Who We Are

We’re here for you.

“I was overwhelmed by all the universities our son was considering. She has helped him focus on his career path along with the options of schools that would be the “right fit” for him. Kat has the experience and knowledge that gives a student an advantage when it comes to the whole process.” –Benita Lesaca, Mother

College admissions has changed so much over the past few years, we can understand your worries about the process-and the different components that are now required.  We understand how you might be worried about your student getting into a good school, wondering if they’re going to be accountable, or if they’ll wait until the last minute to get it done…

We’re here because we care about equipping students to live the life they want to live – which we believe includes getting into the college that is right for them and making themselves marketable for their dream career. We’re here to help you ask the right questions and find the right answers. We’re here to meet with you face-to-face, to find the perfect college and career to fit your personality and interests, and to offer our professional advice on a subject that can be filled with so much fear and confusion. We’re here because we understand that the atmosphere surrounding college is ominous and competitive, and because we don’t want you to walk through it alone. We’re not just here to help your students go to a college that’s the right fit for them; we’re here to help set them up for their future.

Meet the team!

Kat Clowes (CEO and Founder) has returned to Kern County to offer advice from all the mistakes she made through her own college application process. Now she is a successful college graduate with several degrees, including an MBA from Mount Saint Mary’s College with an emphasis in Entrepreneurship, a BA in Communications from Santa Clara University, and a post-graduate certificate in Independent Educational Consulting from UC Irvine.  An associate member of the Independent Educational Consultant’s Association (IECA) and the Higher Educational Consultant’s Association (HECA), she visits college campuses throughout the United States to discover more about the great options available to a variety of different students and brings that knowledge home with her to help students discover the best fit schools for their needs. She has also written a book called Put College to Work, detailing how students can maximize their time in college in a way that will prepare them for a successful career. However, her favorite part of her job is watching clients discover that they have something to offer the world and find the means of communicating it. 

 Christina Varner (Educational Consultant, STEM Specialist) brings 10 years in the Kern High School District to March Consulting. As a math teacher at Independence High School, she strives to engage students from Algebra 1 to Statistics so that they gain greater math understanding through discovery, making connections, and productive struggle. With patience, humor, and the ability to quickly assess and accomodate their needs, she prepares her students for not only their next math class, but for real world application of important mathematical concepts. Christina Varner holds bachelor’s degrees in both Mathematics and Economics from CSU Bakersfield. She is trained specifically in educational technology as well as Math Mindset, which helps students develop mathematical confidence as well as understanding. She has contributed to various curriculum committees, charged with the development activites and assessments for use in classrooms across the Kern High School District. She also volunteers her time at Independence as the Geometry PLC Leader. In her free time, she enjoys taking spin classes, singing at local events and participating in Swing Dance workshops (sometimes as an instructor and others as an attendee). At home, she and her daughter Ireland enjoy experimenting with new recipes in the kitchen and scary movies.

Derron Juarez  (Athletic Advisor) is a former college athlete, (San Diego Football), who after earning his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from University of San Diego, began working in the staffing and recruiting industry for 6 years. His passion has always been to help other student-athletes, and he wanted to use his experiences to rejoin the sports world. He will focus on advising college-bound student-athletes, through individual and group sessions, by focusing on what it means to be a college student-athlete. By using his experience going through the recruiting process, he will help athletes determine where they should start by creating goals and educating them on the recruiting process. Between a partnership with March Consulting and A3 (Athlete’s Advantage Academy), DJ will focus on advising athletes and working for A3’s non-profit in Corporate Partnerships. “The ultimate goal is to help as many student-athletes as we can, through academic support, mentorship, and athletic development,” stated Derron. On top of his commitment to help young athletes, he is also currently earning his Master’s Degree in Sports Leadership from Northeastern University. We are excited to have DJ on our team and continue to create more opportunities for our student-athletes.

Soren Filipski (SAT Consultant) (PhD Ave Maria University 2018) is a translator of several classical and modern European languages. His published works include his translations of Rainer Maria Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet and Saxo Grammaticus’s History of Amleth. He has also recorded audiobooks, including his own translation of Rilke and a popular version of Tolstoy’s The Death of Ivan Ilych. He completed his doctoral dissertation on Shakespeare’s Hamlet last year and is currently working on a new translation from Latin of Boethius’s The Consolation of Philosophy, a text that figures importantly into his dissertation. His less academic pursuits circle around theater, as an actor and director, though he admits raising children has pulled him away from it.

Kelsea Johnson (Office Manager, Customer Relationship Specialist) is a graduate from The Pacific Conservatory of Performing Arts where she received her degree in Musical Theatre. Like so many, Kelsea has tried multiple career routes, trying to ultimately figure out where she is best suited in the workforce. A jack of many trades, Kelsea has found that her specialty resides in communicative and administrative roles, where she gets to work with clients and focus on troubleshootsing and solving problems. She has a background in working in real estate which allows her to time-manage and communicate with people in an always positive and professional manner. When not making phone calls, handling invoicing, or putting up marketing material, Kelsea can be found performing in local theatre productions, writing, or traveling as often as is financially possible! Kelsea looks forward to assisting with the often daunting college/career planning process, and always looks forward to seeing students “finding their footing”. It is such an exciting time! 

