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Founders Andrew Athan, Craig Goldberg & Brian Castleforte

We are old friends that have come together out of respect and love for each other.  Our shared vision is a company that promotes positive change in each person we touch, and thereby, in society.  We aspire to be beacons of love.  Each of you, can be one too.

Our backgrounds are diverse, including years of experience in digital media/art, telecommunications, software, hardware, business, marketing, and cultivating human potential.

We attend that giant annual festival in the Nevada desert (you know the one).  We feel some of the values we live by while there, such as the manner in which people relate to each other, are values the world should become better aligned with.

Join us on a quest to reach your individual goals, which are within reach through clarity of intention and regular practice.  In the process we will make the world a brighter, happier place. Spread the love.

 

Craig Goldberg

Craig Goldberg

Founder

Andrew Athan

Andrew Athan

Founder

Brian Castleforte

Brian Castleforte

Founder

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Cara Day, M.A.

Cara Day, M.A.

Educational and Behavioral Therapist

Cara Day is an educational therapist, life coach, and mother of four, ages 16, 18, 20, and 22. She founded what was to become Day Prep Educational Therapy in 1996. Day Prep Educational Therapy, now serving San Diego and Seattle with a team of 18 teachers, addresses the whole child – as an individual, within a school community, and as a member of an important family – your family. Children are taught how to use their unique gifts and abilities to create success with academic learning, executive functions, social skills, and cooperation to live a more successful, integrated and inspired life.

Cara Day began teaching her dolls and willing friends at the age of 4. By age 10, she was being paid $2 an hour to teach children how to read at her babysitter’s. In high school, she was pulled from class by the guidance counselors to speak to students in need of impromptu peer coaching, such as with one student who was ditching classes and with another who had an unplanned pregnancy. Cara began college at age 16 at San Diego State University, graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors. She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as a Reading Specialist Credential.

In 2008, Cara Day realized a childhood dream when she founded a college preparatory Kindergarten – 8th grade private school, after many years of parents asking her to “do the whole thing.” By September, she and her team welcomed 107 students. The school was fully accredited by WASC in its first year. 

Throughout this time, Cara grew a private educational therapy and coaching practice. She also created several curricula for parents, teachers, and therapists. She speaks to audiences on topics relating to children and families through schools, hospitals, and literacy organizations.

Cara Day lives in San Diego, California. She enjoys writing, traveling, reading, exercising, and spending time with her four children and pup-pups.

www.dayprepschool.com and www.daychild.org

Julie Trager

Julie Trager

Healthcare Advisor

The Love Beacon is excited to have Julie on our Advisory Board. Her years of experience working in and around Caregivers, hospitals and administrators provides our team with a well rounded perspective of the driving forces inside the organizations we serve.

Julie Trager is a business developer, leader, innovator, changemaker, and client relationship manager with a long history in the field of mental health. Originally from the midwest, Julie graduated from DePaul University with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts and attended graduate school at Loyola. After graduate school, Julie established her own mental health practice. Julie was drawn to healthcare, particularly gerontology and end-of-life care, and found working in the hospice field to be very rewarding. She credits this work with sparking an interest in medicine which continues today. In 2005, Julie was recruited to start a palliative care program at a hospital where she had built relationships in her prior role as a hospice clinical liaison. To succeed, Julie learned a massive amount of acute medicine on the fly, gained the trust of her colleagues and built a multidisciplinary team with regional oversight of 5 hospitals, a 300 to 400 annual patient census (per hospital), an outpatient clinic and costs savings in the millions. It was this role which honed Julie into the person she is today.

Chris Swan

Chris Swan

Founder, Sports Performance Advisors

Chris Swan is an accomplished athlete and business development professional. Chris has competed at the elite level for over 30 year, which includes 2 Olympic and numerous world championship teams. Over the last 15 years Chris has worked in the big data and life science fields primarily in business development and sales roles.

