Associates

Meet Our Team

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Brett Bell, Psy.D., M.A.

Brett is an accomplished organizational consultant and executive coach with several years of experience enabling organizations and individuals to learn and grow to their fullest potential. He specializes in leadership team development, professional development, and executive coaching. His passion is creating environments where individuals, teams and organizations can transform and break through to unparalleled performance. As a consultant, Brett has expertise in all facets of leadership development and executive coaching and focuses on aligning the strategic direction of the organization to the strategic development of its people.

He has an ability to diagnose the issues within an organization, align the people and processes and help initiate the results needed to meet the strategic objectives of the organization.   He is known for helping organizations cut through the issues and learn to communicate more effectively within teams.   Brett has an ability to give direct and enlightening feedback to his clients that focuses on strengths of the leader and results for the organization.

As a Coach, Brett brings a broad perspective and practical approach to career, human resource and organizational issues. He has a strong intuitive sense that allows him to align with others and build a high degree of trust with coaching clients.  Through experiential coaching, Brett strives to facilitate the individual awareness and skill development necessary for effective leadership in today’s diverse world.

Brett believes that if we are self-aware, have a greater understanding of what drives our reactions and responses, we will see that we have more choices and find deeper meaning in our work and our lives.

Brett earned his Bachelor of Arts from Temple University and pursued his graduate work at Widener University where he earned his M.A. and Psy.D.

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Chikwere Obi Amachi, Psy.D., MBA

Chikwere Obi Amachi has a doctorate in clinical psychology (PsyD) and a master’s in business administration (MBA) from Widener University.  He is also a certified Pennsylvania school psychologist.   Obi’s strong background in psychological and needs assessment, data and organizational analysis and intervention implementation has allowed him to aid leaders and teams in various settings.  He has consulted to leaders and teams in various industries including education, community mental health, healthcare, and fine dining. Throughout his career Obi has worked with young leaders across the country. These leaders have ranged from young professionals to junior high students.  His consultation and leadership engagements have included such topics as: effective decision-making, team development, strategy development, effective leadership, and workplace dynamics.

His overall philosophy on effective leader and team development hinges on thorough formal and informal assessment.  Obi is able to meticulously review data, determine the areas of need, and develop data driven interventions.  These data driven interventions have helped various clients manage change in order to meet strategic goals and obtain results.   His psychological training has honed his ability to foster trusting relationships with key stakeholders within an organization.  Additionally, his training allows him to provide clients with feedback that has allowed them to understand and implement change at both an individual and group level.

Obi is a member of the Society of Consulting Psychologists, The American Psychological Association, the Philadelphia Society of Clinical Psychologists, and Teach for America.

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Evelyn Maldonado, JD

Evelyn Maldonado is an accomplished, bilingual (Spanish) hands-on, resourceful, high energy, well respected, human resources professional withover 25 years experience in employee relations, labor relations (union and union avoidance), organizational development, recruiting/staffing, compensation/benefits design and administration, training and human resources compliance.

She has comprehensive knowledge in employment law, investigative practices, negotiation strategies, policy and program design, immigration compliance/administration, performance management, conflict resolution, contract (union) negotiations as well as union avoidance experience. She also consults with company owners and senior management to create business and succession plans related to organizational restructuring, management-initiated terminations and/or redeployment of employees.

Throughout her career Evelyn supported both large companies and entrepreneur organizations in varying industries, including government contracting. She worked for companies such as IBM, Citigroup, SAP and Marriott International and has experience supporting multiple locations/facilities both in the US, Canada and the Caribbean.  She has a Bachelors in Human Resources Administration and a Juris Doctorate with a concentration in Employment and Labor Law.  Evelyn is also an active member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM).

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Michelle Braden

Michelle has coached and trained leaders and teams for more than 20 years. She is the founder of the Emerging Executive Leadership Program, the Authentic Leadership Summit, serves on the leadership board of the Building Goodness Foundation and the VA Chamber Small Business Advisory Board. Her areas of expertise include Executive, Leadership and High Potential Coaching. In 2011, Michelle served as a panelist for the World Coaching Conference.

Michelle has worked with notable leaders from The Federal Reserve Bank, Morgan Keegan, Capital One, the University of Virginia, Darden Business School, Coty International, Boringer Illiam, Battelle, General Dynamics, LexisNexis, and the City of Charlottesville, to name a few. Michelle has also been a key note speaker for notables such as Virginia Government Finance Officers Association, National Organization of Rheumatology Managers, Virginia Recreation and Park Society, and SHRM.

Michelle is a certified coach and the author of three leadership books, Stand Out, Dare to Make A Difference, and Bottom Line as well as a thought-leadership contributor to several blogs/publications including: Thought Leaders, Lead Change and Leadership Courseware.

