Our Team

Joan Breiner, President and Founder

Joan is an entrepreneur with a track record of success. Prior to starting CelebrateAHero.com, she founded and was President of Information Learning Systems (ILS). ILS was the first company to put answers to employee benefit questions online. As president of the firm, she was responsible for overseeing the development of four different software efforts including an employee self service intranet product called “I-Expert” currently being used by businesses such as Fidelity Investments, Hewlett Packard, Air Touch Communications and Texaco. Joan sold ILS to Ceridian Corporation (CEN on the NYSE) in 1996; she stayed on as President until June of 1998.

Joan also wrote and produced “Home Buying, The Bottom Line” – a video and accompanying booklet — which was published and distributed nationally by Sony Home Video.

Her prior business experience includes Managing the Training Department for European American Bank and being Associate Director for the Atlanta Mental Health Association.

Joan holds a Masters’ degree in Counseling from Georgia State University. She has served as an adjunct professor at New York University.

Francine Kent, Operations and Marketing

Since 1983, Francine has provided consulting services in management and marketing, for clients in the United States and Canada. She has been a developer and founder of successful businesses in both Massachusetts and Florida, and served as a CEO and President. One company lead to a successful IPO and the subsequent public offering for a microbiology concern. In her career she has been a college educator and administrator, an advertising agency executive, a concert promoter, a corporate policy analyst, an intrapreneur, as well as an independent entrepreneur.

She holds a Masters of Science with Honors in Organizational Development & Counseling from Central Connecticut State University and received her Bachelor of General Studies in Psychology and Modern Culture from the University Honors College of Ohio University, Athens, Ohio.

Susyn Reeve, Principal and Co-Founder
(Susyn serves as a principal advisor to Celebrate Somebody for content.)

She has had a successful Organization and Personal Development Practice since 1980. Clientele include Mount Sinai-New York University Healthcare System, the Young President’s Organization, The American Bible Society, UJA Federation, Exxon, Con Edison, Continental Airlines, Reebok New York Sport Center and the Association for Practical Psychology of Moscow.

Susyn has a M. Ed in rehabilitation counseling from Bowling Green State University and was an adjunct Associate Professor of Management at NYU for nine years where she developed a two-year diploma program in Management Development and Training. She is a member of NTL Institute and is on the Board of Habitat for Humanity of Peconic, New York.


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