years of experience





Dr. Carrie Spell-Hansson


Too few of us are lucky enough to discover a career we are passionate about and where we can make a difference in the lives we touch.  Dr. Carrie Spell-Hansson found that sweet spot over thirty years ago as a thought leader, researcher, educator and trusted advisor in organizational development; diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI); and coaching.  She founded The Folke Institute (TFI) in 2004 to expand the vision by creating a team to further the impactful work she was doing with higher education, non-profit organizations, and corporations and with individuals. 

While Carrie has easily adapted to the virtual learning environment, she also looks forward to resuming in-person keynote engagements and facilitating training programs throughout the Americas, Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Caribbean.

Carrie enjoys being a facilitator, a coach, and speaker at the same time, she also prepares delicious healthy well-balanced meals. She creates recipes inspired by her extensive knowledge of health and wellness and international travel.  She finds her balance in life through her spiritual practices which include meditation, exercise and yoga and the philosophical teaching of Buddhism that she shared with her late husband Gunnar, the big-hearted and generous Swede who gave her unconditional love. 

Carrie’s commitment is to help others realize their potential to reach their goals and contribute to a more inclusive world.

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Robin Stankowski

Executive Liaison

Robin has been supporting the TFI team since 2018, creating workflows, planning and executing business development, and managing the HR function. She is also a Professional Organizer, helping business owners find efficiencies in their operations.

She worked in Human Resources at Chubb Insurance for ten years where she managed talent acquisition and employee relations. Robin was also a Practice Manager at a large veterinary hospital, responsible for employee engagement and client relations as well as maintenance of inventory costs and medical records. 

A genuine people person, her previous work in HR and current engagement with small business owners has honed her skills as a mentor and confidante, expertly handling sensitive issues with all types of people. Robin earned her degree in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Moravian College.

Kat Yamamoto-Calvo

Director of Operations 
& Special Projects

Kat is responsible for overseeing many of TFI's daily activities, directing and coordinating actions across the organization. She oversees the various departments in the business, and locates areas for improvement.

She has worked in Asia and North America across various industries including broadcasting, communications, education, hospitality, and manufacturing. Kat also had the privilege of serving military families overseas while her family was stationed in Japan through the US Navy as a civilian federal employee. 


She is fluent in English, Japanese and Filipino. Living and working with people from various cultures her entire life has allowed her to develop a deeper understanding of how effective interpersonal communications create a positive and lasting impact on organizational effectiveness. This allows Kat to bring an inclusive perspective that fits perfectly with the company’s mission and vision.


Ronald Hinton, Jr.

Consultant & Facilitator

As a Human Capital Specialist for the USDA, Ronald has extensive experience analyzing recruitment and workforce data; assessing needs and providing assistance aimed at finding solutions. 

He is well versed in communications, qualitative research methods, interpersonal connection methods, community administration leadership strategies, change management best practices and design thinking. 

Ronald is passionate about working with diverse populations, developing comprehensive assessments to systematically measure the effectiveness, efficiency, and productivity of soldier and family programs.  His knowledge, experience, and zeal for common vision and tactical strategy uniquely positions him to offer positive impact to the TFI team.


Adam Evans, PhD

Consultant & Facilitator

Adam has a Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Leadership with concentrations in Adult Education and Technology as well as an MBA in Entrepreneurship.  He was the Chief Strategy Officer of InstantHandz through November of 2021, a Phoenix-based Tech company.


He is an Air Force military spouse leading various teams in support of all Air and Space Force military families. He has also served as the Global Chapter Director of the Association of Military Spouse Entrepreneurs.


Adam is currently a Master Resilience Trainer for the Air Force Key Spouse program, and recently graduated from the inaugural Military Leadership Development Program through the Military Spouse Advocacy Network. He teaches for the Graduate Business Program at the University of Kentucky and has over 18 years of experience in higher education.


Donna Dennis, PhD

Instructional Designer & Trainer

Donna designs and delivers training in the areas of leadership, emotional intelligence, team building, as well as executive leadership, succession planning, coaching, and networking.  She is often called upon to work as a subject matter expert in the area of leadership development (including virtual leadership) and teams.  

Dr. Dennis taught at the Wharton Business School, the University of Pennsylvania, The University of Illinois and Parkland College. She is a founder of BRC (Business Research Consortium).  She is the author of Preparing for Leadership, AMACOM Books, “Virtual Leaders: Born or Made?” in Knowledge Management and E-Learning, CRC Press, “The New Dominance of Virtual Teams,” in M-World, AMA, “Effective Leadership in a Virtual World,” ATD  and Gestalt Coaching Assessment, GISC Press. 

