Our Team

Dr. Marla J. Albertie, PhD, CPC.

Dr. Marla J. Albertie, PhD, CPC.

Chief I/O Scientist and Practitioner

Dr. Marla J. Albertie, PhD, has lived on board a United States carrier therefore, she feels she is unstoppable. As a native of Jacksonville, Florida she loves to read, travel, and shop. Many of her travels have been on cruises as she has taken 16 thus far. Marla believes life is a journey and we all can create the life we want so why not; you only live this life once. She has a passion to see growth in peoples’ lives and wants others to pay it forward.

As an energetic visionary, she is the owner and founder of the  TruthSpeaksGroup LLC , a multi media company that creates strategies and solutions for work-life integration/harmony (WLI/H). She is also the founder of MJA Notary Services LLC., MJA Publishing LLC., and JEMA Holdings LLC.

Being the founder of I/O for Teens Inc. is her greatest work yet!

Marla doesn’t believe in work-life balance as she believes all areas of our lives can be integrated and we can create harmony in our lives by means of I/O Psychology and Positive Psychology methodologies.

Marla’s mantra is to #TeachTrainEducate working woman who desire to understand their truth and live a life of success defined on their own terms.

Marla’s one-word philosophy is #Learn.

Therefore creating I/O for Teens Inc. was a no-brainer!

Marla is a certified professional career, executive, and life coach, trainer APTD (Associate Professional in Training and Development), Certified Chief Happiness Officer, Certified Positive Psychology Practitioner, Director of HR, Instructor, of Psychology, Amazon Best Selling author, and has over 25 years of business, coaching, and training experience.

With a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Marla’s educational journey includes a Master of Education in Adult Education, a Bachelor of Applied Science in Supervision and Management, and an Associate of Science in Financial Services.

Marla loves speaking, teaching, and writing. Among the many ventures she is involved in here are just a few: The founder of the Motivational Movement K.I.M. (Keep it Moving), Truth Speaks Academy, an annual Women’s Empowerment Conference. I.M.A.G.IN.E. (I’M Awesome Growing IN Excellence), YouTube Channel featuring the talk show Creating Your Career with Marla J. Albertie which has 36 episodes, and blog TheWorkingWoman.co. She has also published two books and co authored a third.

Marla is an active member of the Junior League of Jacksonville, ATD, SIOP, SHRM, Blacks in I/O, APA, ICF, IPPA, and NAHSE. She is also a Well-being and Data Literacy champion at Mayo Clinic.

When she is not trying to save the world, Marla loves a good story and frequents the movies to eat her favorite movie snack, nachos. She loves spending time with her family and friends cruising, shopping, and reading.

Erin Kendrick

Erin Kendrick

Chief Curriculum Officer

Erin Kendrick is an international artist and arts educator from Jacksonville, Florida. She has exhibited work in museums, galleries and alternative spaces throughout the United States and abroad. After receiving her formal art training at Florida State University (BFA, Studio Art, 1999) and Georgia State University (MFA, Drawing & Painting, 2003), she worked for many years as a Studio Artist and Arts Educator in Atlanta, Georgia before relocating back home.

Erin is the Director of Education and Lead Visual Art Instructor at Jacksonville Arts & Music School and an Adjunct Professor in the School of Visual Arts at Flagler College. She was named the Cultural Council of Greater Jacksonville’s 2019 Art Educator of the Year and in 2018, she was voted Best Visual Artist, Best Art Exhibition, and Best Arts Educator in Folio Weekly’s Best of Jax 2018 poll.

She has won several grants including the Crisp-Ellert Art Museum Artist Residency, the Moving the Margins Artist Residency, and the Community First Foundation Art Ventures Individual Artist Grant. Erin maintains an art studio at CoRK Arts District. She also runs, “Artists Types”, a writing service that helps practicing artists with career advancement by providing workshops, mini-courses, and templates for CV writing, artist statements, proposals, and more.

As an educator she lives by Elbert Hubbard’s quote, “Art is not a thing. It is a way.”

Yashvi Patel

Yashvi Patel

Social Media Content Strategist

Yashvi Patel is an undergraduate student at the University of Florida majoring in Psychology and minoring in Business Administration. She plans to pursue a postgraduate degree in I/O psychology after graduating in Spring 2025. While she currently resides in Gainesville, Florida, Yashvi is originally from Jacksonville, Florida. She loves attending live performances and traveling. In her free time, she likes to read and write. With aspiring hopes to become an I/O psychologist, Yashvi is very passionate about I/O for Teens Inc.‘s mission.

Dr. Kaprina Ingram

Dr. Kaprina Ingram

Board Secretary

Dr. Kaprina Ingram, has over 20 years of experience in a corporate setting and has provided customer service to internal and external customers in a retail, ecommerce, and manufacturing environment.  Her work experience and education are contributing factors in providing exceptional leadership and guidance to employees.

Dr. Ingram has multiple degrees with her most recent degree being Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology (I/O) in 2021.  She has a master’s degree in philosophy, Business Administration with a concentration in Human Resource Management, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management.  Dr. Ingram has experiences in leadership, coaching & development, performance management, & supporting and educating others. Dr. Ingram enjoys spending quality time with family and friends. Dr. Ingram is excited to contribute her passion for learning, supporting, and educating others through I/O for Teens.

