Our Team

At Inspirica, we’ve established ourselves as industry leaders for in-home tutoring and test-preparation services. Our approach is founded on the principles of professionalism, adaptability, and positivity. We have worked with every type of student in every academic circumstance and on every type of test, so from staff to tutors, our approach is grounded in the simple fact that each child and family is unique.

Our staff exists to support our families and our tutors. For our families, we have a team of Program Coordinators who work together to provide each family with the information and support they need throughout the entire tutoring and test-prep process. For our tutors, we have a team made up of an outstanding Tutor Coordinator and Head Mentor who work together to ensure that each tutor has everything they need to make each program a success. And in between and supporting both, we have a team of curriculum, test, and technology experts whose job it is to create the optimal curriculum for each type of program by combining exceptional proprietary tools with carefully curated third-party materials.

Founder and CEO

Lisa Jacobson

Lisa began tutoring math to her fellow students in the fifth grade. Her teacher noticed that she had a natural ability for making complicated concepts seem simple, so when the teacher went on maternity leave, she suggested that Lisa become an 11-year-old teaching assistant to the substitute. Thus began a lifelong career in education.

By the time she enrolled as a freshman at Stanford, Lisa had a thriving tutoring business. In those days, if you had problems with a school subject , you would ask your teacher for help. As word of Lisa’s skill as a tutor spread back, Lisa soon had a following among celebrities, politicians, designers, and athletes and was flown all over the world as the “tutor to the stars.” Inspirica was born.

Fast-forward 35 years later: Lisa’s own children have applied to colleges and taken the same tests your children are now preparing for. Experiencing the process as a parent has deepened her appreciation for the role of parents in the application process and of the opportunities and challenges that come with a child getting ready to leave the nest.

Inspirica now has more than 50 world-class tutors. They are brilliant and caring, and they have the training and expertise to help their students reach their personal best on test day. Lisa still is actively involved in the company and with all of its employees. The reputation, expertise, and longevity of Inspirica are incomparable.

Head of Learning and Innovation

Alex Whalen

As the Head of Learning and Innovation, I am responsible for making sure that our teams of education professionals are equipped with the very best technologies and curriculum available. The essence of tutoring hasn’t changed over the many decades we’ve been working with families, but the tools available to both tutors and students undoubtedly have, and it is my mission to make certain that everyone who works for and with us is given everything they need to succeed. Having worked as a tutor here at Inspirica for nearly fifteen years before taking on my current role, I know first-hand just how important the work we do is to our families, and I promise to do everything I can to ensure that when your student sits down with one of our tutors, they will both have everything they need to make the most of their time together.

Master Tutor

Donald Viscardi

As the Master Tutor, in addition to managing my own select group of students, I am also responsible for overseeing the progress of our other programs. By virtue of my 30+ years of experience, I make it a point to connect with parents at the beginning of the tutoring process and then subsequently check in as the program unfolds, attempting to anticipate any issues or concerns that may arise. I also monitor tutor feedback and other session notes to make sure the programs are running smoothly and efficiently, engaging directly with tutors in an open, constructive dialogue. My greatest joy, however, comes from serving as a tutor myself, having worked with thousands of students over the years, helping them navigate their journeys in the college or grad school admissions process!

Program Coordinator

Jennifer Fink

As the Program Coordinator, I speak with families and students to identify the individual needs of your students and help you identify the best course of action to prepare your student for success. I know from experience how important the tutor match is for your student and I ensure that you and your student are in good hands from the time you first call until the program is complete.

Head of School Programs

Nina Abrams

As the Head of School Programs, I work with school counselors and administrators to develop programs for their students, from ACT/ SAT diagnostic testing to SSAT prep classes. As a former classroom teacher and tutor, I understand the needs of students, parents, and school staff. This allows me to create programs that are a great fit for everyone involved! I also personally review each set of test results and our recommendations with families, answer questions, and help guide them through the test-taking process. I have a deep love of learning and am passionate about education, so I handle my role in assisting with the academic journey with the utmost care.

Manager of Tutor Operations

Rachel Epstein

As the Manager of Tutor Operations here at Inspirica, I oversee the tutors in each of our three locations locations. From initial hiring to payroll, I make sure I am the go-to person for anything they need. I enjoy working with our tutor corps because they are a dedicated group of individuals who care about having their students learn and succeed academically and in life. In the past 35 years the tutoring world has changed dramatically, but the quality of tutoring and tutors we have at Inspirica have stayed the best in the business. I love working here because our team truly values every family that comes through our doors and strives to help every student succeed.

Test Analytics Expert

Ryan Furiness

My primary duties as Test Analytics Expert center on the analysis and interpretation of practice test results. Mock testing is one of the most important components of test prep, as they allow parents, students, and tutors to see what’s working in a program and what needs to be refined in order to craft a plan of action based on those conclusions. As TAE, I help translate students’ results for parents while also providing a second set of eyes to ensure that tutors draw the most important conclusions from the data. When I’m not analyzing and interpreting, I help with curriculum evaluation and oversee the Agnostic Diagnostic project in order to ensure that every one of our ACT/SAT students is preparing for the test that most closely matches his or her strengths and is using the best possible tools to do so.

