Lisa Hart, M.Ed.
Lisa Hart has been working in the education sector for the past 24 years. She began her career in education as a teacher to 7th and 8th grade students. Through her career as an educator she realized her passion was in helping students succeed in their academic endeavors and staying competitive for the next step in their education. This interest evolved into her work as a College Counselor helping students navigate the college research, planning, and application process.
After working with students in middle school, Lisa spent 10 years working in a university career and testing center. There she supervised the university's testing services, as well as assisted with providing career services to the students and alumni. After earning her master of education in school counseling, Lisa began her career as a college counselor at a competitive, private, college preparatory high school. As a college counselor, she focused on assisting students to be competitive for college admissions and developing their future career goals. Lisa specializes in developing a college list, provides guidance on writing compelling college essays, helps students navigate their college applications, the financial aid and scholarship application, and in evaluating financial award offers. She believes in forming a collaborative relationship with the student's current high school counselor to ensure the student is supported on both sides of the college application process.
Lisa completed both her bachelor of liberal arts and her master of education in school counseling at the University of St. Thomas. She is an active member of NACAC and TACAC, and is a certified Texas school counselor. Lisa has served as a mentor to First Generation college students, and is excited to begin her next volunteer endeavor this fall serving as a college mentor to low-income youth in partnership with the non-profit organization, Scholar Match.
Shelley Richard, M.A., L.P.C.
Shelley Richard has been providing career counseling to professionals in a variety of fields, as well as to college and high school students since 2006. Through assessment of personality, interests, values, and strengths, she is passionate about helping individuals develop meaningful career goals and guide them through the process of how to best achieve these goals.
Shelley’s career began with substance abuse and mental health counseling. She soon realized that her favorite part of working with clients was guiding them to career and educational opportunities through self-assessment and coaching. Shelley then spent seven years in a university career services office, providing career counseling and coaching to college students and alumni, as well as facilitating workshops and presentations on a variety of career-related topics. Her experience also includes coaching clients through the job search process, including preparation and practice for interviews, networking, resume critique/development, and LinkedIn profile development. In addition, Shelley has worked as a high school counselor focused on providing career development programming to students during the year and facilitating summer workshops aimed at career exploration and college admissions.
With 10 years of experience administering and interpreting both the Myers Briggs Type Indicator and Strong Interest Inventory to individuals and groups, Shelley has a special interest in using career assessments to foster self-exploration in clients and guide them on career choice and development.
Shelley’s strengths lie in connecting with clients in an authentic way, while working collaboratively to guide them towards career and life satisfaction, and providing support and encouragement throughout the process. She understands that career is such an integral part of a person’s identity, so career satisfaction is essential to one’s overall well-being. Keeping a positive outlook and sense of humor helps immensely in the career development process.
Training & Qualifications
Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Texas #19682
M.A. in Professional Counseling, Texas State University
B.A. in Psychology, Texas A&M University
Certified in Myers Briggs Type Indicator
Qualified in Strong Interest Inventory