I am a dedicated administrator, clinician, and educator with a passion for addressing inequities via social justice and education. I know from my own experience that education is a means of effecting positive change over disadvantage and oppression, and ensuring that students have appropriate and engaged support systems in place is a vital aspect of holistic development, successful student graduation outcomes, and building the future of other service-oriented leaders. As a first-generation college graduate from a very close-knit, low-income family in a rural agrarian community that was uncertain how to make college a reality, AHS’ organizational mission and focus on contributing to the values of authenticity, equity, growth, inclusion, and unity for current and future generations via education, mentorship, and service resonates with me.
I firmly believe that leadership is a service model and within that model the aim is to ensure the creation of a culture of inclusion, diversity, and shared governance with the overarching goal of student mentorship, persistence, and retention.
I hold an Ed.D in Counseling Psychology and have worked extensively with diverse populations in myriad settings including low income, at risk students, adolescents, college students, career counseling, veterans, LGBTQIA, international, and forensic clients/patients.
I value authenticity and transparency in myself and respect the same in others. I am proudly nerdy and love reading, listening to music, traveling with my equally nerdy husband, and watching Dr Who.
I always attempt to follow the sagacious advice of the 12th Doctor: “Never be cruel and never be cowardly. And if you ever are, always make amends.”
Program Advisor and College / Financial Aid Counselor
Lynell's education experience came from the admission offices at Union College (NY) and Hartwick College (NY) and as the Director of Financial Aid at Lebanon Valley College (PA). She has also worked for The College Board before beginning her own college counseling practice.
Lynell graduated summa cum laude from Albright College (PA) and earned a master´s degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Higher Education Administration (where one of my most difficult tasks was getting her own student loan processed!). She has been involved with private college counseling for 10 years, and she has volunteered at various college admission and financial aid programs including several which assist underserved populations on the road to college. Lynell loves writing and teaching students about the writing process. She is married and the mother of two children who she hope will someday acknowledge her skill in this field when it´s their turn for college!
Senior Advisor and College Counselor
Kelly first witnessed educational inequity while attending a large and diverse public high school. Since college, he has been devoted to helping America's most talented but under-supported students attain the opportunities they deserve. He was drawn to Hamilton Scholars due to the fact that it is more than just a scholarship organization; a career educator, Kelly knows how important it is to mentor students during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. Kelly Herrington is a graduate of Union College, where he worked as an Associate Dean of Admissions and Director or International Admissions for seven years. For the past six years he has served as the Director of College Counseling at University Prep in Seattle, WA. Kelly received his master's degree from the University of Pennsylvania.
Kelly's articles on college admissions have appeared in the Washington Post, the National Association for College Admissions Counseling Journal and most prominently in his grandmother's scrapbook. He helped create Camp College, an early intervention and access program for students of color. He has served on National Association for College Admissions Counseling's (NACAC) Human Relations Committee. He was the recipient of NACAC's rising star award in 2003 and the John Muir Editor's Award in 2005.
In his spare time Kelly enjoys running, biking, triathlons and hiking. In 1998, Kelly biked across the country with his father in a charity ride for the American Lung Association. An avid reader, a good book and a large Coca Cola make him very happy.