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

  • Grant Leibersberger, Focus Collegiate

    Grant Leibersberger

  • John Marinilli

  • Jamie Hare

  • Adam Tiro

  • Ann-Marie Stripling

  • Leslie O’Brien

  • Shawna Graichen

  • Sarah Adrisio, Focus Collegiate

    Sarah Adorisio

  • David Copice

    David Copice

  • Sarah Wilkie

  • Emily Conway

  • Abigail Schmidt

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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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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Jamie Hare

Learning Specialist

Our Learning Specialist, Jamie Hare, has a master’s degree in special education and a bachelor’s degree in journalism. Not afraid of obstacles, she thrives in non-conformity and is stimulated by the challenge of engaging task analysis and problem solving differently…

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Adam Tiro

Collegiate Life Coordinator

Collegiate Life Coordinator Adam Tiro has two decades of experience working in special education. He has a master’s degree in Moderate Special Education from Eastern Nazarene College and a bachelor’s degree in professional music from Berklee School of Music. An…

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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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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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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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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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David Copice

David Copice

Learning Specialist

David Copice is our Learning Specialist. The primary focus of his work is academic success. He provides tools and strategies that students can make their own and apply to every aspect of their lives. He also encourages independence while providing…

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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

Summer Cohort Residential Advisor

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 Summer Cohort Residential Advisor. She comes…

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Abigail Schmidt

Student Skills Specialist

Abigail Schmidt is our new Student Skills 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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