Franchise Locations
Blackwater Area Florida Office
705 Ashley Drive
Crestview, FL 32536
(850) 634-0104
(850) 634-0103

Boise-Meridian Idaho Office
Boise/Meridian, ID
(208) 297-6275

Central Arkansas Office
21941 Interstate 30 Suite 27
Bryant, AR 72022

Central Indiana Office
309 E. Winslow Rd. Bloomington, IN 47401 (812)-320-3702

Central Kentucky Office

Chesapeake Virginia Office
1021 Eden Way N. Suite 116 Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 251-0417

Chattanooga Tennessee Office
739 Ashland Terrace, Suite 110 Chattanooga, TN 37415 (423)-822-2191

Citrus Heights California Office
Citrus Heights, CA 95610
(916) 347-0048

Cleveland Ohio Southeast Office
Cleveland, OH
10611 East Washington Street Chagrin Falls, Ohio 44023 (216) 404-7777

Conejo Valley California Office
Conejo Valley, CA
(805) 380-3302

Cypress Texas Office
16718 House Hahl Road
Suite S
Cypress, TX 77433
(281) 758-8533

Dayton Ohio South Office
Dayton, OH
(937) 705-5113

Doral Florida Office
Doral, FL
(954) 599-3116

Douglas County Colorado Office
Castle Pines, CO
(720) 767-3101

East Hillsborough County FL
Tampa, FL 33527
(813) 524-0686

Eastern Kentucky Office
Berea, KY 40403
(859) 779-2395

Encinitas California Office
Encinitas, CA 40403
(858) 349-6076

Franklin Tennessee Office
Franklin, TN
(615) 497-5886

Grand Prairie Texas Office
3200 S. Carrier Parkway Suite 102 Grand Prairie, TX 75052 (972) 675-7899

Greater Austin Texas Office
Austin, TX
(512) 677-6644

Greater Rochester New York Office
Rochester, NY

600 Fishers Station Drive
Suite 101
Victor, NY 14564
(585) 632-0101

2480 Browncroft Blvd.
Suite 206
Penfield, NY 14625
(585) 632-0101

129 South Union Street
Suite B
Spencerport, NY 14559
(585) 632-0101

Katy Texas Office
Katy, TX 77494
1526 Katy Gap Road Suite 903 Katy, TX 77494 (281) 406-3004

Lafayette Louisiana Office
Lafayette, LA
537 Cajun Dome Blvd., Ste. 111 Lafayette, LA 70506 (337) 739-5350

Lexington Kentucky Office
2039 Regency Rd.
Suite 8
Lexington, KY 40503
(859) 277-2371

Louisville Kentucky Northeast Office
Louisville, KY
9850 Von Allmen Court, Suite 201
Louisville, KY 40241
(502) 338-7723

Memphis Midsouth Tennessee Office
Memphis, TN
(901) 652-9093
(901) 410-3117

Mesa-Gilbert Arizona Office
Mesa-Gilbert, AZ
2929 N. Power Road, Suite 101
Mesa, AZ 85215
(480) 428-0101

Mobile Alabama Office
Mobile, AL
(251) 450-8141

Monmouth County NJ Office
1731 Union Ave., Suite B
Hazlet, NJ 07730
(732) 835-5110

NJ Bergen West Office
Bergen, NJ
(201) 781-5673

Tennessee Office

40 Burton Hills Boulevard, Suite 200
Nashville, TN
(615) 656-7071

Norman Oklahoma Office
Norman, OK
(405) 346-8393

Northeast Cincinnati Office
7967 Cincinnati Dayton Road, Suite K-1
West Chester, OH
Lisa Williamson
Athaviya Maricar

Pittsburgh Pennsylvania East Office
Pittsburgh, PA
(724) 221-3223

Round Rock Texas
Round Rock, TX
(512) 900-6610

Savannah Georgia Office
Savannah, GA
(912) 303-7600

Southeastern Pennsylvania Office
1044 Lincoln Avenue
Prospect Park, PA 19076
(484) 494-0179

Southwest Missouri Office
1740 S. Glenstone Avenue Unit O
Southwest Missouri
(417) 708-5650

