I am passionate about helping families find best match colleges...
The first in my family to go to college, I graduated from the University of Maine in 1984 with a B.A. in Psychology and Zoology and from Boston College in 1987 with an M.A. in Counseling and School Psychology with a concentration in Counseling Adolescents and Adults.
I have long had an interest in college and career counseling, and have worked with children, adolescents and families in various capacities since graduating from college. My experiences include vocational training and counseling, child protective services and adoption work, facilitating workshops in county schools for NJCAP (New Jersey Child Assault Prevention), working with the Boy Scouts, and serving as a Girl Scout Leader for fourteen years. I was a Readington Girl Scout Executive Board Member for 11 years and advised 10 young women as they earned their Girl Scout Gold Awards and went on to college.
I have been assisting students with college preparation and admissions since 2004 as I guided my children, their friends, and others through the process. My passion for this field led me to enroll in the Independent Educational Consultant Certificate program at the University of California, Irvine. After attending the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) 2011 Summer Training Institute I returned home to establish Creative College Consulting, LLC.
I am a member of a number of professional organizations and continue to actively expand my knowledge through attendance at professional conferences, webinars, and college fairs. I also pursue an aggressive schedule of college visits, contact admissions officers and fellow consultants, and conduct thorough independent research.
An active U. Maine alumnus, I serve as the Treasurer of the NJ Chapter of the U. Maine Alumni Association, Co-Chair of the NJ Black Bear Scholarship Fund, and as an Admissions Ambassador. I also serve as a Parent Connector for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, acting as an ambassador for MIT and a resource for MIT parents.
I grew up on Cape Cod and now live in New Jersey with my husband of 30 years (college sweethearts) and our cats. Our son graduated from RIT in 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and is a software engineer for EMC; our oldest daughter, who was a Park Scholar at Ithaca College, graduated in December 2014 with a B.S. in Cinema and Photography and a B.A. in Psychology; and our youngest daughter will graduate from MIT in 2016 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering, and a minor in Applied International Studies. She spent the summer working in a research lab in Portugal, and is now back on campus for her senior year.
I advise students locally as well as those in other states (through Skype) and am eager to continue to guide students and their families as they embark on their exciting journeys toward college and careers.
Diana Towle, M.A. Independent Educational Consultant
Recent Professional Development Activities Please also see my Professional Development page
6/8/2015 - Spoke with Dr. Darian Parker, Parker Academics, to learn about his philosophy and the tutoring services he provides.
6/8/2015 - Met with Erik Mathisen, member of Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce and Young Professionals, co-owner of FreshySites (website builder company), and Baseball Coach at Hilsborogh High School to learn about his various involvements and share information about my services.
6/5/2015 - Attended "Red Shoe Fashion Show", an event sponsored by BWNICE (Business Women Networking Involving Charity & Education). This is our annual fundraising event for our charity, "SAFE in Hunterdon" which provides shelter, counseling and advocacy for families affected by domestic violence.
6/4/2015 - IECA Northeast Regional Symposium on the Future of College Admission - Panelists included: - Jon Burdick, Dean of College Admission, Vice-Provost for Enrollment Planning, University of Rochester - Bill Conley, Vice President for Enrollment Management, Bucknell University - Sean Kaylor, Vice President of Admission and Enrollment Planning, Marist College - Julie Kerich, Director of Admissions, Franklin & Marshall College - Amy E. Markham, Director of Admissions/Communications Outreach, Wheaton College - Jane Klemmer, IECA - Joan Koven, IECA - Don McMillan, IECA - Bari Norman, IECA - Ann Rossbach, IECA -Moderated by Judy Berg, IECA
5/29, 30, 31, and 6/2/205 - Attended Landmark Forum, a transformational experience which will help me guide my students with more clarity and perspective
5/17/2015 - Spent the afternoon in Cambridge, UK with a University of Cambridge student. Went punting (guided boat tour) on the River Cam to see 7 of the 31 colleges that make up the University of Cambridge and learn about the University