Meet Our Experts
With insight, data, and informed advice, our experts keep us on mission—and keep test prep on track. Learn about the thinkers behind Kaplan.
CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER
Expert on: Talent development, employee engagement, how companies can create emotionally healthy and productive work environments/cultures
Lorin Thomas-Tavel is Chief Operating Officer for Kaplan Test Prep. In her role she is responsible for division-wide operations, charged with leading the division’s ongoing business transformation efforts. Since joining KTP in 2007 as Chief Administrative Officer, Lorin has played a leading role in the division’s transformation efforts spearheading the transition to a more consumer and product focused business unit structure with a smaller, more flexible real estate footprint and an 89% virtual workforce. In addition, she helped to champion the successful rollout of Agile practices resulting in dramatically improved tech satisfaction and improving new product speed to market. Lorin holds a B.S. from Baylor University.
Dr. Deborah Berebichez
CHIEF DATA SCIENTIST, METIS
Expert on: Data science; women and diversity in the tech sector; making science “fun” for young people.
Dr. Deborah Berebichez is Metis’ Chief Data Scientist. In this role, Dr. Berebichez oversees and develops Metis’ expanding suite of data science program and course offerings, which includes the industry’s only accredited intensive data science bootcamp (New York City and San Francisco), a data visualization course with D3.JS, and a Big Data course that teaches Hadoop and Spark, as well as professional development and corporate training. An academic trailblazer, Dr. Berebichez made history in 2004 when she became the first Mexican-born woman to earn a Ph.D. in physics at Stanford University. In 2016, Mexico’s Quién magazine named her as one of the “50 People Who Are Transforming Mexico.” Co-host of the Discovery Channel’s Outrageous Acts of Science TV show and a regular guest expert on CNN, Nova and other shows, Dr. Berebichez is able to apply her unique blend of skills to break down complex science and data concepts for the average viewer.
CO-FOUNDER, KAPLAN LABS
Tarlin Ray is the Co-founder of Kaplan Labs, a product innovation team focused on testing product and services into new markets. Previously, he held leadership roles with Kaplan’s New Economy Skills Training (NEST) division as Vice President of Metis. Tarlin first joined Kaplan in 2004 as the Director of Service and Operations for Kaplan’s Customer Care Center before leaving in 2007 as the Executive Director of Sales, Marketing and National Operations for the Med division. Since returning in 2014, Tarlin has been a part of various startup teams extending KTPs capabilities beyond the Test Prep market. Tarlin holds an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and an A.B. in Economics from Harvard College.
PRESIDENT AND CO-FOUNDER OF METIS
Expert on: New Economy Skills Training (NEST) issues; data science; bootcamp education model
Jason Moss is the President and Founder of Metis, a leading provider of data science skills training for individuals and businesses. Under Jason's leadership, Metis has expanded across the United States (New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle) and into international markets, including most recently Singapore and Dublin. Metis has expanded beyond bootcamps to provide corporate training across the globe, including to Fortune 500 clients Wells Fargo and Intel, and has launched an annual global live online "Demystifying Data Science" conference that in 2018 reached 18,000+ participants across 132 countries.
He joined Kaplan in September 2007, assuming several leadership roles, including brand manager of pre-law programs and vice president of strategy and finance. Jason received his B.A. from Wesleyan University and his M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
VICE PRESIDENT OF UNIVERSITY PARTNERSHIPS
Expert on: Helping college and universities expand access, enrollments and improve student outcomes
Lee Weiss is Vice President and General Manager, Kaplan University Partnerships. He leads all efforts to create new university partnerships that provide learning services to pre-college students, including talent identification programs, summer camps, online offerings, and micro-credentials. Starting as a teacher and tutor, Lee has been with Kaplan for over 15 years and has held numerous product, strategy and general management roles in the organization and has a long history of growth and innovation. In recent years he has created partnerships that have provided new learning experiences for hundreds of thousands of students and substantial new revenue streams for institutional partners, including those with ACT Inc, GED Testing Service, Hobsons/Navaince, Chegg, Cengage, and many others. He is a graduate of Cornell University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF ADMISSIONS PROGRAMS
Expert on: LSAT, admissions issues and trends
Jeff Thomas is the executive director of admissions programs for Kaplan Test Prep, overseeing the company’s. graduate and pre-college businesses. A veteran Kaplan LSAT instructor, Jeff also maintains close relationships with admissions deans at the nation’s top law schools. A successful entrepreneur, Jeff received a BS in management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a JD, magna cum laude, from Albany Law School.
DIRECTOR OF ACADEMICS
Expert on: Best test prep practices, Preparing for the GMAT and GRE; business school admissions process; graduate school admissions process
Dennis Yim is a 10-year veteran Kaplan GMAT and GRE teacher and is currently working as director of academics. Prior to this role, Dennis was the associate director of Kaplan’s Pre-Business and Pre-Graduate Programs where he was tasked with developing Kaplan’s GMAT and GRE courses. Dennis is a veritable, highly-rated test prep coach who has helped over 3,000 students reach their goals. Equipped with 99th percentile GMAT and GRE scores, he is passionate about providing all the support he can to business school and graduate school applicants.
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF NURSING
Expert on: the NCELX-RN exam, nursing education, careers in nursing
Maria has over 25 years of experience as a registered nurse in the clinical and educational settings. She received her Bachelor’s of Science and Master’s of Science in Nursing (Geriatric Nurse Practitioner focus) from Clemson University and remains loyal to her Clemson Tigers! She received her Doctorate degree with a focus on Nursing Education Leadership from American Sentinel University. She has served in many roles including nursing faculty and director roles in practical nursing and registered nursing programs. Presently, Maria is employed as the Executive Director of Nursing for Kaplan Prep & Achieve. Her areas of interest and expertise are nursing school success, NCLEX success, learning science, academic integrity, and test construction and item writing. In her present role at Kaplan she manages the nurse education consultant and curriculum teams; presents faculty continuing education workshops; speaks at conferences; and consults with colleges and universities. She is an active member of the Sigma Theta Tau Nursing Honor Society and the International Center for Academic Integrity.