 

Advisory Board

Dr. Elizabeth Pavese

Dr. Elizabeth Pavese

Advisory Board

Liz is a seasoned leader blending expertise in organizational psychology, employee experience, and organizational development to help organizations create positive work cultures and experiences for their people. She has over 15 years of experience building talent management, organizational development and employee experience solutions with Fortune 500 companies and more than 5 years of HR tech startup leadership, building global advisory teams, establishing thought leadership and methodology. Liz is a contributing author to The Coaching Buyer’s Handbook: A Practical Guide for HR Managers, Coaching Commissioners and Coachees and The Ethical Coaches Handbook: A Guide to Developing Ethical Maturity in Practice and has been a featured speaker and thought leader on digital coaching and employee experience, with keynote presentations, articles, webinars, podcasts, and interviews with SHRM, ATD, From Day One, Achieve Engagement, HRD, Forbes, Human Capital Institute, Training Industry, TLNT, and more. She serves on the Advisory Board for DX, a developer experience startup, and I/O for Teens, a not-for-profit organization. She is an active member of the Society for Industrial-Organizational Psychology (SIOP), Alliance for Organizational Psychology (AOP), Society for Consulting Psychology (SCP) and International Coaching Federation (ICF).

Dr. Tyrone Smith Jr

Dr. Tyrone Smith Jr

Advisory Board

Dr. Tyrone Smith Jr. is a native of Miami, FL, who currently resides in Dallas, TX, is an award-winning scholar, leader, consultant, executive coach, published writer, and philanthropist. 

Professionally, Tyrone is an innovative organizational psychologist, and a global transformational leader impressively paving the way in the people strategy, total rewards, and technology spaces. He is currently embarking on his entrepreneurial journey as the co-founder of Blydo, a start-up technology company.

Academically, Tyrone earned a Masters in Liberal Arts in IO Psychology from Harvard University, a Doctorate in Leadership & Innovation from St. Thomas University, a Global MBA from University of Houston-Victoria, and several certifications. 

Among his many noteworthy accomplishments, Tyrone, is a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Alpha Kappa Psi Professional Business Fraternity, and extremely proud to be a 2023 FAMU 40 under 40 Honoree 

Erica Martin, Ph.D.

Erica Martin, Ph.D.

Advisory Board

Erica has extensive experience in leadership and talent development, particularly in the public sector. Her primary focus is to educate leaders and team members on how to effectively communicate using a strengths-based approach to promote the development of high-performing teams. Based in Florida, she works in the healthcare industry, supporting the professional growth of physicians, scientists, and administrative leaders. Erica is also the founder of Erica Martin Solutions, LLC, where she primarily facilitates conflict resolution strategy courses. Erica’s expertise includes training and facilitation, organizational effectiveness, leadership development, professional coaching, conflict management, and general HR practices. In her personal life, Erica is a dedicated wife and mother of two. She highly values volunteer work and helping others reach their full potential. Erica is also a thrill-seeker who enjoys visiting various theme parks with her family.

Contact Information: EricaMartinSolutions@gmail.com

 

Shveta Agarwal

Shveta Agarwal

Advisory Board

Shveta is a passionate leader and her mission in life is to empower others toward reaching their goals. She studied Decision and Information Sciences for her undergraduate degree and further gained her professional MBA, both at the University of Florida. She is currently a leader at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Florida and has a career span of over 20 years in third party risk management and information technology. She is a self-made leader and has mentored several family and friends from lessons gained through her own experiences. Apart from her professional endeavors, Shveta enjoys Gator and Jaguar football, giving back to her community and traveling so she can learn from diverse cultures.

Dr. Jamila Donnal, Pharm.D

Dr. Jamila Donnal, Pharm.D

Advisory Board facilitator

Dr. Jamila Donnal, Pharm.D, a Jacksonville native, is an assistant professor of medical education and an instructor of pharmacy within a national health care system. She currently serves as the Operations Manager for medical education.

She received her Doctorate of Pharmacy in 2003 and completed post-graduate training and worked and has worked as a director of pharmacy programming. Dr. Donnal has previous experiences in quality, operations, leadership, innovation, safety, curriculum development and clinical practice.

Dr. Donnal is currently involved in initiatives related to community engagement for learners and is involved in multiple national organizations related to healthcare. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her husband and family, creating new recipes and learning.

Monica Albertie, MHA

Monica Albertie, MHA

Advisory Board facilitator

Monica Albertie, a Houston, Texas native, is an Assistant Professor in Health Care Administration and the Director of Research Operations for Community Outreach and Engagement (COE) and Community Engagement in Research (CEnR) at a national health care organization. Ms. Albertie has a passion for engaging and empowering communities to be fierce advocates for their own well-being. She has an extensive background in community outreach and engagement, curriculum development, operations and financial management, health equity research, and qualitative/quantitative research methodology. She is a co-founder of the Minority Women in Research Network, which is a group of minority women scientists dedicated to increasing and promoting community and patient engagement in health-related research.

Monica received her undergraduate degree in Health Care Management from Florida A& M University. She attended graduate school at the University of Florida where she obtained her Master’s in Health Administration. In her spare time, Monica loves spending time with her family, volunteering in her community, traveling abroad, reading and writing.

She lives by her favorite quote:

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them”.—Walt Disney.”