MAPP 2006

Dana Arakawa
Originally from Honolulu, Hawaii, Dana is currently a doctoral student in social psychology at the University of Hawaii, studying cross-cultural love, sex, and emotions with her advisor, Elaine Hatfield. Before beginning her current Ph.D. studies, Dana obtained her MAPP degree and then spent a year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In Buenos Aires, she taught positive psychology through the funding of a Rotary Ambassadorial scholarship. Prior to the MAPP program, Dana received her B.S. in Foreign Service from Georgetown University, where she majored in International Economics with a concentration in finance and commerce.

Thomas Atterstam
Björn (Thomas) Atterstam is a facilitator, writer and speaker focused on leadership and personal development in a VUCA (Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, Ambiguous) world. A native of Sweden, Björn has earlier been a senior executive at an international financial services organization, a lead consultant for one of the large global management consultancies and a performance artist at Tate Modern in London. A good day for Björn is when he has helped individuals in organizations think more deeply about themselves and their world so that they have discovered more alternatives for action and are able to make wiser choices…or had ice cream.

Kathryn Britton
ACC, former software engineer, is a coach working with professionals to increase well-being, energy, and meaning (Theano Coaching LLC). She is a founding member of the Collaboration for Positive Psychology in Project Management (CAPP-PM) and teaches positive workplace concepts at the University of Maryland. She is a member of two consulting consortia, Nelson Hart and Minds That Work. She is also the associate editor and regular contributor to Positive Psychology News Daily, as well as co-editor of the PPND books, Resilience: How to Navigate Life’s Curves and Gratitude: How to Appreciate Life's Gifts. With Marie-Josée Shaar, she co-authored Smarts and Stamina: The Busy Person's Guide to Optimal Health and Performance.

Sulynn Choong
Sulynn works creatively with CEOs to develop positive leadership and build creative productive workplaces. She deftly combines the science of positive psychology with three decades of corporate and international consulting experience to provide positive change consulting and executive coaching services. She thrives on introducing PP in a variety of contexts to promote awareness and practical application of positive psychology for everyday flourishing. Sulynn founded the Asian Centre for Applied Positive Psychology (ACAPP). She actively and enthusiastically speaks, teaches, writes, and shares broadly on the whys and hows of living a good life, as well as specifically and expertly on strength-based leadership and living. Sulynn contributes regularly to HR Matters, Positive Psychology News Daily, and VoiceNet Asia.

Amanda Conley

Margaret Dukes
Margaret has an MBA and has held management positions in financial services, wholesale distribution, and consumer products industries. She maintains certification as a Project Management Professional (PMP) and strives to create collaborative work environments fostering teamwork through recognition of strengths. She is a member of the National Career Development Association (NCDA) and is currently taking a hybrid distance learning course at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to be a Career Development Facilitator.

Sherri Fisher
Sherri Fisher, MAPP, MEd, Director of Learn & Flourish LLC, is a leader in the field of positive education. An education management consultant and coach, workshop facilitator/speaker and author, Sherri utilizes her POS-EDGE Model which incorporates research-based findings from fields like strengths psychology and behavioral economics into positive, personalized, best-practice strategies for learning, parenting, and work. Sherri is the first learning specialist in the world to have UPenn’s MAPP degree. She has written over 50 articles and contributed to two collections for Positive Psychology News and is co-author of the popular positive education book SMART Strengths: Building Character, Resilience and Relationships in Youth.

Margaret Greenberg
Margaret invested the first fifteen years of her career in Human Resources. In 1997 she formed The Greenberg, an organizational development consulting practice. For more than a dozen years now she has been coaching executives and their teams using a strengths-based approach. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) trained in the co-active coaching methodology. Margaret’s Capstone study, “Optimistic Managers and Their Influence on Productivity and Employee Engagement in a Technology Organization”, was published in the International Coaching Psychology Review. Highlights from her study were also published in the Gallup Management Journal. Margaret is a regular business contributor to Positive Psychology News Daily and is co-authoring a book with fellow MAPP alumnus Senia Maymin. Margaret was a founding officer of the MAPP Alumni.

Nicholas Hall
Nicholas Hall, MAPP is the manager of the Stanford University Graduate School of Business Behavioral Lab. His research interests focus on positive emotion, worker satisfaction, and character strengths. He has published in the Journal of Organizational Behavior. He does HR consulting on worker satisfaction and engagement, and sits on the strategic advisory board of Omnis Risk Management Tools.

Jen Hausmann
Jen currently works as a project and communications manager for David’s Bridal, a nationwide retail chain of bridal and special occasion apparel located outside of Philadelphia. She is in the process of creating a new role at her company concentrating on associate development using a strengths-based approach. Introducing practical applications of positive psychology into a corporate retail environment is also one of her primary interests. Previously, she has held positions in retail management, buying, product development and public relations. Jen has also received undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Communications from the University of Pennsylvania.

