Elizabeth LaScala has worked as a researcher and advisor in higher education for over 25 years. She lives in Lafayette, California and works successfully with clients from both the local Lamorinda area and nationally and internationally. Elizabeth completed her BS from the City University of New York. She earned her Master's Degree in Public Health at the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Behavioral Sciences and Education from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In addition, Elizabeth has a Certificate in College Admissions and Career Planning from UC Berkeley Extension.
Elizabeth is a regional education columnist, featured monthly in print and electronic publications that reach readers in Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, San Ramon, Danville and Alamo. She is a sought after presenter at parent-student events, learning centers, schools, civic and community clubs and organizations. She is also a team partner of Orinda Aquatics Club, where she dedicates substantial volunteer hours.
In addition to her own capability, Elizabeth offers clients the benefits of an expansive network of academic, test preparation and financial planning professionals. Elizabeth has researched and developed structured programs to help middle school, high school and college students maximize their educational success. Elizabeth is an active member of the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Higher Education Consultant Association.
Elizabeth and her husband Paul have raised three daughters, each of whom has followed a different educational path to success.
Elizabeth founded Doing College and Beyond to help students and their families understand the increasingly complex admissions process, research educational options within public and private systems and prepare strong, cohesive applications. She says about her decision to start an education consulting practice:
"The greatest reward is to know that you have actually affected a young person's life in a positive way."
"Elizabeth really knows how to guide students to their highest potential and is never reluctant to go the extra mile for the students or the parents. From nurturing the seeds of essays to adapting to the student's best work style, her flair and flexibility make applying to college both fun and rewarding!"
~ Helen Wang (Yale University)
"Because of the work you are doing with my son, the stress on me has been greatly reduced. You are helping him to generate more ideas to use for his essays as well as setting clear deadlines for the application process.
"I firmly believe that my son's college applications and the results next spring will be so much stronger than they would have been without your expert assistance. Thank you!"
~ Leanne Foster (son, Miramonte High School, Orinda)