Sugar Land Texas Office
104 Industrial Blvd, Suite 205
Sugar Land, TX
(832) 500-3560

Treasure Coast Florida Office
850 NW Federal Highway
Suite 165
Stuart, FL
(772) 247-2716

Tupelo Mississippi Office
Tupelo, MS
398 E. Main Suite 201 Tupelo, MS 38804 (662) 321-1679

West St. Louis County MO Office
15457 Clayton Road St. Louis, MO 63011 (636) 299-1944

West Tennessee Office
West Tennessee
47 A Murray Guard Dr. Jackson, TN 38305 (731) 868-4688

Westerville Ohio Office
5901 Chandler Ct.
Westerville, OH 43082
(614) 942-0247

Wilmington, North Carolina Office
890 S. Kerr Ave.
Wilmington, NC 28403
(910) 200-4719


Our Team

Tom Pabin, President/Founder
Tom is the founder and owner of Class 101. His career as a business owner and college/financial planner has spanned almost 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, one-on-one college planning, ACT/SAT prep classes, and facilitating visits to universities across the country. Working with students across 16 states and doing direct consultation with over 20 high schools, he’s helped more than 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.

Kim Stegemoller, Bloomington Indiana Franchise OwnerKim Stegemoller, Franchise Owner, Bloomington, Indiana Office
Kim Stegemoller is a leader with a proven track record of outstanding achievement through personal initiative, creativity, and the ability to motivate and lead high school students. Kim’s years of experience in the publishing industry brings excellent writing, organizational, and communication skills to our students. She has a Bachelor of Science from Purdue University in Computer Information Systems.


Kim pursued Class 101 as a franchise owner following an entire year of helping her first child, Alyssa; affordably enroll into the University of her Choice. After Alyssa received multiple significant academic scholarships from highly respected Universities, she settled on her first choice. Even though Kim successfully helped her daughter with her application process she realized that there were even more scholarship opportunities. Kim has a vision of helping families fulfill their educational and financial goals by executing individualized strategic plans for each high school student.

Kim is actively involved in her church’s youth ministry program. She and her husband, Randy, have 3 children Alyssa, Danielle, and Harrison.

Randy Stegemoller, Bloomington Indiana Franchise OwnerRandy Stegemoller, Franchise Owner, Bloomington, Indiana Office
Randy Stegemoller is a leader in the college admissions and planning marketplace, and owner of Class 101, College Finance & Planning. Randy has appeared on “Your Money” with David Hays on WGCL 1370 and is an active member of the Indiana College Success Coalition. Mr. Stegemoller’s mission is to provide families with expert guidance in the college search, admissions, and financial aid process. Randy helps high school students identify their college goals as well as support them in the steps necessary to achieve those goals in a cost-effective manner. Randy also is responsible for keeping students up to date with our Twitter Feeds @MyClass_101.


Following his undergraduate studies in Biology & Chemistry at Olivet Nazarene University, Mr. Stegemoller began his career in business by launching and leading three successful companies. During his graduate work in Strategic Planning at the University of Notre Dame, he led several highly specialized sales teams in a Fortune 500 company.

Mr. Stegemoller’s passion for building success in others, has been what has led him to start Class 101 in Indiana with his wife, Kim Stegemoller. Randy and Kim have been blessed with a wonderful family made up of three great children; Alyssa, Danielle, and Harrison. Randy finds his time away from work on the golf course enjoying the great outdoors.

Amy Nixon, Franchise Owner, Boise/Meridian, ID Office

Amy Nixon is the owner of Class 101 Boise Meridian. A lifelong resident of Idaho, Amy is excited to bring Class 101 and its proven methods to the Boise Meridian community.

Amy received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and an Master in Health Sciences from Boise State University. Her nursing career has always focused on children and she has worked as a Pediatric nurse, a Neonatal nurse and a school nurse. Amy made the decision to make a career change, but she knew that she still wanted to be a positive force in the lives of children and young people. Amy’s research led her to Class 101 and she soon realized that her philosophies aligned with theirs and that she could continue to make a difference for students and their families through college planning.

