Our Team

Kim Penney, M.Ed.

Kim Penney, principal consultant and founder of One-on-One College Consulting, is a certified MBTI® Practitioner. She holds a B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University, where she played Division III basketball. She holds a M.Ed. in Guidance Counseling from Salem State University, where she coached women’s basketball. 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. She currently serves as a member of the Tufts Athletic Hall of Fame Committee and the MIAA Endowment Committee. Kim also directs One-on-One Basketball Clinics and the Best of the Best College Basketball Showcase. She frequently gives presentations at conferences and schools throughout the country.

Kate Hurd

Kate Hurd, principal consultant and vice president of operations at One-on-One College Consulting, is a certified MBTI® Practitioner. She joined our team in 2011 and has counseled hundreds of high school students through their admissions journeys. Kate holds a B.A. in Psychology from Colby College and a certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from the University of California, Irvine. She has extensive experience in human resources, operations, and career counseling, and previously managed 300+ remote admissions consultants at an edtech company. As a former collegiate softball captain and recipient of the All-America Scholar-Athlete Award, Kate coached softball at Newton North High School for many years. She is excited to combine her experience in management and training in the educational consulting industry to help oversee One-on-One’s development and growth.

Michelle Walker, M.Ed.

Michelle Walker, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2014. She is an associate member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association and a certified MBTI® Practitioner who has served as our interview and essay specialist.  Michelle holds a B.A. in Education and a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Boston College. Her professional experiences 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. Michelle enjoys sharing her admissions insights and editing expertise with our students and families.

Michele Williams, MBA

Michele Williams, office manager and admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2019. Michele attended Bowdoin College and played Division III lacrosse before transferring to Boston College where she received her B.S. in Accounting. She went on to earn her MBA from Babson College. Michele worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Bank of America and State Street before entering the education industry where she served many years as a reading and math specialist. Michele is a certified MBTI® Practitioner who specializes in academic success coaching, tutoring students in organizational and time management skills. She uses her business and teaching background to help One-on-One’s office run smoothly.

Dina Gentile, Ed.D.

Dr. Dina Gentile, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2020. Dina is a Professor of Sport Management at Endicott College. For 11 seasons she served as the head coach of the women’s soccer team amassing five conference championships and four NCAA Tournament appearances. Dina finished her collegiate coaching career ranked in the top-20 all-time among NCAA Division III women’s soccer coaches in wins and winning percentage earning induction into the Endicott Hall Fame as a coach. As a college soccer player, Dina was an Academic All-American at Adelphi University. Additional professional experiences include owner/director of Precision Soccer Camps (25 years), girls soccer director for Seacoast United-Benfica (6 years), NCAA compliance coordinator, professional soccer volunteer coordinator, and Positive Coaching Alliance trainer. Dina is the author of three coach education and sport management publications. She earned her Master’s Degree from Springfield College and her doctoral degree in Education from Boston University.

Julia Rafferty

Julia Rafferty, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2020. Following her impressive high school and postgraduate athletic careers as a three-sport athlete, she graduated with a B.A in Psychology from Bates College where she captained the women’s soccer and basketball teams. Julia has experience in coaching and recruiting, serving as an assistant coach for the Tufts women’s basketball team in 2016-17, helping the Jumbos reach the NCAA Championship, as well as an assistant coach and recruiting director for Tufts University’s women’s soccer program (5 years) and University of Mary Washington’s women’s soccer program (1 year). Julia is interested in using her combined experience as a postgraduate student, two-sport collegiate athlete, and roles as a recruiter and coach at the high school, club, and college level to support our students and families during the admissions process.

Carolyn Rea, M.Ed.

Carolyn Rea, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, has been a member of our team since 2010, serving in various administrative, marketing, and advising roles. She has extensive coaching experience at the college, high school and club levels. She holds a M.Ed. in Higher Education Administration from Suffolk University where she currently serves as a career adviser at Suffolk and 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. Carolyn enjoys coaching our students and families through the admissions process.

