Jacqueline Hicks – Founder, Executive Director

As Executive Director, Jackie carries the vision, designs the workshops and programs, and oversees the Education Transformations staff development. Jackie has an M.S.Ed. in Counseling and a Pupil Personnel Services Credential.  She was co-founder and director of Cortez Hill Academy, a comprehensive charter high school in downtown San Diego whose vision included the Person Centered Approach (PCA).  She taught and modeled PCA for students, teachers and parents alike.  Prior to Cortez Hill Academy, she was senior consultant for Camelot Leadership Consultants, a Person Centered organizational development firm in La Jolla working with executives and middle managers from Fortune 500 companies, government agencies, entrepreneurships, and other companies.  Jackie is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Studies of the Person.  She has been nourishing and nurturing the hearts and minds of teachers and students since 1998, building successful relationships and overcoming barriers to effective communication.  Jackie has been inspired by Carl Rogers and the Person Centered Approach since her first discovery during her junior year of college.  She feels a strong calling to share some indelible lessons she’s learned–lessons she knows work for the betterment of anyone willing to engage in the journey with her.

Carla Swan Gerstein – Founder, VP Business Development

CarlaHeadshotTreeBkgrdAs Vice President of Business Development, Carla is in charge of operations, growth, community relations, and fundraising. Carla holds a California Teaching Credential, as well as a Bachelors’ Degree in Computer Science from UCSB. She spent 13 years as a software developer, project manager, department manager, and customer liaison, then she acquired her teaching credential in 1999 after having children. In San Diego in 2002, she co-founded the Rainbow Kids Integral Preschool, and in 2006 the Integral Elementary School, both based on the holistic, student-centered Integral Education philosophy.  Carla is very committed to a new vision of education here in the US, one that is based on a Person Centered Approach to learning, and she is delighted to be playing an integral role in manifesting this, through working with educators and administrators in our school systems.