Our Team

Carolyn Weirick, M.A., PPS is the Program Director and Partner of Integrated Learning Solutions (ILS) and is a credentialed School Counselor in the State of California. She has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy. Carolyn oversees the day-to-day operations of ILS and works closely with our staff of educational therapists, psychologists, coaches, and kindergarten screeners. Carolyn is also the Director of our College Counseling Services.

Ms. Weirick brings a varied background to ILS, having worked in public policy, private business, and educational institutions for many years. She is very familiar with the wide range of learning challenges facing students, and is committed to helping families understand and cope with the intricacies of various learning and attention issues. One of her particular passions is working with children and young people with Asperger’s and High Functioning Autism. She is the mother of three school-aged boys, and was born and raised in Pasadena and San Marino, attending Westridge School, San Marino High School, Claremont McKenna and the University of Oregon.

 

Marguery Lyvers, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director and Partner of Integrated Learning Solutions (ILS). She is a Licensed Clinical Psychologist and has expertise in the assessment of learning disorders, ADHD, and other neuropsychological and psychological/emotional conditions. Dr. Lyvers enjoys working with students to remove barriers to educational and personal success through individually tailored interventions and accommodations. She also has extensive experience in consultation and outreach to educators, families, and other professionals. Dr. Lyvers' training and experience has spanned educational, forensic, private practice, hospital, and outpatient settings. She completed pre and postdoctoral training in neuropsychological assessment of children and adults for clinical and forensic purposes, including disability and injury compensation determinations. 

As a former staff member at the Center for Accessible Education at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Dr. Lyvers was uniquely situated to determine students' eligibility for disability accommodations and brings that depth of awareness and scrutinty to diagnostic testing services. She worked with students, faculty, and administration to ensure educational access to students with diverse learning needs. In addition to her work with University students, she designed outreach and educational programs for faculty, supervised clinical assessment interns, and conducted research on best practices in inclusion of students with various cognitive and learning profiles in higher education. A Pasadena native, Dr. Lyvers is invested in fostering the development of our young community members.

 

ILS staff come from various professional backgrounds, with expertise in the fields of assessment, learning differences and special education. Several are resource specialists, school psychologists, special education program administrators, or teachers with in-depth training in the field of special education. ILS also provides or coordinates services for clients through our network of professional colleagues with expertise in the fields of psychiatry, psychology, speech and language development, movement and occupational therapy.

 
Arlene Acosta, M.A. - Educational Therapist & Reading Specialist

Arlene earned her B.A. in Urban Learning with an Education Specialist credential, and her M.A. in Education with a Reading Specialist option. Both degrees were earned at California State University, Los Angeles. Her experience includes working with students with diverse backgrounds and abilities in order for them to achieve optimum success. She also has expertise and a special interest in the professional development of teachers, and in working as part of a team with school administrators in order to support the whole student. Arlene is excited to combine all of her unique academic and life experiences to create a model education program dedicated to bringing out the best in every child.

   
Wendy Abajian, Ed.D. - Educational Therapist
"Dr. Wendy" earned her B.A. in Communications/Communicative Disorders, Masters in Special Education, and Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California (USC). She holds a State of California Multiple Teaching Credential and Special Education Credential, is a professional member of the Association of Educational Therapists, and is a gubernatorial appointee to the Advisory Board at Lanterman Developmental Center and to the State Advisory Board of Protection and Advocacy, Inc. Dr. Wendy specializes in providing educational therapy and support services to children, adolescents, and adults, providing academic coaching and support, with an emphasis on organizational and study skills, executive functioning, creative writing, and self-advocacy, while enhancing individual client self-esteem.
   
Jill Anderson, M.A., PPS - College Counselor
Jill has extensive experience as a College Counselor and has worked with students of all ages. She received a B.A. in Business Marketing, an M.A. in Psychology, a PPS credential for HS Counseling, and a certificate in Career Counseling. Having visited and researched many colleges, she has a vast knowledge of what college admissions officers are looking for and how a student can stand out. Her specialties are college choice selection, picking a major, community colleges, transferring, career counseling and admissions strategies. Prior to college counseling, she worked for many years in television production as a Stage Manager and Associate Producer and has expertise in navigating the entertainment business. Member of WACAC and IECA.
   
Laura Lee Bayne, M.A. - College Counseling Essay Specialist
Laura Lee worked at the University of Texas at Austin for over twelve years as both a writing instructor and student advisor. As our resident writing consultant, Laura Lee focuses on helping our students develop their written voices as well as strong personal statements and supplemental essays. In addition to her years of higher education experience, she has taught English as a Foreign Language and tutored in subjects ranging from classical Latin to American history. Laura Lee  earned her M.A. with distinction in English and American Literature from the University of York, England and is a graduate of Occidental College.
   
Rachel Hirshberg, MSW - ADHD, Executive Functioning & ASD Coach
Rachel is an experienced therapist and life coach who has worked with adolescents and families for over ten years in treatment centers and therapeutic schools. She earned her B.A. in Psychology from Lesley University, followed by her Master’s in Social Work from New York University. After moving to California in 2012, she then became a Certified Academic Life Coach.  Rachel is passionate about empowering young people to take control of the craziness of adolescence by developing the skills to manage it.
   
Susan Kawell, Ph.D. - Educational Therapist & Reading Specialist
(photo unavailable) Susan received a B.A. in History and Secondary Education credential from the University of  Wisconsin, Eau Claire. She then earned a Master of Education in Reading and a Reading Specialist credential from California State University, Los Angeles, and continued her education to earn earn a Doctorate from Claremont Graduate University in Urban Education. Susan has been awarded "Teacher of the Year" and coordinates the Master of Education in Reading program at the California State University, Los Angeles.
   
Viviana O'Shea, M.A. - Educational Therapist & ASD Specialist
Viviana earned a B.A. in Psychology from California State University, Northridge. She then earned an M.A. in Education as well as the Multiple Subject and Specialist Teaching credentials from the University of Southern California. Bringing years of experience as a Special Day Class teacher, Viviana's emphasis and expertise is teaching elementary school age children with learning challenges and also working with children who are on the spectrum and in need of academic support.
   
Sonja Williams, M.A. - Educational Therapist & Reading Specialist
Sonja is an educational therapist, reading specialist, and second grade teacher. She earned an undergraduate degree in Community Health Education from Allegheny College and a Master of Education in Reading degree from California State University, Los Angeles. She specializes in K-5 reading comprehension, phonics, writing, and special education. She emphasizes whole-child learning and personalizes lessons to meet the specific needs and interests of each student.