Heather O'Donnell

Heather became a college advisor after working for 20 years in marketing and advertising for Nestle, Clorox and other consumer companies.  Heather volunteered in 2008 at YES High School in Oakland with the original intent of becoming a high school teacher.  After working with first generation students on their college applications, Heather saw college advising as a better way to utilize her project management and writing skills. Heather has three sons, all graduates from Campolindo High School. Heather has volunteered extensively in the Moraga School District, as a Moraga School Board member and with the Moraga Education Foundation. An Oklahoma native, Heather earned her BFA in Advertising from SMU, her MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School and her college counseling credential at UCLA.  When not working with students, Heather is running on the trails of Moraga with her dogs or riding her horses.

Areas of focus: All academic and interest areas.

Contact: 925.899-4512 or heatherodonnell@yahoo.com

Kathleen Devine Metheny


Prior to college advising, Kathleen worked for 13 years in business development and marketing for Princess Cruises in Los Angeles and San Francisco. She has volunteered extensively in the Orinda and Acalanes Union School Districts. Kathleen taught “Think First” at Glorietta Elementary School, as well as serving as a board member for the Educational Foundation of Orinda. Currently, she works part time in the Campolindo College Counseling and Career Center. Kathleen has a college graduate and two children in college. While helping her daughter apply to collegiate ballet programs, she learned to navigate the unique arts program application process. As a result, Kathleen became interested in college advising and obtained her certification in college admissions counseling from UCLA. A San Francisco native, Kathleen earned a BA in English from Loyola Marymount University, where she serves on the Advisory Board for the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. 

Area of focus: All areas including Film, Fine/Performing Arts. 

Contact: kathleenmetheny@gmail.com


*Each advisor is an independent college advising counselor. We share marketing and social media sites as well as tour colleges and attend conferences together for community and shared learning. We are members of the WACAC (Western Association for College Admissions Counseling) and HECA (Higher Education Consultants Association).  We tour approx. 20 schools per year as advisors. Between the two of us, we have visited over 300 colleges and universities.

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