Ben Wegemer, MBA

Ben Wegemer, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2020. A decorated three-sport high school athlete, Ben was a four-year member of the men’s basketball program at Dickinson College where he graduated with a B.A. in Sociology. He earned his MBA from Bowling Green State University and began a career in student-athlete academic advising that included stops at the University of Minnesota, the University of Nebraska, and the University of Texas-San Antonio. After his time in college athletics, Ben spent five years as the Dean of Academic Affairs and Guidance Counselor at a Catholic high school in Delaware where he guided students through the college application process. Ben is passionate about working with young people as they transition from high school to college, believes strongly in the value of the student-athlete experience, and is excited to use the knowledge gained from his diverse professional background to support our students and families.

Joe Varao

Joe Varao, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2021. With nearly ten years of experience in college admissions and athletic recruitment, Joe most recently served as an Associate Director of Admission at Roger Williams University. In addition to his admission duties at RWU, Joe collaborated with all 23 varsity coaches in support of athletic recruitment, and spent time as Recruiting Coordinator for the Hawks baseball program.  Prior to that, Joe worked in the Office of Admission at Lasell University and as an alumni admission ambassador for The George Washington University. Joe transitioned into higher education from the financial sector, providing client services and managing investment operations at State Street Corporation. He has also coached AAU baseball at the youth and showcase levels, and has extensive special event and career counseling experience. At GW, Joe earned a BBA with concentrations in Marketing and Sport Management while he competed, captained, and coached for the Colonials NCBA baseball program. Joe was a three-year letterman at Boston College High School.

Grace Hurley

Grace Hurley, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2021. She graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from The College of the Holy Cross in the spring of 2020. Grace previously worked with One-on-One College Consulting for her college search and application processes, interned during her years at Holy Cross and later worked as the Special Events and Marketing Coordinator for various events for One-on-One. She was a three-sport varsity athlete in soccer, basketball and tennis at Wakefield Memorial High School (MA). Currently, she works full-time for EMI Strategic Marketing, a marketing consulting agency out of Boston, MA. Grace is excited to use her experience as a One-on-One alumna to help guide students and families through the search and application processes to discover the best college match.

Daniella Iannuzzi

Daniella Iannuzzi, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2021. She graduated from UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management in 2019 with a B.S. in Finance and a minor in Education. While at UMass, she served as the co-president of the UMass Pulse Dance Company and taught a class assisting students with building resumes and preparing them for the job application process. She was the student commencement speaker at graduation where she presented in front of 20,000+ people. Throughout her high school years at Wakefield Memorial High School (MA), she played basketball and was on the the dance team. Currently, she works full-time for Fidelity Investments. Daniella is eager to help students and families find a path that will lead them to success and happiness.

Mary Silvia

Mary Silvia, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2021. A decorated two-sport high school athlete, Mary played Division I basketball at the University of Hartford where she earned Academic All-American honors and graduated with a B.S. in Business Administration. Since 2011 she has worked at SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global community of camps for children living with medical conditions, and currently serves as associate director of SeriousFun’s Partner Programs. She also earned a graduate certificate in Gender, Leadership & Public Policy from UMass Boston’s McCormack Graduate School of Policy and Global Studies. Mary cares deeply about creating opportunities for youth and looks forward to helping students define and discover their own successes.

Jaclyn Lyons

Jaclyn Lyons is our girls’ basketball event manager at One-on-One College Consulting. She is the head girls varsity basketball coach at Milton Academy. A standout player at Reading Memorial High School, Coach Lyons played both Division I and Division II college basketball on an athletic scholarship at the University of New Hampshire and Merrimack College, respectively where she received her B.A. in Graphic Design. In addition to her design/branding expertise, she manages various events for One-on-One, including basketball clinics, skill sessions and the Best of the Best College Basketball Showcase. She is committed to helping all of our event participants reach their true potential.