Maria Feekes is the Founder of After School University and an Executive Director of The John Maxwell Team. She has more than 17 years of leadership and team development experience through her work internationally and in the United States, where she has lead individuals, teams, and organizations through economic challenges and growth barriers. Maria knows what it means to build from ground zero, to risk, to continue despite the obstacles, and to “put your dream to the test.” In addition to helping other organizations, Maria has founded companies of her own which have brought over $4.5 million in revenue and continue their growth and impact. Maria has received Project Management Professional (PMP) and Advanced Behavior Analysis Training and Consulting DISC certifications. She holds Master in Business Administration with emphasis in Organization Development and Change and Masters of Computer Science Software Engineering. Maria has served on Colorado Workforce Development Council after being appointed by the Governor of Colorado, Pikes Peak Workforce Investment Board, and El Pomar College Readiness Program. Development of high performance teams and helping individuals grow into “no limits” potential drive her passion. Through her After School University programs, Maria was able to train hundreds of kids ages K-12 in becoming advanced in math, science, computer programming, and increase their academic achievements in all school subjects and beyond. In February of 2018 Maria became a recipient of the prestigious international leadership award, Culture of Transformation, from John Maxwell Team.
Maria was born and raised in a country where opportunities were limited, where only very few people could have opportunities to grow and be all that they can be. Maria is a believer in unlimited human potential. Only when she came to the United States, she experienced for the first time in her life the environment where anybody could do and achieve anything they dream of. Maria realized that when we equip individuals and teams with the power principles and essential tools for growth and leadership, we equip them for a life long success. Adding value to others, integrity, and commitment to excellence are my core values. Her motto is: “Think Big. Start Small. Act Now.© ” and Maria is excited to help See The Change accomplish its mission in developing leaders and innovators of tomorrow through physics.
Kathleen Gobos, CEO and President of Green Tree Communications, LLC, a company that specializes in marketing, events and online sales platforms. Kathleen has been in the advertising, marketing, communications and publishing field for more than 20 years. During the course of her career she has worked with sole proprietor entrepreneurs to Fortune 500 publicly traded corporations. She has been responsible for the overall vision, management and financial health of operations and excels in leading, motivating and empowering her team.
Prior to these endeavors, Gobos served as vice president and publisher of Colorado Publishing Co., home of the online and print media Colorado Springs Business Journal, The Transcript and three weekly newspapers published for the U.S. military as well as the vice-president of marketing for See The Change.
Kathleen is a New York transplant where she was the associate publisher of Long Island Business News since 2006, The Dolan Companies largest flagship paper, starting with the company in 2004 as an advertising executive. She was instrumental in increasing revenues by 40%. Beforehand she spent 13 years in ad sales and management at Newsday, a daily newspaper serving Long Island, New York. Prior to Newsday, she was a manager for CBA Industries, an advertising/newspaper distribution company that also published a weekly shopper called Island Wide where Kathleen was instrumental in the start-up operation.
In addition to her duties, Gobos also served for eight years on the advertising benchmarking oversight board for 21 geographic markets across the United States of The Dolan Company where she was instrumental in expanding revenues and market share. She is committed to philanthropic endeavors and has served as an executive board member on the Southern Colorado Junior Achievement organization and in New York she served on the boards of the Long Island Advertising Club, the not-for-profit groups Education Assistance Corp. and Pet Peeves in addition to Moxxie, a networking group for women executives and the Energeia Ambassors Group. She studied business management and marketing at the State University of Farmingdale, Farmingdale, NY and a graduate of the Colorado Springs Leadership Institute and regional Molly College Long Island leadership program Energeia Partnership.
She is recipient of the Junior Achievement Bronze Leadership Award, AABP Great Idea Awards and The Dolan Company Best Advertising Campaign Award in addition to the DMC Best Practice Awards.