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, M.B.A.
President and Founder

Dan has long thought that teaching students how to learn—study skills, organizational skills, time-management skills—is as important, if not more important, than teaching pure content. He firmly believes that if, as educators, we provide students with the right tools and learning strategies, combined with content support, we can help students...
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Silvia Luscher, B.S.
Director of Operations

Silvia joins the Engaging Minds team as its first official "Operations Manager". 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 and...
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Rachel Marcus, M.Ed.
Curriculum and Training Manager

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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Carroll Beauvais, M.Ed
Learning Specialist and Program Manager

Carroll brings a wide-breadth of educational experience to Engaging Minds, from teaching upper-level writing and literature courses at Syracuse University to providing interventions to elementary students in a turn-around charter schools in New Orleans, LA. She became interested in executive functioning as a high school English teacher in New Orleans...
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Colleen Souza, SLP
Learning Specialist and Program Manager

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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Nancy Vargas, B.A.E.
Site Coordinator - Natick

Nancy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Florida Atlantic University, and taught in the Palm Beach County school system for four years before heading north to the Boston area. Due to the abundance of teachers at that time, she fell into the business world and has spent the past...
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Lisa Wilson, BA
Site Coordinator - Newton

Lisa earned her BA in Behavioral Science, with a minor in Early Childhood from Lesley University. She is currently enrolled in a Master’s of Education program with a concentration in Special Ed, primarily language-based learning disabilities. Prior to joining our team, Lisa spent the last 14 years as a pre-kindergarten...
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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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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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