Amy and her husband, Craig, are the parents of Julia and Cooper-both accomplished athletes who will soon begin their own college search.




Laura Weitenhagen, Franchise Owner, Castle Pines, CO Office

Laura Weitenhagen is the owner of Class 101 Castle Pines, CO. She has always found herself in positions and careers where she has brought the highest level of caring to her clients and customers and she understands the importance of providing an environment of trust and quality through her services.

Laura earned her degree in History from Santa Rosa Junior College. She has served as a patient navigator at Stanford Health Care and through her work at Children’s Hospital Colorado. She also volunteers her time as a Girl Scout leader.

Laura sees the need to help students and families navigate the college planning process and she is excited to bring Class 101’s proven methods to the Douglas County community.




Steve Shishani, Franchise Owner, Citrus Heights, CA Office

A career as an electrical engineer is certainly not the most direct path to becoming a college advisor, but that’s just what happened to Steve Shishani, who recently opened Class 101’s newest location in Citrus Heights, CA.  Two of Steve’s children have successfully navigated the college planning process with Steve’s help, and it was this experience that demonstrated to him how important outside help can be.

He found that Class 101 was providing these vital services to students across the country, and Steve made the decision to open a Class 101 location and be that resource to students in his community.  Additionally, Steve has had experience at the college level, both as a faculty member and as an administrator so he has seen first had the importance of proper college planning for incoming college freshmen.

Steve is excited about this new chapter in his own life and is looking forward to helping the students in his community with every aspect of college planning as they discover options for their own futures.




Andrew and Jackie Zahuranec, Franchise Owners, Cleveland, Ohio Office

Early in life, Andrew Zahuranec discovered a passion for manufacturing that led him to study Industrial Engineering at the University of Toledo with a concentration in Manufacturing Engineering. After college, he pursued his passion by starting a manufacturing company. Starting humbly with one man and one machine, the company grew into a multi-million-dollar business. For more than 30 years he lived his dream of running a successful company known for high-quality products.

Andrew’s success depended on his ability to identify talent and organize people. As part of his profession, Andrew was very involved in human resources and workforce management. He interviewed many job applicants, both young and old, and realized that few applicants had a clear career path and not many knew what they wanted to do long-term. He joined Class 101 to help young people find their passion and eventually succeed in the workplace.

Jacqueline “Jackie” Zahuranec always had dreams of doing her part to help other people reach their potential. After attaining a Bachelor of Science from Indiana University in Physical Education with an emphasis in coaching, she became a certified teacher. While raising their four children, Jackie volunteered as a substitute teacher and was active in school fundraising programs.

After coaching the Junior Varsity girl’s high school tennis team for several years, Jackie became the Assistant Varsity Coach. Under her guidance, she has taken student-athletes to play in state-level tournaments and competitions.  Jackie has also stayed active in tennis by captaining many adult level tennis teams. As a member and an employee of a local tennis club, she continues to work on various fundraisers. She is proud to have helped raise more than $16,000 for their annual Susan G. Komen “Rally for the Cure.”

Andrew and Jackie Zahuranec have been married for over 27 years. In their free time, they enjoy playing competitive tennis together and traveling, especially with their children.

After successfully helping guide their four children into college, Jackie and Andrew know they have a unique perspective that can help families with the college search, admissions, and financial aid process. They acquired a Class 101 franchise to make the process less stressful for both students and their families. With so many career options available, students need to be exposed to achieving their full potential and finding a fulfilling vocation that will make them happy later in life. They both believe learning never ends, but is an adventure one takes for a lifetime.


Debbie Crumrine, Franchise Owner, Columbus, Ohio Office
Debbie and her husband have been in the insurance business for over 20 years.  When her first of her four children began high school, she realized the importance of college planning.  As a Westerville Ohio GEM (Great Educator Mentor) Award recipient, she knew that helping young people was her passion.  When the opportunity to purchase a Class 101 franchise in Columbus, Ohio became available in 2008, she knew it would be the perfect fit to maintain her mentorship role.

Debbie has been married to her husband, Tom, for 20 years.  Together, they have four children; Trey, 18, Taylor, 16, Talia, 13, and Tyra, 10.


