Meet Our Team of Experts

Compass has been a thought leader in test preparation for over 10 years. No one has more experience delivering one-on-one test preparation to California students than the founders of Compass. No other company can match the depth and range of expertise of Compass directors.

Adam Ingersoll – Founder and Principal

Adam began his career in test prep in 1993 while at the University of Southern California, where he was a student-athlete on the basketball team, worked in the admission office, and graduated magna cum laude. Over the last two decades he has guided thousands of families to successful experiences with standardized tests and has mentored hundreds of the industry’s most sought-after tutors. Adam is known nationally as a leading expert on college admission testing and is a frequent presenter at higher ed conferences, faculty development workshops, and school seminars.

Art Sawyer – Founder and Principal

Art graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, where he was the top-ranked liberal arts student in his class. Art pioneered the one-on-one approach to test prep in California in 1989 and has written more than a dozen test prep books. Although he has routinely attained perfect scores on the SAT and ACT, Art is far prouder of the thousands of students he has helped over the past 25 years. Nobody knows more about standardized tests and tutoring than Art, and we make sure all Compass students benefit from his wisdom.

Bruce Reed – Founder and Executive Director

Bruce graduated from Colby College and has served in leadership roles in education for more than 20 years. Bruce founded our Northern California office in 2004 where he continues to serve as its hands-on leader while also guiding our Southern California team in his broader role as Compass’ Executive Director. Bruce is recognized throughout the Bay Area and beyond as a visionary and passionate voice in the realm of teaching, testing, and educational development.

Sara Dalhed – Managing Director, Southern California

Sara has nearly two decades of experience in test preparation, dating back to her undergraduate years at Wheaton College. Sara’s expert knowledge of testing and her skill and integrity as a leader ensures that our Southern California team of directors and instructors provides the highest-quality service to our clients. Sara is widely known by college counselors as a trusted resource who can be depended upon to deliver successful outcomes for students and parents.

Lia Lackey – Managing Director, Northern California

Lia began SAT and ACT tutoring in 1997 while completing her B.A. in Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley. She also served with the Sacramento County Office of Education, developing science achievement exams for California high schools. Lia has maintained a passion for education throughout her career in management and advisory roles. She enjoys working individually with Compass families while also mentoring her team of directors.

Our Directors and Office Staff

Sean Angus

Sean Angus

Director

Sean graduated from Tufts University in Boston with degrees in English and Entrepreneurial Leadership Studies. While at Tufts he played lacrosse and wrote for the school newspaper. He tutored all levels of high school math and the SAT, ACT, and Subject Tests for 10 years.

Lauren Angeli

Lauren Angeli

Director of Recruiting

After earning her B.A. in Marketing from Sonoma State University, Lauren served as a recruiter at a tech start-up in Berkeley. As a convert from the tech industry, Lauren offers Compass a keen eye and innovative strategy for talent acquisition and human resources development.

Vibhuti Bhagwati

Vibhuti Bhagwati

Accountant/Bookkeeper

Vibhuti obtained her BA in Commerce from the University of Mumbai. She has worked in finance for over seven years and has been a part of the Compass team for five. She handles all bookkeeping and accounting responsibilities for the Southern and Northern California Offices.

Ravi Bhatia

Ravi Bhatia

Director

Ravi received a B.A. in Political Science and Film & Media Studies from UC Santa Barbara. Prior to joining the director team, Ravi tutored well over a hundred students for Compass. He also taught SAT classes for first-generation students in LA and San Diego and served as a volunteer reader of college admission essays for a local nonprofit, 826LA.

Kari Brashinger

Kari Brashinger

Administrative Coordinator

Kari relocated to Los Angeles from Chicago and joined Compass in 2011. Kari is an integral member of the operations team, and when she is not helping parents and students, she is pursuing her degree in Education at California State University, Los Angeles.

Danny Eisenberg

Danny Eisenberg

Administrative Coordinator

Danny was a popular Compass tutor before joining our administrative team. He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a B.A. in Cinema Studies where he led peer writing groups. Danny’s attention to detail and his testing savvy make him an invaluable addition to Compass.

