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Kelly MacLean
President and Founder

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Walter Schlothauer
Director of Athletic Recruiting

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Karen Szytec 
Office Manager/
Administrative Assistant

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Marissa Toma
Advertising /Administrative Assistant

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Lawrence Yurick (LJ)
Education Development Administrator / Success Coach

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Catalina Crespo (Cat)
Success Coach

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Samela Xhaferi
Success Coach

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Nischal Allena
Success Coach

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Kelly MacLean
President and Founder

"I founded Kelly MacLean Achievement Center to help any student or player interested in attending college but unsure of how to make the best choice, get accepted, or get recruited."

Kelly MacLean is the president and founder of KMAC. Her unique background as a College Admission Officer 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. With that in mind, we decided to rebrand as the Kelly MacLean Achievement Center in November 2019 to reflect our goal of helping ALL students, not just those looking for athletic recruiting.

Kelly is a featured expert contributor for Stack Magazine and Stack.com 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"!

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Walter Schlothauer
Director of Athletic Recruiting

You have to fight to reach your dream. You have to sacrifice and work hard for it.”

Walter’s career began as a high school All American, heavily recruited D1 college athlete, having played on the United States Junior National Soccer Team and eventually becoming the Rookie of the Year for the Cleveland Cobras. His professional career lasted 12 years, playing both outdoor and indoor soccer. Once retired from professional soccer, Walter continued to share his love of the game as both a High School Soccer Coach and a Club Soccer Coach. He has been involved in the National Indoor Soccer Championships for the past 12 years, and is on the board of the Central Alliance Soccer Association, continuing to impact today’s youth soccer players.

As a high school and club coach, he witnessed the challenges that high school players face in being recruited at the next level. He saw well meaning parents take the wrong paths and cost their children opportunities. He has always been committed to providing the best expertise available to his players and successfully launched hundreds of college athletic careers at the D1, D2, and D3 levels.

While his own career has been centered around soccer, his love of sports and knowledge of recruiting in all areas is vast. Walter brings the same caring and desire to help our students achieve their goals and help families save money in the process. Walter is committed to helping student-athletes and their families navigate this often difficult process with our carefully crafted methods empowering athletes and families to find the best fit in a school and maximize their athletic scholarship opportunities.

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Karen Szytec 
Office Manager/
Administrative Assistant

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Marissa Toma
Advertising /Administrative Assistant

Marissa joined the KMAC team in September of 2021. She attended Midpark High School, and graduated from Cleveland State University with honors in 2015 with her B.A. in Graphic Design.

As one of Kelly’s assistants, Marissa works behind the scenes on various administrative functions, advertising, scheduling, and anything else Kelly asks of her. If you need an athletic recruiting video, she’s your gal!

She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, traveling, Mexican food, watching Netflix series, and listening to her favorite podcasts.

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Lawrence Yurick
Education Development Administrator

Lawrence Yurick attended Olmsted Falls High School and graduated from Mercyhurst University with a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology. He received his Masters in Education with Life Science Licensure from Baldwin-Wallace University in 2020.

Lawrence has what we in the office call a "freaky math brain". He specializes in tutoring all levels of Math, Chemistry, Biology, and English while providing dedicated and personal attention to each student. 

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Catalina Crespo (Cat)
Success Coach

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Samela Xhaferi
Success Coach

My name is Samela Xhaferi. I am perusing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at Baldwin Wallace University. I serve in the Student Government as a Senator for their Diversity and Wellness Committees. (if that is too long feel free to cut the student government part)

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Nischal Allena
Success Coach

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