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 2022.
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. 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.
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. 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.
Marina is an Italian-born, naturalized British consultant and researcher. In 2010, she was appointed Doctor of Modern Foreign Languages and Literatures in Italy, specializing in Anglo-American and Russian literary productions; she then pursued a Bachelor of Science in London (U.K.) and she is currently studying human cognition and behavior together with clinical psychology with a particular interest in creativity and psychopathology at Harvard Extension School. Her flair for psychology springs from more than twenty years of experience in teaching adolescents, a profession she is still integrating with her research commitments and her other passion: writing. She is a contributor to two local magazines and she enthusiastically delivers the ‘Essay Writing in English’ course at the prestigious institution of Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Northern Italy. She divides her time between London and her native Italy, intimately appreciating the heritage and the culture of both countries.
Gena Mabee is a renowned keynote speaker and facilitator. She brings a depth of experience in leadership development, especially in assisting women of color in excelling in leadership positions. She has spoken at numerous conferences, including the international women’s conference in Hong Kong and (BEST) the Bronze Empowered Saintsta’s conference.
Gena Mabee’s B.A. in Communications Studies was earned at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. She is the author of a memoir, Standing Out Sometimes Alone (2013). In a bookstore, her husband of 28 years will be in fiction, her two grown sons in history or computers, but you’ll find Gena in the psychology, personal development, or puzzles section.
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.
Monika Szamko is a fearless optimist and organizational visionary who focuses on solving complex challenges while helping her clients accelerate and scale. As an organizational activator, orchestrator, and innovator Monika concentrates on the people-side of transformation and thrives at the intersection of several disciplines, with her expertise lying in strategy and operating model alignment, rapid growth, culture transformation, and development across industries, including tech, biotech, retail, energy, and financial services.
Based in the San Francisco Bay Area, Monika is a sought after guest lecturer and thought leader focusing on educating future and current c-suite leaders on organizational alignment and how to develop corporate culture for optimal business impact. In her downtime, Monika is an avid traveler and cultural explorer who enjoys experiencing new foods, cultures, and creativity around the world with her family.
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.
Gale L. Bray
Gale brings her expertise in the research arena. The focus of her research is in the areas of brain health and performance, resilience, stress, change and adapting in the workplace. Gale is also a keynote speaker, and facilitator. Gale earned her bachelors degree in Broadcast Communication and will graduate with her Masters degree from Harvard Extension School in Psychology focusing on brain health, and the role of the brain and cognition in relation to human potential. Gale is currently a graduate teaching assistant for the Brain Health and Performance Class at Harvard. She will begin her Phd Program in 2022. Gale has six children and enjoys playing tennis and pickle ball.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.