Meet the Counselors

With 20 years of experience helping students and their families navigate the college admissions process, Kristen Lambert enjoys assisting young people as they plan the next steps of their education.

From Trevor Day School and The Buckley School in New York City, and Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, to most recently The Benjamin School where Kristen served as Director of College Counseling, Kristen had a long career working in independent schools. She enjoys helping young people make good academic and extracurricular decisions during high school, as well as helping them navigate the college admission process. 

Kristen is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling and the Higher Education Consultants Association as well as the Southern Association of College Admission Counseling. She attends annual conferences and programming. She has made presentations at the NACAC, SACAC, FCIS, and ACCIS conferences. She also served on the leadership team for the ACCIS organization. Additionally, Kristen spends time visiting colleges and universities throughout the country.

 

Kristen holds a Bachelor of Science in Family Studies and a Master's Degree in School Counseling. 

Kristen Lambert

Founder, CACG

Terry Knaus brings passion and authenticity to his work with College Admissions Counseling Group. Knowing that the college search can often be stressful, Terry patiently works alongside students and families to help them understand and successfully navigate the process.
 

With over 30 years of experience, Terry has worked in both college admissions and college counseling. This gives him the unique advantage of understanding both sides of the admissions
process and he is able to share these valuable insights with his students. His time in college admissions consists of work at a variety of institutions including Indiana University Bloomington,
the University of Georgia and the University of Louisville. He has also helped lead the college counseling offices at Morgan Park Academy in Chicago and Cathedral High School in Indianapolis.

 

An active member in professional organizations, Terry has worked with many of his professional colleagues making presentations at a variety of national conferences. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Association of College Admission Counseling and as President of the Indiana Association for College Admission Counseling. Additionally, Terry has served on the scholarship reading committee for the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Throughout his professional career he has also visited college campuses across the country.

 

Terry holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Communications & Secondary Education and a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration.

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Terry Knaus 

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Lynne Feyk comes to the College Admissions Counseling Group with over 30 years of experience in secondary school education and administration. She began her educational career in high schools in Pennsylvania and Georgia, serving in a variety of teaching and administrative roles including Admissions Director at The Grier School and Assistant Principal at The Rabun Gap Nacoochee School.  Lynne moved to Florida in 1992 joining the English Department at The Benjamin School. As an English teacher and later College Counselor at TBS and Assistant Director of College Guidance at Katz Yeshiva High School of South Florida Lynne focused on helping students in developing their writing skills and crafting their college essays.

 

Lynne holds a BA in English from Dickinson College and a Masters of Education from Temple University, with additional graduate level work at UCLA and Trinity College, Dublin.  She has been a presenter at both the FCIS and GCIS conferences, as well as a member of high school accreditation teams for FCIS. In the past four years Lynne visited over 50 college campuses and attended multiple workshops sponsored by SACAC, ACCIS, FCIS, the College Board and the ACT.

 

Lynne values the opportunity CACG gives her to guide students through the educational and college process and to help them articulate their thoughts and insights in writing.

Lynne Feyk

Perry Feyk comes to The College Admissions Counseling Group with over forty years of high school teaching experience, and over thirty years  of working with high school students on collegiate level writing and college essays.  From Northern York High School to West Mifflin High School (public), to The Grier School, The Rabun Gap Nachoochee School, and thirty years at The Benjamin School, Perry is well versed in public and private education, including serving as the English Department Chair at both Rabun Gap and Benjamin.

 

Perry holds a BA in English from Dickinson College, and ME/MEd studies from Shippensburg University, Penn State University, and Oglethorpe University.  In addition, Perry has attended Trinity College, Dublin, and Oideas Gael, Donegal Ireland, for studies in Irish Culture, Literature, and Language. 

 

With over forty years with teenagers, Perry both loves and is committed to working with young people and helping them to be the best they can be, especially in thinking and writing.  He has led FCIS and GCIS workshops on teaching and writing.  He has been teaching  Advanced Placement Literature and Composition for over thirty years. He coached basketball, soccer, and cross-country, and he  works extensively with students in music as well: he is also a musician and songwriter. He sees the high school world from a variety of perspectives.

 

Perry welcomes and values the opportunity to work with students to find their writing voice and guide them through the intricacies of the college process.

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Perry Feyk

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John Peruggia

Embarking on a life in education when he developed his own elective course on Ignatian Spirituality and Leadership during his senior year at his NYC independent school, John Peruggia has spent the last two decades learning alongside his students. Since completing his own studies at universities in the US and abroad (Wesley College, U of Delaware, St. Louis Univ, and John Cabot Univ), John has taught at boarding school, independent day schools, community colleges, and both public and private universities from Massachusetts to Missouri. He currently teaches in the Upper School at The Benjamin School, where he also serves as Grade-Level Chair of the Senior Class, advisor to the school’s newspaper (The Pharcyde), and moderator of its speech and debate program.

 

John strives to help students develop confidence through lessons and activities that push them to identify, share, and amplify their unique voices in speech, on paper, and through digital media. While his most extensive experience has been in English and Language Arts classrooms, John has also helped students achieve success in social sciences and mathematics, having taught both AP Psychology and AP Statistics. He has also spent time on the scoring and creation of standardized tests at the state, regional, and national levels, including with both the SSAT and AP programs. 

 

As a representative for his school at college fairs, a faculty representative to the scholarship committees at his university, a leader of SAT and ACT preparation courses, and as a college counselor, John has developed an understanding of the complete admissions process, from the hopeful conversations that lead to applications through the very real scheduling challenges that lead to one’s selection of courses.

Nataly Lambert graduated from Duke University in 2017, where she received a Bachelor’s Degree and majored in psychology. While at Duke, Nataly worked in Duke’s Undergraduate Office of Admissions, where she welcomed visitors and helped to answer questions about the university and application process. Since graduating, Nataly has worked as a researcher at a New York City-based hedge fund, while also serving as a mentor in the iMentor program.  At iMentor, Nataly provides counseling on the navigation of academic and social situations to foster college preparedness and interpersonal skills to a university-bound high school student. In July 2021, Nataly began study at Duke’s business school, Fuqua. 

 

At CACG, Nataly will be helping students complete their college applications, assisting students in presenting their distinctive stories and achievements in their applications, and partnering with students to best highlight their unique extracurricular involvement. Nataly interviews undergraduate candidates for admission to Duke, and conducts mock interviews for students at CACG. 

 

Nataly brings on-the-ground admissions experience, recent personal engagement with the application process, and an infectiously positive attitude to CACG.

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Nataly Lambert

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Melissa Ford has an MFA in Imaging Arts and Sciences from Rochester Institute of Technology and a BA from James Madison University. She is currently the US Visual Arts Chair at The Benjamin School and has worked as an art teacher for over twenty years.

 

She started her career at the University of Miami’s School of Continuing Studies where she worked with diverse learners of all ages seeking to advance their careers in graphic design. While teaching full time, she continues to produce her own artwork which primarily incorporates alternative-process photographic methods such as cyanotypes and collage.

 

She loves helping students articulate their own voices through their visual work and assisting them in finding the right path of expression.

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