QUALIFIED & COMPASSIONATE
ADRIENNE FRUMBERG, m.a.
FOUNDER & CEO
Adrienne has over 17 years of experience providing college guidance and academic and social skills instruction at leading educational institutions in New York City while also building a personal practice that has grown into what Lighthouse Guidance is today. While Adrienne oversees the broader Lighthouse Guidance business and team, she also works with students for the college process at all stages. Adrienne is also the consulting college counselor for Academics West, the only therapeutic day school in NYC.
Adrienne has a Master’s Degree in Counseling from NYU, a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and graduated from the Harvard Summer Institute on College Admissions. Adrienne is a professional member of IECA.
TEST PREP & COLLEGE ESSAY COACH
A high school and middle school English teacher, Shannon Dahl has been helping students prepare for standardized tests for over 25 years. She specializes in highly individualized test preparation based on her students' unique skills and learning styles. Together with her students, she builds a testing strategy that focuses on both content and confidence. Shannon also works with students on high school and college applications, helping students to present themselves to admissions in the most authentic, articulate way.
MOLLY LIEBERMAN, LMSW
COLLEGE COUSELOR & EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING COACH
Molly K. Lieberman, LMSW, is a school counselor working with high school students and their families to navigate the college application process. As a college counselor, Molly uses a holistic approach when working with the student and their family in order to learn about the student’s learning profile inside the classroom and interests outside of the classroom. Molly is committed to tailoring the college search to meet the social/emotional, educational, and extracurricular needs of each student by individualizing and creating a program that best matches their needs. Molly can provide a wide-range of services, including: assisting with college research, assisting with completing the common application and other application materials, and essay review.
Molly holds a BA from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a MSW from New York University Silver School of Social Work. She is a licensed social worker in New York State and a certified Executive Functioning Coach.
COLLEGE ESSAY COACH
Talia has a BA in psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University and has been passionate about creative and personal writing for as long as she can remember. She loves working with Lighthouse Guidance students to create essays that show who they truly are and what they are passionate about. She believes everyone has an important story to tell, and she has loved working with the Lighthouse Guidance team to help students find their voice for their college essay. When she’s not meeting with Lighthouse Guidance students, Talia works as a mental health counselor and enjoys crocheting, watching sitcoms, and discovering new music!
Sari Sussman, M.A.
LEARNING SPECIALIST & COLLEGE ESSAY COACH
Sari was raised in New York City, earned her BA from Lehigh University and her MA in Middle School Special and General Education from Bank Street College of Education. Throughout her career, she has worked as a Special Education teacher and Learning Specialist in Manhattan independent schools across all age groups. In addition to working privately with students with learning disabilities after school, Sari was most recently a Middle School Learning specialist at Trevor Day School. Sari has also served on the board of B&M Art Program, the Council of Advisors at her alma mater, Suffield Academy, and has consulted in the curriculum development of Mylowrites, software designed to increase independence in the writing process.
David Gofman, LPC
CAREER COUNSELOR & GAP YEAR COUNSELOR
David is an experienced coach who has been helping young adults find their way for nearly a decade. He earned his Master's Degree from the University of Denver in Sport & Performance Psychology, where his research examined identify formation in competitive video game players and collegiate athletes. Before joining Lighthouse Guidance, David has worked as a Clinician, a Career Counselor, and as a Healthcare Leader and Administrator. He loves working with a diverse array of clients and helping his clients achieve their goals. He looks to bring flexibility, presence, authenticity, and compassion to everything that he does and to help those he works with reconnect to their own unique potentialities to live value-driven lives. In addition, David has a diverse array of interests, and in his free time enjoys reading, running, cooking, hiking with his two dogs, and spending time with his family.
TEST PREP TUTOR
Maya has a BA in Neuroscience and Behavior from Columbia University, Barnard College and is passionate about helping students build confidence and feel comfortable in a standardized testing setting. Maya’s undergraduate research thesis on learning disabilities, with a focus on ADHD and Dyslexia, allowed them to explore and understand the most effective methods of assisting students who need unique educational instruction. Maya believes that academic and educational success comes from placing an equal importance on the material and the student’s well-being. In addition to assisting Lighthouse Guidance students on their standardized test journey, they also help students stay organized academically and provide strategies to succeed in the classroom setting. When they’re not meeting with Lighthouse Guidance students, they work as a research technician doing neuroscience research and enjoy finding cozy cafes around the city, playing the cello, and watching the latest women’s soccer game!
Amy ShalitA, M.A., M.Ed.
During her years as the college guidance counselor at a private school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, Amy developed and refined a boutique approach of college consulting that provided an alternative to the all-too-common numbers-matching approach taken by many secondary institutions. She regularly visits and meets with admission directors at nationwide colleges and international universities.
Amy is an experienced educator who provides added structure and support throughout the application process, and assists students' unique personality and interests to shine in the individual written statements. Amy carefully creates the strongest possible applications, which will give the best chance of being accepted to universities where your child will be academically, socially, and emotionally successful.