Faculty Profiles


Marc Wharton, M.Ed. is the Assistant Director of the FAU Test Prep department, and an Adjunct Instructor, teaching both the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the GRE, GMAT, GK, LSAT, ACT, and SAT, as well as the Verbal Reasoning component  of the MCAT test preparation courses. He has developed test prep programs and taught courses at both the graduate and high school levels in South Florida for over 10 years. His courses balance a solid grounding in the core English, Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Critical Reasoning material tested, combined with specific test taking strategies and techniques. Marc received his Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University and his B.S. in Marketing Management from Cornell University.



Suzanne Sheber teaches the General Knowledge Math Review and the GRE/GMAT Math Fundamentals test preparations courses. Ms. Sheber has taught standardized test preparation and basic skills courses at Florida Atlantic University and Lynn University for over 15 years. She teaches both math and verbal skills along with test taking strategies and approaches. Students find her classroom teaching style to be uplifting and supportive. She graduated from FAU with a B.A. in Humanities and received the Kenneth R. Williams Leadership Award. She studied graduate level coursework in business and in education.


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Lisa Byard, Ph.D. teaches the GRE and SAT verbal sections. She is currently a Professor of Student Success/First Year Experience at Palm Beach State College. She previously worked as an instructor in northern California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from Stony Brook University, her Masters in Higher Education Administration from Loyola University in Chicago and her Doctorate in Higher Education Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Lisa has a passion for teaching, motivating and engaging students.


Ken Dion, ESQ

Kenneth B. Dion, J.D., Esq. teaches the LSAT course. He is a sole practitioner in West Palm Beach. He was formerly with the Palm Beach County Office of the Public Defender as an Assistant Public Defender. He is currently a sole practitioner representing clients in Criminal Law, Traffic Law, Contract Law and Corporate Law. He earned his J.D from Suffolk University Law School, and a Bachelor of Arts from Boston College. He also teaches for Palm Beach Community College and for the legal assistants program here at FAU.


Nasim Alavi

Nasim Alavi Ph.D. teaches the Quantitative portion of the GRE and GMAT prep courses. She has a PhD  in the Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. She previously worked as the director of a Nuclear Medicine Program in south Florida. Nasim taught and tutored Mathematics and Chemistry at Indian River State College for six years. She earned her Master’s in Adult Educational Leadership from FAU. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Midwifery as well as two certifications in Nuclear Medicine and Pharmacy. Nasim has a passion for teaching and learning.


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Ian L. Hood, J.D., Esq. is FAU Test Preparation's instructor trainer and teaches the LSAT, the FTCE math course, and the quantitative and verbal portions of the GMAT and the GRE. He has a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration and a J.D from the University of Florida. Although he has an extensive finance and human resources background, he has a passion for education and has taught test preparation for fifteen years.



Jamonique Harrison, Ph.D.  teaches the verbal portions of the SAT, GRE, ACT, and FTCE. She has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership and a Ph.D. in Higher Education Leadership at Florida Atlantic University. Mrs. Harrison has over 10 years’ experience in the education field and she has previously worked as an advisor, teacher and graduate assistant. Jamonique is passionate about student success and strives to ensure that all her students master strategies that will allow them to improve their test scores.



Takesha McCray, Ed.D.  comes to FAU with 16 years of teaching experience in public education and higher education. She enjoys teaching and mentoring students. Her academic background consists of a B.S. in Elementary Education, M.S. in Educational Leadership, and an Ed.D in Educational Leadership with a minor in Higher Education. In addition, she is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.



Douglas R. Bloch teaches GRE, GMAT, ACT & SAT  Verbal. He received a Masters degree in Media Education from Florida State University and began teaching classes and managing the Instructional Television Studio on campus. FSU/ITV produced instructional materials and a live weekly program. After that, a position at IBM as an Engineer/Scientist designing products and a Human Factors Manager role at Citrix developing software led to working with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the formation of a computer design consulting firm, Valkyrie Associates. Doug's teaching philosophy is to help his students "Seize the Day and let nothing stand in the way of achieving your goals." In his spare time he enjoys surfing, fishing, playing guitar and working at the Gumbo Limbo Nature Center.



Josh Shampaner, M.Ed. teaches the verbal sections of the GRE & GMAT courses. Josh has a Master's degree in Educational Leadership from Florida Atlantic University. Josh has a wide variety of experiences in the education field having worked with high school students, undergraduate students and graduate students. Josh currently works with graduate students for the Executive Education department in the FAU's College of Business. He has always had a passion for helping students succeed in all realms of education. 



Zsuzsa Pusztai, MBA. teaches the quantitative sections of the GRE, GMAT & SAT courses. Zsuzsa has a Master of Business Administration degree from Florida Atlantic University, and she is currently pursuing her second master degree in Information Technology and Operations Management. As a Graduate Student, Zsuzsa taught lab courses for three years at Florida Atlantic University then worked as a Coordinator for the Master of Business Administration program at the Executive Education Department in the FAU's College of Business. She is passionate about working with students and helping them achieve their academic goals.



Kara Caplivski, M.Ed. is an adjunct instructor in the test preparation department at FAU and a Florida Certified Educator. Kara earned a B.A. in English from the University of Florida and a M. Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Florida Atlantic University. She has over ten years experience working in education. Kara is enthusiastic about helping students prepare well for the exams necessary to achieve students’ personal and professional goals.


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Tareq Vurdubakis, M.S. teaches the Quantitative section of the GRE. He has a Master of Science in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from Florida Atlantic University. He has taught as an Adjunct Professor here at FAU and has a passion for teaching. His students find his style to be engaging and fun.


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Brittney Bonadio teaches the quantitative sections of the GRE and the GMAT. Brittney graduated from the University of Florida with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics. Brittney previously taught Algebra 2 Honors and AP Calculus BC for Palm Beach County. She currently works in business finance.