MAPP 2009

Jenny Anderson
Jenny Anderson, MAPP, is a faculty member at the University of Delaware where she teaches courses and seminars in Positive Psychology. She recently published an anthology of Positive Psychology. This anthology stems from her capstone project in the University of Pennsylvania’s Masters in Applied Positive Psychology program. She is preparing to apply to Ph.D. programs so that she may implement her own research projects to further the field of positive psychology.

Kol Birke
Kol is a financial behavior specialist at Commonwealth Financial Network®, member FINRA/SIPC, a registered investment advisor, in Waltham, Mass. At Commonwealth, Kol helps advisors make financial planning easier and more effective by lowering psychological and behavioral roadblocks that often get in clients’ way—in essence, aligning their actions with their goals.

David Bonner
Dave is a professional educator who is focused on developing programming and opportunities that empower students and prepare them to flourish. He is currently in his fifth year as the Director of College Counseling at King, a Pre-K through 12 Independent Day School in Stamford, Connecticut. Before King, Dave was the Associate Director of College Counseling and Head Football Coach at the Taft School where he moved after nine years as a Teacher, Coach, Advisor, Dorm Parent, and College Counselor at Vermont Academy. Dave is currently incorporating the lessons of his Master of Applied Positive Psychology experience into his work. He is passionate about sharing his knowledge of positive psychology and positive education. He lives in Fairfield, Connecticut, with his wife and two daughters.

Dan Bowling
Dan Bowling teaches Well-being and the Practice of Law, and Labor and Employment law, at Duke Law School. Since graduation, he has also worked as an assistant instructor in the MAPP program with Martin Seligman, Chris Peterson, and James Pawelski, and is currently engaged in empirical research on lawyers and personality traits Additionally, Dan is Managing Director of Positive Workplace Solutions, LLC, a management and legal consulting firm specializing on the application of positive psychology in employment issues and law, and a practicing labor lawyer. Until 2006, Dan was Senior Vice-President of Human Resources for Coca-Cola Enterprises, Inc. In that role, Dan was responsible for all employment matters for a global work force of over 80,000 persons, including labor relations, compensation and benefits, and training and development. Dan is a 1980 graduate of Duke Law School, began his legal career in Atlanta, and eventually became partner in one its largest law firms. He speaks and publishes frequently on workplace and legal issues. Dan lives in Florida and Atlanta.

Behdad Bozorgnia

David Carter
David's primary focus is employing the findings of positive psychology to inspire greater environmental stewardship and sustainability. He recently published two papers. One, based on his capstone manuscript, is entitled "Recognizing the Role of Positive Emotions in Fostering Environmentally Responsible Behaviors" and was published in Ecopsychology. The other, "Earth Stewardship: A Strategy for Socio-Ecological Transformation to Reduce Planetary Degradation" was published in the Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences. David is also a guest contributor to popular blogs. Most recently, David worked with the President of the Ecological Society of America (ESA) to organize and convene symposia at the ESA's annual conference. These symposia brought together scholars in psychology, ecology, economics, and other disciplines to address human behavior and planetary stewardship. David also conducts semi-annual six week Agent of Change workshops with the Center for Earth Leadership.

Katie Curran

Bobby Dauman
By utilizing the synergy of Bobby’s current PhD studies on Play in Organizations, his MAPP training and degree, the experience as the former #1 Land/Range Rover salesperson and manager worldwide and extensive therapy and coaching training Bobby evolved into a personal and professional “Passion, Purpose, Play and Profit” coach, consultant, trainer, and facilitator serving clients worldwide. Over the last 25 years through continual research, study, travel and application Bobby uncovered many powerful, unique methods to successfully encourage his clients to create ever-more energy, empowerment, enthusiasm and excellence in their lives, businesses and institutions. As president of Bobby Dauman, Inc. Bobby continues to work with some of the top salespeople, executives, entrepreneurs and organizations in the world to “Achieve Success and Fulfillment without Selling their Soul.” Bobby completed his BA in psychology, graduating Summa Cum Laude, from the University of Pennsylvania in 1992, completed his MAPP from the University of Pennsylvania in 2009, and served as the president of the MAPP Alumni Association from 2010-2012. Bobby lives in Bridgehampton, NY and be contacted at

