Upon completing a Masters in Psychology at Rutgers University, Ed began a career in education. For 30 years, Ed has worked with colleges, universities, museums and school districts in classrooms, counseling and administration. His graduate research on conflict resolution was published in the peer reviewed Journal of Social Issues. He is now on the adjunct faculty of Palm Beach State College teaching Behavioral Science and Developmental Psychology and has served there as faculty advisor to the SGA Psychology Club.
For more than a decade, he has been engaged by the Boca Raton’s Promise, a non-profit mental health education organization, to raise awareness and educate the community on mental health issues and opportunities. He is currently one of a handful of local trainers certified by the National Council for Behavioral Health to present Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification courses in Palm Beach County. Ed also oversees the organizations e-communications, social media and web management. Through his membership in the PBC Action Alliance for Mental Health and the MHFA Coalition of PBC, he serves to help build bridges between community needs and local resources.
During the first 15 years after moving his family with 3 sons from NJ to Boca Raton, he was engaged with area professionals in the development and implementation of various educational programs in entrepreneurship, digital media and visual arts. Thousands of kids, ages 5-16, participated in his signature programs:
Cartoon Camp, Camp Hollywood Studios and Billionaire Boot Camps. Programs focused on empowering youth through creative expression and were successfully implemented at the University of West Florida, the International Museum of Cartoon Art and 10 local district and charter schools.
During this same time, Ed founded Boca Kidz, Inc., a publishing and communications company, which has helped businesses, schools and local community parents become informed on matters impacting family life. Cooperative partnerships with 45 local district schools and 400+ area businesses, provided for a beneficial sharing of knowledge. More than 2.5 million magazines were published and distributed prior to the publication moving to online content. In spare time, Ed spent 20 years coaching youth sports and as a consultant/facilitator with Leadership Solutions, Inc. where he acts to engage business leaders in developing a process of growth and strategic communication.