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  Meet our Training Team
  As Founder and President of Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute Inc., I welcome you to our State Training Credential Page. We offer staff development and continuing education programs from a self-esteem foundation. These programs are important self-development for participants, as well as hands on tools for their service populations. Addressing these issues from a self-esteem foundation, can positively affect your organization’s bottom line, and increase job satisfaction and retention—which increases workforce productivity. Increased employee self-esteem can diminish situations that can hamper a workforce; build skills to foster better communication, and leadership development in organizations. Furthermore, these skills have been identified in countless studies as the leading skills companies seek in their workforce. One extra added benefit for employers in training workers to build their skills in these important areas, is that your employees will feel great about themselves and their ability to make healthy choices in their lives, resulting in a healthy workforce—another cost saving measure.  
–Marion B. Davis
Founder, Executive Director/
Director Of Program Operations


For more information and to schedule a training, please contact Jeri Levitt, Self Esteem Boston’s Operations Director at 617-983-1111 or
email her at:

Jennifer Matias
Jennifer Matias is new to Self Esteem Boston’s training team. She is an organization development consultant, leadership coach, and trainer with over 20 years of experience working with social justice and social change organizations, and over 15 years of nonprofit management experience. She has established a number of cutting edge and nationally recognized leadership development programs. These have included an executive coaching project, a management training institute, and a six month leadership forum for women of color nonprofit leaders. Jennifer is a social justice activist and a deeply committed community leader. She is a founding member of Massachusetts Asian and Pacific Islanders (MAP) For Health and has served on the board of the Asian American Resource Workshop (AARW). Jennifer was also involved in the launching of the Welcoming Massachusetts Campaign of the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition, a campaign to welcome and facilitate the positive integration of immigrants and refugees into their Massachusetts communities. Jennifer is a life and leadership coach, and received her training through the Coaches Training Institute (CTI), a program accredited by the International Coach Federation. Jennifer is also a multicultural diversity trainer, and is certified as a trained mediator in the state of MA. She has a degree in social work from Salem State College and is completing a graduate certificate program at Boston University's Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership.
Casey Mitchell
Casey Mitchell,
Principal of Waybridge Associates, Inc. has helped people achieve peak performance since 1991. She consults with clients on a variety of training and development initiatives, particularly in the area of professional and management development. Her programs are designed to help bridge the gap between classroom attendance and workplace application by providing “real world” training and employing methods to transfer and sustain the learning. As programs instructor with Boston University Corporate Education Center and Northeastern University School of Professional and Continuing Studies, Casey designs and facilitates seminars in the greater Boston area. Casey designed four levels of continuing education programs for Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, for the staff of human services agencies. As Lead Continuing Education Trainer for Self Esteem Boston, she has delivered programs to hundreds if staff statewide, to help participants strengthen their group facilitation skills, and increase their knowledge of self-esteem, so they may help their clients gain a greater sense of self-worth and lead more productive lives. She is a qualified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Casey administers the MBTI and provides feedback to individuals and groups to help them leverage their unique contributions and potential areas of growth.  She has a Bachelors in English Literature and is a member of the American Society of Training and Development and is the lead trainer of Self Esteem Boston’s statewide continuing education training team.
Lorraine Lafata, M.S.W., LICSW
Lorraine has more than 30 years of experience working with individuals and groups. She is a facilitator, trainer, and licensed social worker who works primarily with nonprofit organizations.  She has co-designed continuing education curriculum for Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, and has facilitated Self Esteem Boston’s continuing education trainings for group leaders statewide in the area of advanced facilitation skills.  In addition to her training experience, she has a private practice and provides clinical supervision to human service programs. She is a part of Self Esteem Boston’s statewide professional development and continuing education training team.

Monique Morimoto, M. Ed
Monique is an experienced trainer, community educator, and coach with 20+ years of experience within a variety of settings.  She is the Founder of Soulworks Coaching,
and is the co-founder of Coaching4Value. Her expertise is human and organizational development, stress management and coaching. She is a member of the International Coach Federation of New England.  She has developed and delivered effective, experiential workshops and retreats to organizations on topics such as Life Balance, Self-Esteem, Stress Management, Overcoming Negative Thinking, Communication, Bringing Spirituality into Conflict Negotiation, The Creative Heart: Moving Forward, and Creating Sacred Space. She co-authored 2 books on Women’s Wellness as part of the Professional Woman Network Library, and created, produced and developed a successful, popular guided meditation CD, The Soul’s Intent© 2003. Monique has completed Self Esteem Boston’s four-day group leader training program, and is a part of Self Esteem Boston’s statewide professional development training team.
Lisa Montoya
Lisa Montoya is an experienced facilitator, coach, and instructional designer with over 25 years of professional experience ranging from small, entrepreneurial firms to large, multinational corporations. She has experience with all levels of management from first line managers to senior leaders. She has designed and taught Leadership Development courses such as Advanced Coaching, Developing Associates, Change Management, and Cultural Competency. In addition, she conducted assessments and served as an executive coach for directors and VPs. Lisa also has experience with team building and stress management. She traveled around the country teaching a course on Peak Personal Performance, which provided guidance on how to manage energy in four areas: physical, mental, emotional, and purpose, for greater productivity and effectiveness. Additionally, she is a professional coach specializing in communication and leadership skills. Lisa has a B.S. in Marketing from Bentley College and a Certificate in Training and Development from Boston University Center for Management Development. She completed co-active coaching training with The Coaches Training Institute. Lisa is certified in the Hogan Assessments and PDI PROFILOR® 360 feedback tool in addition to the AVA (Activity Vector Analysis) from the Bizet Group.
Stephanie Legatos, M.S.
Stephanie Legatos has more than 16 years of experience working with individuals and groups to enhance performance and success. She is a facilitator, trainer and instructional designer who works primarily with nonprofit organizations and government agencies. Formerly a trainer for the Commonwealth Corporation, Stephanie designed and presented workshops for staff of One-Stop Career Centers through the State. In addition, since 2000, she has maintained a private career counseling practice north of Boston. Stephanie has a Masters Degree in Human Resources and Counseling Psychology, a Certificate in Coaching and is a qualified practitioner of the Myers-Briggs type Indicator (MBTI).  She has co-designed continuing education curriculum for Self Esteem Boston Educational Institute, and has facilitated Self Esteem Boston trainings for hundreds of agency staff statewide in the areas of building self-esteem, group facilitation skills, and coaching clients to move forward.  Stephanie also facilitates professional development and technical assistance programs for Self Esteem Boston for all levels of staff for both public, nonprofit employees.  She is a part of Self Esteem Boston’s statewide professional development and continuing education training team.
Emily Pilowa, LICSW
Emily Pilowa, LICSW is a dedicated clinical social worker with a great deal of experience supporting others in the field. After working at homeless shelters, domestic violence agencies, transitional housing projects, community health centers, emergency services teams and having her own private practice: Ms. Pilowa’s variety of experience and expertise is drawn upon as an educator. In addition to her facilitation work with Self Esteem Boston, she is an adjunct professor at several graduate schools of social work in the Boston area. Ms. Pilowa has established herself as a highly effective teacher and trainer. Ms. Pilowa has a masters degree from Simmons School of Social Work and is a licensed clinical social worker. She has taught applying stages of change theory with high-risk youth, for the National Association of Social Workers.