Who We Are


David Owen, M.Ed., President

As the company's Principal, Dave ensures that our consulting services are designed to meet the individual needs of our diverse clients and their funders. Dave has worked in the youth development and education fields for more than 20 years in leadership, management, or consulting roles at organizations such as Federation Employment Guidance Service,  Mentoring Partnership of New York, New York City Outward Bound, and the United Nations Development Program. He holds a Master's in Education / Adolescent Risk and Prevention from the Harvard Graduate School of Education where he learned practical applications for integrating cutting-edge research on risk, resilience, and prevention programming for children and adolescents in both school and community settings.


Our team of consultants is dedicated to helping young people succeed. All of our associates have over fifteen years of professional experience and are considered experts in their fields. Many work/have worked in direct service, leadership, and faculty positions at non-profit organizations, universities, City government, and the NYC Department of Education, and hold graduate degrees in education, public policy, social work, and psychology.

kris berger, MA

jeff birdsall, ma

Fran caulfield, ms

Helena Duch, Psy.D.

julie Geisler

Sonia gugga, PH.d.

John harris, m.ed.

Louis hernandez, Ed.d.

Jimmy Jung, Ph.d.

Rebecca Koladycz, ma

clinton lacey

Candace Larue, MA

Ed Leibman

jeff lischin, ma

jeanette oaks, msw

maeve powlick, ph.d.

Kirsten Richert, M.Ed.

Suzanne Tillman, MS

nitika tolani, ph.d.

anne troy

dario veraldi

emily west, ph.d.

shelly wimpfheimer, dsw