#Meet Our Experts

Dr. Deborah Berebichez

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.

Eric Chiu


Expert on: MCAT; medical school admissions process; careers in health


Eric Chiu is the executive director of pre-medical programs for Kaplan Test Prep, managing the company’s MCAT business, including marketing, program development, and delivery. A veteran Kaplan instructor, Eric has over a decade of experience teaching MCAT, LSAT, GRE, and GMAT preparatory courses and has presented to tens of thousands of students on topics related to test preparation and the admissions process. Eric has also overseen the development of Kaplan’s MCAT 2015 program, a revolutionary new approach to MCAT preparation, including the launch of a comprehensive Science Review video library and live, elective programming via the MCAT Channel. Eric holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dennis Yim


Expert on: Test prep best practices; preparing for the SAT, ACT, and GRE; graduate school admissions process; college admissions process

As director of academics, Dennis Yim is a veteran Kaplan instructor with nearly 15 years of teaching experience. He is a veritable highly-rated test prep coach who has helped over 10,000 students achieve their best scores on exams like the SAT and ACT. He enjoys helping them on their journey from their first class to test day, with confidence, and reach their college and graduate school admission goals. With passion and dedication, Dennis provides all the support he can to his students.

Tarlin Ray

Co-Founder, Kaplan Labs 

Expert on: Future of Work, Bridging the Millennial/Digital Native worker divide, Workforce Engagement, New Economy Skills Training (NEST) issues, coding careers, education Bootcamp model, expanding diversity in tech sector

In this capacity, Tarlin works with a team operating under a Lean/Agile methodology with an explicit focus of testing applications and services in new growth markets. Tarlin is hyper focused on delving into the opportunities and issues that arise from operating in teams that have a growing generational mix and a mix of remote vs. in person workers.

Previously, Tarlin was in charge of sales, marketing and corporate training for sister Kaplan Test Prep company Metis. Metis is a leading provider of data science skills training for individuals and businesses. Tarlin first joined Kaplan Test Prep 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 Medical Licensing division. Tarlin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and an AB in Economics from Harvard College.

Jason Moss

Expert on: New Economy Skills Training (NEST) issues; data science; bootcamp education model

Jason Moss is the president and co-founder of Metis, a business that Kaplan Test Prep launched in December 2013 to provide courses to help people accelerate or pivot their careers in data science. Jason has worn many hats at Kaplan Test Prep since he first joined the company in September 2007, beginning as the Brand Manager of Pre-Law Programs, then Vice President of Product Development and Marketing for Graduate Programs, Vice President of Sales for the Northeast Territory and most recently the Vice President of Strategy and Finance, leading acquisition efforts and helping the Kaplan leadership formulate its current long-term growth plan. Jason holds an M.B.A. from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. from Wesleyan University.

Owen Farcy


Expert on: MCAT; the 2015 MCAT changes; medical school admissions issues and trends; careers in medicine

Owen Farcy is director of pre-health programs for Kaplan Test Prep, and is responsible primarily for marketing, operations, and program development for the company’s MCAT, DAT, OAT and PCAT groups. An interest in global health and student advocacy has led him to work closely with several pre-health student groups, including the American Medical Students Association, Phi Delta Epsilon, and the Flying Samaritans. A long-time top-rated MCAT instructor for Kaplan, Owen has worked in a variety of roles within Kaplan and has been integral in the delivery of free online content to pre-med students throughout the world. He holds a BS in Biology from Emory University, and has previously worked in environmental education and sustainable development.

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Lee Weiss


Expert on:  The new SAT; college admissions trends

Lee Weiss is Kaplan Test Prep’s vice president for college admissions programs.  Lee joined Kaplan while he was still in college, as an SAT instructor in 2002. He has now come full circle as he leads the launch of Kaplan’s revamped course for the new SAT. He has been with Kaplan in a full-time capacity since 2009, leading the GRE business through its own major test changes in 2011. He holds a B.S. from Cornell University, and an M.Eng from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Jeff Thomas


Expert on: LSAT, law school admissions issues and trends

Jeff Thomas is the executive director of pre-law programs for Kaplan Test Prep, managing the company’s LSAT business, including marketing, program development and delivery.  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.