Meet Our Team of Experts

Compass Education Group provides the highest quality one-on-one test prep to thousands of students annually, in-home in California and worldwide online. Our stellar reputation with the school and counselor communities is the result of 25 years of ethical conduct and helping students succeed.

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. In 2004, Bruce founded our Northern California office, 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 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.

Vibhuti Bhagwati


Vibhuti obtained her BA in Commerce from the University of Mumbai. She has worked in finance for over 10 years and has been a part of the Compass team for six. She handles all bookkeeping and accounting responsibilities for the Southern and Northern California Offices.

Ravi Bhatia


Ravi received a B.A. in Political Science and Film & Media Studies from UC Santa Barbara. He has tutored more than 100 Compass students. 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 local nonprofit 826LA.

Kari Brashinger

Administrative Coordinator

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

Christine Carey

Program Manager

Christine received a B.A. in Film, Theater and Communication Arts, and later an M.B.A., from the University of New Orleans. Originally a Verbal Tutor, Christine transitioned to a full-time role. She now coordinates tutors, families, and directors to ensure students can realize their test-day potential.

Tucker Cobey

Manager of Practice Testing

In addition to seven years of experience in the education sector, Tucker holds a B.A. in Western Classics from St. John’s College Annapolis and an M.A. in Eastern Classics from St. John’s College Santa Fe. A former Compass tutor, he now coordinates practice test administrations in SoCal.

Megan Drennan

Quality Assurance Analyst

Megan holds a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology/Archaeology and has had the opportunity to participate in digs worldwide. She now brings her attention to detail to her role as QA Analyst, helping to ensure a quality software experience for Compass employees and students.

Adena Goldfarb


Prior to Compass, Adena graduated from New York University and served as a Teach for America Corps member in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, Adena taught secondary science and earned an M.A. in secondary education from American University. She also has vast experience as a Compass tutor.

Ryan Kenney

Software Developer

Compass software developer Ryan discovered his passion for software development and earned a degree in computer science. After graduating, Ryan went on to build various online learning and training management software systems before bringing his experience to Compass.

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 J.D. from UC Berkeley. Currently, she serves as Compass’ Director of Instruction, overseeing the tutor hiring process and providing support after training.

Ash Kramer

Senior Director, Product and Curriculum

With a career in test prep and higher ed that began in the late 90s, Ash has held a variety of roles from tutor to administrator. She is currently a Ph.D. candidate In English at the University of Southern California. She's lucky to lead a brilliant team creating the very best learning materials for students and tutors.

Bryan Kramer

Director of Operations

Bryan holds a B.A. in Cinema and Television from the University of Southern California. Before joining Compass, he was 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 programs run smoothly.

Jon Lee


Jon began his test prep career in 2002. He holds a Master of Music degree from CSU, Los Angeles, where he was also a professor. Prior to joining Compass, Jon spent five years overseeing tutors for the Guardian Scholars Program at LA City College, supporting current and former foster youth.

Sarah Masonwood

Administrative Coordinator

Sarah graduated with a B.A. in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Redlands. Before joining Compass, she built her admin and customer service skills in the travel industry. As part of the Compass operations team, she enjoys working with parents, tutors and directors to support student programs.

Sue McLaughlin

Director of Recruiting and Staff Development

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 first joined Compass as a Verbal Tutor. She now oversees the recruiting, hiring, training and ongoing professional development of our Northern California tutors.

Chris O'Sullivan

Director of School Partnerships & Events

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

Torsten Sannar

Senior Director

Torsten holds a Ph.D. in Theater History from UC Santa Barbara and a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College. He has more than 20 years of test prep experience and enjoys drawing upon his creativity to help families navigate the admission landscape. Torsten helps oversee the Southern California directors.

Hillary Sciarillo


After earning degrees in English Literature and Spanish from Drew University, Hillary started working as a verbal tutor in 2003. She brings years of experience teaching in the Marin County school system and enjoys working collaboratively with families to create personalized programs.

Karen Schuster

Senior Director Emeritus

Karen has more than 20 years of experience in test prep. Masters Degrees in Biology and International Relations, paired with her non-traditional background in education, make her a unique asset to Compass, where she now - even through retirement - provides support for independent counselors.

Meryl Seward

Program Manager

Meryl received degrees in Environmental Analysis and Studio Art from Pomona College. Meryl has tutored hundreds of Compass students and has trained our tutors. As Program Manager, she ensures clients are thoughtfully paired with tutors and experience the highest level of service.

Matt Steiner

Senior Director, Outreach

Matt earned an M.A. in Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. He has a decade of experience in the field of test prep, working as both an instructor and administrator for multiple tutoring firms in LA. In his role as the Senior Director of Outreach, Matt enjoys building partnerships with IECs and schools.

Amber Stiles


Amber most recently lived in Tokyo, where she taught English at Komazawa University. After earning a B.A. in Russian Studies from San Francisco State University, she tutored for AmeriCorps and taught ESL in Spain, France, and Japan. She finds satisfaction in helping students reach their goals.

Chris Teare


Chris earned his B.A. in Modern Literature with an emphasis in Spanish from UC Santa Cruz. He worked in education for many years before earning his Ed.M. in Educational Neuroscience from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Before becoming a Director, he served as a Compass Verbal Tutor.

Corey Weidenhammer

Software Lead

Corey obtained his B.S. in Computer Science and B.A. in Psychology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, where he was also a teaching assistant and tutor. He's been building software and leading development teams for over ten years. He manages all aspects of software development.

Meghan Williams

Director of Operations

Meghan graduated with a B.A. in History from the University of California, Berkeley. Meghan joined Compass as a tutor and quickly became an integral part of the operations team. She now works closely with Compass clients, tutors, and directors as the Director of Operations.

Laryssa Wirstiuk

Product/Marketing Assistant

A published writer, Laryssa has a B.A. in Writing from Loyola University Maryland and an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Maryland, College Park. At Compass, Laryssa supports marketing efforts and helps maintain accuracy of testing resources.

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