Our Expert Contributors

Matt Moran

Matt Moran, Co-Founder

Parent, Leadership and Development Expert, Speaker, Sports and Entertainment Branding Agent 

With a natural talent for bringing out the best in people and more than 20 years of executive level mentoring experience, Matt Moran is the co-founder of  Generating Winners which is dedicated to engaging and empowering Parents, Coaches and Mentors of Teens to prepare and develop critical life skills. It’s a labor of love for Matt who strongly believes that being involved as a parent and continued education on how to best motivate Teens is essential — ideas he actively promotes through his ventures.

On top of Generating Winners, Matt Moran works for a large Fortune 50 company, hiring, training and developing hundreds of executive level leaders.  He also consults with professional athletes and their agents, providing business strategy development and life coaching services. In addition, Matt proudly served in the US ARMY as a Military Policeman. 

Matt Moran currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with his wife, two sons and two dogs.  When he’s not working, he enjoys time outdoors with his family, writing, playing guitar and woodworking. 

Colleen Ferrary Bader

Colleen Bader, Co-Founder

Parent, Leadership & Development Expert, Speaker, Founder of Small Business USA, LLC

Leading thousands of teenagers for most of my career, I’ve learned what’s important to them, and sometimes what’s missing from what they receive at home and school. I’m inspired to be their champion, their voice, and to help collect tools to support this very challenging job we call parenting.” 

Colleen Ferrary Bader motivates and consults thousands of Business leaders throughout the nation. She speaks and consults for business owners, corporations and women in business with a focus on generational leadership, team building, leadership and business development. Colleen’s passion for strong leadership also rests within the notion that young leaders need more today than ever before…

Colleen currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and beautiful daughter.


 

Lisa Bonner

Lisa BonnerCollege Prep

Parent of 17 yo Twins, Change agent, Leader

I realized that parents don’t understand the art of getting your child into the best schools, getting scholarships to do so, being your child’s advocate, and helping support their dreams by strategically aligning the four years of high school with their future endeavors.

Lisa Bonner leads Change Management in Information Management and Analytics at Cigna. She is responsible for accelerating, enabling and empowering change to drive collaboration and faster adoption. Her past experience includes VP at Roberts Golden Consulting in San Francisco consulting Fortune 100 companies, Assistant VP of Contemporary Work Practices at The Hartford. A graduate from Wellesley College, she is passionate about sports, fitness and modeling the way for work/life balance.

Tom Boyle

Tom Boyle College Prep

Parent, College Consultant, Former Stock Broker

Tom has combined his financial background and love of coaching to create a college planning program for teens and parents, helping them to navigate the college prep process. Tom is passionate about understanding and dissecting the business model of higher education. Tom remembers his mother struggling to find all the right answers to the many questions that arise when embarking on the college journey. It was stressful and frustrating because she had no help and little guidance. So Tom’s goal is to help as many families as possible navigate the financial aid process, and enjoy the journey, and not feel this sense of hopelessness.  Tom knows your angst of worrying about the costs of college. Wondering if you are making the best college decision based on personality, or if you are making a fear-based decision based on money.

Tom received his Bachelors of Arts Degree from New England College in 1993 and has spent the last 19 years as a business owner on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange.

Professor David PecorarDavid C. Pecoraro College Prep

Parent, Professor, “Student Caring” Co-Founder

“Few things in life are more rewarding than caring for students while I am teaching them how to realize their dreams.”

Professor Pecoraro is a tenured professor at Vanguard University and the co-founder of Student Caring. His tenure included Chairing the Faculty Development Committee for 9 years, he’s a member of the WASC Accreditation Committee and a leader in education in Career Directions and the arts. His work with the Student Caring organization has had a profound affect on college age students and their acclimation to and beyond their college careers

Dr. Dan de Roulet

Dr. Dan de Roulet College Prep

Parent, Professor, “Student Caring” Co-Founder 

My desire is to bring a sense of personal care into each lesson I teach, helping students to become adult thinkers and to be equipped for the world after college.

Dr de Roulet is a professor at Irvine Valley College and has served as a Dean of Undergraduate Colleges and an Associate Provost of Learning and Assessments. He has also served as a Faculty Chair and Chaired the Curriculum Development Committee. His work with the Student Caring organization has had a profound affect on college age students and their acclimation to and beyond their college careers.


