Debra B. Alexander, M.S., abd Ph.D., Organization Development, Leadership and Team Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Civil Rights Compliance, Human Resource Management.

Debra Alexander, an associate with Collaborations Group, Inc., creates meaningful conversations and translates diversity and inclusion concepts into practical applications and results. She is a thought leader and lives diversity and inclusion in every aspect of her life. She and her husband, Ben, spend parts of every year in other countries to build cultural sensitivity and maintain a global perspective. Their award winning diversity and inclusion instructional products are used by organizations and consultants throughout North America as the basis for diversity and inclusion programs and initiatives in the areas of cross-cultural communication, generational differences, gender and gender identity, bullying and harassment, civil rights compliance, and difficult conversations. Relevant areas of focus include building cultural competency and leading and sustaining change.

Deb has completed doctoral studies at Teachers College, Columbia University and is currently completing her doctorate degree in Organization Development from the University of St. Thomas, Minnesota. She holds a M.S. degree in Human Resources and Organization Development from the American University.


Cynthia CarnaghiMSW

Cynthia Carnaghi was born in Atlanta Georgia and raised in White Plains, New York. Her broad interests and educational background have led her all over the country, but she feels most at home in Southern Westchester, NY where she is currently a resident. Ms. Carnaghi holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work from New York University and a Post Graduate certification in Advanced Trauma studies from Adelphi University. She is currently the Director of Prevention for the Jewish Board at Co-op City, serving youth with histories of trauma and abuse/neglect. In addition she has a small private practice focused on treating multiply traumatized children and adolescents with a focus on the survivors of sexual abuse.

Ms. Carnaghi has dedicated her life to community organizing; in particular, community organizing for racial equity. She is also a trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond. When asked about her life’s passions, Ms. Carnaghi will always say that “building meaningful and rich relationships” is primary.  This core value is integrated into her extensive list of personal and professional activities. Ms. Carnaghi has served as adjunct faculty and instructor at local colleges and universities as well as committee chair, board member and guest panelist and lecturer as she continues her focus on educating organizations and strengthening institutional policy to achieve race equity.

Outside of her passion for anti-racism work and achieving race equity, Ms. Carnaghi is equally as passionate about her role as a softball coach for elite student athletes. She has coached for over 10 years at the highest levels and has seen dozens of her young women move on to successful Division 1, 2, and 3 softball careers.

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Michael Burkart, Ed.D., Diversity and Inclusion, Organization Development, Leadership Development

Michael Burkart, an associate with Collaborations Group, Inc. is an experienced and passionate consultant and trainer to organizations focusing on the management of a diverse workforce.  He has a keen understanding of institutional diversity dynamics and talent in assisting and teaching this understanding.  His background as a professor, manager, and facilitator allows him to engage from a variety of roles and environments.  He has implemented Diversity and Inclusion programs in a multitude of organizations.

Michael also has wide experience consulting to organizations in the public and non-profit sectors. In addition to consulting, Michael held a teaching position at Antioch New England Graduate School for seven years.  He spent two of those years as Acting Chair of the Department of Organization & Management.  Michael has a doctorate in Behavioral Studies from Boston University and he is a past member of National Training Laboratories.


Ben Alexander, MS,  Executive Coach, Human Resources, Diversity and Inclusion, EEO, Organization Development, Dispute Resolution

Ben Alexander, an associate with Collaborations Group, Inc., is a highly experienced trainer and consultant in the areas of HR, EEO and workforce diversity. He has held senior-level HR, EEO and Civil Rights management positions with the U. S. Office of Personnel Management and the Federal Aviation Administration where he served as Chief of Employment for the Headquarters, European and Middle East Regions. He has designed and implemented system-wide programs in these areas for over 100 public and private sector organizations throughout the United States and in Canada and Mexico. He has held the positions of Adjunct Professor in the American University School of International Service’s Inter-Cultural Management Institute, Leadership Coach at the Gestalt International Service Center, and Special Government Expert for the U. S. Department of Transportation, Office of Inspector General.

