meet The Team

Our Leadership Team

Rebecca Branstetter. Ph.D.

Founder of Thriving Students Collective

Dr. Rebecca Branstetter, Founder

Rebecca Branstetter, Ph.D., is a California-certified psychologist and a licensed public school psychologist in the San Francisco Bay Area. She earned her doctorate in Education at the University of California at Berkeley. She is the founder of the Thriving School Psychologist Collective and The Thriving Students Collective, whose mission is to bring mental health and learning support to schools and families. 

A sought-after speaker and national media expert, Rebecca’s expertise has appeared in various publications, including Huffington Post, Washington Post, NPR, CNN, and Parents Magazine. She has also published several books and created online courses for parents and professionals on supporting struggling students, particularly those with attention and executive functioning challenges.

Sarah Eisenberg Hauser, CEO

Sarah is a passionate and tenured Executive Leader in the education technology industry, with extensive background in marketing, education and business. From working directly with students, public administrators, and members of the private sector, she brings over 20 years of sales, management, training, marketing, operational and customer success, and recruiting expertise.

Sarah holds a BA from UC Berkeley, an MBA in Marketing, and a Master's in Teaching from the University of San Francisco. She also completed a certification program at Columbia Business School in Building and Leading Effective Teams. Sarah resides in Oakland, California with her 3 amazing children and husband.

Mike Attia

VP of Operations

Mike Attia, VP of Operations

Mike’s journey into helping students overcome educational barriers started in 2007, when he started teaching SAT prep while getting his bachelor's in mathematics at UCSD. He spent the next 15 years of his career working in operations and management at The Princeton Review. Mike earned his bachelor’s degree in mathematics.

Mike lives in Oakland, California. When he’s not at work, you can often find him in front of a piano, singing with his local community chorus or eating (food is the great love of his life).

Team Members

Alisa Fallon, Ph.D.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Alisa Fallon, Ph.D.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Dr. Fallon is Licensed Educational Psychologist and credentialed School Psychologist with over 20 years of experience working with students in the field. She earned her Doctoral and Master’s degrees from UC Berkeley in Education, specializing in School Psychology, and her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UCLA. Alisa has also served as Adjunct Faculty and School Psychology Program Coordinator at the graduate level for Saint Mary’s College of California.

In her work as a school psychologist, Dr. Fallon has conducted psychoeducational assessments to address a variety of areas including learning disabilities, ADHD, Autism, and social-emotional needs. In the schools, she also provides direct support including individual counseling, family support/advocacy, and team facilitation/collaboration with school staff.

 

Amy Leung (Lee), M.S.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Amy Leung (Lee), M.S.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Amy is a Licensed Educational Psychologist (LEP) and Credentialed School Psychologist (PPSC) with 20 years of experience serving individuals with learning differences and conducting psycho-educational assessments to identify learning profiles. She has a wealth of experience, offering scholastic and applicable solutions for individuals with learning disabilities, attention challenges, autism spectrum disorder, and social-emotional challenges in both educational and private settings.

Amy holds a M.S. in school psychology and B.S. in business administration. She is a certified BICM, aced the Autism Spectrum Disorders Professional Concentration Program at UC Davis, and completed the FBA/BIP Trainer of Trainer courses. Amy was a key leader in many of the school district’s leadership teams, including the Autism Spectrum Disorder Best Practices Leadership Team, the Cohort Leadership for Students’ Strengths/Weaknesses Patterns, and the Crisis Intervention Manual Project Team.

Anna Napawan, ph.D.​

Licensed Clinical Psychologist​

Anna Napawan, ph.D.​

licensed clinical psychologist​

Dr. Anna Napawan is a licensed clinical psychologist, and she has worked and trained in a variety of settings including UCSF Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic, Children’s Hospital Oakland, Ann Martin Center, and Kaiser Permanente. Dr. Napawan has experience in assessing giftedness, ADHD, ASD, and various learning differences. She used a collaborative therapeutic approach when conducting her assessments, which includes an in-depth clinical interview, school observations, standardized measures, and projective tests. In addition to Dr. Napawan's work, she enjoys learning to watercolor, embroidery, and caring for her 3 children.

Charity Lee

Sales & Marketing Consultant

Charity Lee

Sales & Marketing Consultant

Teresa McMorton, Ed.S, is a licensed public school psychologist in the state of Colorado. She received her graduate training at Oklahoma State University. She completed her school psychology internship in Westminster, CO and has been practicing school psychology for thepast 8 years.

Teresa also holds a B.S. in psychology, a M.S. in Educational Psychology with an option in School Psychometrics. She is a current member of the Colorado Society of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Psychologists.

When she’s not working with students, Teresa enjoys watching scary movies, reading, going on walks with her dogs, and spending time in nature. Teresa is currently learning how to knit. She resides in Colorado with her husband and 5 “fur babies”.

Charity Plaxton-hennings, PH.D.​

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Credentialed School Psychologist​

charity plaxton-hennings, ph.d.​

licensed clinical psychologist, credentialed School psychologist​

Dr. Charity Plaxton-Hennings is a pediatric neuropsychologist, licensed clinical psychologist, and credentialed school psychologist. She holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology, a Master's Degree in Public Health, a Master's Degree in Psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in Speech and Psychology. She completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at Loma Linda University Children's Hospital in Pediatric Neurodevelopment. She currently serves as a Director of Special Education. Dr. Plaxton-Hennings spent the first 8 years of her career as an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University and has since held several adjunct faculty appointments at many colleges and universities. She is certified as a trauma specialist and has an extensive background in crisis intervention, including serving for two weeks in New York following 9/11. Historically, she also worked in private practice conducting neuropsychological evaluations, therapy, organizational consulting and training. She currently serves as reviewer for the Journal of Contemporary School Psychology and serves in leadership positions on state and local organizations.

