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LIVE INTERVIEWS: THE CONSCIOUS CONSULTANT HOUR
A consultant, educator, executive mentor, international retreat leader, and author,
Barbara Benjamin is currently the Director of the Center for Christ Conscious Leadership.
Previously, from 1990 until 2010, she was the Director of Intuitive Discovery.
In that capacity, she designed and facilitated programs in leadership, human resources,
innovation, and creative and spiritual development for Fortune 500 companies, non-
Ms. Benjamin has also designed, directed, and instructed graduate distance learning
programs in leadership for the School of Business at Mercy College. In 2005, she
won the annual, national Sloan-
In 1998, Ms. Benjamin codirected The Third Millennium Leadership Assembly in Campobello, New Brunswick, Canada.
Earlier in her career, Ms. Benjamin served as a Director of Pupil Personnel Services and Assistant Superintendent of Schools in Connecticut and was an active member of local, state and federal committees for education and mental health reform.
Ms. Benjamin’s publications include Christ Conscious Leadership, Leadership in the Interactive Age: A Skills Development Workbook and the accompanying CDs, The Leadership Lecture Series, The Joshua Priest: A Biography of Faith, and A Prayer Guide to St. Teresa of Avila’s “Interior Castle.” Her most recent volume of poetry, Face to Face, was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Ms. Benjamin holds an undergraduate degree in English and Education, a Master of Arts degree in English, and has pursued doctoral studies in Education and Psychology at New York University.
Hollace L. Bristol is currently a senior evaluation specialist for Professional Evaluation
and Assessment Consultants in Flagstaff, AZ, serving as external evaluator on federally-
Her previous positions include Associate Superintendent of Schools for Coconino County,
AZ, professor of mathematics at the community college level, and an adjunct faculty
member at the university level teaching education, experiential education, and organizational
leadership. She has designed and facilitated numerous adventure-
Miguel Carvalho, currently the Press and Public Relations Manager in New York for the Portuguese National Tourist Office, has extensive experience in creating and executing integrated marketing communication plans, including social networking and online reputation management, public relations, building collaborative teams, and training and mentoring team members.
Mr. Carvalho also provides consulting services to various small businesses, developing strategic marketing plans for expanding their exposure through traditional and online channels, including Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, where he assisted the Vice President of Marketing in planning the launch of a new drug into the marketplace.
Previously, Mr. Carvalho was the Area Sales Manager for TAP Air Portugal in Newark, New Jersey, where he was responsible for selling and promoting airline services to major existing and potential clients within Manhattan and Northern New Jersey.
Before moving to the United States, Mr. Carvalho was the International Cargo Sales Manager for TAP, responsible for international cargo sales and daily administrative operations, including managing and supervising the TAP cargo sales force in over fifteen countries. He worked closely with the Cargo Director, CEO, and business managers to develop and implement a variety of corporate strategies for growth, cost reduction, and business analysis.
Mr. Carvalho holds both a graduate and undergraduate degree in Management and Business Administration from Universidade Catolica Portuguesa’s Business School in Lisbon, Portugal, and a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College, in Dobbs Ferry, New York. He is fluent in English, Portuguese, French, and Spanish and has traveled widely across the world, especially in Europe where he maintains strong ties.
Reverend Troy DeCohen is currently the Senior Pastor of the Mount Vernon Heights Congregational Church (UCC), where he has served since September of 2000. He has also served in the United Church of Christ since 1998, where he received privilege by the Rev. Dr. John Blackwell, Regional Conference Minister for the Metro Conference.
Reverend DeCohen was called to the ministry in 1988. He was the founder of Life Changing Out Reach Ministry, Jersey City, New Jersey, and the Assistant Pastor of St. Michaels Methodist Church under the leadership of The Reverend Dr. Ralph E. Brower.
Reverend DeCohen is currently also the President and CEO of the Visiting Development Care Group LLC, servicing the community with qualified companions and caregivers for short or long term goals. Specializing in dementia care, the Visiting Development Care Group staff is responding to the growing need for caregiver respite services and private care in homes, hospitals, and rehabilitaton facilities.
Reverend DeCohen has also worked as a Director of organizations in the fields of mental health, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS, and homelessness since 1992. Previously the Chief Officer of Operations for Help USA, Inc., he was the executive manager of all Transitional Housing Programs for the organization, including their Las Vegas, New York City, Buffalo, Philadelphia, and New Jersey operations. Under Reverend DeCohen’s leadership in 2008, HELP ONE was recognized by the New York City Department of Homeless Services (DHS) as one of the highest performing Tier II Family Shelters in The City of New York. HELP ONE received an award from New York City Commissioner Robert V. Hess for its achievement in placing more homeless families into permanent housing under the Work Advantage Program.
Among his many accomplishments, he worked with the Urban League of Hudson County Inc., for quality of life improvements, Elnora Watson President and CEO, and with The Reverend Dr. Calvin Butts on the Jubilee Project and on the national project, Plantation to Prisons.