Chris DeSantis

Adoree Durayappah
Adoree is now a graduate student at Harvard University obtaining a Master degree studying Buddhist Ethics. Adoree co-founded Employ Insight, a technology start-up focused on improving employee engagement through the latest psychological research on workplace well-being, with fellow MAPP 2009 classmate Sean Glass. Prior to Employ Insight, Adoree worked in psychology research at the social psychology laboratory of Dr. Daniel Gilbert at Harvard University. She writes a blog, “Thriving101”, for Psychology Today and blogs frequently for the Huffington Post. She received her MBA from Pepperdine University and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Boston University with a dual degree in Philosophy and Television. She has spent several years as a new media specialist as a Television Producer, Director of Business Development for Animax Entertainment, and member of the Producers Guild of America. Adoree recently published an article in the Journal of Happiness Studies (PDF).

Teresa Duszlak

Nancy Eatough

Rebecca Fawns-Justeson

Sean Glass

Bob Griffith
Bob teaches psychology--with a special emphasis on Positive Psychology--at Nashoba Regional High School in Bolton, MA.

Danielle Hoffman

Susan Hwang
For thirteen years, Susan had a successful career in the financial information research industry. In her most recent roles at SNL Financial, a global market data & research company, Susan established the company's European & Asia-Pacific headquarters in London and then served as a member of SNL’s senior management team, running one of SNL's business units. Susan also has extensive training in hypnosis, holding the titles of master hypnotist and certified hypnotherapist. By marrying the empirical research on hypnosis and positive psychology with her professional experience, Susan helps organizations and individuals effect change and flourishing. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia where she was an Echols Scholar.

Louisa Jewell
Louisa Jewell is President of Positive Matters and a Consultant, Facilitator and Speaker with over 16 years of experience working with organizations and leaders to create positive, high performing workplaces. Her ground-breaking Positive Leadership series of workshops are designed improve performance while promoting higher levels of employee well-being. Louisa's expertise is in leadership development, team building and strengths-based performance management. She leads the Positive Psychology Think Tank which is one of the largest positive psychology practitioner groups in North America and is founder of the Canadian Positive Psychology Association. Louisa also co-hosts a weekly radio show called CareerBuzz on CIUT.FM where she interviews a wide range of interesting guests on the topic of 'energizing organizations'. Louisa would love to hear from you at

Adrienne Keane
Adrienne is a program manager at Cisco Systems, leading global initiatives focused on increasing employee engagement. She is striving to combine 20 years of technology, operations and employee development project management experience with positive psychology methods to design and deliver workshops that cultivate positive project leaders and teams. She has a passion for helping high achieving individuals find happiness and career fulfillment by aligning their work with their vision, purpose, passions and strengths.

Rosemarie Kobau
Rosemarie Kobau is a public health advisor in the Division of Adult and Community Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. She leads prevention research on epilepsy self-management (see:, and conducts research on stigma associated with epilepsy and with mental illness. She also works with the CDC Health-Related Quality of Life (HRQOL) Program on epidemiologic studies of HRQOL and well-being in the U.S. population. She plans on applying methods from positive psychology for mental health promotion interventions, and for measuring population well-being.

Taina Laane
Taina Laane is a Positive Psychology Coach and published author from Finland. She works in her own company Positive Planet and does coaching, training, consulting and psychotherapy based on the solution focused approach and the appreciative inquiry. She also does mindfulness training for groups and individuals. You can contact Taina at

Ebbe Lavendt
Ebbe Lavendt is an authorized psychologist, who is presently doing his PhD on positive psychology coaching at the Institute of Coaching, Harvard Medical School. The last seven years Ebbe has been working as a self-employed organizational psychologist focusing on positive psychology, evidence-based coaching, personal development, work-life balance and stress. See his website for a portal with links to positive psychology videos, radio programs, recordings of lectures, audiobooks, etc. You can contact Ebbe on or +4540444366.