Head Mentor

Yuliya Aleksandrov

As the Head Mentor, it’s my goal to help all Inspirica tutors be the best at what they do. Starting from our in-depth training process and continuing throughout their career with us, I meet with tutors on a consistent basis to develop their tutoring knowledge and skill set. The support I provide our tutor core, in turn, helps our tutor’s students achieve their goals. Because of our mentorship program, I can guarantee that all Inspirica tutors are always learning, growing, and striving to hone their craft and raise their students’ scores!

Information Systems Specialist

Jonah Fishel

Program Coordinator

Amy Paladino

As a Program Coordinator, I serve as the liaison between our families and our tutors to create tailored tutoring programs that best fit our students’ needs and goals from the initial consultation through the completion of their programs.

Prior to joining Inspirica, I spent 25+ years in the public relations sector working in-house for both public and private companies as well as on the agency side.


I decided to make a career transformation by joining Inspirica because I wanted a more rewarding experience by helping families succeed and thrive in standardized testing. It has been the most fulfilling career I’ve had thus far!

Our tutors are dynamic, engaging individuals who recognize that no two students are the same and who work to customize their approach accordingly. They understand that standardized testing can often be a difficult, stressful experience for students, and they address that by grounding their approach in encouragement and positivity. They are, without a doubt, the best team in the business, and we’re excited to share them with you.

AJ Ortiz

Pro Tutor

AJ Ortiz

Pro Tutor

I tutor with Inspirica because I want to help students become strategic and confident test takers so they can attend their ideal schools.

Donald Viscardi

Master Tutor

Donald Viscardi

Master Tutor

It has been immensely fulfilling for me to have dedicated over three decades of my life inspiring students to realize their dreams to excel.

Liz Moran

Pro Tutor

Liz Moran

Pro Tutor

I work at Inspirica because I enjoy helping students grow to love learning!

Mary Goble

Pro Tutor

Mary Goble

Pro Tutor

Billy Hamzeh

Pro Tutor

Billy Hamzeh

Pro Tutor

Sam Shaffer

Elite Tutor

Sam Shaffer

Elite Tutor

I love helping kids succeed and have the best credentials possible to apply to the school of their dreams.

Karan Patel

Pro Tutor

Karan Patel

Pro Tutor

Chace Nolen

Pro Tutor

Chace Nolen

Pro Tutor

I tutor to help make tests less stressful, and to give students a chance to show off their brilliance!

Cosette Pulido

Pro Tutor

Cosette Pulido

Pro Tutor

Theresa Burns

Elite Tutor

Theresa Burns

Elite Tutor

I don't believe that one-size-fits-all tutoring is as effective as personalized tutoring and Inspirica agrees.

John DeStafney

Pro Tutor

John DeStafney

Pro Tutor

Palig Mouradian

Pro Tutor

Palig Mouradian

Pro Tutor

I work at Inspirica because Inspirica has innovative and genuine methods that help students succeed!

Deidre Wilson

Pro Tutor

Deidre Wilson

Pro Tutor

Louisa McIntyre

Pro Tutor

Louisa McIntyre

Pro Tutor

I work for Inspirica because I like teaching broad strategies and critical analysis to approach questions rather than rote memorization.

J O’Neill

Elite Tutor

J O’Neill

Elite Tutor

I enjoy helping students overcome the hurdle of standardized tests; these tests are teachable, and students really do improve with practice!

Q Carter

Pro Tutor

Q Carter

Pro Tutor

Tutoring has been a passion of mine for over 10 years. There are few jobs where you can so quickly see the difference you are making!

Charles de la Cruz

Pro Tutor

Charles de la Cruz

Pro Tutor

Cody O’Brien

Pro Tutor

Cody O’Brien

Pro Tutor

I work at Inspirica so I can spread quality education and help as many students as I can.

Yuliya Aleksandrov

Elite Tutor

Yuliya Aleksandrov

Elite Tutor

I love teaching students the problem-solving skills they'll need to succeed on standardized tests and well beyond the application process.

Harry Brodsky

Pro Tutor

Harry Brodsky

Pro Tutor

Ryan Furiness

Elite Tutor

Ryan Furiness

Elite Tutor

I've tutored in some capacity since high school, and I never get tired of the feeling of watching a student master a concept.

Ricky Schweitzer

Elite Tutor

Ricky Schweitzer

Elite Tutor

I work as a tutor with Inspirica because the people there believe in supporting their tutors in every way they can.

Noah DeMoes

Pro Tutor

Noah DeMoes

Pro Tutor

I recognized the impact teachers had on my development as a student and person and I wanted to play a role in the success of my students.

