Leadership Team

Breakaway Test Prep provides remarkable test prep to students in Minnesota, western Wisconsin, northern Iowa and anywhere in the world online.  We earn our reputation through the consistent success our students achieve on their tests.  Below, we invite you to meet Breakaway’s Minnesota leadership team.

Ron Michalak
President and Founder
St. Louis Park office
[email protected]
612-216-5133

Ron is the founder of Breakaway College Test Prep and is the lead instructor in Minnesota. Ron earned a BA in Economics from Northwestern University and an MBA in Marketing and Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School at Northwestern University. After college, Ron enjoyed a 25-year career in finance, marketing and business development as an executive with firms including Arthur Andersen, Coopers & Lybrand, BellSouth and IBM/Internet Security Systems.

Ron got his start in test prep nearly two decades ago with the Princeton Review, where he provided classroom-style instruction to SAT and GMAT students. In 2006, he helped his twin brother, Rick, a former vice president of operations for the Princeton Review, launch a new test prep company called Breakaway that would take test prep in a new direction: customized test prep solutions to help students reach their potential. Ron launched Breakaway a few years later in the Twin Cities, and together with his team, has since provided test prep to thousands of students in Minnesota.

In addition to working privately with students each year, Breakaway is the exclusive provider of ACT instruction to the Blake School and the Breck School in Minneapolis.  Together with experts from Groves Academy, Ron helped to launch an ACT prep program specifically designed for students with learning disabilities and attention disorders.  It is the only such program in Minnesota.

Ron lives in Edina, with his wife and two children.  Please click here to visit the St. Louis Park webpage.

Matt McManus
Director
Eden Prairie office
[email protected]
612-578-9995

Matt McManus is the director and lead instructor for the Eden Prairie office. Matt focuses on providing instruction to students in Eden Prairie, Chaska, Chanhassen, Prior Lake, and surrounding areas.  Click here to learn more about Breakaway’s Eden Prairie office.

Matt has been with Breakaway since 2014, and actively works with students on a weekly basis. Having provided more than 1,500 hours of instruction over the past two years, Matt works with students of all levels, with a primary focus on math and science. Matt is graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a Minneapolis-native; he currently lives in South Minneapolis with his wife.

John Kingsbury
Director
St. Paul office
[email protected]
218-791-7910

John Kingsbury is the director and lead instructor for the St. Paul office of Breakaway.  John provides instruction to students in St. Paul and its suburbs.  Click here to learn more about Breakaway’s St. Paul office.

A talented and experienced math and science instructor, John earned a Ph.D. in psychology from Dartmouth College.  He was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University’s School for Public Health and a graduate teaching assistant and guest lecturer at Dartmouth.  Prior to that, John graduated magna cum laude from the University of St. Thomas and began his doctoral program in social psychology at Iowa State University.

Lori Wormald
Director
Wayzata office
[email protected]
952-913-1027

Lori Wormald is the director and lead instructor for the Wayzata office of Breakaway.  Lori provides instruction to students in Wayzata, Mound, Orono and other western suburbs.  Click here to learn more about Breakaway’s Wayzata office.

Lori has over 30 years of experience working in business and education in both the US and throughout Europe.  She has extensive experience tutoring students in math and science, including standardized tests. Currently, Lori is tutoring math and physics at a private Twins Cities high school. Lori holds degrees in mathematics and in education from the University of Minnesota.