Debra is an organization consultant and professional development coach. Debra consults on organizational effectiveness to family owned businesses, Fortune 500 companies, the pharmaceutical industry, non-profit organizations and faith-based institutions. Prior to her current work, Debra spent 15 years managing her family business, Alfa Packing Corporation, including five years as president. Debra has extensive experience in organizational planning and with organizations in transition. Her style of balancing strategic focus with how people effectively work together is a lucrative combination.
Some of Debra's expertise includes communication skills, team building, succession, mergers, organizational infrastructure and restructure. She is also well versed in envisioning, strategy, and helping her clients actualize their needs and desires for success.
Debra graduated from Temple University with a Bachelor of Science in Education and continued taking graduate business courses. Debra earned her Master of Arts in Organizational Development from the Fielding Graduate Institute. Debra has post graduate training in Gestalt theory and practice, Gestalt Interactive Group Process and a certificate from the Organization Development Practioners Program. Debra is an adjunct faculty member of Saint Joseph's University, the Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia and the Gestalt International Study Center.
Mark is a licensed and board-certified clinical social worker. He has more than 30 plus years of experience working with individuals, couples, families, groups, and organizations as a psychotherapist, educator, coach and consultant. He has worked with small and family-owned businesses as well as Fortune 500 companies and spent 10 years as an executive and clinical director for a managed behavioral health care organization. He has provided coaching, consultation, and training throughout the North America and abroad.
For much of his life, Mark has explored a wide range of humanistic practices. He is interested in group process, creativity, intimate relational systems, personal growth, the use of contemplative practice, and individual, team, and organizational performance.
Mark earned a B.A. in Human Services and an M.ED. in Education and Psychology from Antioch College. He received an M.S.S. in Clinical Social Work from Bryn Mawr College and a Ph.D. in Human and Organizational Behavior from International University for Graduate Studies. He has postgraduate training in a variety of theoretical orientations, including Gestalt Therapy, Psychodrama, Transactional Analysis, Family Therapy, Interactive Group Process, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Neuro-Linguistic Programming , Clinical Hypnosis, NTL, and the OD Practitioners Program. Mark is a faculty member of St. Joseph's University, Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, and the Gestalt International Study Center. He maintains a professional practice in New Hope and Newtown, PA.
Following a successful career as a fashion buyer, Michele raised three children while volunteering and supporting non profit organizations, locally in Philadelphia, nationally and internationally.
Currently, Michele is completing her Masters of Arts Degree in Organizational Development and Leadership at Saint Joseph’s University.
Throughout her volunteer career, Michele has had significant responsibility for hiring, fundraising and the financial well being of organizations. Currently Michele is serving as President of the Board of Directors of Barrack Hebrew Academy. She previously chaired the Head of School search committee. Michele chaired the Strategic Planning process for Har Zion Temple as well as multiple search committees for Rabbi and Education Director positions. At JFGP, Michele most recently co-chaired the Center for Israel and Overseas, which is responsible for the grant process and allocation of approximately $3.5 million annually.
Michele has a distinctive understanding of the non-profit world, as a result of the diverse positions and numerous leadership development programs. Michele graduated from Lehigh University with a degree in Bachelors of Science in Business and Economics.