Norie has over 39 years of accounting and finance leadership. Aside from being committed and passionate about her career, she finds greater fulfillment in reaching out, listening, and sharing love, hope, and blessings with people coming her way.
Norie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and is a licensed CPA in the Philippines. She is a dedicated mother of three and a loving wife.
Alan is a seasoned educator and speaker having filled many roles: teacher and administrator for the New York City Department of Education, Network Leader providing support and supervision for principals in 32 New York City schools. Co-Chaired Harvard Principals’ Center Advisory Board, Emeritus and was a Founding Board Member of Clarion School Dubai Alan has led national and international projects on educational leadership, creativity and joyful learning, progressive education and parent and community engagement. Additionally, Allan is a Cahn Fellow at Columbia University. He is also the recipient of the Time Warner Principals of Excellence Award and the Outstanding Educator of the Year Award from Education Update. Cohen received his Bachelor’s degree from Brooklyn College and holds a Master’s of Science, and Special Education from New York University.
Christina is a graduate of Illinois State University with a major in International Business and Marketing. She has lived in Florence, Italy and attended the Lorenzo de Medici School, which helped hone her aptitude for the commercial aspects of fashion. She is the Director of Business Development at Hilldun Corporation and has played an integral role in growing Hilldun’s portfolio of clients. Christina lives in New York City with her husband and their daughter
Jacoby Phillips began his career in the creative industry in 2011 by developing intellectual properties for children and globally licensing them to consumer products. Through his experience in the licensing world Jacoby learned how to effectively communicate to children, and create content to build brands and drive success. In 2016 Jacoby started his consulting firm, YECO Consulting Agency (“YECO”). The goal of YECO is to partner brands and companies with award winning creative, branding and marketing support. Jacoby is supporting SFK’s efforts in developing new content and interactive marketing. Jacoby has experienced the incredible impact of SFK first hand, and is passionate about his goal to bring SFK into the homes of families around the world.
Dr. Grant is the Deputy Chair of the Law and Police Science Department at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. He previously served as Associate Director and Senior Consultant for NSIC where he conducted needs assessment and developed courses and course materials for schools, media, police, public servants, and faith-based institutions. He is an expert in crime prevention and youth resiliency, and has developed and evaluated school-based programs that continue to reach over 1,000,000 children annually. He is he currently testing SEL programs with incarcerated populations. Dr. Grant holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Queen’s University and a Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the City University of New York.
Esperanza R.de Noriega studied philosophy at Fordham University in New York. She began her career as a kindergarten and elementary school teacher in 1973, later becoming involved in teacher training, giving seminars on adaptation of first language books to ESL programs.
At the middle school levels, she has worked with literature, writing, and world history programs and has prepared students for the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
From 1973 to 1990 she was director of the English Department and curriculum coordinator at Centro Escolar Patria A.C. in the State of Mexico. During 1985 she served as general director at the same institution.
Since 1988, Mrs Noriega has been a guest speaker at regional and national conferences such as Mextesol and ADEMI giving workshops dealing with the teaching of literature and writing in the second language context.
Her experience in the publishing field began in 1988 when she started working as educational consultant for Scott Foresman Company (later Harper Collins), where she gave inservices and presentations for ESL, as well as, first language programs from kindergarten to secondary levels throughout Mexico. While at Harper Collins, Mrs Noriega co-organized and participated as instructor in the teacher training course “Teaching English to Young Children”, given in conjunction with the Universidad Iberoamericana.
In 1991 she began working as educational consultant and later sales representative for Houghton Mifflin Company. As such, she has given presentations and seminars throughout Mexico, United States and Puerto Rico specializing in topics dealing with the modernization of education and the evolution of ELT. In 2001 she was promoted to Sales Manager for K to 12 products in Mexico, and in 2003 her territory was extended to include Central and South America, with the added responsibility of managing the Houghton Mifflin College and Trade products in Latin America.
Mrs. Noriega is the founder and General Director of New Edulight, which specializes in bringing to Mexico and Latin America new programs, and professional development. In this capacity, she oversees, publishers’ relationships, products sales, marketing and professional development.
Pat is an educational consultant who supports teachers and principals as they seek to become effective leaders in the practice of teaching and learning. She has worked with several organizations including The Center for the Collaborative Classroom, a non-profit, mission driven organization that promotes academic and social learning, The Principals’ Training Center for International School Leadership, and as a consultant for Houghton Mifflin International.
Prior to her work as a consultant and for more than a decade, Pat enjoyed her role as elementary principal at three different international schools in Latin America. As principal she focused her work on building teacher learning teams to support student learning as well as professional learning. Before becoming an elementary principal, Pat worked in the United States as a school psychologist, college lecturer in psychology and an elementary classroom teacher. She holds a bachelor of arts degree in child development, a master of arts degree in child clinical psychology and certificates in teaching, school psychology and elementary school principalship. Recently, she achieved a license from Centers for Spiritual Living to work as a spiritual practitioner and has begun work in this realm.
Pat’s academic interests lie in social-emotional learning, literacy acquisition, the teaching of writing, child development, building caring school communities and school leadership especially supervision and evaluation of the professional faculty. Her work in education has taken her around the world to five of the seven continents where she has enjoyed collaborating with students, teachers, principals and parents in more than 200 schools.