 

Dr Bridget Cooper

Dr. Bridget Cooper Emotional Growth

Parent, Educator, Author, Change Agent Expert

An experienced and dynamic educator, facilitator, executive coach, and management and leadership consultant. Her drive is to help people to be passionate and invigorated about their lives and work so that they will propel their organizations toward success, create healthy work climates, strong and positive working relationships, and happier clients and customers. Her forte is developing and delivering interactive and motivational training on finding your passion and purpose, effective communication, conflict resolution, relationship building, productivity, time management, and decision making and problem solving. She has a proven track record of proactively, strategically, and effectively managing high-level organizational change and translating strategy into measurable objectives.

kat rowanKat RowanEmotional Growth

Parent, Founder of  TiffinTalk, Inc

Kat Rowan is a graduate of Wellesley College with degrees in both mathematics and psychology. Kat has worked as an educator, editor, administrator and consultant and has held positions in major corporations as well as taught classes, led departments, and founded programs in high schools and at the university level both in the United States and Singapore. Kat has specific interests in children’s understanding of mental health and in helping parents and children connect.

With her teens finishing high school and working their way through their first years of college, Kat well knows both the challenges and joys of parenting.

 

Dan WeinerDan WeinerEmotional Growth

Parent, Psychotherapist specializing in Family/Adolescent Therapy

Daniel Weiner, MA LPC has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hartford and is a licensed, board certified psychotherapist in the State of Connecticut. For the past 18 years, Daniel (“Dan”) has worked in multiple inpatient and outpatient treatment settings providing mental health care to children and adolescents. Specifically, he was the Clinical Director of Child Services at Saint Francis Care Behavioral Health in the late 1990’s, which consisted of overseeing the mental health care provided in both the inpatient and partial hospital facilities. Since leaving Saint Francis, he has focused on the development of a child, adolescent, and parent-based psychotherapy practice. While Dan was able to provide care to his clients effectively, he recognized the ever growing need for more services that not only support the child and/or adolescent, but also the parents and siblings within the family system. As a result, he co-founded and developed the Family Resource and Development Center, LLC, a group psychotherapy practice specializing in the treatment of children, adolescents and their families. The Family Resource and Development Center, LLC is an ever developing “think-tank” that is constantly evolving to provide support groups, parent management strategies, and other services to assist in the care of the whole family system.

A core belief for Dan is that all children and adolescents have an inherent desire to be happy and successful, despite their various challenges. As a result, the ultimate and overriding goal of any intervention is to provide these youngsters, as well as their family members with the insight necessary for more healthy development.

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Dan Blanchard – Emotional Growth

Parent, Educator, Author

Dan Blanchard the Award Winning Author and Speaker, two-time Junior Olympian Wrestler, and two-time Junior Olympian Wrestling Coach who grew up as a student-athlete. Dan admits that as a youth he was more of an athlete than a student. Since then, Dan has successfully completed twelve years of college and has earned seven degrees. He teaches Social Studies in Connecticut’s largest inner-city high school. In addition, Dan is a Teacher Consultant for the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Writing Project. He was chosen by the American Federation of Teachers as their face and voice of educational reform.

Dan has authored the two dynamic teen leadership books, Feeling Lucky? and Feeling Good. His third book of the Granddaddy’s Secrets series, Feeling Strong! will be out next winter. As an educator, coach, author, and speaker Dan feels that it is his duty to positively influence our youth every chance that he gets! He lives with his wife, Jennifer, their five children, and family dog, Daisy.


 

John Birch

John Birch IIIBetter Grades

Founder & President, The Birch Group, LLC

With more than 25 years of professional services experience, John founded The Birch Group in 1997.  John understands the urgency of developing a highly skilled, motivated and inspired workforce to meet the competitive and financial pressures of today’s changing global economy. John’s focus around children and leveraging his toolkit to help teens realize their potential began early and John and the Birch Group share collaborative efforts with the State of Connecticut to help young teens stay in school, make school easier and help elevate their personal aspirations to the heights they deserve to reach.

John is a Certified Professional Behaviors Analyst (CPBA), Certified Professional Motivators Analyst (CPMA) and a Certified Professional Emotional Quotient Analyst (CPEQA).  As a CPEQA, John is certified to teach the five dimensions of emotional intelligence, including emotional enablers and disablers as well as to interpret emotional quotient in people and analyze and integrate the combination of Behaviors and Motivators with Emotional Intelligence.

  • Member of Coach University and the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches
  • Executive Director, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering Technologies (MET^2) & Engineering Challenge for the 21st Century (EC21) Programs – National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technological Education (ATE) grants
  • Laureate Citation, Epsilon Pi Tau – Excellence in work promoting preparation and practice in the technologies (2015)
  • Innovative Program Award, High Impact – Technology Exchange Conference (HI-TEC) – For dedicated work in connecting students with advanced technology education (2012)

Appreciation Award, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) Connecticut – For support and dedication to their mission, “SHPE changes lives by empowering the Hispanic community to realize its fullest potential and to impact the world through STEM awareness, access, support and development.”

