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Meet Our Coaches.

Nyeesha D. Williams.

Nyeesha is an accomplished author and recent graduate of Harvard Business School. With more than 20 years of experience in women’s health, clinical research, and trauma release, Nyeesha helps Robin students find their purpose and become more self-aware.

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Dr. Edward Hallowell.

Ned is a board-certified child and adult psychiatrist and world authority on ADHD. He is the Founder of The Hallowell ADHD Centers in several US cities. Dr. Hallowell is a New York Times bestselling author and has written 20 books on multiple psychological topics including the groundbreaking Driven to Distraction. In addition to being an Advisor, Ned coaches Robin's community of parents and teachers form stronger connections with their middle and high schoolers.

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Tara Karch.

Awarded Teacher of The Year twice, Tara spent 14 years as an elementary school teacher and served on the Social Emotional Learning Leadership team. Tara empowers Robin students to manage and reframe stress and build resilience by introducing them to compassionate tools and techniques.

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Marshall Davis Jones.

Marshall is a celebrated spoken word artist and the Founder of MindBodySpeak. His unique gift runs deep into the human experience, exploring universal themes from identity and culture to connection and technology. At Robin, Marshall works with young people to harness the power of their voice, their words and their movement to say what they mean and mean what they say.

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LaDawn Taylor.

LaDawn started singing at age six. After college she moved to Orlando, Florida and was cast as Princess Tiana, Disney’s first Black American princess, in The Princess and the Frog at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

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Dr. Colleen Jacobson.

Colleen is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor with over 20 years of experience in researching, teaching and counseling young adults. Leveraging tricks and trades of psychotherapy, Dr. Jacobson teaches and supports Robin students on how they can more effectively cope with life issues and mental health challenges to live their best lives.

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Dr. John Avritt.

John is a Master Resiliency Trainer & Performance Expert at the R2 Performance Center at Ft. Hood, Texas where he focuses on aiding soldiers on strategizing ways to build resiliency. As a Robin coach, John works with students to develop practical strategies to improve resiliency and performance-related skills.

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Amy Lee Flower.

Amy Lee Flower has a multifaceted approach to creating unique yoga and meditation programs that help children, teens, women, & families. She is the founder of Shanti Students, a program that brings yoga, meditation and mindfulness into 30+ schools throughout the country. Amy brings her positive mindset and teaches mindfulness techniques to Robin students.

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Jeff Hittner

Jeff Hittner.

Jeff is the Co-Founder of Project X, an organization that helps people find purpose in their careers and lives. Channeling his passions for entrepreneurship and youth development, Jeff helps Robin students achieve a greater sense of direction and blaze their own trails.

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Sharon DeMattia.

Sharon founded The AIM Project, a global art initiative in which anonymous self-portraits of inner dialogues tell the stories behind our skin. Drawing on her experience as an artist and educator, Sharon challenges Robin students to deepen their understanding of empathy, self-awareness, and belonging through art.

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Caroline Reinstadtler.

Caroline is an accomplished singer-songwriter who speaks to students about body image. An eating disorder survivor, Caroline helps students understand that their value lies not in their appearance, but in their character. She encourages students to appreciate their bodies, but to look past them towards the attributes that give them power and purpose.

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Naina Giri

Naina Giri.

Peer Coach

Naina is a freshman at Geffen Academy in Los Angeles. She believes passionately in social justice, particularly human rights. She is a staunch advocate for reducing the stigma of discussing mental health openly. She hosts her own podcast entitled "Femme in Focus" and is a co-host on the podcasting platform "Dear Asian Youth".

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Felicia Tomasko

Felicia Tomasko.

Felicia is a renowned Yoga and Ayurveda Instructor, as well as a Registered Nurse. Channeling her expertise in cognitive neuropsychology, plant biochemistry, and yoga therapy, Felicia teaches Robin students the importance of self-care.

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Sara Kaviar.

Sara is the Director of Curriculum and Innovation at Seven Arrows School. Sara works directly with students teaching them to use their minds critically, collaboratively, and creatively. She also supports teachers and administrators in designing engaging projects that stimulate innovation and design thinking, as well as foster resilience through the iterative process. As a Robin coach, Sara teaches the entire community the strengths and pitfalls of technology and social media and how we can approach our usage in a thoughtful, balanced way.

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Ebony Tutora.

Ebony is the founder and holistic mastery coach behind Queens Recognize Queens®, the holistic brand that cultivates deeper connections for women and girls to heal, elevate, and support one another. Ebony teaches Robin students the same powerful tools of meditation and mindset mastery that she used to self-heal and empower herself after her own childhood trauma experience.

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Dr. Kernan Manion.

Kernan is a physician with specialization in psychiatry and the author of MindSense: A Practical Approach To Emotional Intelligence. Dr. Manion coaches the Robin community of parents and teachers on how they can identify "burn-out" and start the process of healing both emotionally and physically.

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Jason Holzer.

Coach Jason Holzer is an educator and basketball coach. He is also an author and public speaker on the topic of resilience post-trauma. He lost his father to suicide when he was 17.

