Our Team

East Tenth Group’s team is a collective group of people and leadership experts who are deeply committed to helping your people and business thrive. Michelle Tenzyk, our Founder and President, partners with each client to select the right consultants or coaches for your need. We simply love being a part of your business growth and results.

Michelle Tenzyk | Amanda Bednar | Jennifer Brown | Marie Dumas | Frank Faeth
Sandi Gordon | Jamie Levinson | Ann Parks | John Sanchez | Mindy Schwartz | Jaye Smith


Michelle Tenzyk

Consulting, Coaching, Leadership Programs

Insight. Perspective. Experience.

Michelle TenzykAs President of East Tenth Group, Michelle Tenzyk leverages her 25 years in business to bring insight, perspective, and experience to all aspects of human resources. Her work with senior leaders as a strategic advisor and executive coach enables her to present human capital solutions and direction on business strategy. She and her team provide services to support, strengthen, and revitalize organizations to help them attract, retain and develop the right talent.  Because when people thrive, business thrives, which serves as the mission of East Tenth Group.

Michelle’s strength lies in her breadth of experience. She has coached CEOs and top-level executives to create and sustain company cultures that attract and retain key talent at all levels.  She has worked with Fortune 500 companies and others to develop talent management solutions that improve communication, encourage productivity, and increase engagement.  And she has guided organizations through mergers, downsizings, and turnarounds.  As an executive coach, Michelle works with leaders and their teams to maximize their potential, realize their true greatness, and deliver their best performance, just as any world class athlete does.

In addition to owning and managing East Tenth Group, Michelle has held senior HR and executive team positions at wide range of companies—from financial services firms to marketing communication agencies. She most recently served as EVP, Chief Human Resources Officer for Healthcare Consultancy Group, part of Omnicom, where she led the talent function for 9 companies and served as trusted advisor to the companies’ presidents and the group’s CEO.

Michelle received her MBA in HR Management and HR Systems from the University of Albany and her Executive Coaching Certificate at City University of New York’s Zicklin School of Business. She also holds a BS in Music Education/Piano from the College of St. Rose where she is a distinguished prominent alumna.


Amanda Bednar

Consulting

Expert. Focused. Enthusiastic.

Amanda BednarAmanda Bednar is passionate about the strategic role that Human Resources (HR) has when it comes to the success of an organization. Her ability to help her clients identify and develop their talent along with creating cultures that foster growth has helped take her clients’ HR initiatives and organizations to the next level. She brings an enthusiastic and personal approach to every project and is able to connect with leaders, employees, and candidates – building strong relationships based on expertise and trust.

Amanda brings over 10 years of experience in the fields of recruitment, performance management, employee relations, and HR operations. Prior to joining East Tenth Group, Amanda worked as an HR Consultant with NYC-based HC-partners/Talentworx, a human capital consultancy firm, where she managed full-cycle recruiting efforts as well as developed HR toolkits for small to medium-sized clients.

Previously, she served as the Talent Management Supervisor for Javelin Marketing Group – an Omnicom direct marketing agency based in Dallas, TX. She was instrumental in the success of the organization’s full-cycle recruitment and the development and implementation of a performance management process. Prior to her work with Javelin Marketing Group, Amanda served as a Project Manager for The LaSalle Network, a boutique staffing firm, and was a founding member of the firm’s newest office location in the Chicago area. Amanda began her career in the HR field as the HR Manager for PeopleScout, Inc. – a leading recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) provider based in Chicago, IL. During her tenure with PeopleScout, Amanda received numerous accolades and awards for her achievement in recruitment, employee relations, and reduction of employee turnover.

Amanda holds a Master’s degree in the field of Industrial & Organizational Psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH.


Jennifer Brown

Consulting

Adaptable. Business-Focused. Compassionate.

Jennifer Brown PhotoJennifer Brown is a business-focused Human Resources (HR) leader who knows that a business is only as strong as its people. Her goal in working with clients is to provide thoughtful, specialized and appropriate business solutions to challenging HR issues. Having led major corporate functions and advised executives during turbulent times, she has extensive first-hand experience in driving organizational change at a strategic level and facilitating rapid personal improvement in individuals. Consulting with firms of all sizes, she has an appreciation for what really works when it comes to making people more effective. She has worked in diverse environments to include government contracting; marketing/communications; financial, banking, and insurance services; non-profits; legal, hospitality; transportation; and utilities.

