"The missing component in our education."
a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization
Founder and Executive Director
Michael graduated from Ohio State University with honors and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences. He has studied with relationship experts, Harville Hendrix and Marshall Rosenberg; author of "Nonviolent Communication". He has been a relationship coach since 2002, dedicated to bringing new awareness of how to have healthy relationships with everyone in our lives. He founded The Relationship Foundation in 2008 and compiled a model curriculum, Healthy Relationships 101, engaging students as well as, parents, educators and professionals. His vision is to make relationship education a core component of the learning process.
Jessie Klein, Ph.D., MSW, M.Ed.
Board Member and Senior Instructor
Jessie Klein is an Adelphi University (AU) Associate Professor of sociology/criminal justice and the author of The Bully Society: School Shootings and the Crisis of Bullying in America’s Schools (NYU Press: 2012). Her writing appears in many scholarly journals as well as the popular press including The New York Times, USA Today, and CNN.com. She hosts a blog on PsychologyToday.com; and she appears on numerous television and radio shows including CNN and WNPR. She is a member of TRF's Board of Directors.
Troy is currently studying Mathematics and Computer Science at Bucknell University. His role at The Relationship Foundation includes office tech assistance, staff management, research, correspondence, and organization. His previous experience includes volunteer work at Prospect Park and Bucknell University’s anti-sexual assault group, Speak Up! Bucknell.
Board of Member and Curriculum Developer
Gayla Thompson, M.Ed. Her experience includes working as a Department of Ed principal, teacher, and curriculum developer, as well as in nonprofit management as a New York City program director. Gayla is enthusiastic about the impact The Relationship Foundation is having on students and is very excited to be a part of this movement. She is a member of TRF's Board of Directors.
Derrick has worked as a paraprofessional with autistic children, is a substitute teacher for the Department of Education, and tutors privately. Derrick is also a licensed tour guide, teaching the history and culture of New York City. Derrick believes in the common bond that we all share and celebrate and the power of healthy relationships in every day life.
Kevisha received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a minor in Criminal Justice from Wells College. Her role at The Relationship Foundation involves research and community outreach. Her previous experience includes advocacy and policy work at Families Together in New York State. Kevisha is a firm believer in fostering the social and emotional well-being of students of all ages.