Who Are We?
A group of people committed to a different way of living.
Pick and chose decency is the norm in our culture. Be congenial, except when it really matters – with money, or a promotion, or when real sacrifice is called for. We are a growing group of people seeking to do better, to practice decency in every area of living – with family and friends, at work, in politics, in our relationship with own body and spirit – and not just in the areas that more easily or intuitively evoke our interest and concern.
Our Mission Statement
- To make Radical Decency the touchstone for our choices in every area of living;
- To make Radical Decency a strategic force for change by bringing its powerful, priority setting discipline to our day by day choices at work and in our politics;
- To support each other as we expand our Radical Decency practice, invite others to join us, and deepen our collaboration with those who share our goals.
Biographies of Radical Decency Team Members
In Alphabetical Order
Prior to forming Ahmad & Zaffarese, Mr. Ahmad spent several years in the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office where he prosecuted hundreds of quality of life crimes. As a premiere defense attorney, Mr. Ahmad has practiced in both federal and state courts throughout Pennsylvania and has tried hundred of cases. His clients include high-ranking police officials, celebrities, and businesses.
He has served as counsel to the “Ten Thousand Men Initiative,” which was created to encourage African American Men to volunteer in existing community-based organizations and was given The Outstanding Young Lawyer’s Award by the Barristers’ Association of Philadelphia. Mr. Ahmad served on Philadelphia District Attorney, Seth R. Williams’ Transition Team, and was a member of The School District of Philadelphia’s Accountability Committee.
He currently sits on The Philadelphia Defenders Association board and the Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) board, which oversees Philadelphia’s budget and reviews areas of financial concern affecting the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Barrister’s Outstanding Young Lawyer Award recipient
Frequent Guest Lecturer at Temple University
Adjunct Professor Eastern University 2006-2008
Counsel to 10,000 Men Project
Pennsylvania Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (PICA) Board Member
Serves on The School District of Philadelphia’s Accountability Committee
Transition Team for DA Seth Williams
Philadelphia Defender Association Board Member
Co-Founder of TradePhilly.com
Temple University, B.A.
Widener University School of Law
Professionally, Mike started with LPL Financial Services in 2001 and has run his own Financial Planning and Services practice now located in Chester, PA. Mike manages approximately 50 million in assets and handles the insurance and life planning of many local Delaware Valley families. Mike spends time with clients handling their children’s education planning, retirement planning and estate planning.
Mike has spent time as a guest lecturer at Widener University in their financial planning curriculum, has been a published financial writer and assists underprivileged families on how to get out of debt.
Brady, president of the Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, received the Alumni Service Award from the Widener-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association. Brady, who served as president of the Widener University-Pennsylvania Military College Alumni Association from 2006 to 2009, was honored at the university during Alumni Weekend on April 16.
Brady earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Widener in 1997, and a master’s in business administration degree and certificate in financial planning in 2000. A successful entrepreneur, he started with LPL Financial Services in 2001, and operates his own financial planning practice located in Broomall. In addition, he and his wife, Kimberly, opened ABSolute Fitness Center in Broomall in 2008.
He is also a board member of the Chester Business Association.
“Mike is a great advisor who matches the right products to my needs as opposed to selling me the only thing he “has in his bag”. Regular reviews and reccommendations from Mike let me know he has a true interest in my Family’s well-being.” March 9, 2006
Pete Ricci , was Michael’s client
“Mike is a professional with great energy that always stays connected to Widener. Don” May 18, 2009
Don Natale, Student, Widener University, studied with Michael at Widener University
Widener University, MBA/ CFP, Financial Planning, 1997 – 2000
Widener University, BS, Accounting, 1994 – 1997
Jessica DeGroot is one of the nation’s leading figures in the work/life field. Passionately committed to educating others about work and family issues and how these impact organizations, communities, parents and children, Jessica founded the ThirdPath Institute, a nonprofit with the mission of providing individuals and organizations practical information for developing integrated work-life solutions. ThirdPath provides coaching, training and workbooks for individuals, families, and the professionals families turn to. In addition, ThirdPath works with leaders from small and mid-size organizations to support these types of solutions from entry level to the executive level.
