Our Team

Kedren Crosby

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Mindsets and behaviors hold power. By instilling effective workplace mindsets, behaviors, communication practices and cultures, Kedren builds sustainable high-performance.   

Kedren holds a Master’s degree in Policy Science from The University of Maryland, graduate level Certificates in Nonprofit Studies from The Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Conflict Resolution at Notre Dame and has completed graduate coursework in Organizational Behavior at Harvard University.  Kedren is also a certified practitioner of Emotional Intelligence and serves as adjunct graduate school faculty at Elizabethtown College.  Kedren has written and presented extensively on burnout, work-life integration, authentic leadership, organizational culture, organizational conflict management and communication best practices.  

Professionally, Kedren has enjoyed serving as a CEO, CDO, Director, Associate Director, Interim Executive Director, President, Vice President, author and professor.  Her 25 years’ workplace experience in all three sectors (for-profit, non-profit, government) fuel both her empathy and her ability to see quickly into your specific scenario.

Her practice is rooted in authenticity, appreciative inquiry, crucial confrontations, emotional intelligence, positive organizational behavior, transformative mediation, positive psychology and the platinum rule. CONTACT KEDREN:  kedren@WorkWisdomLLC.com

Sarah Colantonio

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Research has consistently proven that those who are mindful at work are more focused, happier, healthier, more productive and more emotionally intelligent. Mindfulness is the discipline of staying in the present moment.  Teams that build honest, open, psychologically safe environments through conscious communication achieve higher productivity and innovation along with greater workplace well-being.

With a Master's of Science in Communication and a Bachelor's in Psychology, Sarah has served as a professor of communication at both Millersville University of Pennsylvania and Penn State University since 2003.   Her years in the classroom have benefited her coaching clients as she holds expertise in interpersonal communication, public speaking and group dynamics.  In addition to her expertise in high performance communication, Sarah has studied mindfulness since 2004 and participated in training and certifications with Deepak Chopra, Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.  Sarah is a Certified Meditation Instructor (CMI) and has completed Mindfulness training through the University of California, Berkeley. 

Sarah is also a columnist for Central Penn Business Journal, an illustrator and the creator of The Inner Office and co-author of Authentic Communication.

Sarah brings the evidence-based practices of mindfulness and authentic communication into your workplace. CONTACT SARAH: sarah@WorkWisdomLLC.com

David H. Bender

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An organization that doesn’t understand its story is destined for a tragic ending.

David H. Bender has a BA in Economics from Boston College and an MS in Restorative Practices from the International Institute for Restorative Practices.

Following a successful career as a representative of the New York Stock Exchange, David transformed a small community-owned organization into the leading regional provider of services for families affected by addictions. That organization’s team developed nationally acclaimed programming and reduced substance abuse below state and national levels.

David is known for translating complex issues into easily grasped messages through his directness, warmth and humor. An avid writer, he is at work on his second novel and can use this talent to help your organization master its story and write each future chapter with clarity of purpose.

A 6th degree black belt, David teaches the disciplined martial art of Tae Kwon Do, but the Harry C. Robinson Humanitarian Award and many similar honors show that he has plenty of heart and soul to accompany his discipline.  CONTACT DAVID:  david@workwisdomllc.com  

Kate Coleman

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In order to truly flourish, individuals and organizations require intentional focus on holistic wellbeing and positive behavior.   

Kate has built a career out of facilitating experiences and learning opportunities for business and community leaders from around the world and maximizing individual and organizational potential.  Toward this end, she has completed coursework in Positive Psychology at Harvard University and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Immaculata University with specific coursework in the biological basis of behavior.  She also holds a Master’s degree in International Development from Eastern University and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Houghton College.   Kate’s experience spans the globe from Europe and Asia to East Africa where she spent three years coordinating graduate-level courses for NGO leaders.  She has served as research consultant in England and Washington, DC, and has worked as a Social Return on Investment Analyst, helping charities, NGOs, and social enterprises to better understand, quantify, and ultimately improve their impact.  She currently serves as an adjunct professor within Eastern Mennonite University’s Leadership and Organizational Management program.  She is certified in equine-assisted therapy, and has co-facilitated graduate leadership courses through Eastern University, utilizing equine-assisted learning techniques.

Kate is passionate about teaching evidence-based principles to reduce stress, enhance wellbeing, and optimize the performance of individuals and organizations.

CONTACT KATE: kate@workwisdomllc.com 

Matthew Sware

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Beginning a conversation about how we can be optimally helpful for your long-term success.

Matt earned a BHA in cognitive psychology and music performance from Carnegie Mellon University. He is currently an MBA candidate at the Yale School of Management with a concentration in healthcare. 

Having served as a frontline fundraiser for the last 8 years in academia, healthcare, and a grant-making think tank, Matt is propelled by nonprofit management and strategy. He has also worked in business and technology for Johnson & Johnson and graduated from the Information Technology Leadership Development Program.

Matt's personal passions include: singing baroque and renaissance music in small choirs, diving deep into conversation at a dinner party, adding to his collection of jazz and classical LPs, and bicycling through the streets of New York City. 

CONTACT MATT: matt@workwisdomllc.com

Donunshae Sanders


Effective and strategic communication is key to leading meaningful conversations, building constructive relationships and ultimately succeeding in business.

Donunshae’s passion for communication fuels her project management, research, public relations and communication strategies. She skillfully cultivates complex relationships by understanding various perspectives and maintaining objectivity.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication with a concentration in Public Relations from Millersville University.

CONTACT DONUNSHAE: donunshae@workwisdomllc.com

Work Wisdom clients also benefit from the experience and skills of our Affiliates Amanda MerrymanMike Hansberry and Christopher Peterson.

Our Core Values

 We value depth of character.

We value compassion.

We value simplicity.

We value conviction.

We value humility.

We value originality.