What does she do at Riverbend?

Haley O’Brien, MEd, joined  Riverbend in 2010 and the organization cannot run without her! As Leader of Creative Design and Logistics, Haley ensures engagements are delivered with excellence down to the last detail. She is the mastermind behind many of Riverbend’s Action-Based Learning® materials. Haley’s Masters in Educational Leadership, and her teaching background brings expertise to creative learning design, adult learning principles, and efficient organization to programming.

What did she do before joining #TeamRiverbend?

Prior to joining Riverbend, Haley taught nine years in the secondary educational setting, across many subjects. While teaching across the state of Georgia, in various teaching settings and socioeconomic statuses, she was honored with being nominated for Teacher of the Year three times.

Where did she study?

Haley holds a Masters Degree of Education in Educational Administration/Supervision/Leadership from Albany State University, as well as a Certification for Interrelated Special Education from Georgia State University. She earned a BS in Education at the University of Georgia (Go DAWGS!).

What does she do other than Riverbend?

Haley served as Chairpersons on the SACS committee, Talented and Gifted Selection Committee, and 504 Committee. She was an Ambassador and Advisor to many student clubs and activities, actively involved with young people making lifetime decisions to guide their future in a positive light. She is the sole creator of an Outdoor Classroom Arena and Curriculum that incorporates Action Based Counseling into the Interdisciplinary program for students in Fulton County Schools.

The greatest joy of her life comes from her family – husband, two daughters, and of course the family dog, Charlie! Haley is an active member at Hillside UMC in Woodstock, GA where she serves on varying committees. She is actively involved in her community, specifically working with young people within the local high school and her church. She loves to compete on the tennis court, and dig her toes in the sand while relaxing on the sandy beaches of the Gulf Coast.

What’s her favorite Riverbend workshop or experience?

Haley has many favorite Riverbend moments, but the Amazing Race in San Diego, where she was dressed up as a clown… may take the cake. She sees that specific engagement as a great example of how we incorporate fun with learning, and when those two go hand in hand it is guaranteed the new learning will be retained and applied to our clients’ business.