Dave Caspers

Dave Caspers Better Grades

Parent, Fortune 50 Chief Operating Officer

Dave is a Talent minded business leader who has a passion to create a vision that will transform businesses, teams and results. Dave’s leadership experience entails multiple Vice President roles including; Healthcare Stores Operations and Human Resources for the Eastern Division representing Sales ranges of $5-16B. As well as Director roles at both the corporate level in Retail Operations and in the field as a Group Director role.

Dave Caspers is committed to mentoring and growing the young minds of future leaders. Whether in sports or business; nothing is more important to Dave than setting future leaders up for greater success and happiness than he has been blessed to experience himself.

Tyron HarrisTyron Harris – Better Grades

Board of Education, HR Executive, Teen Advocate/Mentor

Investing in future leaders has always been my passion. While on the Board of Education, it’s clear to see how community, educators, and parents all play a critical role in helping a child attain their dreams – whatever they are.

Tyron Harris is a Board of Education Member because he believe’s that his passion and commitment to education along with his business experience allow him to bring a new effective voice to the board. Further, Tyron cares deeply about the community’s children and believe just as strongly in public education. Some time ago, Tyron remembers that he read an article that claimed that Hartford, Connecticut, was one of the worst places to raise a child.  This motivated Tyron to become actively involved.  Tyron wants members of the Board of Education to be role models, and he wants to foster more parental involvement in the education of their children and in the public schools.

Andrew Ree

Andrew ReeCareer Skills

Parent, Sports and Entertainment Attorney

Andrew Ree is an Attorney and Agent for the Sports and Entertainment industry. Andrew has represented Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver, 2006 Super Bowl MVP and 2012 Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball Champion, Hines Ward, for the past 15 years and is Hines’ exclusive agent. He currently handles all business, legal and marketing.

Andrew loves developing young teenagers and guide parents to take future career skills to the next level.

Andrew resides in Atlanta, Ga with his wife Laurie and 4 children.

Matthew MohebanMatthew MohebanBetter Grades

CEO, Co-Founder of 220 Youth Leadership

Matthew is one of the co-founders of 220 Youth Leadership (220YL). 220YL offers personalized leadership coaching for students in middle school, high school, and college via 1-on-1, group, and online programming. 220YL programs help students find the courage to take risks and put themselves in uncomfortable positions to develop Second-to-None leadership skills.

As a freshman in college, Matthew founded The Edge, a summer camp for middle school students designed to teach listening skills, work ethic, and leadership. The following summer, the school district picked up the summer camp to help with the junior high school transition program.

During this time, Matthew realized that teaching leadership was a true passion and decided that he would eventually come back to the idea as a full-time business. 220YL is an evolution of The Edge summer camp and other leadership opportunities

Matthew had while in school at Indiana University and in his corporate career. Matthew graduated with honors from the Kelley School of Business and graduated #1 of 11 analysts from his eleven-month BMO Harris Commercial Banking Training Program.

Matthew’s current role models include Tim Ferriss, Reggie Miller, Peyton Manning, Tony Dungy, Bruce Wayne, and his family. He is inspired by anyone that has taken risks, put themselves out there, and found a way to make a living doing what they love and helping others. Matthew currently lives in Chicago with his brother and co- founder, Joseph.

joseph MohebanJoseph MohebanBetter Grades

COO, Co-Founder of 220 Youth Leadership

Joseph co-founded 220 Youth Leadership (220YL) at the age of 23. 220YL offers personalized leadership coaching for students in middle school, high school, and college via 1-on-1, group, and online programming. 220YL programs help students find the courage to take risks and put themselves in uncomfortable positions to develop Second-to-None leadership skills.

While Joseph was at Indiana University he developed unique leadership experience through Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity (FIJI) and Indiana University Dance Marathon (IUDM). As President during his junior year at FIJI, he led 110 members to the highest-ever chapter GPA (3.34) and several fraternity awards. IUDM is the second largest student-run philanthropy in the country, which allowed Joseph to develop leadership and communication skills while on the Executive Council. Joseph graduated from the Kelley School of Business where he studied Finance and Entrepreneurship.

His favorite role models include Will Smith, Simon Sinek, Tony Robbins, Tara Brach, and Jeff Bezos. He loves reading books, listening to podcasts, and watching YouTube videos on leadership, motivation, and entrepreneurship. Joseph currently lives in Chicago with his brother and co-founder, Matthew.


