Who We Are
Dr. CK Bray
Founder and CEO
Dr. Bray is founder and CEO of the Adaption Institute. A cognitive behavioral researcher, Dr. Bray specializes in change/adaption, human performance and potential, and their impact on organizations and individuals. Dr. Bray brings a wealth of knowledge from his 14 years in corporate America combined with over 15 years of academic research, teaching, and consulting. Dr. Bray bridges the gap between science, research, and organizations. He is known for his ability to take complex research and make it understandable and applicable to clients.
Dr. Bray has a Ph.D. in Organizational Development and Learning. He has a second Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in the Cognitive Sciences (ABD). He also has an MBA. Dr. Bray’s first book “Best Job Ever” was a USA Today Best Seller and his second book is scheduled to be released Fall of 2020.
Dr. Sasha Heinz
Based in Pennsylvania, Dr. Sasha Heinz is a developmental and positive psychologist. An expert in human performance, change, and applied positive psychology, Dr. Heinz assists organizations and individuals to thrive through the process of change, achieve challenging goals, and perform at their peak.
Leveraging her academic expertise as a former faculty member at the University of Pennsylvania's Master of Applied Positive Psychology program, Dr. Heinz brings a depth of knowledge and experience to customer solutions. Dr. Heinz received a BA from Harvard University, a Master's in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.
Dr. Theresa Miller
Theresa is a former Director of Leadership Effectiveness at UCLA and former Senior Vice President of Learning and Development in one of the largest health and human services agencies in Illinois. She developed the organization's first Leadership Academy, providing assessments, training, and coaching for high-potential talent to address succession issues and to achieve executive leadership mastery. She has also served as Division Manager of HealthWorks of Cook and Kane Counties in Illinois and has provided executive coaching and leadership development to C Suite leaders in both commercial and non-profit organizations.
CREDENTIALS: Dr. Miller has earned a PhD in psychology with an emphasis in organizational behavior. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified by the International Coach Federation. She has advanced training in leadership development and has helped to develop accomplished leaders throughout the country and overseas.
Siobahn Hotaling is a human behavior specialist with expertise in employee development, and over 20 years of experience in personal coaching. Her background as a performing musician, combined with her ability to build rapport and relatability led her into a successful career as a corporate consultant and trainer. With a focus on ethics, human dynamics, and personal and team communications, she has helped employees and leaders from all walks of life create more fulfilling lives through building self-compassion and personal integrity. Siobahn is a perpetual student, and after 15 years in corporate America, recently received her Master's in Psychology from Harvard University's Extension School. She is passionate about changing the world and constantly seeks new ways to help herself and others become more joyful, tolerant, compassionate, and self-aware.
Dr. Tracy Lowrance
Dr. Tracy Lowrance is an experienced organizational development consultant specializing in change and organizational learning. Her career has spanned over 20 years and includes both private and public-sector industries in finance, academia, government, and healthcare. Tracy works closely with clients to provide analyses to help them meet their strategic goals and facilitate organizational change. She offers expertise in statistical analysis and strategic planning and implementation for organization and employee initiatives.
Tracy obtained her Bachelor of Science in in Political Science from Western Michigan University, Master of Education and Human Development from George Washington University, and a Doctorate of Education from George Washington University. She resides with her husband and daughter in Holly Springs, NC.
Dr. Naomi Arbit
Dr. Arbit is a behavioral scientist and positive change strategist based in New York City who works with individuals, groups, and organizations to support effective behavior change and enhance well-being. During 10 years of graduate school, Dr. Arbit studied everything she could about human behavior - the right and wrong of it (her first master's was in Bioethics from New York University), the brightest aspects of it (her second master's was in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania), and the physiological aspects of change (her third master's was in Applied Physiology and Nutrition from Columbia University), ultimately earning her Ph.D. in Behavioral Science from Columbia University. She has authored several academic publications, developed a new paradigm for studying and changing eating behavior, and now continues her work in the field of behavioral research and change.
Amy brings more than 25 years of corporate sales, sales leadership, and operational experience to her work with organizations. She specializes in assisting organizations who are experiencing change by strategically aligning human performance and development with business drivers. She has worked with everyone from first-line managers, executives, individuals, teams, and organizations to Fortune 500 business organizations to non-profits.