Veronica RivasVeronica Rivas, Franchise Owner, Doral, Florida Office
Veronica was combining her job as an operations manager at Athena Insurance Group with her passion for education, tutoring children in ESOL and Spanish in her birth country (Spain), in her free time she was a translator for a non-profit organization (Plan Internacional Espana) until she moved 4 years ago to Florida.

She became a Class 101 franchisee after helping her daughter navigate the complex college application process. Veronica found that Class 101 was the perfect combination that included her passion for helping students and her years of experience as an operations manager. She wants to help students in her community and also help international students that would like to study in an American school.

She has a Master in Education from Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (Spain) and she is accredited as a Spanish teacher in Florida where she lives with her children, Xana and Martin.

Kim GardnerKim Gardner,  Franchise Owner, Eastern Kentucky Office
For the past 13 years, Kim has worked with students, parents and teachers nationwide, throughout Appalachia and in Eastern Kentucky to provide resources for students to be successful in college. Prior to coming to My Class 101, Kim was the Program Director for the Appalachian College Association working with faculty and students in 36 small liberal arts colleges in five states throughout Central Appalachia. Kim has also has experience working with students, parents and teachers through her work with the Berea College GEAR UP Partnership and the Center for Parent Leadership at the Prichard Committee. Kim has earned an undergraduate degree in Organizational Communication from Western Kentucky University and a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Development and Leadership from Gonzaga University. Kim enjoys working with students and their families in order to provide the resources necessary for students to achieve their dreams. Kim lives in Berea, KY with her husband Curt and her two children Abby and Eliot.

Chris Gallagher,  Franchise Owner, Encinitas, California Office

Chris Gallagher has increased our presence on the West Coast with the opening of his Class 101 location in Encinitas, California. After a career in academia, he is excited to be moving into the area of college planning.

Chris earned a B.A. in Communication and Journalism from San Diego State University, a graduate certificate in paralegal studies from the University of San Diego, and an M.A. in Education from Alliant International University. Additionally, he has published a textbook on English writing structure.

Chris has been a professor at multiple universities in the San Diego area, including the University of San Diego California. Therefore, he has personally experienced the preparedness of incoming university students, and he recognizes the academic and personal expectations of these students. As a result, he is enthusiastic about providing proper college planning in an endeavor to determine the most appropriate collegial experience for his clients. Chris believes that the proven methods of Class 101 illuminate the path to the attainment of this goal.

Karen Feamster, Franchise Owner, Franklin, Tennessee Office
Karen Feamster has been a leader with students of all ages for the past 30 years.  She has a Master of Science in Accounting from the University of Kentucky, and holds an active CPA license in the State of Tennessee.  She worked as an auditor in the Comptroller’s Office for 10 years before stepping down to care for her young family.  Her true love has been working with students and encouraging them to pursue their dreams.  She has worked with children’s choirs at Calvary UMC and her home church of Franklin FUMC, taught Sunday School, mentored youth through confirmation, and lead teams on mission trips.  She has been active as a Girl Scout and Girl Scout Leader for over 25 years.  She currently leads a community troop of 20 girls who are passionate about community service and outdoor adventures.  Both of Karen’s daughters  were clients of Tom Pabin’s during their college search, and as a very satisfied customer, Karen is excited to bring the Class 101 franchise to Tennessee.  Karen lives in Franklin, TN with her husband Mike, four dogs, and two daughters, Shannon and Laura Catherine.


Gina and Mary Gaddy, Franchise Owners, Greater Austin, Texas Office

Gina Gaddy recently retired from a twenty-three-year career in law enforcement. Gina’s background includes investigations; training and neighborhood-based policing with an emphasis on reducing crime and keeping children involved in the community. When deciding on a second career, Gina wanted to continue providing a service to her community and after struggling through her daughter’s college planning process she started looking for ways to make the journey better for her sons and other students. She has a passion for helping today’s youth and believes that through proper planning, she can help improve students success rates as well as reduce the cost of college for their parents. Her mission is to make sure all students have every opportunity to develop into that extraordinary person inside all of them.

