Jeffrey J. Guenzel, MA, LPC, DIR-Expert, Chief Executive Officer
Ekaterina Sidor, MA, DIR-Expert, Deputy Director
Mr. Jeffrey Guenzel has been the CEO of ICDL since 2013. Before joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel held key leadership positions in state government and served as an executive director of a very successful not-for-profit. Mr. Guenzel is a professional counselor that has dedicated his career to serving children and families. In his most recent appointments prior to joining ICDL, Mr. Guenzel was the Deputy Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and previously served as the Director of the New Jersey Division of Child Behavioral Health. In these positions, he led many innovative initiatives including restructuring the service delivery system for children with developmental and intellectual disabilities.
Prior to his appointments with the State of New Jersey, Mr. Guenzel was the inaugural Executive Director of a not-for-profit agency providing Wraparound care management services for children and young adults with complex behavioral health challenges. Under his leadership, the agency became one of the largest Wraparound agencies in the nation gaining him national recognition.
Mr. Guenzel has been invited to speak at conferences and to teach courses throughout the United States and in many countries around the world. In addition to presenting at conferences and teaching courses on clinical practice, he has also provided technical assistance on program development to organizations, schools, and governmental entities.
As a Professional Counselor, Mr. Guenzel has specialized in children and adolescents, but he also has much experience working with adults throughout the lifespan. He has worked as a clinician at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey as well as in private practice. Mr. Guenzel earned his B.A. degree in psychology and his M.A. degree in Counseling from Montclair State University.
Mr. Guenzel has been legally blind or visually impaired for most of his life. In the 1980’s he competed nationally and internationally as a member of the USA Paralympic swim team.
Mr. Guenzel offers a valuable combination of clinical knowledge and skills coupled with a proven track record of successful leadership. Underpinning these skills is a life-long commitment to serving children and advancing positive interventions that make a difference in the lives of children and their families while embracing neurodiversity.
Ekaterina (Katya) Sidor, MA, DIR-Expert
Native of of Eastern Siberia, Russia, Katya has always been passionate about education and human development. Before joining ICDL, Katya worked in the field of International Education, developing international programs, providing student advisement, and placing students in international internships. Her work at San Francisco State University involved working with K-16 administrators to create a pipeline to the San Francisco State Chinese Flagship Program, which is one of 27 Language Flagship programs in higher education nationally designed to change the way Americans learn languages.
Katya holds a degree in Applied Linguistics from Irkutsk State Linguistic University (ISLU) as well as a Master’s degree in Intercultural Service, Leadership and Management from SIT Graduate Institute. As a part of her studies at ISLU, she studied at the Northeast Normal University, Chang Chun, China. Her degree from SIT Graduate Institute focused on international education, social justice and non-profit management.
Katya joined ICDL in 2012 as the Academic Coordinator for the ICDL Graduate School. In this role, she coordinated many aspects of the PhD in Infant Mental Health program, bringing together and supporting students of various backgrounds from around the world. Katya was a part of the team that successfully transitioned the ICDL Graduate School to Fielding Graduate School in 2014.
In 2014, Katya became the Executive Assistant to the ICDL CEO, Jeffrey Guenzel. Over the next four years, she utilized her expertise in higher education, international project management, and non-profit management to help the ICDL DIRFloortime® Training Program grow by nearly 300%. During this time, the training program established a coordinated network of international training providers that greatly expanded the reach of the program, including offering courses in over ten different languages.
In her current role as Deputy Director for ICDL, Katya is able to connect her passion for education and human development as she leads the organization into the future. She is committed to helping ICDL reach its vision of a world where individual differences are embraced and everyone achieves their fullest potential.