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Our Team of Experts 2018-06-02T20:58:58+00:00

Dr. Dean Aslinia

Dr. Dean is the Founder and Owner of Ulead Ulearn Professional Trainings.  He is a Licensed Mental Health Expert and University Professor at SMU in the Department of Counseling and Dispute Resolution. Dr. Dean’s educational background includes a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Psychology from the University of Houston, and a second master’s and doctoral degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce. His doctoral specialization was in marriage and family issues.  Post graduation he obtained additional training and certifications in Grief Counseling and Sex Therapy.

Since 2007, Dr. Dean has been engaged in professional trainings, clinical mental health practice, graduate higher education teaching, research, writing, and advocacy for greater mental health access for all Americans. In 2011 he co-found and created New Horizons Center for Healing in north Dallas-Fort Worth Metropolitan area. The clinic over a five-year span grew and became the most comprehensive mental health clinic in the State of Texas. Housing more than 30 licensed mental health professionals, ranging from adult, child, and addiction psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, licensed professional counselors, marriage and family therapists, and chemical dependency counselors, AASECT (American Association of Sexuality Educators Counselors, and Therapists) certified sex therapists, play therapists, and eating disorder specialists.

His peers in the profession consider Dr. Dean a leader, as he is the Past-President of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors, a member of the Texas Counseling Association’s Governance Council, and currently serves on the Texas Counseling Association’s Executive Board.  He was also appointed by the Collin County (North DFW) Commissioner’s Court to serve on the Collin County Local Behavioral Health Authority (MHMR) Life Path System’s Board of Trustees. He has also on several occasions, testified in front of the Texas House and Senate Health and Human Services Committees as well as the Texas Health and Human Services Commission for advocacy of mental health related bills.

Last, Dr. Dean has authored several single subject books (monographs), the Clinical Handbook of Counseling, published by Routledge Publishing, and series of empirical peer-reviewed articles. His passion, strong leadership, and desire to create a greater social interest with his work has led him to creating a Professional Training Company, to provide companies, universities, schools, and organizations with a better understanding of the impact of behavioral and emotional health in their environment.

Currently Dr. Dean also operates a private practice in University Park / Highland Park area of Dallas, TX.

Mr. Ryan Smith

Ryan has established himself as a leading authority on the impact of social media and technology on our interpersonal relationships. His dissertation explored the role that social media plays in marriage and he is a sought after public speaker for a wide array of technology/relationship related topics. Some of his most popular presentations include, “YikYak, SnapChat, the Kids are Using What App?” “and “Unfriended. The Impact of the Digital World on our Analog Relationships”.  He has done presentations in a wide variety of settings including professional trainings in schools, parent education in schools and churches, and student education in high schools and churches.

His presentations include an exploration of the relational consequences of increased technology consumption but also practical tools to help mitigate those effects. Ryan is not anti-technology but rather pro-management. He is the founder of www.YourBestFamily.com, a website dedicated to improving familial relationships by addressing technology-based concerns.

Ryan Smith is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor. He maintains a private practice in McKinney, TX and serves as the director of a family clinic he founded within a public school district in the Dallas area. He currently serves as the President-Elect of the Texas Association of Marriage and Family Counselors and is a doctoral candidate at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Prior to his counseling career Ryan spent nearly a decade as a high school teacher and coach.

Dr. Chris Simpson

Dr. Chris Simpson is an Associate Professor of Counseling at Texas A&M University-Commerce. He has served as a faculty member at TAMUC since 2005. He also maintains a private practice in Dallas, Texas. Dr. Simpson has worked with a variety of populations including: persons recovering from chemical dependency, theft intervention, self-injurious behavior, and grief recovery. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC-S) in the state of Texas. In his private practice, Dr. Simpson works with a variety of adolescent and adult clients. Most of his practice involves working with depression, anxiety, self-injury, effects of trauma, grief and bereavement, and chemical dependency. Dr. Simpson is a member of the American Counseling Association and Texas Counseling Association. Previously, he served as President for Northern Metro Counseling Association (NMCA). Dr. Simpson has authored Cutting and Self-Harm and Helping Your Self-Injurious Child: A Brief But Essential Guide for Parents.

His experience, knowledge, and expertise makes him the perfect consultant or trainer for any organization or corporation.

Dr. Simpson presents on subjects including nonsuicidal self-injury (NSSI), grief/ bereavement, anxiety/depression, and their broad impacts Full description of trainings can be found under our behavioral and emotional trainings.

