Meet the People Behind FuelEd
FuelEd’s team has expertise in business, psychology, social-emotional learning, and education.
Megan Marcus, Chief Executive Officer & Founder:
Ms. Marcus holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley, and Masters degrees in Psychology from Pepperdine University and Education, Policy, & Management from Harvard University . Over the past several years, Ms. Marcus has conducted research on the social-emotional competencies of teachers at Boston Teacher Residency and also served as the lead researcher for The Social Neuroscience of Education. This book, by Dr. Louis Cozolino, explores how strong teacher-student relationships trigger neural plasticity and serves as the research foundation of the FuelEd program.
Megan Goodrich, Program Director
Ms. Goodrich holds a B.A. in Psychology from Elon University, a Masters degree in Education from Boston University and a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University. While completing her Masters in Education, she focused on Human Development and became very interested in and committed to social and emotional learning. Following her Masters in Education, Ms. Goodrich worked as the executive director for an outdoor and experiential education organization in Durham, NC.
Doug Valentine, Director of Operations
Mr. Valentine holds a B.A. in French, German and Pre-Architecture from Case Western Reserve University (2004), and has recently completed his Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. His professional background includes teaching English as a foreign language to adults and children in Europe as well as school management and teacher development.
Hayley Stulmaker, Curriculum & Clinical Director
Ms. Stulmaker is a Licensed Professional Counselor-Intern working towards her PhD in Counseling. Her specialty area is in play therapy which led her to working within school districts. She loves working with children but has realized that it is extremely important to work within a system to create more meaningful change. She has developed a passion for helping teachers facilitate stronger teacher-student relationships consisting of warmth and acceptance in order for students to reach their full potential and maximize benefits for teachers. She is very excited to be a part of the FuelEd team this year.
FuelEd’s research-based curriculum combines developmental psychology, counseling psychology, and social neuroscience to develop teachers’ and administrators’ abilities to leverage relationships to drive learning. FuelEd’s program utilizes Instructional Workshops, supplemented by Small Groups and One-on-One sessions, delivered over the course of a semester or year. All three components are designed to promote learning and growth through relationships. Our program team of facilitators, clinical supervisors, and therapist interns ensure that as FuelEd teaches the importance of relationships, we provide participants with the experience of being in relationships that are constructed to promote social and emotional development.
Sandra DeSobe, Clinical Supervisor: Sandra DeSobe is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the State of Texas. She has more than 25 years of experience providing therapy to children, adults and families; and providing supervision to LPC Interns and LMFT Associates. In addition to her clinical work, Ms. DeSobe has taught graduate and undergraduate students, professional development courses, and seminars on child and family development and a variety of mental health topics. Appointed by the governor, she served on the Texas State Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists for 10 years, two of those years as presiding officer.
Jyotsna Kottoor, FuelEd Coach: Jyotsna Kottoor is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She holds a B.sc. in Psychology from Northwestern University and a M.A. in Clinical Counseling from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology. Ms. Kottoor has worked with women and children exposed to domestic violence and homelessness. She believes that personal well-being is essential to developing healthy and satisfying relationships, which act as an impetus for growth and the desire to engage in the world around us.
Amy Price, FuelEd Coach: After having taught violin to children and adults for 18 years, Amy Price is a firm believer in the power of connected relationships to influence learning. She recently received a master’s in Clinical Psychology from The University of Houston, Clear Lake, is pursuing her LPC license, and draws from existential, humanist, and behavioral traditions in her practice. She is delighted to be joining FuelEd in their mission to promote greater socio-emotional health in our schools and our society.
Andrea Holman, FuelEd Coach: Andrea Holman is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Tennessee. She holds a B.S. in Counseling Psychology from Toccoa Falls College and a M.A. in Clinical Psychology from Wheaton College. Ms. Holman has over 5 years experience providing mental health services to children and adolescents in an academic setting. She utilizes person centered, psychodynamic, and attachment based theories in her practice. Ms. Holman is excited to work with FuelEd, promoting healthier relationships, that will bring about lasting social and emotional health amongst FuelEd participants and beyond.
Pravin Chaturvedi: Dr. Chaturvedi is currently Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of IndUS Pharmaceuticals and the Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of Napo Pharmaceuticals. Chaturvedi founded the Boston-based IndUS Pharmaceuticals in 2005 which was acquired by Napo Pharmaceuticals in 2007 and in 2010, Dr. Chaturvedi successfully spun IndUS out. Dr. Chaturvedi has served on the Boards of Scion Pharmaceuticals, IndUS Pharmaceuticals, Sindu Pharmaceuticals and Sindu Research Laboratories, as TiE Boston, a non-profit promoting entrepreneurship.
