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OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM is truly the tip of the Prestige Prep pyramid.

We encompass differentiated, unique backgrounds, providing a range of talent that possesses extensive experience working with children, building schools, and developing educational programs. We are leaders in our communities in business, philanthropy, education, and psychology.

Phil has dedicated his life’s work to children. He has spent more than 30 years mentoring, teaching, and building social and academic organizations. Through this vast experience, he honed his methodologies and approach to education: “Challenge students to push themselves, while building their confidence and sense of self.” To date, Phil has worked with thousands of students and families, creating and maintaining lasting relationships along the way.

The pursuit of knowledge and a love of education have been central to Phil’s life from an early age. Phil first cultivated the desire to share his knowledge in high school, as an assistant teacher in an after-school youth program and also as a Hebrew School teacher. While a student at the University of Wisconsin, he became a regional youth advisor in a community program and was a counselor at Camp Ramah Wisconsin Summer Camp. This passion for engaging kids, teaching, and youth activities, ultimately led to his career of working with children.

From 1994 to 1996, after leading a Wisconsin-based international summer program, Phil had the opportunity to become the National Director of a large international travel program for teens in NYC. He then worked, from 1996 to 2002, as the National Year-Round Director of an important youth organization, managing and overseeing 13 regional offices throughout the United States. During that period, he taught, guided, and cared for thousands of children who traveled internationally with the program; in addition, Phil managed the national educational programs for more than 10,000 youth.

In 2002, aiming to limit his travel, and focus his skillset on one community, Phil started the predecessor company to Prestige Prep, which focused on academics. Simultaneously, he attained his Master’s in Administration, with an emphasis on training and resource development, from the New School’s Milano School of Management. Today, our various educational programs employ more than 60+ full- and part-time team members who, together, serve as mentors, educators, and role models.

Phil lives in NYC with his wife and their two boys.

Ilana has been with Prestige Prep since December of 2013. She is responsible for ensuring that all the employees of Prestige are equipped with the tools to support their students. She manages the schedules, billing, and priorities of 300+ tutors and students per year with meticulous attention to detail. In addition to her client-facing work, she supports the company’s marketing efforts and oversees its back office.

Prior to joining Prestige Prep, Ilana lent her organizational talents to the marketing and branding world, and briefly waded into the legal arena. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from New York University and a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and is a Certified Bikram Yoga Instructor.

Ilana lives in Brooklyn with her spousal equivalent and their miniature dachshund.

Loryn is our Education Service Specialist, dedicated to helping families navigate the NYC school admissions process. Loryn creates individualized roadmaps, which are designed to identify and emphasize students’ strengths, and are focused on the students’ unique interests and backgrounds. She then helps students identify educational settings that “fit” and works with applicants to achieve desired results. Students who have worked with Loryn are thriving in schools that not only meet their academic needs but also are appropriate for emotional and social growth. Loryn also helps to develop individualized learning support plans both for private school and public school students.

Loryn started her career as a prosecutor in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in a Trial Bureau. She moved on to become an attorney in the Special Investigations Bureau, conducting international narcotics investigations. Loryn embraced the challenge of working in the Office of Special Narcotics and became Director of the Manhattan Treatment Court while working as Senior Investigative Counsel for the Office.

Drawing on her undergraduate background in education and her legal expertise and litigation skills, Loryn has advocated for “gifted and talented” education programs to be mandated, and funded, in public schools. She has also helped families obtain services for children with learning differences by helping to navigate NYC’s complex laws and procedures.

Loryn lives in NYC with her husband, three children, and a goldendoodle. 

Sheila is the co-founder of Family Central, a NYC consultancy dedicated to helping families faced with challenging situations make the most educated decisions and find effective solutions. She is a licensed social worker with a Master of Science in Social Work from Columbia University, with an emphasis on mental health. She worked in the social work field in both London and NYC, doing post-graduate training at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

After the diagnosis of one of her three children with a genetic disorder and learning disability, Sheila has experienced firsthand the complexities surrounding a medical and educational diagnosis. She is driven by her passion for the family and her desire to support families in general and those with special needs in particular.

Sheila is a Trustee of the Mary McDowell Friends School (a K-12 college preparatory school for students with learning disabilities), involved in The United Mitochondrial Foundation, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. Sheila earned her Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences at UC Berkeley, and, prior to going into social work, pursued an early career in design and architecture for ten years.

Sheila lives in NYC with her husband and their three children.

Ariadne is the co-founder of Family Central, a NYC consultancy dedicated to helping families faced with challenging situations make the most educated decisions and find effective solutions. Ariadne is a family therapist, consultant, and licensed social worker. She earned her MSW from the Hunter College School of Social Work, with a concentration in children, youth and families. Ariadne trained in both an early childhood setting and the Juilliard School. She received her specialized training in family therapy at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, working with couples and families in crisis.

As a result of Ariadne’s work with families facing challenges, she has experienced firsthand the transformative effects of a collaborative and supportive team approach, and the importance of focusing on a family’s dynamics. She has also specialized in working with adolescents and young adults developing their strengths, self-awareness, and sense of agency.

Ariadne is on the Steering Committee of the Women’s Health Symposium, Co-chair of the Advocacy Council of the Citizens Committee for Children, President and Trustee of The Train Foundation, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She earned her undergraduate degree in Politics, Philosophy and Economics from Oxford University and had early careers in finance and journalism both in London and New York.

Ariadne lives in NYC with her husband and has three adult children.