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, principal consultant and vice president of operations at 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 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 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.
Lori Sides, admissions coach at One-On-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2018 and specializes in the independent day/boarding school 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 day and boarding schools that best fit them academically, socially and athletically.
Michele Williams, MBA
Michele Williams, operations 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 an MBA from Babson College. Michele worked at Price Waterhouse Coopers, Bank of America and State Street before becoming involved in education. Michele is a part-time reading and math teacher and has experience tutoring college students in organizational and time management skills. Michele specializes in academic success coaching at One-on-One and uses her business and teaching background to help the office run smoothly.
Dina Gentile, PhD
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, admissions coach at One-on-One College Consulting, joined our team in 2020.
Grace Hurley is our special events and marketing coordinator at One-on-One College Consulting. She attends The College of the Holy Cross where she will graduate in the spring of 2020 with a B.A in Psychology. Grace previously worked with One-on-One College Consulting for her college search and application processes and later interned during her years at Holy Cross. She coordinates marketing campaigns and scheduling for various events for One-on-One. Grace is excited to use her experience as a One-on-One alumna and passion for marketing to organize special events for our students and families.
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.