Name: Geoffrey Nixon
Position: Founder & CEO
Responsibilities: Anything Tina doesn’t get to.
Background/Education: Finance education and career turned to founding Gemm Learning when my son started to have learning difficulties.
More about me: Born in New Zealand, live in Westchester, NY with my wife and two children. Passionate about education reform, particularly around prioritizing a love of learning.
What I want to be when I grow up: Education activist
When I’m not at work: Dabble in golf, love bridge, coach my children’s sports teams, keen sports fan, enjoy traveling.
Name: Tina Liberatore
Position: President & COO
Responsibilities: Running the day to operations of Gemm Learning, ensuring the best possible service for our students.
Background/Education: Ten+ years of education/supplemental education experience, I began my educational journey at Saint Anselm College in New Hampshire and completed my degree at Queens College in New York. I began my teaching career as a New York City Teaching Fellow, but quickly realized my passion for supplemental education.
More about me: I am the proud mother of toddler twin boys and an 8 year little girl. I can sit for hours in the children’s literature section of any bookstore. I believe every child deserves the opportunity to get lost in a story and see other worlds through the pages of a book.
What I want to be when I grow up: I love what I do. This is exactly what I want to do when I grow up!
When I’m not at work: I am spending time with my family, cheering for our local sports teams, reading and writing, and enjoying the great outdoors.
Name: Michelle Reynard
Position: Education Specialist
Responsibilities: Michelle, one of our longest standing employees, wears many hats for Gemm Learning. She is one our educational consultants and an expert in all things Gemm. Michelle takes many incoming calls and helps families to determine whether or not our services would be a match for their needs. She is also our primary contributor for Gemm Learning’s educational blog, Inside Learning.
Background/Education: B.S. from the University of Texas at Austin in applied learning and development with a specialization in reading. Holds additional certifications in gifted and talented, bilingual, ESL, and ESOL instruction. Spent nine years as a classroom educator, including time as a grade level team leader and school writing-vertical chair.
More about me: I’ve lived and worked in Mexico, Africa, and South America. I instructed adult, child, and infant CPR and first aid and Basic Training courses while with the Red Cross. I will finish a 500-800 page book in one day if it holds my interest. If it doesn’t, and it’s not something I have to read, I won’t finish the first chapter. Tigers, sharks, and whales fascinate me.
What I want to be when I grow up: A writer, though not one concerned with publishing or marketing her work. Just someone who loves to write and gets lost in the process. Or a camerawoman who documents sharks and other marine life close up, all over the world, like Andy Casagrande.
When I’m not at work: I’m focused on family and friends (this usually involves food), exercising, or listening to alternative music.
Name: Delphine (Deli) Marden
Position: Senior Program Manager
Responsibilities: Maintaining the quality of the student and parent experience, managing current and future programs for all clients and to be our clients' biggest cheerleader.
Background/Education: Teaching internship and student teaching experience at the middle school level, certified secondary teacher in CT. Bachelor's of Art in History with minor emphasis in Creative Writing and German Language from University of Redlands (CA). Master's of Art in Teaching from Sacred Heart University (Fairfield, CT). 1 of 2 recipients of the Dean's Leadership Prize from Sacred Heart (2010).
More about me: Born and raised in the Nutmeg State (CT). I live with my artist husband, our passionate young daughter, 3 large dogs, 1 cat, and many fish. I struggled in school due to being dyslexic and having auditory processing differences, which is why I'm so dedicated to this program.
What I want to be when I grow up: A woodworker, a furniture maker, or to have an animal sanctuary.
When I’m not at work: I am running races with my husband, bowling, playing with my daughter and our pets, attempting Pinterest crafts (which never come out quite right) and unsuccessfully keeping deer out of my garden.
Name: Danielle Meaney
Position: Program Manager
Responsibilities: Managing current and future student programs and maintaining the quality of the student and parent experience.
Background/Education: I attended the University of Connecticut and hold a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies, with a concentration in early childhood development, and a minor in Psychology.
More about me: I have lived in Connecticut all of my life and will probably stay here because I really love being close to my big, crazy family. My husband and I have two children, Micaela and Logan, who are the absolute best part of our day. Working with Gemm has been an amazing experience for me; I love the relationships we are able to establish with our families and being able to make a difference in the lives of our students.
