Our Team

 

Marguery Lyvers, Ph.D. is the Clinical Director and a Partner at 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.

 

Carolyn Weirick, M.A., PPS is a Partner at 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. 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. Ms. Weirick is currently on leave from her active role at ILS.

 

 Marah Lyvers is the Program Director at Integrated Learning Solutions (ILS) and oversees the day-to-day operations of ILS,  working closely with our staff of educational therapists, psychologists, coaches, and kindergarten screeners. For over 25 years,  Marah has worked to engage children and youth in meaningful and life changing experiences most recently serving as a Director at  Tom Sawyer Camps in Pasadena, serving over 1500 youth and staff each year. She studied at the California State University, Long  Beach, perusing degrees in both art and literature. Additionally, she holds a BS in Organizational Leadership from Azusa Pacific  University. She is an active volunteer with the American Camp Association, offering local and national training and impact  opportunities through education. Through her collected experiences she has developed a repertoire of skills geared toward  supporting a person’s ability to grow into confident, self aware and empowered individuals. Her passion for empowering both  children and the adults that support them serves as a strong motivator for her work.

 

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.

 
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.
   
Meg Cranston-Cuebas, Ph.D. - Educational Therapist and School Consultant

"Dr. C-C" brings extensive experience working with children in clinical and school settings. She earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of New York at Albany after receiving her B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College. She holds a California Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential and has over 13 years of experience teaching students with diverse backgrounds, learning styles, and needs in public, charter, and homeschool environments. She has been a master teacher and teacher trainer. 

Dr. C-C is passionate about children and is inspired to connect with every child by activating a love of learning. She specializes in reading and math instruction for young learners and personalizes lessons to ensure that each child's academic, developmental, and emotional needs are being met. Dr. C-C grew up in San Marino and attended San Marino schools. She and her husband raised their two boys in Sierra Madre. 

   
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.
   
Vince Ogletree, J.D., M.A. (in progress) - Educational Therapist
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Vince is from a small desert town in eastern Washington State. He attended the University of Washington, where he rowed on the lightweight crew team, and earned his B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism and Political Science. He received his Juris Doctorate from The Washington College of Law, American University, in Washington D.C. A member of the California Bar, Vince moved to Los Angeles to become an entertainment lawyer. During the 2006 writer's strike, Vince began substitute teaching. To his surprise, he enjoyed this as much as working with actors and began teaching all grades and subjects. Currently, in addition to his work with Integrated Learning Solutions, Vince works as a substitute teacher, holding long term assignments as a one-on-one Special Education professional. Vince enrolled in the Master of Education program (Reading) at the California State University, Los Angeles in the winter of 2016. Vince entered the Teaching Credential Program at CSULA to earn his multi-subject teaching credential in the winter of 2017.  

   
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.