College Counseling & Planning      Orleans, MA. (774) 801-2449      Ashland, OR. (541) 488-0919
Thank you so much for all your kind, expert and wise help with Greer's and Wynn's college search and application...more
--Phil Michael, parent of Greer, University of San Francisco, 2012; Wynn, Stanford University, 2014

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About Us

Judith Ann ChristieJudith Ann Christie

Judy founded College Planning Consultants in 1998. She was co-founder of the Career Center at South Eugene High School and Coordinator for 10 years. Judith received an Associate Degree from Hartford College for Women and graduated from the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology/psychology. Her early graduate work was at the University of Michigan School of Social Work. She received the Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA in 2003. Her experience includes participation in The College Board Summer Program, various seminars on college admission, College Board workshops, and attendance at annual educational consultants’ conferences. She frequently visits colleges and universities throughout the United States and speaks to groups and schools about the college process. She is enthusiastic about continually monitoring trends in college admissions and life on campuses. Judith's weekly ‘College Tip’ column which for a number of years appeared in high school email newsletters can be found in the 'College Tips' link. Her professional associations include membership in IECA and HECA. Judith is the mother of three grown sons, all of whom have successfully completed college and graduate school. She is committed to helping students make their best choice for their college experience.

Ann HinnenAnn Hinnen
Ann joined College Planning Consultants in the 2009 to help students and parents navigate the financial process. Ann is a graduate of Colorado State University in Food Science and Nutrition. She is the mother of two children, one a recent college graduate and one presently in college. Ann has volunteered in the Career Center at South Eugene High School for the past eight years and represents the Career Center at monthly meetings of the area’s high school counselors. In her position as scholarship coordinator at South Ann has gained extensive expertise in understanding the scholarship search and the financial aid process. She continues to volunteer in the Career Center and for The Ford Family Foundation Scholarship where she is a reader for applicants essays. Recently she agreed to be an ASPIRE volunteer at North Eugene High School.
Jan Lippen-HoltzJan Lippen-Holtz
Jan joined College Planning Consultants in 2006. She earned her BA at UC Berkeley, a fifth year teaching degree from Portland State University and an ESOL endorsement from Southern Oregon University. Jan has been an educator in Oregon for 25 years, including several years as a specialist for Central Point School District's K-12 talented and gifted program. Jan is recently retired from the Advisory Board for SOU Youth Programs after a 17 year tenure, is an ASPIRE volunteer at Ashland High School and a reader for Ford Family Foundation Scholarships. She worked for three years as an Outreach Specialist for Oregon Students Assistance Commission (OSAC) and completed a UC Irvine 8 week course on Financial Aid in 2011. Jan visits several colleges each year and is a member of HECA and PNACAC. Jan is the mother of a recent college graduate who is in her second year of graduate school.
Why use an Independent ConsultantWhy use an Independent Consultant
Few choices have as great an impact as the choice of a school or college. Students and their families can find this decision overwhelming as they struggle to evaluate options and make wise choices. IECA and HECA member consultants will:
  • counsel students and their families in the selection of educational programs, based on the student's individual needs and talents. 
  • entail an evaluation through interviews and questionnaires that will help the student identify and clarify educational goals. 
  • explore options after thorough discussions with both the student and the parent.
  • always present these options in an unbiased manner with the goal being to find the educational experience that will best fit the needs of the student.

Questions to Ask 

  • Do you guarantee admission?
  • How do you keep up with trends? Do you visit colleges?
  • Do you belong to professional associations and attend conferences?
  • Do you accept any form of compensation?
  • Are all fees stated in writing?
  • Do you adhere to the professional guidelines for private counseling?

HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association)