing and of course, an old fashioned slice of NY pizza.

Britney Mellone

Britney Mellone

Enrollment Specialist & Creative Coordinator

Britney first began working with Blueprint in 2007. From RA to Dance Teacher to Program Director, she has served at over a dozen different summer programs. She studied Communications and Education at UMass Amherst. While there, Britney started working with several different marketing companies as a Brand Ambassador. She has represented over 100 different brands all over the country. While traveling, Britney gained a great appreciation for photography. When she’s not behind the camera or working at Blueprint, she enjoys eating Thai food, taking long road trips, practicing yoga and napping!