A Team of Experienced Testing Professionals

At Summit, we pride ourselves on being an expert resource for families navigating the uneven landscape of standardized testing. Since 1988, our team of experts has calmly, caringly, and expertly guided thousands of families through the process of admissions testing and tutoring. We’ve had many imitators over the years, but we’ve stayed ahead by evolving and refining every aspect of our service: our pedagogical approach, our customer care, our course materials and technology, and, most importantly, our expert tutors, the face and heart of Summit. Our commitment is to your testing success, on your terms: a commitment to find the right tutor, to customize the optimal program, to create a schedule that works for you. Get to know us.

Charles O’Hearn

President/Founder

While an undergraduate at Yale University, Charlie provided personalized, in-home tutoring services to students in the New Haven area.  Seeing a need for one-on-one, in-home tutoring and test preparation, he launched Summit Educational Group in Wellesley, MA in 1988.  Charlie has written a number of highly regarded test preparation books, which are used by tutoring companies and schools around the country.  He is an expert in the field of tutoring and test preparation and is a frequent speaker and panelist at education conferences, forums, and schools around the country.

Michael Dean

Regional Director for One-on-One Tutoring, Massachusetts

Michael received a BA in Film from Emerson College and MA in Library and Information Science from Simmons College.  He has held several different management positions during his 10+ years at Summit, and his customer service focus and integrity make him well-suited to his latest role managing Summit’s one-on-one tutoring division.  Michael is highly-regarded among school and independent counselors throughout New England and New York as a trusted test prep partner who does all he can on behalf of his clients.  

Anthony Aromando

Regional Director for One-on-One Tutoring, Connecticut and New York

Anthony has been with Summit for over three years, first as a tutor and currently as Regional Director for One-on-One Tutoring in CT and NY. After nearly 20 years of teaching and helping 25 students at a time, he appreciates the chance to focus his expertise on one student at a time, whether for test preparation or academic support. Anthony holds a degree in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Drew Heilpern, PhD.

Director of Educational Partnerships

Drew graduated cum laude from Duke University with degrees in Biology and Elementary Education. He then completed his PhD in Immunology from Tufts Medical School.  After completing his postdoctoral fellowship, Drew began tutoring for Summit where his passion as an educator quickly made him one of Summit’s most requested tutors. As General Manager, Drew oversees operations and business development for Summit’s One-on-One, In-Home Tutoring division. Outside of Summit, Drew is busy with his two girls both under the age of two, his two cats, and talking shop with his wife, Carol, who is also a Summit tutor.

Jennifer Prince

General Manager for Classroom Programs

Jenn Prince has been General Manager of Summit’s Classroom Programs since 2010. She did her undergraduate work at Hampshire College and Smith College, and went on to get an MBA from Boston University. Prior to joining Summit, she was a Middle- and High-School English Teacher at Dana Hall and Beaver Country Day Schools, and then a Regional Sales Trainer for the Estee Lauder Corporation. Jenn lives in Newton with her husband Mark and their three (very) young daughters.

Brian Murphy

General Manager for Course Materials and Services

Brian Murphy has been with Summit for 6 years. He is currently the General Manager of the Course Materials and Services division. He has a BA from the College of the Holy Cross and an MA from the University of Connecticut. He spent 10 years as a public school teacher before joining Summit. He enjoys helping schools run their own test prep programs and helping tutoring companies grow their test prep services.

  • Anne Ouellette
    Anne OuelletteDirector of Teacher and Tutor Services, Connecticut/New York

    Anne Ouellette graduated in the top 10% of her class at the United States Naval Academy and later studied Nuclear Engineering through the Navy. She has been a tutor since 2010 and currently works as the Director of Tutor Services for Summit. In her free time, she can often be found working on restoring her 140 year old Victorian home.

