specializing in College, Young Adult and Adolescent Therapeutic Placements
Oakes Hunnewell founded Hunnewell Education Group in 2009 after fifteen years of working with adolescents and young adults. Born and raised in Paris, France, Oakes earned a B.A. in Political Science from Syracuse University before moving to Washington, DC to work for the Office of then Majority Leader, Congressman Richard Gephardt.
His educational career began in 1994 in Millbrook, NY where he taught French, history and third grade science at Dutchess Day School. In 1998, Oakes earned a Masters in School Administration from Harvard University. While at Harvard, he worked extensively with Shackleton Schools, an experiential-education secondary school in Massachusetts, developing curricula for its first year of operation.
Subsequently, Oakes taught French at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Potomac, MD, where he also served on the admissions committee, was an advisor to the junior class, and coached the boys’ tennis team. While at St. Andrew’s, Oakes started an exchange program with L’École des Roches, a boarding school in Normandy, France.
In 2004, he joined the staff of The School Counseling Group, an educational consulting firm based in Washington, DC that has cultivated a strong national and international reputation. There, Oakes served as the college counselor and, for five years, worked with a wide range of students (mostly from Northern Virginia and Montgomery County, Maryland) helping them to find the appropriate colleges, post graduate and gap year programs.
As an educational consultant promoting American education abroad, Oakes has travelled throughout the world, to countries such as the United Kingdom, France, China and Brazil hosting information sessions for students and families interested in attending schools and universities in the United States.
Oakes has served on the Board of Trustees at Walnut Hill School for the Arts as well as Trinity Education for Excellence Program, an inner-city leadership program in Boston, MA. Oakes is a member of Higher Education Consultants Association (HECA), the Independent Educational Consultant Association (IECA) and is a Certified Education Consultant (CEP). Oakes currently resides in Denver, CO with his wife and 2 children. He enjoys skiing, cycling, squash and tennis. He is an enthusiastic traveler and a family man.
Senior Partner—specializing in Elementary, Middle, Secondary, Day and Boarding School
Chris Overbye joined the Hunnewell Education Group in the fall of 2010 after spending 20 years as a teacher and administrator at several leading independent day and boarding schools across New England. Before joining Hunnewell, Chris worked as the Director of Admissions at Dexter and Southfield Schools. There he managed the expansion of the K-12 enrollment. Chris also served as Director of Admissions at Lawrence Academy and the Indian Mountain School.
In addition to his admission’s experience, Chris has served as Director of Development at the Meadowbrook School and at his alma mater, Salisbury School. Chris has enjoyed interacting with students, faculty and parents as an English teacher, a dorm parent, a student advisor and a basketball, baseball and golf coach at Lawrence Academy, Indian Mountain School and the Dexter and Southfield Schools.
As a lifelong advocate for private elementary and secondary boarding schools, Chris brings a wealth of personal and professional knowledge and understands the complexities of both domestic and international admissions. Chris believes that matching the strengths and talents of applicants to the right day or boarding school is critical to the success of each student. He helps set goals for each applicant and understands the unique educational opportunities available at each school are essential to the private school placement process.
After attending Indian Mountain School and Salisbury School, he earned a degree from Allegheny College and is currently completing his MLS at Wesleyan University. Chris and his wife Leslie, who teaches at the Fay School, live in the greater Boston area with their 14-year-old daughter and their two labrador retrievers.