Mary Gaddy has a degree in Business Administration and a background in financial services, customer service, credit and collections. While a director of operations and as a manager, she spent a lot of her personal time mentoring young adults with their professional careers as well as in their personal lives.

She also has spent numerous hours supporting her children and their friends with school and activities. Mary understands the importance of education and wants every student to have the ability to become successful.

As the owners of Class 101 Greater Austin, Gina and Mary work with students and their families to give each student the best opportunity at achieving their college goals by assessing the student’s passions and the affordability of their college choices. They then develop a plan that helps students maximize their college years while minimizing the financial impact to them and their families.





Wael Ibrahim, Franchise Owner, Irvine, California Office

Wael Ibrahim is the owner of Class 101-Irvine, where his mission is to help students and families navigate the complex steps leading to successful and affordable college admission. For the past 20 years, Class 101, as the national leader in college planning, has helped over 3,100 students earn over $136,336,000 in scholarships, study and prepare over 8,000 ACT/SAT tests and attend over 300 colleges around the world. In Irvine, Wael works with students conducting one-on-one college planning, preparation for standardized tests, facilitating visits to universities across the country and conducting financial aid workshops for families.

Wael earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Civil Engineering from Cal State University and is a practicing Civil Engineer. Wael helped his daughter with her college planning search and in the process discovered a calling to help other young people with this process. He has served as a youth basketball coach for many years, coaching both boys and girls from first through eighth grade. He is excited to bring Class 101’s proven methods to the Irvine community.



Tejal Mamtora, Franchise Owner, Katy, Texas Office

Tejal Mamtora is the owner of Class 101-Katy, where her mission is to help students and families navigate the complex steps leading to successful and affordable college admission. Class 101, a 19-year-old company, has helped over 3,100 students earn over $136,336,000 in scholarships, study and prepare over 8,000 ACT/SAT tests and attend over 300 colleges around the world. In Katy, Tejal works with students conducting one-on-one college planning, preparation for standardized tests, facilitating visits to universities across the country and conducting financial aid workshops for families.

Tejal earned her Bachelor of Commerce Degree in accounting and finance from the University of Bombay, India. After a successful career as an accountant and auditor, Tejal made a direction change and felt called to help students and families through the college planning process. She is excited to bring Class 101’s proven methods to the Katy community. Tejal and her husband, Ashok, are the parents of two boys who will soon begin the college planning process themselves.



Jason Williams Lafayette LAJason Williams, Franchise Owner, Lafayette, Louisiana Office
Jason Williams, originally from Shreveport, LA is acutely aware of the importance of education. He earned a Bachelors of Science Degree with a minor in English from University of South Louisiana, which is now University of Louisiana at Lafayette, received an Associates Degree from Delta College of Arts and Technology in Nursing and holds credentials as a Nationally Licensed Registered Polysomnography Technician. He continues to encourage his children to pursue their educational dreams. Jason enjoys spending time with his boys and sharing his love of education and golf.

Through a series of fortunate divine circumstances, Jason became aware of Class 101 and its goals for making a difference in children’s lives. With one child yet to go to college and many nieces, nephews and friends with High School children, he sees the immediate need for a program like Class 101 in Lafayette, which assists students in preparing for college in addition to shedding the light on some of the ways to help make it more affordable for parents.

Adrienne Jordan, Franchise Owner, Lafayette, Louisiana Office
Adrienne Jordan-LeBean is a resident of Lafayette, LA where she lives with four of her five children. While Bryan “Anthony” Jr. has been attending LSU, Jasmine, Arielle, Jaden and Laila aspire to follow their brother’s footsteps.
Education is the number one priority in Adrienne’s household. She acquired an Associate in Nursing Degree at Louisiana State University in Eunice. For the last 18 ½ years, Adrienne worked as a nurse manager/administrator of a community clinic in North Lafayette.

When Anthony made a 32 on his ACT but only received TOPS and a small work-study grant, there was still a moderate amount to pay. Adrienne quickly started to research assistance for Jasmine but was left overwhelmed and frustrated. She found Class 101 and realized that by bringing Class 101’s services to Lafayette and the surrounding area families, they could overcome some of the frustrations she had.

