The founders and owners of Red Fern are Steve and Allison Mahaley. Both have spent their lives and careers as educators. Allison’s primary experience has been in the the public sector and with her Master’s in School Administration has taught students, mentored teachers, presented at conferences, and has worked as an advocate for parents and students from middle-school through college. Allison is also a community organizer committed to dismantling racism through open dialogue and peace-building measures. She offers workshops and consulting about personal empowerment and organizational power-building through healthy organizational culture.
Steve started in the public sector then moved to the private sector where he worked for Duke University and Duke Corporate Education for 20 years. In that time he focused on the application of technology to learning, and traveled the world teaching, designing and applying new technologies to help leaders learn and apply new skills at work. He now works for Align Technology as their Director of Commercial Education Strategy, after taking a hiatus from the world of leadership development to focus on applying virtual reality to unconscious bias.
Both Allison and Steve hold Master’s Degrees from UNC-Chapel Hill. They have raised two sons who are both graduates of state universities. They are native North Carolinians with a vested interest in every child, youth, and adult getting excellent educations.
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