Presenter Biographies

Presenter Biographies

Find biographies of our seminar presenters and instructors below.

Ina Bachman, L.I.C.S.W., T.I.W.C., C.E.A.P.; Founder and Coach, Bachman Coaching

Ina Bachman is a licensed clinical social worker whose work with individuals and couples focuses on how money impacts relationships. Since launching Bachman Coaching in 2014, Ina has helped couples find their money roadblocks and has supported them in building fun, abundant, and resilient lives together. She also has over 25 years of experience in the field of personal development and transformation, and is a Certified EAP consultant. Ina received a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts and an M.S.W. from Boston University.


Donielle Buie, M.Ed.; Founder and CEO, WifeMotherLeader

Donielle Buie is an accomplished working mother who has successfully negotiated working from home with young children, climbing the corporate ladder, and then putting her career on hold to care for a child with health challenges. After returning to the workforce, Donielle founded WifeMotherLeader, where she now coaches other women who are trying to build a family and career at the same time. In conjunction with her work at WifeMotherLeader, Donielle is a skilled market researcher with over eight years of experience in the biotech and pharma industry. Donielle has a B.S. in Biomechanical Engineering and an Ed.M., both from Stanford University.


Ken Davies, E.A., C.E.B.S., B.S.; Retirement Programs Manager, MIT

Ken Davies, the MIT Retirement Program Manager, manages MIT’s retirement plans and the team that delivers retirement services to members of the MIT community. Prior to joining MIT, Ken was a pension consultant and actuary providing advice about the design, administration, and funding of large corporate pension plans. Ken holds a B.S. in Finance from Babson College, and is an Enrolled Actuary and a Certified Employee Benefit Specialist.


Steven Dimitriou, A.I.F., P.R.P.; Managing Partner, Mayflower Advisors 

Steven Dimitriou is a Co-Founder and Managing Partner at Mayflower Advisors, with more than 23 years of experience in the retirement plan industry. Prior to forming Mayflower Advisors, he was a Managing Director at H.C. Wainwright & Co., Inc., responsible for the Retail Products division, which included the Retirement Plan Services and Mutual Fund Research departments. He is currently the President of the National Association of Plan Advisors (NAPA), the largest retirement plan advocacy group in the nation. Steve has earned the Accredited Investment Fiduciary (AIF) designation and the Plan Sponsor Retirement Professional (PRP) designation. He is a graduate of Colby College, where he earned a B.A. in both Physics and Economics.  


Richard Dufresne, M.S.W., L.I.C.S.W.; Founder and Principal Consultant, Alliance Consulting HRD

Richard Dufresne has provided customized training and consulting services to clients in a variety of business sectors since 1992. These include healthcare, higher education, early childhood development, nonprofits, the financial sector, retail, and industry. He has presented on the national level and has given presentations and keynotes to groups from 10 to as many as 1,500 people. His presentations have been described as “upbeat, interactive with the focus on learning, and providing tools and skills for immediate use and application.” Richard holds an M.S.W. from Boston University School of Social Work. He lives in New Hampshire and is somewhat retired.


Judy Elkin, M.Ed., P.C.C.; Professional and Personal Coach

Judy Elkin is certified as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) from the International Coach Federation in both individual and relationship coaching. She has a private practice in Newton, MA, focused on career transitions, executive leadership, parenting, and aging. Judy brings to her coaching a 25-year career in education and professional development, most recently as the director of a teacher education program at Brandeis University. Judy has also been trained as a facilitator by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in the Wise Aging curriculum and brings that background both to workshops and her coaching practice as well.


DeAnna Glass, M.Ed., BCBA

DeAnna Glass is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst with over 10 years of experience assisting children on the Autism Spectrum. She works with children of all ages, from 15 months to 22 years, both at home and in school programs. She holds an M.Ed. from Johnson State College.


Elizabeth Guttenberg, L.C.S.W.; Work-Life Administrator, MIT Work-Life Center

Elizabeth Guttenberg is a licensed social worker and administrator at MIT, where she manages special projects for the Work-Life Center. Prior to joining MIT, Elizabeth worked in the corporate division at Care.com, consulting nationally with academic and corporate employees facing caregiving challenges. This included facilitating caregiver support groups for employees at various higher education institutions such as MIT and authoring a monthly caregiver advice column. Her experience also includes supporting adults, children, and families in hospital, government, and community mental health settings. Elizabeth holds a B.S. in Human and Organizational Development from Vanderbilt University and an M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from the University of Georgia.


