Our Team

Meyers Learning Center began with a passion for education and empowering students.  Ali Zidel Meyers, MSW, taught and tutored in a range of educational settings for years. She was fortunate to study under master educator Diane Spicer, MA, an outstanding teacher of Executive Functioning (EF) skills who was a fixture of the Bay Area for over 30 years. Ali trained with Diane in her revolutionary curriculum on Time Management, Organization, and Study Skills, and with Diane’s blessing, Ali began her own tutoring company in 2001.  Building on her training in social work and education, she expanded the EF curriculum to increase its accessibility and application to multiple grade levels. The community eagerly expressed an expanding need for these services and in 2005, Adam Meyers, MBA, MIM, joined Ali to create what would become Meyers Learning Center, Inc. (MLC).  The couple developed a training program and ventured to recruit the best teachers in Silicon Valley, setting the highest standards in their quest to empower students with life skills beyond traditional subject-based tutoring.  Our growth has been organic and gradual, with an unyielding dedication to recruiting the best educators around and serving families with the highest level of service and quality. We're proud to call our team the Best in the Valley; in fact, Bay Area Parent Magazine and the local community agrees, having awarded us this designation multiple times. 
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Ali Meyers, Executive Director

Ali holds a Master of Arts in Social Work from Washington University in St. Louis and Bachelors of Arts in English Language and Literature and Modern Hebrew Language from the University of Michigan. She graduated with highest distinction from both universities. Washington University selected her as an Outstanding Practicum Winner in her clinical graduate work with families. Ali has taught young people with a wide range of learning strengths and challenges for over 18 years. She specializes in Executive Functioning and consults for schools, parent groups, and organizations on building and effectively teaching these skills. Her extensive experience teaching time management, study, and organizational skills to students from elementary to college levels has prompted parent groups, schools, corporations, and the National Tutoring Association to host Ali as a featured speaker. In addition, she is among the founding partners of the Children's Health Council Executive Functioning Advisory Group. In addition to EF coaching and education, Ali has a passion for and expertise in teaching writing. She has worked with myriad students, through the years, to help them create, polish, and submit successful college and fellowship admissions essays. Ali’s teaching focuses on helping students realize and leverage their unique assets while confronting weak areas with practical tools and a supportive, caring attitude. Her roles at Meyers Learning Center include leadership, recruitment, curriculum development, training, community outreach, and resource support to staff and families. Outside of work, Ali leads a writing group at Stanford Cancer Center's Supportive Care Program and is on the Advisory Board for Project Giving Kids, a nonprofit serving families in the Bay Area, Boston, and Los Angeles. She also loves to walk, read, write, and affectionately annoy her teenage kids.

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Adam Meyers, Executive Director

Adam holds a Master of Business Administration, a Master of Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo.  He was awarded a Scholar in Business scholarship from Washington University’s Olin School of Business.  Adam has enjoyed working with kids as a mentor, coach, instructor, and tutor for over 15 years. He provides a flexible and supportive learning environment while holding kids accountable.  Tapping into the unique talents, interests, motivation, and learning style of each student is a cornerstone of Adam’s approach.  Seeing himself first and foremost as his students’ advocate, he encourages them to enjoy learning and to grow from the tools, skills, and strategies he teaches. Adam's focus areas at Meyers Learning Center include leadership, growth, development, administration, and operations. Outside of work, he rejuvenates by reading, traveling, taking photographs, exploring nature and enjoying his family.

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Chris Bonfilio, Center Director

Chris holds a California Teaching Credential (Elementary for Life) and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of California, Santa Barbara.  She brings a passion for teaching and helping students find a way to unlock their potential.  Chris spent 10 years as a classroom teacher and worked for three years as an education director for a Bay Area learning center before coming to Meyers Learning Center.  There, she actively managed student educational programs and consulted with parents on a regular basis.  In addition, she incorporated Time Management, Organization, and Study skills into her teaching in both classroom and individual settings.  She has worked with a diversity of students, including those with dyslexia, AD/HD, and Asperger’s syndrome.  Chris finds ways to maximize each student’s strengths by modifying instructional methods to suit their individual needs.  Building confidence is essential in learning any new skill, and Chris has the ability to do this with sincerity and warmth.  She believes in every student’s capacity to learn and grow.  Chris provides leadership at our center, welcoming families, supporting tutors and students, and helping ensure that we provide the best educational support possible.

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Thuy Truong, Executive Function Coach and Project Specialist

Thuy holds a Master of Educational Administration and Supervision and a Bachelor of Secondary Education and English (with summa cum laude honors) from Arizona State University. She is an Executive Functioning (EF) Specialist with Meyers Learning Center, having trained, tutored, coached and mentored in the field with students from middle to high school and college grade levels for years. Thuy also teaches workshops in EF throughout the year. She also has over a decade of experience teaching English to a wide range of students from high school to college levels, as well as bilingual adult learners. Thuy’s formal teaching experience includes teaching reading comprehension, literary analysis, and writing for high school and college-level students (including AP-level). She values the individual strengths that each student brings to the table and works with all learners to help them find personal and academic success. In addition, Thuy believes that no two students are the same; therefore, tailored instruction is essential. She also has extensive experience working with students who have learning differences such as AD/HD and a strong familiarity with 504 and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs). Thuy believes in instilling effective time management, organization, and study skills that will take students further in life with success and confidence. In her spare time, Thuy enjoys walks on the beach, creative writing, reading poetry, volunteering, and cooking. 

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Erin Wolohan, Executive Function Coach, Tutor and Learning Coordinator

Erin holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from Santa Clara University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of California, Davis. She brings more than 6 years of professional tutoring experience in English Language Arts with students of various grade levels, from elementary to high school. Erin has tutored and taught in both one-on-one and class settings in 5th-12th grade English curricula, AP English Language and Composition Exam preparation, AP English Literature and Composition Exam preparation, and all English, Reading, and Writing sections of the ACT and SAT exams. She has had the privilege of supporting diverse groups of learners, including gifted, mainstream, and struggling students, as well as new and continuing English Language Learners. With every learner, Erin is committed to cultivating the fundamental and lifelong time management, organization, and study skills invaluable to thriving in the classroom and beyond. She brings deep knowledge and experience in coaching students in Executive Functioning skills. Additionally, she prioritizes making academic material accessible and salient through student-centered lessons that stimulate creative, higher-order thinking and adapt to students’ unique ways of learning. For Erin, education leverages her innate empathy, affinity for language and dialogue, and palpable passion for cultivating self-efficacy in young people. Outside of the classroom, she spends as much time as possible near the ocean, in the company of good books and good friends.
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Andrea Church, Learning Center Administrator

As Learning Center Administrator, Andrea brings outstanding skills in customer service, organization, efficiency, and responsiveness.  Her corporate administration experience includes serving as the Executive Assistant to the Branch Manager of Cushman and Wakefield, San Francisco, followed by a promotion to Branch Administrator of their Oakland branch, where she managed an administrative staff in a 25+ broker operation.  After raising her children, Andrea returned to the workplace in several administrative capacities at Cashin Company, Coldwell Banker, Pacific Learning Center, and now Meyers Learning Center.  Andrea loves actively supporting students, parents, and staff in the Learning Center.  A native of Livonia, Michigan, she resides in San Carlos with her husband and son.  In her off-time, Andrea enjoys acting as a volunteer tutor for the Healthy Cities Program.  Her passions include gardening, fitness, reading and Childhood Cancer Awareness advocacy.

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