    • Becky Ticotsky
      Becky TicotskyManager, Teacher and Tutor Services, Massachusetts

      Becky Ticotsky grew up in Lexington, Mass., and received a B.A. in Psychology from Wesleyan University and a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Cambridge College. She joined Summit as a tutor in 2012. As a program director in our Newton office, Becky enjoys helping parents put together effective test-prep programs. True to the Summit name, Becky also conquers high peaks, such as Mt. Rainier and Mt. Whitney.

      • Brook Newcomb
        Brook NewcombProgram Director

        Brook has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BA in Mathematics from Williams College, where he graduated with honors. He has been with Summit for over 7 years; prior to that, held senior management positions in financial services and consulted in various field, including higher education.

        • Catherine Thompson
          Catherine ThompsonDirector of Operations

          Catherine was a National Merit Finalist and Scholar. She earned her BBA from the University of Texas at Austin and later studied to become a teacher. She spent time teaching high school geometry and algebra in both Texas and Massachusetts, before moving on to private tutoring with Summit in 2003. She currently runs the finance and HR departments for Summit while still finding the time for family, cooking, and reading.

          • Rob Fisher
            Rob FisherManager, Teacher and Tutor Services, Massachusetts

            Rob Fisher is a graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, where he obtained his BA in Psychology. He then pursued further education at Boston College, where he received his MA in Mental Health Counseling. Prior to being a Program Director at Summit, Rob worked as a social worker in housing development. He utilizes these counseling skills in his tutoring and a variety of other educational backgrounds. Rob is an avid golfer, and also enjoys tennis and running.

            • Colleen McShea
              Colleen McSheaOperations Manager

              Colleen graduated from Fordham University with a degree in English Literature and a minor in Communications. Prior to Summit, she taught at a school for students on the Autism Spectrum. When she is not assisting customers in her role as Director of Operations, Colleen likes to rock climb and run races, and her favorite hobbies are reading and baking. She has a passion for teaching and helping others, especially those with unique learning abilities.

              • James Saelee
                James SaeleeDirector of 1-1 Tutoring, Connecticut & New York

                James is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley, where he double majored in Music and Political Science. While there, he worked as a volunteer tutor in math and reading for Berkeley Unified School District. Including his time at Summit, James has eight years of experience in the tutoring and test prep industry. In his role as the Director of 1-1 Tutoring, James enjoys working closely with families to customize tutoring programs to suit each student’s specific needs and goals.

                • Joshua White
                  Joshua WhiteDirector of Curriculum, Instruction, and Training

                  In his role as Director of Curriculum, Joshua oversees the development, implementation, and oversight of Summit’s curriculum, instruction, and training. Prior to his role, Joshua spent 3 years as a Summit tutor and classroom teacher, preparing students for the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and essay-writing. With over 10 years of tutoring experience, Joshua has taught students from kindergarteners to senior citizens in everything from cooking to computers.

                  • Lisa Houtzeel
                    Lisa HoutzeelProgram Director

                    Lisa joined Summit in 2008 as an SAT, SSAT and ISEE tutor. In her current role as Program Director, Lisa enjoys building relationships with families and drawing on her experiences as both a tutor and as a parent, to design and personalize Summit’s programs for each individual student. Lisa graduated from University of Massachusetts in Amherst with dual degree in Sociology and Journalism and a minor in Psychology.

                    • Marvin Wolfert
                      Marvin WolfertProgram Director

                      Marvin Wolfert has been a Summit tutor since 2004, and has served as a Summit Program Director since 2012. Marvin graduated magna cum laude from Boston University with a degree in English Literature, and also holds a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Marvin’s professional background includes 15 years in estate and business planning law and 7 years in retail management. Within the past decade, Marvin has run over a dozen marathons, including Boston.

                      • Michael Melia
                        Michael MeliaMarketing Manager

                        Since graduating cum laude with degrees in English and Secondary Education, Michael has had nearly a decade of experience in the field of test prep. As Marketing Manager of Summit, he helps build relationships with schools and tutoring companies all across the country. Outside of work, he enjoys collecting records and exploring new cities.