 

Shannon Boyle

Shannon BoyleTeen Health

Parent, Holistic Health Expert

Shannon Boyle is the founder of Integrated Health and Healing ~ a space for a Holistic Reset to take back your power with food, thought and energy.

She specializes in a raw food cleanse, transformational coaching, whole foods cooking classes and Reiki energy therapy.
Shannon has a Masters in Social work, a Bachelors in Psychology, and is certified by The Institute of Integrative Nutrition and The American Association of Drugless Practitioners.
She is a mother of 4 who focuses on food, meditation and exercise to reduce stress and anxiety.  She works with groups and individuals teaching holistic and natural techniques for an abundant stress free life.

Dr. Daniel DanieleyDr. Daniel Danieley Teen Health

Parent, D.C. , Athlete

Born in Naples Florida, where his father got him involved in sports at a young age. Before high school he learned to box, wrestle and was a standout soccer player. He was encouraged to try all different forms of athletics and although some didn’t last (gymnastics, dancing), he gained an appreciation for each. In high school he ran track, wrestled, boxed, and played football, but it wasn’t until college that he found his passion in the sport of rugby.

He received his Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Western Carolina University. While at Western, he helped to start a fraternity and a rugby team, both of which are still currently active on campus. After graduation, he continued to play rugby at the highest level in the U.S. for the next eight years, and continues to play socially today.

Deena

Deena Kobrin Teen Health/Finance 

Parent, Educator, Radio host, Finance Expert

Parent, President of dc alexander wealth management, Founder of Moms $ Matters, Financial Expert/Educator on “Trend Radio Show” on 920 AM THE VOICE.

“My passion and desire is to help as many young people and their parents find their way through the complex maze of Financial Literacy.”

Deena Kobrin has taken a unique stance with her company. Her focus on developing sound financial habits during the teenage years as well as with their families is proving to be a crucial step in the process of developing long term financial success. Deena Kobrin has been successfully helping families change bad habits and improve their financial health for over 10 years.

‘I have been lucky to have had a fulfilling career helping my clients learn about their finances and grow their portfolios. However, there is only one thing more rewarding than being a financial advisor to my valued customers—and that is being a mother to my three wonderful children.’

Certifications: FINRA Series 7- General Securities Representative, FINRA Series 63- Uniform Investment Adviser, Life, Health and Real Estate

12063795_10208317287676179_5474315271410455526_nRuben Montano – Teen Health

Parent, Coach, Ironman, Fitness and Nutrition Enthusiast

As a lifelong athlete, Ruben grew up playing a variety of sports.  Never one to shy away from trying a new sport; he enjoyed running track, cross country, soccer, basketball, baseball and wrestling.  While in high school wrestling and baseball is where he exceled and ultimately led to wrestling at Appalachian State University. 

While at ASU, Ruben earned a B.S. in Criminal Justice and minored in sociology and psychology.  After college he went on to work for two Fortune 500 Companies before becoming a small business owner and putting those skills to work!

It wasn’t until well after his college career that he found the sport of triathlon and a new passion was born!  That passion for triathlon led him to pursue a second career in coaching, fitness and nutrition.  As a triathlon coach and self-professed fitness and nutrition junkie, he is continually educating himself and others as the industry constantly changes.  His love of triathlon led to completing all distances of the sport including 2 Ironman finishes.

Ruben Montano currently resides in North Carolina with his wife, son and two Labradors.  In his spare time he enjoys spending time with his family and being outdoors, preferably at the beach.

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Dr. Terry de Roulet, M.D.Teen Health 

Parent, Family Medicine Physician

Inspired to become a physician at age twelve by the work of Dr. Kenneth Cooper, the father of aerobics, Dr. de Roulet has always been interested in preventive medicine, and the health of the whole person.

Dr. “d” first earned an M.A. in English, and spent 12 years teaching students to write persuasively.  She uses those skills daily as she works to influence others to make good health choices.  She enjoys working with parents and teens to improve communication about teens’ health concerns.  Dr. de Roulet has found it to be especially gratifying to be an advocate for those who traditionally have not had access to good health care. As a partner with Kaiser Permanente, she works with other departments to research how diet and exercise may help to improve severe medical conditions.  She also prays for her patients, which she believes is an important part of their care. Having raised three boys and lived to tell about it, she understands the need for teens and their parents to be good partners in speaking about and successfully addressing health concerns, rather than silent, or not-so-silent, adversaries.

Dr. de Roulet has been practicing medicine since 2007.  She is a graduate of Rush Medical College, Chicago, Illinois, and lives in southern California.