President and Co-Founder
Ellen Galinsky, President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute (FWI), helped establish the field of work and family life during the time she was at Bank Street College of Education, where she was on the faculty for 25 years. Her more than 100 books and reports include the best-selling Mind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills Every Child Needs, Ask The Children, and the now classic The Six Stages of Parenthood. She has published over 300 articles in journals, books and magazines.
At the Institute, Ms. Galinsky co-directs the National Study of the Changing Workforce, the most comprehensive nationally representative study of the U.S. workforce—updated every five to six years. She also co-directs When Work Works (a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation that has produced a series of research papers and has launched the When Work Works Award—formerly Sloan Award) as well as conducted the National Study of Employers, a nationally representative study that has tracked trends in employment benefits, policies and practices since 1998. Information from FWI’s research has been reported in the media more than three times a day since January 2010. In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and Families and Work Institute formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership that takes When Work Works out to employers in 50 states.
At FWI, Mind in the Making (MITM) is an unprecedented effort to share the science of children’s learning with the general public, families and professionals who work with them. Projects include: Seven Essential Skills Learning Modules (in English/Spanish) that are being implemented in six communities through community schools with funding with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership and in an additional eight communities/systems; a DVD collection of 42 videos showing important experiments in child development research; Prescriptions for Learning—downloadable tip sheets for families and professionals that turn children’s challenging behavior into opportunities to teach life skills; and a partnership with First Book with a library of children’s books and accompanying tips to promote life skills. Mind in the Making has sold more than 120,000 copies and had more than 2.2 billion media impressions since April 2010. It was named one of the top ten nonfiction books by The Washington Post in May 2014 and was voted the Number 1 must-read book for preschool teachers by Child Care Exchange in June 2014.
A graduate of Vassar College and Bank Street College of Education, Ms. Galinsky is a leading authority on work family and child development issues. She was a presenter at the 2014 White House Summit on Working Families, the 2000 White House Conference on Teenagers and the 1997 White House Conference on Child Care. She was a planner/participant of the March 2010 White House Forum on Workplace Flexibility. She served as the elected President of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the largest professional group of early childhood educators. Ellen Galinsky is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2004 Distinguished Achievement Award from Vassar College and the Seven Wonders of the Work Life World from Working Mother magazine. She was elected a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in 2005 and is the recipient of the 2014 Friend of Children Award from the Southern Early Childhood Association. She was honored as one of the 40 Women to Watch Over 40 for 2014.
Ellen Galinsky is married to artist Norman Galinsky, and they are the parents of two grown children: Philip, an ethnomusicologist and founder-director of Samba New York—an inspiring new performance group—and Lara, Senior Vice President at Echoing Green—whose mission is to unleash the next generation of talent to solve the world’s biggest problems—and co-author of Be Bold and author of Work on Purpose. Norman and Ellen Galinsky have two grandchildren—Antonio and Azaiah.
John Boose is the Creative Director at Families and Work Institute. He designs, formats and oversees the printing of all FWI materials. He also designs, builds and manages the Institute’s Web sites. He has been with the Institute for over ten years.
Mr. Boose also does freelance design, is a musician and received a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from Connecticut College.
John Boose is originally from New York City and currently resides there with his family.
Program Manager, When Work Works
Zon-Wei Cheng is the When Work Works Program Manager at Families and Work Institute. She co-manages the When Work Works initiative and Alfred P. Sloan Awards for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) at Families and Work Institute.
Prior to joining FWI, Ms. Cheng was the Director of Program Logistics, Publications-Sales Database Manager, and Membership Manager of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) – Corporate office, where she was awarded the AAA President’s Honoree Award for Living the Values: Service, Integrity & Conflict Management. During her time at AAA, she oversaw national and international training and conference logistics; collaborated with Finance staff to create national financial forms, procedures and policies that were implemented in 20+ offices; an
d created a user-friendly membership benefit chart for sales staff. She was also the Director of Meetings and Membership at the National Customs Brokers and Forwarders Association of America where she was awarded the NCBFAA Certificate of Appreciation.
Zon-Wei received the New Star Award from New York Society of Association Executives (NYSAE), which recognizes significant contributions from a new member. She is currently serving on NYSAE’s educational committee.
