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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Christine D. Bowman
Director (2013-2016), Chair (2017-2021)
Dean of Admission & Enrollment Services
Southwestern University
Georgetown, TX


Yvonne EspinozaYvonne Espinoza
Director (2017-2022)
Project ADVANCE College Advisor
Garza Independence High School
Austin, TX



Cathy Finks 
Director (2016-2020)
Senior Associate Director of Admissions
College of Wooster
Wooster, OH


Crys Latham
Director (2016-2021)
Director of College Counseling
The Washington Latin Public Charter School
Washington, DC


Sanjay Mitchell
Director (2017-2022)
Director of College and Alumni Programs
Thurgood Marshall Academy Public Charter High School
Washington, DC


Lauren SeftonLauren Sefton
Director (2017-2021)
Senior Associate Director of Admission
Rhodes College

Memphis, TN


David Wagner
Director (2016-2021), Treasurer (2018-2021)
Director of Admissions
St. Olaf College
Northfield, MN


Christopher Wild
Director (2018-2021)
Associate Director of Admissions
Goucher College
Baltimore, MD


Brooke Yoshino, College CounselorBrooke Yoshino
Director (2018-2021)
Associate Director of College Counseling
Flintridge Preparatory School
La Cañada, CA



Virginia Buege
Director Emerita
Denver, CO



Martha O’Connell
Director Emerita
Los Angeles, CA