Ann Ruecker, M.A., MPA, CPCC
Certified Professional Career Coach/Adjunct Faculty in Psychology and Cognitive Science
Owner & Founder of AFAK Solutions, LLC
Ann is a Certified Career Coach who holds a B.A. and M.A. in psychology, and a Master's degree in public administration (MPA).
Her area of expertise is working with clients who need assistance in re-entering the job market in the present economy.  In addition, she works with nonprofit and public sector organizations who invite her to conduct group coaching and workshops for their employees and clients. She has worked in New York City for most of her career in the private, public and nonprofit sectors in human resources, academia,  research, and health care.  Organizations that she has worked with are the New York City Housing Authority, the United Way of New York City, Hispanic Federation, Mexican Consulate, Children's Aid Society, Partnership for After School Education, and the New York State Office of Children and Family Services.  Ann has helped 70% of her clients attain employment, and as she says, "They do all the work, I just provide them with the skills, guide them, and help them remain motivated.  I am their greatest advocate."
Ann has 20 years' experience as a mentor and coach and has had numerous individual clients that include small and large business owners, attorneys, undergraduate and graduate students, and all levels of employees in the nonprofit and public sectors .  In particular, Ann coaches mid-career students at Baruch College, City University of New York; consults with Catholic Charities of New York City as a coach while also conducting weekly workshops throughout the entire Hudson Valley; and teaches in the Cognitive Science Department at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, and in the Psychology Department at Hudson Valley Community College in Troy, New York. 
Areas of workshop trainings include...

  •  Networking and How to Build Relationships
  • Exploring Your Authentic Vocation
  • Writing the Best Resume
  • Negotiating the Interview and the Job Market
  • Thriving During Transition

In the present economy, Ann has been working with many unemployed individuals through her work with Catholic Charities of New York City and the Hudson Valley.  Catholic Charities has created the Help and Hope Program offering Ann's expertise and support to individuals concerning their cover letters, resumes, interviewing skills, job negotiation skills and providing overall emotional support and motivation to people who are going through the transition of unemployment. For more information on this subsidized program, please contact Ann at 646-886-2342.

Ann trains managers for the Department of Social Services of Rensselaer County, New York, and individually consults with employees in one-on-one sessions.  Workshop seminars include: Communication Skills, Conflict Management and Resolution, Workflow Management, and Best Practices in Performance Evaluation.
Ann lives in the Upper Hudson Valley in New York with her husband and conducts her coaching business from her office in Athens, New York.

Frank Watson, MBA, BSE, BA, 
Quality Management Consultant
Frank has a B.S.E. in Structural Engineering, a B.A. in Business Administration, and an MBA. In addition, Frank is a Certified LEAN/Six Sigma Consultant.  He has worked 30 years in the manufacturing and private sectors as a quality manager and director.  His area of expertise is in quality/manufacturing.

He has worked in large and small organizations creating solid quality processes and procedures, and implementing LEAN/Six Sigma workshops.  He has worked with numerous teams and individuals in trainings, follow-up assessments, and audits. He works with  teams in their actual work environments to ensure that all training tools are properly implemented in the workplace. 
Frank bases his management consulting from the Athens, New York office but spends most of his time working outside of the office in the organizations that he consults with in the Hudson Valley.  

Frank's professional affiliations include:


Karen Ann Reynolds 
Life Coach and Special Needs Coach

Personalized Advococy Services- a unique concept which allows considering for meeting the needs for those who face special challenges.

Individualized Education Plans. This assures that all children receives a free and appropriate public education.

Patient Advocacy..Patient Advocacy is needed in today's world of health care.

Help with community Mental Health Services..Why do I need it? What is it? How does it work? What is an S.O.P A. form?

Help with Social Security and referrals for other public entitlements-Why do I or my loved one need these? What is the process? What if I am denied?

Public Speaking Engagements-We offer a discussion and presentation to your community about any of our services 
Gregory J. Fimmano, MIS, PMP
Senior Project Manager
Gregory is an IT professional who holds an MS in Information Systems from PACE University. Along with being a PMP, he has also obtained certifications in networks and telecommunications.
With over 18 years of IT experience implementing and supporting technology for non-profit and fortune 500 companies, he is excited to be working with AFAK solutions as a Senior Project Manager. He is currently working on developing  workshops, creating curricula for workshops, and implementing workshops.  
Joseph Cardinale
Business Manager
Joe Cardinale is a native of Patterson, NY and a graduate of St. Bonaventure University.  He has ten years of combined financial experience with Verizon Business and former MCI in Rye Brook.  His business specialties include building and leading effective teams, creating reporting for account teams with an emphasis on revenue and sales forecasting, and budgeting and commission auditing.  
In his spare time he has several hobbies including his love of sports, cooking, wine tastings, and movies.   
Soren Schamberg President of iViking
Creative Consultant
Soren is the Creative Consultant for AFAK Solutions, LLC and lives in the Hudson Valley of New York with his wife and children.  His background is in architecture, interior architecture and design, and computer information systems.  We are pleased to have Soren on board as our creative person for AFAK Solutions. 

Jessica Lopez
Virtual Assistant 
Jessica is a proud mother of three who has decided to use her extensive knowledge gained from her more than 20 years in the work force to begin her own Business.  She is well versed in account management, event planning, advertising, marketing, design and the integration of all of these with digital and social media advances.  She brings her knowledge and expertise to AFAK Solutions, LLC and the workforce as a virtual assistant, contracting her services to small or medium sized businesses who are in need of managing their administrative and clerical duties, social and digital media exposure, promotions and other time consuming, yet essential tasks.  For more information regarding her services, she can be contacted by email at Info@JLynnVirtualSolutions.com. 
Michael J. Maneri
Resume Consultant
Michael comes to us after 27 years as a Procurement Professional for IBM, Texaco R&D, Alfa-Laval, Alcoa and ATMI. The diversity of his background, experience and skills will greatly benefit our clients as they seek to enter or re-enter the workforce. He displays outstanding communication and writing skills, as well as real life experience, in helping clients achieve their goals.
Michael lives in Poughkeepsie, NY with his wife Mary Ann and Golden Retriever Teddy. Their two children, Michael and Lauren, are recent college graduates and have begun their careers in Law Enforcement and NCAA Compliance, respectively.
We are thrilled to have Michael as part of our team and look forward to many years of success together.