Most recently Chris worked with LifeQ, a computational systems biology company and developed their market strategy for the sports performance sectors and assisted with the health & wellness strategy from a fitness and recovery perspective. Prior to LifeQ Chris worked at ClickFox, a Big Data analytics company where he held several roles in business development and sales. At, ClickFox Chris also built and led product delivery for a benchmarking product and practice for experience analytics. While leading the sales team Chris doubled revenues year over year for 3 years growing from $2.5M to more than $22M in revenue. In his last 4 years at the company his business development efforts accounted for more than 1/3 of the revenues of the company. Prior to ClickFox, Chris spent 5 years with NICE growing their Avaya portfolio and added 100+ new clients during his tenure.

Chris has been a rower for more than 30 years and a paddler for almost 20. Chris was on the 1992 & 1996 Olympic teams, 1991 & 1995 Pan American Teams and has competed in 9 world championships, winning more than 20 medals and holds a world record.

Chris is also active in his community and co-founded the San Diego Canoe Kayak Team, which is in its 17th year and has produced several Olympians. He is also president of the San Diego Crew Classic a $1M charitable organization that runs the US largest spring time regatta with over 4000 rowers for the benefit of San Diego’s under resourced youth with rowing scholarships

Chris is a graduate of Harvard. He is passionate about health and is constantly self-educating and experimenting with his diet/nutrition, training, mental balance, and recovery to improve his performance and health.

Chris has been happily married for 17 years to his wife Crista and has 3 daughters Kyla, Danielle, and Skylar. Two dogs and a cat round out the family, he lives in Carlsbad CA

 

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Social work ignited a passion for creating and leading that began when she pitched and implemented a new admission and placement process while working in child welfare. This set off a love affair with innovation and creative problem-solving, particularly in the service of helping others. During this time, Julie suffered some tough personal losses that left her reeling, but also spawned a desire to help others through grief and loss. To do this, grad school was a necessity, so off to Loyola she went. While working part-time in academia to pay the bills, being a part-timer didn’t stop her from streamlining processes, rewriting policy, and forging business relationships in order to seamlessly coordinate care and ensure compliance.

After graduate school, Julie established a mental health practice. While being her own boss and guiding people towards clarity and wholeness was inspiring, fun and worthwhile, fighting insurance companies for reimbursement was not. At the same time, the losses she endured were drawing her to healthcare, particularly in the fields of gerontology and end-of-life care. So she made lemonade out of lemons by working within the hospice field, which was incredibly rewarding and sparked an interest in medicine that continues to this day.

In 2005, Julie was recruited to start a palliative care program at a hospital where she had built relationships in her prior role as a hospice clinical liaison. Her biggest challenge yet (this required a major culture change) was guiding this program from its infancy to its current iteration. This challenge was made even more difficult by the fact that Julie was a social worker, rather than a physician or nurse. To succeed, she learned a massive amount of acute medicine on the fly, gained the trust of her colleagues and built an initial program of one part-time FTE into a multidisciplinary team with regional oversight of 5 hospitals, a 300 to 400 annual patient census (per hospital), an outpatient clinic and costs savings in the millions. It was this role that honed Julie into a business developer, leader, innovator, change maker, and client relationship manager.

Julie has a knack for identifying problems and developing creative solutions. She also has a passion for meaningful work, a practical intelligence, a curious mind, and a systems approach which means she easily becomes a subject matter expert. However, Julie’s greatest skills come from years of giving people bad news - really bad news, like “your child has been taken into child protective services’ custody” or “your husband is never going to wake up again”. This demands an ability to create instant rapport with people from all walks of life and condense highly complex information into easily-understandable language. Truthfully, she has become so good at having these kinds of conversations that people actually thank her afterwards. Those thanks spring from the knowledge that Julie cares deeply about people and believes with her whole heart that helping people is the best kind of work. But what is most important to know about Julie is this - she always looks to be inspired and to be inspirational. Everything she’s ever done and will do comes from this place.

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