Kim Penney, M.Ed.
Kim Penney, principal consultant and founder of One-on-One College Consulting, is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and a certified MBTI® Practitioner. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University and a M.Ed. in Guidance Counseling from Salem State University. As a former high school guidance counselor with a caseload of 300+ students, Kim established One-on-One College Consulting to offer a more personalized approach. Kim also coached the girls’ varsity basketball team at Reading Memorial High School for 15 years, capturing the Massachusetts’ Division II State Championship in 2012. She was named Coach of the Year by the Boston Globe, the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association, as well as the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association and was inducted into the Reading Memorial High School Athletic Hall of Fame in the fall of 2015. Many of Kim’s students are athletes who desire to continue playing their sport at the collegiate level. Kim also serves as director of One-on-One Basketball Camps, and frequently gives presentations at conferences throughout New England.
Kate Hurd, principal consultant and vice president of operations for One-on-One College Consulting, is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and a certified MBTI® Practitioner. She joined our team in 2011 and holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colby College and a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine. Kate has extensive experience in Human Resources and career counseling, and is currently a softball coach at Newton North High School. As a former collegiate softball captain and recipient of the All-America Scholar-Athlete Award, Kate is particularly interested in guiding student-athletes to colleges that best fit them academically and athletically. She also speaks at our group events and presentations.
Michelle Walker, M.Ed.
Michelle Walker, consultant for One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2014. She served as our interview and essay specialist for several years prior to becoming a consultant. Michelle holds a B.A. in Education and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Her prior experience includes many years of classroom teaching and working in the Office of Undergraduate Admission at Boston College. She has also worked in the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Activities at Butler University.
Stephen Thuot, Ph.D.
Stephen Thuot, consultant for One-On-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2018. He holds a B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Assumption College and earned his Ph.D. in Sport Psychology from the University of Connecticut. Stephen has experience as an Academic Coach at Dean College and has served as an Academic Advisor in UConn’s Counseling Program for Intercollegiate Athletes. Stephen’s High Performance Coaching background includes professional tennis coaching in Concord and Franklin, Massachusetts. He has also coached United States Tennis Association national select teams. Stephen’s high school coaching experience includes positions as the girls’ varsity tennis coach at Winsdor (CT) High School and boys’ varsity tennis coach at Lincoln-Sudbury (MA) High School. Stephen looks forward to utilizing his academic and professional experiences to assist students and families with the college search and application process.
Lori Sides, consultant for One-On-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2018 and specializes in the independent school (boarding/day) search and application process. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Colgate University where she played Division I ice hockey. Lori attended Phillips Academy Andover for a post-graduate (PG) year and is particularly interested in using her experience to help students identify and apply to independent schools that best fit them academically and athletically.
Carolyn Crampton is our athletic club liason at One-on-One College Consulting. She has been a member of our team since 2010 and has extensive coaching experience at the college, high school and club levels. Currently, she is pursuing her Master’s in Higher Education at Suffolk University while serving as an assistant women’s basketball coach for the Rams. She has also coached basketball at Vassar College and Reading Memorial High School. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Economics from Vassar College where she captained the women’s basketball team to a Liberty League Championship in 2011. She also speaks at our group events and presentations.
Jaclyn Lyons is our graphic designer and girls’ basketball event manager for One-on-One Camps/Clinics, the events division of One-on-One College Consulting. She is the head varsity coach at Milton Academy. A standout player at Reading Memorial High School, Coach Lyons attended UNH and Merrimack College on a basketball scholarship. She is committed to the game, helping all of her clients reach their true potential through her work with One-on-One Hoops.