John Leifer
As a strategist, tactician, operational leader and teacher, John Leifer has excelled at helping organizations anticipate and adapt to the many changes that have occurred within health care over the past three decades. His broad consulting experience includes clients ranging from national health systems to pharmaceutical firms to state government and runs the gamut of major constituents comprising the care delivery and financing system. Leifer has also served as a senior executive within major health care organizations -- most recently at Saint Luke's Health System ((a 10-hospital, Baldrige-award-winning system in the Midwest), where he served as the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Marketing. In 2012, eager to once again work with numerous institutions facing complex challenges, Leifer returned to the firm he had founded three decades ago. In addition to consulting, John has contracted to write a book examining the core roots of dysfunction within our health care system.

Angie LeVan
Angie LeVan is a resilience coach, speaker and writer, dedicated to helping you thrive: through challenge, toward change, and via the good life. Angie also serves as part of a training team that instructs non-commissioned officers of the United States Army on how to cultivate greater resiliency. Additionally, Angie is featured on as a blogger on the topic of resilience, has more than 7 years of marketing experience and has previously worked in academic research at the University of Pennsylvania. The dynamic fusion of her real-life experience, diverse professional background and unique education is validation that Angie LeVan is your go-to gal for thriving! For more information, please visit

Chris Maxwell
Chris Maxwell teaches the foundation undergraduate Management course at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also directs Wharton Leadership Ventures for the undergraduate division, and has created a wide variety of experiential leadership development programs with social impact including expeditions to the Rockies, Mexico, Chilean Patagonia, and Iceland. He is especially interested in aligning his work and teaching with principles of positive psychology. Before coming to Wharton in 1999, Chris spent 20 years in the health care industry, serving as executive vice president of a community teaching hospital, vice president of a health care research firm, and as a consultant to mental health organizations. He holds a PhD from Penn State.

Jeremy McCarthy
Jeremy McCarthy is the Director of Global Spa Operations and Development at Starwood Hotels where he is responsible for spa development for all of Starwood’s hotel brands including the rollout of the uplifting Heavenly Spa brand, now in over 25 locations worldwide. Jeremy has been opening and operating spas at luxury resort locations for over 20 years, and is interested in applications of positive psychology in wellness and hospitality. Jeremy McCarthy is the former Vice Chairman of the International Spa Association, and is a regular contributing author for several spa industry books and magazines as well as his own blog,

Michelle McQuaid
Michelle McQuaid is a keen student of what it takes to thrive in love, work and play. She is a principal with PwC in Australia, where she has had the privilege of working with Martin Seligman, David Cooperrider, Carol Dweck and Tal Ben Shar to apply insights from positive psychology, neuroscience and behavioural economics to find out what it takes to create thriving brands, cultures and organizational change. Michelle has held global roles for PwC in both New York and London, helped IBM bring their brand to life in Australia, rode the dot com wave of start ups and was the youngest GM ever appointed to run a PR agency for one of the world's largest advertising houses. In between work Michelle volunteers her time to Reach, a non-profit organization that builds self-belief in teenagers.

Primrose Oteng

Gabe Paoletti
Gabe Paoletti graduated from Saint Joseph’s University with a double major in Economics and Philosophy, graduating first in his class in each respective major. He received his Master’s in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and is currently working with Penn as a trainer in the resilience-training program with the U.S. Army. Gabe is the CEO of, which offers positive psychology and resilience retreats for students preparing to enter college, high school, or middle school. They also create teambuilding retreats for various sports teams and clubs. In addition, they offer life-coaching services to college students to enable them to make the most of their collegiate experience as well as coaching young professionals to attain a rewarding and productive career while balancing various life pressures and challenges. Gabe is also a school administrator, where he runs retreats and teaches a leadership course and an online career-prep course.

Shannon M Polly
Shannon is a corporate communications trainer, facilitator and coach in Washington, D.C. and the founder of Accentuate Consulting, LLC who applies positive psychology to leadership development. Shannon created a series of workshops on Positive Management and Change Management which she delivers in Canada and the U.S. Shannon facilitates resilience training for the U.S. Army and has been an assistant instructor in the MAPP program. She is a contributor to the book, Positive Psychology at Work (Wiley, March 2011). In addition, Shannon translates her experience as a professional actor to teaching presentation skills and executive presence. She completed her B.A. with honors at Yale University, her graduate degree at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and her MAPP at the University of Pennsylvania.

