AEM Director of Research
Melissa Rivera is a faculty member in the Educational Leadership department in the School of Education at Capella University as well as a certified AEM coach. She has conducted participatory action research for over two decades in public schools, community-based organizations, social entrepreneurial companies, and a maximum-security women's prison. Her scholarship is grounded in psychology (developmental, positive and somatic), critical/feminist theories and ancient wisdom traditions and focused on personal transformation, collective change and social justice.
Her publications include Latino Education: An Agenda for Community Action Research and PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Americas. She received her undergraduate and doctoral degrees from Brown University and Harvard Graduate School of Education, respectively.
UK Director of The International Academy of Neuroscience and Education
Tibisay Vera is a senior consultant, coach and applied neuroscience master trainer. She is at the vanguard of applying neuroscience in business and personal development. She holds an MSc in Clinical Neuroscience and a MBA and has more than 20 years of experience working for large organizations in corporate finance, change management, leadership, organizational and personal development and executive coaching. As a consultant and facilitator her closeness, passion for brain research and rigorousness stand out. Tibisay is passionate about applying neuroscience research for balancing peak performance and wellbeing to drive organizational outcomes. She is the Director of the UK branch of the International Academy of Neuroscience and Education and is the founder of Sparkling Performance consultancy firm.
She lives in London, UK, where she works with executives, leaders and people from different walk of
life during times of change, transformation and learning. With Jennifer Day, she develops and delivers tailored training programs for leaders and leadership teams, 'Rewired for Resilience', focusing on combining neuroscience and applied emotional mastery.
Children Believe Inc.
Children Believe Inc. was an organization dedicated to facilitating and promoting positive change in the lives of children, primarily by working with the adults in children's lives. From 1998 to 2010, through its web-site and catalog, Children Believe offered resources, information, education, trainings, personal coaching, newsletters, books, games, gifts, art and a unique clothing line, - all to support and assist, (and entertain!) parents, teachers, and others with children in their lives..
Founded by Jennifer Day and her daughter artist and designer Tammy Day, Children Believe Inc. offered family workshops and family retreats in Hawaii until 2002, when they teamed up with kindred spirits on the islands to organize and produce the 2nd International Spirit of Learning - Soul in Education Conference (following the first conference organized by the Findhorn Foundation in Scotland). Held on the island of Kauai, the conference offered world renowned speakers including Joseph Chilton Pearce, Linda Lantieri, Jack Miller, Peggy O'Mara, Dr Martin Brokenleg and Lindamichelle Baron. Attracting more than 200 participants from around the world, including Napal, Thailand, Switzerland, Spain, Poland, England, Scotland, Canada, Japan, Hawaii, and the United States, the conference also included a Youth Forum of 16 young people from all over the US. Following this event, Children Believe Inc. produced and directed a video about the conference and the concepts behind it, which was used to promote the third International Spirit of Learning - Soul in Education Conference, held in Australia in 2003.
In 2003, Children Believe Inc. re-located to Florida, USA. after which the focus was on developing new products for Applied Emotional Mastery™, (used and sold in both the US and the UK), until both Jennifer and Tammy moved on to other projects in 2010.
They are both still fully committed to the support of parents and children; Tammy through raising and homeschooling her two children and with her website tammyday.com, as well as supporting Jennifer with designs and regular feedback, and Jennifer through her coaching practice in London (and internationally by Skype), and with her books and online programs for parents.