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Catherine Gaston

Catherine Gaston has been working with high school and college students for over 20 years. After graduating from the University of California, San Diego, she received her M.A. in higher education administration from Boston College. She worked in college admissions in California, was an academic adviser at the University of Washington, and has been an independent college consultant since 2011. Catherine thoroughly enjoys working with high school students and their families on what can too often be an overwhelming process. Helping students create their college list, stay organized and on track, and ultimately enter college excited and ready for the “next step” is what she loves to do. She has also volunteered with the CAN (College Access Now) program, Summer Search, and is a member of Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) and Higher Education College Consultants Association (HECA). In her free time she loves to spend time with her own three children, work in the yard, and travel, stopping to see the local college wherever she goes.


Lauren Gaylord

Lauren loves working with students to find great-fit colleges where they can grow, be challenged, and find and pursue their interests! Prior to starting G2 COLLEGE, Lauren worked with other independent consultants at Collegeology. She also volunteers with juniors and seniors on all aspects of the college process through the non-profit organization, College Access Now (CAN).  Through her work with CAN, Lauren received the 2013 Governor’s Award for Excellence for Outstanding Volunteer Service. Lauren received a B.S. from UC Berkeley and an M.A. from UCLA. She has a Certificate in College Counseling from UCLA. Lauren is a member of the National Association of College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Pacific Northwest Association of College Admission Counseling (PNACAC), the Learning Disability Association (LDA), and is a Professional Member of Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA). Lauren has experience working with students with learning differences and she serves as the Chair of the Learning Disabilities Committee of IECA.  As a parent, Lauren has gone through the process with both her son and daughter – so she knows how hard this student-centered process is on the parents! When not visiting colleges (20-30 annually), or reading about them, Lauren enjoys hiking, cooking, and traveling with her husband.

I can’t recommend Catherine Gaston enough. She did an outstanding job coaching and counseling both of our very different children on college admissions. She brought out the best in them and let them shine and I am proud to report that both kids not only got into their top choice schools, they both received generous merit scholarships.
— Parent, Occidental College & Lewis and Clark
Lauren’s inside knowledge of the colleges, combined with her understanding of our daughter, means that she will attend a top school that she would never have applied to had it not been for Lauren’s suggestion and encouragement. Informed, responsive, personal, practical, calming, organized, a perceptive listener-Lauren was everything we could have asked for in a college advisor, and we could not be more thrilled with the result.
— Parent, Pomona College