Jennifer’s unique blend of real world business experience, coupled with over 25 years of HR management, organizational development practice, change management, and project management help her to consistently exceed client expectations. She spent the first part of her career in Andersen Consulting’s (Accenture) Change Management practice and then held various senior roles at Freddie Mac to include Director, HR Business Partner; Director of Recruiting; and Director of HR Business Operations. For the past 12 years, she has been providing HR consulting and advisory services.

Jennifer holds a Master in Business Administration (major in HR and Organizational Development) and Bachelor of Science (major in Personnel/Labor Relations) from the University of Maryland. She is also certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources.


Marie Dumas

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Engaging. Responsible. Compassionate.

Marie DumasMarie Dumas is a former Fortune 500 Training and Development Executive who applies her business experience to coach leaders and top talent to perform at their highest potential. She has coached leaders and teams through mergers, re-organizations, leadership/management transitions, divestitures and the impact of risk and regulatory changes. As part of the East Tenth Group team, Marie is described by her clients as being able to see the big picture, build rapport quickly and demonstrate she is open to engage with any personal change challenge.

Marie works with top talent who aspire to take on roles of increasing responsibility and impact and must often recognize and re-focus habits and behaviors that don’t serve them anymore. She is willing to ask hard questions in service to growth and discovery, working toward practical and solution-oriented goals. She works with her clients to identify and leverage their strengths and values, assess the style they bring to work, clarify how others see her clients “show up” and uncover the stories we tell ourselves – in some cases it’s a form of self-talk which is limiting, at other times it’s a view of competence which prevents us from seeing blind spots.

Marie is a former Managing Director, Chief Learning Officer, with JPMorgan and her prior industry experience includes publishing, healthcare, and consulting. She has an MEd in Instructional Design from UMass Boston and holds an iCoach NY Coaching Certificate. She is an adjunct instructor at the Mountbatten Institute MBA program.

Marie lives in Westchester with husband and son. As a family, they are committed to the “Gift of Life” charity sponsored by Rotary International and have hosted children in their home from Iraq, Haiti and Belize while in New York for life-saving heart surgery.


Frank Faeth

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Dynamic. Goal-Oriented. Strategic.

frank_faeth215x236Frank Faeth partners with clients to turn powerful personal and interpersonal insights into positive action that advances their careers and the strategy of their organizations. He guides clients through a dynamic discovery process that enables them to identify and intensify their strengths and to recognize and overcome barriers, and provides a supportive environment for clients to practice pushing beyond current patterns.  He engages clients in meaningful, consistent conversations and intense planning so goals are reached.

Frank has held senior positions for several of the most prestigious companies in the world, including JPMorgan Chase, MasterCard Worldwide and Marsh, Inc. and he has undergone targeted training in executive coaching. Combining his business background with his executive coaching experience, Frank facilitates professional breakthroughs for executives at all levels.  He partners with clients to turn personal insights into positive action that propels them on their path to greater effectiveness. He leverages proven assessments to guide clients through a dynamic discovery process that enables them to identify and leverage their strengths and to break behaviors that are holding them back.

Frank earned a BBA in Accounting from Bernard Baruch College and a MBA in Finance and Marketing from the University of Chicago. He has an Executive Coaching Certificate from iCoachNewYork, and is certified in several leadership assessments including Myers-Briggs, Emotional IQ/360, Abrasive Leadership, Hogan, and Gallup’s StrengthsFinder.

Frank and his wife feed New York City’s homeless the last Thursday of every month, working with volunteers from a local church.  He supports a non-profit community center in an economically depressed city in Westchester County through pro bono coaching.  He and his wife live in Westchester County, NY, and Kent County, RI.


Sandi Gordon

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Impactful. Compassionate. Insightful.

Sandi GordonSandi Gordon rose through the ranks at a major telecommunications firm, and then went out on her own as a consultant, trainer, and executive/business coach. Sandi has 25+ years of business experience, 15 of which have been specifically coaching executives as both an internal coach in large organization and as an external coach directly for a wide variety of clients across numerous industries including; telecommunications, banking, technology, legal, and nonprofits. Her volunteer service through participation on the Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Club, YWCA, and Discovery Programs, and as an individual Court –Appointed Special Advocate for abused and neglected children, has given her an in-depth understanding of the non-­profit world. Work in military medical research allowed her to use program evaluation, needs assessment, and qualitative interviewing expertise.

Sandi speaks nationally on leadership, resilience, post-­‐deployment integration, communications, and team engagement.

