Dr. Kristi Hottenstein is a National Board Certified Counselor. She is practitioner/owner of Compass Counseling & Coaching, PLLC and has been a licensed professional counselor since 2009. She is licensed in Arizona, California, Michigan, New Jersey, and Texas. She is a member of the Michigan Mental Health Counselors Association and was appointed to their board in 2021. She earned a doctorate in higher education administration from the University of Toledo, a masters in Counseling from the University of La Verne and a bachelors in Sociology from Alma College. Dr. Hottenstein also holds a supervisory certification in order to provide supervision to Limited License Professional Counselors and has been certified in negotiation and mediation. She provides counseling for individuals, couples, and teens, as well as provides college selection coaching. 

With nearly two decades of experience in counseling and higher education, Dr. Hottenstein has served as Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management at the University of Michigan –Flint, as the Vice President of Student Services at Jackson College, and as the Dean of Students at Adrian College. She has also completed the prestigious American Council on Education Fellowship with the University of Michigan as her host campus. She is an expert in college admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. She has supervised college counseling centers and behavior intervention teams.

Dr. Hottenstein has taught various courses in counseling, higher education, and college success strategies at both graduate and undergraduate levels. She provides leadership in the field as a peer reviewer for associations like the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and as a member of the Michigan College Access Network’s Higher Education Advisory Council. She also has numerous publications including articles in the Journal of Research Administration.

In her free time, Dr. Hottenstein enjoys distance running, traveling, and being a mom to three wonderful kids.

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