Board of Directors

For more than 35 years, Loren Pope counseled students and families to help them find the right college “fit.” Since 1998, Colleges That Change Lives has championed Mr. Pope’s message and today is a leading national advocate for keeping students at the center of the college search.

Today, a volunteer board comprised of college counseling professionals guides the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives. Leading their efforts is Executive Director, Maria Furtado. Ms. Furtado has been extensively involved with CTCL since its inception and has counseled thousands of students about college choice. Having previously worked for two CTCL colleges, Ms. Furtado now devotes herself to the Colleges That Change Lives mission: helping students and families better understand the college admissions process to find the best college fit possible. Ms. Furtado is available for speaking engagements and can be reached by email or phone 727-465-8005.

Maria Furtado
Executive Director
CTCL, Inc.
San Francisco, CA
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Philip “P.J.” Petrone
Board Chair & Chair, Strategic Planning & Finance Committee (renewed term 2011-17)
Co-Director of College Counseling
Marymount High School
Los Angeles, CA


Fred Baker
Director (renewed term 2014-2018)
College Counselor
Catholic High School for Boys
Little Rock, AR


Christine D. Bowman
Director & Chair, Membership/Nominations/Outreach Committee (renewed term 2013-17)
Dean of Admission & Enrollment Services
Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX


Jennifer England
Director & Treasurer (renewed term 2013-17)
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
Lawrence University
Appleton, WI


Cathy Finks 
Director (2016-18)
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
College of Wooster
Wooster, OH



Crys Latham
Director (2016-18)
Director of College Counseling
The Washington Latin Public Charter School
Washington, DC



Terry Malone

Director (renewed term 2014-18)
Director of Admissions
Clark University
Worcester, MA


Liz Orr
Director (2016-2018)
Assistant Director of Admission and International Admission Coordinator
University of Puget Sound

Tacoma, WA


David Wagner
Director (2016-18)
Director of Admissions
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN


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Director Emerita
Denver, CO



Martha O’Connell
Director Emerita
Co-Director of College Counseling
Marymount High School
Los Angeles, CA