Meet the dedicated team that is passionate about helping families fulfill their dreams


Meet the Team - David Martin

David L. MartinCFP® – President
David is the president and founder of Advanced College Planning and is a Senior College Planning Specialist. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Connecticut and a Certified Financial Planning Designation from the College for Financial Planning in Denver, CO.  Learn more about David…

Meet Leslie Martin, CCFS, ELA

Leslie Martin – CCFS, ELA, Partner
Leslie is a managing partner of Advanced College Planning. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree from Goucher College in Towson, MD, and has worked in the Financial Services Industry for over 20 years. She is also a licensed insurance professional.  Learn more about Leslie…

College Financial Advisor

David DeCarli

David DeCarli
As a licensed insurance professional, David’s background in high school education, leadership, and having recently sent his daughter to college, he brings a unique and grounded perspective as a college financial advisor. Learn more about David…

Michael Berlau

Michael Berlau is a leading nationally recognized college funding advisor according to SET Solutions Advisors™. Over the last 15 years he has worked with hundreds of families with college-bound students to help them successfully enroll in the college of choice, improve their financial aid picture and to pay for college on a tax-favored basis and still achieve a debt-free retirement.

Learn more about Micheal…

Relationship Managers

Jeffrey Bliss
Jeff originally hails from Hawaii but now calls Connecticut his home. Graduating from UCONN with an Economics degree, Jeff works with students preparing them for the college application process. Learn more about Jeff…

ACP - Webpage - Meet the Team - Ashley Skolozdra

Ashley Skolozdra
As a Relationship Manager, Ashley works with our students and families.  Holding a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology with a minor in Business Administration, she is responsible for assisting students in completing assigned task timelines.  Learn more about Ashley…

Amanda Marino
The latest addition to the Relationship Management team, Amanda was born in Middletown and is a lifelong Connecticut resident. Having recently graduated from Southern CT State University with a degree in Psychology.  Additionally, Scott enjoys spending time with his family, baking and exercising. Learn More About Amanda…

Support Staff

Meet the Team - Susan DeCarli

Susan DeCarli
As the office manager and backbone of the office, Susan manages client communications and handles all daily office workflow.  With her diverse background, and having just recently gone through the college admissions process, Susan brings a unique perspective to ACP.  Learn more about Susan…

Meet the Team - Colby

Arguably the most adorable members of the team, Colby is a Maltese from Wethersfield, CT.  After obedience school, he moved back home until he joined the ACP team.  In his spare time, Colby likes to hunt for frogs, lounge on his float in the pool, and play with his favorite toy monkey.  Learn more about Colby…

Carla Sibson
An avid wordsmith with a history as a book editor and copywriter, Carla helps students with their writing. Her efforts help them to find their voice and express their best selves on paper.  Learn more about Carla…

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