Amanda Hoffman

Emma Judge
Emma is the founder of Positive Organizations and is applying the principles of Positive Psychology to the world of work through coaching, leadership development, and links with academia. She has a particular interest in Strengths Based Leadership, Values Led Authenticity and Positive Resilience. Previously, she was an HR professional and consultant. Emma is also the co-founder of How To Thrive - a non-profit organization focused on life skills for children, families, leaders and communities in the UK. The first major program is the development of resilience skills for teachers and pupils through the Penn Resilience Program.

Yukie Kamiya Tanaka
Yukie served as an HR specialist/Recruiter in a venture HR consulting firm in Japan for 3 years after finishing MAPP. She moved back to the U.S. in 2009 as a married woman and currently lives in Boston doing HR consulting & recruiting, Positive-Psychology translation, etc. Yukie received her BA from Soka University of America in Orange County and majored in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Social Behavioral Science.

Sasha Lewis Heinz
Sasha is a doctoral student in developmental psychology at Columbia University where she studies childhood and adolescent risk and resilience. In addition to her work at Columbia, Sasha is a Director of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, The Heinz Endowments, and Sweetriot. In 2007, she co-founded the Hudson Street Salon, a speakers series for women in New York: Sasha received her B.A. in anthropology from Harvard and her MAPP at U Penn.

Senia Maymin
Senia is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of Positive Psychology News Daily, a 25+ author daily news site about the latest research and applications of positive psychology. Senia works with individuals and companies to bring positive psychology tools to businesses. Senia has a background in entrepreneurship (past President of two high-tech start-ups) and finance (Morgan Stanley, hedge fund). She completed her AB in Mathematics and Economics at Harvard University, her MBA at Stanford University, and her MAPP at U Penn.

Caroline Adams Miller
Caroline is a performance coach, author and motivational speaker whose clients span the world. Her sixth book, Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009) is an outgrowth of her MAPP capstone project, and is the first mass market, self-help book to bring an evidence-based approach to the connection between flourishing and goal accomplishment. Caroline is regularly featured in the media and has appeared on over 100 radio and television shows in the last twenty years, as well as on the covers of newspapers and magazines. She was the first applied positive psychologist on satellite radio (XM radio), is creating an iphone app on goals and happiness, and she teaches “Coaching and Positive Psychology” at the University of Texas School of Organizational Management. Contact her at:

Peter Minich
Peter, MD, PhD, MAPP, is a surgeon, author, educator, and physician coach. In addition to his medical training, he was awarded a doctorate with distinction in organizational leadership from Vanderbilt University. He has co-published, Sick Patients Sicker System, How Clinician Leaders Become System Healers with Terrence Deal. In addition to his surgical practice he lectures extensively on leadership and positive psychology. He is currently working on his second book, which provides a positive practical approach to influencing organizations. His life’s mission is to improve the quality of care delivered in hospitals. Visit

Shawna Mitchell Sisler
Shawna is currently at UCSF pursuing her degree as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner and serving as a 2011-2012 US Albert Schweitzer Fellow. A long-time community worker, she is the Founder/Director of SF Empower (, a harm reduction program with a distinct focus on preventing of cardiovascular complications in homeless and transitionally-housed population. Shawna received her undergraduate degree at the College of William and Mary, and went on to receive two Masters in the field of psychology, one from Penn and one from Santa Clara Univ.

Alma-Jean (A J) Trave Monteverde
AJ is a consultant and educator. She earned an MS and PhD from the University of Illinois and a BS from Drexel University in Philadelphia. Her focus is on programs that improve the quality of life for individuals, families, consumers, and organizations. AJ is also on the board of directors of the National Organization of Italian-American Women (NOIAW). Her background includes working in financial planning, teaching, government, and community service.

Giselle Nicholson
Giselle works at Blue Garnet Associates as a strategic consulting analyst to help organizations increase their social impact. Currently, Giselle is conducting research to develop an impact assessment model on how microfinance loans impact the well-being of micro-entrepreneurs in developing countries. Recently she has also started business planning for a small social enterprise. Giselle received her BA from New York University in psychology and sociology, studied international financial management and Chinese law in Shanghai, and Renaissance art history in Florence. Her areas of interest include economics and happiness, social innovation, sustainable development, work engagement, leadership, and coaching.

Gloria Park Perin
Dr. Park-Perin is the founder of Leap! Laboratory (formerly, a firm dedicated to expanding the fields of performance and positive psychology through continuing education and mentorship opportunities, connecting practitioners with technology enhanced learning platforms, and providing consulting services to individuals and organizations. Gloria received a doctorate in Kinesiology with a specialization in Exercise and Sport Psychology from Temple University, a MAPP degree from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor's degree in Psychology and Philosophy from Villanova University, and was a competitive figure skater for over 14 years. She has served as an assistant instructor in the MAPP program for 5 years and is currently a member of the team delivering resilience training to the US Army under the direction of Dr. Karen Reivich. Email:

Gordon Parry
Gordon’s career in Human Resources spans twenty years with roles in all functional disciplines of HR at the business unit and corporate level. His educational background includes a Bachelor’s degree in Personnel Administration, Master in Business Administration, and MAPP from U Penn. Additionally, he holds professional certifications in Human Resources, Compensation, and Benefits. Gordon currently serves as Senior Vice President of Talent Development for a global Fortune 500 firm with 29,000 employees in 42 countries. His key area of interest is aligning unique individual and group strengths with the needs of the organization facilitating movement along the continuum of job, career and calling resulting in enhanced engagement and performance.