Candice Reed
Candice Reed currently serves as Vice President and Corporate Counsel for Ceridian Corporation. In addition to practicing law, she works as a freelance consultant and coach for lawyers and law firms on issues relating to workplace engagement, professional development, and career satisfaction and transition ( Ms. Reed frequently delivers seminars and workshops to lawyers and corporate groups on how to use positive psychology concepts to re-engage in work, succeed professionally, and experience “the good life.” She also serves on the board of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Nashville, Tennessee and is a regular columnist for the Lawyers’ Association for Women monthly publication.

Steve Safigan
Steve believes personal coaches achieve transformative results through authentic connections with their clients. He graduated from MAPP in 2009 and earned his Certified Professional Coactive Coach (CPCC) designation in 2008. In addition to his own coaching practice, Steve founded four not-for-profit organizations that conduct personal growth seminars in the U.S. and Canada. He is currently a board member and large-group facilitator for Foundations Seminars ( These seminars present dozens of positive and other interventions over two intensive 3-day weekends for emotionally healthy adults who wish to create more happiness, meaning, and connection in their own lives. Steve was recently selected as an alumnus of the year by Mississippi College where he graduated in 1983.

Kurt Shuster
Kurt Shuster (MAPP.4) is cofounder and CEO of, a website that helps personal and business coaches attract new clients and track their goals, commitments, and coaching sessions. Kurt employs the tools and theories of positive psychology in his organization in a number of ways. Internally, he applies a strengths-based approach to coaching his employees and fostering a positive work environment. The noomii website also includes several coaching tools that incorporate various principles of positive psychology, including goal setting theory, positive affect, and more. Kurt is constantly thinking of new ways to include positive psychology theory and practice in the site’s features, and loves that he can spend his days combining his passion for of web technologies with his passion for the science of wellbeing.

Maria Silva-Baker

Dana Vellios
Dana Vellios is a Philadelphia area native with a bachelor degree in Communication Studies, as well as Psychology. She also holds a Master degree in Counseling and Human Relations from Villanova University, as well as her MAPP degree. During graduate school, Dana worked as a Therapeutic Staff Supporter (TSS), which worked on behavioral goals for children with autism, oppositional defiant disorder, and other diagnoses. Dana then made the transition into counseling, and has been an Elementary Guidance Counselor for four years. Dana is now currently working on integrating positive psychology into her individual, small group, and school wide counseling strategies. Dana’s future plans include integrating further developing her capstone of writing a developmentally appropriate guidance counselor curriculum in positive psychology and writing.

Susan Wais
Susan earned a Ph.D. in psychology from the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico. Prior to MAPP, Susan taught parenting workshops for the San Diego Public School District. Her capstone project incorporated relevant principles of positive psychology into a parenting workshop. This workshop now serves as a basis for five week workshops and/or one hour sessions that her company, Partners in Positive Change, offers companies and schools throughout the San Diego metropolitan area. Since graduating from MAPP Susan has taught five week workshops to parents in several public schools and a variety of one hour sessions to large corporations such as Qualcomm and UCSD.

Pete Worrell
Pete is CEO of The Bigelow Company, a private merchant bank founded in 1935, best known for welding together talent with access to capital exclusively for entrepreneur owner-managed businesses. For over twenty five years, he has employed strength based approaches to decision making in domains of risk. After finding MAPP (and with the help of his classmates), Pete has been bringing the dialogue between positive psychology and economics to the entrepreneurs that Bigelow works with. He earned an MBA from Babson College, and a B.A. from Saint Michael’s College which has also awarded him a Doctor of Jurisprudence honoris causa.

Bobby Yablunsky
Bobby Yablunsky is an investor and business advisor. His signature business strengths include guiding and counseling entrepreneurs through economic and life issues. He has a proven record over a fifteen-year time-period of successful investing, business development, brand creation, sales generation, and fund-raising at early and mid-stage companies. His industry expertise includes enterprise software, business services, digital media and web-based retailing. Bobby presently works as a Venture Partner at a multi-million dollar venture capital firm providing business advice as a board member or advisor to several profit and non-profit organizations. Based in the Philadelphia area, he earned his MAPP degree 2009, capstone topic was Combating Fear & Stress: Utilizing Interventions, Activities, and the Starfish Tale. E-mail:

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