HOD Consulting, Inc.
Your Subtitle text
HOD Team
HOD Coaches Maria Jimenez, Cathy Bailey, Debra Keenan, Sharyn Ben-Zvi, Martha Torres, Connie Avila with legal counsel Nina Kaufman.
HOD Coaches

Simi Nwogugu, CEO
Maria Jimenez
Cathy Bailey
Sharyn Ben-Zvi
Debra Keenan
Martha Torres
Charlene Lu
Connie Avila


Nina Kaufman, Legal Counsel
Marina Rubinshtein, Controller
Jasmine Cutting, Executive Assistant/Research Associate

Advisory Board

Jennifer Allyn
Patricia David
Elana Weinstein
Anne Weisberg
Melinda Wolfe

HOD Senior Consultant Bios

(see Founder page for Founder/CEO Bio)

Maria Jimenez

Lead, Multicultural Leadership Programs


Maria manages the ALANA Leadership Development program and all other multicultural leadership programs for HOD Consulting. Maria has extensive experience building and utilizing a variety of assessments to ensure the growth and performance of key talent, diverse employees, and critical business teams across various organizations.  Over the span of her career, both as an internal talent management leader at various corporations and as an external organizational development consultant, Maria has designed and facilitated sessions focused on improving team effectiveness, building communication and collaboration skills, leading successful diverse teams and enhancing emotional intelligence and resilience.  Results have included process improvements, reduced costs, revenue generation, brand recognition, and seamless replacement planning.


Maria has a Masters in Business Research and Masters in Sociology from Stanford University, and Bachelors in Psychology from Northeastern University.  She holds a professional certificate in Organizational and Executive Coaching from New York University and is a certified member of the International Coach Federation. Other certifications include Resilience Factor Inventory from Adaptiv Systems, eDisc Leadership Assessment, and Hay 360 Emotional Intelligence, Leadership Styles, and Climate Dimension Instruments.  She has conducted research on Power and Status, Influence, and Diversity and has been published in several academic journals including Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and Personality and Psychology Bulletin.



Cathy Quartner Bailey

Lead, Emerging Leaders Programs


Cathy manages leadership development programs for HOD Consulting.  She brings a wealth of business management and executive development experience to HOD from her background as a senior marketing officer at various corporations including British Airways, where she spearheaded the development and launch of a new worldwide identity for the airline. She is also founder of Quartner & Associates, through which she has provided strategic marketing expertise and executive development services to various organizations including Johnson & Johnson, Kraft, American Express and Barclays Capital.  Cathy specializes in leadership coaching with focus on developing communication skills, emotional intelligence, managing change and work life balance.  A successful on-ramper who returned to the workforce after off-ramping to take care of her young family, Cathy also co-manages all HOD off-ramping/on-ramping coaching programs.


Cathy earned an MBA from The University of Chicago and a BA from Emory in Economics. She is a NYU Certified Executive Coach, RCS certified coach, certified by the International Coaching Federation (ICF), and a Certified Professional Behavioral Analyst (CPBA). Cathy also teaches Powerful Tools for Coaching Business Leaders at NYU’s Leadership and Human Capital Department.

Sharyn Ben-Zvi

Lead, Retention and Work Life Programs


Sharyn manages all work-life and retention programs for HOD Consulting.  She spent over 14 years in the media and publishing industries working with leaders at all levels to build organizational structures required to meet the challenges of their business plans and strategies before becoming an executive coach.  Sharyn’s specialty is in the areas of organizational development, leadership and executive development, employee relations, talent management and performance management.


Prior to becoming an executive coach, Sharyn worked for over 8 years at Time Inc. as Director, Human Resources.  During this time she served as the chief HR advisor and active strategic member of senior management teams to continually improve the performance of each organization. Before joining Time Inc., Sharyn worked at The Walt Disney Company as a Senior Human Resources Generalist.  There she advised and counseled managers and employees on employee relations issues and recruited for various levels within the organization.


Sharyn has her certification in Organizational and Executive Coaching from New York University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resources Management/Organizational Development from The New School and a B.A. in American Studies from The American University. 

Debra Keenan

Lead, Non-Profit Leadership Programs


Debra manages all HOD programs for the leaders of non-profit organization clients and employee affinity groups at our corporate clients.  Debra brings over 20 years of business management and leadership experience to HOD, both as a former senior VP and business unit leader for a major investment bank and as principal and founder of DKB Consulting, which has helped several non-profit and corporate clients with management and leadership effectiveness. Her areas of expertise include executive coaching, management consulting, 360 feedback programs, project management and image consulting.


Debra has a BA from Douglass College and an MBA from University of Wisconsin.  She has a professional certificate in Organizational and Executive Coaching from New York University.