Rich Hardwood, CLU ®, CAP

Rich Hardwood brings over twenty five years of experience developing personalized finance strategies for his clients, including estate and retirement funding strategies for families. Rich specializes in the field of Special Care Planning. This planning is unique and requires expertise outside the general planning process.  Through his advocacy, Rich helps provide financial security for the special needs family, both now and in the future.


Howard M. Heller, M.D., M.P.H.; Associate Medical Director, MIT Medical

Howard M. Heller is the Associate Medical Director at MIT Medical, where he practices primary care medicine with a specialty in infectious diseases, and is responsible for overseeing Medical Specialties and Research. Dr. Heller also serves as an Associate Physician at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) in the Infectious Disease Division, and as a part-time Assistant Clinical Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, where he teaches in the Harvard–MIT Health Science and Technology (HST) program. He is a Fellow of the Infectious Disease Society of America and previously served as President of the Massachusetts Infectious Disease Society. Dr. Heller holds a B.S. in Biology from Columbia College of Columbia University, an M.P.H. from the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University, and an M.D. from SUNY-Upstate Medical University, Syracuse.


Janell Burley Hofmann, author, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up

Janell Burley Hofmann is the author of the book, iRules: What Every Tech-Healthy Family Needs to Know About Selfies, Sexting, Gaming and Growing Up. She is also a speaker and consultant on topics like technology, media, health, relationships and personal growth. Janell Burley Hofmann engages readers, clients and audiences in relevant and meaningful conversations igniting personal empowerment, awareness and purpose. Janell serves families, schools and communities in a partnership that will positively impact the lives of children and teens.


Kathy Kasabula, B.A.; Child Care Operations Administrator, MIT Work-Life Center

Kathy Kasabula oversees the many services that support MIT’s Technology Childcare Centers (TCC) and works closely with MIT’s child care management vendor, Bright Horizons, to ensure that TCC centers are able to meet the needs of the families they serve. Kathy oversees campus lactation rooms, and is a contributor to many Work-Life Center projects offering support to MIT children and families. Kathy holds a B.A. from Rhode Island College.


Joan Klagsbrun, Ph.D.; Certifying Coordinator, Focusing-Oriented Psychotherapist and Focusing Trainer, The International Focusing Institute

Joan Klagsbrun is a practicing psychologist and certifying coordinator in Focusing, a mindfulness practice. She currently lectures at Lesley University, and has taught Focusing internationally for over three decades. Joan has written articles on Focusing for professional journals, and in 2010 received the Alice Ladas award for her research on Focusing with women with breast cancer. She holds a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, an M.A.T. from Harvard University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.


Francine Kollias, B.A.; Social Security Consultant and Educator

Francine Kollias brings over 42 years of experience working with the United States Social Security Administration, where she conducted educational seminars and outreach as the Public Affairs Specialist and liaison for Massachusetts. Francine has presented on Social Security to MIT employees for over 35 years, and since 2014 has consulted on Social Security programs and services with state, local, and private employers. Francine holds a B.A. in Spanish from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.


Amanda Leef, D.V.M.; Veterinarian and Owner, Heal Veterinary Clinic

Amanda Leef is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine who provides medical and surgical care to animals. Throughout her veterinary career, Dr. Leef has worked in rural mixed-animal practices, high-volume spay-neuter programs, animal shelters, and urban small-animal practices. She is also actively involved in the animal welfare community, delivering training programs for animal service workers and collaborating with nonprofits. In her free time, Dr. Leef enjoys caring for her evolving menagerie of pets and participating in a variety of outdoor activities. She holds a B.S. in Microbiology and a D.V.M., both from Michigan State University.


Stacey MacPhetres, M.A.; Director, College Finance, College Coach

Stacey MacPhetres is a former Senior Financial Aid Officer at Emerson College and Elms College, and a former Financial Aid Consultant at Mount Holyoke College. She also spent over a decade working in education finance at JPMorgan Chase, where she was responsible for managing loans for both federal and private loan portfolios. Stacey is a member of the Massachusetts Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators. She holds a B.A. in Political Science from Marist College and an M.A. in Political Communication and Marketing from Emerson College.


