MyGuru's leaders bring impressive and diverse educational and professional backgrounds to help us continually improve upon our ability to meet our students’ tutoring and test preparation needs.

Leadership Team

Mark Skoskiewicz – Co-founder

Mark graduated from Indiana University with degrees in Finance, History, and Philosophy. While at Indiana, he worked as an economics tutor for the athletic department and for a private tutoring company. He also served as an undergraduate intern for the economics department.  After Indiana, he worked for four years at a strategy consulting firm called Marakon Associates, helping large companies develop better competitive strategies, where he progressed from intern to Associate Principal Mark holds an MBA from Northwestern’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management.

More recently, Mark has been studying what drives improved academic performance. He completed, with Distinction, the University of California at San Diego Coursera course Learning How to Learn: Powerful Mental Tools to Help you Master Tough Subjects, has received professional development Growth Mindset training and has been featured on Fox News 32 Good Day Chicago and the popular blog the College Solution.

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Jon Lock, J.D. – Co-founder

Jon did his undergraduate studies at Northwestern University, where he majored in Biomedical Engineering.  Jon also holds a JD from the Northwestern University School of Law, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management.  He is currently an Associate Principal at Marakon Associates where he advises Global 1000 companies on strategic issues.

Ethan Castro – Managing Tutor

Ethan graduated Summa Cum Laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a double major in English and Humanities at the University of Colorado.  He also holds a Masters degree in Education from Loyola Marymount, a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern.  He worked in public education for six years and as a strategy and management consultant at a top consultancy prior to joining MyGuru.  He currently manages our West Coast tutors.

Kirt Gallatin – Managing Tutor

Kirt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Florida Gulf Coast University with a double major in Criminal Justice and Legal Studies.  He also holds a Juris Doctor from Northwestern University School of Law.  Before joining MyGuru, Kirt practiced law at a boutique litigation firm in Chicago and worked on the operations side of a U.S. presidential campaign planning and executing political rallies, foreign dignitary meetings, fundraisers, and debates. 

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Johnathan Thomas – Managing Tutor

Johnathan earned his undergraduate degree from Indiana University in Mathematics with minors in Economics and Business. He also holds a Master's Degree in Managerial Economics & Strategy from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. He worked in commercial banking and finance for six years with U.S. Bank prior to joining MyGuru. He currently manages our Minnesota and Texas tutors, and is an Adjunct Professor at Robert Morris University - Chicago. 

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Board of Advisors

Spiro Maroulis, PhD

Spiro Maroulis is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Social Enterprise and a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Ford Center for Global Citizenship at the Kellogg School of Management. He received his B.S.E from Duke University, M.P.P. from Harvard University, and Ph.D. from Northwestern University.

His research addresses problems involved with understanding the relationship between individual and collective behavior. This includes investigating why strategic initiatives and change efforts so often provoke resistance and unanticipated responses.  Much of his current work examines these issues in the context of understanding why it is so difficult for troubled schools and school districts to improve.

He is designing and teaching a course on entrepreneurship in the education sector this spring.

Cyrus Patel

Cyrus attended Cornell University, majoring in Political Science. After Cornell, Cyrus worked for PriceWaterhouseCoopers for four years, before returning to Northwestern/Kellogg for his MBA. After Kellogg, Cyrus worked at Marakon Associates, progressing from Consultant to Manager. Cyrus is currently the VP of Strategy for Meritas, a private-equity backed global network of college preparatory schools.

Brandon Labrum

Brandon attended Brigham Young University, where he majored in Business Administration. After BYU, Brandon worked as a management and strategy consultant, first with L.E.K. Consulting, and then with Marakon Associates. Brandon is currently a Vice President at the private equity firm Sterling Partners, which concentrates many of its investments in the private education and test preparation space.

Joanna Stroncek

Joanna attended Northwestern University, where she majored in Economics. After Northwestern, she worked as a management consultant.  Joanna holds an MBA from the Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management and has done work with the Autonomous Schools Department of Chicago Public Schools.