OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM

About the Engaging Minds Leadership Team and Advisory Board

Our Leadership Team and Advisory Board consists of members with a diverse set of backgrounds that converge on a common goal: optimizing children’s ability to learn. From teachers and special educators, to doctors, therapists, and business professionals, the Engaging Minds team is dedicated to developing and offering thoughtful, evidence-based academic support to students of all ages. By focusing on strengthening executive function skills, the team’s overarching mission is to teach students how to learn and help them become independent and self-confident learners. Our leaders combine their own expertise with extensive coaching of our methodology to enable our instructors to do what they do best: inspire better learners.

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Dan Levine, MBA
President and Founder

Dan Levine is the President and Founder of Engaging Minds, an after school learning center that teaches students how to learn by focusing on strengthening the increasingly important executive function skills (organization, prioritization, time management, task initiation, goal-setting, follow-through, study skills, and planning). Throughout his 25 year career in education,...
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Silvia Luscher, B.S.
Director of Operations

Silvia joined the Engaging Minds team in 2013 as its Director of Operations. She brings with her an extensive background in finance and administration, and has worked for both international companies and small businesses in a variety of leadership positions. At Engaging Minds, Silvia is the point person for scheduling...
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Rachel Marcus, M.Ed.
Director of Curriculum and Training

Rachel’s educational philosophy has evolved over the course of her career through her experiences in a variety of classroom settings. Rachel has come to believe that learning how to learn is ultimately the key to a child’s success in school—and in life. In today’s fast-paced world, content is easily accessible...
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Colleen Souza, SLP
Director of Education Services

Colleen has been with Engaging Minds since 2012 when she came on board as an instructor. She has a Master’s Degree in Speech Language Pathology from Emerson College and has worked as a Speech Language Pathologist for over 13 years across a variety of educational and health care settings with...
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Mimi Concannon, M.Ed.
Educational Advocate

Mimi has been teaching children with learning challenges for over 30 years. She has provided content support and modification, as well as study strategies, to encourage successful, confident, and self-reliant students. Mimi’s educational philosophy is a perfect fit for Engaging Minds—she has long recognized that executive function skills are critical...
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ADVISORY BOARD

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Scott Cohen, M.D.

Scott completed his undergraduate education at University of Vermont and his medical degree at Tufts University in 1989. He then moved to Oakland Children’s Hospital in California for pediatric residency and remained in the Bay Area for the next 33 years. His career included hospital pediatric medicine as well as...
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Carl Cafaro, M.Ed.

Carl joins the Engaging Minds Advisory Board as a business advisor. Carl’s interest in education is deeply rooted: he holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Boston College and considered becoming a full-time educator. However, Carl also has a keen interest in finance and helping small businesses grow. As a...
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Lisa Freedman, M.Ed.

Lisa has been interested in the process of learning since she first heard about neurons and dendrites in middle school. Since then, she has pursued this passion as a student in school, as a teacher in the classroom and as a tutor with individual students. Lisa believes that understanding one’s...
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Louisa Connaughton, M.Ed.

Louisa knew from a very early age that she was meant to be a teacher. As a high school student at Milton Academy, Louisa began pursuing a career in education and never looked back. The hallmark of Louisa’s teaching is her firm belief that students succeed when they are given...
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Nancy Harrison, Ed.D.

Nancy believes that helping children recognize their strengths and weaknesses, build capacities and resilience, and feel empowered and successful are the greatest gifts we can convey to students. Nancy began her career as a school guidance counselor and quickly realized that social/emotional/developmental/learning issues were complex and intertwined. She found that...
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Sarabeth Broder-Fingert, MD MPH

Sarabeth is a pediatric hospitalist and health services research who develops and tests novel interventions to improve the lives of vulnerable children, while concurrently trying to understand how and why these diagnostic or treatment innovations get disseminated and implemented within healthcare systems. She received her M.D. from New York University...
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