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Admissions Consulting

Lisa Marfisi, Private School Consultant

University of Pennsylvania, BA
Philadelphia College, BS

Lisa has been a professional in education in Los Angeles since 1991. She was the Director of Admissions K-12 at Wildwood School and PK-6 at Echo Horizon School. She also worked at the Archer School for Girls, PS #1, and Westside Neighborhood School. Lisa’s experience has given her an understanding of what schools are looking for and enables her to help parents navigate the admissions process from an insider’s point of view. Lisa has been helping families with the admission process as a Director of Admission for 14 years.  She is a former steering committee member of ESAD (Elementary School Admission Directors).

Jane Gutman, College Counselor

University of Pennsylvania, MA
Antioch University, MA
Dartmouth College, BA

Jane is a former Associate Dean of Admissions for the University of Pennsylvania and has been the Director of the Western Regional Office for the University of Pennsylvania.  She has been working with westside students as a college counselor for over 25 years.  Jane holds Master degrees in American Studies and Clinical Psychology. Her insider knowledge of what really happens in the admissions office, as well as her background in psychology makes her a perfect choice for the complex needs of families during the college application process. Jane has worked with Academic Achievers' families for 8 years.

Priya Nambiar, Educational Consultant

Harvard University, M Ed
Brown University, BA

With over 20 years in education and a decade of experience as the Associate Director of Admissions at two independent schools in Los Angeles, Priya understands the private school admissions landscape from an insider's perspective. First and foremost, her mission is to help children and families find the right school for them. Priya helps her students through every aspect of the application process, from managing timelines and strengthening applications to understanding the cultures of the various schools.

Rob Stone, College Application Specialist

Harvard University, MA
Colorado College, BA

Rob has taught writing and history at a prestigious private day school in Chicago as well as being on their admissions committee. He has been an academic and college essay coach for students who have been admitted to Yale, Brown, Stanford, Columbia, and Harvard. Rob has interviewed hundreds of students for private school and college admissions.  He provides our families with calm, patience, and expertise to make the application and interview process as seamless as possible.

Elizabeth Venturini, College Career Counselor

Pepperdine University, MBA
California State University, BS
UCLA College Counseling Certified

Elizabeth gladly supports stressed out, time-starved parents who want the best college and career options for their teenagers.  With certifications from the most respected career assessments, Elizabeth has helped students select college majors and careers that will pay off after college graduation.  Her students have been accepted to Harvey Mudd, Santa Clara University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan and many more.  If your teen is ready to roll up their sleeves and experience the personal pride of earning a place at their dream school, then Elizabeth is your college counselor. 

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