Meet the DreamSmart Academy Team

Jeff Morris: Founder

Behavioral SuperPower Consultant, Behavioral SuperPower Coach, Best Selling Author, Executive Coach, Lead Expert Trainer & Facilitator, Inspirational Speaker, Motivational Educator, Servant Leader, Social Entrepreneur, Education Entrepreneur, Veteran Advocate, Mindset Management Expert, University Lecturer, Master Money Coach, and Certified Credit Expert.

Jeff is an award-winning coach, trainer, and consultant.

A former Marine Sniper, Jeff integrates lessons learned from his time in the military into his coaching and training practice. He co-founded DreamSmart Academy to help groups, teams, and organizations decode human behavior and optimize performance through validated behavioral insights. Jeff and DreamSmart Academy emphasize the role behavior and social-emotional maturity plays in today’s marketplace.

DreamSmart Academy has for more than a decade, studied how individuals, families, and organizations behave. Whether under stress or during times of crisis and uncertainty. Behavior matters — everywhere and always.

As a behavioral management solutions provider, behavioral coach, and behavioral consultant, Jeff creates and implements actionable strategies that allow organizations to align behavioral differences, improve communications, and reduce relational friction while improving team and organizational performance. In short, organizations that implement behavioral-based solutions can expect three outcomes. A 23% increase in bottom-line productivity. Up to a 40% increase in individual performance. Up to a 70% increase in the overall group or team performance.

Jeff helps those he coaches and trains understand behavioral differences cause more than 87% of business and life performance challenges. He emphasizes transformational leaders understand behavior matters, and behavioral leaders know the importance of understanding their leadership style. They know the value of using their natural behavioral strengths and leveraging their struggles. Their leadership is impacted by how they most naturally communicate. The willingness of any leader to understand and manage this knowledge can shape and transform individuals, groups, teams, and organizations. 

Karen Brake Barge

Karen Brake Barge: Director, Graphics and Website Design  

Karen Barge is an award-winning website designer. She has over 20 years of experience as a graphic and web designer, specializing in the fields of corporate identity, UI design, print design, and branding. Before she started her own business, she worked in the video game division of GTE Entertainment and then for Verizon as the lead UI and website designer for over ten years.

Karen will oversee the design, UI and graphic representation and branding of the SpendSmart companies and The DreamSmart Academy’s message. She has worked with Jeff for the past ten years creating the DreamSmart brand. Karen also works behind the scene at the SpendSmart and DreamSmart workshops taking pictures and creating vid

Ted Mclyman

Ted Mclyman: Director, Behavioral Finance

Ted McLyman has over 25 years experience as a leader, educator, financial advisor, business owner, and triathlon competitor. He is the author of the bestselling book Money Makes Me Crazy, and the creator of the industry-renowned Quick Scan System of behavioral finance resources – a suite of tools that helps financial professionals and their clients make better decisions in planning for their financial future. This system includes the highly-regarded Money Temperament™ assessments which uncover how clients’ predispositions influence money decision making.

Terry T. Hawkins DreamSmart Academy – Chief Operations Officer​

The journey to serve the community and families started in 2007 when Terry began working with the Houston Hospice as a volunteer serving the needs of others with an understanding that each life is precious from beginning to end. In 2013, he started serving as a volunteer with the Texas Juvenile Justice Department mentor program where he engages with young men to help transform lives for long-term success and self-efficacy. In 2014, he started serving in the Texas Department of Corrections volunteer program through the prison ministry in his church where he engages men and women on the journey of reflective thinking and transformation. In 2014, he began serving in the Fort Bend Juvenile Probation Office engaging with youth to inspire them to dream and have the courage to live life in full purpose. In 2015, he began serving as a volunteer with the Harris County Juvenile Justice Probation Office transforming the lives of young men challenging and inspiring them to go beyond the edge and pursue purpose each day. He has served as mentor, youth coach, educator, spiritual leader and business owner over the past 25 years.

Terry T. Hawkins is a diverse and well-experienced Architect, Developer and Construction Project Management Professional with over 20 years of financial, real estate development, construction and project management accountability. He has substantial financial experience managing millions of capital construction and real estate development projects for corporations such as; CB Richard Ellis $1.2M Capital Improvements, Hartford Insurance Company throughout the US $2.7M Capital Improvements, Memorial Hermann Hospital $1.5M Capital Improvements, MD Anderson Cancer Center $5.1M Capital Improvements, Cobalt Capital Companies $42M Capital Improvements and Real Estate Development Portfolio Houston, TX. and Miami, Fl., Shell Oil $5M, Methodist Hospital $7.2M Capital Improvements and currently University of Houston $100M Capital Improvement projects.

Kenyatta Turner, MM, Director, Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement

Kenyatta Turner, MM ​is a Behavioral SuperPowers Coach, Business Consultant, Motivational Educator, and Speaker, and is an Accredited Business DNA Consultant through DNA Behavior. She is the owner of Freedom Empire Consulting, LLC, where they Coach, Influence, and Protect clients around the world. Kenyatta also serves as the Director of Strategic Partnerships and Community Engagement for DreamSmart Academy, LLC and serves on the National Advisory Council for DreamSmart, Inc (501c3). Behavioral SuperPowers = Influencer. Communications SuperPower = Lifestyle. 

 Joseph Cohen, Director of Communications

Joseph Cohen is a journalist and former New York City public middle and high school alternative education teacher. He co-authored with his son Write Father, Write Son: A Bond-Building Journey and later co-founded Empowered Fathers in Action (EFA), a non-profit organization. The articles Joseph published for EFA about the consequences of inadequate father-son relationships and sustainable solutions for families led to writing Dad Deprived to Empowered Father. 

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