Staff/Faculty

WOODHULL INSTITUTE FACULTY & STAFF

Individual Faculty members listed do not appear at every retreat.

Gina Amaro-Ruden Gina Amaro-Ruden Gina Amaro Rudan is a 14-year global marketing veteran with a passion to inspire women to greatness. Gina is the Director of Multicultural and International marketing for PR Newswire. She previously served as marketing manager for Avon Products and president of Avon’s Hispanic Corporate Network. Gina is a founding board member of the Woodhull Institute, a leadership academy for the ethical leadership of women. She is also a founding member of 100 Hispanic Women, a professional women’s organization based in NY. In 1997, Gina was awarded a scholarship to travel to Beijing China for the United Nation’s N.G.O. Forum on the status of women. She holds a Bachelor Degree in English Literature from Binghamton University and is a National Urban Fellow holding a Master’s degree in Public Administration from Baruch College. Her writing credits include PR Week, Tactics,and the Strategist.
Dr. Cheri Kalil Anisman Dr. Cheri Kalil Anisman is a licensed Clinical Psychologist and personal and professional coach in Amherst, New York. As a practicing psychotherapist and coach for over twenty years, her clientele are mainly comprised of professional women in the business, education and healthcare industries. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and attended Wayne State University where she received a Master’s degree in School and Community Psychology and a Ph.D. in Educational and Clinical Psychology. A member of the National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology, Cheri is licensed to practice in several U.S. states and provinces in Canada.

Scholar in Residence, Woodhull Fellow – Retreat Facilitator
Ken Becker Ken Becker is the co-founder and former owner of Imagine Foods, Inc., one of the most successful natural foods manufacturing and sales companies in the industry. In running Imagine Foods, Ken was involved in all aspects of creating, developing, financing, marketing and operating a rapidly growing company. Before becoming an entrepreneur, Ken practiced law in various capacities, specializing in criminal, civil rights, labor and administrative law litigation. After leaving Imagine Foods in 1998, Ken has been engaged in business, legal and pro bono consulting, as well as being involved in the creation and activities of various nonprofit organizations.

Board Member – Negotiation, Financial Literacy

Beth Bogart Beth Bogart is co-owner of Fenton Communications. She formerly directed its Washington office and for many years was the firm’s creative director. She helped wage media campaigns to expose the Reagan administration’s covert wars in Central America, the anti-Apartheid struggle, injustices within the death penalty system, the dangers of nuclear war, and environmental issues from toxics exposure to global warming. She helped make human-rights activist Jennifer Harbury a household name during Harbury’s hunger strikes to uncover the truth about the fate of her disappeared husband, a Guatemala rebel leader tortured and killed by CIA-trained members of the Guatemalan army. A ghost-writer for many Third World and social justice advocates, she used her experience from the editorial pages of The Washington Post to help them craft appeals in a language and format accessible to American audiences.

