Meet the Team
FOUNDER + LEAD TRAINER
Brooklyn Raney is the author of One Trusted Adult: How to Build Strong Connections & Healthy Boundaries with Young People. After working in schools for more than a decade, she founded One Trusted Adult, a company through which she has spent the past five years working with youth-serving professionals, parents, and guardians to develop strategies for strengthening relationships in homes, schools, and communities so they can best support the positive development of youth.
She is a research-practitioner who holds a BA from Colgate University, an MA in Educational Theater from NYU, and an MS in Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where she is currently a doctoral candidate. Brooklyn’s research explores the intersection of student perception, teacher sustainability, and parent expectation as it relates to an ethic of care in schools.
Brooklyn spends most of her time working with youth-serving organizations around the world to develop adults’ capacity and commitment for showing up in the best possible way for youth, while helping youth see the trusted adults around them as the greatest available resource for supporting their wellness and success. An experienced educator, school administrator, and facilitator, she has designed effective professional development courses, advisory programming, and student leadership trainings that are boosting school connectedness and improving educational culture and climate in communities across the globe.
Though often immersed in writing and research projects, Brooklyn will never miss a week of Girls Leadership Camp, an adventure with her mentee from the Big Brothers Big Sisters program, or a FaceTime with her nieces and nephews. She believes every adult must see themselves as an advocate of youth needs, a promoter of youth potential, and a defender of youth dreams if we are to prevent our biggest fears and promote our greatest hopes for youth today.
Brooklyn lives in Moultonborough, New Hampshire, with her husband, son, and two adventurous goldendoodles named Tuukka and Larry Bird.
Massachusetts and New York
Jill was most recently president and cofounder of a non-fiction book publishing company, successfully sold to a large competitor. Her career has ranged from real estate investment banker to big firm lawyer, non-profit grant writer to finance director, and she’s roamed from New York to London to Boston and the Berkshires. Jill now works with a select group of talented speakers and authors. Recent volunteer work has included VITA tax preparer for low-income New Yorkers, SCORE certified business mentor, and reading with elementary school students. She has a law degree from NYU, and a BA from Harvard. Jill is the mother of four adults.
Beth started her quest to become a trusted adult 7 years ago, by becoming a volunteer mentor. She’s had the privilege of watching her mentee grow and become a more confident, self-assured young woman and in turn her life has been enriched tenfold. The experience has provided Beth with a sense of personal accomplishment and fulfillment while improving her ability to relate to all kids in her life.
When not at the office you can find her gardening with her dog Ralphie and cats Weezie and Black Jack. She enjoys traveling with her husband and many outdoor activities with friends.
CONTENT DEVELOPER + OTA COACH
Kim Siwiec is a Certified School Counselor with extensive experience supporting Elementary, Middle and High School students around the world. She has worked in school communities in the UAE, The Cayman Islands, Malaysia, and the US and currently calls Bermuda “home”. Kim earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology and Communications at the University of Denver and her Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology and Humanistic Studies at the Michigan School of Psychology. In addition to her work in schools, Kim has gained valuable experience working in crisis centers and family counseling centers. She completed her Masters Thesis on Self-Discovery Through Travel and is passionate about encouraging youth to explore outside the comforts of familiarity as a tool for personal growth.
Brenda Aull-Klaben is a retired educator and Teacher Center Director from Syracuse (NY) City School District and the current
part-time Director for the Cayuga-Onondaga Teacher Center. She has 31 years of experience working with inner-city, at-risk youth in a high poverty area. She has taught at every grade level K-5 and ELA 6-8. Currently, Brenda provides professional learning for teachers in ten public schools. She has extensive experience in developing, implementing and evaluating professional development programs for educators across NYS.
What Brenda enjoys most about her role is building relationships and supporting educators as they work towards district initiatives and goals.
Susan Lauzau is a seasoned senior editor who has worked in-house for publishers large and small—from Simon & Schuster and Prentice Hall to Friedman/Fairfax Publishers—as well as for Barnes & Noble’s proprietary publishing group, where
she oversaw the illustrated book program. Specializing in nonfiction books and informational formats, she has worked extensively in the areas of education, business and marketing, natural history, and lifestyle. She holds a master’s degree in Adolescent Education and English from Hunter College and lives in New York City.
Maine, New York, & Shanghai
York-Chi Harder is Corporate Counsel for Cooking for Community, a Portland, Maine based non-profit organization. York Chi has extensive experience in non-profit board governance and strategic planning with a focus on education. For nine years, she chaired the Board of Trustees of the Shanghai American School in China. She currently serves on the Board of the Mark Morris Dance Group and on the Advisory Council of the Center for Professional Research and Learning at Columbia Law School. She holds a JD from Columbia University, a BA from Princeton University and a Masters of Laws from the Free University of Brussels.
York Chi and her husband, Stephen Harder, have three children. They have lived and worked professionally in New York, Brussels, Warsaw, Hong Kong and Shanghai, and currently divide their time between Shanghai and New York.