Michelle is committed to helping leaders identify their motivations, drives, values and principles to help them better understand who they are as Leaders. She helps clients uncover why they behave and respond the way they do, and how they can go from “good to great” in leading their teams and organizations. Ultimately, she motivates clients to set and achieve their highest goals. Her down to earth approach, strategic business sense, and interpersonal relationship skills put people at ease and inspire her clients to gain the most from their coaching and training! This combination of attributes challenges and motivates leaders to achieve their highest goals.

Michelle is married to Steven Braden and proud mother to Anthony, Erica, Josh and our golden retriever Levi. She enjoys running, hiking, camping, cooking and enjoying meaningful conversations with family and friends. Michelle has lived on 10 states and can easily adapt to any culture.

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Amy Gross, M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed

Amy Gross, M.S.Ed., M.Phil.Ed. helps clients identify and improve areas that are critical for successful performance and brings a strengths-based approach to every client interaction. Her collaborative and results-driven philosophy equips clients with the tools needed to reach their potential.

Amy is a coach and consultant with experience helping individuals, teams, and corporations enhance their performance. She specializes in one-on-one coaching, workshops, professional development, and leadership assessment.

Amy has a diverse professional background with experience in business, academic, athletic, and mental health settings. She has spent 15+ years coaching and competing as an elite athlete and incorporates her experience and passion into her work.

Amy earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Yale University and holds two Master’s degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in Counseling and Mental Health Services and Professional Counseling and Psychology.

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Aimee Bernstein

Aimee is a change accelerator specializing in breakthrough coaching, collaborative teams, wide scale change, and mindfulness in action training. She is a thought leader in the area of stress reduction. Her book Stress Less Achieve More: Simple Ways to Turn Pressure into a Posititve Force in Your Life ( AMACOM 2015) guides busy leaders and their teams how to use pressure– the energy of change– to develop self-mastery, high performance, engagement, and wellbeing. Her work is based on a blend of psychology, best organization development practices, aikido and meditation.

Aimee has applied this approach to high-pressured business environments. She assisted executives of a bank in developing an empowering culture based on trust, authenticity and caring.

Her collaborative team work with trauma surgeons and ER doctors helped them save their trauma center. From 2007 to 2013 Ms. Bernstein coached the Senior V.P. of R&D of a world-class cosmetics company assisting him in developing an emotionally intelligent, collaborative senior level team and then rolling out the collaborative approach throughout the division. This generated sixteen innovations currently in development, an increase in employee engagement in which everyone including administrators became idea generators, the breaking down of silos between the R&D and operations departments, and a culture based on shared ownership for change

Aimee received her graduate degree in counseling psychology from Boston University and interned at Massachusetts General Hospital under the auspices of Harvard Medical School. During this time she trained under Dr. Matt Dumont, then Commissioner of Mental Health for the State of Massachusetts. She is a licensed psychotherapist with over thirty-five years of experience and a student of aikido and meditation since 1978. Aimee has been listed in Who’s Who in American Women.

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Kennedy Bahlow, BA

Kennedy earned a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University, focusing her studies on understanding the relationship between human behavior and organizational effectiveness. She is passionate about translating complicated data and theory into content that is easy to understand and practical to apply. Kennedy’s passion for empirical data emerged early in her educational endeavors, where she contributed to structural biochemistry research.

Upon her matriculation at Temple University, Kennedy redirected her academic focus on psychology and business. Kennedy has tackled challenges like coordinating a fundraising program with over 5,000 participants and planning special events with over 200 attendees with proven success: her support helped her team raise over $400,000.

Through her personal experience and studies, Kennedy has created adult learning resources to support both academic and employee onboarding programs. With experience developing materials, leading a classroom, providing individualized instruction, and sitting through less than optimal employee training sessions, Kennedy clearly understands what it takes to create an effective, impactful, and enjoyable learning experience.

Using her psychology background and experience working in educational, nonprofit, research, and business settings, she strives to help people grow and better reach their goals. She believes that people, teams, and organizations can go from good to great by discovering why we think and act the way we do.

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Matt Hyams, BA

Matt has a BA in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He began his career in the world of online satire, writing for Fierce.com, an ezine that reviewed other websites and parodied pop culture. A collection of the website reviews and parody pieces were subsequently published as a book – “Fierce.com: The Exclusive Book for Web Elitists” – by 4 Walls /8 Windows publishing. He worked as a copywriter for Precision Entertainment and ADM productions and the newsletter manager for The Annenberg Foundation. Matt’s main passion is comedy, which he pursues as a stand-up and writer.

In 2016 Matt joined the Equilibria team as the marketing/social media manager to further the Equilibria brand.

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