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 be...
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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 com...
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Melissa Wilson, M.Ed.
Lead Educator

Melissa brings both a teaching and counseling background to her role as Lead Educator at Engaging Minds. Early in her teaching career, Melissa realized that many students were unable to access or l...
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Colleen Souza, SLP
Lead Educator

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 Langu...
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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 ultima...
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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 s...
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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 becomin...
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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...
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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.
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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.
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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 ...
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