The School Counseling Group is a tight-knit team of professional consultant counselors who utilize a collaborative and compassionate approach to guide and support families through the process of finding the best educational and therapeutic placements for children, adolescents and young adults. Collectively, our consultants have spent decades in a variety of settings as teachers, administrators, counselors and coaches. When you work with any one of the consultants, you are supported by the experience and wisdom of the entire team.
PETER STURTEVANT, DIRECTOR
Peter A. Sturtevant, Jr. became Director of The School Counseling Group in 2000, after an eighteen year career in independent schools. From 1992-2000, Peter served as Head of School at The Gunston School in Centreville, Maryland. Previously, Peter worked for ten years at the Maret School in Washington, DC, teaching English and humanities, coaching, advising seniors in the college admissions process, and serving as Senior Master of the Upper School. Peter is a Washington, DC native, attended the Potomac School and Landon School before receiving his B.A. in Religion from Bowdoin College, his M.A. in English from Middlebury College, and his M.A.L.S. from Skidmore College in Counseling Philosophy. In 2016, Peter became a board-certified coach (BCC) through the Center for Credentialing and Education. He is a member of WISER, TABS, NATSAP and IECA.
JEN PARSELL, DIRECTOR OF CLIENT SERVICES
Jen Parsell has served as the Director of Client Services for The School Counseling Group since 2013. In this role, she is often the first point of contact for all new client inquiries and supports families throughout the placement process. Jen communicates regularly with the counselors and the director and helps keep The School Counseling Group organized behind the scenes. Jen earned her B.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis and is currently working towards her M. Ed. in Early Childhood. Prior to joining The School Counseling Group, Jen worked as an early childhood educator and administrator for over ten years. She began her career in Boston, before moving to Chicago and finally settling in Washington, DC. Jen also spent two years overseas in Tel Aviv, Israel working as the Community Liaison Office Coordinator at the US Embassy, where she provided support and assistance to American families living and working in Tel Aviv.
PATTI FRANCIS, CLIENT SERVICES
Patti Francis provides client and counselor support and assists in operations. Patti has worked with The School Counseling Group since 2017, proctoring SSAT tests as well as filling in for Jen during planned absences. Patti spent most of her career as a corporate law firm partner. In recent years, she has focused her work on education, coaching high school and college students on essays and applications, and working at The Madeira School in their college counseling office. Patti is also a Certified Master Coach, as well as a mixed media artist who has had a number of solo shows in the DC area. Patti received her JD from University of Virginia School of Law, where she was a Dillard Fellow, and her BA from Mississippi State University. She has lived in DC since 1991 and is the mother of two children.
TOM HARVEY, THERAPEUTIC SCHOOL AND PROGRAM COUNSELOR
Tom Harvey earned his B.A. in Psychology from Williams College and his Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Educational Psychology) from Massey University in New Zealand. Upon graduating from Williams, Tom worked in the financial industry in Boston before discovering his true passion for supporting adolescents and families. Tom brings a wealth of experience to The School Counseling Group having been employed for twenty years in various therapeutic schools and programs as a wilderness field instructor, counselor and director. During that time, he helped design, launch and manage programs to enable teens to reach their full potential through building positive peer and family relationships. Tom has travelled extensively overseas including living and working in Thailand, Mexico and New Zealand. He is a licensed mathematics teacher as well as a certified scuba instructor. Tom joined The School Counseling Group after living in New Zealand with his wife and two sons and serving for four years as the Director of Boarding at Whangarei High School.
BRIE JEWELER-BENTZ, DIRECTOR OF COLLEGE COUNSELING
Dr. Jeweler-Bentz joined the School Counseling Group in 2009 and is a native of the Washington, DC area. She attended Montgomery County public schools, earned a B.A in Psychology from the University of Michigan, and received her Psy.D. in clinical psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She has several years of clinical experience in university counseling centers, including DePaul University in Chicago and, most recently, The George Washington University in Washington, DC. Dr. Jeweler-Bentz has also taught at the undergraduate and graduate level and has been a private academic tutor and college advisor for local area high school students. Prior to her graduate studies, Dr. Jeweler-Bentz worked as an undergraduate admissions officer for the University of Michigan. She was responsible for reviewing prospective freshman application materials and for making subsequent recommendations for admission. Dr. Jeweler-Bentz has a clinical interest in the stress that often accompanies the college application process, and she has given several lectures on the topic.
KATHERINE ROSS, BOARDING SCHOOL AND COLLEGE COUNSELOR
Katherine Ross joined The School Counseling Group in 2015. She received her BA in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a MA in Counseling and Human Development from The George Washington University. Katherine is a nationally certified counselor and licensed graduate professional counselor and is an associate member of IECA. Prior to joining the team, Katherine worked in public relations and then in school development as Director of Parent Programs at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Day School. More recently, she worked at a private counseling practice in Bethesda, MD, and provided individual and group counseling to students, families, and young adults at The British International School of Washington, The Nora School, Alice Deal Middle School, and The George Washington University Community Counseling Services Center. These positions have afforded Katherine experience working with a diverse population, whose learning, emotional, and social functioning cover a wide spectrum. Katherine currently splits her time between our Washington, DC office and our Charlotte, NC office.
JEWEL WALWYN, COLLEGE COUNSELOR
Jewel Walwyn joined The School Counseling Group in 2015 with over twelve years of experience in a range of schools serving a variety of distinct missions, as well as working for five years as a private tutor. After graduating from the University of Virginia, Jewel was the Assistant Director of Admissions at Sweet Briar College, and later led college counseling programs at four different local schools in Maryland, DC, and Virginia, including Oakcrest School (Va.), St. Paul’s School for Girls (Md.), FW Ballou Sr. High School (DC) and most recently, Takoma Academy (Md.). As a college counselor who has supported the process from the applicant as well as the admission side, Jewel has guided hundreds of families through the college application process. Jewel enjoys giving grade-specific presentations about college readiness, scholarships and financial aid. Last year, alone, her students realized over $5.2 million in scholarships! A mother of two school-aged daughters, Jewel earned a M.A. in Education and a B.A. in English from the University of Virginia after graduating high school from the Tandem School, a small Quaker school in Charlottesville, Virginia.
LINDSAY WHITE, DAY SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Lindsay White joined The School Counseling Group in 2009. Lindsay is a native of Pennsylvania and attended both public and independent schools before attending high school at Garrison Forest School in Baltimore as a boarder. After graduating from St. Lawrence University, NY, with a B.A. in Sociology and English, Lindsay worked briefly in advertising and then earned an M.A. in School Counseling from New York University. Lindsay has many years of experience serving both as a school counselor and an admissions representative. Most recently, Lindsay worked in the admissions office at the Maret School. Previously, she was the Director of Counseling at The Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA for four years, and was a counselor at East Manhattan Outreach School for two years. Lindsay is actively involved in her three daughters’ schools, and frequently volunteers for the Parents Association and admissions committee. Combining her counseling background and her experience in admissions allows Lindsay to guide families through the school admissions process with confidence.