Our goal is to take the stress out of the college search and application process.
Led by Carol Doherty, a Professional Member of the Independent Educational Consultants Association, Doherty Educational Consultants provides personalized support and guidance to students and their families on educational issues. DEC’s primary mission is to help clients identify their “best match” college —one that fits the student’s academic and social profile at a price the family budget can afford. While DEC is based in Georgia, we have the ability to work remotely and in fact currently work with students in seven other states across the country. Geography isn't an issue!
Our consultants assist with career and personality assessments and provide guidance on high school course selection and standardized testing options. Additionally, we evaluate the strength of extracurricular activities as they relate to each student's profile. As senior year approaches, we help students identify possible colleges, manage college visits and execute every step of the application process. Our focus is on lowering the stress levels for both students and their families while ensuring that the very best of each student is presented on his or her college application.
Carol Doherty grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and received a B.S. in Accounting from the University of South Carolina. A C.P.A., she began her career in New York as an auditor for Coopers & Lybrand and worked for a number of years in accounting positions in New York and Washington, D.C. One of her career highlights was working as CFO of Kissinger Associates, Inc., the geopolitical consulting firm of former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and as Dr. Kissinger’s personal accountant. Later relocating to Atlanta, Carol managed a Marietta-based tennis academy and discovered her passion for working with teenagers. Together with her experience helping her own children find their perfect colleges, Carol’s interest led to her founding a college consulting firm to help other students and families find their own paths. Her dedication to problem solving and organization, together with the personal relationship she develops with each client, makes Carol the ideal resource in helping navigate the college search process.
Gail Goetz has been in private practice working with students who have learning disabilities and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorders since 1983. She has a B.A. degree in both Psychology and Education from Emory University and a Master of Medical Science degree in Communicative Disorders/Learning Disabilities from Emory University. She also has a Certificate in College Counseling from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA).
Prior to working in private practice, Gail taught in special education classrooms, both resource room and self-contained, in Austin, Houston, and Baltimore. In addition to remediation, Gail has helped students with LD and ADHD find their “best fit” college and navigate the entire college application process. Her students have been accepted to many of their top choice schools and have arrived at college with the tools to be successful.
Growing up in a military family, Kelly Wewer lived all over the country but calls Raleigh, North Carolina, her hometown. She earned an undergraduate business degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and began her financial management career with Northern Telecom. Kelly held a number of finance and marketing positions with the company in Dallas, New York, and Raleigh, and in the process completed her M.B.A. at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Relocating to Atlanta when she married, and after ten years in the turbulent telecommunications industry, Kelly's desire for a career change led to her redirection toward non-profit development and fundraising. With young children, Kelly focused on non-profit development and fundraising for a number of years. It was during the college search and selection process with her own daughter that Kelly found a new passion, combining her financial and development experience with a passion for helping families find affordable options for a college education.
Jennifer Collier is originally from Kansas, but has now lived in the Atlanta area longer than she lived in the Midwest. After double majoring in Communications and Political Science, Jennifer went on to earn her JD from Mercer University's Walter F. George School of Law. Jennifer was a passionate advocate for victims of crime as trial attorney for 15 years before leaving the workplace when her twins were born. On the recommendation of a former colleague, Jennifer read a book about the college admissions process and the spark was lit. Jennifer completed the College Counseling Certificate program at the University of California at San Diego (UCSD) and is currently enrolled in the College Counseling Certificate program at the University of California - Los Angeles (UCLA). Armed with her organizational skills, her love of research, and her desire to help people, Jennifer is a skilled guide for students on the journey to find their right-fit college.
Lissa Newman is from a military family, too, and was born in Germany but grew up in the Atlanta area. She earned a journalism degree from the University of Georgia, then worked for several years for the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C. before moving back to Georgia. She was employed by Georgia Power Company in several legislative and corporate communications positions while earning her J.D. degree from Georgia State University. Lissa practiced law for a number of years before leaving the workplace when her children were born. She has worked with Carol Doherty for several years in a support capacity with research and administrative responsibilities.
The path to success for your student leads to the college that will provide them with the best academic and personal experience, all at a cost that makes financial sense. We work with you and your student to find their best match.
Some sample areas we can help with:
• Identification of Personality Traits and Potential Career Paths
• High School Course Selection
• Standardized Testing Options
• Identification of Potential Colleges
• College Admissions Applications and Essays
• College Financial Aid and Scholarships
• Analysis of College Costs
• Specialized College Programs
• Other Post-Secondary Educational Options
Our complete service includes personality and career assessments along with individual guidance on all topics relating to college or other post-secondary education options.
Available beginning June 1 following a student's junior year, this service is intended for seniors who need limited assistance in evaluating their final college list and developing their applications and essays. This service is offered on a space-available basis.
DEC also works with current college students who seek a change of institution or older high school graduates who may be resuming or beginning college coursework after a hiatus.
We can also assist with other post-secondary educational concerns that are of a more individual nature.
Thank you so much for helping me to navigate the college application process!! This fall, I will attend the University of Delaware as a Chinese Studies major. UD offered me a full scholarship, and I am so excited! I can’t wait to get on campus and begin my college experience!”
Thank you for getting Claire started on an adventure we would not have visualized for her.
[Carol] was extremely supportive, encouraging and positive. She is very comfortable to talk and work with. She took a lot [of] stress off of our shoulders. She loves her work and is very devoted to clients.
Even though I was at a New England prep school, Carol made herself extremely accessible. Texts at unconventional hours, Skype calls, and impromptu Starbucks meetings when at home in Georgia were all very easy to set up.
Carol developed a solid working relationship with our daughter and helped her achieve getting into the top school of her choice with a fantastic scholarship! We highly recommend [her] to any parent facing the daunting challenges of college planning. Carol and her team are well worth it!
There was no way my parents would have said ‘yes’ to going to college in southern California if it hadn’t been for Carol. She makes the impossible possible. My dream was to be in NROTC in San Diego … everyone said it wasn’t realistic but not Carol. Carol lets us ordinary kids do extraordinary things.