Meet Stephanie Kennedy

Stephanie is president of Kennedy Educational Services and co-founder of My College Planning Team.  Stephanie holds a Master of Science in Counseling and College Student Development. A former admissions counselor, her team now helps students identify their passions and find the colleges that are the best fit academically, socially, and with career focus.   She has 18 years’ professional experience in college admissions and administration at several leading universities including the University of Miami, Northeastern University, Texas A&M University, and…

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Meet Darlene Palatine, RIA

Darlene Palatine has been in the financial services industry for more than 20 years. She was a financial advisor with Financial Guardian in Oakbrook and has held a series 6 and 63 securities license while working for a major financial services firm in Glenview, Illinois. In 2013, Darlene Palatine became an independent financial advisor when she was invited to join the My College Planning advisor team because of her experience in college funding.  Darlene works diligently with families to develop…

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Meet Craig Ullom, Ed.D.

Dr. Craig E. Ullom, former vice president and senior student affairs officer at both public and private institutions, has diverse experience in virtually every dimension of higher education including: orientation and transition programs, residence life, student activities and leadership, health and counseling services, teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, career development, international education, crisis management, public safety, and parent programs. Craig holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Student Affairs and Doctorate in Adult and Continuing Education. His career includes working at the University of Georgia, the University…

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Meet Stewart Schram

Stewart Schram is the founder of Stewart Schram Financial Services, Inc. and has over 25 years of experience as a Certified Financial Planner. He has a comprehensive knowledge of college funding strategies, college budgeting, retirement income planning, wealth preservation and estate planning. Stewart currently serves on the board of his home owner’s association, synagogue, council for seniors, and with several local service organization chapters. He has spoken to audiences as large as two thousand as well as to smaller groups…

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Meet Sarah Weber

Sarah Weber is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked over 8 years in Christian higher education with combined experience in admissions, residential life, and spiritual development. She also has significant leadership experience in worship arts and small-group ministries within non-denominational churches. She completed her Master of Arts in Professional Counseling degree at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, IL. Prior to that she studied spiritual development and was a full-time intern at Teen Mania. Her experiences included assisting well-known author/speaker,…

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Meet Tina Jackovich

Tina R. Jackovich serves My College Planning Team families in the South Suburbs and Northwest Indiana area. She is a graduate from Governors State University and holds a Bachelor degree in Health Care Administration. In 2012/2013 she was named "Woman of the Year" for demonstrating excellence and dedication within her profession, by the National Association of Professional Women. As a previous small business owner, a mother of a child about to enter college and having aging parents, Tina understands that…

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Meet Mary Small

Mary Small has over 18 years in recruiting and management with Louis Knox Financial and Sequoia Financial Network, with nearly a decade focused on financial advisor recruitment and retention.  At Louis Knox she also managed the day-to-day tactical and long-term strategic activities within the business. As a mother of two college students, Mary understands the financial stress that parents of college bound children are experiencing and can help create financial solutions that will work for them. Mary lives in Bloomingdale,…

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Meet Teresa Fitzgerald

-Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist- With a degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena, CA and professional certification in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy from the Chicago Psychoanalytic Institute, Teresa possesses specialized knowledge and training to understand the complex emotional life of adolescents and their families. She has worked with teens in various settings for over 10 years, including schools, clinics, and now in her own private practice. She has extensive experience working with behavioral issues,…

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Meet Lynn Triolo

Lynn has spent over 30 years in the financial service industry.  For the past six years, she has been helping middle-income families plan for their future by optimizing their college and retirement funding to increase their overall financial security.  Lynn has a B.A. in Business Administration/Management and a Masters Certificate in Financial Trading and Practices.  She has also passed CFA Level l and has held Series 6, 63, and 65 licenses.  She focuses on managing risk by creating strategies to…

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