Sandi’s educational background includes a B.S. in business management from Western Governors University, and certifications in executive, business and life coaching graduation from Coach University and Coachville Corporate. Continuous learning is very important to her, as evidenced by participation in Robbins-Madanes Breakthrough and Strategic Intervention Coaching in 2013, and the Center for Executive Coaching in 2014. This extensive background and experience has given her a unique cross‐industry perspective for the most pressing problems in business today.

East Tenth Group is delighted to have Sandi as part of their team, especially since Sandi is a proud resident of the Austin, Texas area, where she lives with her husband.


Jamie Levinson

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Practical. Results-Focused. Impactful.

Jamie-LevinsonJamie Levinson’s senior leadership roles in learning and development at TIAA-CREF, Depository Trust and Clearing Corporation, and ACS (Xerox) Intellinex, (Formerly Ernst and Young) provide the foundation for her strength as an executive coach and leadership advisor. Her signature presence carries a warm, relaxed, yet professional style, which creates a safe environment in which strong relationships are built. As part of the East Tenth Group team, she partners with leaders to generate solutions and strategies for greater impact, which contribute to bottom-line results.

Jamie coaches emerging and mid-level leaders and their teams, who are often managing through transitions, beginning new roles, moving into more senior roles, or taking on larger responsibilities. Through powerful presence, listening, questions and feedback, she supports leaders and teams to gain insight, develop new behaviors and achieve greater effectiveness. Jamie helps her clients to create targeted goals and business-focused outcomes. Her practical, results-focused approach helps leaders and their teams eliminate ineffective behaviors and learn new ones.

Jamie holds a B.S. in Education from The University of Maryland, and a M.S. in Applied Behavioral Science from The Johns Hopkins University. She has a professional coaching certification from iCoachNY at the Zicklin Business School at Baruch College, CUNY. Jamie is certified in The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), The Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument, the EQ- i2.0 and EQ 360 assessment.

Jamie is a faculty member at the American Management Association where she teaches at The Women’s Leadership Center. She is also a mentor with Women Unlimited, Inc., an organization that develops women leaders through mentoring, education and networking. Jamie is a member of ATD NY, The Financial Women’s Association, The International Coaching Federation (ICF), and The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. She also serves on the board of All Together Now, an adoptee-led support group for adoptive families. She and her husband and son live in Brooklyn.


Ann J. Parks

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Perceptive. Business Focused. Results Driven.

Ann-Parks-sq-imgAnn J. Parks is a former Fortune 500 senior executive turned executive coach and leadership consultant. She applies her blue-chip business background to coach leaders and managers on how to perform at their highest potential. Ann believes that everyone can leverage their natural talents and personality for business success by using principles of clear communication, effective collaboration, enhanced relationships, active listening and compassionate leadership.

Ann began her career as an Institutional Fixed Income sales person, and for 10+ years specialized in selling high grade debt for Merrill Lynch. Ann’s passion for developing talent led her to a subsequent career leading the Learning and Development (L&D) divisions of JPMorgan, Citigroup and Lehman Brothers. Ann understands the challenges of heading geographically dispersed teams, managing complex technologies / systems, merging divisions and motivating staff to become highly effective.

In the span of five years, Ann merged the L&D divisions for three separate investment bank acquisitions: Salomon /Smith Barney, Salomon SmithBarney/Citibank and JPMorgan/Chase. Downsizing, restructuring and creating merger synergies enabled Ann to develop keen insight into change management practices.

An additional area of expertise in Ann’s executive coaching practice is coaching high potential women in highly competitive industries. Ann brings a unique perspective to these assignments due to her own previous success and familiarity with issues that affect women in the workplace.

Ann holds a MEd from New York University and earned her BA from Drew University. She received her certification in Executive Coaching from iCoachNY and the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College. Ann is certified in Hogan, Workplace Big Five, DiSC, MBTI, and EQ-i/360 and also works with DiSC and the Thomas-Kilmann Conflict Mode Instrument. Ann is a member of the Financial Women’s Association and the NYHRPS. She lives in Westchester County with her husband and two daughters.


John Sanchez

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Consultative. Team-oriented. Accomplished.

John-Sanchez-Professional-Photo223x236John Sanchez has over 15 years of experience in the human capital and organizational effectiveness areas working within the insurance, financial services, management consulting, and luxury retail arenas. As an executive coach and organizational effectiveness professional, he helps senior and emerging leaders maximize their professional effectiveness. John delivers value by helping his clients identify measurable goals and outcomes within the contexts of the organizations they work in, and then targets the behavior characteristics keeping them from achieving those endpoints. John employs a no-nonsense and no-excuses approach that is customized for each coaching and consulting client, and helps them practice and implement new behaviors that support the desired change.