Woodhull Fellow – Media
Tara Bracco Tara Bracco is an activist, writer, and performance poet. Her writing has appeared in American Theatre, BUST, Bitch, and Clamor, among others. Her feature article on the economics of national health care was named the #2 Radical Pick of the Month by The Alternative Press Center in October 2006. Tara is also the force behind Poetic People Power, an ongoing project in New York City that combines poetry and activism. She has been profiled in Time Out New York and has received awards from the Puffin Foundation and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council.
Susan H. Cain Susan H. Cain is the author of the forthcoming book, “QUIET: The Importance of Introversion in a World That Can’t Stop Talking,” which will be published by Random House/Crown in January 2009. She is also the owner and President of The Negotiation Company, and has been teaching negotiation for many years. Susan’s work is based on the belief that graceful negotiation depends on self-awareness, and she is known for the humanistic approach she brings to her practice. Her clients include everyone from CEOs and Wall Street lawyers to married couples, college students and housing shelter residents. Susan also practiced corporate law on Wall Street for many years, representing clients such as Goldman Sachs and GE. She is a member of the Board of Directors of Woodhull, and is a cum laude graduate of both Harvard Law School and Princeton University
Elizabeth M. Curtis Elizabeth M. Curtis Elizabeth M. Curtis (Woodhull 51) is the Program Coordinator of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. Elizabeth joined the Woohull staff after completing her M.A. in Women’s Studies at the George Washington University, where she wrote her M.A. thesis on blogging and the creation of feminist networks online. She also holds a B.A. in English (Writing) from Barnard College, Columbia University. Elizabeth brings expertise in women’s leadership development and non-profit organization management from her previous work with institutions focused on women’s issues, including Barnard College’s Young Women’s Leadership Institute and the National Women’s Studies Association. Elizabeth blogs regularly on A Blog Without A Bicycle (http://ablogwithoutabicycle.blogspot.com) and her writing has been featured on other weblogs as well as in publications such as NWSAction and Feminist Collections.
Rakhi Dhanoa Rakhi Dhanoa is an attorney in New York City practicing exclusively in the area of Immigration Law. Her practice spans from business related immigration to asylum, deportation and federal court litigation. She began her career with the Chicago based law firm of Winston & Strawn. Ms. Dhanoa has recently opened her own office in New York City. Rakhi’s immigration practice caters to a variety of clientele, including culinary and IT professionals, as well as executives and managers in a variety of fields.
Joan Finsilver Joan Finsilver is an investment professional who currently manages high net worth assets and provides investment coaching. For 20 years Joan was a senior partner at Brean Murray & Company, a midsize full service investment bank and earlier in her career she was a security analyst at Bankers Trust Company and a partner of Fred Alger & Company. She has extensive knowledge of all aspects of the brokerage business: securities research, corporate finance and portfolio management. She serves on the Advisory Board of Launch Advisors, which provides strategic planning for small businesses. She is a Chartered Financial Analyst. Joan received an MBA from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business and has a BA from Ripon College, where she served on the Board of Trustees for 10 years. She lives in Manhattan and is an avid gardener, swimmer and physical fitness enthusiast.

Board Member – Entrepreneurship, Financial Literacy
Stacy Francis Stacy Francis (CFP™, CDFA) takes the worry and anxiety out of money. She is the president of Francis Financial, Inc.; an independent, fee-only, financial planning firm that helps individuals to achieve financial freedom. Ms. Francis does not sell products such as insurance, so clients expect and get unbiased advice.
Ms. Francis is also the Founder of Savvy Ladies™, www.SavvyLadies.org, a 2,000+ member nonprofit organization that empowers women to take control of their finances.
As a recognized expert in finance, Ms. Francis is frequently quoted in publications such as Bankrate, The Daily News, Glamour, Investment News, Men’s Health, Money Magazine, MSN, Newsday, Financial Planning Magazine and The Wall Street Journal.

Faculty Member – Financial Literacy
Beth Greenberg Beth Greenberg is a stage director who specializes in opera and musical theatre. She has directed numerous productions for the New York City Opera and has also staged shows in Japan, Germany and Austria, and Peru. She has also directed works in many regional American theatres including the Gehry Center at Bard College in Hudson Valley. Beth also works as an advisor and dramaturg to composers to develop new stage works. She frequently writes about music and the arts and her articles have appeared in Stagebill and Interview magazines, and as notes to music recordings. Beth Greenberg was also an exhibition assistant to Diana Vreeland during Mrs. Vreeland’s leadership years of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. She is a former Fulbright Scholar and has a Master’s from the University of Michigan School of Music in Ann Arbor. She lives in Manhattan.
Karla Jackson-Brewer Karla Jackson-Brewer Karla Jackson-Brewer is an African American feminist therapist whose private practice serves women of color, sexual assault survivors, and addresses issues of cultural/ethnic identity, spirituality and empowerment. Karla is an Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University in the Women’s and Gender Studies and Africana Studies Departments. She has taught at the college level for the past 23 years. She teaches the course “Dynamics or Race, Sex and Class,” Intro to Africana Studies,” “The Black Woman,” and “African Religions.” She currently advises a women’s activist organization at Rutgers.Scholar In Residence , Woodhull Fellow –