Amy has a passion for developing engaged leaders to grow people and profit through times of change. Her past performance led to a client nomination for and receipt of the L.E.A.D. Award from HR.com and Leadership Excellence. Amy has an MBA from the Kelley School of Management of DeVry University.
Dr. Robert Hausmann
Dr. Hausmann is an internationally recognized executive, professor, consultant, and author focusing on leadership, innovation, and change. He has 20 years of experience in public, private, and non-profit organizations. His work has emphasized improving performance outcomes, innovation and leadership/employee development through expertise in organizational design and strategic planning.
Dr. Hausmann earned his Master's in Social and Organizational Psychology from Colombia University and his Doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning from George Washington University. Dr. Hausmann is currently the Director of Graduate Programs and Associate Professor at the University of Houston and the Founding Director of Health Sciences Leadership Academy which teaches graduate classes in leadership development, change and diffusion of innovation, organizational learning, and business strategy.
Silvia has had the privilege of impacting Fortune 500 companies and the largest health systems in the US through best practice research on leader development and engagement for nearly 15 years. Her passion is to connect leaders with meaningful ideas and solutions that help them achieve new heights in their work.
Silvia has native fluency in two languages and working proficiency in a third language as well as ongoing personal pursuits to master a fourth language. After earning her degrees in international relations, history, and East Asian Studies from The Johns Hopkins University, she has remained a committed perpetual student of cultures, languages, and anthropology and continues to travel widely and frequently, with past residences including Austria, the United Kingdom, and Turkey.
Tony has spent his career specializing in adult learning, habit formation, and mindfulness in both corporate and personal settings. A popular speaker, researcher, and licensed therapist, Tony focuses on how individuals can increase performance, job fulfillment, and grit/resilience in the workplace. Tony spent a decade in the computer industry before following his passion to go back to school and earning his master's Degree. Tony has been the founder or co-founder of several companies in the computer hardware and industrial fastener industries. Tony specializes in a strength-based approach that focuses on how adults learn and create positive habits, build tools that lead to resiliency, and increase grit at the individual and corporate level. Tony has coached CEO's, senior leaders, professional athletes, and individuals who are early in their career. In his spare time, Tony is an avid runner, having completed over 150 marathons and ultra-marathons, including a dozen races of 100 miles or more. Tony organized a community event while his kids were in middle school where he ran 24 hours around a school track to raise money for education. Tony has been married to his high school sweetheart, Wendy, for 29 years and they have 4 children.
Jenner is an expert in sales, customer influence, and change. Focusing on sales teams and sales management, Jenner combines science, experience, and practical tools to help in the areas of leadership development, sales and communication skills, and executive team development. Most recently, Jenner served as VP of Learning & Development for Catalina Marketing, a $600M company specializing in personalized digital media. Prior to that, Jenner worked at Pfizer for 16 years in the areas of sales, sales training, and sales management. Jenner was a part of the team when Pfizer was recognized as the number one training company in the world for three consecutive years.
Jenner was instrumental in creating, launching, and implementing Pfizer’s North American leadership development strategy. Jenner holds a BS in International Business and Spanish from Brigham Young University. He is fluent in Spanish.
Cynthia Judge is a Communications Coach with a twenty-year history in this field. She trained as an actor in the Speech and Theatre Department at Baldwin-Wallace University, followed by training at the Neighborhood Playhouse in New York. Subsequently, she performed in regional theatres from Alaska to Florida, prior to settling and working in Chicago theatre. There, her focus shifted to bringing the use of improvisation to the corporate setting. Ms. Judge designs and conducts Workshops using role-play for organizations, in the areas of leadership training, sales training and human resources. She also leads Workshops on Executive Presence and Communication Skills. Her clients span a wide-range of industries from health care to finance, real estate to education, government to advocacy organizations. She is a member of Actors Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA. Ms. Judge serves on the Board of Directors of a non-profit based in Evanston, Illinois, which trains and equips medical communities in South America.
