Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership
Frontpage Slideshow (version 1.7.2) - Copyright © 2006-2008 by JoomlaWorks


Meet our dedicated staff and faculty below:


Wende Jager-Hyman
Executive Director

Wende has an extensive background in both the worlds of education and business. She comes to us after years of service as the E.D. 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 environment, 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. Wende is dedicated to training women in ethical leadership skills and helping them to get their voices in the public sector.


Stephanie Kirby
Publications Coordinator

Stephanie is a NYC Teaching Fellow working in Brooklyn, NY. Stephanie joined the staff after first interning with the Institute. Stephanie graduated with Honors in Psychology and Gender Studies in May 2008 from the College of Saint Elizabeth in NJ. She wrote her undergraduate thesis on alcohol use in college students, specifically examining indicators for excessive alcohol consumption. Additionally, Stephanie served as The Student Government Executive Board President, Academic Adviser to a group of first year students, and was a teaching assistant for an introductory psychology course. She spends her spare time outdoors with family and friends and loves hiking and kayaking.


Cheri Kalil Anisman

Cheri Kalil Anisman, PhD, 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 in Canada.

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, and has been involved in the creation and activities of various nonprofit organizations.

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 of 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 cum laude graduate of both Harvard Law School and Princeton University.

Helen Churko

Helen M. Churko is Vice President for the Royce Carlton Speakers Agency (www.roycecarlton.com ). Since 1983 she has represented celebrities for their speaking engagements and has arranged over 2,750 events at colleges, museums, associations and corporations throughout the World. She also oversees the company’s marketing efforts and maintains a special interest in the content development for her clients and professional development for the firm’s sales team. Ms. Churko has generated revenues in excess of $32 million dollars and believes deeply in the power of speakers and special events to change the world.

Helen earned her Masters of Science in Arts Administration and Urban Development from Drexel University and has served on the Board of Directors of The National Association for Campus Activities and as a consultant for organizations as varied as the Medieval Festival at Fort Tryon Park and The Global Cooperation for a Better World project. At present,she serves on the Board of Directors for the M. K.Gandhi Institute for Nonviolence. Her interests include travel, photography, personal development and is currently working on a Memoir .

Rhaki Dahnoa

Rhaki Dahnoa 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.

Davine De Valle

Davine is the co-founder of Sine Qua Non: Allies in Healing, a company that provides energetic and emotional supportive services to adults and children in NYC. She has been a service provider in the mental health field since 1971. In addition to developing programs and providing direct services in out-patient psychiatric clinics, prisons and drug treatment facilities, she has designed and facilitated numerous workshops and groups addressing the issues of addictions, class, race, mental health treatment options and modalities, sexual assault, identity, internalized oppression, communication skills, spirituality and anger management. She has presented on panels at universities and community-based organizations. In her thirty-seven years in the field, Ms. Del Valle has been recognized and respected for her leadership, insight, inspiration and skill as a teacher, supervisor, lecturer and healing ally. She has been described as wise, incisive, attentive, compassionate, astute, humorous, and an excellent collaborator. She is also a Certified Polarity Practitioner and a Kripalu-certified Yoga Instructor and maintains a private practice in New York City.

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.tv, 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.

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.


Sunny Sea Gold

Sunny Sea Gold is the Articles Editor for the Health section of Glamour magazine. She plans and assigns most of the health coverage for the magazine, including stories on heart disease, cancer, body image, mental health, pharmacology, fitness and nutrition. She has also worked at Seventeen and Popular Science. She edits at work, but indulges her love of writing by freelancing whenever possible for outlets like Parade, Men’s Fitness and Parade’s HealthyStyle. She has also written for Glamour, Real Simple and Popular Science and is currently working on a book proposal about binge eating for teen girls.

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 University.

Joie Jager Hyman

As a doctoral student, Joie’s research focuses on access and success in higher education for low-income students. Over the years, she worked as a consultant for several think tanks, non-profit organizations, schools and even wrote two reports for Congress. Her first book, Fat Envelope Frenzy: One Year, Five Promising Students and the Pursuit of the Ivy League Prize was published by Harper Collins in March 2008. The book received rave reviews in both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. Joie has been featured in numerous publications, including the Washington Post, 02138 magazine and the Boston Globe, and written for the Huffington Post, Women’s eNews and Metro, the world’s most highly circulated newspaper. She also lectures about college admissions and on making the transition between academic and popular writing.