Donna Hill, Franchise Owner, Little Rock, Arkansas Office
Donna Hill has been involved in education for the past 30 years. She earned a Masters degree in Professional and Technical Writing while homeschooling her five children. Upon completing that degree, she became an English faculty member at College of the Ouachitas and was eventually promoted to Vice President of Student Affairs. A true lifelong learner, she earned a second Masters degree in Higher Education Leadership and hopes one day to earn a doctorate in education.

Through her experiences at the college, Donna became a statewide advocate for student success, both at the high school and the college level. She received a Developmental Education Specialist Certificate from Appalachian State University and works diligently to help students test out of remedial courses in college. Donna believes that given the right tools, all students can achieve success.

Dennis Brown, Franchise Owner, Louisville, Kentucky Office
Dennis Brown is keenly aware of the steps needed to reach goals and brings his expertise and experience from his background as an accountant and executive with Brown Forman to his role as a college planner. From ACT Prep, to creating college lists, to conducting financial aid workshops, he works with students and families to help them maneuver the entire college planning process. Dennis earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Business and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Kentucky Wesleyan College. Dennis lives in Crestwood, KY with his wife Debbie and their two children, J.D. and Erin.




Jeanne Miller, Franchise Owner, Louisville Southeast, Kentucky Office

Jeanne is the owner of Class 101 Louisville/SE, where her mission is to help students and families navigate the complex process leading to successful and affordable college admission. Jeanne holds a B.A. in Public Relations/Communications from the University of Kentucky and is completing her Masters in Educational Leadership from the University of Dayton. She received her certification in professional facilitation from DePaul University in Chicago, Illinois.

Jeanne has an extensive background in educational leadership. Prior to college planning, she served as President and administrator of a private school in Lexington, Kentucky. Jeanne has worked with elementary, middle and high school students in a variety of capacities. She was the lead and mentor for a student leadership forum at a Lexington high school and has facilitated multiple training programs for high school students across Central Kentucky.

Jeanne’s experience in brand marketing translates effectively into the field of college planning. Every student has a brand and Jeanne ensures that the development and presentation of that brand is marketable to multiple colleges and universities. Her mission is to make the college planning and selection as stress-free as possible for families by navigating the search and admissions process and coaching on ACT/PSAT testing. The assistance provided to families on managing financial aid applications and deadlines along with identifying scholarship opportunities result in making college more affordable.

Jeanne volunteers for several community service organizations including First Generation Women Achievers, assisting women who are first in their families to achieve a college education. She and her husband, Jonathan, have three children who have already or are going through the college search process.




Shawn Coats, M.Ed., Franchise Owner, Mesa-Gilbert, AZ Office

Shawn Coats is a Class 101 Certified College Planner with a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Grand Canyon University. As an undergraduate at the University of San Diego, Shawn earned a graduate level Paralegal Certification in Business and Real Estate Law, a B.A. in Political Science, and a minor in Educational Leadership.

For the last seven years, Shawn worked as a high school Assistant Principal creating individualized educational career action plans and has guided over 1100 students with their postsecondary planning. She firmly believes there is immeasurable value in mentoring high school students with their college process. Not only does mentoring the student help parents maintain their relationship with their child, but it also saves them money through increasing scholarship awards and avoids students selecting a university that does not fit their interest.

Passionate about helping young adults plan for their future, Shawn volunteers on scholarship committees and participates in several community service organizations all while raising three very active teenagers with her husband.

While helping her oldest son navigate the college admission process, several other families reached out to Shawn for advice. This prompted her to research college planning services, and after an entire year of exploration, she purchased a Class 101 franchise because they offer the most comprehensive college planning services at a price point a family can easily afford.






Hollie HoltHollie Holt, Franchise Owner, Nashville, Tennessee Office
Hollie Holt joins Class 101 after a successful career in post secondary education. She has worked directly with aspiring entrepreneurs and business students and she has seen first hand the importance of proper college planning. Hollie earned her undergraduate degree in Communications from the University of Tennessee at Martin. She has worked with young people in many different capacities including scholarship committees and service organizations. She was the Director of the UT Martin School of Business Internship program where she helped college students find internships that provided a jump start on their careers. She enjoys working with young people and helping them reach their goals by selecting the right major, increasing their testing scores, and finding the right college choices for them.


