The Development Team
Mr. Cyrus Hekmat [ Founder & CEO ]
After completing the MRED/MBA program at USC, Cyrus became General Counsel for a boutique real estate development, investment and management firm in Westwood Village whose projects include commercial office properties and hotel development projects in Westwood Village. His professional work has taken a recent turn when he became an eLearning entrepreneur as the founder and CEO of Exam Performance Publishing.
Dr. Mark Goulston [ Development Team Member ]
Because of Dr. Goulston’s expertise on individual and interpersonal psychology, he is frequently sought out by the radio, television and print media and has appeared on Oprah, Today, and ABC/NBC/CBS/CNN/msNBC/CNBC/BBC News and in the Wall St. Journal, NewYork Times, Fortune, Forbes, Investors News Daily, Time, Newsweek, Los Angeles Times. He writes the Tribune nationally syndicated column, “Solve Anything with Dr. Mark,” is the editor of “The Resilient Life” at the Huffington Post, writes the “Just Listen” blog at Psychology Today.
Dr. Goulston’s speaks widely and provided executive coaching and training to companies and institutions including: IBM, GE, Goldman Sachs, Bank of America, Wells Fargo, State Farm, Kodak, FedEx, Kaiser Permanente, Accenture, Hyatt, American Bar Association, California Bar Association, Superior Court Judges of Los Angeles County, Museum of Contemporary Art, UCLA, USC, Pepperdine, Harvard-Westlake High School, Crossroads High School, Brentwood High School, Marlboro High School, Pasadena High School.
Dr. Goulston earned a B.A. from UC Berkeley, and an M.D. from Boston University and completed his Post Residency Training in Psychiatry at UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute. He is a Fellow of the American Psychiatric Association (the highest award that organization offers) and was named one of America’s Top Psychiatrists for 2004-2005 and again in 2009 by the Consumers’ Research Council of America.
Dr. Michael Gervais [ Development Team Member ]
Dr. Gervais is the curriculum author of F.O.C.U.S. (Finding Our Center Using Sport) and Late Night Sports, a nationally acclaimed life skills training program for high school and college-aged athletes. Dr. Gervais received his undergraduate degree from Loyola Marymount University. He completed his PhD while studying under the father of American applied sport psychology, Dr. Bruce Ogilve, at San Diego University, Integrative Studies.
For more information, see http://www.MichaelGervais.com and http://www.wsj.com/articles/the-shrink-on-the-seattle-seahawks-sideline-1422402204
Dr. Christine Mason [ Teaching & Learning Officer ]
Dr. Mason speaks frequently on topics ranging from student voice and self-determination, to neuroscience, STEAM, and visionary principal leadership. In addition, for more than 15 years she has been a certified, Level II yoga and meditation instructor. She currently serves as the Executive Director of the Center for Educational Improvement (CEI). Founded by Dr. Mason in 2009, CEI was recently recognized as a Pioneer in Children’s Wellbeing by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Dr. Mason is Exam Performance’s Chief Teaching and Learning Officer and a member of the Board of Advisors. See http://www.edimprovement.org
Mr. Bob Cohen [ Chief Education Officer ]
He served the New York City School System for 43 years as a high school mathematics teacher, an assistant principal supervision and administration and a Deputy Superintendent for the Bronx high schools, Deputy Director for the Bronx Regional Operations Center, Deputy Executive Director for the Integrated Service Center in the Bronx and then Network Leader for Children’s First Network 104 serving 33 schools and 30,000 students. Additionally, he served as a member of the New York City Mathematics Project. Bob is Exam Performance’s Chief Education Officer and a member of the Board of Advisors. See http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/17/nyregion/bronx-bureaucrat-gets-things-done-by-leaving-his-desk.html
Mr. John Selby [ Development Team Member ]
He has spent the last three decades researching and teaching the dynamics of at-work attention training, short-form mindfulness practice, cognitive shifting, and his new leadership and innovation programs. A native of Ojai, California and graduate of Princeton University, UC Berkeley, the Graduate Theological Union and the Radix Institute, John is the author of two dozen books on such themes as peak performance, short-form mindfulness practice, and at-work insight stimulation. He has written and co-produced the audio, and video programming for the WizeWell Process and other related media-work. See http://www.WizeWell.com