Ms. Cheng was a business and English double major and graduated cum laude from Skidmore College with a B.S. degree. She also completed the Meeting & Conference Management Certificate program from New York University-School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
Nicole Gardner (Program Associate) holds a Masters of Science in Education from the Bank Street College of Education, in the study of Infant and Family Development/General and Special Education. While at Bank Street College, she worked at the Bank Street Family Center in a mixed-age inclusion classroom with infants and toddlers. Through her work and study at Bank Street, Nicole has come to believe that the first three years of life are the most essential period for learning, the core of which is a strong social-emotional foundation.
Nicole has over ten years of experience working with children and families, as a teacher, a nanny, a teaching artist and a performer. Nicole holds a B.F.A. from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and is a passionate supporter of making the arts an integral part of children and families’ lives. After spending 13 years in New York, Nicole and her husband moved to the West Coast, where they currently reside in Los Angeles. Nicole is a voracious reader, practices yoga, plays the ukulele, and loves to travel.
Marline Griffith is the Office Manager at Families and Work Institute. She manages the Publications Department, coordinates speaking events, and provides operations, administrative and reception support.
Marline Griffith graduated from CUNY Graduate School and University Center with a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality Management. She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and teenage daughter.
Tony Kolasa is the Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer and Secretary of Families and Work Institute. As a member of the Institute’s senior leadership team, Tony’s responsibilities include overseeing all of the accounting and financial functions at the Institute; developing, managing and implementing strategic partnership alliances and revenue streams; and managing contracts with independent contractors and sub-contractors.
Prior to joining the Institute in November 2010, Tony was a Partner with the Big Four CPA firm of Ernst & Young. At Ernst & Young, Tony’s primary focus was working with senior financial executives of not-for-profit organizations of all sizes, dealingwith financial, accounting and tax issues. During his career at Ernst & Young, Tony also was an adjunct professor of accounting in the evenings at Rutgers University and Middlesex County College.
Tony received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an Accounting major from Villanova University. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, and holds a CPA license in both New York and New Jersey. Tony lives in New Jersey with his wife Peggy, has two sons and a daughter, and six grandchildren. During his career at Ernst & Young, Tony also was an adjunct professor of accounting in the evenings at Rutgers University and Middlesex County College.
Senior Director of Research
Kenneth Matos, Ph.D., is Senior Director of Research at Families and Work Institute and serves as a member of the senior leadership team. He conducts research on a wide range of workforce and workplace issues, including diversity, mentoring, work-life fit, and workplace effectiveness. His responsibilities include identifying emerging employment issues and trends, conducting analyses, writing reports and speaking on the findings from the Families and Work Institute’s ongoing nationally representative studies—the National Study of Employers and the National Study of the Changing Workforce. He also co-directs When Work Works, a project on workplace flexibility and effectiveness, in collaboration with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). When Work Works sponsors the When Work Works Award, which recognizes employers for providing workplaces that are beneficial to both employers and employees.
Prior to joining FWI, Dr. Matos worked for the Department of Defense (DoD), where he developed, implemented, and analyzed surveys of members of the U.S. military, their families and related constituencies. His research for the DoD has examined issues of racial-ethnic harassment and discrimination, mentoring, and work satisfaction among military members and DoD civilian personnel. His work has been presented to Congress and various military policy offices. He has co-authored book chapters and research papers on best practices in diversity management, the effect of mentoring in the military, and the impact of deployments on military families.
He completed his undergraduate work in Psychology at Amherst College, received his master’s in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University and earned his Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology at the George Washington University.
Barbara Norcia-Broms is Communications Manager at Families and Work Institute and has been at FWI since 1992, joining the Institute in its early years as Executive Assistant to President Ellen Galinsky.
She is the Institute’s Board of Directors liaison and support, works with the Marketing and Communications teams on social media, serves as copyeditor/proofreader for FWI and manages the Institute’s databases. Prior to her current role at FWI, she was Development Associate and part of the fundraising team that managed FWI’s Corporate Leadership Circle and the Work Life Legacy Award and Veterans Employment Transition (VET) Award events.
