Meet the people behind the scenes.

The ArborBridge team is composed of impassioned educators, tech enthusiasts, and life-long learners. We are deeply committed to the families we serve and the continued improvement of our programs.

Get to know us!

  • Kate Ballard-Rosa
    Kate Ballard-Rosa Chief Executive Officer

    The owner of a perfect 2400 on the SAT and 36 on the ACT, Kate has tutored hundreds of students in nearly every standardized test, working with all types of students and learning styles. Kate oversees all aspects of ArborBridge operations, including the architecture and development of ArborBridge’s proprietary curriculum. Kate is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and remains a rabid fan of Cal Bears football.

  • Andrew Finn
    Andrew Finn Co-Founder & Chairman

    Andrew co-founded ArborBridge with Tim in 2007 and was CEO until the fall of 2016. Prior to co-founding ArborBridge, he worked as a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers and graduated with high distinction from University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business. An occasional guest speaker at UCLA’s Anderson School of Business, Andrew also co-founded the blog Wait But Why with Tim in 2013.

  • Tim Urban
    Tim Urban Co-Founder & Executive Director

    Tim earned his A.B. from Harvard University, graduating cum laude with a major in Government. He co-founded ArborBridge with Andrew in 2007, has personally tutored nearly every academic subject, and has prepared students for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, ACT, GRE and ISEE tests. Tim is also the writer and illustrator of the blog Wait But Why, which he co-founded with Andrew in 2013.

  • Erica Sin
    Erica Sin Director of Tutoring

    Erica graduated with her B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. Having worked with families all over the world, Erica is experienced in developing customized preparation programs to help students of all educational and cultural backgrounds.

  • Peter Kaufman
    Peter Kaufman Director of Tutoring

    Born and raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, Peter graduated with distinction from Yale University’s prestigious Theater Arts program. Before becoming a program director, Peter worked as one of ArborBridge’s full-time tutors, teaching SAT, ACT and advanced mathematics. If Peter is not in the Santa Monica office, you can find him traveling the world to meet with counselors.

  • Bryce Hubner
    Bryce Hubner Director of Tutoring

    Bryce spent more than a decade in teaching and leadership roles at some of the nation’s top independent schools and sports academies. He uses his considerable experience to partner with counselors and families around the world. Bryce is also a proud supporter and alumnus of Bates College, where he studied English and wrote his undergraduate thesis on James Joyce’s Dubliners.

  • Nicole Newquist
    Nicole Newquist Director of Tutoring

    Nicole graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a degree in Sociology. With an expertise in developing customized programs for students of all ages and learning styles, Nicole works hands on with counselors and families to help each student achieve his or her highest potential.

  • Jon Chang
    Jon Chang Program Manager

    Jon studied and earned two Master’s Degrees in Neuroscience (Johns Hopkins University) and Science Journalism (New York University). His unique background in both research and communication helps him as Program Manager, where he provides individualized advice to students and families about how ArborBridge can steer them towards academic success.

  • Megan Stubbendeck
    Megan Stubbendeck Senior Director of Instruction

    Dr. Megan Stubbendeck is a nine-year veteran of the test prep industry with twelve years of teaching experience. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia where she taught for three years in the History Department. As the Senior Director of Instruction, Megan oversees the development of curriculum and management of all tutors at ArborBridge.

  • Jodie Westerman
    Jodie Westerman Manager of Instruction

    A graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, Jodie began her career as a top tutor at one of the largest test prep firms in the country. Jodie has since joined ArborBridge as a concierge test prep tutor and curriculum developer. As Manager of Instruction, Jodie trains and supports each of our tutors to ensure they have the background and resources to do excellent work.

  • Lisa McManus
    Lisa McManus Director of Curriculum

    Originally from New Hampshire, Lisa graduated from the Columbia School of Public Health where she finished a degree in Sociomedical Sciences after studying biology as an undergrad at Georgetown. As the Director of Curriculum, Lisa leads a team to develop comprehensive and targeted curricula for a variety of tests and subjects, and provides lesson support for an international team of tutors.

  • Owen Tuleja
    Owen Tuleja Associate Director of Instruction

    Owen earned a B.A.from the University of Pennsylvania, where he majored in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics. Owen has experience tutoring in a variety of academic areas, but he specializes in the SAT, ACT, and GRE, as well as Math and Physics SAT Subject Tests. His background and test prep experience bring a valuable component to ArborBridge’s curriculum and program directors.

  • Melissa Silvers
    Melissa Silvers Associate Director of Operations

    Melissa joins ArborBridge in her native town, Santa Monica, after years of experience in advertising and education. Her passion for helping students grow in education began in the non-profit sector at an Education Foundation in Los Angeles. She has a B.A. in Consumer Affairs in Business from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and is a proud Badger!

  • Caroline Chang
    Caroline Chang Tech Product Manager

    Originally from Chicago, Caroline made a home in sunny California to attend Occidental College, where she earned a B.A. in Psychology. Caroline assists the marketing team in business development efforts and project management as well as helps to maintain and grow ArborBridge’s presence online.

  • Val Kaskovich
    Val Kaskovich Senior Director of Finance and Operations

    A Chicago native with a B.A. in Economics and Spanish from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Val joined the ArborBridge team in September 2013. After being involved in different areas of the company over the past years, Val now heads the operations team to keep day-to-day business running smoothly, as well as specializes in finance, accounting, and compliance issues.

  • Jonathan Boswell
    Jonathan Boswell Chief Technology Officer

    Jonathan received his a B.F.A. from Florida State University. He has founded and sold multiple technology start-ups and led projects with Sony, Google, Wells Fargo, Yahoo! and many others. He joins ArborBridge as Chief Technology Officer to help develop our proprietary systems and ensure backend operations run smoothly.

  • Heather Simons
    Heather Simons Hiring Manager

    Heather has worked in the field of education and test prep since she moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 2011. At ArborBridge, she recruits, hires, and trains online and in-person tutors around the country. Heather graduated summa cum laude from Gettysburg College with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and creative writing.

  • Jess Hsu
    Jess Hsu Operations Coordinator

    Born and raised in Maine, Jess settled in Los Angeles following her graduation from Skidmore College, where she earned her B.A. in Art History. Jess brings her organizational and customer service skills to ArborBridge, assisting the Operations team and coordinating student testing.

Meet the CollegePlannerPro team!

CollegePlannerPro officially joined the ArborBridge family in April of 2016. To learn more, please read our official announcement.

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Raymond Babul

General Manager, CollegePlannerPro

Born in Chicago and mostly raised in sunny Southern California, Raymond was exposed to a variety of climates and cultures at an early age. This is reflected in the wealth of experience Raymond gained in customer service, sales, operations, and management working as Senior Operations Director at one of the biggest test prep firms in the nation. Longing to make more impactful contributions to an up and coming business, Raymond joined the ArborBridge team in 2013. After helping establish the ArborBridge operations team, Raymond jumped on the opportunity to bring his unique skill set to CollegePlannerPro as General Manager. When Raymond isn’t focusing on business, he can generally be found sobbing over the latest Chicago Bears loss.

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Lisa Davis

Director of Sales and Marketing, CollegePlannerPro

Lisa joined the ArborBridge Group organization while completing her undergraduate degree at Loyola Marymount University. After 7 years in various roles at both Launch Education Group and ArborBridge, Lisa gained valuable experience in digital marketing, graphic and web design, business development, sales, and management. Lisa is now excited to bring her knowledge and passion for growing small companies to the CollegePlannerPro team as the Director of Sales and Marketing.  Outside of work, Lisa enjoys weekend getaways, binge watching Netflix, and carbohydrates.