Retreat Facilitator, Public Speaking, Ethical Leadership
Joie Jager-Hyman Joie Jager-Hyman is a writer and graduate student currently living in Harlem. She is in the process of finishing her dissertation for her doctorate in Administration, Planning and Social Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Joie’s academic research focuses on increasing access to higher education for low-income students, specifically on issues of academic preparation, financial aid policies, and increasing educational equity. She presented findings from her research at a Congressional hearing in April 2006 for the Advisory Committee on Student Financial Assistance, where she has served as a Consultant. In addition to her work in education and public policy, Joie is currently writing her first book, Fat Envelope Frenzy: A Year in the Life of Five Harvard Hopefuls, to be published by Harper Perennial in March 2008. The book follows five very different students as they navigate the selective college admissions process. Her writing has also appeared in Women’s eNews and Metro.
Wende Jager-Hyman Wende Jager-Hyman is the Executive Director of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. Wende has an extensive background in both the worlds of education and business. She comes to us after years of service as ED of a major private independent school on Long Island, with an enrollment of over 700 students. Prior to serving in a not-for-profit educational enviornment, Wende’s entrepreneurial spirit led her to be the founder and owner of a personnel recruiting firm. Her experience extends into finance, budgeting, program development, fund development and marketing in both the public and private sectors. Her deep belief in fostering the ethical leadership of women has brought her to devote her energies to the future and growth of The Woodhull Institute.

Executive Director – Ethical Leadership, Advocacy, Civic Responsibility, Negotiation
Kristen Kemp Kristen Kemp has had articles in Glamour, Marie Claire, Self, The New York Daily News and other publications. She writes for teen magazines and is also the author of six young adult novels, including The Dating Diaries and Genny in a Bottle. Her seventh teen book, Breakfast at Bloomingdales’, comes out Summer 2007 for Scholastic.

Faculty Member – Non-Fiction Writing, Writing for Teens
Karen Kisslinger Karen Kisslinger has been practicing Classical Chinese Acupuncture and related healing arts for over 27 years. Coming from a tradition which emphasizes preventive medicine and “Way of Life, her teaching has come to encompass health promotion through meditation, chi-kung, gardening, yoga, singing, relaxation and general stress reduction. This empowers students and patients toward healthy and conscious eating, living and working. She writes a regular “Way of Life” healthy living column for the Healthy Living section of the Poughkeepsie Journal, has written for national magazines, and has a daily radio show on WKZE in the Mid-Hudson Valley called: “Time to Relax”. Believing that all of her work is related to ethical leadership and that compassion is the only trustworthy and true source of power, she is deeply committed to helping participants develop the skills and traits of consciousness which become part of a living as ethical leaders.

Faculty Member – Relaxation, Contemplative Practice
Marcia Knoll Marcia Knoll Ed.D. is a career educator who has served in all the educational seats. She has been a teacher, a principal and Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the New York City Public Schools. She became Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services in the Valley Stream Central High School district on Long Island. Dr Knoll is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Administration and Supervision at Hunter College of CUNY.
She has had a variety of opportunities to serve, guide, and influence the educational community in New York State, across the nation and around the world as a member of many prestigious committees, an invited speaker, and as a consultant. Dr. Knoll has also been recognized and honored by the educational community having received numerous awards and citations. She has had many leadership opportunities in elected positions for ASCD (Association for Supervision ad Curriculum Development) and PDK (Phi Delta Kappa). Dr. Knoll is a past president of ASCD. She is the author of several books and numerous articles. Her latest book is the Administrator’s Guide to Student Achievement and Higher Test Scores (Josey-Bass Wiley, 2002).

Faculty Member – Conflict Resolution, Negotiation
Margot Magowan Margot Magowan is a writer and commentator. Her articles on politics and culture have been in Salon, Glamour, the San Francisco Chronicle and numerous other newspapers. She has appeared on Good Morning America, Crossfire, Fox News and other TV and radio programs. She produced the top rated Bernie Ward Program for KGO Radio, the ABC affiliate in the Bay Area. She is currently working on a novel about marriage. She lives with her husband and daughter in San Francisco.

Board President, Woodhull Fellow – Op-ed, Media
Monica Meehan McNamara Monica Meehan McNamara MA, Lic. MFT, is a psychotherapist in private practice in Boston, Massachusetts. A former Visiting Research Scholar at Wellesley College, Center for Research on Women, she has been engaged in an ongoing project working with girls and women on their experience of body image. She has been a consultant to the Harvard Law School Program on Negotiation, for the last twelve years. She is currently involved in a collaboration with the Program on Negotiation, to create a teaching module to integrate the core concepts of negotiation with issues pertaining to middle and high school aged girls.