Lauren Mackler, M.A.; Author, Consultant, and Educator

Lauren Mackler is an author, coach, consultant, keynote speaker, and educator. She leverages her 25-plus years of experience in the personal and professional development field—having worked as a psychotherapist, corporate executive, and consultant—to advise on topics related to human behavior, leadership, and performance. Lauren is currently a featured presenter at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and an adjunct lecturer at Babson College. She holds a B.S. in Psychology and an M.A. in Organizational Development from Lesley University.


Jeanne Mahan, M.S.; Senior Manager, College Finance, College Coach

Jeanne Mahan served as a Financial Aid Coordinator at Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine and as a Senior Financial Aid Counselor at Quinsigamond 
Community College before joining College Coach. She also has served as an ambassador for the Massachusetts Educational Financing Authority (MEFA), visiting high schools and meeting with parents and students to discuss how to fund a college education, and has presented to various groups involved in college awareness and readiness. Jeanne graduated from Emmanuel College with a B.A., earned a Certificate of French Language from the Sorbonne, and earned an M.S. in Non-Profit Management at Worcester State University.


Harry Margolis, J.D.; Managing Partner, Margolis & Bloom, LLP

Harry S. Margolis founded Margolis & Bloom, LLP, a six-lawyer Boston law firm, in 1987. He is a graduate of Swarthmore College and New York University School of Law. His practice concentrates on elder law, planning for individuals with disabilities, and estate trust administration. Harry edits The ElderLaw Report, a monthly newsletter for elder law attorneys; wrote the ElderLaw Forms Manual; and served as founding editor of The ElderLaw Portfolio Series, all published by Wolters Kluwer. Harry is a Fellow of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys and of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel. He has served on the adjunct faculty of Boston College Law School, and has been designated as a “Super Lawyer” since 2005, as one of the top 100 Super Lawyers in New England for 2014, and as a Best Lawyer in America. Harry is the founder and President of ElderLawAnswers as well as a co-founder and Director of the Academy of Special Needs Planners.


Melissa McCue-McGrath, C.P.D.T.-K.A.; Co-Training Director, New England Dog Training Club

Melissa McCue-McGrath is a Certified Professional Dog Trainer and Co-Training Director of the New England Dog Training Club—the oldest existing AKC (American Kennel Club) obedience club in the country. She has trained dogs with science-based methods professionally for over 13 years, and uses her expertise to present throughout the Northeast on the reputable acquisition of pets. Melissa is also the author of the book, Considerations for the City Dog, a blogger on Car Talk’s FIDO (part of Car Talk’s travel and safety blog), and the author of a quarterly column in Maine Dog Magazine. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from Lake Erie College.


Anna Pollard, L.I.C.S.W., C-A.S.W.C.M.; Director of Clinical Services, LifeCare Advocates

Anna Pollard, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Advanced Social Worker Case Manager, brings over 20 years of experience working with elders in a variety of community health and hospital settings. Anna supervises a team of Life Care Managers at LifeCare Advocates and facilitates caregiver support groups with the Alzheimer’s Association. Her previous experience includes social work and care coordination at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital and Fallon Clinic. Anna holds a B.S. in Human Services from Northeastern University and a M.S.W. from Salem State University School of Social Work, with a Concentration in Older Adults. She is a member of Aging Life Care Association.


Anna Robinson, M.A., W.L.C.P.®; HR Coordinator, MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics

Anna Robinson coordinates HR functions for MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. She brings a background in counseling, consultation, mediation, and training from her position as the Special Projects Administrator in the MIT Work-Life Center, where she also coordinated programming for young professionals. Prior to joining MIT, Anna provided counseling at Boston University Student Health Services, and was a member of a mobile crisis intervention team. Anna is a Work-Life Certified Professional through the Alliance for Work-Life Progress (AWLP), and is certified in facilitative mediation through the Harvard Mediation Program. Anna received a B.A. in Psychology from Vassar College and an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling and Behavioral Medicine from Boston University. 


