FuelEd’s team brings together diverse expertise spanning the fields of education and psychology, all with a common passion for the power of relationships. Learn more about the people behind FuelEd – our trainers, counselors, and dedicated team members – working to transform outcomes for students by redefining educator preparation and support.
Megan holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, Megan studied under Dr. Louis Cozolino and served as the lead researcher for his book, The Social Neuroscience of Education. Megan then completed a Master’s degree in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard University, where she explored how to translate the elements of a therapists’ professional training to an educational setting. Her research with Dr. Cozolino and studies at Harvard combined to form the core beliefs that became the bedrock of FuelEd. Since 2012, Megan has passionately served the educational community as FuelEd’s CEO.
Hayley holds a PhD in Counseling from the University of North Texas, with a specialization in play therapy. She holds a master’s degree in Counseling and Development with a specialization in working with children and adolescents from Texas Woman’s University and a bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Education from the University of Texas in Austin. Hayley is a Licensed Professional Counselor and was a professor of counseling prior to joining FuelEd.
Sarah has over a decade of domestic and international experience evaluating education and youth development programs, leading strategic planning and implementing operational excellence at growing organizations. Prior to joining FuelEd Sarah worked as a consultant and coach developing and implementing training for change leaders, nonprofit practitioners, teachers, and school administrators in evaluation practices and building an evaluative work culture. Sarah is experienced in developing and managing innovative approaches to conducting evaluations, strengthening evaluative thinking, and leveraging leadership skills. Her unique approach draws from her academic background in Anthropology, Education, Public Policy, International Development, and Leadership coaching.
Kifferie holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling from St. Edwards University in Austin with a dual track focus for both Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She received her B.A. in Visual Art with a concentration in Metalsmithing and Jewelry and a minor in Psychology from the University of North Texas. Kifferie utilizes her creative vision and systemic approach to facilitate meaningful partnerships between uniquely aligned social service oriented organizations. Prior to coming on with FuelEd, Kifferie worked with several non-profit organizations to bring counseling into elementary schools, yoga to children, and education programming in Native cultures across the state of Texas.
Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Development from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the FuelEd team, Nicole worked in program development, and most recently, as a high school English and Composition teacher. Nicole’s diverse experience with various levels of education informs her support of empathetic and holistic classroom instruction.
Sharon holds an M.A. in Psychology from Houston Baptist University; an M.B.A. from Rice University, where she was recognized by the faculty as a Jones Scholar; and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, she maintains a private counseling practice where she serves a variety of clients who are seeking to grow and heal in diverse ways. In her work with clients, she has found it particularly helpful to apply the principles of person-centered and attachment theories, as well as the training she has received in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, as a Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator, and as a Birkman™ Consultant.
Bridget brings over 10 years of professional experience building relationships through program management and clinical leadership to FuelEd. Since receiving her BS in Psychology from the University of Houston and a MA in Counseling from St. Edward’s University, she has combined her clinical expertise and skills as a trainer to encourage individual and organizational growth.
Courtney holds a B.S. in Psychology from Texas Christian University and an M.S. in Counseling from Southern Methodist University and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern and Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor Intern in the state of Texas. She has experience working with adults and adolescents in community and school settings. In her practice, she draws upon attachment, Adlerian, and person-centered theories. She believes that people are social beings by nature and that through healthy and secure relationships, lasting and meaningful change is possible.
Sheryl is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She received her B.A. in Communications and Business and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology, both from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. She has worked with adults, children and adolescents in the private practice and non-profit counseling setting. She draws from person-centered and attachment theories in her clinical work. She believes that we are wired for connection and the need to be known. In addition, Sheryl works from the perspective that feeling safe and secure in a trusted therapeutic relationship is an essential component toward personal growth and healing.
Jenny is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She holds a B.A. in English Literature from Texas A&M University and an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Dallas Baptist University. She has experience counseling children and adults all over the world and has worked with elementary school teachers and students for the past year. Her practice is based on a person-centered, Rogerian orientation, and she believes that in the context of empathic, understanding relationships, people can change, heal, and thrive.
Corey received a BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University. She is currently pursuing an MA Counseling degree from Sam Houston State University. She has experience working with adults and children. She practices from a person-centered theory and believes that through empathic and accepting relationships, every individual can experience growth and healing.
Nancy is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Houston, and returned to UH to gain her M.Ed. in Counseling. Nancy views each person as having innate value, counsels using a person-centered approach, and believes that early relationships and experiences influence current problems. She believes that as people, we need to be seen and understood by those in whom we place our trust, thus she places a high priority on the relationship between client and counselor.
