About Us

In 1999, Lisa Mader endeavored to create a unique program where students of all ages who one day hope to pursue college could have their academic needs met and supported outside the typical classroom setting. Out of this desire, LEAP (Learning Enrichment and Assistance Program, LLC) was born. A passion for working together with parents, teachers and guidance counselors with the child and his or her needs as the central focus, has become the backbone of LEAP's success with students.

LEAP instruction is personal, private and affordable. We are the anti-franchise - locally owned and operated. LEAP knows students as well as universities throughout the United States which enables us to advise you regardless of location.

Lisa Mader

Lisa Mader, President

lisamader@leaprogram.com

Eight years teaching experience at the junior high and high school levels, her bachelor's degree in education and her master's in educational administration, all provide an excellent foundation to help students academically catch-up, maintain success and excel while navigating the college process. Lisa is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) and the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors as an Independent College Counselor and owner/CEO of LEAP since 1999 (more)

Eight years teaching experience at the junior high and high school levels, her bachelor's degree in education and her master's in educational administration, all provide an excellent foundation to help students academically catch-up, maintain success and excel while navigating the college process. Lisa is a member of the National Association of College Admissions Counselors (NACAC) and the Ohio Association of College Admissions Counselors as an Independent College Counselor and owner/CEO of LEAP since 1999. She is also an Senior Certified Birkman Consultant; this is a level which fewer than 4% of Birkman consultants achieve.

Lisa's passion is working with college bound students and their families. As a sought-after presenter at Proctor & Gamble, high schools throughout the Greater Cincinnati area, to private groups and at the Ohio ACT conference, Lisa is still teaching. Topics range from ACT-SAT Prep Essentials, The Roadmap to College, How to Become What Colleges Want, Choosing a College Major that Sticks, to College Selection and Application Seminars.

Lisa's expertise in learning and college guidance has benefited countless families throughout the United States. She has developed programs to maximize student performance for getting into college and guiding students to the best-fit college, major and future career. LEAP exclusive programs include ACT-SAT Prep Essentials, PSAT Prep Essentials, College-2-Career LEAP (Birkman Method Coaching), Efficient & Effective Study Habits, along with Resume & College Essay Development Workshops. Lisa is also a regular contributor to both College Confidential and CollegeView websites and newsletters.

Lisa actively pursues life in Greater Cincinnati with her three children. (hide)


Sheri Elmore

Sheri Elmore, Vice President

sherielmore@leaprogram.com

Growing up in Cincinnati, graduating from Sycamore High School then Miami University, teaching high school mathematics for 12 years, and earning a masters degree in educational administration from Wright State University, all paved the way for Sheri Elmore to be an integral leader at LEAP. Sheri started with LEAP as a tutor in the early years of the company. She has added additional responsibilities over the years including ACT-SAT class teacher and trainer of instructors, Remote Location Coordinator and PAC Advisor. In 2009, Sheri was elevated to Vice President of LEAP and continues to grow her responsibilities at LEAP.(more)

Growing up in Cincinnati, graduating from Sycamore High School then Miami University, teaching high school mathematics at Madison High School (2 years) and Sycamore High School (10 years), and earning a masters degree in educational administration from Wright State University, all paved the way for Sheri Elmore to be an integral leader at LEAP.

Sheri started with LEAP as a tutor in the early years of the company. She has added additional responsibilities over the years including ACT-SAT class teacher and trainer of instructors, Remote Location Coordinator and PAC Advisor. In 2009, Sheri was elevated to Vice President of LEAP and continues to grow her responsibilities at LEAP.

Sheri and her husband, Bill, reside in Lewis Center north of Columbus where their three boys attend school and are active in a variety of extracurricular activities. (hide)


Julie Ring

Julie Ring, Director

juliering@leaprogram.com

Julie is the behind the scenes glue that holds LEAP's daily activities together with her strong attention to detail.

Julie hails from the Cleveland area and is a graduated from Miami University before making Cincinnati her permanent home.

Julie's attention to detail and excellent rapport with LEAP clients, leaves anyone feeling confident they are in good hands at LEAP and no detail will be overlooked.

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Julie is the behind the scenes glue that holds LEAP's daily activities together with her strong attention to detail.

Julie hails from the Cleveland area and is a graduated from Miami University before making Cincinnati her permanent home.

Julie's attention to detail and excellent rapport with LEAP clients, leaves anyone feeling confident they are in good hands at LEAP and no detail will be overlooked.

Julie pursues life in Cincinnati with her husband and two sons while also volunteering her time with Meals-on-Wheels. (hide)


Christie O'Hare

Christie O'Hare, Fit 2 Flourish Client Relations Specialist

christieohare@leaprogram.com

Six years of teaching experience-including international and public school instruction- led Christie to pursue the educational opportunities at LEAP. Christie specializes in ACT/SAT test prep, high school English tutoring, and is a member of LEAP's writing coaching team working with students throughout the US. (more)

Six years of teaching experience-including international and public school instruction- led Christie to pursue the educational opportunities at LEAP. Christie specializes in ACT/SAT test prep, high school English tutoring, and is a member of LEAP's writing coaching team working with students throughout the US.

In addition to her classroom responsiblities, Christie also works behind the scenes as our Fit 2 Flourish Customer Relations Specialist, facilitating the communication between parents, students, LEAP's Fit 2 Flourish coaches and others key to the coaching process.

Christie and her husband, Johnny, are active in their suburban Cincinnati, Ohio community where they raise their two children. (hide)


LEAP Instructors

LEAP instructors are chosen for their enthusiasm for learning, excellent rapport with parents and students alike and depth of content knowledge that is coupled with training on LEAP's own curriculums. Our instructors are at the heart of why LEAP makes a difference in classroom achievement and test prep.

They hail from excellent rated Greater Cincinnati schools such as Mason, Sycamore, Indian Hill, Kings, Lakota, and Lebanon. Certified teachers in mathematics, English, science, Spanish, social studies, special education, elementary, and reading specialists, make-up the LEAP instructional team. We can cover all bases from seventh grade to college, as needed, on your educational journey.

Interested in being part of this dynamic team and changing the lives of students? Email us along with your resume.