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Staff Bios

Helene head shotHelene Naftali
Principal and Founder

Helene Naftali had a single ambition when she founded oneTRUEzone. She wanted to create a vehicle to empower college students to discover the career they were meant for, one that could lead to a life of happiness and professional fulfillment.

Helene found a significant gap in the career services available to young adults, and one that she was more than able to fill. Her passionate concern for the success of each young person is fueled by many years as a practicing psychotherapist. Additionally, as Senior Vice President of Investments for a major financial services firm, Helene also has 25 years of experience in helping families and individuals plan their financial futures. Early in her financial career, Helene was responsible for setting up training for new advisers to show them how to increase their success rate in counseling families on their financial futures. While balancing motherhood and two careers, Helene went on to spearhead workshops guiding people that were considering financial careers on how to determine if their hearts and minds were in fact dedicated to this path. It was this experience that served as a wake-up-call for Helene that her oneTRUEzone is to reach out to the many young adults needing help in making college count, and in finding a career that will truly make them happy.

As a compelling public speaker, Helene has given numerous motivational talks in educational and corporate settings on topics ranging from career planning to high finance. In light of Helene’s many successes, she remains modest and down to earth, and is very well respected in her community. Her genuine concern for the well being of the individual is her ever-present guiding light and passion. Her warmth and enthusiasm enable her to unlock the yearnings of young people, and help them find their oneTRUEzone. Helene holds a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Binghamton University, and also a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University. Helene, her husband and two daughters live in northern New Jersey.


CarolynSharawayCarolyn Sharaway
Director of Philanthropy and Community Partnerships
carolyn@onetruezone.org

Carolyn approaches life and work with an energetic and passionate attitude.  She truly loves developing resources by building relationships and helping others make a difference in the nonprofit sector.  She believes education, along with health, is fundamental to living a fulfilling life.

Her 15 year career in the nonprofit sector began in direct service to underserved populations and was the catalyst to pursue fundraising as a career. She developed her skills in institutional advancement for health and education organizations which led to management of multi-year, sustainable fundraising and development projects that included campaigns; event planning and implementation; major donor cultivation and solicitation; resource development; database management, communications and more.

Carolyn volunteers on the Board and provides fundraising counsel for The Brookdale Park Conservancy, a volunteer-run, nonprofit organization dedicated to maintaining and improving Brookdale Park which borders the towns of Montclair and Bloomfield in New Jersey.

Carolyn earned a bachelor’s of science degree in Psychology from Stony Brook University and a Master Degree in Nonprofit Management from Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy in New York City.

Diane Mitchell

School Administrators Association of New York State
Principal of the Year 2013

Diane Mitchell is the curriculum designer and consultant for oneTRUEzone. She comes to oneTRUEzone with a diverse and extensive background in education, having taught at the elementary, secondary and college levels. Diane is currently a middle school principal in the Clarkstown Central School District in New York. She holds a B.S. in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Oneonta, a Master’s degree from Fordham University in Special Education, and a Doctoral degree from St. John’s University in Educational Leadership. Diane has published several articles on students’ learning styles and their implications for education. 
Diane resides in Rockland County, NY with her husband and three sons and enjoys running marathons.

Diane has discovered that her oneTRUEzone is creating educational alternatives, which is what brought her to oneTRUEzone.

Rena Klosk

Rena Klosk comes to OneTRUEzone with a Bachelor’s Degree in Consumer Economics and Public Policy from Cornell University and a Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and Human Resources Management from Rutgers University. She brings significant experience in human resources management and consulting for major corporations including Reliance Group Holdings, Polychrome and Sony Corporation of America.

While raising her three children, Rena has held several philanthropic and community leadership positions including serving as a Trustee for the Franklin Lakes Education Foundation. Currently, Rena holds the position of Vice President of Campaign and serves on the Board and Executive Board for Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey. Rena discovered her passion for working with young people through her years of volunteering for Cornell University, as a member of the Cornell Alumni Admissions Ambassador Network.

When Rena learned that Helene Naftali was in the process of founding oneTRUEzone, the firm’s mission immediately impressed her. Rena’s experience in professional recruitment and employee counseling and relations, coupled with the many conversations she has had with young people regarding their future educational choices and potential career paths, provide her with a unique background. Her passion for connecting people to one another, and for helping young people find their true path, is realized by her work for oneTRUEzone.

Neil Peller

Neil Peller, comes to OneTRUEzone with a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Franklin and Marshal College. He brings 20 years of experience in the educational publishing industry. Neil has entrepreneurial experience in building Educational Impressions, Inc., a highly innovative educational publishing company with over 400 quality products.

Neil lives in Bergen County, NJ with his wife and two children. He is proud of his involvement in coaching baseball, softball, and soccer. Neil also like volunteering his time to the Cub Scouts and his community.

When Neil found oneTRUEzone, he was excited to be a part of a process that was designed to help young adults. Each child has a unique gift that they are born with. Through mentorship and guidance it is possible to realize this gift and use it to create a successful path from school to career. Neil has always had a passion concerning the education of young people. The mission of oneTRUEzone presented Neil with a perfect opportunity to mesh his love of education with his desire to build a business with a genuine purpose.

Jody Pflanzer

Jody Pflanzer

Jody Pflanzer is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Master Neurolinguistic Practitioner. She holds graduate degrees in Education and Marriage and Family Therapy along with certifications as a life and weight loss coach. She specializes in psychotherapy with individuals, couples, and families. She also facilitates workshops and seminars on topics such as relationships, caregiving, personal development and women’s empowerment.

Jody’s life long journey of self improvement has helped her to see a piece of herself in everyone who walks into her office. Jody welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and support you in reaching your goals.

She believes there are endless possibilities in all of our lives but sometimes the way we view each situation doesn’t allow us to see the choices that we have. She helps her clients to become aware of all the tools they already have and teaches them new ones to create satisfying relationships and fulfilling lives.

She is also a certified Neuro- Linguistic Master Practitioner, Life Coach, Weight loss Coach and Solution Focused Therapist and member of Psychology Today, Good Therapy.com theravive.com, Integrative change.com and the NLP Society.

Her experience is well rounded including teaching junior high school, working at hospice, a group counseling center, an inpatient substance abuse facility, a teen leadership empowerment company and various mental health clinics. Her favorite clients are couples, young adults, teenage girls and women. Her areas of expertise include relationship issues, depression, anxiety, women’s issues, adolescent issues, bereavement, and codependency.

Jody’s life long journey of self improvement has helped her to see a piece of herself in everyone who walks into her office. Jody welcomes the opportunity to earn your trust and support you in reaching your goals.

She believes there are endless possibilities in all of our lives but sometimes the way we view each situation doesn’t allow us to see the choices that we have. She helps her clients to become aware of all the tools they already have and teaches them new ones to create satisfying relationships and fulfilling lives.

 

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