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 FinnCo-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 UrbanCo-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.
Jonathan BoswellChief 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 joined ArborBridge as Chief Technology Officer architecting our proprietary systems and developing innovative education technologies to serve our clients.
Zach JohnsonSoftware Developer
Zach received his B.A. from the University of Utah in Economics. After college, he worked on Wall Street for 5 years before learning how to code and moving to California in 2014. As ArborBridge’s Software Developer, he is responsible for maintaining and improving our proprietary systems.
Bryce HubnerDirector of Development
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.
Erica SinDirector 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.
Nicole NewquistLead 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.
Laura ClarkAssociate Director of Tutoring
Laura graduated cum laude from the University of Kansas where she earned a degree in Strategic Communications. After working several years in digital advertising, she completed a Masters of Arts Management from Columbia College Chicago. She spent 5 years teaching English in Spain before joining the ArborBridge team, where she works side-by-side with families and counselors to develop custom solutions for students around the world.
Valerie Kaskovich, CMAExecutive Director of Finance
A Chicago native and Economics graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Val joined the ArborBridge team in September 2013. Val is responsible for the company’s financial functions including accounting, budgeting, payroll, corporate finance, human resources, and compliance.
Megan StubbendeckExecutive Director of Operations
Dr. Megan Stubbendeck is a 12-year veteran of the test prep industry with 15 years of teaching experience. She earned her Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia where she taught for 3 years in the History Department. As Executive Director of Operations, Megan oversees the program management, instruction, curriculum, and operations teams at ArborBridge.
Briana GordonProgram Manager
Briana is a seasoned test prep expert who has worked in nearly every capacity of the industry over the past 16 years. She graduated with her B.S. in Atmospheric Science at Cornell University before moving on to earn two Master’s Degrees: one in Curriculum & Instruction and another in Atmospheric Science. As a previous ArborBridge tutor, Briana understands the nuances of our tutoring programs, and she is dedicated to helping families navigate the process with ease and success.
Eleanor SharpLead Instruction Manager
During her time at Oberlin College as a National Merit Finalist, Eleanor discovered her long-time love and commitment to education and tutoring. She has since brought her expertise to ArborBridge as both a test prep tutor and Instruction Manager, providing ongoing support for tutors so they are equipped with the tools they need to help students around the world.
Heather SimonsAssociate Director of Hiring
Heather has worked in education and test prep since she moved from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 2011. At ArborBridge, she recruits and hires all tutors and staff from around the world. Heather graduated summa cum laude from Gettysburg College with a B.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing.
Jess HsuAssociate Director of Operations
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.
Melissa SilversDirector 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!
Rose PaikAssociate Director of Curriculum
Rose earned her M.A. in Educational Technology from Johns Hopkins University School of Education and her undergraduate degree from University of Washington Foster School of Business. Rose’s graduate work focused on employing digital-age learning to enhance standardized test preparation instruction and create personalized learning experiences for every student. With over a decade of tutoring experience, Rose ensures that ArborBridge curriculum is exciting and enhances every student’s education.
Samuel HolleyProgram Manager
With more than 7 years of experience in test prep, Samuel has personally taught over 500 students and has overseen programs for an additional 500. He graduated cum laude in Theology at Georgetown University, where he wrote an honors thesis about human flourishing. Applying his passion for flourishing to admissions testing, Samuel believes providing the right preparation and guidance during this process relieves stress — enabling students and their families to thrive.
Will PetersonProgram Manager
A California native based in Berlin, Germany, Will is a Brown University graduate who earned a B.A. in Comparative Literature. As a previous ArborBridge tutor, he knows the ins and outs of a tutoring program, and as Program Manager, he is committed to making every tutoring experience nothing short of delightful.