Adena Goldfarb

Adena Goldfarb

Director

Prior to becoming a Compass director, Adena graduated from New York University and served as a Teach for America Corps member in Washington, DC. During her tenure as a teacher, Adena taught secondary science and earned an MA in secondary education from American University. She also has vast experience as a Compass tutor, which she utilizes in her advising sessions with parents.

Caroline Hill

Caroline Hill

Director of Operations

Caroline received a B.A. in Linguistics and French from UCLA, and a J.D. from the UCLA School of Law. She now leads the operations team in Northern California and takes great pride in managing the seamless delivery of Compass’ programs.

Thomas Hornbeck

Thomas Hornbeck

Developer

Thomas was the founding CEO and CPO of Tutor Universe, where he led the development of many innovative web and mobile tutoring solutions. Prior to Tutor Universe, he was a long-time academic tutor and pursued a Ph.D. in Computer Science at the University of Iowa.

Arisa Kim

Arisa Kim

Director of Instruction

Arisa has almost 20 years of experience in the field of test preparation. She graduated cum laude from Pomona College and received her JD from UC Berkeley. Currently, she serves as Compass' Director of instruction, overseeing the hiring process for Compass' stellar tutors.

Bryan Kramer

Bryan Kramer

Director of Operations

Bryan holds a B.A. in Cinema and Television from the University of Southern California. Before joining Compass, he worked for seven years as an Account Manager for luxury, boutique hotels in Los Angeles. At Compass, he provides critical logistical support for tutors and directors, ensuring that all of our programs run smoothly.

Ash Kramer

Ash Kramer

Director of Curriculum

With a career in test prep and higher education that began in the late 90s, Ash has held a variety of educational roles from tutor to administrator. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate at USC and the Director of Curriculum at Compass, where she is lucky to lead a brilliant team creating the very best learning materials for students and their tutors.

Sue McLaughlin

Sue McLaughlin

Director

Sue graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Modern Culture and Media. With a background in training and a passion for education, Sue was thrilled to join Compass as a verbal tutor. Now, Sue oversees one-on-one programs and enjoys the opportunity to work with both families and tutors.

Al Multani

Al Multani

Director

Al completed an M.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology from Tulane University and a B.S. in Neuroscience prior to joining the Compass team. He eventually traded in his lab coat to pursue his passion in education and admission testing. Al now plays a pivotal role on our director team by supporting families and tutors.

Chris O'Sullivan

Chris O'Sullivan

Director of School Partnerships & Events

After receiving his MA in History, Chris joined the Compass team as a tutor and an instructor of classroom programs. Chris now brings his boundless energy and years of experience to the role of Director of School Partnerships & Events for the Northern California Office.

Torsten Sannar

Torsten Sannar

Senior Director

Torsten holds a PhD in Theater History from UCSB and a BA from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated magna cum laude. He has over 18 years of test prep experience, which he draws from in his Senior Director role at Compass.

Hillary Sciarillo

Hillary Sciarillo

Director

Hillary graduated from Drew University with degrees in English Literature and Spanish. She started working in test preparation in 2003 as a verbal tutor. As a Director, Hillary enjoys working collaboratively with families to create personalized one-on-one programs.

Matt Steiner

Matt Steiner

Director of Marketing

Prior to joining the Compass team, Matt obtained an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He has a decade of experience in the field of test preparation, working as both an instructor and administrator for multiple tutoring firms in Los Angeles. In his role as the Director of Marketing and Outreach, Matt enjoys building partnerships with schools.

Devin Toohey

Devin Toohey

Director

Devin graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. from Tufts University and is finishing his Ph.D. in English at USC. He has over a decade of experience in tutoring and test prep. He is thrilled to be working alongside the rest of the talented Compass Team, imparting his knowledge to students and their families.

Meghan Williams

Meghan Williams

Office Manager

Meghan graduated with a BA in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining Compass, she worked for UC Berkeley University Relations, specializing in alumni outreach and fundraising for student programs. Meghan now works with closely with Compass clients, tutors, and Directors as Office Manager.

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