FuelEd’s team brings together diverse expertise spanning the fields of education and psychology, all with a common passion for the power of relationships. Learn more about the people behind FuelEd – our trainers, counselors, and dedicated team members – working to transform outcomes for students by redefining educator preparation and support.

Jasmine Barnes, Partner

Jasmine holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and has experience in community organizing, event planning and group facilitation. Her work is guided by her passion to create a more just and equitable world where underserved and underrepresented populations have access to resources and holistic education. Her years working with education organizations in Texas have allowed her to participate in diverse methods of education reform and relationship building.

Nicole Cecchini, Partner

Nicole holds a Bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Riverside, and a Master’s degree in Curriculum Design and Development from the University of San Francisco. Prior to joining the FuelEd team, Nicole worked in program development, and most recently, as a high school English and Composition teacher. Nicole’s diverse experience with various levels of education informs her support of empathetic and holistic classroom instruction.

Megan Marcus, Partner

Megan holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and Master’s degrees in Psychology from Pepperdine University. While at Pepperdine, Megan studied under Dr. Louis Cozolino and served as the lead researcher for his book, The Social Neuroscience of Education. Megan then completed a Master’s degree in Education, Policy, and Management from Harvard University, where she explored how to translate the elements of a therapists’ professional training to an educational setting. Her research with Dr. Cozolino and studies at Harvard combined to form the core beliefs that became the bedrock of FuelEd. Since 2012, Megan has passionately served the educational community as FuelEd’s CEO.

Basho Mosko, Partner

Basho holds a BA in Community Studies from UC Santa Cruz and a Master of International Affairs from Columbia University. Prior to joining FuelEd he served as Director of Strategic Partnerships at New Teacher Center. Rooted in his bilingual teaching experience, Basho brings a focus on simplicity, clarity, compassion, joy, and human connection to all of his work. He enjoys life in Boulder with his wife Amanda and three kids Golden, Skyler, and Primrose.

Sarah Mushlin, Partner

Sarah has over a decade of domestic and international experience evaluating education and youth development programs, leading strategic planning and implementing operational excellence at growing organizations. Prior to joining FuelEd Sarah worked as a consultant and coach developing and implementing training for change leaders, nonprofit practitioners, teachers, and school administrators in evaluation practices and building an evaluative work culture.  Sarah is experienced in developing and managing innovative approaches to conducting evaluations, strengthening evaluative thinking, and leveraging leadership skills. Her unique approach draws from her academic background in Anthropology, Education, Public Policy, International Development, and Leadership coaching.

Nancy Southern, Partner

Nancy is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern.  She completed her bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Houston, and returned to UH to gain her M.Ed. in Counseling. Nancy views each person as having innate value, counsels using a person-centered approach, and believes that early relationships and experiences influence current problems. She believes that as people, we need to be seen and understood by those in whom we place our trust, thus she places a high priority on the relationship between client and counselor.

Sharon Carroll, Clinical Supervisor

Sharon holds an M.A. in Psychology from Houston Baptist University; an M.B.A. from Rice University, where she was recognized by the faculty as a Jones Scholar; and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California.  As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, she maintains a private counseling practice where she serves a variety of clients who are seeking to grow and heal in diverse ways.  In her work with clients, she has found it particularly helpful to apply the principles of person-centered and attachment theories, as well as the training she has received in Emotionally Focused Therapy for Couples, as a Daring Way™ Certified Facilitator, and as a Birkman™ Consultant.

Bridget McCauley, Trainer and Clinical Supervisor

Bridget brings over 10 years of professional experience building relationships through program management and clinical leadership to FuelEd. Since receiving her BS in Psychology from the University of Houston and a MA in Counseling from St. Edward’s University, she has combined her clinical expertise and skills as a trainer to encourage individual and organizational growth.

Jonathan Berger, Counselor

Jonathan is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern in the state of Texas. He holds a B.S. in Human Development and Family Studies from Texas Tech University and an M.A. in Professional Counseling from Texas State University. He has experience working with adults, adolescents, children, and families in community, school, and university settings. As a counselor he draws from an existential and person-centered approach, valuing each client’s unique perspective on what meaningful change would look like. He believes in the power of collaboration and humor in session, and that authentic relationships are the foundation for experiencing growth and healing.

Sheryl Boyd, Counselor

Sheryl is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. She received her B.A. in Communications and Business and her M.S. in Counseling Psychology, both from Palm Beach Atlantic University in Florida. She has worked with adults, children and adolescents in the private practice and non-profit counseling setting. She draws from person-centered and attachment theories in her clinical work. She believes that we are wired for connection and the need to be known. In addition, Sheryl works from the perspective that feeling safe and secure in a trusted therapeutic relationship is an essential component toward personal growth and healing.

Corey Dossey, Counselor

Corey received her BS in Psychology from Texas A&M University and her MA in Counseling degree from Sam Houston State University.  She has experience working with adults and children.  She practices from a person-centered theory and believes that through empathic and accepting relationships, every individual can experience growth and healing.

