Kristen received her Independent Educational Consultant Certificate from UC Irvine, and is a member of NACAC (National Association of College Admissions Counseling), the HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association) and PACCC (Portland Area College Counselors Consortium).
She continues to be a "student of colleges," visiting 25-30 colleges a year, meeting with college admissions staff as they travel through Portland, and keeping up-to-date on college offerings and programs. Choosing to go and where to go to college is likely one of the biggest decisions and investments parents and their student will make. Kristen recognizes that not only do colleges need to be a good academic, social, and emotional fit, but families also need to consider the cost over the entire college experience and how that cost will be paid.
Once good-fit colleges are found, Kristen helps students market themselves to those colleges, increasing the odds of a great and reciprocal match. In her free time, Kristen volunteers at Lincoln High School as an Aspire Mentor and as a member of the Doernbecher Friends Board.