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Name: Missy Carvin
What my card should really say: ResearchDesignerNoiseMakerCreativityGirl
Education: BA in History and Theatre Arts from Hartwick College
Work History: Working for New Directions is Missy’s first foray into “corporate” culture, but it seems to be sticking. Previously she worked for the Girl Scouts of Westchester*Putnam and for Historic Hudson Valley.
Missy has been working for New Directions Consulting off and on since she was old enough to hand out questionnaires and say “Please write your name and ID number.” In this go-round, she has been focusing on market research design and analysis and is excited to be launching our Innovation Services. She is also an online moderator and is qualified to facilitate the Osborn-Parnes Creative Problem Solving Process.
Professional Memberships: Qualitative Research Consultants Association; QRCA Creativity & Innovation Special Interest Group; QRCA Online Research Special Interest Group; Creative Education Foundation.
Interests: Most of Missy’s time is currently taken up being Mommy to her wonderful daughter Abby and foster son "C". After the kids go to bed, though, Missy can be found running improv theatre workshops as the Director of the Avian Players Improv Workshop, leading a troop of Girl Scouts, or serving as the Executive Vice President for her local adoptive parents’ support group.
Fun Fact: Missy’s birthday places her on the cusp of Virgo and Libra, as well as falling on the first day of fall about every 3 years.
Name: Brian Carvin
Title: Director of IT/Facilities
What My Business Card Should Really Say: TechDude
Education: BA in History and Religious Studies from Hartwick College
Work History: From 1999-2000, Brian worked for Getty Images in various capacities, always in the technical side. Starting as a keywording specialist, Brian eventually worked his way to a position way above his paygrade as Digital Operations Specialist. He joined New Directions in 2012.
Interests: When Brian isn’t parenting his daughter Abby and foster son, "C," he spends most of his time reading various Science Fiction books and being an all-around nerd of the house.
Fun Fact: Brian has watched Star Wars more times than everyone else in the office combined. (Including the prequels.)
Name: Katie Cavazzini
What my card should really say: Minute Detail Finder Extraordinaire
Education: BS in Marketing, minor in Theology/Religious Studies from the University of Scranton
Work History: Katie worked as a 2014 – 2015 Cap Corps Volunteer for Capuchin Youth & Family Ministries (CYFM). She led almost one hundred Catholic retreats and service experiences for middle school, high school, and college students in New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts.
She joined New Directions as an Intern in September 2015 and moved into her current position in March 2016.
Interests: Katie largely spends her time clarifying the minute details most people don’t know exist. She employs her lifelong love of office supplies to do so. If she was Snow White, copy machines, precisely placed staples, and specific font sizes would be her birds. When she’s not saving the world through the details, Katie can be found eating, reading, making a new Pinterest board, or memorizing the life story of everyone she knows.
Fun Facts: In 4th grade, Katie helped to write the Congers Elementary School song and the female portion of her team won First Place in the Field Day Tug-of-War. More currently, as an avid blood donor, she is a member of the New York Blood Center “Gallon Club.”
Name: Jan Hill
Title: Office Manager
What my card should really say: Vice President in Charge of Stuff
Education: BS in Psychology/Special Education from Mercy College MS in Early Childhood Education from Long Island University
Work History: In 1982, Jan started working for General Foods Corporation. She began her career there in the Marketing Information Center where she worked until 1989. She then became responsible for the close out and electronic databasing of all market research studies for the Marketing Information Department. In 1997 she joined the Consumer Information and Response Department as an Information Analyst for the Post Division.
Jan joined New Directions in 1998, as an administrative assistant. She is known as the Right-Click Queen of White Plains due to her tech-savvy, and is expanding the company’s ability to use artwork in its presentations. She also maintains the General Foods Alumni Directory.
Interests: Jan is a an active Girl Scout volunteer and is also a co-professor of Clown College – a program for local Girl Scouts. During business hours (and often during non-business hours) Jan is the official Puppy Nanny, making sure all the dogs have enough treats, food and kisses to last all day. She has been enjoying having Abby around the office, but is trying to make sure Abby doesn’t repeat any of Jan’s more colorful turns of phrase.
Fun Fact: Jan is a graduate of Clown College – no really.
Name: Jane Goldwasser
Title: Chief Everything Officer
Jane joined New Directions Consulting in 1987. She was our senior researcher, overseeing all research design and analysis. She loved puzzles and looked at every new project as the chance to find solutions for our clients. We approach problems with her same determination, spirit, and belief that we can do anything as long as people stay out of our way.
Name: Hank Goldwasser
Hank founded New Directions in 1979 and was our chief cheerleader, behind-the-scenes magician and operational wizard. As we continue to offer the best in qualitative research and creativity consulting, we will forever be inspired by his commitment to integrity, humor and respect for others.
Title: Chief Napping Officer
Education: Obedience Training. So much Obedience Training.
Work History: Noodles has been a member of the office since September, 2013. We still haven't figured out what, exactly his job is, other than to be lovable.
Professional Memberships: Obedience School Recidivists of America
Fun Facts: Noodles can snore loud enough to be heard on the other end of a phone line. We're sorry.
Title: Howler and Runner-in-Chief
Education: Petsmart Beginner Class Graduate , 2015
Work History: Rosie is a welcome addition to the New Directions family, although she’s not entirely convinced that a working life is for her. She enjoys spending time in various dog beds throughout the office and howling at intruders (including squirrels) while cowering in fear behind the nearest familiar human. She does not aspire to be part of the office security detail.
Professional Memberships: Medieval Hounds of America
Fun Facts: Rosie is able to stretch her body in such a way to reach any treat, on any surface, at any time.