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.

  • Neil Kramer


    Assistant Head of School

    Neil was a founding member of de Toledo High School in West Hills, where he is Dean of Faculty Emeritus.

  • Keishia Gu


    Director of Admissions and Enrollment

    Keishia spent the past 13 years helping Los Angeles students prepare for independent school placement as the executive director of Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs…

  • Radhika “Rad” Khandelwal

    ED. M.

    Dean of Students and School Culture

    Radhika Khandelwal (Ms. Rad) comes to Geffen most recently from Brentwood School, where she was the 7th Grade Dean and taught middle school Human Development…

  • 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

    Lupita has worked as a human resources professional for more than 15 years, most recently as a Benefits & Human Resources Analyst for UCLA Campus Human Resources. She has also worked for FOX Entertainment Group and the UCLA School of Medicine. She is known for building strong relationships at all organizational levels by identifying needs […]

  • 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…

  • Juan Asturias

    Tennis Program Director

    Juan is an experienced tennis professional with more than 25 years of coaching experience. He was born and raised in Madrid (Spain), where he competed for Alfonso X El Sabio University as a top ranked singles and doubles player. Juan was a Tennis Pro for almost 9 years at the Madrid Tennis Federation, and has […]

  • 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 Strategist and Information Technology

    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…

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