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…

  • 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…

  • Elizabeth Ashforth


    Science Department Chair

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

  • 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


    Technology Consultant

    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.

  • 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…

  • Tracy Daniels

    Executive Assistant

    Previous to joining the UCLA family, Tracy worked for more than a decade for California State University, Office of the Chancellor.

  • Oleg Gleizer


    Math Department Chair

    Since 2011, Oleg has worked for the Los Angeles Math Circle, a free Sunday math school run by the UCLA math department. He has trained 11 multiple state and national champions…

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