Ben completed a B.S. in Psychology from Johnson C. Smith University, a M.S. in Human Resources and Organizational Development at American University and doctoral studies in Organization Development at the Fielding Institute


Bay love, mbA

Bay Love, an associate  with Collaborations Group, Inc. is the new Chief Operating Officer and Director of Development at the International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro. He holds undergraduate degree in Latin American Studies from Wesleyan University, an MBA from UNC, and a Master’s in Public Policy from Duke University.  Bay spent the first part of his career founding and building a health clinic in post-Katrina New Orleans, where he was part of a 3-person leadership team and involved in a number of rebuilding and community development initiatives. Bay left New Orleans to complete his graduate studies in North Carolina and then began the second stage of his career as a consultant at a premier corporate strategy firm.

Since 2006, in addition to his salaried work, Bay has provided training and consulting services to organizations working to incorporate racial equity principles. He has worked in over 10 states and 2 countries. Notable clients include the State of Texas Health and Human Services Commission, the National Association of Social Workers, the University of North Carolina, large church organizations, the Center for the Study of Social Policy, and Black Lives Matter in Cambridge. Bay’s recent work with the FADE coalition in Durham has been featured in the NYTimes and he has an academic paper in review to be published in a leading public policy journal.


Kaye A. Craft, M.S.W., M.B.A.Organization Development, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Team Development, Executive Coaching, Training and Facilitation.

Kaye Craft has a special talent for helping people to have the right conversations at the right time, using the right tools, and getting the right results. She is highly skilled at supporting individuals and groups in having tough, hard, uncomfortable dialogues about gender, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, class and age that lead to better relationships and the ability to work more collaboratively on important issues. Over the last 6 years, Kaye has facilitated events, trainings, and dialogues in many different cultural contexts around the world.

Kaye holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia University and a Master’s in Social Work from New York University, Certificates in Gestalt Organization & System Development and Professional Coaching.


Connie Harshaw

W retired member of the SES with more than thirty years of experience in Human Resources.  As a consultant for the last seven years, she has provided expert services to executives in the NMB, OSHRC, CFA, FLRA and currently serves as an Expert with the DOT-OIG in human resources, organizational behavior and change management.


Rita Franklin, BSBM, P.C.C., CO-OP,  Executive Coach, Human Resources, Organization Ombudsman

Rita Franklin, an associate with Collaborations Group, Inc., is an experienced Executive Coach, problem solver, HR Consultant and Organization Ombudsman. She served the federal government for nearly 40 years at the U.S. Information Agency, the Department of Treasury, and the Department of Energy as the Director of the Office of the Ombudsman and Deputy Chief Human Capital Officer, responsible for the management and execution of the Department’s human capital management programs. As a Presidential Rank Award winning Senior Executive, Rita is highly sought out to help leaders deal with their “too hard pile” and help them find creative solutions to address organizational conflict.

Rita has a Bachelor of Science in Business Management/Law and Public Policy from the University of Maryland University College. She is a graduate of the Georgetown University Leadership Coaching Program and is PCC certified by the International Coaching Federation and a certified Organizational Ombudsman by the International Ombudsman Association.


Seth T. Hufford, M.P.P Organization Development, Facilitation, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership Development

Seth Hufford, an associate with Collaborations Group, Inc. and a partner with The People Group, Pittsburgh, PA, and combines his diverse experiences to build individual and organizational capacity. By increasing the capability of people to strategically address organizational and societal issues, he facilitates the creation of better-functioning relationships, workplaces, and communities. Working across the business, government, and nonprofit sectors, Seth has engaged diverse groups of people from community activists to business executives. He has facilitated teams both large and small to tackle complex challenges, address interpersonal dynamics, and produce results.

Seth holds a Master of Public Policy and Management from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Arts from Dickinson College. Other than his professional pursuits, Seth enjoys spending time with his wife, two sons, and good friends, talking public policy and politics, listening to music or seeing live shows, watching and playing international football, and exploring the urban fabric of cities.