Pat and her husband live in Fort Lauderdale, Florida where they are constantly entertained by their seven-year-old Labrador retriever named Kairo.
Genevieve Lowry has been a Certified Child Life Specialist since 1990. She received her undergraduate degree from Wheelock College and her Masters’s from Fordham University. Currently, she is faculty at Bank Street College of Education in the Child Life Program. She writes, presents, and she provides consulting to a wide array of organizations, schools, and nonprofits, providing workshops, educational training, and online materials that support resilience.
She co-edited the book The Role of Child Life in Community Settings and contributed a chapter on working with families affected by incarceration. Additionally, she is trained as a Reiki Teacher and in guided imagery and is a certified educator of infant massage, family trauma, and an end-of-life doula.
She is the recipient of the Leadership Award from Wheelock College (1990), was recognized for her dedication to the mission of Wheelock College (2013), and Bank Street College Thomas’s Award for excellence in instruction and teaching (2023).
Almen is a former school teacher passionate about helping children live happier lives. That is what led her to become an SFK facilitator, teach the SFK programs to the children in her community, and later become a Facilitator Trainer.
She guides and supports SFK Spanish Speaking Facilitators all over Latin America.
In recent years she continued her education and earned all these great certifications:
A trainer and evaluator to implement social-emotional skills and methodology to develop them.
Emotional management and well-being.
Yoga and mindfulness for children.
University Diploma as a Teacher training in Neuroscience.
University Diploma in Social-emotional learning and constructive conflict resolution at school.
Master in Emotional Competencies and Soft Skills.
Almen continues to enrich her wisdom so she can give more to the world’s children.
Halah worked as an SFK facilitator in East Jerusalem since 2008, then as a teacher trainer and program coordinator.
She implemented the SFK programs successfully in more than 25 schools and trained over 100 schoolteachers, reaching thousands of children.
The feedback from teachers and principals was excellent. They reported that the program helped their students be less stressed and reactive, face life difficulties with more resiliency, accept others despite their differences and improve school grades due to hard work and self-reliance.
In 2018, Pascale realized that she enjoyed what she was doing for one of the world’s largest technology distributors but really wanted to make a difference in the world by empowering Youth. She quickly realized that academic education alone will not dissolve hatred, incomprehension, addiction, lack of respect and human dignity. She has devoted much of her free time to raise funds for the translation of SFK Level One – Winning in the Game of Life “in French. She sponsored and facilitated the program to a group of kids from Ivory Coast, Togo, Benin & France. The lessons took place once a week via Zoom. Pascale’s goal is to build a facilitator community in Africa & France to implement the program in all schools. She strives to be able to give away more of what she has been so blessed to receive.
Cecilia has helped improve the lives of many by taking the SFK programs to Guatemala, Venezuela, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, and by supporting the continuous enrichment of our SFK Facilitator community across Latin America. Cecilia believes in connecting and nurturing the inner child as a means of self-improvement and has guided many children and women in this journey with the SFK programs.
Living the programs have allowed the Facilitators to internalize the SFK concepts before they passed them on, so teachings become a comprehensive experience they shared. The best part is that they are now living a life where they connect with their potential to make a difference in their World and people around them.
Serena Carloni was born in Bologna, Italy, and for the past 20 years lives in Germany with her husband and two daughters. She is a certified mediator and a member of the federal association MEDIATION. She was trained as a mediator at the Fokus Institut with Rita Wawrzinek in Berlin. In the last 20 years, Serena worked as a project manager and problem solver in different companies. She co-founded and partnered with Branding Cuisine, Europe’s first and only creative agency specializing in food and sustainability.
Serena is an SFK ambassador, SFK Certified Facilitator and a train coach with Parenting The Soul.
Milagros has been providing children in her native country of Venezuela with social-emotional education through the SFK programs as well a training and supporting program facilitators through her organization El Cambio Comienza Conmigo. She believes children are the future and the change her country needs.
“My work in helping children is rooted in my conviction that children are the world’s most valuable natural resource. We have to create a world with healthy children and the best place to start is caring about their social-emotional education. For sure, they will be more effective adults, and we will make the world a better place.”
Monica began as SFK volunteer in the United States and decided to take the programs to Peru, where she is originally from, through her organization Naomi for Kids. They currently have several SFK facilitators working in public schools, and the testimonies from the teachers and principals indicate that there has been a considerable decrease in the number of ﬁghts and disturbances during the day.
“Our commitment to SFK stems from the need for children in Peru to have tools to strengthen their self-esteem, develop skills for positive leadership and acquire values that contribute to their spiritual development. Children go to school to study but are not taught how to manage their emotions.”
Whether it is a group of teenage mothers, single mothers, entrepreneur women, children with difficult family situations or confined in a hospital, through her Organization, Zera Bolivia, Sharoll has touched the lives of many women and children with the SFK programs.
“SFK has given me a profound understanding of how to play the “Game of Life” through joy, transformation, self-love and love of others. Most importantly, through the SFK Certiﬁcation Program, I have been given tools and knowledge of how to share this understanding with little children.”