years of experience
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. Carrie 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, speaker, and doctoral student 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.
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.
Marketing & Project Manager
Kat manages marketing initiatives and social media engagement including content writing, asset creation, email strategy and execution, and website maintenance. She also provides highly effective collateral to enhance TFI’s brand awareness. Kat also monitors and troubleshoots the institute’s cloud-based technology solutions and optimizes the processes contributing to seamless delivery of our products and services.
She is fluent in English, Japanese and Filipino. Kat 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 has developed 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Ronald Hinton, Jr.
Facilitator & Trainer
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.
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.