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 seven young adult novels, including The Dating Diaries and Genny in a Bottle, and her latest book Breakfast at Bloomingdales’, was released in the Summer of 2007 for Scholastic.

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 a top rated 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.


Laura Mazer

Laura Mazer is a publishing consultant and book editor, having worked with publishing houses such as Avalon Publishing Group, Perseus Books Group, Soft Skull Books, Sierra Books, Counterpoint Press, and Random House. She is currently the managing editor at Counterpoint Press (www.counterpointpress.com), a literary trade publisher with imprints in Berkeley, San Francisco, and New York. Laura is also a veteran Op-Ed editor. In the 1990s, she was the managing editor of Creators Syndicate, the international agency that represents some of the most widely published opinion writers, including Molly Ivins, Arianna Huffington, Hillary Clinton, Tony Snow, Robert Novak, Susan Estrich, Benazir Bhutto, and Susan Estrich. The columns she has edited have appeared in close to every daily newspaper in the country, and many international papers as well. Laura teaches publishing-related courses for Mediabistro and Op-Ed related seminars for The Op-Ed Project. A New York City transplant, she lives in Oakland, California, with her family.

Monica Meehan McNamara MA, Lic. MFT

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.

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 is the founder of the Op-ed Project. 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.

Deborah Siegel, PhD

Deborah Siegel, PhD, is an expert on gender, politics, and the unfinished business of feminism across generations. She is the author of Sisterhood, Interrupted: From Radical Women to Grrls Gone Wild, co-editor of the literary anthology Only Child: Writers on the Singular Joys and Solitary Sorrows of Growing Up Solo, and co-founder of the webjournal The Scholar & Feminist Online. Deborah’s writings on women’s lives, feminism, masculinity, contemporary families, sex, and popular culture have appeared in venues including The Washington Post, The Guardian, The Huffington Post, The American Prospect, More, Psychology Today, The Progressive, and The Mothers Movement Online. A Fellow at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership and a Board Member of the Council on Contemporary Families, she is a frequent media commentator and lectures at campuses and conferences nationwide. She is a Founding Partner of She Writes (www.shewrites.com), the leading online destination for women writers today.

Robin Stern, PhD

Robin Stern, Ph.D., is a licensed psychoanalyst, educator, and author, with over twenty-five years of experience treating individuals, couples, and groups. She develops and implements training programs, and writes about personal and professional growth emphasizing the importance of self-awareness, emotional competencies, and ethical leadership. Robin holds a doctorate in Applied Psychology, as well as a post-doctoral certificate in Psychoanalytic Group Psychotherapy. She is on the faculty of Teachers College, Columbia University, The Training Institute for Mental Health, in New York City, and, is a consultant to the Health, Behavior and Emotional Lab at Yale University. Robin is a founding board member of The Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership, where she co-created the curriculum for the Woodhull retreat experience and continues to teach and train women of all ages. Additionally, Robin is a Diplomate of the American Psychotherapy Association. Her first book, The Gaslight Effect: How to Spot and Survive the Hidden Manipulation Others Use to Control Your Life (Random House May ’07) was written up in all the top women’s magazines: Elle, O, Allure, Cosmopolitan, as well as in newspapers, such as Metro NY, Philly and Boston. Dr. Stern was featured as a guest on local and syndicated radio stations nationwide, providing commentary and answering questions for call-in segments. She also traveled extensively, speaking at the Jr. League, The American Psychological Association, The National Association for Domestic Violence Prevention, Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders, Dove Campaign for Real Beauty, Daemen College and Columbia University. She continues to travel, speak, train, teach and counsel. She has a thriving private practice in New York City and lives in Riverdale with her husband and two children.

Jacquette Timmons

Jacquette M. Timmons, the author of “Financial Intimacy,” is known for leading thought-provoking conversations about money, choices, relationships, and life. An investment expert and financial coach, she is the founder of Sterling Investment Management, an investment education and financial coaching firm. She has worked in the investment industry for twenty-three years, dedicating more than a decade 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.