What I want to be when I grow up: There are a million things I would like to be when I grow up, I’m excited to see where life takes me!
When I’m not at work: I’m juggling the busy life of a mom, trying to squeeze in a run with our puppy, a bike ride with the kids, working in the garden, repurposing old things or baking cupcakes (YUM!).
Name: Christine Robinson
Position: Education Consultant
Responsibilities: I provide consultation to families looking for ways to support their children’s educational challenges. I help identify the most appropriate approach and solution(s) to ensure each child receives the maximum gains achievable so life becomes easier and they learn to love learning.
Background/Education: I have a Masters Degree in Business and a BS in Marketing. I spent 15 years as a Consultant/Customer Relations Manager in the technology industry before switching careers and joining Gemm. I actively pursued a position with Gemm as a result of the tremendous results it provided my children who were diagnosed with autism and dyslexia.
More about me: I am a happily married mom of a 14-year-old and 11-year-old boy, and have two beautiful Australian Shepherds. I am an avid runner. My personal experiences parenting children with different learning disabilities have provided me a great deal of understanding and empathy to effectively support the families Gemm works with. I find it incredibly rewarding when I hear the excitement and joy in the voices of Gemm parents when they start to see positive results for their children.
What I want to be when I grow up: Too many things, I can’t decide on just one: volcanologist, neuroscientist, educational psychologist, athletic trainer for one of my favorite sports teams, oceanographer, Olympic athlete, zoologist, camp director on a Hawaiian island…
When I’m not at work: I spend much of my time between my boys’ sports schedules. I run as often as possible as I consider running my antidote to a healthy mind. I love to read, spend time outdoors with our aussies, devote time to my Chicago sports teams, and appreciate all the time I can get with family and friends.
Name: Robin Gaston
Position: Gemm Learning Consultant and After-Hours Technical Support
Responsibilities: I provide phone consultations to discuss you or your child’s suitability for our brain-training solution and to ensure correct program placement. I also provide technical support for Gemm families after regular office hours.
Background/Education: I have a Sociology degree from Valdosta State University and an Early Childhood Education degree from Thomas University. I spent four years teaching grades 1-4, where my responsibilities included regular classroom duties, after school tutoring for at-risk kids and early intervention for children with Autism and PDD.
More about me: I live in Georgia with my husband and two children.
What I want to be when I grow up: I would like to own a youth summer camp in North Carolina.
When I’m not at work: I enjoy watching my children play sports. I also enjoy boating, reading, camping, and traveling with my family.
Name: Melissa Agosin
Position: Education Consultant
Responsibilities: Introducing families to Gemm Learning and the awesome programs we offer. Speaking with parents daily to answer questions and helping them to find the best possible solution to meet their child’s needs.
Background/Education: I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and a Master’s Degree in Elementary Education with a focus on Curriculum and Instruction from Chapman University in San Diego. I also hold Teaching Credentials in both California and New York. I was a long-term substitute teacher before becoming the Director of Education at Sylvan Learning Center, where I worked for a number of years. I switched gears and worked as a legal assistant and paralegal before joining the Gemm family in 2012.
More about me: I am the proud mother of two daughters and a son. My husband and I are avid Yankees fans and I love all things Harry Potter and Star Wars. I lived in San Diego (because I’m a beach lover) and New York City (and a city girl) for many years before returning to Pennsylvania where I grew up.
What I want to be when I grow up: Doing anything that involves helping children.
When I’m not at work: I love being with my family, reading, traveling, doing yoga and being active.
Name: Carolyn Gill
Responsibilities: I handle financial reporting, accounting, billing, HR and other finance-related functions.
Background/Education: After earning an accounting degree from Boston College, I spent 8 years working in New York City as a CPA for prestigious firms such as Ernst & Young and Goldman Sachs. After taking some time off to raise my children, and have been lucky enough to begin working part-time at Gemm Learning since 2012.
More about me: Originally from Long Island, NY, I have lived in Fairfield CT since 2000. I have 2 teenage daughters, a 10-year-old son, a husband and a 4-year-old shih-poo named Georgie. I recently had the pleasure of taking my eldest daughter on her first college visit and instructing her first driving lesson in the same week.
What I want to be when I grow up: Wedding planner
When I’m not at work: I have starting taking skulling lessons at a local rowing club and I would love to begin Masters racing in the future. I love reading and I belong to a book club that has been together for 15 years!