Over a period of years Hollie helped her own kids prepare for college by working on their grades, trying to increase ACT test scores, researching majors, visiting schools, completing applications, filling out financial aid forms, writing essays, and trying to get scholarships, while working and raising a family at the same time. She knew there were other parents who needed help working through the college process like she had, and when she found Class 101 she knew that it was the answer to help parents with getting their kids into college. So much so, that she joined the company.

Hollie and her husband, Steve, are the parents of four children, Cole, Carlie, Harrison and Evan.

Rennie Cook, Franchise Owner, Norman, Oklahoma Office

Rennie recognizes the importance and value of education and it has been a driving force throughout his entire professional career.

Rennie earned his B.S. and M.Ed. degree in Education from the University of Oklahoma, where he previously served as the Director of Prospective Student Services. Rennie’s experience at the college level allowed him to see first hand the need for individualized, focused college advising for today’s high school youth. Along with Class 101, he is the owner of Triumph Team, an international executive and leadership consulting firm.

Rennie and his wife, Stacy, are the parents of two daughters, Ainsley and Evelynn.

John Izzo, Franchise Owner, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania Office

John Izzo has spent his career in education and now brings that expertise to his role as a Certified College Planner. John earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology from Westminster College and his Master’s degree in School Counseling from Youngstown State University. John has worked as a School Guidance Counselor and has served as Director of Instruction and Advisement for EdisonLearning, Inc. He know first hand what is involved in the college planning process.

“As a school counselor, I realized there was little time spent on preparing high school students for college and career planning. Choosing colleges should be an exciting time but families oftentimes find it intimidating and stressful” says John.

“Class 101 helps students and parents take the steps to make this process exciting again. By helping students with career planning, college list creation, test prep, campus visits, scholarships, financial planning and walking them through the application process, students will have all the tools to reach their fullest potential.”

John is excited to be a part of each student’s journey and is pleased to be bringing the proven system of Class 101 to the Pittsburgh community.

Tim Shanahan, Franchise Owner, Rochester, NY Office

Tim Shanahan is the owner of Class 101-Rochester NY. He became a college planner following a twenty-three-year career as a criminal investigator for the federal government. Although his main career was in law-enforcement, education has been a large part of Tim’s life for many years.   He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Notre Dame, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the State University of New York at Brockport and is currently working on his PhD from the Indiana Institute of Technology. In addition, Tim has served as a part time adjunct college professor in the Rochester NY area since 2005.

In December 2010 Tim discovered his passion for college planning when he began assisting the oldest of his three sons explore his college future. After hundreds of hours of research and dozens of college visits, Tim realized that he loved the entire process of helping others pursue their college dreams. He continued the same process with his younger sons, helping all three obtain full tuition scholarships (and one child a full cost of attendance scholarship worth more than $260,000) to three different colleges (two private universities and one major state university). While Tim is aware that much of the credit belongs to the hard work and determination of his children, he also knows that proper planning and guidance helped him and his wife send their three children to the colleges of their choice without paying one penny in tuition.

When deciding on a second career, Tim knew he wanted to help high school students find the right college for them at the right price for their parents. Tim’s research led him to the proven systems and success of Class 101, and he knew that he had found the company where he could best help others obtain their college dreams.






Janese and Philip Cooper, Franchise Owners, Savannah, Georgia Office

Philip (Tony) Cooper is the owner of Class 101-Savannah. Along with his wife, Janese, they have been instrumental in improving the lives of young people in their community. Philip has served on the board of the Frank Callen Boys and Girls Club of Savannah since 2002 and has held the position of board chair. He also serves as an assistant basketball coach at New Hampstead High School. Janese has been a Kumon instructor since 2007 and has also served as the Finance Officer of the Chatham Savannah Youth Futures Authority.

Philip and Janese see the need for college planning in their community and by bringing Class 101 to Savannah they can help high school students get into better colleges and qualify for higher amounts of scholarships and financial aid. They recognize that the college application process is complicated, competitive and stressful, resulting in students who don’t get enough, or any, financial aid and often end up at the wrong school. Philip and Janese are prepared to help students and families go through the college planning process using the proven methods of Class 101. The Coopers are the parents of two teenagers, both headed to college in a few years.