David J. Pollay
David J. Pollay is on a mission to increase success, happiness, and civility at work, at home, and in our communities. He is the creator and author of the international phenomenon The Law of the Garbage Truck, published by Sterling Publishing. Portions of the book have been translated into more than 50 languages, and the book itself has been translated into 12 languages. David’s The Law of the Garbage Truck™ and Happiness-based Leadership™ programs are increasing employee engagement and productivity in companies around the world. David is a founding associate executive director of the International Positive Psychology Association. He has held leadership positions at Yahoo!, MasterCard, Global Payments, and AIESEC. David is a syndicated columnist, popular blogger, and an internationally sought-after speaker and seminar leader whose work has been featured on NPR, ABC television, Univision, BusinessWeek, The Baltimore Sun, Business Digest, the Florida Sun Sentinel, The Chicago Tribune, and The Los Angeles Times. David holds a master’s degree of applied positive psychology (M.A.P.P.) from the University of Pennsylvania, and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Yale University. Contact:

David Shearon
In addition to his MAPP degree, David N. Shearon has a J.D. from the University of Virginia and a B.S. in Communications from the University of Tennessee. Dave administers the mandatory continuing legal education and other Supreme Court programs in Tennessee and has served on the Board of Education for Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. He is focusing on applying positive psychology to attorney well-being and K-12 education. Dave also works with John Yeager and Sherri Fisher on conducting Broadening and Building Positive Emotions and Character workshops for school facilities.

Jordan Silberman
Jordan began his career as a pianist, and studied at the Eastman School of Music. Since changing paths in 2002, he has presented lecture-recitals on music cognition research; authored and co-authored articles on healthcare communication, psychology, and proteomics; presented research at conferences; patented a fundraising method; and completed two marathons. Currently, Jordan is in medical school at the University of Rochester and is exploring the stories of physiology and the modifiable causes of biopsychosocial wellness.

Angus Skinner
Angus is back in his beautiful and beloved Scotland where he is a visiting Professor at Strathclyde University but mainly works to introduce PP across the system, which he does mainly through working with non-for-profits, through writing and some consultancy.

Yakov Smirnoff
Yakov is teaching a course at University of Missouri called “Happily Ever Laughter.” He is also writing a column for AARP Magazine, the magazine with the largest readership in the world – 38 million readers. The column is called “Happily Ever Laughter” as well. People write in and ask Yakov questions, which he answers and gives them advice. He is also writing a book entitled, The Age of Enlaughterment.

Diana Stratigakis
Diana is a health coach for Whole Health Management. She is delivering wellness programs and coaching employees around changing health behavior. Diana is also working on starting her own coaching and training business. She has a psychology degree from George Washington University, and has worked as the Clinical Research Coordinator for the SELF Study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, as well as the Resource Coordinator for the Division of Adolescent Medicine at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Douglas B. Turner
Doug is the Vice President of Human Resources for the North Region of Balfour Beatty Construction. Doug oversees all aspects of human resources including: leadership, management, employee training and development, team development, employee recruitment and retention, employee relations, and compliance. Doug holds a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, a master’s degree in management from National-Louis University, and a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications from Brigham Young University.

Miriam Ufberg
Miriam is the manager at Yoga Works in New York City, which is part of the first national family of studios. She is a registered yoga instructor with a focus on scoliosis and spinal fusions. Mimi completed her BS in Marketing from the University of Maryland and worked for 5 years as an Advertising Executive for clients such as Volvo, British Airways and the Financial Times. She completed her MAPP where she focused on positive organizational development, leadership authenticity and the role of meaning in life and character strengths for emerging adults.

Louis Wray

John M. Yeager
John, Ed.D, MAPP is Director of the Center for Character Excellence at The Culver Academies in Culver, Indiana. Prior to joining Culver, he was on faculty at Boston University and an associate scholar in BU’s Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character. John consults with schools on the inclusion of character education in academic, leadership and athletic programs through his collaboration with Dave Shearon, and Sherri Fisher in Flourishing Schools, an organization that integrates best practices in education with cutting edge positive psychology research. John’s research focuses on the relationship between character strengths and well-being in adolescents and adults. He is the author/co-author of Character and Coaching – Building Virtue in Athletic Programs, and Our Game: The Character and Culture of Lacrosse.

Juan Humberto Young

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