Farrah Seipert, Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. I received my BA in Psychology from Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Received a Master degree in clinical mental health counseling from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. I have experience working with adults and adolescents in non profit and private practice settings. My approach to counseling is rooted in person-centered therapy and is supported by fundamentals of Adlerian therapy.
I know counseling can be scary and recognize the importance in providing a safe and empathetic space for clients to discuss all that they need to in order to move forward.

Nida Alavi, Trainer

Nida brings 12 years of experience serving in various capacities as a classroom teacher, educational consultant, teacher / parent trainer as well as a variety of leadership roles in global initiatives like Design for Change and local movements in South Asia like Volunteer Karachi. She has a Masters of Education in Special Education from Peabody College at Vanderbilt University with a Bachelor of Arts in Education and Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She currently works with the Children’s Museum of Houston as a specialist in early literacy development and special learning needs. As an educator for over a decade, she has remained deeply committed to providing young individuals access to a relevant, emergent education through the design and implementation of service-based learning experiences. She firmly believes that this forms the bedrock of their personalities as empathetic citizens of their communities while influencing a broad spectrum of outcomes in their individual lives as well.

Kallie Allen, Trainer

Kallie is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified Integrative Wellness and Life Coach in the state of Texas. She primarily works with children using play therapy techniques and with adults looking to thrive in their daily lives. During her time at the University of Saint Thomas, Kallie was published in the International Journal of Play Therapy for her work teaching children social and emotional skills. Her manuscript, “Examining the use of play activities to increase appropriate classroom behaviors,” investigated the importance of addressing a child’s social and emotional needs at school to increase the occurrence of socially appropriate classroom behaviors. As an educator for 11 years, Kallie is invested in teaching social and emotional skills to both adults and children, as she witnessed first hand their power in schools.

Sacha Bodner, Trainer

Sacha is a grateful dad, husband, and licensed master social worker in Houston, TX. Attaining graduate degrees in Law and Social Policy as well as Social Work, he has dedicated his professional community building career to advocating for at-risk children and families across public, private, and charter schools. As a multidisciplinary counselor, educator, and facilitator, he has received awards and recognition for his creative programming, compassionate relationship development, and enthusiastic community engagement. He is passionate about building respectful community and empowering individuals to maximize positive social change.

Shundra Cannon, Trainer

Shundra holds a B.A. in Marketing from Hampton University and a Master’s of School Administration and Mid-Management from the University of Houston. She is a prolific education and business professional who has worked in a variety of educational settings including K-12, charter schools, educational leadership, and school start-up and reform. Her commitment to supporting, coaching, and developing teachers and leaders makes her an effective consultant and manager. She is a passionate educator who is committed to conceptualizing, communicating, and executing vision, training, and development in the educational setting. She has a proven track record of success in working with various education communities.

Angelina Hudson, Trainer

A native of Houston, Angelina brings more than 15 years of professional experience serving individuals who have a brain disorder or mental illness diagnosis. Her background in management includes work as Director of Education with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Greater Houston and Trainer with the National Council for Behavioral Health. Most recently, she accepted a position on the NAMI Texas Education Advisory Board Committee. Hudson’s advocacy work includes service on the Hogg Foundation’s Transition Age Youth Initiative, the Coalition of Behavioral Health Services and collaboration with Mental Health America of Greater Houston’s school-based initiative.

Brian Jaffe, Trainer

Brian has worked in Houston public education as both a teacher and administrator since joining Teach For America in 2006. Currently, he serves as Student Support Specialist at YES Prep Gulfton where he is working to support staff and students in behavioral intervention and student social-emotional development. As a former participant in FuelEd programming, Brian understands first-hand the impact the model can have on an individual and how that impact translates into stronger relationships and student social-emotional and academic development in the classroom. Brian is a certified Principal and Teacher in the State of Texas and holds his MBA from Rice University (REEP).

Danielle Christina Mullings, Trainer

Danielle Christina Mullings calls Atlanta, Georgia home but has lived in Houston for 11 years. She joined the education reform movement through Teach For American in 2005 where she taught Wesley Elementary School. After leaving the classroom, she spent years coaching and developing first and second year teachers across Houston and now currently works on leadership development programming and facilitation for Teach For America. Through these experiences, she has learned the importance of relationship building and how developing and maintaining those relationships true change can occur.

Russell Richard, Trainer

Russell is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Shadow Work® coach with 20 years of experience as a therapist, trainer, and facilitator. He received his master’s degree in Clinical Social Work from Louisiana State University followed by additional training as a Clinical Social Work Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine. Russell seeks to assist others in transforming personal awareness into successful action which begins with personal responsibility and the realization that we have the power to create the lives we deeply desire. Russell believes that consistent healthy, nurturing, and affirming relationships are foundational components for overall health and well-being.