Carla Palffy, M. Ed., M.A., LPC


Carla Palffy is a licensed professional counselor with over five years experience as an undergraduate academic advisor and adjunct professor at Wayne State University. As a Michigan licensed school counselor, Carla has worked in the Grosse Pointe Public School system in the middle school and high school counseling offices over the past fifteen years.  Carla is currently a middle school counselor at Parcells Middle School in Grosse Pointe Woods.

College Admissions Experience:

  • Academic Advisor, Wayne State University 
  • Parcells Middle School, Counselor 
  • Grosse Pointe North High School, Counselor Intern 
  • Successful track record with college admissions client consultation 
  • Five years experience in college application process at numerous both public and private high schools in Michigan and out of state. 
  • Onsite visits with dozens of selective and highly selective colleges and universities in Midwest, East Coast, and West Coast schools


  • Masters of Arts in Counselor Education, magna cum laude, Wayne State University
  • Masters of Education in Sport Psychology, magna cum laude, Wayne State University
  • B.S. in Political Science, with honors, Mount Saint Mary's College

Related Education Experience:

  • Adjunct college professor, Kinesiology, Health & Sport Studies, Wayne State University, 2000 to present
  • Published academic research, Journal for the Study of Sports and Athletics in Education 
  • June 2008, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. Summer Institute on College Admissions certificate 
  • May 2009, Oakland University, Rochester, MI. Counseling in the College Selection Process certificate 
  • April 2009 Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC) presenter: "Students First: Working Together to Facilitate the College Match"
  • Lecturer, The FamilyCenter, Grosse Pointe Academy
  • Grosse Pointe News, "Ask the Expert" feature columns for Family Center
  • June 2009, IECA Newsletter "School-Based Counselors and the Independent College Consultant"

  Professional Development

  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)
  • Michigan Licensed School Counselor K-12 
  • LPC Supervisor Certificate
  • Member, American Counseling Association
  • Member, Michigan Association for College Admission Counseling (MACAC)


  • Board Member and Past President, Grosse Pointe South Athletic Booster Club
  • Board Member, The Family Center, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI 
  • Board Member, Grosse Pointe Park Parks and Recreation Commission
  • Past Board Member, Past President, Teacher Parent Guild (TPG), St. Paul Catholic School

John Palffy, MBA

Mr. Palffy has an MBA in finance from the University of Michigan, AB in Economics and History from Kenyon College and has completed coursework towards a MA in Economics at George Mason University Washington. Mr. Palffy teaches Economics and Finance at Wayne State Graduate School of Business and Walsh College and is a private Business and Capital consultant. Mr. Palffy has been recognized for his writing skills and has published over 100 articles and policy papers in major national newspapers, for Washington Think Tanks and in the Congressional Record and has been an integral part of the college search process for his three daughters as well as College Prep clients. Mr. Palffy's focus in College Prep is in assisting with the college search and developing a strong written resume and essays for the college candidate.

Dr. Matthew Lonam

(Ph.D., in Higher Education, University of Missouri - Columbia, 1999) , and Dr. Charles Cabell (Ph.D. Harvard University, 1999) has broad experience working with college and unversity admissiions for both undergraduate and graduate program. Dr. Lonam has more then 10 years experience advising college students as Dean of Mountain State University and is a frequent speaker speaker at college recruiting events for high school students.