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"Your wide ranging knowledge and advice concerning every step of the process made it far easier to find campuses Katie liked. Your involvement allowed us to step back and let her act in her own interest. With your involvement, all of us were more confident. You helped her select a college that fits her talents, interests and personality."

- Naomi Gerstel
Northampton, Ma

Our students and families enjoy a personal relationship with a team of coaches that is specifically matched to their individual needs.

The College Advisor of New England, Inc. is the longest operating full-time, comprehensive college counseling program in Western Massachusetts.  We have been providing personalized college admissions and financial aid counseling services since 1994. We have offices in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts and our New York office, The College Advisor of New York (an independent affiliate), in Albany.  Our network includes independent college counselors, Admissions and Financial Aid Deans, and other academic resources located throughout New England and the United States. We are able to provide our clients with a range of resources and expertise that is rarely found in one relationship. The professionals in our network include former Directors of College Planning for private high schools and Admissions and Financial Aid Counselors from a broad range of colleges and universities.

Adam Metsch, CEP

Photo of Adam MetschFounder, Adam Metsch, has been recognized by higher education leaders as one of the most professionally knowledgeable and effective independent college counselors in the United States.

"I would rank Adam’s skills and commitment to students in the top 2% of private counselors in the United States."
    - Don Bishop, Senior Leader of Enrollment for five universites in the past 33 years: Ohio Wesleyan, Cornell School of Hotel Administration (world's # 1 school for Hospitality Management--the worlds largest industry), Creighton University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University (#1 in the world in aerospace engineering and aviation), and currently at the University of Notre Dame (# 1 in the world Catholic University)

Adam has personally coached over 1,000 students and families through the college selection and financial aid process, successfully helping them reach their goals with greater predictability and more confidence.  His students have been accepted into schools across every range of selectivity.

Adam holds the title of Certified Educational Planner, distinguishing him as having the highest level of competency, commitment and ethics in our profession. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the New England Association for College Admission Counseling, and has been on the Board of Directors for the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA), a 1000+ member, international organization comprised of the top qualified educational consultants in the profession. Membership in these organizations requires strict adherence to ethical codes, and IECA requires consistent annual visits to college campuses. To date, Adam has participated in 300+ in-depth campus tours and has met with admissions and financial aid Deans across the country.  As an IECA Committee Chair, Adam helped foster responsible relationships between independent counselors and college and university admissions offices. He has completed College Board certified training on admissions and financial aid advanced studies.  He has appeared and has published articles in local media such as ABC40 News, CBS3 News, and has been quoted in publications including the NY Times, Boston Globe and Career & College magazine.  Adam has conducted presentations at regional and national conferences for NEACAC and IECA.  His team regularly speaks about college planning for parent/student organizations and employee groups.  Adam conducts continuing education workshops for Certified Public Accountants, Financial Planners and Guidance Counselors such as the CPE Forum throughout New England and New York State. 

The College Advisor of New England developed a pilot program called Springfield First which provided pro bono services to under-served students. Adam is a member and past Ambassador of the Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce, and has served on the Board for the Kiwanis of Springfield.  He lives in Springfield with his wife and two daughters.

Maggie Watson

Maggie holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Allegheny College. Her specialty is essay critique and resume development. Maggie has worked in the field of higher education administration for 19 years and 2 years in corporate human resources. She also managed the recruiting and admissions processes in the graduate admissions office of the Harvard University School of Public Health.

Dr. Dean Skarlis

Photo of Dr. Dean SkarlisDean has 19 years experience in higher education, including 6 years as a Consultant at American College Testing (ACT) and 9 years as an administrator and instructor at Duquesne University and the University of Pittsburgh. A passionate student advocate, Dean has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from Allegheny College, an M.A. in Psychology from Duquesne University, and a Doctorate in Educational Policy and Administration from the University of Pittsburgh. Dean also holds a certificate from the Harvard University Institute on College Admissions. His research has focused on quality teaching and learning, retention, and program design at four-year colleges. He is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counseling, as well as an Associate Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association.

Dr. Skarlis has conducted presentations for thousands of students, parents, faculty, and administrators at more than 200 colleges, universities, and high schools across the United States. He has also been a featured speaker and trainer for hundreds of financial planners and Certified Public Accountants on the intricacies of college financial aid. He has been a featured guest on Capital News Nine’s “9 on Parenting” segment which is broadcasted across upstate New York.