Reverend DeCohen is currently a member of the United Black Clergy of Westchester,
and a member of the Mount Vernon Hospital Board of Trustees and the Mount Vernon
Heights Community Development Corporation. He is also one of the Co-
Reverend DeCohen received a Masters of Arts in Religion and Religious Education from Fordham University where he is currently a doctoral candidate in Ministry. Has also holds a Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College; a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and Religious Studies from the College of New Rochelle; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Biblical Studies from Jameson Christian College. He has also studied at Regent University, School of Leadership Studies.
Reverend DeCohen has also completed studies at Morristown Community College in Alcohol and Substance Abuse, at the State of New Jersey Division of Alcohol Abuse, and at Hunter College School of Social Work, Center for Healthy Aging.
In 2009, Reverend DeCohen received a Proclamation by the Westchester County Legislator
Lyndon Williams for Community Service, as well as awards of Achievement from the
City of Mount Vernon, City Council, and from the Mayor’s office under Mayor Ernest
Delia M. Farquharson is a coach, teacher, and licensed clinical social worker who presently works as a community mental health provider at a clinic in Mount Vernon, NY. In that capacity, she provides services to individuals and families, working to identify goals and learning strategies to resolve conflict, with the object of improving their lives.
Ms. Farquharson has worked in various capacities as a social worker, including in the field of foster care with children removed from their homes, and with seniors in a geriatric care facility. She is also a Certified Trauma Specialist and is experienced in helping individuals manage trauma, grief, and loss.
Ms. Farquharson also hosts her own online radio talk show, Discussions with Delia, on http://www.blogtalkradio.com/discussionswithdelia. On her program, she encourages listeners to discover the connections between their thoughts, feelings, and actions, and identify strategies for becoming their better selves.
Ms. Farquharson holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology and a master’s degree in Social Work from Columbia University.
Susan Freedland is a licensed psychologist who has been in practice for more than thirty years in New York and Connecticut. In addition, Dr. Freedland has extensive experience in executive coaching, leadership development, and organizational consulting, nationally and internationally, in a wide variety of industries, including finance, pharmaceuticals, health care, professional services, telecommunications, technology, media, and consumer and luxury goods.
For the past ten years, Dr. Freedland has studied Qigong, Medical Qigong, Traditional Chinese Medicine, and Taoism with Master Nan Lu in the United States and with Grandmaster Xi Hua Xu from Yunan province in China. She has also been to Sri Narayani Peedam and Sri Puram in Thiramalaikodi, Tamil Nadu, India, to learn from Sri Shakti Narayani Amma. She has integrated the principles, theories, teachings, experiences, and wisdom from these Eastern traditions along with Western approaches into her psychotherapy and executive coaching work. Some of her work with individuals and organizations focuses on mindfulness and awareness, insight and intuition, energy and energy movements, oneness, service, and the relationship and balance of body, mind, and spirit.
Dr. Freedland is sought after as a guest lecturer on a variety of topics for community groups and professional organizations, as well as a consultant to the media. Some of the areas she addresses include stress management and transformation, creative problem solving, communication and listening, handling emotions during change, anxiety, depression, learning disabilities and ADD, and prejudice. She has presented programs based on Traditional Chinese Medicine, Qigong, and Medical Qigong for groups and organizations in the areas of weight loss, stress management, menopause, breast health, team building, and relationships.
Dr. Freedland holds a Bachelor of Arts from Pennsylvania State University and a MS and Ph.D. from Yeshiva University in psychology. She is also certified as a Medical Qigong and Life Force Practitioner. In addition, she has received training in executive coaching and assessment, and she has served on the board of the Penn State Executive and Professional Women’s Network. In conjunction with the Connecticut and American Psychological Associations, she worked on the Psychologically Healthy Workplace Award to help organizations create a better work environment for their employees. She is currently a member of the New York Human Resources People and Strategy organization and is an active member of the Medical Staff of Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut.
Christine E. Laurel is currently a freelance writer and the manager of media and
projects for the Community Caring Collaborative, a network of organizations and individuals
in rural Maine working to improve the lives of at-
Ms. Laurel recently served as the first executive director of the Development Authority in Washington County, Maine, assisting the Board of Trustees in promoting economic development in the area. Her executive duties included establishing a presence for the Authority by creating a website and other marketing strategies and networking with community agencies, chambers, and business leaders.
As a freelance writer, Ms. Laurel’s writing assignments have included script writing for MTV Networks, and, more recently, traveling throughout Washington County to cover events of interest to the community for one of the weekly newspapers, the Machias Valley News Observer. Concerned with alternative energy projects in the area, she wrote a series of articles on sustainability for the paper.
Ms. Laurel also develops and instructs programs in adult education, teaching courses
in New Testament scriptural passages as a guide to ethical decision-
Earlier in her career, Ms. Laurel also worked as a volunteer for the multi-
In addition to her extensive administrative experience in the legal and medical research fields, Ms. Laurel has also been the manager of a mail order catalog company highlighting locally made products in Machias, Maine.
