Chloe Contreras, Program Advisor

The proud owner of an annual passport to Disneyland, Chloe developed her love for The Happiest Place on Earth (not counting Catalyst Prep, LLC) at age thirteen, when her parents took her to the Magic Kingdom and bought her a pair of Mickey Ears with her name stitched on the back. Chloe thought Mickey and Minnie had created the ears just for her, a touching story she thankfully didn’t share with HR when she interviewed for full-time employment. Chloe hails from Portland, OR (city motto: “The hippest place to be clinically depressed”), and feels blessed to have swapped the incessant drizzle of the Pacific Northwest for the year-round sunshine of Southern California. At Catalyst, Chloe has two vital responsibilities: educating parents about the college admissions process and elevating her colleagues’ heart rates above 90 beats per minute. Yes, in addition to her role as a Program Advisor, Chloe also happens to be Catalyst’s resident fitness guru. A certified personal trainer and boxer, Chloe gathers her fellow Catalysts twice per week for an intense, one-hour exercise routine that’s been not-so-affectionally dubbed Chloe-cize. For those who haven’t partaken, Chloe-cizing is a sweat-and-ventricular-fibrillation-inducing workout consisting of, among other torture techniques, push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks, Oh-my-Gods (this may not be the technical name), crunches, lunges, planks, and burpies (alarmingly, this is the technical name). So, if your Body Mass Index could best be described as “planetary” and you’re ready to get into cardiovascular shape, swing by Catalyst Prep around 6 pm on Friday and get ready to engage in activities that look like this.

Why She Works for Catalyst

It wasn’t too long ago that Chloe was preparing to take her own SAT, and she hasn’t forgotten what a daunting and stressful experience THE MOST IMPORTANT TEST OF YOUR TEENAGE LIFE can be for high school students and their parents. Chloe loves being a part of an organization that diminishes test-taking anxiety by teaching students how to outsmart every single question they’re guaranteed to face. (It doesn’t hurt that said organization gives her an opportunity to make her co-workers do things like this, this, and this.)

How the Universe Has Punished Her for Being a Freakishly Good Test-Taker

Ask Chloe to teach you how to throw a ferocious right hook? No problem. Ask her to demonstrate slam-dunking a basketball? You got it. (She’s 5’9” and the girl can jump.) But ask Chloe to prepare something in the kitchen, even something as simple as a bowl of cereal, and you’ll get a loud clattering of pots and pans and dense billowing smoke. As Chloe is the first to admit (and her roommate Samantha is the first to reiterate), Ms. Contreras is irreformably culinarily-challenged and should not be permitted anywhere near a kitchen. Unless you’re lookin’ for insurance money.

Favorite 80s Movie / Favorite 80s Nobel Laureate

Some Kind of Wonderful / Desmond Tutu (Nobel Peace Prize, 1984)