Our Team 2021-04-01T08:42:44-04:00

Our Team

Amanda Ready LMHC, LPC

Founder and President

A licensed mental health counselor, licensed professional counselor, entrepreneur, advocate, and motivational speaker, Amanda Ready works to inspire, motivate, and equip others to empower and heal themselves. She offers mental health wellness, educational support, and job training stateside and globally through her private practice Ready Therapy Practice and nonprofit work. In addition to Ready Therapy Practice, she has founded two nonprofits: Ready to Empower, a US-based foundation, and Árbol de Esperanza, a Costa Rica–based association that provides support to at-risk women. Ready donates a portion of this practice’s proceeds to helping others in need access mental health support. Ready has been honored in 2018; Humanitarian of the Year Award, bestowed by the I’m Here For the Ladies And You for advocating women’s empowerment, 2015; Amway Hero Award in the Generosity Category, recognizing the commitment one person makes to improving the world through extraordinary volunteerism or philanthropy, 2014; Unsung Hero Award, given by the Westchester Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, for outstanding achievement in protecting the safety and well-being of Westchester’s children, 2014; Rising Star Award given by The Business Council of Westchester, recognizing Westchester County’s best young talents.

Olivia Skiffington

Vice President

Olivia Skiffington is a digital marketing and demand generation leader with over 16 years experience as a marketing professional. Olivia has both her undergrad and graduate degrees in Marketing and it is her passion along with her extensive work with non-profits. She currently heads up Demand Generation Marketing for Aera Technology in San Francisco, CA were she manages digital marketing, events, brand and customer marketing and lead generation. For 11 years, Olivia volunteered and then managed the Norwalk Special Olympics team before she moved out West. Olivia was born and raised in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is where her heart is, which is one of the reasons she is so passionate about Ready to Empower. Olivia is fluent in English and Spanish.

Joseph Kwasniewski


Joseph is the Executive Vice President, Chief Commercial Officer of Cadilus Inc. Joseph has more than 10 years of experience as a C-Suite leader within the management consulting, non-profit, and construction industries. His leadership experience spans the areas of business development, fundraising, strategic planning, finance and change management. Joe has driven significant top-line & bottom line growth with expertise in business analytics, performance measurement and quality control testing. He embraces continuous improvement, organizational learning and a customer centered approach. Joseph holds a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration, Finance from Eastern Connecticut State University, has done graduate studies at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and holds a Master of Business Administration from Yale School of Management.

Samantha Clark


Samantha Clark is a volunteer Board Member of Ready to Empower (RTE). Samantha is experienced in the non-profit world, as professionally she works in quality assessment for Westport, CT based non-profit that provides camp experiences for children with serious illnesses. Previously, she has worked in the camp industry, youth development, as well for the YMCA. Samantha has earned both her Masters in Community Development and Planning and her Bachelors in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Development from Clark University in Worcester, MA. Samantha’s Masters work revolved around female participation in a male dominant youth development atmosphere, so empowering women is a cause near and dear to her heart.

Thaís Silva

Thaís is a Brazilian lawyer, licensed by the Brazilian BAR Association and is in the process of getting her license from the NY Bar Association. She graduated from UFPR Law School and holds a Master’s Degree in Human Rights and Humanitarian Law from Sorbonne Universities (Panthéon-Assas – Paris II). Thais also holds a LL.M. Degree in International Business and Trade Law from Fordham Law School. Thais has extensive legal experience, working for private law firms representing clients in civil litigation and previously as a judicial clerk. Thais worked for the United Nations supporting UNDEF, a trust fund that promotes democracy related projects around the globe. She also worked for ABIS – Brazilian Agency of Innovation and Sustainability. She is currently part of the Regulatory Compliance team at HSBC, in New York City. She is fluent in Portuguese, French and English.

Michelle Ryan

Michelle Ryan is an entrepreneurial marketing executive with extensive experience across mass, prestige and e-commerce beauty. She has spent the past 25 years leading global beauty brands, developing successful skincare and haircare products, and creating original digital and social marketing campaigns for women of all ages.  Her career highlights include launching the first BB cream in the US mass market, creating a profitable franchise around dark spot corrector skincare products, launching the first personalized cleansing line in the mass market and creating award winning campaigns for brands like Clairol, Garnier, Biolage, and Dark and Lovely.  Michelle is currently CEO of MRM Bespoke Beauty Marketing, a boutique consultancy helping entrepreneurial beauty brands transform their ideas into thriving businesses.  Michelle lives in Westchester, NY with her husband and two energetic teenage daughters. She loves tennis, yoga, playing the piano and traveling. Michelle fell in love with Costa Rica back in 2000 when she visited the country with her husband and close friends. She is honored to now be a board member of Ready To Empower, assisting them in their wonderful mission of restoring hope and self-reliance to at risk women in Costa Rica and around the world.

Jennifer Costa

Jennifer is a seasoned marketing executive with extensive experience in business-to-business and business-to-consumer platforms. She has launched new consumer brands across various industries and numerous product launches. Jennifer began her career in the non-profit world and has since taken roles leading her to Senior Vice President of Marketing and E-Commerce in the corporate environment. She still finds time to give back to her community after becoming a certified Seal Rescuer at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk, CT. Jennifer’s experience ranges from website development, brand management, marketing communications, promotions, public relations, distribution channel management, networking and Amazon.com integrations.

Tanya Shankar

Committee Member

A seasoned individual with an array of experience in the Non-Profit sector, Legal field, Education, Investment Banking and Asset Management. Tanya has a B.A. in Psychology and Sociology, an MBA in International Business & Marketing, a Certificate in Management from Yale University and she is currently obtaining her Professional Digital Marketing Certification from Northwestern University. She is actively involved and holds leadership positions with the following organizations: United Way, Cradle to Career, the Stamford Public Education Foundation, Soundwaters, Childcare Learning Centers, Women at Franklin Templeton and Involved (Global Volunteer Program at Franklin Templeton). Tanya is very passionate about helping others and making a difference in my community

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