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Margarita Pagliai.

Margarita is an accomplished educator with over 24 years experience in education, business, and marketing. Margarita is the founder and head of school for Little Dolphins by the Sea Preschool and Seven Arrows Elementary School in Southern California.

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Andrew Marsiglio.

Andrew began his teaching career at The Town School in the second and third grades and then assumed a number of roles at The Calhoun School, a private school in NYC. Andrew shares with students the critical lessons he has learned in his 20+ teaching career.

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Jenica Biggs.

Jenica currently serves as Special Education Coordinator at New West Charter School. She holds a M.Ed. in Secondary Education and is formally trained in Lindamood-Bell method for struggling learners. As a Robin coach, Jenica teaches students how to build resilience and a growth mindset.

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Lindsay Camhe.

Lindsay is passionate about connecting with youth about body image. An eating disorder survivor and certified Health and Wellness Coach, Lindsay draws on her personal experience and shares with students how to nurture a positive body image and stronger self-confidence.

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Greg Van Kirk.

Greg Van Kirk is a social entrepreneur, social innovation designer, consultant and educator. He has worked in communities in over 20 countries designing and leading grassroots organizations.

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George Mumford

George Mumford.

George is a highly acclaimed expert in sports psychology, mindfulness, and performance. In the early nineties, George co-founded the Inner-city Stress Reduction Clinic with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn. Soon after he began working with Phil Jackson and became Jackson's “secret weapon” to winning 8 NBA Championships. George has worked with many NBA champions as well as corporate executives, elite athletes and Olympians. Today, George helps the Robin community become more focused and present – enabling them to enter a high-growth mindset.

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Rachel Handler.

Rachel is an actor and filmmaker based in New York City. After graduating from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she studied musical theatre, she worked at esteemed regional theaters. On her way to an audition, she was hit by a car and lost her left leg on impact. At the age of twenty-four Rachel had to choose between chasing her Broadway dreams or finding a different path. She ended up doing both

Meet Rachel

Phil Weber.

Phil served as the head coach of the NBA Development League's Sioux Falls Skyforce, leading the Skyforce to the team's first ever division championship. Before Sioux Falls, Weber served as an offensive advisor for Miami during the HEAT's back-to-back championship runs in 2012 and 2013. Coach Weber has worked with over 100 NBA players as a development coach.

Meet Phil

Jonathan Hesney.

John Hesney is the Supervisor of Student Services at Fair Lawn Public Schools in New Jersey. He specializes in educating children with autism and emotional disturbances, working with families to help their disabled child, social curriculum creation, large and small group presentations and crisis management training.

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Dr. Terri Bacow.

Dr. Terri Bacow is a widely known expert in cognitive behavioral therapy, an evidence-based therapy approach. A Brown University graduate, she is the author of a new book about managing anxiety, and sees clients in her private practice on the Upper West Side.

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Kimberly Engelhardt.

Kimberly has been serving early childhood and elementary aged children, teachers and parents for over 23 years. As an educator, senior instructional coach, curriculum designer, administrator and infant massage specialist, her passion lies in supporting children’s ability to regulate strong emotions.

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Dr. Jennifer Knight.

Dr. Jennifer Knight worked for 11 years as a Master Resiliency Trainer & Performance Expert at the R2 Performance Center at Ft. Hood, Texas. Jennifer has a Master’s Degree in Sport Psychology from Georgia Southern University and a Ph.D. in Education with an Emphasis in Sport Psychology from University of Idaho.

Meet Jennifer

Jamie Mamerow.

Jamie is a certified Life Coach and Mastery Transformational Coach who helps parents find balance in life so they can stress less, laugh more, and be strong role models for their children. Jamie is also a mom of 3 and former kindergarten teacher. As a Robin Coach, she uses the unique combination of parenting, coaching, and teaching experiences to educate parents and students on the value of a positive mindset and effective communication strategies.

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Laura Amigone.

Laura Amigone, founding College Success Coach of Rudder Coaching, is passionate about helping young adults reach their full potential as they transition from high school into and through their college career. After 20 years in college admissions and high school college counseling, Laura helps students sharpen the four skills required to be successful, no matter the college: scheduling effectively, designing career paths, comparing and celebrating, and intentionally building self-confidence. 

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Sarah Behm.

Sarah specializes in school climate safety. She has worked with over 300 schools across the United States, including Puerto Rico and Guam, to reduce bullying and incorporate restorative practices. As a seasoned consultant and credentialed school counselor, Sarah believes in the power of partnering with students, staff, and caregivers to establish sustainable school safety policies and programs.

Meet Sarah

Ruben Nuño.

Ruben is the Minister of the Church of the Living Hope in East Harlem, New York City. He grew up in Los Angeles and faced numerous challenges while he was young. Rubin walks students through the process of self-differentiation- thinking and acting on one’s own while resisting group pressure (peer, family or community) for conformity- which he leaned on to find his path to success.

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Lauren Pla.

