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I have a passion for helping students find the best colleges for their personal preferences, abilities and potential. I know how overwhelming the college process can be and I am here to ease your anxiety throughout the admissions process. My approach is comprehensive and structured, but always energetic, positive and full of encouragement.


I earned my bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of California, Davis and received my master’s degree in counseling with a credential in high school counseling from Chapman University. My experience includes time as a high school guidance counselor and over eight years as an independent college counselor.  My extensive training in college guidance started with the opportunity to be trained by the guru of college counseling, Don Dunbar of Dunbar Educational Consultants followed by continued professional development on a regular basis. I stay current on college admission trends by reading professional publications daily, attend annual conferences and college fairs. I am an active member of educational consulting associations (National Association for College Admission CounselingRocky Mountain Association for College Admission Counseling and Colorado College Consultants). I am quite literally “in love” with the college planning process! I visit many colleges each year and am eager to share my insights and observations with my families.

In 2014, my husband and I moved to the beautiful mountain foothills west of Denver where I continue helping families. Outside of work, I enjoy being active in the outdoors and spending time with my husband, Troy, our 2 year old daughter Liberty and our four-legged sons, Hamlet & Jesse.

In addition to guiding families through College by Karen, I also have a thriving athletic advisory company focused on rugby players. If you are interested, you can check out

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