Before joining FWI, Ms. Norcia-Broms was Assistant to the Director of Public Events for Grand Central Partnership (GCP), a business improvement district encompassing 50-blocks around Grand Central Terminal. GCP produced Manhattan’s first First Night in 1991, a New Year’s Eve day celebration of the arts. In the 80s, she met Ellen Galinsky when she worked at Bank Street College of Education in Development and as Assistant Secretary to Bank Street’s Board of Trustees.
Barbara Norcia-Broms holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music from Queens College (The Aaron Copeland School of Music) of CUNY, Cum Laude and is a native of Rome, Italy. She is an operatic contralto and is President and Artistic Director of Manhattan Opera Association—“one of New York’s vest-pocket opera companies,” The New York Times—which she manages with her husband, tenor Martin Broms.
Jennie Portnof is the Mind in the Making (MITM) Program Manager at Families and Work Institute. She takes the lead on creating materials that are able to combine the rich MITM content with elegant and engaging electronic and print formats. She oversees the MITM website, acts as liaison to MITM Learning Communities, collaboratively implements MITM Seven Essential Skills Trainings, MITM speaking engagement and webinar content and provides support in the daily development of MITM projects, outreach, reports, proposals, and a growing range of interactive MITM resources.
While at the University of California, Berkeley, in collaboration with Poet and Activist Professor June Jordan and 19 other student poets, she helped create Poetry for the People — a program for the reading, writing, and teaching of poetry, political vision and moral witness that thrives today. Prior to joining Families and Work Institute, she was part of the creative/production team of network and agency trained professionals for both Nickelodeon Creative Advertising and Branding, covering content for all Nickelodeon networks and a large portfolio of external clients. She is a founding editor of Fort Necessity, a small literary magazine.She holds a MFA in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design. In addition to exhibiting her art work, she is a published poet and writer.
Erin Ramsey is the Senior Program Director for Mind in the Making at Families and Work Institute and is responsible for the overall implementation and development of partnerships for Mind in the Making.
Ms. Ramsey has worked for over 20 years in the early childhood field and began her career as a family child care provider and preschool teacher. She later served for 12 years as Executive Director of 4C of Southern Indiana, Inc., a child care resource and referral agency, where she developed the organization and several programs that were nationally recognized. Ms. Ramsey also served as the director of public relations for a statewide child care resource and referral agency and was the Director of Early Childhood for the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, the third largest urban school district in Indiana.
Throughout her career, Ms. Ramsey has served on numerous national, state and local boards and initiatives to increase the awareness of the importance of early childhood education and to improve the quality and accessibility for families, professionals and communities.
She holds an undergraduate degree in Child Development and Psychology from California State University at Sacramento. She also earned a Master of Science in Public Service from the University of Evansville.
Erin Ramsey is the mother of four children, has been happily married for 21 years, has three dogs and a cat and resides in Evansville, Indiana. She is an experienced public speaker and works to help others see their potential.
Director of Product Development and Marketing
Kelly Sakai-O’Neill is Director of Product Development and Marketing at Families and Work Institute. She has over a decade of experience in the area of work life research, communications and programming. Kelly is a founding member of the When Work Works team since the initiative launched in 2005. In this role, she has worked to create a rigorous one-of-a-kind workplace flexibility award process, using national data, employer data and employee input. Over the past several years Kelly has helped grow the initiative from 62 applicants to now over 750 annually. Kelly has managed the Institute’s marketing efforts and websites, as well as co-authored a number reports and journal articles using FWI’s data.
Prior to joining Families and Work Institute, Kelly worked in marketing at an online fantasy sports game company called Small World, Inc.
Kelly attended Rutgers College where she studied political science and women’s studies. A California native who still wears flip-flops in the wintertime; she currently resides in Brooklyn with her husband Mark where she is learning to embrace wool sweaters.
Senior Director of Communications
Eve Tahmincioglu is the Senior Director of Communications and head of Social Media at Families and Work Institute. She manages and directs the Institute’s multimedia team responsible maintaining three websites, ten social media networks — Facebook, YouTube, Linkedin, Pinterest, Google +, and Twitter — and video production. She is also the main contact for media looking for FWI research or interviews with key Institute staff; and she’s the point person for all social media initiatives related to communications for FWI. She is responsible for the overall communications effort for FWI including its research on the changing workforce and workplace and child development as well as its action-oriented projects including When Work Works, and Mind in the Making.