Elliott Flah

Elite Tutor

Elliott Flah

Elite Tutor

I love to teach and to see the look on kids' faces when the "aha" moment strikes.

Breana Pettiford

Pro Tutor

Breana Pettiford

Pro Tutor

Sanjukta Dutta

Pro Tutor

Sanjukta Dutta

Pro Tutor

Amy Jiravisitcul

Pro Tutor

Amy Jiravisitcul

Pro Tutor

I enjoy working with middle school students and have developed an expertise with the ISEE and SSAT.

Chris DiBona

Elite Tutor

Chris DiBona

Elite Tutor

I'm passionate about teaching and meeting academic challenges and enjoy getting to work one-on-one with engaged students.

Jim Giusti

Pro Tutor

Jim Giusti

Pro Tutor

I work at Insprica because I love to help people learn and grow.

Juliet Brownell-Lee

Elite Tutor

Juliet Brownell-Lee

Elite Tutor

I absolutely love demystifying tests for students, and more importantly building their confidence as they apply to college.

Chris Dlugozima

Elite Tutor

Chris Dlugozima

Elite Tutor

While our primary goal is to improve a student’s scores or grades, I’m passionate about our ability to improve his or her confidence.

Michelle Janoschek

Pro Tutor

Michelle Janoschek

Pro Tutor

I work for Inspirica because of the thought and care that goes into designing a customized program based on each child's individual needs.

Michaela Shuchman

Pro Tutor

Michaela Shuchman

Pro Tutor

I love working with students to help them reach their highest potential!

Andres Sanin

Pro Tutor

Andres Sanin

Pro Tutor

Rodrigo Plaza

Elite Tutor

Rodrigo Plaza

Elite Tutor

I love the challenge of understanding each student's needs and developing programs to build their understanding of a subject or test.

Rachael Jenison

Elite Tutor

Rachael Jenison

Elite Tutor

I enjoy working with students one-on-one, providing a structured and supportive learning environment, and getting to see their breakthroughs

Cristina Niclas

Pro Tutor

Cristina Niclas

Pro Tutor

Education is so important to me! It creates curious and driven minds, which I want to help guide into the academic and professional realms.

Beatriz Simonsohn

Pro Tutor

Beatriz Simonsohn

Pro Tutor

I want to do all that I can to help students access and exceed the enriching educational opportunities that I have experienced myself.

Ann Carnevale

Pro Tutor

Ann Carnevale

Pro Tutor

I am passionate about education and helping students overcome obstacles in order to achieve their life aspirations!

Noah Snyder

Pro Tutor

Noah Snyder

Pro Tutor

I tutor because I wanted to find an environment of young people who are working towards goals who I get the opportunity to help and grow.

Jonah Fishel

Elite Tutor

Jonah Fishel

Elite Tutor

I work at Inspirica because my parents made me get a tutor in high school and it changed my life.

Jacob Pankow

Pro Tutor

Jacob Pankow

Pro Tutor

Emily Rudy

Pro Tutor

Emily Rudy

Pro Tutor

I'm working on my masters degree in school counseling and wanted a job to help students succeed academically!

Alex Neufeld

Elite Tutor

Alex Neufeld

Elite Tutor

I work at Inspirica because it’s a friendly and supportive environment in which to do something I love.

Caleb Kim

Elite Tutor

Caleb Kim

Elite Tutor

I love Inspirica's model of tailoring a unique approach for each student.

Charlotte Germain

Pro Tutor

Charlotte Germain

Pro Tutor

Inspirica offers an accommodating environment where I can share my love of education with a new population of students.

Felix Yang

Pro Tutor

Felix Yang

Pro Tutor

I work at Inspirica because I love working with motivated students and to see their progress and understanding increase.

Matthew Haynes

Pro Tutor

Matthew Haynes

Pro Tutor

Patty Zaradic

Elite Tutor

Patty Zaradic

Elite Tutor

Teaching one-on-one is a wonderful way to expand a student's perspective, and Inspirica allows me to do my favorite parts of teaching.

Jeff MacCharles

Elite Tutor

Jeff MacCharles

Elite Tutor

I believe that the individualized attention and program planning our students receive makes a massive difference in their results.

Nick Kosht

Pro Tutor

Nick Kosht

Pro Tutor

I know first hand the challenges of preparing for standardized tests and I want to work alongside students to help them achieve their goals!

Aja Brady-Saalfeld

Elite Tutor

Aja Brady-Saalfeld

Elite Tutor

I truly enjoy seeing students meet their potential while also receiving support from the company and camaraderie with other tutors.

Faithe Yates

Pro Tutor

Faithe Yates

Pro Tutor

Amanda Buckley

Pro Tutor

Amanda Buckley

Pro Tutor

Gabe Alkon

Elite Tutor

Gabe Alkon

Elite Tutor

It is extremely rewarding to get to know so many thoughtful and passionate students and to help them recognize and fulfill their potential.

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