Jessica and ThirdPath Institute have been featured in national newspapers and radio shows, including the Sunday New York Times, Working Mother and Fast Company magazines, the National Public Radio show The Parents Journal, and a number of local and regional cable and television shows. Jessica received her MBA from the Wharton School in 1994, where she was co-founder of the Wharton Work/Life Roundtable. She has been published in The Harvard Business Review, Sloan Work and Family Encyclopedia, The American Woman 2003-2004, and is co-author of the Wharton Work/Life Resource Guide. n.
Kim is a dedicated community corrections professional who brings a blend of social service, law enforcement, training and management experience to the table. She began her career as a United States Probation Officer, where she served as a visiting instructor at the Federal Judicial Center, the education and training arm of the U.S. Courts.
Kintock has called upon Kim to manage several projects across the company’s programs and operations, including the design and implementation of an employee training academy. As a member of the executive management team, she lends a strategic focus to translating offender re-entry project concepts into program realities. Kim has a B.S. degree in English and Sociology, and an M.A. in Sociology from Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.
Chief Operating Officer at The Kintock Group
Nonprofit; 201-500 employees; Nonprofit Organization Management industry
February 2004 – Present, King of Prussia, PA
United States Probation Officer, United States District Court, ND/NY and WD/WA
July 1994 – October 2001, Northern District of New York, Western District of Washington
Syracuse University, Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs
BA, MA, English (BA), Sociology (MA), 1988 – 1994
Activities and Societies: Phi Betta Kappa
Dale Spear Garson, M.Ed, LCSW
Dale has been a psychotherapist in private practice since 2002. Her experience also includes an extensive background in community mental health, working with severely mentally ill and dual diagnosed clients. Dale’s life experience, prior to retooling as counselor, enables her to offer invaluable perspectives to her clients.
Trained as a special needs educator, her first career was as a teacher and as the organizer/director of a day care center that was an early pioneer in the mainstreaming of special needs children. Later in her career, Dale was employed as a nonprofit sector executive and organized service trips to Haiti and Central America. From 2000 to 2008, she and Jeff operated the Eccoes Foundation, devoted to understanding and implementing Radical Decency. Dale also brings an artist’s sensibility – expressed through interior architecture and social commentary photography – to her work with clients.
Dale has a general practice, working with adults, adolescents, couples and families. She has a special interest in working with the dynamics of relationship issues, the physical symptoms of stress and techniques to deal with emotional reactivity.
Dale has been trained in Imago Relationship Therapy, EMDR (Levels 1 and 2), Neuro-Emotional Technique (NET), and Play Therapy.
Dale’s professional specialties include:
- Relationship Issues
- Reconnecting to creativity and joy
- Physical Symptoms/Emotional Reactivity
- Depression and Loss
Jeff brings to his work a wealth of practical, life experience from his “first career” as an attorney, nonprofit executive, and community leader. After a clerkship with a Third Circuit Court of Appeals Judge, he was a large firm attorney, specializing in litigation and commercial bankruptcy. He also had an extensive career in the public sector, including service with the Common Cause/Philadelphia (co-founder, director); the National Constitution Center (co-founder); the Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia (Board Chair); and the Shefa Fund (senior director). From 2000 to 2008, he and Dale operated the Eccoes Foundation, devoted to understanding and implementing Radical Decency.
Garson’s experience as a counselor and coach extends back to the mid-1990s, leading men’s groups and working with couples as a coach. In private practice since 2002, he also spent three years in community mental health, working with severely mentally ill and dual diagnosed clients. While Jeff works with a broad range of clients, he has a special interest in dealing with the practical and emotional challenges that are created by the relentless demands of our overly busy, overly competitive lives.