Nationally, he has appeared on ABC World News. Locally, he has been a featured guest and member of the "Answers Team" on CBS 6 WRGB TV, WTEN TV, Fox 23 News, and the YNN – Channel 9 "Family Living" segment which is broadcast across upstate New York. He has been quoted in several local and national publications including an article in The Washington Post entitled, "The Dirty Little Secrets of College Admissions," The New York Post, The Times Union, The Associated Press, TheStreet.Com, and Capital Region Living Magazine, as well as The Portable Guidance Counselor, a book about the college admissions process published by The Princeton Review in 2010.

Laura Lucarelle

Photo of LauraLaura Lucarelle has been working for the College Advisor of New England since 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Marist College, a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Rider University and is a licensed Guidance Counselor for grades K-12. She has worked at Springfield College as an Admission Counselor where some of her responsibilities included visiting high schools in the area to speak to juniors and seniors about the college admission process, reviewing college applications and conducting college admission interviews with high school students and their parents.  Laura also has worked as a public school high school Guidance Counselor where she provided academic and social/emotional support to students. Additionally, she provided seminars to students which covered career exploration, the college application process and financial aid basics.  Due to her extensive professional counseling background with high school students, Laura prides herself on knowing what the college admission process is like “on both sides of the table.” She has provided independent student counseling for 12 years combined.

Laura is passionate about her work, and says “My favorite part about helping students is developing a personal relationship with them and their parents”.  She knows them as individuals and feels personally vested in their transitions to college.  Laura lives in Wilbraham, Massachusetts with her husband and 4 children.

R.E. Lorenzo

Lorenzo has 14 years of experience in college admissions, enrollment management and higher education recruitment.  His background includes being the Associate Dean of Admissions at Hampshire College, Assistant Director of Admissions at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and Director of Upward Bound (a college preparatory program for high school students) at Holyoke Community College.  Lorenzo's experience has given him a distinct understanding of the inner workings of admissions and financial aid at large public universities, private independent liberal arts colleges, and 2 year community colleges. Lorenzo has been recognized for his ability to connect well with a broad range of students as they plan for and transition into the best college fit. 

Lorenzo also served as the Vice President of Operations, and Head of the Higher Education Division for a 15 million dollar/year marketing communications agency with offices in the northeast and Latin America. He advised colleges and universities in strategically identifying and reaching untapped student markets, while increasing enrollment. 

Lorenzo’s broad background gives him keen insights, which he uses to passionately help families make clear sense of college admissions and financial aid, and be well positioned for a happy, successful outcome.

Lorenzo has conducted national workshops and presentations for industry leaders on the challenges and opportunities of reaching, communicating with, and retaining students of color.  In addition, his work has been featured in industry leading publication such as The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education.  He also developed workshops for teens to better help define themselves and how their interests are portrayed in the college admissions process. Lorenzo is a proud alumnus of Northfield Mount Hermon School; holds a BA in psychology from Wheaton College in Massachusetts, and did his graduate work in Higher Education Administration at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.

Lauren Cusson

Photo of Lauren CussonLearning, and helping young people excel are at the heart of Lauren's work. Her experience in college higher education administration began at Western New England University where she worked in the Residence Life department and served on several University committees. She understands what makes college a home, and has a passion for helping young people make the most of their college experience. Lauren holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications and Humanities from Western New England University and a Master's in Communications and Information Management from Bay Path College. She graduated from both degree programs with Magna Cum Laude honors while also having participated in two study abroad programs in England and Spain.

Lauren has been a client service specialist and personnel trainer for MassMutual Financial Group in the company's Executive Benefits department. These positions honed her skills in helping people be at ease during potentially stressful decision-making processes. Lauren is also involved with the "Career Pathways" program through Big Brothers Big Sisters and enjoys spending time with her "little sister". She also volunteers for the Academic Achiever's "Building Your Future Conference" to further the college success of local high schools' top achievers.

Patricia Tresoline

Patty is our office administrator, and a helpful voice you will often connect with when scheduling and arranging other logistics about your student's process. She is always happy to answer your initial questions, or connect you with the appropriate counselor. Patty comes to us with 17+ years as an administrative assistant for a Fortune 100 company.