Martha brings a unique combination of expertise in the law, business, and applied positive psychology to her work with the Adaption Institute. Having worked as a lawyer for nearly 18 years, she understands the challenges that change creates within organizations. As an expert in applied positive psychology, Martha is skilled at creating and delivering science-based solutions that increase performance, improve resilience, and unlock employee potential. Martha earned her law degree from Brigham Young University in 1999, graduating magna cum laude. She practiced law first as a law firm litigator, later rising to the rank of shareholder and general counsel to a leading national real estate management company. While still practicing law Martha earned a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania.
Intern & I-Gen Expert
Chloe is currently working on her Master's Degree in Organizational Psychology at the Harvard Extension School focusing on Generation Z (I-Gen) and their early career development and transition into corporate culture. She lived in Italy for 18 months and is fluent in Italian. She is dedicated to helping her generation cultivate and integrate their careers, personal passions, and social advocacy.
She has headed up four volunteer-based, humanitarian expeditions for I-Gen's to build schools, construct toilets for rural communities, and work with underprivileged children in Samoa, Fiji, and Kenya. In her spare time, Chloe writes music which can be found on Spotify and other streaming platforms.
Legal Counsel/RFP Writer
Matt Christensen provides general counsel services such as contract negotiation and executes RFP responses. Matt’s experience in both arenas protect the company and optimally position it in competitive environments. Matt has over 10 years crafting responses to RFPs in all environments ranging from federal to municipal. He has drafted proposals to entities such as the Department of Defense down to 200-student school districts. Matt has extensive government experience having worked for various U.S. Senators and committees as well as municipal governments through his experience at the Utah League of Cities and Towns. He has a J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law and a Master’s Degree in Public and International Affairs from the University of Pittsburgh. His legal experience coupled with government insight make him a valuable asset and valuable part of the team.
Jenn makes our science look good. A talented graphic and instructional designer, Jenn has had a successful career designing work for Fortune 500 companies, law firms, and organizations. Her design work is diversified; she has created everything from eye-catching bestselling book covers to highly detailed learning curriculum. Jenn graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Everything we do at the Adaption Institute looks good because of her.
London Office Partner
Jason is a senior design partner and facilitator for ambitious culture change and transformational leadership programs. Currently, he is partnering with a Fortune 50 global computer software, gaming, and internet services giant as they help people and businesses throughout the world realize their full potential.
Jason facilitates up to 150 workshops each year, with group sizes ranging between 20 to 1,000 people. He believes it is important to design and create a space where people learn and adapt through doing, enjoy learning, and are inspired to take action. Jason is the author of ‘It’s a Meeting, not Rocket Science." Jason partners with organizations to help them, and the people in them, be at their best. His work has touched over 500,000 people in 80+ countries.
London Office Partner
Simon works in diverse corporate environments to deliver impactful interventions for some of the world’s most valuable organizations. Utilizing his experience in business and consulting, Simon creates immersive experiences, designs leadership programs, and builds organization structures and systems that make change a reality. As an experienced lead facilitator and team-effectiveness coach, he has worked with individuals, groups, and executive teams ranging from a few members to 3,000 people in one session. Simon has worked globally across all continents with brands such as HSBC, EY, Bupa, Coca Cola, BBC, DWP, HMRC, and Barclays. His programs have touched more than 250,000 people.
Dakota is constantly pursuing the best ways to tell great stories. With a passion for the visual arts, namely video and filmmaking, Dakota aims to deliver excellent and entertaining content. Marrying the principles of filmmaking and entrepreneurship, Dakota approaches multimedia from a unique angle to amplify the impact of brands and businesses he works with. Potential ROI is his main focus when sitting down to execute a video, website, or new marketing campaign. Dakota holds a Bachelor of Science in Creative Media and Film from Northern Arizona University. He's currently operating a videography company in Arizona with his wife and launching a media agency to serve the needs of current and future clients.
Emily is the backbone of the Adaption Institute and keeps all things running smoothly. One of our lead project managers, Emily has a tie to every project that comes through the Adaption Institute. An avid sailor, Emily competes as often as time and her family allow!
Laurie attended Arizona State University and received her BA in Journalism. She has worked as a writer and editor of various publications in industries ranging from health and fitness to construction management. She enjoys traveling the globe with her husband and three daughters.