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- Founders -

Dan Zimmerman

CEO & Co-Founder

Over the last twenty or so years, Dan has served as a principal and creative director at DLZ Associates, Tag Team Business Partners and Bridge Communications - each full-service advertising agencies. He has provided advertising, marketing, internal video production, business and marketing planning, public relations, and media placement to regional and national accounts for most of his career. From 1992 through 2002, he served as VP Marketing and Advertising for Automotive Technologies, Inc., the parent company of The Car Phone Store and Wireless Zone.

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Patricia Burrows

Co-Founder and Clinical Consultant

Patricia Burrows, LCSW, has worked as a psychiatric social worker in private practice in New York City and Westport, CT, for the past 35 years. Her work is based on the teachings of Heinz Kohut and Donald Winnicott, emphasizing the development of a strong sense of self and healthy interpersonal relationships through the use of active listening and empathic, mirroring responses. She strongly believes that once learned, these skills can be used and taught by anyone-students, teachers, parents and administrators-as a way of stopping anti-social behaviors before they start.

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Board Members


Ellen F. Ornato

Education Director

In early 2012 Ellen Ornato came on board as a consultant to LiveKind™, to assist in building the educator-training component of the program. She brings more than 20 years of experience as a diversity trainer to the conversation, along with a certification in a nationally recognized bullying prevention program. Ellen is also certified in "Mindful Facilitation" and facilitates conversations about Unconscious Bias and other diversity-related topics. With Ellen's assistance, LiveKind™ has expanded its ability to be sustainable in schools by adding faculty training, a critical piece to the puzzle. "We have such an incredible tool in the Video-Mirroring™ process and the finished videos," Ellen says. "We add power to that tool when we give teachers guidance in how to best use it in the classroom, year after year, to teach empathy and model kindness."


Anne-Marie Knight

Project Director, Cops & Kids

Anne-Marie Knight, MBA, is the owner and Passion Project Strategist of New Day Global, LLC aligning over 30 years of experience in non-profit management and an engineering background to serve as a management consultant and coach for non-profit leaders and social change agents. She is driven to “be the change” and is a seasoned trainer, facilitator and program design expert addressing challenging social issues like unconscious bias, bullying and diversity. In addition, she has developed customized trainings for the State of CT Judicial Department, homeless shelters, social service agencies and construction companies.


Tracy McKaveny

Treasurer of the Board

Tracy is a senior manager at Mahoney Sabol. She serves private companies, not-for profit organizations, small businesses and healthcare organizations among others. Her specialties are in accounting, auditing and tax preparation. Prior to joining Mahoney Sabol in December of 2007, Tracy was an audit manager with CHAN Healthcare Auditors where she was responsible for the oversight of the internal audit function at two large healthcare facilities. Her earlier experience included six years with a local accounting firm focused on, among other categories, not-for-profits. Tracy attended Bryant College where she received a B.S. in business administration and accounting. She completed her M.S. in accounting at the University of Connecticut.


Morris Borea

Outside General Counsel

Morris Borea is a graduate of Trinity College and the University of Connecticut School of Law. Morris is a principal in the Hartford law firm of Rome McGuigan, P.C., where he is co-chair of the municipal law department and is a member of the firm executive committee. Morris has been the town attorney for Rocky Hill since 2004. Morris was the chairman of the Wethersfield zoning board of appeals for 15 years and is still a member of the board. Morris serves in a pro-bono capacity as LiveKind's Outside General Counsel.


Peter Cavrell

Founder and Principal of The Boost Group

Peter is the founder and principal of The Boost Group, a full-service marketing and communications firm based in Connecticut. The Boost Group creates multi-platform sales and marketing solutions that leverage market and technology trends to drive revenue, introduce new products and services, increase profitability and market share, and reignite iconic brands. Peter was instrumental in rebranding The Anti-Bullying Initiative and creating LiveKind™ .

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