Allison Craun (Digital Marketing Director) grew up in a small town in Illinois just an hour north of Chicago. She ventured out to Bakersfield, California during the summer of 2017 to pursue opportunities and more sunshine. Currently, Allison has her Associate’s Degree in Communications and is studying to finish out a Bachelor’s in Marketing and Public Relations. The college application process was something that Allison had no idea how to approach and navigated largely on her own. She is now eager to share the “do’s and don’t’s” with the students at March Consutling. In her free time, Allison can be found traveling, watching Chicago Blackhawk’s games, or spending ridiculous amounts of money on clothes. Allison values creating connections with students and making sure that they feel welcomed every time they are in the office. She looks forward to meeting and working with you!

Dakota Nash (Front Desk Coordinator) is a graduate from California State University, Bakersfield with degrees in Theatre and Communications with an emphasis in digital media. He was born and raised in Bakersfield and is excited to create meaningful relationships with everyone to walk into March Consulting. He sits on the Board of Directors at The Empty Space where he proudly sets theatre free. He can also be seen performing with various theatres in town. He hopes to share many laughs and experiences with you. See you at March!

See what our clients have to say about us:

I was nervous and didn't know how to express myself.

"I was nervous and stressed about the process; I was concerned I wouldn't be able to express myself through a simple essay. I didn't know where I wanted to go to school, or even where to apply.  Since working with Kat Clowes, I was accepted into ten colleges with great scholarships, and my confidence has increased. I have learned so much from Kat about the application process, financing college, and even ways to be successful in college.  If someone asked me if they should come to March Consulting, I would tell them they absolutely need to see Kat. Working with Kat and setting goals and deadlines made me feel like I was productive throughout the college application process. Kat has made me feel more confident about what I have done in high school and how I presented myself in applications."

(Accepted to Saint Louis University, Class of 2019)

Anjali Patel
Stockdale High graduate

Worth every penny...

"Kat helped our daughter overcome her fears about the application process with step by step attainable goals.  Through Kat's mentoring, our daughter embraced and owned the process, and looked forward to her sessions with Kat.  Overall, the experience was great, and the fee we paid Kat was worth every penny." 

Kelly Clanton

I received $55,000 in annual scholarships from my top choice!

"Before I started with March Consulting, I had no real idea of where I wanted to go or what I wanted to do. However, after working with Kat Clowes, I got accepted to Harvey Mudd College (my top choice), and they offered me $55,000 in annual scholarships! Even if they know exactly where they want to go and what they want to do, everyone should work with Kat. She can make sure you get into your dream college with all of the scholarships you need."

Evan Amason

Thank you so much!!

"Before starting this workshop I was extremely nervous and lost with the whole college application process.  I felt like I had no direction with my essay and didn't know what to even write about.  But after this workshop not only do I have a rough draft for one of my essays, I am so much more well informed, confident, and excited about college!!  Kat's outgoing, personable demeanor and ability to take the scariness out of the situation benefited me in more ways than one.  Kat was so very helpful and enthusiastic with us and also very patient, which I appreciated.  THANK YOU SO MUCH!!"

Amanda Zavala

I didn't fit into the perfect, cookie-cutter mold...

"I was extremely fearful about the college application process.  The whole experience overwhelmed me because I felt as if I had no direct plan with regards to my future, and I did not feel like I fit into the perfect, cookie-cutter mold required of a UC applicant.  I feel SO much more confident with the college application process now.  Kat was vital in helping me go through this process.  I feel so much more at ease, particularly with my personal statements.  I have a new found sense of excitement, and I could not have felt this way without her!"

Pilar Punsalan
Independence High School Senior

This workshop was EXTREMELY helpful!

"Before this workshop, I was terrified!  I was putting off my applications because I was scared.  I didn't know where to start and honestly I didn't think I was worthy of applying to major schools.  OMG!  This workshop was EXTREMELY helpful!  I learned so much and everything was simplified enough for me to now feel confident in my applications.  Kat provided me with extremely useful advice, now I know I am going to college....FOR SURE!  She helped me so much with my personal statement that now I'm gushing with ideas!"

Shubdeep Rai

Teachers and others that I talked to would only give me handouts to read...

"Walking into March Consulting's workshop, I was anxious and nervous about the college application process.  Teachers and others that I talked to would simply give you handouts for you to read through but not actually sit down with you.  I just didn't feel confident applying to schools.  After the workshop, I felt amazing!!  So much stress has been relieved, especially for writing my personal statement for the UC's.  I greatly appreciated the fact that she sat down and worked with us to design our essays no matter how long it took.  It really opened my eyes.  Now I feel more confident in applying to my school of choice."

Jenesi Garcia

I was completely and utterly lost...

I was completely and utterly lost when it came time to register for college, and felt intimidated and alone.  Kathryn Clowes guided me throughout the entire process and dispelled my worries while preparing me and leading me in the direction I planned to go.

Tessa Ogles

Kat helped me find my way educationally and personally...

Kat is an excellent role model and has helped me find my way educationally and personally.  She’s both professional and genuinely concerned about others.  I highly recommend her services!

Carolyn Fox

I wholeheartedly endorse...

I wholeheartedly endorse March Consulting for their expertise in educational consulting.

Dr. Janet Robinson, MBA Director
Mount St. Mary’s College