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 PhD in Organizational Development and Learning. He has a second Phd 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 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 Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and her Ph.D in Developmental Psychology from Columbia University.
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. Amy has worked with first-line managers to executives, individuals, teams, and organizations, from Fortune 500 business organizations to non-profits. Amy has a passion for developing engaged leaders to grow people and profit through times of change. Amy’s 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. Tracy Lowrance
Dr. Tracy Lowrance is an experienced organizational development consultant specializing in change and organizational learning. Her career has spanned over twenty 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 from Western Michigan University in Political Science, a Masters of Education and Human Development from the George Washington University, and a Doctorate of Education from the 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 wellbeing. During 10 years of graduate school, Dr. Arbit studied everything she could about human behavior - the right and wrong of it (her first masters was in Bioethics from New York University), the brightest aspects of it (her second masters was in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania) and the physiological aspects of change (her third masters 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.
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 Masters 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.
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 a wealth of expertise in the areas of leadership development, sales and communication skills, and executive team development. Most recently, Jenner served as Vice President, 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.
Kevin Rolston is a design lead and master facilitator of experiential learning and development, specializing in organizational change, high-performance communication and leadership development. Ultimately the work he does helps individuals, leaders, and their teams manifest and sustain meaningful change in their organizations and in their careers. He is also as an award-winning playwright and professional stage actor. From 2012 to 2017 Kevin worked as a director and performance coach with Stand & Deliver, a global leadership communication consulting and training firm. His organizational clients include EY, Twitter, Credit Karma, Deloitte, Duke CE, The American School in London, Boehringer Ingelheim, Shire, Lundbeck, Medtronic, Microsoft, Randstad, UCSF Medical Center and many others.
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.
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 Masters 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.
Silvia has had the privilege of impacting Fortune 500 companies and the largest health systems in the US and Canada through best practice research on leader development and engagement for nearly 15 years. Her passion is Diversity and Inclusion, as well as influencing clients to increase sales and performance.
Her professional experiences include leading client engagement, creating customized solutions and new product launches at research firms and consultancies such as The Advisory Board Company, The Corporate Executive Board (CEB), and The NeuroLeadership Institute (NLI). Her client engagement efforts have included international work throughout Asia as well as throughout the US and Canada.
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. She earned her degrees in international relations, history, and East Asian Studies from The Johns Hopkins University,
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.
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 4 international Humanitarian expeditions for I-Gen's to volunteer for up to a month building schools, constructing toilets for rural communities and working 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.
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 realise their full potential.
Jason facilitates up to 150 workshop each year, with group sizes between twenty and a thousand 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 organisations to help them, and the people in them, be at their best. His work has touched over 500,000 people in 80+ countries.
Simon has worked in diverse corporate environments to deliver impactful interventions from his career in business to his recent role as an independent consultant in Leadership and Culture for some of the world’s most valuable organizations. Simon creates immersive experiences, designs whole leadership programmes and builds organization structures and systems, and works live in the field making change a reality. Simon is also an experienced lead facilitator and team effectiveness coach working with individuals and groups from small executive teams to 3000 people in one session. He has worked globally across all continents with brands such as HSBC, EY, Bupa, Coca Cola, BBC, DWP, HMRC and Barclays and his programmes have made contact with more then 250,000 people.
Matt Christensen provides general counsel services such as contract negotiation as well as 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.
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!