Navigating the academic world can be challenging. Sometimes you may need a little extra assistance. Whether you need an Academic Coach, Educational Therapist, Private School Admissions Consultant or College Counselor --we’re here to help.

Meet Our Staff

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 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.

Rob Stone

Academic Coach

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.

Dr. Bibi Pirayesh

Educational Therapist

Loyola Marymount University, PhD Ed
Columbia University, MA, Psych.
University of Pittsburgh, BA, Neuroscience

Bibi is an Educational Therapist and Learning Specialist with over 10 years of professional experience. She provides one-on-one services for students with a wide range of learning disabilities and differences including dyslexia, ADHD, Pervasive Development Disorders as well as the development of individualized educational and treatment plans. Dr. Pirayesh also offers a Cognitive Brain Training Program which addresses Attention, Memory, Logic/Reasoning, and Processing to ensure students are working at the top of their abilities.

Melissa Kieffer

Educational Therapist

Pepperdine University, MFT
California State University, BA

Melissa provides counseling and positive strategies for behavior modification for children, adolescents, as well as their parents. She specializes in executive functioning skills and flexible thinking plan and has worked with a variety of disorders including ADHD, Autism Spectrum, Anxiety Disorders, Depression and Adjustment Disorders. Melissa has provided one-on-one education remediation services focusing on underlying processing skills to children in grades 1st-8th.