Kecia C. Brown, Ed.D.
President & Principal Coach
With more than 25 years of experience in the field of Higher Education, Dr. Kecia Brown (Dr. Kecia) serves as an adult educator while collaborating with schools, colleges and universities, corporate and non-profit organizations through her consulting firm, the Kingston Bay Group, LLC and coaching practice, Keeping Balanced Coaching. She designed the Wellbeing and Career Transformation Process™, a developmental experience that helps emerging and established leaders become more intentional about creating peaceful integration between 8 areas of wellness within their lives, especially during times of transition and crisis. Dr. Kecia’s engagement style is structured, compassionate, intuitive with a touch of humor in order to support leaders in challenging their underlying assumptions and aid them in re-positioning their definition of success.
Active in professional circles, Dr. Kecia frequently guest lectures and presents at conferences. Dr. Kecia’s presentations include (but are not limited to) “Understanding Organizational Dynamics in Education.” for the Lynch School of Education – Boston College; “Cutting the Apron Strings: Parenting and College Transition” for Parent University at Northeastern University; “Spirituality and Career Development of Black Women Leaders in Academe” at the Faculty Women of Color in the Academy Conference, and “The Enlightened Learner in Today’s Workplace: Bridging Boundaries to Link HR Practice to Adult Learning, Constructive-Developmental Theory, and Action Science” at the Academy of Human Resource Development Conference (AHRD). Dr. Kecia also conducted a monthly workshop at the Plymouth Massachusetts Career Center entitled: Self-Care During Job Transitions.
In addition to her speaking engagements, Dr. Kecia remains committed to public-school education and utilizes her pragmatic experience in Education to design innovative programs for schools in urban settings. Notably, she was called upon to serve as chief program designer and lead instructor for a job-training/workplace learning program developed for the oldest public-school district in the nation – Boston Public Schools (BPS). The Community Paraprofessional Development Program is a teacher diversity pipeline initiative designed for members of Boston’s diverse communities who are interested in starting a career in the Boston Public Schools.
As a proud first-generation college graduate, Kecia earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in California, a Master of Arts in Leadership Studies from the University of San Diego, and her Doctorate in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: spirituality, career and leadership development, workplace learning and job socialization, adult education, transition management, and diversity pipeline program design.
Taylor Goyette-Frechette, MSW
Taylor Goyette-Frechette is a clinical social worker and racial justice practitioner based in Boston, MA. Taylor earned her Master of Social Work degree from the Boston University School of Social Work. She works as the project manager for Racial Justice and Equity Initiatives at the Southern Jamaica Plain Health Center’s Health Promotion Center. She also works as a Domestic Violence Advocate at Brigham & Women’s Hospital. Taylor advocates for policy reform and ethical support for those who have experienced various forms of violence and trauma. She also facilitates trainings and workshops for clinicians and practitioners.
Recent trainings and workshops include: Racism in Health, Health Inequities and COVID-19, Racial Justice Framing, Racial Identity Development, and Racial Justice Communication.
At the core of her racial justice work is Ubuntu, the African Proverb that says, “I am because you are.” Recognizing that her liberation is bound to others is fundamental to her commitment to undoing internalized racism and eradicating structural racism and inequities.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Racial Identity Development for People of Color, Racial Reconciliation and Healing Work, Trauma-Informed Counseling of Marginalized Communities, and Wellness and Wellbeing of Underserved Populations.
Jamie Boussicot, MBA
Jamie Boussicot, is currently the Associate Director of College Success Counseling at Achievement First Amistad High School (AFAHS) in New Haven, CT. In this role, she works to ensure AFAHS Alumni are successfully accessing campus resources and thriving on every level through to college graduation. She also facilitates the multicultural education curriculum of the College Foundations course for seniors.
In Jamie’s spare time, she does DEI Consulting at various Secondary and Higher Education institutions in the New England Area. Jamie worked in Housing and Judicial Affairs at Mount Ida College and transitioned to Wheelock College as the Director of Multicultural Affairs. While at Wheelock, Jamie was the founding director of the Multicultural Center, created a student leadership position that solely focused on issues related to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in addition to serving on various Institutional DEI committees.
A first generation college student, earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business from Bay Path College in 2003 and graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 2007 earning her Master’s in Business Administration (MBA). Jamie sits on the Board of Directors for a non-profit organization, Phenomenal I Am, Inc (PIA), that focuses on programming, advocacy, and mentorship for black and brown middle and high school aged young women in the Greater New Haven area.
Jamie is passionate about college access and success for urban scholars, youth advocacy, committed to fighting social injustices, and a proud member Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority, Inc.
AREAS OF SPECIALIZATION: Racial Equity and Inclusion, Multicultural Education, Holistic Development of Girls of Color, College Access and Student Success