Lisa Olsen, Franchise Owner, Southeastern PA Office

Lisa Olsen joined Class 101 as a franchise owner after a successful career teaching at both the secondary and the college level. She has seen first hand the difference that proper college planning can make in the lives of high school students.

As a college instructor, Lisa saw that many students were unprepared for the rigor that college required. She believed that through proper college planning many of these issues could be addressed and that students would be more successful if they had received guidance during the college planning process. Lisa discovered that Class 101 had made this their mission for the past 20 years and she made the decision to join with them with the opening of her location. Students in Southeastern Pennsylvania now have access to the best in college planning.



Michael Kwong and Pei Chen, Franchise Owner, Sugar Land, Texas Office

Pei, Michael, and their team are looking forward to bringing our Class 101 mission to motivated high school students in their community (including their daughter, Jacqueline.)

Both Pei and Michael have made careers in education. They have served as educators with Harmony Public Schools, where they have honed their skills for one-on-one work with students. In their new roles as Class 101 owner and operators, they will guide students through to the next phase of higher education.

Pei earned her B.A. in Political Science and Communications from Boston College. Michael, a fellow Boston College grad, earned a B.A. in Psychology prior to a J.D. from Boston College Law School, an MBA from University of Phoenix, and an M.Ed. from Houston Baptist University. Michael also proudly served in the Navy for eight years.

Pei and Michael’s Class 101 location is in Sugar Land, Texas, a well-established suburb outside of Houston, Texas. Class 101’s proven methods to prepare students for the college admission process will be a massive asset to the community, comprised of public, private, and charter schools. In fact, Texas Monthly magazine and Newsweek have included three Sugar Land high schools in their lists of highest ranked.



Tim Brown, Franchise Owner, Tupelo, MS Office

Tim Brown joins Class 101 after two successful careers as a financial planner and as a family counselor. Tim is intently aware that the college planning process can be navigated much more smoothly with guidance from someone who is comfortable and familiar with the steps involved. Both careers have provided Tim with the skills needed to help students find schools that they like and help make the cost more affordable for families.

Tim earned a B.A. in Music and Voice from The University of Mississippi and holds an M.A. in Christian Education as well as an M.A. in Marriage and Family Counseling from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Tim understands the power of Class 101’s proven methods. He is excited to be bringing Class 101’s 20-year legacy and its proven methods and systems to his community. He knows that his students at Class 101 Tupelo will experience the same level of success as Class 101 students across the country.



Nina Heckler, Franchise Owner, West Tennessee  Office

Nina is the owner of Class 101-West Tennessee, where her mission is to help students and families navigate the complex steps leading to successful and affordable college admission. Class 101, a 19-year-old company, has helped over 3,100 students earn over $136,336,000 in scholarships, study and prepare over 8,000 ACT/SAT tests and attend over 300 colleges around the world. In West Tennessee, Nina works with students conducting one-on-one college planning, preparation for standardized tests, facilitating visits to universities across the country and conducting financial aid workshops for families.

Nina earned her B.S. from the University of Central Florida, an M.A. from both Baylor University and St. Mary’s University and her Ph.D. in Sociology and Educational Technology from the University of Alabama. She has served as a college professor and department chair in the field of Sociology and Family Studies. Her 15+ years in academia, coupled with her 5+ years of community counseling, has highlighted the need that students have for direction and focus when making plans for college. She is excited to bring Class 101’s proven methods and personalized service to college bound students in her community.





Yaw Chang and Li-Shing Wang, Franchise Owners, Wilmington, North Carolina Office
Yaw Chang has taught at the college level for the past 27 years. He has experienced first hand the importance of considering the right factors when selecting a college. After having successfully helped his own children with the college planning process, Yaw, along with his wife, Li-Shing, made the decision to become a part of Class 101 by opening a franchise in Wilmington, NC. They are delighted to bring their passion for education along with Class 101’s proven methods to young people in the Wilmington area.