Louis Cozolino: Dr. Cozolino is a Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University with a clinical practice in Los Angeles. Dr. Cozolino’s recent research focuses on a synthesis of the biobehavioral sciences with psychotherapy and education. He is the author of several books including The Neuroscience of Psychotherapy, The Social Neuroscience of Education, and The Making of a Therapist.
Allen Grossman: Mr. Grossman is a Harvard Business School Professor of Management Practice. He joined the HBS faculty in 1998, with a concurrent appointment as a Visiting Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.. Mr. Grossman has also served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Outward Bound USA. His current research focuses on leading high-performing nonprofit organizations and the management of public school districts.
Scott Morgan: Mr. Morgan is the Founder & CEO of Education Pioneers, an organization that exists to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming our education system so that all students receive a quality education. Mr. Morgan began his career teaching social studies and leadership at St. Jude High School in Montgomery, Alabama. He later served as the legal counsel for Aspire Public Schools, where he worked with the management team and school leaders to start and operate a network of small charter schools throughout California. He graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in government from the University of Notre Dame, received his Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of Portland, and earned his law degree from Stanford Law School. Mr. Morgan is a Draper Richards Kaplan Entrepreneur, a board member of Beyond 12, Inc., and a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow, Class of 2010.
Gary Orren: Mr. Orren is a Professor of Public Policy and Management at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government where he teaches and writes on public opinion, politics, and persuasion. Mr. Orren has worked in the United States and abroad as a pollster and strategist for candidates, interest groups, government agencies, corporations, and news organizations, including the New York Times and Washington Post. He helped draft the rules for the presidential nomination process and assists ABC News in its election night forecasting. He also worked at the youth corps program City Year as a team leader and director of national policy and planning.
David Osher: Mr. Osher is currently the Vice President of the American Institutes for Research where he is also a fellow co-directing the Human and Social Development Program. His work focuses on collaboration; children’s services; failure and dropout prevention; social emotional learning; school climate; youth development; the social and emotional conditions for learning, teaching and healthy development; and culturally competent interventions for children and youth with mental health problems and disorders and their families.
Stephen Pike: Mr. Pike currently serves as the General Counsel at the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center, a quasi-public entity that supports the development of clean, renewable and alternative energy in Massachusetts. Prior to joining MassCEC, Mr. Pike practiced corporate law in Boston for nearly 15 years, most recently as a partner at a mid-size Boston-based firm and prior to that as a partner at a large multinational firm. During this time, he focused primarily on commercial transactions, venture capital and private equity transactions, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. Mr. Pike has worked nationally and internationally and in various industry sectors, including media and telecommunications, software, medical devices, biotechnology, consumer and construction products, consulting services, energy, and clean technology. Mr. Pike graduated from Yale University with a BA in History and earned a JD from the Boston University School of Law where he was an editor of the Law Review.
Kimberly Schonert-Reichl: Dr. Schonert-Reichl is an Applied Developmental Psychologist at the University of British Columbia (UBC). After beginning her career as a classroom teacher, Dr. Schonert-Reichl has conducted research in the area of social and emotional learning for over twenty years. She is responsible for developing a Social-Emotional Learning and Development Concentration within UBC’s Education Department and is currently involved with the following research project: Social and emotional learning and pre-service teacher education: A scan of SEL content in programs across North America.
Dr. Daniel Siegel: Dr. Siegel received his medical degree from Harvard University and postgraduate medical education at UCLA where he studied how attachment experiences influence emotions, behavior, autobiographical memory and narrative. He is currently a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the Executive Director of the Mightsight Institute. Dr. Siegel is also the author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind: How Relationships and the Brain Interact to Shape Who We Are. This book introduces the field of interpersonal neurobiology, which studies the way the brain grows and is influenced by relationships.
Dr. Ivor Weiner: Dr. Weiner is a professor of Special Education at California State University Northridge where he coordinates the Autism program and directs the Family Focus Resource Center. Prior to entering teacher education, Dr. Weiner served nine years with Dallas Public Schools as a teacher of students with emotional and behavioral disorders and behavior specialist for students with emotional and behavior disorders and autism. Dr. Weiner is passionate about infusing social neuroscience research in teacher preparation training.
FuelEd’s Board of Directors includes Pravin Chaturvedi, Stephen Pike, and Megan Marcus.