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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Tom Pabin

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2039 Regency Road Ste. 8, Lexington, KY 40503

Our Lexington Students Say It Best


Because of Class 101… wow, I really don’t think I can put it into words. I’m headed to my dream school. I have a resume that I’m proud of. I got my ACT score up. I’ve experienced the impact that positive affirmation can have on an overscheduled and under slept teenager. I understand the research process to find a school that fits for me. I’m not going to fall into the never-ending pit of despair that is student debt. I’m ready for whatever happens next.

I truly am.

Taylor Galavotti - High Point U


My family couldn’t have figured it all out without Betsy, our college planner. She was there for every moment and was a true support system throughout the entire process. She watched me grow and is now a part of our family.

Lauren Weiss - U of Cincinnati

This is the second time my family has worked with Class 101. With my college planner’s help, I was able to improve my grades and write an amazing essay while abroad in Frankfurt, Germany. This made the distance between the two of us negligible, even before social distancing measures were put in place! Without Class 101, I would have been lost within the endless information required for applying to college. Thank you for making this difficult transition year so much more bearable!

Kai Oddo - Centre College

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