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Jackie Stachel is the Director of Marketing and Communications for Beyond BookSmart. Before joining Beyond BookSmart in 2010, Jackie was a Speech-Language Pathologist at Needham High School. She earned her Master's degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Boston University, and her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from
In addition to her work as Director of Communications, Jackie is an Executive Function Coach for Beyond BookSmart and leads presentations for parent groups throughout Massachusetts. Additionally, Jackie manages the company blog content through editing submissions, writing articles, and collaborating with professionals from outside Beyond BookSmart. She also creates video content and is our webmaster.
A former school psychologist, Rachel has a deep commitment to supporting struggling students. She develops partnerships and leads presentations for referring professionals throughout the greater NY area, educating them about Executive Function coaching.
Director of Outreach Rachel Kalinsky has 17 years of experience as a School Psychologist. She has worked with students of all ages with significant social, emotional, behavioral and/or learning disorders and was an Evaluation Team Leader for several years. A graduate of the University of Albany, SUNY with a Bachelors degree in Psychology and Education, Rachel completed her graduate work at the University of Massachusetts Boston where she earned a Masters degree and a CAGS in School Psychology.
In the role of Director of Outreach in the greater NY region, Rachel identifies key potential referral sources and builds and maintains relationships with them. Rachel coordinates trade shows, networking events, and presentations for parent associations and educator groups for Beyond BookSmart. She also regularly presents to professional groups and enjoys sharing her expertise with the clinicians in her network.
As our Client Services Coordinator, Janey is the first person that most of our prospective families speak with. Janey listens to a student’s challenges and then assists parents in finding the best coaching support to meet their needs.
Janey enjoys putting the right team in place to guide families through the process of coaching and considers it an honor to engage in these important conversations with families who have struggling students. She has a rich background in meeting the needs of clients in a variety of contexts, always with her characteristic warmth and energy. Janey attended University of Tennessee, Knoxville and has completed coursework at other institutions including the University of Virginia and the University of Maryland. Her volunteer work for the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and many others is reflective of Janey’s compassionate nature. She has also volunteered her time to help older adults through the Meals on Wheels program and as a Senior Citizens Center Director.
As part of our Client Services team, Jackie is the first person that some of our prospective families speak with. Jackie listens to a student’s challenges and then assists parents in finding the best coaching support to meet their needs.
As part of our Client Services team, Kai is the first person that some of our prospective families speak with. Kai listens to a student’s challenges and then assists parents in finding the best coaching support to meet their needs.
Merrianne (Merri) connects with referring professionals throughout New England. She shares resources and leads staff presentations to help clinicians best serve the needs of students and adults with Executive Function challenges.
Merri Minnich, MAT, is a certified educator in Massachusetts with over a decade of experience teaching in a variety of classroom settings. A graduate of Simmons College, she specializes in developing curriculum appropriate to each student’s needs and enjoys building relationships with them. Merri has worked in public, private and charter schools and uses her expertise at Beyond BookSmart to help students achieve their goals in the educational realm. Having worked with many different student populations, she enjoys honing in on students’ strengths and finding appropriate learning tools to help them achieve success in the classroom. She has enjoyed using different organizational methods to help students see a dramatic improvement in their writing and become more articulate communicators. Through these experiences, Merrianne has provided evidence to her belief that all students can achieve success if given the appropriate tools for learning. As an Outreach Coordinator, Merri meets with professionals throughout New England.
Wendi establishes and maintains relationships with referring professionals in the greater New York region and Massachusetts. She educates and works collaboratively with clinicians, school personnel, and other professionals.
As a School Psychologist and Executive Function Coach, Wendi is dedicated to supporting the social-emotional, cognitive, behavioral, and academic needs of students. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Education from University of Delaware, she completed her graduate studies at City University of New York Queens College where she earned a Master’s degree and went on to receive permanent NYS Certification as a School Psychologist.
Wendi has over 20 years of experience working with students of all ages, in both public and private school settings. She has expertise in identifying and addressing needs using an individualized approach, and she believes that building trusting relationships with the students she works with is the foundation for making positive changes. Wendi has a deep understanding of the Executive Function challenges that many individuals face, and she is passionate about helping others develop skills to succeed. As an Outreach Associate, Wendi builds relationships with professionals and parents throughout New York and Massachusetts, shares resources, and provides important information about Executive Function intervention.
Kerri develops relationships with referring professionals and parent groups in South Carolina, educating them about the importance of Executive Function skills - not only for academic success but for the world beyond school.
Kerri Yates, CPCC is certified Co-Active Career and Life Coach with more than fourteen years’ experience serving individuals as well as developing community-focused educational programming in the areas of mental health, learning challenges, and life skills. She enjoys generating opportunities for youth and adults to enjoy the positive self-esteem that flows from reflecting on who they are, gaining tools and information, and having relationships with people who believe in them. Kerri obtained a B.A. in Anthropology with a minor in Psychology from Wellesley College. As Outreach Coordinator, Kerri meets with professionals across South Carolina.
Debra builds relationships with referring professionals in the greater New York region and Metro Atlanta to educate them about Beyond BookSmart’s innovative approach to Executive Function coaching.
Joe builds relationships with referring professionals throughout South Florida. He educates clinicians about Beyond BookSmart's innovative approach to Executive Function coaching.
Mary builds connections with referring professionals throughout South Florida. She educates clinicians about Beyond BookSmart's innovative approach to Executive Function coaching.
Mary Swenson, M.Ed, has expertise in supporting students with diverse Executive Function challenges, as well as a deep understanding of the evidence-based methodology of behavior change. This, combined with the vast repertoire of tools and strategies provided through our training and ongoing professional development within Beyond BookSmart equips Mary to successfully coach students with a variety of learning needs. Mary has over two decades of experience in education. She began her career at Dave Thomas Education Center teaching drop-out prevention students. It was here that she received the Teacher of the Year award. Mary then transitioned to working for Florida Virtual School. There she has worked as an online English and Reading Instructor, a Curriculum Manager, Assistant Principal
Rose establishes connections to referring professionals nationwide and internationally to educate and inform them about Beyond BookSmart's online Executive Function coaching services.
In Rose's role as Online Outreach Coordinator, she develops relationships with referral sources who are as passionate as we are about helping their clients reach their full potential. She is committed to spreading the message that our coaches teach our clients the skills they need not just for school but for life.
Rose joined the company in 2016 and brings over 30 years of experience in developing business for companies she passionately believed in over those years. She graduated with honors from Boston College with a degree in Education and Biology and taught and tutored many students during the years when she was raising her own children. Rose is proud of her record of building small businesses. Her role at Beyond BookSmart allows her to continue to contribute by helping our clients find their way to a successful and fulfilling life.