MyGuru's leaders bring impressive and diverse educational and professional backgrounds to help us continually improve our ability to help students improve their academic performance.
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.
Mo Murthi – Managing Tutor
Mo completed his BS in chemical engineering at Berkeley and his MS and PhD at Northwestern University, after which he worked in mathematical research at a trading firm. He scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT and GRE, and tutors for almost all standardized tests and high school, undergraduate, and graduate level math and science subjects.
Mo was recently awarded a prestigious Fulbright fellowship to do research on Stirling engines to generate electricity from heat.
Stefan Maisnier - Director of Online Tutoring
Stefan received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Southern California and his Masters from Northwestern University. He has scored in the 95th percentile or higher for the variety of standardized tests, including the ACT, SAT, LSAT, GMAT, and GRE, that he has taught for more than a decade at several of the largest, most well-known and commercially successful tutoring companies in the U.S. He is currently MyGuru’s Director of Online Tutoring.
Lisa Alvarado – Managing Tutor
Lisa is a graduate of the University of Texas (B.A.) Purdue University (M.A.) and is currently obtaining her Ph.D in History from the University of Illinois at Chicago. She has worked professionally with university athletics departments tutoring college athletes. Her particular strengths are History, English, Government, Essay Writing, Public Speaking, Personal Development.
Zach Bronstein – Managing Tutor
Zach holds a B.A. Political Science: Concentration in Public Policy from George Washington University and is currently obtaining his M.B.A from Brandeis University Class. He has worked as a tutor since high school.
Banke Abioye – Managing Tutor
Banke is a graduate of the University of Chicago (B.A.) She has over five years of experience tutoring middle school and high school students in academic subjects, standardized test preparation, and executive functioning. Her particular strengths are ACT, ISEE/SSAT, and middle school and high school Math.
Morgan Bissett-Tessier – Managing Tutor
Morgan graduated from Boston College with a B.S. in Management & Leadership and a minor in Music. She has two years' tutoring experience helping high schoolers master the mandatory state exams, focusing on Math, English and Writing. Morgan scored in the 98th percentile on the ACT and SAT.
Board of Advisors
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 as most recently the VP of Strategy for Meritas, a private-equity backed global network of college preparatory schools.
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 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.