Meet our staff

Sarah Cotton

Admissions Counselor

Sarah Cotton is a New Hampshire native and Boston lover through and through. She is passionate about education, travel, communications, and media. Sarah graduated in 2012 from the University of New Hampshire, where she studied English, Journalism, Education, and Psychology. She spent a semester studying abroad in the heart of London and traveled throughout Australia and New Zealand. She also held various student affairs positions in college, and her experiences sparked her passion for supporting students in a higher education setting. Prior to Pine Manor College, Sarah worked as a social media marketer at a startup in the Boston area, offering insight and advice to students about college and all things education. She also worked as a resident advisor at an international boarding school in Boston, among 150 international students. Her experiences working with students solidified her decision to pursue a career in international education, and she is thrilled to work with a diverse population as an admissions counselor at Pine Manor College. Sarah loves learning about new cultures, foreign languages, and strives to promote international and intercultural awareness and respect. “Education is opportunity – I will never stop learning, and I want to help lifelong learners such as myself achieve their academic and personal goals.”


Katie Kidwell

Admissions Counselor

Katie Kidwell is a recent Boston transplant originally from Kansas City. She graduated with honors from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with her Bachelor of Arts in History, English with a minor Film Studies. Katie then went on to earn her Master of Arts in Higher Education & Student Affairs from the University of Iowa. Katie’s graduate experience included academic rigor, extracurricular involvement in student government, and a multitude of hands-on experiences. She held a graduate assistantship coordinating volunteers at the Women's Resource & Action Center, practicum experiences in both career and academic advising, and a summer internship in residential life and learning communities in upstate New York. Katie’s interest in working in higher education & student affairs stems from relationships with advisors who served as role models: “My advisors provided me with the resources and encouragement needed to create my own path. They were amazing inspirations for me and why I decided to become a counselor—to help students realize their potential.” Now, as an Admissions Counselor at Pine Manor, Katie works to advocate for and empower students while they find their perfect fit on campus. In her spare time, Katie loves consuming a myriad of popular culture, occasionally running, trying out new recipes, and engaging in anything intellectually stimulating and highly entertaining.


Karla Lopes '12

Admissions Counselor

Karla Lopes is a happily married Pine Manor College class of 2012 graduate. A Brazilian native, her heart resides in Plymouth, Massachusetts, where she has lived since 2001. Language barriers, new cultural values and different school systems were challenges that she had to adapt to in America on her way to becoming a successful college graduate.
Karla’s priority has always been her education, which she believes is the key to success in life. Upon her arrival at Pine Manor College, she took advantage of the numerous opportunities on campus. While a student, she was inducted into Alpha Chi Honor Society and awarded with the Dean’s Award and for Achievement in Social and Political Systems. Karla is intent on using her experience and knowledge to counsel and mentor students interested in attending Pine Manor College as a way to give back. She has become an active agent of change at Pine Manor College and within the Greater Boston Community, advocating for students and new Americans.
“Pine Manor College has given me ample chances to discover many hidden skills and assets that helped to shape me into the unique, confident woman that I have become today. I hope to provide similar opportunities to women as an Admissions Counselor at the College.”


Lindsey Berndt '11

Admissions Office Manager

Lindsey Berndt is Pine Manor College Admissions Department Office Manager. A 2011 graduate of Pine Manor College, Lindsey is most familiar with what the college has to offer. Independent-minded, Lindsey designed her own minor at PMC in Spanish language and culture, an interest that led her to a teaching position in Madrid, Spain, right after she graduated. She enjoys travelling and studying languages and hopes to have more opportunities to do both through working with our international students.