Darlene Germino’s upbringing as the daughter of Filipino immigrants and background in youth development instilled in her a passion for building a more just and equitable society through education. Darlene gained extensive experience tutoring and mentoring youth in Seattle Public Schools while pursuing her BA in Humanities for Teaching at Seattle University. After earning her degree, Darlene served as a Fulbright English Teaching Assistant in Malaysia and later engaged in nonprofit work developing programming to increase secondary and post-secondary education access for out-of-school youth.
As program specialist, Darlene is dedicated to strengthening Hamilton Scholars’ network of support and mentorship to facilitate their growth as leaders who positively impact their communities and the world. She is humbled and inspired by the Scholars’ incredible resilience despite adversity, drive to excel, and commitment to service.
Darlene enjoys hiking and photographing nature. When she is not outdoors, she can usually be found indulging in the Seattle foodie culture, listening to epic film scores, or spending quality time with loved ones.
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.