Meet the Team
Our incredible team of trainers and coaches includes psychologists, authors, highly credentialed executive and life coaches, as well as training and organizational development experts. All of our instructors are certiﬁed by Social Fluency and come with a vast array of specialized training, education and career backgrounds that contribute to the ongoing content that Social Fluency provides. We are highly selective and only provide the best people to train your staff.
Co-founder / Advisor
Nadeem is our co-founder, first angel investor and Social Fluency’s first ever student. Nadeem lives and works in San Francisco and is passionate about fostering entrepreneurship, changing the world through the merger between entertainment and health care, and pulling double-duty trying to get his daughters to eat their veggies.
Rachel is the President and Director of Corporate Talent Development for Social Fluency. A successful entrepreneur, passionate leader, and organizational development expert, Rachel has 20 years of experience working with professionals at all levels. She is a highly sought after speaker and training facilitator – leading workshops on leadership, personal branding, communication, presentation skills, social and emotional intelligence skills, as well as other topics related to behavioral science, neuroscience and organizational psychology.
Co-founder / VP of Fluency
Devon is a co-founder and is lead developer of Social Fluency’s exciting new online content, which will be launching soon. He is also a dynamic speaker and thought leader on the topic of social skills. After being diagnosed with skin cancer on his face at the age of 23, Devon went through a bout of depression that robbed him of his once natural social ability.
EVP of Technology
Jim joined as Social Fluency’s EVP of Technology in 2013. He is passionate about working with start-ups and has a keen interest in personal and professional development – particularly that of technology professionals. Jim began his career as a music journalist, writing for Columbia University’s newspaper and many indie magazines around the country.
Fantasha is involved in driving Social Fluency’s Family Fluency R&D. Having lived on her own in the foster care system since the tender age of 13, Fantasha had to teach herself how to navigate through life as a confident and well-balanced individual. Discovering her deep passion for health and wellness, Fantasha became a successful Personal Trainer, acquired various certifications, and built her own successful fitness training company.
Roger serves as Social Fluency’s Outreach Manager. He graduated from San Jose State University with a degree in Business Administrations. A courageous self re-inventor, Roger followed his heart and moved to San Francisco from Maryland in 2010 to pursue his career in business development and other aspects of business management. His professional history includes working at companies like BrightRoll, Demandforce and RMG Networks.
Allen is an investor and coach at Social Fluency. Allen graduated from the Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines with a degree in business management. Soon after, he joined the family business that his father started over forty years ago – which is now one of the leading distributors of industrial supplies in the Philippines. Allen worked in all aspects of sales in the company for ten years, eventually working his way to becoming the business development manager.
Kelli serves as an instructor for Social Fluency’s Individual and Business courses. Kelli’s teenage journey from painful shyness to social fluency taught her that it often takes assistance to embrace such profound change. It wasn’t until a friend helped Kelli up-root her fears that she was able to act on a deep-seated desire for social connection.
Aaron is a credentialed school psychologist, counselor, and national/international presenter. He received his Bachelor of Science in Recreation Management/Marketing from the University of Vermont and earned his Masters of Science in School Psychology and counseling credential from San Francisco State University.
Maura serves as a coach and instructor for Social Fluency. She has nearly 10 years of experience as a trainer and workshop facilitator with a recent background instructing and coaching franchise owners, small business owners, and job seekers. She holds a Master’s Degree in Women’s Spirituality from New College of California and the scope of her education includes linguistics, transpersonal psychology and philosophy. She is currently finishing her certificate in Co-active coaching with the Coaches Training Institute in San Rafael.
Yael is a coach and instructor at Social Fluency. She has studied the art of Non-Violent Communication for more than a decade and has over fifteen years of experience teaching, coaching and leading workshops on conflict resolution and on communication techniques for both private and corporate sectors. Yael earned her Masters in Literature and Education from Columbia University and has since gone on to work towards social justice and education equity around the world. In addition to founding a thriving school in New York City, Yael has worked with people in all walks of life, from Uganda to Cambodia to Egypt and Israel.
Yael has a passion for helping others connect to themselves and others more deeply through effective and meaningful communication and collaboration. She harnesses this skill in others so they may succeed in their personal and professional lives. When she is not coaching at Social Fluency, she can be found pursuing her passions for the outdoors. She is a dedicated marathoner and triathlete, snowboarder, rock climber and lover of Pinot Noir.
Megan Kaden, Psy.D. serves as a Lead Instructor for Social Fluency and has more than 10 years of experience as an instructor and coach. Megan holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco and dual bachelor’s degrees in clinical psychology and studio art from Smith College. The scope of her training encompasses both Eastern and Western philosophy, grounded in her belief that authentic connection is truly revolutionary.
Will is an instructor as well as the co-developer of the Family Fluency program. Will is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the supervisor of Edgewood Center’s Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation program. He has a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology from the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS). He underwent residential training in Zen Buddhism at Tassajara Zen Mountain Monastery and studied Kokikai Aikido for three years.
Araya Anderson is the Operations Manager of Social Fluency. Having worked in administration and operations jobs for 5 years, she handles everything from event planning and number balancing to people managing. She works closely with President Rachel Kjack to ensure the business runs smoothly and efficiently. Araya received her BA from the University of California Berkeley with a degree in Sociology. She enjoys working with a team that helps fulfill a valuable social need within communities, and even more so she values the ability to engage people and help them become better in all aspects of their life. Araya enjoys dinner party extravaganzas, a good cup of tea, and risking her life biking through the streets of San Francisco.