Gina Beaman

Director of DEI and Ethics

Dr. Gina Beaman

Director of DEI and Ethics

Dr. Gina Beaman is a Licensed Educational and School Psychologist as well as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She is also a Certified Learning Disability Specialist for the California Community Colleges. 

Dr. Beaman has served in leadership roles with the California Association of School Psychologists as chair of the DEI and Ethics Committees. 

Javarte Bobino, PSY.D.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist

Javarte Bobino, Psy.D.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist​

Dr. Javarte Bobino is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and credentialed school psychologist who holds a Doctoral Degree in Educational Psychology. He completed a Master’s Degree in Counseling Psychology. He possesses years of experience working with youth and adults in a variety of settings. Dr. Bobino has been an adjunct instructor for Mills College, St. Mary’s College of California, Loyola Marymount University, and University of San Francisco. Dr. Bobino is native to the Bay Area and specializes in working with foster youth, developing mental health program initiatives, optimizing the learning atmosphere, student development, and promoting a safe learning environment.

Jennifer Rocabado, M.S.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist​

Jennifer Rocabado, M.S.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist​

Jennifer has been a Licensed Educational Psychologist and California Credentialed School Psychologist for over 20 years in the South Bay. She holds a BA in both English and Psychology from the University of San Diego and M.S. in Counseling with a specialization in School Psychology from California State University, Easy Bay. Recently, she received her Diplomate of School Neuropsychology certification.

Currently she is the Co-President of Santa Clara County Association of School Psychologists where she works to coordinate and facilitate collaboration and training opportunities to school psychologists in the Bay Area. When she is not assessing, teaching students (and parents!) about their brains and feelings, or writing reports, Jennifer enjoys time spent outdoors with her family, which includes her husband, two teen sons (14 and 16), and two dachshund-mix dogs.

Laura Hansen, ED.S., M.ED.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist​

Laura Hansen, Ed.S., M.Ed.​

Licensed educational Psychologist​

Laura is a Licensed Educational Psychologist and a credentialed school psychologist. She earned her Ed.S. and M.Ed. in School Psychology from the College of William and Mary and her B.A. from Villanova University. She has worked with youth and families throughout the Bay Area since 2015. Laura's goal is to support families through an approach that is student-centered, culturally-responsive, evidence-based, and strengths-focused. She has broad experience working with diverse learners with disabilities and difficulties that impact learning.

Laura lives in San Francisco with her husband and dog Larry. In her free time she enjoys reading, traveling, playing board games, and getting outside as much as possible: hiking, cycling, and going to the dog park.

Nicole Smith, PSY.D.​

Licensed Psychologist​

Nicole Smith, Psy.D.​

Licensed Psychologist​

Dr. Nicole has been working as a clinical/school psychologist, specializing in assessment, for the past eight years. Dr. Nicole grew up in Perth, Western Australia and moved to the US to attend Northwestern University. She played Division 1 Field Hockey and obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology. Dr. Nicole received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Forensic Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and her Doctorate degree from Alliant International University in San Francisco. She enjoys traveling, reading (all things Harry Potter), watching movies, learning German, tap dancing, and adventuring with her five year old son.

Noelle Dumont, M.A.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist

noelle dumont, m.a.​

Licensed Educational Psychologist​

Noelle Dumont is a Licensed Educational Psychologist with over 10 years in the field.  She enjoys identifying the needs of the students she works with and including them in the intervention and recommendation process.  She has  experience with neuropsychological evaluations, working with diverse populations and promotes a  growth mindset in all students. She has worked as a mental health clinician prior to becoming a school psychologist and brings a wealth of knowledge to her Educationally Related Mental Health Service assessments. Noelle enjoys  solution based problem solving and the collaborative relationship with parents and schools. When she is not assessing students, she enjoys entertaining friends and family, Pilates and hiking with her two whippet dogs.

Rob Seitman

Advisor

Rob is an educational leader who develops long-term relationships to connect K12 site and district leaders with the best solutions for their schools and districts. As an advisor, he supports partnerships that provide educational opportunities for all students and erase the opportunity gap and digital divide. 

Rob lives in the San Francisco Bay area with his family. As a lover of the theatre, all of his children and pets are named for Shakespearean characters.

Steven Branstetter

Creative Director

Steven Branstetter

Creative Director

Steven first fell in love with photography at the age of 11, when his brother gave him a film camera.  In the digital world, Steven creates images and videos that capture the essence of the Thriving Students Collective. 

When he's not ridding the world of cheesy stock photography, you can find him enjoying mint chip ice cream with his wife and two daughters in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

 

Teresa MCMorton, ED.S., M.S.​

Licensed Public School Psychologist

Teresa mcMorton, ed.s., m.s.​

Licensed Public School Psychologist

Teresa McMorton, Ed.S, is a licensed public school psychologist in the state of Colorado. She received her graduate training at Oklahoma State University. She completed her school psychology internship in Westminster, CO and has been practicing school psychology for thepast 8 years.

Teresa also holds a B.S. in psychology, a M.S. in Educational Psychology with an option in School Psychometrics. She is a current member of the Colorado Society of School Psychologists and the National Association of School Psychologists.

When she’s not working with students, Teresa enjoys watching scary movies, reading, going on walks with her dogs, and spending time in nature. Teresa is currently learning how to knit. She resides in Colorado with her husband and 5 “fur babies”.