A leader in college admissions planning and student financial aid for 23 years

Tom Leahy

Tom Leahy

Tom is co-owner and the Managing Partner of Optimum Ed.  Over the past 23 years, he has provided dozens of families assistance with their college planning needs.

He is a member of the Virginia Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators and the Higher Education Consultants Association. He is a member of the International Association of Registered Financial Consultants (RFC) and is certified by the College of Financial Planning as an Accredited Asset Management Specialist (AAMS).

Tom has published the third edition of his college planning book “The No-Nonsense Guide to Higher Education Planning,” and has been published in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.  Tom has also been featured in other local publications and on local radio and television as an expert on college and financial aid planning.

Tom has delivered seminars for The Governor’s School for International Studies, Richmond Community High School for the Gifted and Talented, the Chesterfield County School System’s “Very Informed Parents’ Program” (VIP) as well as other schools, church and civic organizations, and corporations.

He is also the co-founder and current chairman of Beacon Tree Foundation, dedicated to assisting families with children struggling with mental or emotional issues, by providing education, access to resources and gap funding.

He is a graduate of the University of Florida and earned his Master’s Degree from the University of Oklahoma.  A retired military officer, he is a graduate of the Army’s Command and General Staff College  and the Defense Information School.

Tom sat on the board of the St. Francis Medical Center Community Advisory Board, the Virginia Treatment Center for Children’s Advisory Council and the Program Committee for the Children’s Mental Health Resource Center.  He is a member of the Midlothian-Chesterfield Kiwanis, Tom was the past president of the Midlothian Youth Soccer League for six years and held a previous board seat with the Three Springs Foundation, Huntsville, Alabama.

Tom lives in Midlothian, VA with his wife Diana.  They have four children, Megan, Matthew, Sarah and Kaitlin.  He and Diana have assisted their children in making informed choices about higher education and their futures.



Amanda Team

Amanda Team is our Family Consultant at OptimumEd.

She gained significant experience in career services and placement while at the Washington Business School and served on the board of the Goochland County Education Foundation.

Her career includes Corporate Marketing at Circuit City Stores as a Media Buyer; and pharmaceutical sales, where she reached the level of District Trainer and served as a mentor for all new sales representatives. These opportunities allowed Amanda to learn many different skills and develop professionally. She is now using that experience and expertise to help families and students with their higher education plans.

A Virginia native, Amanda grew up in Wytheville, Virginia, and earned her Bachelor of Science in marketing from Radford University. She worked and paid her way through college and understands the challenges students today face financially.

Amanda lives in Manakin-Sabot with her husband and two children, rising 5th and 7th graders at St Mary’s Catholic School. When not working with families, she can usually be found on the soccer field watching her children play, volunteering at school, or spending time with her family at home.