Lauren is a Certified Life and Empowerment Coach who has a passion for illuminating the inner strengths we are all born with. Having experienced a variety of different challenges throughout her life, Lauren came to realize that the lessons she took from each one were invaluable, and she feels a deep pull to offer her insights to younger generations so no person ever feels like they need to do life alone.

Meet Lauren

Phyllis Coletta.

Phyllis is a former litigation attorney, freelance writer, and certified English Language Arts teacher. She has taught in comprehensive public and alternative high schools, always engaging students with the New 3Rs of Education: Relationship, Resilience, and Routine. During Covid, she launched an online success coaching business and worked with struggling teenagers through the pandemic.

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Sarah Cronk.

Sarah Cronk is the founder of Generation Spirit, a national nonprofit that creates school-based spirit teams that bring together students with and without disabilities. Sarah started Generation Spirit as a sophomore in high school after seeing what a positive effect her brother Charlie (who is on the autism spectrum, and who often experienced life as an outsider) experienced when he was included on the high school swim team.

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Anastasia Vlasova.

Peer Coach

Anastasia Vlasova is a freshman at NYU Gallatin studying design and the infrastructure of mental health. She is a mental health activist and host of Our Turn to Talk, a mental health podcast for teens and parents, and its accompanying PBS documentary. She is an avid public speaker on topics ranging from eating disorders to digital wellness. Anastasia has spoken for The Jed Foundation, NAMI, Our Minds Matter, #HalfTheStory, and more.

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Randy McNeely.

Randy McNeely is an author, speaker, singer, song writer, podcast host, passionate kindness advocate, and kindness leadership coach. He is the author of the book The Kindness Giver’s Formula: Four Simple Steps for Restoring Light, Hope, Love, Unity, and Peace to Our Troubled World.

Meet Randy

Alicia Collins.

Alicia Collins comes to Robin with a Master of Education in Leadership and more than a decade of experience working in both charter and public schools in Illinois and Indiana. Most recently, she was an elementary school principal, and she has also served as the Senior Dean of Culture at a charter school in Chicago where she supported a team of more than 20 staff whose collective efforts resulted in a steep decline in disciplinary referrals and a 100% high school graduation rate. Alicia has led workshops around Trauma Informed practices, Social Emotional Learning, and Culturally Responsive teaching practices, to name a few. She also co authored a social emotional learning curriculum for grades 6-12. 

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Angie Madama.

With a degree in Technical Theatre and a background in sports (both coaching and playing) and as a Yoga teacher, Angie was inspired to combine those skills and create Reach heART, a company that offers virtual art experiences, using art and “presentfulness” (the art of being present) as the vehicle to cultivate self-love, self-awareness, emotional intelligence and nourish paths of connection to this world we are all a part of.

Meet Angie

Barry Shore.

Known as the “Ambassador of JOY,” Barry Shore is a mental health activist, philanthropist, multi-patent holding entrepreneur, speaker, author, podcaster, and former quadriplegic who is now swimming around the world!

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Kari Van Bebber.

Kari has always had a passion for the social emotional well-being of others. After starting her career as a teacher, she quickly moved to pursuing a Masters in Counseling. This led to Kari’s work as an elementary school counselor for almost 10 years, as well as a private practice through which Kari provided therapy to those in need. Meeting individuals where they are in their own personal journey of growth has always been an integral part of Kari’s approach. 

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Paige Phelps.

Paige has been in education for over 20 years working with adolescent youth and their families as a guidance counselor, prevention coach, social and emotional learning specialist and mindfulness coordinator/coach. Paige is also the CEO and Co-founder of IM Mindful, an organization that provides social and emotional wellness courses for students, families and educators.

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Noah Harrington.

Specialist Noah Harrington is currently a soldier at Fort Hood, Texas; however, the journey that brought him there has given him a truly unique perspective on the concept of “a life in which we thrive." Among his many varied life experiences, Noah has been an integral leader both on and off the field within multiple sports programs in a number of countries. He has also studied drama at the highly acclaimed American Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. Noah has worked with thousands of students of all ages on language skills, sports technique, and resiliency in both the US and Italy.

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Amy Reece.

After spending thirty five years of her life teaching, running a therapeutic riding school, and raising a family, Amy draws from her experiences to enrich her writing with themes of struggle, grit, and hope. She is currently working on writing picture books that teach but don’t preach tolerance and social skills. The last six years of Amy’s teaching career were spent developing a therapeutic program for students with diagnosed emotional disabilities within the public high school. There she led a team of support staff, teachers, counselors, and therapists in the goal of developing social emotional skills and life skills in order to prepare her students for graduation and life after high school. 

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Adam Reh.

Adam Reh is a professional artist and teacher. His paintings and prints hang in houses across the United States, and even as far away as Belgium. He has more than 20 years experience teaching art to K-8 students, holds an MA in School Leadership, and has coached adults in the skillset and mindset needed to become a profitable options day trader on the NYSE. He is intensely interested in helping others learn the skills and habits to become successful in any and all areas of their lives.

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