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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  • John Lee

    Ed.D

    Associate Director of Admissions

    John is joining the Geffen Academy as his first step into the secondary school world after 10+ years of experience in higher education. He was most recently the Associate Director of Admissions and Recruiting at the Drucker School of Management at the Claremont Graduate University. Prior to CGU, John has experiences at UCLA’s Department of […]

  • Sibyll Carnochan Catalan

    PH.D.

    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

    PH.D.

    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

    M.ED.

    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

    Ed.D.

    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 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

    PH.D

    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 Fernandez

    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

    J.D.

    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.

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