Leadership Team

Terry Wilfong


E-Mail: twilfong@collegeoptions.net

Office Number: 888-576-8287 x1

Mr. Terry Wilfong is one of the nation’s top experts on financing college and admissions, and he has worked with hundreds of colleges and universities across the United States. He has held positions in Admissions, Recruitment and Enrollment Management and has served as a consultant in the field to many. Mr. Wilfong is a retired military officer and has dedicated his life to advancing educational opportunities for thousands of young men and women. He provides the Foundation with technical expertise in college admissions, financing and success.

Professional Highlights:

  • Has made hundreds of radio and TV show appearances across the country and provided seminars to hundreds of thousands of parents
  • Syndicated columnist, producing weekly and monthly articles on college admissions and financing
  • Recipient, MacArthur Award for the most outstanding junior officer in the United States Army world-wide
  • Recipient, University President’s Recognition Award, 2003 in Educational Marketing and Recruitment

Emily Donahue

Director of Programs

E-Mail: edonahue@collegeoptions.net

Office Number: 888-576-8287 x700

Emily Donahue has more than 20 years’ experience in program development, special events, training and academic competitions. She has managed all of the Foundation’s academic bowls and leadership symposium events including the web-based and in-person events. Ms. Donahue selects the question content, monitors the progress of each online competition and coordinates the championship events including transportation, meals, speakers, publicity and lodging. Prior to joining the Foundation she managed field programs for an international aid organization and directed special events for a Washington, DC public relations firm.

Ms. Donahue has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Spring Hill College and Master of Arts in Latin American Studies from George Washington University.

Support Team

Lauren Conway

Marketing Director

E-Mail: lconway@collegeoptions.net

Office Number: 888-576-8287 x708

B.S., Business Administration Marketing, Georgia College & State University

Sharon Curlee

Grant Development for Academic and Leadership programs

E-Mail: scurlee@collegeoptions.net

Office Number: 888-576-8287 x707

B.F.A. Theatre, University of New Mexico

Wendy Darling

Project Manager, JROTC Leadership and Academic Bowls

E-Mail: wdarling@collegeoptions.net

Office Number: 888-576-8287 x702

R.N. Calhoun College

Lori Grillo

Accounting Manager

E-Mail: lgrillo@collegeoptions.net

Office Number: 888-576-8287 x704

BS in Accounting, Fairleigh Dickinson University

Tom Torbert, LTC (US Army, Retired)

Program Manager, JROTC Leadership Bowl

E-Mail: ttorbert@collegeoptions.net

Office Number: 888-576-8287 x712

BS in Business Management, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

Graduate of US Army Command and General Staff College

Tech Team

Dr. Charles F. Belinski

Instructional Designer, Writer, Internet Media Producer

E-Mail: cbelinski@collegeoptions.net

Dr. Belinski has more than 22 years of experience in training and education. In addition to his experience with the delivery of instruction and the development of traditional and media- based instructional materials, Dr. Belinski began developing interactive computer-based training in 1989. Dr. Belinski has been on the faculty of four universities designing, developing and instructing graduate and undergraduate level courses in instructional systems design and development, instructional technology, audiovisual production and presentation, television production, photography, and multimedia computer-based training. He also has presented at national and international conferences on a variety of training and educational topics. Dr. Belinski has a Masters in Educational Media from Miami University (Ohio) and a Doctor of Education degree (Instructional Technology) from the University of Georgia.

Ron Small

Learning Productions and Marketing

E-Mail: rsmall@collegeoptions.net

Ron’s extensive knowledge in entertainment and learning productions lends well to the foundation’s continued efforts to develop innovative, high quality programs to assist in the high school learning-college bound environment. He has more than twenty five years in strategic marketing and distribution of broadcast and home media in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America. His expertise includes campaigns for dozens of documentaries and entertainment programs with such production and distribution partners as PBS, BBC, Channel 4 (UK), RAI-TV, Octapixx Worldwide, Madacy Entertainment, Koch Entertainment, Discovery Channel, Travel Channel and many others. Ron regularly attends the following television markets: MIPCOM, MIPTV, Junior MIP, MIPDOC (all in Cannes, France), NATPE (Las Vegas) and Home Media Expo (Las Vegas). Through his company, Maxx Marketing, programs that Ron has produced, acquired or represents can be seen on broadcast television networks and in retail giant such as Barnes and Noble, Target and WalMart, throughout the world.

With a bachelor’s degree from Tulane University in New Orleans, Ron is a frequent guest lecturer in Marketing at the prestigious Citadel; The Military College of South Carolina, located in Charleston.

Ron lives in Charleston, South Carolina, is married to Vicki Small and they have two young daughters.