Jaimes McNeal

Consultant & Facilitator

Jaime McNeal has focused his entire career satisfying his curiosity around how people behave in the work environment. With a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, a Master of Arts degree in Industrial/Organization Psychology, and currently finishing a PhD from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, he is a 3rd year scholar whose dissertation is focused on nonprofit organizations: S/Heroes, Villains, and Victims: Another Way of Describing Nonprofit

For the past 30 years, Jaime has worked with individuals, couples, teams and organizations around the globe as sought after Industrial/Organizational Psychologist, Researcher and Consultant.


Zabrina Epps, PhD

Facilitator & Trainer

A systems thinker by nature, Zabrina’s superpower is her ability to understand individual and organizational goals and aspirations within the context of institutional systems and structures, the realities of organizational politics, and the shifting priorities of leadership.


Zabrina helps clients to deconstruct cultural underpinnings to identify opportunities for change through personal reflection and transformation.

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Kerry Rosado

Facilitator & Trainer

Kerry helps leaders and organization build stronger teams where people can thrive by cultivating an inclusive culture. She has experience in tech, healthcare, education, and has worked at Microsoft & Amazon.

Former elected official, who served as a School Board Trustee and advocated for equitable education for all students. Proud mother of two boys with autism and neurodiversity advocate. Holds a Certificate in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Workplace, a Bachelor’s in Computer Science, and pursuing her Masters in Leadership and Management.


Jamie Dugan

Production Director

Jamie brings her acclaimed expertise in graphic design to deliver the creative output of the organization. Her videography and photographic skills are effective in showcasing the unique teaching style of our faculty and the high level of engagement demonstrated by participants. She was instrumental in helping us pivot to a virtual environment during the pandemic.  In addition to design support and producing videos, she manages the webinars and e-learning modules, conference and workshop planning logistics, and event planning as needed.


For 30 years, Jamie provided creative services for a global engineering and construction design firm that employs 14,000 people where she managed a team of highly creative individuals. Currently, she supplies her own clients with stellar print and digital graphics as well as photography and videography services.


Maxine Fuller

Facilitator & Trainer

Maxine designs and facilitates organizational and staff development training programs for government agencies, corporations, and community-based agencies. She is also a subject matter expert in the areas of substance use disorders treatment and prevention, diversity and inclusion, and nonprofit management.


She has worked with a variety of clients including the United States Department of Health and Human Services’ Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment; Johnson, Bassin & Shaw International; DB Consulting Group; The Bizzell Group, IQ Solutions, Synergy Enterprises, Inc.; and the American Management Association.


Maxine is an adjunct professor in the Andrew Young School of Public Policy at Georgia

State University, where she teaches nonprofit management and leadership courses.


Jessie Andrea McNair

Marketing Strategist Consultant

Jessie provides insights on the marketing of the institute’s products and services. She contributes to the branding of TFI by providing content writing, editorial services, marketing research, and business development assistance. Her ability to see the big picture, tell a good story, and make connectivity between transformational learning and experiential knowledge informs her strategic recommendations for the growth of the company.  

She enjoys her engagement with the team after 32 years of traditional and digital marketing in publishing and nonprofits. In the middle of the pandemic, she successfully launched her marketing services firm, Marketing with JAM, to help certified minority business owners increase their brand awareness among government agencies, non-government entities, and corporations.


Carol Bustos

Social Media Strategist

Currently based in New Jersey, Carol is a Manila-born marketing professional with nearly 15 years of leading strategic omnichannel communications for global brands.

She enjoys putting together holistic marketing campaigns, with a strong focus on content strategy, audience engagement, and community advocacy. Her methodologies involve integration of communications tactics to promote brand awareness and enhance conversions.

In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, trying new foods and cocktails, photography, and reading and writing. She also volunteers in organizations that support the causes that align with her values.


Debbie Graul

Instructional Designer & Trainer

After a 21 year career in the healthcare industry, Debbie began her journey as a Mindfulness Instructor. She has worked with small businesses, seniors, Girl Scouts, Lady Leaders Program, The She Program as well as with students, teachers and parents from several inner city school districts.

Her expertise includes stress management strategies, anxiety and difficult emotions (self-awareness) guidance, breathing strategies and exercises, SAT Mindfulness Training, PSSA Mindfulness Training, Practical Self Care, Mindfulness and Compassion Fatigue. She has developed a trauma informed curriculum and shares mindful movements. 

Debbie’s education and experience compliments TFI’s programs by balancing the mind and body connection.

Joana Linares

Bookkeeping Professional

Joana has a solid track record of success in small business bookkeeping and 10 years of corporate accounting support. She is highly organized and detail-focused with proven ability to follow-through and apply problem-solving techniques.