Ivette currently works as a Teen Outreach Program facilitator, providing social and emotional learning skills groups to 7th and 8th graders. Over the past 10 years she has actively intertwined her passions for both mental health services and education. Ivette has taught grades k-8 in diverse settings, such as private, charter, public, Montessori and Language Immersion schools. Ivette has also provided counseling services nationally and abroad to children, adolescents, and young adults. She attended Universidad de las Américas-Puebla in Mexico, where she received her B.Soc.Sc. in Psychology. Ivette obtained her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. Her counseling training and teaching experiences have increased her awareness of the great need for attachment and socio-emotional training in educational settings
Kallie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Integrative Wellness and Life Coach in the state of Texas. She primarily works with children using play therapy techniques and with adults looking to thrive in their daily lives. During her time at the University of Saint Thomas, Kallie was published in the International Journal of Play Therapy for her work teaching children social and emotional skills. Her manuscript, “Examining the use of play activities to increase appropriate classroom behaviors,” investigated the importance of addressing a child’s social and emotional needs at school to increase the occurrence of socially appropriate classroom behaviors. As an educator for 11 years, Kallie is invested in teaching social and emotional skills to both adults and children, as she witnessed first hand their power in schools.
Ally Berttucci is currently working as a Provisionally Licensed Professional Counselor at Karis House Community Counseling Center, in St. Louis, Missouri. In her practice, Ally works with kids, teens and families, focusing primarily on the attachment relationship between parent and child. Ally obtained her Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs from James Madison University, and then went on to complete her Master of Arts in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary. Since then, Ally has continued to pursue training and certification in the fields of trauma and attachment. In 2014, Ally became a Trust-Based Relational Intervention® Educator through TCU’s Institute for Child Development. In 2016, Ally achieved Foundational Level Certification in Theraplay®, an attachment-based play therapy. Throughout the years, Ally has gained a deep appreciation for the pivotal role secure attachments play in laying a foundation for rich relationships, good mental health and success in the classroom.
Shundra holds a B.A. in Marketing from Hampton University and a Master’s of School Administration and Mid-Management from the University of Houston. She is a prolific education and business professional who has worked in a variety of educational settings including K-12, charter schools, educational leadership, and school start-up and reform. Her commitment to supporting, coaching, and developing teachers and leaders makes her an effective consultant and manager. She is a passionate educator who is committed to conceptualizing, communicating, and executing vision, training, and development in the educational setting. She has a proven track record of success in working with various education communities.
A native of Houston, Angelina brings more than 15 years of professional experience serving individuals who have a brain disorder or mental illness diagnosis. Her background in management includes work as Director of Education with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Houston and Trainer with the National Council for Behavioral Health. Most recently, she accepted a position on the NAMI Texas Education Advisory Board Committee. Hudson’s advocacy work includes service on the Hogg Foundation’s Transition Age Youth Initiative, the Coalition of Behavioral Health Services and collaboration with Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s school-based initiative.
Brian has worked in Houston public education as both a teacher and administrator since joining Teach For America in 2006. Currently, he serves as Student Support Specialist at YES Prep Gulfton where he is working to support staff and students in behavioral intervention and student social-emotional development. As a former participant in FuelEd programming, Brian understands first-hand the impact the model can have on an individual and how that impact translates into stronger relationships and student social-emotional and academic development in the classroom. Brian is a certified Principal and Teacher in the State of Texas and holds his MBA from Rice University (REEP).
Danielle Christina Mullings calls Atlanta, Georgia home but has lived in Houston for 11 years. She joined the education reform movement through Teach For American in 2005 where she taught Wesley Elementary School. After leaving the classroom, she spent years coaching and developing first and second year teachers across Houston and now currently works on leadership development programming and facilitation for Teach For America. Through these experiences, she has learned the importance of relationship building and how developing and maintaining those relationships true change can occur.
Kelley grew up in Birmingham, Alabama but currently lives in Eugene, Oregon. In her early education and career, Kelley earned a M.A. in teaching while teaching in China. After China, Kelley worked as a homebound teacher, writer and birth doula while raising three young children at home. In 2010, she embarked on a new career path, earning her M.A. in counseling psychology and establishing a counseling career focused on trauma and attachment with families and young children. She is currently working hard on her PhD in Early Intervention and Special Education at the University of Oregon. In her spare time, Kelley loves to hang out with her husband and three kiddos. She also loves to camp, hikes, and read.
Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Shadow Work® coach with 20 years of experience as a therapist, trainer, and facilitator. He received his master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Louisiana State University followed by additional training as a Clinical Social Work Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. Russell seeks to assist others in transforming personal awareness into successful action which begins with personal responsibility and the realization that we have the power to create the lives we deeply desire. Russell believes that consistent healthy, nurturing, and affirming relationships are foundational components for overall health and well-being.