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, am in regular contact with admissions officers and fellow consultants, and conduct thorough independent research. I do pro bono work on a regular basis and am a founding member of the IECA Affinity Group - IECs Who Give Back.
An active U. Maine alumnus, I serve as the Treasurer of the N.J. Chapter of the UMaine Alumni Association and as an Alumni Ambassador. I also have also served as a Parent Connector for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, acting as an ambassador for MIT, a resource for MIT parents, and as an administrator for various MIT Parent Facebook groups.
I grew up on Cape Cod and now live in New Jersey with my husband of 32 years (college sweethearts), our cats, and our daughter. Our son graduated from RIT in 2013 with a B.S. in Computer Engineering and is a software engineer for Sales Force in North Carolina; our oldest daughter, who was a Park Scholar at Ithaca College, graduated in 2014 with a B.S. in Cinema and Photography and a B.A. in Psychology and works with me part time; and our youngest daughter graduated from MIT in 2016 with a B.S. in Materials Science and Engineering and a minor in Applied International Studies. She is currently attending UC Berkeley, pursuing a PhD in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in nanoscience and minors in Electrical Engineering and STEM Education.
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
3/17/2017 - Nj IECA Affinity Group Meeting with Eco League Colleges representatives from Dickinson, College of the Atlantic, and Green Mountain College who also shared information about Northland College, Prescott College and the University of the Pacific.
2/27/2017 Changing Face of College Admissions at Drew University, sponsored by NJACAC. Examining how commercialization - from rankings to the digital marketing explosion - has impacted the admissions process today, and how it is viewed by students and parents. Featuring a presentation by Rob Franek, Senior VP, The Princeton Review.
2/8/2017 - NJ IECA Affinity Group Lunch with Courtney Culler of the Barney School of Business from the University of Hartford and Nellie Zigami, our Regional Admissions Counselor.
2/7/2017 NJACAC Panel - School Counselors and the College Admissions Process - Rutgers
2/2/2017 - Met with Rita Palrecha, Silver Oak Learning Center, Flemington and Clinton to share information about our services.
1/20/2017 Met with MaryBeth Healy with the Learning Cooperatives to learn more about this alternative high school model.