St. Louis, MO [Sept. 22, 2014] – Wyman Center, a national leader that provides at-risk teens and communities the tools they need to succeed, is pleased to announce the addition of Karen Guskin, Senior Vice President. Guskin will oversee Wyman’s new Knowledge Management Department, beginning Sept. 22, 2014.
Guskin brings extensive experience in the research field with a particular focus on children. Previously, she served as the Director of Research and Quality Improvement for Parents as Teachers National Center, a federally recognized, evidence-based model that specializes in early childhood development.
While at Parents as Teachers, Guskin oversaw the design, development, implementation and communication of data on programming impact and reach. She also guided quality assurance and improvement initiatives, as well as outcome measurement.
Guskin will be responsible for designing and institutionalizing Wyman’s research strategy, driving learning from Wyman’s intellectual capital, and informing innovation. In addition, she will spearhead initiatives to share resulting learnings with Wyman’s more than 60-partner national network, and key stakeholders at nonprofits, government, funding sources and educational and healthcare institutions throughout the U.S.
With Guskin’s expertise, the Knowledge Management department will guide Wyman’s ongoing participation in national youth development studies and bridge theory, practice and advocacy for Wyman’s national initiatives.
Guskin has participated in numerous conferences and articles on parenting, children’s coping styles, evaluation and implementation. She holds an undergraduate degree from Cornell University and a doctorate in psychology from Stanford University. She also studied clinical psychology at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.
“We believe teens are one of our nation’s greatest assets, but in order to ensure we’re continuing to unlock their potential, we have to do our homework,” said David Hilliard, President and CEO of Wyman Center. “Karen will guide vital research that will ultimately help us provide, replicate and integrate the most effective evidence-based programs that truly help today’s at-risk teens create brighter futures.”
Wyman is currently involved in research with 11 replication partners, including Chicago Public Schools, the Florida Department of Health and the City of Rochester, N.Y.
As a result of these and other learnings, Wyman offers a variety of opportunities to share youth development best practices in support of collective impact. On October 8, Wyman will assemble local and national experts in a round-table discussion on social emotional learning. To register for this free event, visit http://wymancenter.org/saighsymposium2014/.
About Wyman Center
Wyman, a 501(c) 3 not-for-profit and proud member of the United Way, partners with communities to provide teens with the support and opportunities they need to survive and thrive in life. Wyman’s innovative programs are powerful and effective, and the staff is highly acclaimed and committed to preparing today’s youth. For more information, visit www.wymancenter.org or contact Wyman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information or to schedule an interview, contact Kristin Gumper, Director, Communication and External Affairs, at Kristin.Gumper@WymanCenter.org or 314.346.4042.