Our Team

Focus Collegiate provides innovative, hands-on support to equip college students with learning differences for success on campus and beyond.

Our dynamic and professional staff is comprised of Collegiate Life Coordinators, Learning Specialists, Student Skills Specialists, Parent Support, and administrative support. Our students attend their college of choice in the close radius of our Boston area team or virtually around the country. While we do have offices, we often prefer to work with our students on campus or in their preferable locations when possible and virtually went its not.

Our services thrive in major urban centers (and now everywhere) where there is a robust and diverse community providing multiple academic options for our students.

We currently serve college students with learning differences in-person in the greater Boston metro area and around the country through Collegiate Virtual

  • Leslie O’Brien

  • Grant Leibersberger, Focus Collegiate

    Grant Leibersberger

  • Ann-Marie Stripling

  • John Marinilli

  • Angela Barnes

  • Shawna Graichen

  • Kate Durham

  • Rachel Dayanim

  • Sarah Wilkie

  • Emily Conway

  • Geoff Anstatt

  • Abigail Schmidt

  • Sarah Adrisio, Focus Collegiate

    Sarah Adorisio

Leslie O’Brien

Managing Director

Leslie O’Brien is our Managing Director. A natural leader and culture builder, Leslie progressed within the Focus Collegiate team from Parent Support and Program Development Consultant to Learning and Development Consultant to Managing Director. Having worked in roles supporting families…

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Grant Leibersberger, Focus Collegiate

Grant Leibersberger

Founder and Principal

Grant Leibersberger is the founder and principal of Focus Collegiate. He is a staunch advocate of experiential learning. “Learning from experience happens through metaphor,” he says and uses a rock-climbing analogy to explain the isomorphic metaphor (the one-to-one relationships between…

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Ann-Marie Stripling

Enrollment and Outreach Director

Ann-Marie is a connector who sees the potential in others. Her superpower is building relationships. In the context of Focus Collegiate, that means connecting students who learn differently and their families to the educational resources they need to flourish. It…

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John Marinilli

Collegiate Life Coordinator

John Marinilli is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker who is passionate about music and people. His bachelor’s in Music Therapy from Berklee College of Music brought these passions together and led him to the Perkins School for the Blind,…

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Angela Barnes

Learning Specialist

Angela Barnes is one of our Learning Specialists. She has been working in higher education for nearly twenty years developing and delivering programs and curricula tailored to meet student needs in the here and now. Experiential learning is the foundation…

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Shawna Graichen

Student Skills Specialist

Shawna Graichen is one of our most enthusiastic Student Skills Specialists. She is passionate about supporting individuals in becoming self-determined agents of their own lives, as they transition from adolescence into young adult life. She supports each student in the…

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Kate Durham

College Life Coordinator

Kate Durham is our Collegiate Life Coordinator. She supports students in their transition to college life, which is often much less structured than high school. A passionate student of adolescent development and student success, Kate has more than ten years of experience working in higher education. As…

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Rachel Dayanim

Learning Specialist

Rachel Dayanim is one of our Learning Specialists. Rachel has dedicated her career to education and student support across disciplines and spectrums of need. She strongly believes in the value of every student and their remarkable potential to succeed. She…

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Sarah Wilkie

Student Skills Specialist

Student Skills Specialist, Sarah Wilkie, is passionate about art. It influences everything she does. Her approach to creativity easily translates to her work with students focused on life skills, social skills, and executive function. More about process and less about…

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Emily Conway

Academic Support Specialist

Emily Conway loves people. She is passionate about working with students with ADHD, and with those who have no diagnosis, but struggle with executive function. We are very happy to have her as our Academic Support Specialist and Summer Cohort…

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Geoff Anstatt

Summer Cohort Learning Specialist/Guest Lecturer

Geoff Anstatt is our Summer Cohort Learning Specialist/Guest Lecturer. Geoff’s twenty-year career supporting students is driven by two primary principles: empathy and excellence. For Geoff, teaching and learning begin with empathy for the whole person and an asset-based understanding of…

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Abigail Schmidt

Academic Support Specialist

Abigail Schmidt is our new Academic Support Specialist. As an emerging occupational therapist pursuing her doctorate in Occupational Therapy at Boston University, Abigail is a creative problem solver who knows that what works for one person may not work for…

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Sarah Adrisio, Focus Collegiate

Sarah Adorisio

Business Operations Manager

Sarah is the consummate professional. Impeccably organized, driven, and focused, she has great respect for the freedom that adherence to the rules brings. A lover of data and people, Sarah’s human resource expertise goes beyond traditional activities to include easily…

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