About Us

In 1999, Lisa Marker-Robbins endeavored to create a unique program where students who one day hope to pursue college could have their academic needs met and supported outside the typical classroom setting. Out of this desire, LEAP (Learning Enrichment and Assistance Program, LLC) was born. A passion for working together with parents, teachers and school counselors with the child and his or her needs as the central focus, has become the backbone of LEAP’s success with students.

LEAP instruction is individualized and affordable. We are the anti-franchise – locally owned and operated. LEAP knows students as well as universities throughout the United States which enables us to advise families regardless of location.

Our Team

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Lisa Marker-Robbins, Founder/CEO

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Eight years teaching experience at the junior high and high school levels, her bachelor’s degree in education and her master’s in educational administration, all provide an excellent foundation to help students academically catch-up, maintain success and excel while navigating the college process. Lisa is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC), National College Advocacy Group (NCAG) and the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors as an Independent College Counselor and owner/CEO of LEAP since 1999. She is also a Birkman Master Certified Consultant; this is a level which fewer than 4% of Birkman consultants achieve.

Lisa’s passion is working with college bound students and their families. As a sought-after presenter, Lisa is still teaching and equipping students.

Lisa’s expertise in learning and college guidance has benefited countless families throughout the United States. She has developed programs to maximize student performance for getting into college and guiding students to the best-fit college, major and future career.

Lisa actively pursues life in Greater Cincinnati with her husband and children, one of which is currently in college.

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Sheri Elmore, Vice President

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Growing up in Cincinnati, graduating from Sycamore High School then Miami University, teaching high school mathematics for 12 years, and earning a master’s degree in educational administration from Wright State University, all paved the way for Sheri to be an integral leader at LEAP.

Sheri started with LEAP as a tutor in the early years of the company. She has added additional responsibilities over the years. In 2009, Sheri was elevated to Vice President of LEAP and serves as LEAP’s ACT-SAT Director. Sheri works closely with families to put together highly individualized testing timelines and prep plans for students to reach full testing potential.

Most days Sheri is found engaging with clients by phone, email and in-person presenting for LEAP and at local schools.

Sheri and her husband, Bill, reside in Lewis Center north of Columbus where their three boys attend school and are active in a variety of extracurricular activities. Her oldest son is now in college.

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Karen Noe, Director

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Karen joined the LEAP team after extensive experience in the administration of school counseling offices at Saint Ursula Academy, Sycamore and Mariemont schools. Her attention to detail and putting the needs of the student first make her a perfect fit for LEAP Director.

Karen can be found answering calls for assistance, determining a best fit individualized plan for students and coordinating key team players. She is also a knowledgeable and friendly face at many LEAP events.

 

Karen and her husband, Jack, are forever Cincinnati residents and proud parents of their college son.

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Shannon Bacon, Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper

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Shannon was a LEAP mom who experienced excellent results for her children then asked to be part of our dynamic team. Fortunately for all of us, LEAP had a need and Shannon’s attention to detail, organization and behind the scenes support were a perfect fit!

Shannon can be found tracking classes and offering support in addition to managing client accounts.

Shannon’s administrative talents were first used at Cincinnati Fury baseball where she continues to devote time to the organization she was on the ground floor of founding along with her husband, Didi. They are also busy parents of four newly adult children.

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Drews Mitchell, Independent College Counselor

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Drews has served families since 1995 as a teacher first and now as a school counselor. He is exceptionally qualified to offer a personal touch to the college exploration process. Drews joined LEAP part-time in 2014 and continues full-time as a school counselor at a Cincinnati high school. He brings the unique perspective as someone entrenched in the schools and the private sector which greatly benefits LEAP clients.

Drews earned his bachelor’s from University of Cincinnati (1992) and holds two masters: Miami University (2000) and Xavier University (2007); he’s also a member the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors (OACAC) and Chi Sigma Lota (national counseling honor society). Drews and his wife, Amy, have two young adult children, so he’s living personally what he does in his professional life.

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Julie Spak, Fit 2 Flourish Consultant & Independent College Counselor

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Since 1985, Julie has been connecting students to their futures in her work as a College Admissions Officer, Financial Aid Officer and Honors Program Counselor at the University of New Hampshire, where she received her M.Ed in Counseling and BA in Communication and English. Julie also worked as a School Counselor, so she knows how to help students and families from “both sides of the desk.”  She is a Past President of New Hampshire School Counselors Association and is currently a member of the Pennsylvania School Counselors Association and NCAG.

Working with the LEAP team as a Fit 2 Flourish Consultant combines all of her passions of helping students learn about their strengths and find the perfect fit college major and institution.  Julie’s coaching produces a stand out college application.

Julie lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and two active school-aged boys, where there is truly never a dull moment!

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Christy Godfrey

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With nearly a decade’s experience in the 9-12 English classroom, as well as adjunct professorship in UCLA’s Extension College Counseling Certification Program, Christy contributes valuable skills to LEAP’s counseling team. 

In addition to serving as a member of LEAP’s college counseling team, Christy is a veteran LEAP instructor specializing in ACT English/Reading/Science and Essay preparation; PSAT Reading and Writing preparation; SAT Reading, Writing, and Essay preparation; college essay writing guidance; and study skills improvement. She also facilitates training new LEAP staff on our test prep program. 

Christy earned her College Counseling Certification from UCLA Extension in November of 2015.  She lives in the Greater Cincinnati area with her husband.

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Christie O’Hare, Fit 2 Flourish Client Relations Specialist

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Six years of teaching experience-including international and public school instruction- led Christie to pursue the educational opportunities at LEAP. Christie specializes in ACT/SAT test prep, high school English tutoring, and is a member of LEAP’s writing coaching team working with students throughout the US.

In addition to her classroom responsiblities, Christie also works behind the scenes as our Fit 2 Flourish Customer Relations Specialist, facilitating the communication between parents, students, LEAP’s Fit 2 Flourish coaches and others key to the coaching process. In 2014, Christie earned her Birkman Cerfication.

Christie and her husband, Johnny, are active in their suburban Cincinnati, Ohio community where they raise their three children.