Our Team

Tom Pabin

Franchise Owner

Tom is the founder and owner of Class 101. His career as a business owner and college/financial planner has spanned over two decades. In that time, he has helped students and families save millions of dollars on higher education. In Kentucky, Tom has worked with learners from over 70 high schools conducting financial aid workshops, on-on-one college planning, ACT/SAT prep classes, and facilitating visits to universities across the country. Working with students across 16 states and providing direct consultation with over 20 high schools, he’s helped more that 2,200 students find their way to college and significantly improved their scores on over 6,000 tests. In his spare time, Tom enjoys traveling and being involved with his sons’ basketball teams. He is husband to Christie and father of two boys, Matthew and Thomas.

Betsy Filchak

Franchise Owner

Betsy is the co-owner of the Class 101 Lexington location. Betsy comes to college planning after a full career in public education. She has mastered how to tap students’ potential with tailored tactics, thanks to her varied background. Her favorite part of her work is a tie between helping families realize the financial feasibility of college and the summer campus tour down South. Betsy lives in downtown Lexington. Her own children flew the nest for excellent college experiences and are the poster children for “do what you love”. Betsy’s favorite use of free weekends is trips to destinations such as Charleston, South Carolina and Chicago (both great college towns).

Kimberly Steele

College Planner

Kimberly’s first interaction with Class 101 was as a parent. Her son, Brody, was a college planning student of Tom’s Brody headed off to the University of Alabama in 2015-Roll Tide! In, 2016, with an empty nest, Kimberly joined Class 101 as a part-time college planner-spending her day working at Tates Creek Elementary and her evenings working with her high school clients. She loves getting to know her student and being able to join them in their quest for the college that fits them personally and financially. She and her husband love cruises, Disney, Chicago,  and entertaining friends at their home.

Trase Sutton

College Planner

Trase graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in May of 2020 with a Bachelor’s in Business and Engineering Management. He first started helping students navigate the college planning process in August of 2020 when he began working with Williamsburg High School as a College Success Coach. He served the seniors at WHS for three years before moving to Lexington and starting as a College Planner with Class 101. Trase enjoys getting to know his students and matching them with their favorite colleges. He loves to travel with friends and family, and his favorite destination is the beach.

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2039 Regency Road Ste. 8, Lexington, KY 40503

Our Lexington Students Say It Best

I’m extremely thankful to Class 101 for being a part of my college planning experience! Without the guidance of Tom, Betsy, Trase, and a few of the other ACT class leaders, I would not have achieved all the things I had hoped to during my freshman year of high school. They alleviated a great deal of the stressors that come with the college application season, and they do so with extreme care. They truly strive for all their students to reach their goals and become successful, and I’m grateful to say that because of Class 101, I have done that.

Narrah Wilson

The University of Alabama

Where do I even start, Class 101 has been a tremendous help throughout my college application process. From building my resume to crafting my essays, they were always there to answer my questions and offer support. I also want to extend my gratitude to Tom Pabin for taking me under his wing and allowing me to intern at Class 101, where I gained valuable insights into running a franchise business. I can’t thank the team at Class 101 enough for helping me achieve my dream of getting into UIUC. Thank you, Class 101, Tom Pabin, Betsy Filchak, and Trase Sutton, for all your support throughout high school!

Arnav Palle

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Before joining Class 101, my family and I were very lost on the entire college application process. However, after meeting them and working with the organization for the past three years, I truly feel like they helped me find the best version of myself. As I am headed to my dream college in August, I owe so much of my gratitude to the resources and mentorship I have received. Class 101’s unwavering encouragement and support makes this feel like a family. I truly couldn’t be more thankful!

Zoya Abbas

American University

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