Our Team

Karen Lane DeRosa

Owner and College Planner

Karen Lane DeRosa brings proven experience in instruction, communications, and administration to the students and families of Class 101. Karen earned her Bachelor of Science degree, summa cum laude, in communications from Boston University and her Master of Arts degree in communication from the University of Oklahoma. Karen has been an instructor at various colleges including the University of Oklahoma, Miami University, and Sinclair Community College. With a genuine interest in each student’s unique goals, Karen’s passion for teaching and learning translates to every college planning meeting. She also ran a successful communications consulting business, and she enjoys putting her creativity to work for her students. As a parent to four young adults, Karen is intentional in tailoring the Class 101 experience so that each student can own the college planning and application process.

Tony DeRosa

Owner and College Planner

With a Bachelor of Arts degree from Boston University, cum laude, Tony started his career with the United States Navy as an ROTC Midshipman. After serving as a Naval Flight Officer, his last active duty assignment was as the military history instructor and sailing coach for the Navy ROTC unit at Miami University where he also achieved a Master of Arts degree. Following his Navy career, he worked in software sales and sales management for 20 years. Tony’s mission today is to provide families with expert guidance in the college search, admissions, and financial aid process. He specializes in the admissions process for students who are interested in military service, ROTC, and the service academies.

Heather Klasing

College Planner and Essay Coach

Heather Klasing earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Public Administration, cum laude, from Miami University and a Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from the University of Dayton. She began her career as the Chief Law Clerk for the Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas before joining a Dayton law firm. Beginning in 2004, she worked as a contractor for a Cincinnati law firm providing litigation support in class-action product liability matters. Heather joined the Class 101 Dayton OH South team in 2019. She helps students with the essay writing process for applications and scholarships, and she meets individually with students for test prep and college planning as well.

Samantha Conte

College Planner

Samantha Conte holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Dance, magna cum laude, from Ball State University. Since graduating in 2017, Samantha has worked in the dance industry as a professional dancer, first with Mutual Dance Theatre (Formerly Mamluft&Co. Dance), and now Hixon Dance. In addition to performing, she teaches dance at many local studios. Samantha brings her unique experience as a performing arts major to Class 101, and she shares her knowledge of the college search and audition process with students who are interested in the performing arts. She also specializes in our scholarship searches for seniors. Samantha joined the Class 101 Dayton team in 2020, and she is excited to continue exploring her love of teaching in a new way.

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Karen Lane DeRosa

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36 South Richards Run, Springboro, OH 45066

Our Springboro Students Say It Best

Class 101 has been beyond helpful in making the college application and transition process organized and as stress-free as possible! They have introduced me to so many scholarship opportunities of which I have taken full advantage, and have been a guide and resource even beyond college acceptances!


Class of 2021

The great people at Class 101 have given me the opportunity to have one-to-one college planning and ACT prep, helping me prepare for my future. The work they do to help me prepare for what’s truly ahead of me is incredible and is truly personalized to me and to what I am interested in, which makes the whole college planning experience fun and interesting.


Class of 2022

Starting at Class 101 was the best decision I have ever made. I started as a senior and was very lost on my college search. Class 101 helped me get into every college I applied to and kept me on the right track the entire time.


Class of 2021

Class 101 has truly prepared me for the next chapter in my life. Whether I was studying for the ACT, applying for scholarships, or finalizing my college decision, I felt like I was putting myself at a greater advantage to attack my future.


Class of 2021

With the help of Class 101, I was able to raise my ACT score six points.  I followed their advice and visited 10 colleges and found the perfect college for me!  They spent many hours helping with essays and scholarships, and I’m so grateful!  Thank you Class 101 for being such a huge supporter!


Class of 2021

Joining Class 101 was the best decision my parents and I made. Class 101 worked with me to build my resume, apply to college, and make it affordable. Whether it was ACT prep, summer essay sessions, or college and scholarship applications, my Class 101 college planners have always been willing to help me accomplish my goals.


Class of 2021

From my very first meeting with my college planners, they believed in me as I looked at schools all over the country. They became like another family to me. Class 101 was always a place I could go to do my work–applications, essays, research. I honestly don’t think I could have gotten it all done without them!


Class of 2020

Before Class 101, I went into ACT prep not knowing what to do and started with a score of 27. My college planner, Karen, helped me learn how to take the test. I had a goal of 30, but achieved a 32, which helped me receive several scholarships


Class of 2020

I was accepted into the DAAP program majoring in fashion design at the University of Cincinnati. I started working with Karen and Tony in my junior year and could not have asked for two better people to help me with my college choices, ACT help, scholarships, and more! Being a first generation college student in my family, I was lost on where to even start, but Class 101 helped me achieve the dreams I wanted to accomplish.


Class of 2021

My Class 101 experience exceeded my expectations! I could not have asked for more professional, personal, and expert guidance through the entire college admissions process. Everything from high school course selections, resume building, ACT boot camp classes, essay writing, and completing the common app and FASFA forms, Class 101 ensured I met every deadline. They made the admissions process understandable and stress-free for me and for my parents. I truly believe my college acceptances were a direct result of the immense knowledge and experience provided to me by the Class 101 team. Karen and her staff are an absolute pleasure to work with and they genuinely care about each and every one of their students.


Class of 2021

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