Carolyn Romano, J.D.; Special Education Practice Leader, Torchlight

Carolyn Romano is an attorney and education specialist with over 20 years of experience. As the Special Education Practice Leader, Carolyn oversees the development of all education and disability-specific content and is an expert consultant. She has worked as an attorney; project director of national and state education projects; consultant to non-profit organizations, schools, and school districts; and lead grant writer for federal, state, and foundation proposals. Carolyn received a Bachelor of Arts from Drew University and a J.D. from Boston University School of Law.


Gena Rotas, M.S.W., M.Ed., L.I.C.S.W.

Gena Rotas is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW) and an educator who has taught children of all ages. She has conducted workshops on communication skills, stress reduction techniques, and positive thinking for children, teachers, parents, administrators and community leaders.

Gena holds a BA from Western Connecticut University, an MA from Fairfield University, and an MSW from the University of Connecticut.


Heidi Roth, R.D., L.D.N., B.S.; Owner, Heidi Roth Nutrition

Heidi Roth is a Registered Dietitian, a Massachusetts State Licensed Dietitian/Nutritionist, and a Certified Holistic Health Coach. Heidi owns her own corporate wellness consulting business. She teaches nutrition and wellness through seminars, individual counseling, and healthy food demonstrations, and brings her passion for an active and healthy lifestyle to her clients. Earlier in her career, she worked as a critical care neonatal dietitian. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and holds a certificate of training in Adult Weight Management. In her spare time, she enjoys creating healthy new recipes, skiing, hiking, and tennis. She earned a B.S. in Nutrition from the University of Pittsburgh. 


Stuart Schmill; Dean of Admissions and Student Financial Services, MIT

Stu Schmill is Dean of Admissions at MIT. Following his graduation from MIT in 1986 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering, Stu spent a year as a project engineer at General Motors before returning to MIT in a professional role. He joined the Admissions Office in 2002 and was appointed Dean in 2008. A member of the Quarter-Century Club, he has also served as Director of Crew; Director of Parent, Student, and Young Alumni Programs in the Alumni Association; and Director of MIT’s Educational Council.


Marie Schwartz, M.B.A.; Founder and CEO, TeenLife Media

Marie Schwartz is the Founder and CEO of TeenLife Media, a national online directory for teen programs and services. She was inspired to launch TeenLife after difficulty finding enrichment opportunities for her two teenage sons. Marie is now passionate about educating parents who are seeking summer programs, gap programs, and community service opportunities that will help their teens succeed in high school, college, and life beyond school. Marie’s background includes over 20 years of marketing and business development at companies such as McKinsey and American Express. Marie holds a B.S. from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.


Gretchen Ki Steidle, M.B.A.; Founder and President, Global Grassroots and the Conscious Social Change Initiative

Gretchen Ki Steidle is a leader, activist, filmmaker, author, and healer. Gretchen is the founder and leader of Global Grassroots and the Conscious Social Change Initiative, where she has delivered breath-based resilience training and trauma healing to a range of individuals globally. This includes Rwanda genocide survivors, Haiti earthquake survivors and first responders, Hurricane Katrina survivors, university activists, and mental health and healthcare professionals. Gretchen is a producer of a three-time Emmy®-nominated documentary film, and has co-authored a memoir of her brother’s tenure as a military observer in Darfur, Sudan. She has been recognized as one of World Business Magazine’s Global 35 Under 35, one of New Hampshire Magazine’s seven Remarkable Women of the World, and as a CNN Hero for her work in Haiti after the earthquake. Gretchen was also awarded the inaugural Susan J. Herman Award for Leadership in Holocaust and Genocide Awareness by the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies at Keene State College. Her newest book, Leading from Within: Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation, was published in 2017 by MIT Press. Gretchen holds a B.A. in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School at Dartmouth College, where she co-founded what is now Tuck’s Center for Business and Society.


Barbara Selwyn, M.C.P.; Executive Director, Cambridge at Home

Barbara Selwyn is the Executive Director at Cambridge at Home, a nonprofit, aging-in-community village, which provides programs, services, and professional staff to help residents with the everyday challenges related to the transitions of aging. Her 35-plus years of leadership experience in the nonprofit sector include working as the Director of Marketing and Community Outreach at Hebrew SeniorLife’s Orchard Cove, Director of Admissions and Enrollment at Hebrew College in Newton, and previous directorships at the Massachusetts Health Council and Brandeis University. Barbara holds a B.S. from Cornell University and an M.C.P. in Urban Studies and Planning from MIT.


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