Behind Every Great Student…

At Geffen Academy, our faculty and staff are reflective practitioners with deep experience who are committed to supporting students’ ideas, passions and academic interests.

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  • Sibyll Carnochan Catalan


    Head of School

    Prior to joining UCLA, Sibyll created and led a fellowship for outstanding public school teachers and principals from across the country.

  • Michael Albertson


    Music Department Chair

    Michael taught music in New York City public schools for 11 years. He served on the New York State School Music Association Research Committee and Diversity Committee…

  • Lupita Alvarado

    Human Resources Coordinator

    Lupita has worked as a human resources professional for more than 15 years, most recently at UCLA in Campus Human Resources in Benefits. In that capacity, she handled, leave of absence, medical disability, pregnancy disability, and provided UC policy interpretation to Campus Human Resources Managers. She is known for building strong relationships at all organizational […]

  • Elizabeth Ashforth


    Science Department Chair

    For the past nine years, Elizabeth was a science instructor at the Marlborough School. She is currently Program Head of its Leonetti O’Connell Honors Research in Science Program…

  • Christopher Barker

    Accounting and Budget Analyst

    Prior to joining the Geffen Academy team, Chris worked for the Financial Affairs unit in the Dean’s Office of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, where he focused on financial reporting and analysis. He previously held positions with the UCLA Financial Systems Replacement Project and Campus Payroll. Chris earned his B.A. in Economics […]

  • Susan Beeson


    Director of Development

    Before joining Geffen Academy, Susan spent more than a decade at Harvard-Westlake School, where she was the Director of Alumni Relations for six years. Previous to that role, she was Associate Director…

  • Fay Bevans

    Campus Operations Manager

    Fay has been at UCLA for more than 30 years, serving as an office manager, executive assistant, administrative analyst and, most recently, a senior personnel analyst.

  • Meg Buzzi


    Chief Information & Strategy Officer

    For the last five years, Meg has led the Opus Project at UCLA, which is the first enterprise faculty information system ever built for the campus. For 15 years, she has managed enterprise technology in large organizations…

  • Jack Caughey


    English Department Chair

    Jack graduated magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy from Bates College and earned an M.A. in English from the University of Nevada, Reno.

  • Maggie Chen

    World Languages Teacher

    Maggie is a member of the Leadership Team of the California Department of Education’s World Language Project. For 5 years, Maggie and her colleagues have collaborated with the UCLA Confucius Institute on the Mandarin Teacher Leadership Institute, an initiative designed to help instructional leaders of Chinese language and culture deliver technology-enhanced, standards-based instruction to enable […]

  • David Collicutt

    C.A.A, B.A., PG. DIP.

    Athletic Director

    David served as Athletic Director of the Marlborough School in Los Angeles for 17 years, where he taught physical education classes, led a competitive sports program for 36 teams in 12 sports…

  • Sean Conlin

    Theatre Arts Teacher

    Sean Conlin is a graduate of U. C. Berkeley where he studied English and Philosophy. Over 10 years of professional work in theater he has had virtually every job in the profession from Stage Manager to Director to Light Designer to Acting Teacher. He is a credited writer on Departures (published by Samuel French), Assistant […]

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