Who We Are
Founder and CEO
Dr. CK Bray
Dr. Bray is a cognitive behavioral researcher. He specializes in change/adaption, human performance and potential, and their impact on organizations and individuals. He bridges the gap between science, research, and organizations and 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, a second Ph.D. in Industrial Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in the Cognitive Sciences (ABD).
Siobahn Hotaling is a human behavior specialist with expertise in employee development, and over 20 years of experience in personal coaching. 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.
Dr. Theresa Miller
Theresa is a former Director of Leadership Effectiveness at UCLA and former Senior Vice President of Learning and Development at one of the largest health and human services agencies in Illinois. She has provided executive coaching and leadership development to C Suite leaders in both commercial and non-profit organizations.
She has earned a Ph.D. in psychology with an emphasis on organizational behavior. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is certified by the International Coach Federation.
Dr. Sasha Heinz
Dr. Heinz is a developmental and positive psychologist. An expert in human performance, change, and applied positive psychology, she assists organizations and individuals to thrive through the process of change, achieve challenging goals, and perform at their peak.
She 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.
Senior Consultant, Business Development and Contracting
Dr. Lowrance is an experienced organizational development consultant specializing in change and organizational learning. She offers expertise in statistical analysis, strategic planning, and implementation for organization and employee initiatives.
Tracy obtained her Master of Education and Human Development from George Washington University, and a Doctorate of Education from George Washington University.
Marina is an Italian-born, naturalized British consultant and researcher. She received 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. She divides her time between London and her native Italy, intimately appreciating the heritage and the culture of both countries.
Chief Corporate Story Teller
Brandon is Master Storyteller and dedicated communicator, with over two decades of experience as a Minister and Non-Profit Keynote speaker, his heartfelt impact is felt deeply. His explorations across 40+ countries, has shaped his narratives with a global perspective, a treasure he eagerly shares in both English and Italian.
His educational path includes a Masters from Harvard University, and postgraduate achievements from the University of Cambridge and Harvard University. Brandon warmly invites you to explore the beauty of Storytelling - an expedition where words humbly weave enchantment and wisdom.
Cynthia Judge has 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. 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, human resources, Executive Presence, and Communication Skills.
Monika Szamko is a fearless optimist and organizational visionary who focuses on solving complex challenges while helping her clients accelerate and scale. 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.
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. She is also a keynote speaker and facilitator.
Gale earned her Bachelor's degree in Broadcast Communication and her Master's degree from Harvard Extension School in Psychology, focusing on brain health and the role of the brain and cognition in relation to human potential.
Graphic and Instructional Designer
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. She has created everything from eye-catching bestselling book covers to highly detailed learning curricula. Jenn graduated with a degree in Graphic Design. Everything we do at the Adaption Institute looks good because of her.
Legal Counsel and RFP Writer
Matt provides general counsel services such as contract negotiation and executes RFP responses. Matt’s experience in both arenas protects the company and optimally positions it in competitive environments. Matt has over 10 years of crafting responses to RFPs in all environments ranging from federal to municipal.
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.
Intern and I-Gen Expert
Chloe earned 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.
London Office Partner: Consultant, Facilitator, Designer, and Designer
Jason is a senior design partner and facilitator for ambitious culture change and transformational leadership programs.
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. His work has touched over 500,000 people in 80+ countries.
London Office Partner: Consultant, Facilitator, Designer, and Designer
Simon utilizes his experience in business and consulting, creating immersive experiences, designing leadership programs, and building organizational 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. 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, he approaches multimedia from a unique angle to amplify the impact of the brands and businesses he works with. Dakota holds a Bachelor of Science in Creative Media and Film from Northern Arizona University.
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!
Silvia has been 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.
She earned her degrees in international relations, history, and East Asian Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
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 specializes in a strength-based approach that focuses on how adults learn and create positive habits and increase grit at the individual and corporate levels.
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.