John’s prior experience included work as a consultant and human resources professional in various capacities at Monitor Group (now part of Deloitte Consulting LLP), Millennium Pharmaceuticals (now Millennium: The Takeda Oncology Company), and State Street Bank, among others. He brings deep experience in core HR competencies such as performance and talent management, training & development, and employee relations.

John received his B.A. from the University of Massachusetts. He is fluent in Spanish and is also an experienced facilitator. He is also currently certified to administer the MBTI for individuals and teams, the Thomas-Kilman Conflict Mode Instrument, and Hogan HPI, HDS, and MVPI Assessments.

John is also an adjunct instructor at the Columbia Business School MBA Recruitment Prep program, and was a Student Advisor at Columbia’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). In addition, he also serves the community in a number of pro bono capacities: as an Account Director at the Taproot Foundation, where he leads teams of experienced Human Resources professionals to assist non-profits develop their HR capabilities; and as a volunteer for the Friendly Visitors Program in Harlem.


Mindy Schwartz

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Astute. Motivational. Knowledgeable.

MSchwartzphoto223x236Mindy Schwartz is a Certified Executive Coach who supports and motivates emerging and established leaders to achieve greater effectiveness and confidence in their roles. As an astute, insightful and trusted advisor, she has coached dozens of executives including C-suite leaders, emerging leaders and high potential women to become more effective, maximizing the potential of individuals, teams and organizations to drive sustained and measurable performance improvement.

She has worked extensively in environments facing demanding business expectations during various business cycles over the years. As a result, Mindy brings to her coaching a deep understanding and knowledge of the complex challenges of leadership and management during times of constant change. Mindy has an empathetic, pragmatic and positive approach to coaching with a focus on achieving business goals. She is adept at balancing the needs of the individual with the goals of the organization.

During her 20 years with Credit Suisse, Mindy built an impressive career with expanded and increased responsibilities both in the U.S. and globally. Mindy draws on her earlier career as a senior global human resources (HR) executive in the financial services industry, and she has extensive experience in investment banking, asset management, research and equities where she partnered, advised and coached executives and their teams around the world on a wide range of initiatives.

Mindy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Delaware and received her Certification in Executive Coaching through the iCoach Program at the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College in New York.  Mindy is a member of the Women’s Leadership Council of Temple Israel. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.


Jaye Smith

Coaching, Leadership Programs

Entrepreneurial. Resilient. Effective.

jaye-smithJaye Smith’s career as an executive coach and organizational effectiveness consultant spans over 20 years. Her mission is to help people, teams, and organizations be vital and chart a course of action that is fulfilling for them – and produces extraordinary results. Her forte also lies in helping organizations build better leaders and managers’ leadership presence and impact, utilizing a wide range of tools to educate and build resilient leaders. As part of East Tenth Group, she guides and supports her clients to build more resilient leaders and effective management teams.

Jaye is one of the founders and President of Partners In Human Resources International, a full service human resources consulting firm. Prior to that, she managed her own consulting practice for 7 years while also directing the leadership consulting and career management practice of Goodrich & Sherwood, a New York-based consulting firm. Previously Jaye had spent a number of years as a Senior Consultant to Chemical Bank, Chase Bank and Citibank. She began her career in senior management positions at a community-based organization.

For over 20 years, Jaye has worked with major organizations in such diverse industries as professional service firms, fashion, financial services, pharmaceuticals and publishing. Clients have included: Blackrock, Citigroup, HBO, Hearst Publishing, MetLife, MTVN, Pfizer, Prudential, and SONY, She has provided executive coaching and facilitated team and other related programs within a wide range of disciplines including: marketing, sales, technology, digital strategy, human resources, and production.

Jaye is co-author of Revolutionary Retirement: What’s Next For You?, Reboot Your Life: Enhance Your Career and Life by Taking a Break, and Venus Unbound, a guide to building self esteem in woman. She has written articles and has appeared on television and radio, as an expert discussing strategies for building successful careers and lives.

Jaye has been faculty member at New York University’s Center for Career, Education and Life Planning for the past 20 years. She serves as co-president of the board of directors of Harlem Dowling Westside Center for Children and Family Services, a foster care and adoption prevention agency. Jaye is also a lead facilitator for CUNY and the Center for Economic development, Managing for Innovation – developing leaders in city agencies whose mandate is elevating poverty. She holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from New York University and a B.A. in Psychology from City College of the City University of New York.