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Our Team


Our Team

John Russo

The Prep Guy

Founder and CEO

Prep U4 Success™

Prep U4 Success™ was born out of the experience its creator John Russo gained from his prior career in New York. In that capacity, John worked closely with colleges and universities as well as high school counselor associations. John provided college admissions and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) workshops for major organizations such as the New York State STEP program, the Long Island STEM Hub, the New York State School Counselors Association as well as local universities, multiple minority groups, and high schools offering parent workshops. In addition, John created an educational resource guide for the Cradle of Aviation in Long Island and has been one of the judges for STEM student poster competitions in both New York and here in North Carolina.

The experience of John Russo as a professional and a parent of two college graduates quickly taught him that one of the most overwhelming endeavors for parents and students is the college admissions process. He takes pride in knowing that the information offered by Prep U4 Success ensures that parents and their students will know how to navigate through the entire college admissions process with confidence.

JoAnn Russo


Behind the Scenes

JoAnn is the spirit “behind the scenes” of Prep U4 Success.  With over 30 years of experience in leadership, customer service, training, and coaching, as well as being a working mother of three, JoAnn fully understands the juggling acts faced by families in today’s busy world.  Her experience developing new products was key to the inception and development of the Prep U4 Success College Admissions workshops and workbook. 

JoAnn is a creative and skilled problem solver possessing an approachable and personable nature.  Her background in training allows her to clearly identify the needs of her audience, yielding useful information while creating a safe learning environment.

You have the questions - We have the answers!

Our workbook, workshop and consultations will offer you just that.