Faculty Member – Negotiation
Catherine Orenstein Catherine Orenstein has contributed to the op-ed pages of the New York Times, Washington Post and Miami Herald. Her opinion pieces on women, power, popular culture, and human rights have run on the Knight-Ridder newswire and appear in anthologies. She has lectured at Harvard, Penn, and Columbia universities, and appeared on ABC TV World News, Good Morning America, MSNBC, CNN and NPR All Things Considered. A graduate of Harvard (BA) and Columbia (MA) universities, she is the author of Little Red Riding Hood Uncloaked: Sex, Morality and the Evolution of a Fairy Tale, and she is a fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.

Woodhull Fellow – Op-ed, Non-Fiction Writing
Robin Stern Robin Stern is an educator, psychotherapist and psychological consultant who has developed and implemented programs to promote personal and professional growth through self- awareness, emotional competence and ethical leadership, for the last 25 years. Robin holds a masters degree in Personality and Social Development, a doctorate in Applied Psychology and Research Design, as well as a post-doctoral certificate in Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy. She is an associate professor of Communications at Teachers College, Columbia University and a Social-Emotional Learning Specialist at The School at Columbia University, where she also coaches faculty members in professional leadership development. She is a researcher and supervisor in social and emotional competency development at Hunter College Leadership Center. Robin is a group facilitator at Project Renewal, an initiative to enhance the lives of educators in New York City, as well as a founding board member at The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. Additionally, Robin serves on the board of Educators for Social Responsibility, and is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. She is the co-author of two books, on emotional intelligence, for educators: Understanding Emotions in the Classroom and Emotionally Intelligent School Counseling. Robin’s book, on psychological manipulation, entitled THE GASLIGHT EFFECT: how to spot and survive the hidden manipulation others use to control your life, will be published on May 1. Robin lives in New York with her husband and two children.
Jacquette M. Timmons Jacquette M. Timmons is a national investment expert and financial coach, and the founder of Sterling Investment Management, an investment education and financial coaching firm. She has worked in the investment industry for nearly 20 years, dedicating the last ten to teaching intelligent people how to be smarter with their money. Ms. Timmons holds an MBA in finance from Fordham University’s Graduate School of Business and a BS in marketing from the Fashion Institute of Technology.

Faculty Member – Financial Literacy
Diana Winston Diana Winston is a Buddhist teacher, writer, and change leader. She is the author of Wide Awake: A Buddhist Guide for Teens, and the founder of the Buddhist Alliance for Social Engagement (BASE), America’s first leadership training program for Buddhist activists. Diana is currently a member of the teacher’s council at Spirit Rock Meditation Center in California where she is being mentored by Jack Kornfield. She teaches retreats and leads trainings in contemplative practice, Buddhism, ethics, and the interface of spirituality and social change to youth and adults nationally and in Asia. She is considered a leading expert on youth and spirituality and has taught meditation and ethics to hundreds of teenagers and young adults through universities, high schools, retreat centers, and nonprofits. She is the former associate director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship where she developed education and training programs, worked on a variety of faith-based political campaigns, and helped pioneer the emerging field of socially engaged Buddhism. Her writing has appeared in Tricycle, Shambhala Sun, San Francisco Chronicle, among others, and in several anthologies. She spent a year as a Buddhist nun in Burma, and is a graduate of Brown University.
Woodhull Fellow – Meditation, Relaxation, Contemplative Practice
Naomi Wolf Naomi Wolf in her landmark international bestseller, The Beauty Myth, challenged the cosmetics industry and the marketing of unrealistic standards of beauty, launching a new wave of feminism in the early 1990s. The New York Times called it one of the most important books of the 20th century.
Wolf has given voice to women of all ages, exploding the social myths that keep women struggling in their fight for equality. HarperCollins published a 10th anniversary commemorative edition of The Beauty Myth, with a new introduction by Wolf. Ms. Wolf’s most recent book, The Treehouse, was released the May to rave reviews. Ms. Wolf is the co-founder of the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership.
Scholar in Residence, Woodhull Fellow – Public Speaking, Media, Non-Fiction Writing, Op-ed