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 a monthly newsletter and 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 Higher Education Consultant Association (HECA). She volunteers as the East Bay Community Representative for HECA and in that role organizes gatherings between college admission representatives as well as seminars on timely topics for local public and private school counselors.
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. Elizabeth is also devoted to serving clients best interests by staying current and informed about college affordability and how to secure the most generous financial aid awards. 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 was a tremendous help in the process of helping my son get into the university of his choice. She interviewed both of us in order to find the best fit for my son as well as his strengths and areas needing improvement. Thus, through the process of picking schools, sending applications, and negotiating with coaches, Elizabeth knew how to advise my son based on his goals.
"There were many instances that Elizabeth recommended outside consultants such as SAT preparation tutors, books to read and even doctors to help my son when he was injured. She has a tremendous reservoir of contacts and a network of other college advisors to draw upon if needed for each client.
"Elizabeth sets a schedule for all of her students and has them prepared for the application process well before deadlines. My son had written a couple of drafts of college essays in the summer before his senior year. Another valuable part of Elizabeth's service is her editing and guidance through the writing of each and every essay.
"As a parent, I found Elizabeth's help to be extremely valuable as she has so much experience and knowledge about the college application process.
"Communicating with Elizabeth either via email or phone was always easy and I always felt that she had my son's college goals and desires as her top priority."
Son, Adler Faulkner
Class of 2017