Operations and Professional Development Team

John Frank, PhD, Director of Professional Development

John leads our Professional Development Team and supervises all of Beyond BookSmart's coach supervisors.

Melissa Doody, Senior Hiring Manager

John has served as a coach, supervisor, and an intake coordinator for Beyond BookSmart. In addition to coaching and tutoring before joining our team, John graduated from the Counseling Psychology doctoral program at New York University and completed his Internship in Clinical Psychology at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University. John has previously taught undergraduate courses at New York University on the psychology of human learning, group dynamics, and abnormal psychology. During his training as a counseling psychologist, John treated children, adolescents, and young adults in hospitals, substance abuse clinics, college counseling centers, and community mental health clinics. These various roles have afforded John the opportunity to have experience with crisis management for individuals (and their families) at risk for substance abuse, self-harm, and suicidal behavior. Throughout his career, John has been consistently reminded of the value of empathy and understanding in helping young people overcome obstacles.

Lisa Cambra, Human Resources Manager

Lisa brings a wealth of Human Resources experience to her role at Beyond BookSmart, where she is dedicated to addressing the needs of each staff member.

Lisa Cambra

Human Resources Manager Lisa Cambra has 15 years of expertise in strategic human resource practices and operational leadership. Lisa’s experience includes talent acquisition, organizational development, performance management, and compensation and benefits. Prior to joining Beyond BookSmart, Lisa worked for a successful Boston design/build firm as the Director of Operations and Human Resources for ten years, where she was responsible for attracting the right candidates for various roles, coaching and development of employees, compliance, and culture development. Lisa earned a degree in Business Administration and has been a member of the Society of Human Resources Management (SHRM) since 2017.

Tricia Butler, Operations Manager

Tricia is the hub of Beyond BookSmart, overseeing processes including helping families learn more about coaching and connecting new clients with our coaches.

Tricia Butler, Operations Manager
As Operations Manager for Beyond BookSmart, Tricia Butler fields customer outreach and is a key support and point of contact for families throughout the client inquiry and start-up process as well as for Intake Coordinators, coaches, and supervisors. Tricia supports the Chief Operations Officer in recruiting and hiring new Executive Function coaches. In her spare time, Tricia volunteers on the Board of Directors and as Transport Coordinator for Animal Rescue Front, a dog rescue organization in MA.

Annabel Furber, Lead Research Coordinator

Annabel leads our research initiatives into the efficacy of Executive Function coaching. Additionally, she designs and implements our online coach training.

Annabel Furber, Lead Research Coordinator
Annabel Furber is the Lead Research Coordinator for Beyond BookSmart. She also supervises coaches, providing support to ensure quality and consistency in our coaching. Annabel has a background in special education, psychology, and neuroscience. She has experience in both educational practices and educational research and possesses a Master’s degree in the field of Mind, Brain, and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Annabel believes in Neurodiversity—that each mind is as unique as a thumbprint and no single approach to teaching is useful for all—and that learning challenges often accompany unique skills and talents that require an understanding of the impact of context, motivation, and personal goals. Annabel also serves as an instructor for CAST (Center for Applied Special Technologies) through the Mass Focus program, a graduate course aimed to instruct teachers on how to Universally Design for Learning (UDL).

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