Ms. Tahmincioglu contributes articles on workplace issues for NBCNews.com and Today.com, where she served as an award-winning columnist covering labor issues for both sites since 2006. She’s also the voice behind the popular CareerDiva.net blog, and author of From the Sandbox to the Corner Office: Lessons Learned on the Journey to the Top.
Ms. Tahmincioglu has more than 20 years experience as a business reporter working as a staffer for Women’s Wear Daily, UPI and the St. Petersburg Times. She was also a long-time contributor to the New York Times, BusinessWeek, and Workforce Management Magazine. Her stories have appeared in numerous national publications includingtheatlantic.com, Good Housekeeping, NPR’s Need to Know, Salon, Newsday, iVillage, USA Today and Time.
Her specialties as a journalist included workplace and labor issues, the small business and entrepreneurial world, social networking, retail, autos, women’s issues, and leadership, including interviews with some of the biggest names in Corporate America.
Ms. Tahmincioglu was named top online business columnist in 2009 by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers; was awarded a Jessie H. Neal National Business Journalism Award in 2005 for team small business coverage for BusinessWeek; and earned a fellowship with the Economics Institute for Journalists in 1995. In addition, she was named one of the top ten career tweeters on Twitter by CareerBuilder and CNN; and CareerBuilder and Forbes named CareerDiva.net one of the top blogs in the country.
Ms. Tahmincioglu holds an undergraduate degree in journalism from Hofstra University in Hempstead, LI. She is married to Andy D’Ambrosio and they are the parents of two young children, Circe and Cheiron.
Tyler Wigton is Program Manager for Corporate Relations at Families and Work Institute (FWI). She works closely with Anne Weisberg, FWI’s Senior Vice President for Strategy, in supporting the Institute’s Corporate Leadership Circle (CLC), an exclusive cross-industry network of national and global employers that help inform FWI’s research agenda to understand the issues facing businesses and to identify emerging issues in the larger workforce/workplace conversation.
Ms. Wigton on-ramped back to the Institute after maternity leave. Prior to her leave, she managed When Work Works at the Institute, an ongoing national initiative on workplace effectiveness and flexibility first funded by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Her responsibilities included overseeing the Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility—now called the When Work Works Award—a component of the project that recognizes employers for successfully using flexibility to meet both business and employee goals.
In 2011, the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and the Families and Work Institute formed a ground-breaking, multi-year partnership that will build on and grow the When Work Works initiative by providing tools and research to help businesses become more successful by transforming the way they view and adopt effective and flexible workplaces.
From 2001 to 2010, Ms. Wigton coordinated Families and Work Institute’s annual Work Life Conference, co-presented with The Conference Board, which served as one of the thought leader events for work life. She also worked on The Supporting Work Project, funded by The Ford Foundation, which identified, provided support to and evaluated innovative demonstration projects across the country that are helping employers of all sizes play an important role in educating their lower-wage workers about publicly-funded work supports and in making it easier for them to apply for and receive these benefits.
A native of Scotch Plains, New Jersey, Tyler Wigton graduated from Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. She and her husband currently reside in New York City with their two photogenic children and goldfish.
Myrna Woods is the Manager of Finance and HR Administration at Families and Work Institute. She performs the day-to-day general accounting at FWI, working closely with the Chief Financial Officer assisting with quarterly and year-end closings and yearly audit preparation. She also assists in the implementation of goals, policies and procedures relating to accounting at FWI.
As HR Administrator, she is responsible for the daily management of HR policies and procedures, the administering of FWI’s benefit programs including group health, disability, unemployment and retirement plans while providing daily support to staff.
Prior to joining the Institute, Ms. Woods was a Staff Accountant at Century 21 Stores, a group of successful New York-based department stores. In 1998, she graduated from Bernard Baruch College where she received her Bachelor’s in Business Administration in Accounting.
Myrna Woods is a member of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA), one of the leaders in expanding the influence of minority professionals in the fields of Accounting and Finance. In her free time Ms. Woods, with the help of NABA, provides free financial consulting and tax preparation services to low income residents of New York City.