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Kelly MacLean

Founder and President

Kelly MacLean is the president and founder of College Recruiting Specialists. Her unique background as a College Admission Representative as well as a high school varsity soccer coach provided the basis for the company.  Kelly repeatedly witnessed high school students making mistakes in their college search; often resulting in missed scholarships, lack of acceptance at their choice schools, or ultimately switching schools or majors. As Kelly assisted her own players with their college searches, admission issues, recruiting, and ultimately playing in college, she realized how overwhelming this process is for most parents.  Due to the success of her players, she was constantly approached by other students and parents to answer questions and help with their particular situations.  College Recruiting Specialists, LLC. was founded to make this service available to any student or player interested in attending college but unsure of how to make the best choice, get accepted or recruited.  Over the past 5 years, we have found that 50% of our business is non-athletes trying to find the right school, scholarships and career path.

Kelly is a featured expert contributor for Stack Magazine and as well as  currently a member of OACAC (Ohio Association of College Admission Counselors), WISE (Women in Sports and Events), NCAA Compliance Forum, Rocky River Chamber of Commerce, Association of Sport Coaching Education, President of BNI Westside Connections Chapter,  previous board member for OFSA. As of 2018, Kelly is also a certified John C. Maxwell Coach, Teacher, Trainer and Speaker.

With that track record, it's no wonder that Kelly is called "The College Whisperer"!

"Getting into the college of your choice is not luck.  It's knowing what's needed and being prepared for it."

Kelly MacLean

"I founded College Recruiting Specialists to help any student or player interested in attending college but unsure of how to make the best choice, get accepted or recruited."

"Kelly knows how to talk to teenagers, I can't believe how my sons attitude about getting help changed when she worked with him, now he looks forward."
 DL of Avon Lake

Erica Papcum

Administrative Assistant

Erica was born and raised in Cleveland, Ohio, where she currently lives. She graduated with honors from Saint Joseph Academy in 2011, and graduated from Cleveland State University cum laude in 2015 with her B.A. in Psychology.

She now attends Kent State University's iSchool, pursuing a Master's in Library and Information Science. Erica is the mastermind behind the scenes, working on research, scheduling, advertising, and anything else Kelly asks of her. In her free time, she likes to go to trivia nights with her friends, do DIY projects around the house, and spend time with her dog, Milo. 

The beautiful thing about learning is nobody can take it away from you.

Eric L. Manley

Education Counselor / Recruiter

Eric L. Manley was gifted to the world on March 31, 1965 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania. He received his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science from Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio in 1990. Eric has been working in higher education for the last 17 plus years.

Eric has always had a passion for working with the youth. He was an assistant basketball coach for Walsh University for 2 years. He was an Admissions Representative and Regional Director of Admissions for Wyotech, a former division of Corinthians Colleges for the past 13 years.

Eric joined College Recruiting Specialists after seeing the need for information among high school students and families. He and Kelly shared the same passion to help students achieve their goals.

Eric has been married to his wife Kim Manley for 22 years and has 3 children (Adelia, Sterling, Camille) whose ages are 17, 15, and 5, respectively.  Eric loves to read, travel and play golf.

"An investment in knowledge pays the best interest" 
– Benjamin Franklin