Ms. Maryam Aslinia

Maryam Aslinia acquired her education and business experience in a broad international and multi-cultural setting. Her corporate background consists of a variety of senior and executive director roles across Europe, Middle East, and Asia. She has also served as an Human Resource Director of several multi-national corporations.

Through her vast experience internationally she offers clients organizational coaching in change leadership, performance development, professional transition, consulting support on change projects, and assist with the facilitation of workshops and training contributing to the success of a wide variety of change initiatives. Maryam’s passion is facilitating change in organizations by creating reflective change agents.

Maryam holds several master’s degrees including a Master’s degree in Consulting and Coaching for Change from INSEAD University in France, which is ranked as one of the top business schools in the world.

Dr. Alan Francis

Dr. Alan Francis holds a doctorate in Higher Education Supervision, Curriculum, and Instruction from Texas A&M University-Commerce. Over the past decade he has focused his expertise in higher education teaching and training as a professor. He is a two-time Teaching Excellence Award Recipient of the Texas A&M University System. He has also worked as an instructional designer and curriculum development professional. His comprehensive knowledge in education and instructional design has allowed him to be able to take content and create an educational environment in which students are able to understand and take full advantage of the material presented.  He further has extensive corporate experience and holds two master’s degrees in Electronic Commerce as well as a Master of Business Administration.  With his familiarity with business operations, he is the wonderful match in creating courses that might be suited for the growth of your business or organization.  UleadUlearn is honored to partner with Dr. Francis and provide you access to his vast professional knowledge and experience in helping you achieve your goals.

Ms. Erin Kaszynski, MEd, LPC

Erin Kaszynski, has a Masters in Counseling from University of North Texas (UNT) and is working on her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision at Texas A&M University-Commerce. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and also holds a Certificate in Human Resource Management.
Erin has worked as the Behavioral Health Special Projects Coordinator at LifePath Systems in Plano where she focused on clinical counseling and training, program development and evaluation, and community outreach. She has guest lectured at SMU and served as co-instructor in Counselor Education courses at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Erin has presented locally and nationally on topics related to counselor supervision, severe mental illness and trauma. She currently volunteers her time mentoring counselors in training and is a member of the Collin County Homeless Coalition. Her years of sales and program management experience make her an energetic, dynamic leader in psychoeducation. Erin can balance strategy and logic with clinical no-how and creativity to help organizations and individuals thrive.
Erin has experience counseling children, adolescents and adults in the areas of trauma, severe mental illness, career and life coaching, and eating disorders. She has a strong focus on self empowerment, stress management and uses creative clinical interventions.

Mr. Alvin Garcia

After spending many years in the corporate Learning and Development world, Alvin Garcia decided to combine his dynamic approach and join the UleadUlearn team and create a human performance development consulting team, offering analysis and assessments, human capital consulting, mediation, facilitation and custom learning solutions. Together with UleadUlearn, Alvin  takes pride in assisting the Texas Court System, businesses and individuals who realize that people directly affect the environment they live in, whether it be to understand themselves better, to grow professionally through executive, or career coaching, or to learn more about how their behaviors affect the world they live and work in. As a Human Capital professional, understanding how behaviors affect who we are is critical to unlock a person’s true potential. He’s worked for more than 20 years as a Learning and Development Professional ensuring everyone I work with is well trained and capable of achieving their goals and missions.   His industries where he’s affected change include, Travel, Information Technology, Manufacturing, Banking, Transportation and Retail. As a licensed mediator with more than 10 years of experience, Alvin has worked with various lawyers and the private sector in creating a creative settlement environment, where both parties can achieve satisfaction, setting their differences aside.  I am powerfully committed to practical solutions. As an professional coach, he’s worked with various C-level leaders to assist in their professional challenges of their organization, providing insight, direction, assessments and a value based proposition that allows them to move forward with their team’s potential.

Alvin brings not only his talent to the table to affect change, he brings with him his strategic  , visionary, consultative, caring and solution based approach to any situation he is given.

To name a few, Alvin has the following Certificates in the following areas:

  • ASSESS 360 and Development Feedback
  • Predictive Index (PI) Certification
  • Development Dimensions International (DDI)
  • Franklin Covey
  • Situational Leadership
  • National Institute for Mediation and Negotiation – Abrams Mediation and Negotiation

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