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Our Editorial Team

Jessie L. Mannisto – Editor in Chief

Jessie has worn many professional hats, including that of leadership analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency, where she wrote psychobiographic assessments of foreign leaders for US policymakers.  In 2011, she was the Google Policy Fellow at the American Library Association, where she analyzed digital technologies’ impact on the quality of our lives and our ability to think deeply.  She has also served as the Assistant to the Consul General of Japan in Detroit, as a United States Pavilion Guide at the 2005 World Expo in Japan, and as an English teacher in Japan through the JET Program.

Today, Jessie is self-employed as an editor, researcher, and analyst for private clients who she thinks are doing some good in the world.  This allows her the flexibility to run Third Factor, where she writes and edits stories about creative and free-thinking individuals trying to chart their unique paths through the world.  She is always eager to understand why people think what they do, even (or especially!) when she disagrees with them.

A proud native of Detroit (#LGRW), Jessie currently lives in the Washington, DC area.  She has a master’s degree in information policy and a graduate certificate in science & technology policy from the University of Michigan.  You can engage her on Twitter at @jlmannisto.

Ilana Grostern – Columnist, Content Strategist, and Social Media Specialist

Ilana Grostern is a certified professional coach who works with gifted adults who are stuck in their heads, working to bring them back in touch with their bodies and root themselves in the concrete world.  She writes a regular column for Third Factor on this theme and also assists with our long term strategic development.

Ilana came to coaching—and to the theory of positive disintegration—after learning of her daughter’s profound giftedness, following her own monumental discovery of the role of giftedness in her own life.  She has also founded and led a successful cloth diaper business, was Canada’s first Whole30 Coach. She is currently training with Intergifted in Switzerland to deepen her understanding of the complex mind, and with the Somatic School in London.

Alexis Obernauer – Product & Content Strategist and Developmental Editor

Alexis Obernauer is a life coach and strategic communications professional. She seeks to help high-potential individuals opt out of restrictive social norms and instead pursue paths aligned with their gifts and interests. She supports Third Factor with strategic planning, ideation, and high-level editing, using acumen she developed through her international career in the financial services industry. Alexis holds a master’s degree in sustainable development and unites her experiences under the guiding belief that “to heal the world, you must first heal yourself.”

Dr. Raphaela Carrière – Special Advisor to the Magazine

Raphaela is a developmental psychologist, based in The Greater Geneva Area, in Switzerland, where she supports smart, sensitive, and intense adults and families in the expat community. Her primary therapeutic modality is the Internal Family Systems Model, a powerfully transformative, evidenced-based model of psychotherapy based on the assumption that all the different parts of our personality have valuable qualities and that our core self knows how to heal. She also provides couple counseling services as well as executive coaching. Additionally, Raphaela. is the President of the Board of SENG Europe, guiding the organization in identifying goals, establishing policy, and setting a course to achieving SENG’s mission of empowering families and communities to guide the gifted and talented.

Having worked primarily as a scientific researcher for the first part of her career, Raphaela received her PhD from the Department of Clinical and Developmental Psychology at the University of Groningen. She has professional certifications in Effective Intuition and Clinical Trauma, as well as certificates in Mindfulness Based Interventions for Children and Teens, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Psychological Assessment, Narrative Therapy, Shiatsu, Reiki, and Psycho-Sexual Couples Counseling. She is a graduate of the Bader-Pearson Developmental Model of Couple Counseling and has completed extensive formal training in the Internal Family Systems (IFS – Levels 1 and 2).

Raphaela grew up in a United Nations family and lived mostly in Asia as a child, though she was born in the Netherlands. She is the mother of three exceptionally gifted children. You can find her on the Web at raphaelacarriere.com.

Dr. Luis Manuel Martínez Domínguez – Lead Editor for Spanish Language

Luis Manuel Martínez Domínguez is a professor at Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain, where he coordinates the research group Foundations of Education and Educational Social Responsibility (FERSE) and directs a line of research on sensitive education based on the theory of positive disintegration.  He and his team seek to show that the children he works with — many of whom are socially disadvantaged — do not have disorders, but rather, a tendency to disintegrate; they do not need pills, but rather,  sensitive education that helps them manage this tendency.

Luis Manuel is also the author of several books, including most recently, Educar la Inteligencia Sensible: Una guía para padres de hijos con alta sensibilidad (Educating Sensitive Intelligence: A Guide for Parents of Highly Sensitive Children), which takes Dabrowski’s theory of positive disintegration as one of its pillars. Some of his other works include Espacio libre de bullying (Free Space from Bullying), El arte de estudiar en casa (The Art of Studying at Home), Ser líder ante tus hijos (Be the Leader of Your Children), as well as over thirty other articles, books, and chapters in scientific texts.

Luis Manuel is also the president of the Spanish Association for Sensitive Education where he practices non-profit education with people in vulnerable situations. He has more than ten years’ experience as a counselor and teacher in Seville, Las Palmas, and Madrid. He considers imaginational overexcitability to be one of his particular strengths.