                      • Vicki Strateman
                        Vicki StratemanAssistant Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Training

                        Vicki began as a Summit tutor while earning her Master’s in Elementary Education at Boston College. After graduating, she moved into her full-time role as a Classroom Programs Coordinator, where she is part of a team that organizes and implements testing and tutoring through schools and community centers. She also writes and edits for the Curriculum, Instruction, and Training division, where she enjoys the challenges of creating resources for diverse groups of learners.

                        • Whitney Longworth
                          Whitney LongworthDirector of Educational Partnerships, Connecticut & New York

                          Whitney graduated cum laude from Connecticut College where she was a selected scholar for the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy.  Her professional background has focused on client relations in both the retail and entertainment fields.  She started as a tutor with Summit before joining the team full-time as a Program Director.  Whitney enjoys collaborating with our school and counselor partners as the Director of Educational Partnerships.  Outside of work, she freelances in the film and entertainment fields and enjoys planning elaborate theme parties.

                          • Kristine Chochrek
                            Kristine ChochrekMarketing Director

                            Kristine received a BA in English from Middlebury College. With over 15 years of marketing experience, Kristine is excited to be part of the continued growth at Summit. She is a believer in the educational benefits of travel as she has spent much of her time seeing the world and studying abroad. In her free time, Kristine volunteers with Horizons for Homeless Children, a charity helping to improve the lives of homeless children in Massachusetts.

                            • Ashley Gilbert
                              Ashley GilbertClassroom Programs Account Manager, Massachusetts

                              Ashley Gilbert is a graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, where she obtained her BA in Psychology. She then pursued further education at Boston College, where she received her MA in Mental Health Counseling. Prior to being the Classroom Programs Account Manager at Summit, Ashley worked as a social worker in a community mental health center in the Metrowest area of Massachusetts. She frequently uses her coordination and counseling skills from her time as a social worker to help ensure that Summit’s families’ and schools’ needs are met. Ashley is an avid reader, and also enjoys dancing, and running.

                              • Katie Sewall
                                Katie SewallMarketing Specialist

                                Katie is a graduate of Boston College with a BA in English and Journalism. While at Boston College, Katie wrote for the school newspaper and tutored at Frederick Pilot Middle School in Boston, MA. At Summit, Katie helps to run email campaigns, social media programs, and various other marketing programs. Prior to Summit, Katie worked at Oracle in their Sales and Business Development program. In her free time, Katie’s passions include writing, yoga, and spending time with family and friends.

                                • Alex McBride
                                  Alex McBrideOffice Administrator, Massachusetts

                                  Alex McBride graduated with her BA in English and Sociology from California Lutheran University. She then decided to move across the country to pursue her MA in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College. She worked a plethora of jobs before finding her place in the Summit family. Alex is Summit’s receptionist and occasionally proctors Summit’s weekend practice tests. She enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with her dog and cat overlords.

                                  • Gennifer Dorgan
                                    Gennifer DorganManager, Teacher and Tutor Services, Connecticut & New York

                                    Genny earned her B.A. from Kenyon College and M.A. from the University of Connecticut. She has taught a wide range of subjects, including composition, German, music performance, and English as a second language, to students age 10 to adult. A Summit tutor before assuming her current role, she is passionate about supporting a first-rate tutoring staff. Genny is also an accomplished scholar of medieval literature whose hobbies include hiking and playing trombone.

                                    • Alysha Hearn
                                      Alysha HearnDirector of One-on-One Tutoring Operations, Massachusetts

                                      Alysha Hearn attended Earlham College where she earned a B.A. in Art, graduated with honors and was a Bonner Community Service Scholar. She later pursued an M.S. in Global Studies and International Relations at Northeastern University where she gained admission to the Sigma Epsilon Rho Honor Society. Alysha has been committed to the field of education management for many years, working with middle school age students through adult learners. Her personal and professional mission is to help people reach their life goals through education.

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