"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.
Jordan received a Bachelor of Arts from Bard College in Theater & Performance and Politics. He has worked with The Legal Aid Society's Juvenile Rights Practice in Manhattan, Manchester Mental Health in New Hampshire, and as an educator with Global Kids in Queens. His role at The Relationship Foundation includes development, personnel, strategic planning, curriculum development, and communications. He is devoted to helping people of all ages develop their social and emotional skills through communication and awareness.
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.
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.
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.
Senior Curriculum Developer and Instructor
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.
Curriculum Developer and Instructor
Rebecca is a high school teacher in a New York City public school. She co-taught and developed the Healthy Relationships 101 curriculum in her 12th grade English classes during the 2009-2010 academic year. She has been instrumental in designing innovative new material. Rebecca graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Education from Pace University. In her six years in the New York City public school system, she has witnessed the transformational quality of this program.