Garson’s professional specialties include:
Anxiety, depression, and grief
Couples and Relationship Issues
Men and Men’s Issues
Career management and workplace issues
Life transitions and stress
Garson Counseling Group, August 2002 – Present (9 years 11 months)
Principal, Eccoes Associates, 2005 – 2008 (3 years)
Student, Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, 2002 – 2005 (3 years)
Senior Director, The Shefa Fund, 1998 – 2000 (2 years)
Non-Profit Attorney, Montgomery McCracken Walker & Rhoads LLC
January 1995 – August 1998 (3 years 8 months)
Former Board Member, CARIE, 1992 – 1998 (6 years)
Partner, Cohen, Shapiro, Polisher, Shiekman & Cohen, 1991 – 1995 (4 years)
Board Member, Board Chair, Public Interest Law Center of Philadelphia, 1978 – 1993 (15 years)
Partner, Saul Ewing LLP, Partnership; 501-1000 employees; Law Practice industry, 1987 – 1991 (4 years)
Volunteer, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, 1975 – 1990 (15 years)
Partner, Rawle & Henderson, Partnership; 201-500 employees; Law Practice industry, 1980 – 1987 (7 years)
Gestalt Therapy Institute of Philadelphia, Gestalt Therapy, 2002 – 2005
Bryn Mawr College, Master of Social Work, Clinical, 2000 – 2002
University of Pennsylvania Law School, JD, Law 1970 – 1973
Activities and Societies: Law Review, The Johns Hopkins University 1962 – 1971
Grass-Roots and Social Media Marketing. Dynamic leader with proven ability to create value by cultivating strong client relationships, leading and training sales teams, and creating effective marketing / sales strategies. Excellent presentation, design, and web development skills.
Account Development • Sales Management • Search Engine Optimization • Graphic Design • Web Design • Social Media Strategic Planning • Marketing • Public and Media Relations
Director at Synergy
Practice Development Manager at GE Money
Account Executive at SpaFinder.com
Head of Sales at Chopra Center at La Costa Resort
University of California, Berkeley, BA, Honors
“Jasmine has helped business development efforts of my company by making key introductions and alliances akin to fitting a square peg into a square hole. She has clearly demonstrated strong sales and business development skills and a specific undertanding of my needs without me having to reiterate my requirements. She is particularly strong in online sales and marketing which is key in our web-centric world. Moreoever, she not only sells but has developed very creative sales and promotional programs to incentivize existing clients to buy more and attract new clients. “ Mac Fadra, client.
“Jasmine is an expert in her industry. She creates brilliant business with her clients. She also naturally suggests ways for businesses to save money in their bottom line with the consulting she does. Jasmine is very passionate about what she does, and is one of the most loyal employees I have experienced.” Valentina Chistova, client.
“Jasmine is an ace at helping businesses market and promote themselves in very cost-effective ways. She was always searching for all kinds of ways to over-deliver and surprise her clients. She deeply connected to her clients and was very committed to them growing their business.” Nikita Sarkar, former colleague.
Financial planning • Profit and Loss Analysis • Budgeting • Writing and Editing • Internet,Print and Social Media Marketing
Employee Management and Scheduling • Interdepartmental and Cross-Organization Management Investor Relations • Oversight of Legal Issues
Project Finance • Logistics • Developing and Managing Sensitive Relationships with High Net Worth Investors
Cool Beans at the Café d’Art – Montgomery, AL, Owner/Chef, 2004-2010
Southern Poverty Law Center – Montgomery, AL, Director of Marketing, 2000-2001
Amazing Life Games School – Washington, DC, President, Board of Directors, 1995-1998
Rossmann Enterprises, Inc. – New Hope, Bucks County, PA, Vice President, 1987-1992
First National Bank of Chicago (JP MorganChase) – Chicago, IL, Vice President – 1978-1987
University of Chicago, Graduate School of Business, MBA 1981
Master of Business Administration, Finance
University of Virginia, Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, 1978
BA Economics, Minor Art History
Marymount School of New York, 1087 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY, 1974
Radical Decency Contact Info
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Phone: (215) 450-4306