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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


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

Michael Dean

Executive Director

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 Massachusetts office.  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.


Drew Heilpern, PhD.

Chief Brand Ambassador

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. 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.

  • James Saelee
    James Saelee Managing Director, Operations & Tutor Services, 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 White Director 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 Houtzeel Senior Program Director

    Lisa joined Summit in 2008 as an SAT, SSAT and ISEE tutor. In her current role as Senior 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 Wolfert Lead Program 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. Away from Summit, Marvin is a proud and busy grandfather, and an avid reader and runner. Marvin has also run over 20 marathons since 2008, including multiple Boston Marathons.

  • Whitney Longworth
    Whitney Longworth Director of Business Development

    Whitney graduated cum laude from Connecticut College where she was a selected scholar for the Holleran Center for Community Action and Public Policy. Her early career focused on client relations in the retail and entertainment fields. Whitney enjoys collaborating with our school and counselor partners in her role at Summit. She is an expert panelist and frequent guest speaker at industry conferences. Outside of work, she enjoys planning elaborate events.

  • Alex McBride
    Alex McBride Program Director, 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 a Program Director, verbal tutor, and occasional proctor for Summit’s weekend practice tests. She enjoys reading, playing video games, and spending time with her dog and cat overlords.

  • Laura Rothman
    Laura Rothman Director of One-on-One Tutoring Operations, Massachusetts

    Laura is originally from Bolton, Massachusetts. She attended Applewild School in Fitchburg and Middlesex School in Concord. She earned her bachelor’s in Mathematics and secondary concentrations in Economics and French from Bates College. She has tutored the SAT, ACT, SSAT, ISEE, and additional math subjects since 2010, and joined Summit in 2015 as a Program Director. Outside of her work for Summit, she enjoys volunteering with the Boston rowing community.

  • Allison Kaplan
    Allison Kaplan Managing Director, Massachusetts

    Allison grew up in Framingham, MA and did her undergraduate at UMass Amherst and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology at The Ohio State University. She has 20 years of experience in Higher Education, as an Academic Advisor, Academic Counselor, and also as a Director of the Tutoring Services at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences. Allison has tutored for Summit steadily for the last several years. She currently lives in Hopkinton, MA with her husband, teenage son, and two cats. She loves jigsaw puzzles, cooking, and reading.

  • Lauren Campbell
    Lauren Campbell Assistant Director of Classroom Programs, Connecticut & New York

    Lauren graduated cum laude from Salve Regina University with a major in Global Business & Economics, and a minor in Business Administration. Prior to Summit, Lauren worked in retail, where she built strong personal and professional relationships by offering impeccable customer service and support. Outside of work, Lauren enjoys spending time on her boat, cheering on the New York Rangers, and running after her labs, Bowie and Hank.

  • John McKissick
    John McKissick Program Director

    John grew up in Easton, Connecticut, and attended Fairfield Prep. John is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he obtained his BA in Political Science. John continued his education at Duke University, where he earned his Master’s in Management Studies. Before Summit, John interned in marketing at Johnson & Johnson’s consumer products division. When he’s not tutoring or working at Summit, John enjoys reading, watching college football, and challenging his friends to board games.

  • Matt Doyle
    Matt Doyle Senior Director of Fulfillment

    Matt arrived at Summit in 2016 with a wealth of experience in inventory management and printing. After an appearance at UMass Amherst as a history major, he chose to pursue a career in trade work and operational management. Matt is a self-taught musician and craftsman who has worked in stringed instrument and antique repair shops, carpentry, painting and has spent time brewing beer. He enjoys taking long walks in nature with his dog Kiki and playing music as much as possible.

  • Joe Ayala
    Joe Ayala Program Director

    Originally from the Bronx, Joe attended the Dalton School before earning a BA in Political Science from Columbia University and then an MFA in Creative Nonfiction from Sarah Lawrence College. He has had a few interesting stops during his career that include: White House Intern, paralegal, teacher, and youth serving non-profit manager. Joe enjoys following the Yankees, cooking for his three daughters, fixing things around the house, self-deprecating humor, and taking some of the stress out of the college admissions testing season for families.

  • Zdenka Sturm
    Zdenka Sturm Assistant Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Training

    Zdenka graduated with an Anthropology BA from Harvard, where she was recognized with a Detur Prize and a Center for European Studies Grant. She joined Summit as a tutor in 2007. She is an enthusiastic educator and more recently worked as an Adjunct Instructor in Biology at Cambridge College. In her current role, she assists in the development of Summit’s new curriculum, instruction, and training materials. Zdenka is especially passionate about mathematics and enjoys studying abstract algebra and number theory in her spare time.

  • Zoe Triantafilles
    Zoe Triantafilles Testing Coordinator

    Zoe Triantafilles graduated from Westfield State University with a BA in Psychology and BS in Criminal Justice. She is a member of Psi Chi Psychology Honor Society and Alpha Phi Sigma Criminal Justice Honor Society.  Her professional background includes tutoring for Westfield State University Banacos Center as well as behavioral therapy home services. In her free time, Zoe enjoys all things art and photography.