Ms. Laurel holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Celtic Studies from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and a Master of Theological Studies degree from Boston University. She has also studied at the Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Austin, Texas.
John Lanczycki is currently the Managing Director of Value Engineering, providing management consulting, coaching, mentoring, and training to business and industrial clients who seek to reduce failure costs, error rates, and cycle times to ensure sustainability and profitability. He is also a member of the MBA adjunct faculty at American International College in Springfield, Massachusetts, where he teaches a course in Operations Management, covering topics of organizational development, organizational behavior, purchasing, logistics, statistics/quantitative methods, production management, and quality management.
Mr. Lanczycki began his career as an Organic Chemist, managing organic chemical reactions to synthesize amino acid derivatives for cancer research. Subsequently, he held positions as a member of the Technical Staff at GTE Laboratories, Waltham, Massachusetts, and as a Senior Industrial/Quality Engineer at Union Carbide, advancing into senior management levels as the Director of Quality Control at Display Technologies, College Point, New York, with leadership responsibilities over multiple U.S. plants, plus operations in Mexico, England, and Canada.
For the past twenty-
In addition, he has customized training for clients and established a curriculum for quality certification at Quinsigamond Community College in Worcester, Massachusetts.
Trained to perform audits in compliance with the Connecticut Award for Excellence
and Baldridge Assessments, Mr. Lanczycki is a Senior Member of the American Quality
Society (ASQ) and has been chairman of the Danbury, Connecticut, chapter of ASQ.
He has also presented at the national conference and at regional dinner meetings.
He currently serves the ASQ by reviewing technical books and other publications
and performing business quality audits in compliance with ISO-
Mr. Lanczycki holds an undergraduate degree from St. Anselm College, where he majored in Biology and Chemistry, and a graduate degree in Business Administration from Rivier College. He has also done doctoral studies in management systems at the University of New Haven.
Benjamin A. Manyindo is a consultant, educator, and administrator with several years of experience in Management Consulting and as an International Trade Specialist.
Mr. Manyindo is currently an Assistant Professor of Business and Chair of the Organizational Leadership and Management programs at Mercy College in New York. In this capacity, he develops and evaluates curriculum, hires, supervises, and trains staff, and recruits, instructs, and mentors students in the graduate leadership program.
Before joining Mercy College, Mr. Manyindo was a Partner at Equator Global Links
(EGL) International Inc., a consulting firm that specializes in economic development,
technology transfer, and international business development. Prior to joining EGL,
Mr. Manyindo served as Director of International Affairs at the Ronald H. Brown Foundation
where he worked with small, medium, and minority-
Most recently, Mr. Manyindo has served as Strategic Advisor for SYOPTICS NETWORKS, where he is responsible for investor relations and forging strategic relationships.
A Ugandan national, Mr. Manyindo has traveled widely across five continents and has lived in East, Central, and Southern Africa, where he maintains strong business and political ties. He holds degrees in International Relations, Economics, and Organizational Leadership.
Bill Williams currently teaches and mentors students in the art of jujutsu. Certified as a Defensive Tactics Instructor by the F.B.I. and a graduate from their Officer’s Survival School, Mr. Willams also provides instruction in defensive tactics for law enforcement officers and teaches classes in self-defense and awareness in his community, Camano Island, Washington.
A retired Detective Sergeant from the New York City Police Department, with twenty years of service, Mr. Williams was assigned to the Intelligence Division, supervising counter terrorism investigations. He was a first responder on 9/11 and, subsequently, supervised a joint FBI/NYPD task force that investigated the attacks on the World Trade Center. He has received several hundred departmental and community awards during his career with the NYPD, including the Medal for Valor, when he was injured in a gun battle with four armed adversaries.
Mr. Williams began his training in the martial arts of Karate and Jujutsu in 1982. He currently holds the grade of 4th Degree Black Belt in Sosuishi-ryu Jujutsu, and a 5th Degree Black Belt, and the title of Renshi, in Okinawan Isshin-ryu Karate-do. He has traveled to Okinawa and Fukuoka, Japan, to train in both disciplines.
In 2005, Mr. Williams completed the senbondori (test of 1000 points) after a six-hour test of physical stamina, will power, and spirit. A challenger must face a group of opponents called “yoseko,” throwing down one another 1,000 times, a very strenuous task. Only black belts are permitted to attempt this test of sheer endurance. There is no concept of winning or losing in senbondori. The only goal is to complete the test. Since its beginning in 1868, only 354 people in Japan have achieved this goal.
Mr Williams has appeared regularly as a featured guest on local and nationally syndicated talk shows. He has earned an undergraduate degree in Humanities/Police Science from SUNY Empire State and holds a graduate degree in Organizational Leadership from Mercy College.