  • Emily Wagner
    Emily Wagner Account Manager

    Emily graduated from Hendrix College in Conway, Arkansas, with a degree in English, and from Simmons College with a Master’s in Library Science. After working as a Young Adult Librarian at the Wakefield Public Library she joined Summit’s Newton office excited to still be working with teens and their parents. Outside of work Emily is involved in planning and running science fiction conventions. She loves to read and knit at home with her wife and four cats and spends all summer kayaking on the Charles.

  • Jessica Smalley
    Jessica Smalley Senior Director, Teacher and Tutor Services

    Jessica earned her B.A. in English Writing and her M.Ed. in Secondary Education from Eastern Nazarene College, and earned her M.A. in English Literature from UMass Boston. Prior to joining Summit, Jessica was in a very similar role at UMass as the Subject Tutor Program Coordinator. Outside of work, Jessica enjoys reading, running, watching films, and going on adventures with her husband.

  • Andrea Howland
    Andrea Howland Client Advisor

    Andrea Howland graduated cum laude from Oklahoma City University, then completed graduate school at Appalachian State University on the prestigious Provost’s Fellowship, with degrees in Music Performance. She pursued parallel careers in education and music, working as an early childhood music teacher, Reggio preschool teacher, elementary school French teacher, a private tutor, and finally a Summit SAT and ACT prep tutor, while singing opera regionally and in New York City. She loves helping to bring Summit’s sane and sensible approach to the stressful world of test prep, and was excited to join the full-time team as Client Advisor in 2020.

  • Catharine Todd
    Catharine Todd Program Director

    Catharine graduated summa cum laude from Northeastern University with a degree in computer science. After working in the software industry for 10 years, Catharine took time off to raise three children. She reentered the workforce with a passion for education, tutoring for the SAT and ACT, and mentoring students at Mass Bay Community College. She joined Summit in 2020 as a Program Director. Outside of Summit, Catharine enjoys long walks on the beach with her dog, Simon.

  • Lynne Mica
    Lynne Mica Program Director

    A graduate of SUNY Albany with a degree in Secondary Education and focus on Business, Lynne brings a unique skill set and past business experiences to Summit. She also brings her life experience of navigating the college landscape successfully with her 3 daughters! Beginning her career as a high school teacher in Upstate NY, she has also held director-level positions with Sylvan Learning Centers and Kaplan Test Prep, as well as private education companies. Lynne enjoys working with students at all levels, with the goal of helping them achieve their academic dreams.

  • Theo Wampler
    Theo Wampler Program Director

    Theo Wampler graduated cum laude from Oklahoma City University with a B.A. in Theatre Performance. He has worked as a professional theatre artist in the Greater Philadelphia Area collaborating on the development of new works and performing. At Summit, Theo draws upon his expertise in Theatre for Young Audiences which provides him with an understanding and a respect for education and the intellectual development of children and adolescents.

  • Danny Barr
    Danny Barr Director of School Partnerships (MA)

    Danny Barr received his B.A. from University of Delaware and M.Ed in Higher Education Administration from UMass-Amherst. He grew up in Framingham, MA, and attended The Rivers School in Weston. Danny brings over 14 years of experience in college admissions and high school college counseling to his work with Summit’s school partners. Previously, Danny held Director of College Counseling positions at independent and public high schools. When not at work, Danny enjoys following the Boston sports teams and spending time with family and friends.

  • Gina Piras
    Gina Piras Program Director

    Gina received her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University, along with a Master’s degree in Leadership from Grand Canyon University. She has spent most of her career in education management roles, including director of a preschool and HR generalist. Gina has worked with many families over the years and enjoys building lasting relationships. In her free time, Gina likes traveling to new countries, trying new foods, and spending time with those important to her.

  • Andrew Strelecky
    Andrew Strelecky Senior Manager of Tutor and Teacher Services, CT/NY

    Andrew joined the staff at Summit after a long and successful time as a Summit tutor. He is not only a terrific tutor, but also a licensed math teacher with a Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction from UConn. As a Senior Manager of Tutor and Teacher Services, Andrew brings his leadership skills and love of teaching to our tutor training and continuing education programs in the Connecticut and New York regions. In his free time, Andrew enjoys studying math, chess, and biking on Connecticut’s many trails.

  • Angelina Moore
    Angelina Moore Manager of Tutor and Teacher Services

    Angelina has a BFA in Writing from the University of Maine at Farmington and a MS in Library Science from Southern Connecticut State University. She has worked in education since 2004, primarily as an English and adult education teacher. She started as a teacher and tutor with Summit in 2012. She loves supporting others in their education journeys. Outside of work, she enjoys painting, fiber arts, and reading (and has taught all of those at some point as well).

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