Torchlight was founded by Adam Goldberg, M.Ed. and is the culmination of years of professional and personal experience caring for family members with a variety of struggles and challenges. Prior to Torchlight, Adam’s professional journey led him to co-found the Goldberg Center with his mother, Leslie Goldberg, M.Ed., a nationally recognized expert in special education and special needs placement counseling for families.
For his entire life Adam has acted as a modern adult caregiver for family members at opposite ends of the age spectrum. As a young teen, he was an assistant caregiver for his aunt, who struggled with undiagnosed Autism Spectrum Disorder and other physical health problems. As an adult, he was unexpectedly thrown into caring for his aging father as the Goldberg family struggled to navigate the financial, regulatory, emotional and health complexities of eldercare.
Through these experiences, Adam began to see that caring for struggling children and elderly loved ones has similar challenges, complex decision paths and vast arrays of societal systems which must work together. He realized that many of the activities required to care for the entire age spectrum must be handled during the workday, unless an additional avenue is offered.
Out of this, Torchlight was born.
Adam Goldberg, M.Ed is the Founder and CEO. Prior to Torchlight, Adam co-founded and directed the Goldberg Center for Educational Planning. He also spent significant time in IT sales and marketing with EMC, Lucent Technologies, Kenan Systems, and Prodigy Internet. Adam has been featured on NPR’s Here & Now and in the Boston Globe, Wall Street Journal, US News & World Report, New York Times, Mass High Tech, Employee Benefit News, and Boston Business Journal, in addition to showcases at the DNC, RNC and The White House. Adam earned a B.S. with honors from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business, and an M.Ed. with distinction in Special Education and Assessment from Framingham State University.
Kelly Wahlberg, CFO, is Co-founder and Partner at Delta Capital Partners. Her corporate experience ranges from publicly-traded software companies such as INSO and Allen Systems Group, (formerly Viasoft), to technology start-ups including Epidemico, Upromise, Fiksu, Cartera Commerce and Axway, (formerly Cyclone Commerce). Kelly’s particular focus and talent is in developing, implementing, and scaling financial and operational processes and controls. Kelly graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor’s degree in Management from the University of Massachusetts.
Vice President of Product, Carolyn Romano, JD, is trained as a special education and elder law attorney and consultant. She has close to 25 years’ experience working with families and school systems around the country on systems change efforts and support for children at risk. In addition, she is certified in mind-body medicine and self-care from the renowned Center for Mind-Body Medicine in DC. In her role as VP of Product, she brings this range of experience to bear along with her extensive knowledge of teaching and learning strategies for both children and adult learners, information design, data collection and Scrum. She earned her BA from Drew University and her Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law. She just entered her sixth year at Torchlight.
For over 35 years, Rebecca Bernson has distinguished herself as an accomplished senior executive who has led sales organizations to achieve benchmark revenue and growth results. Across a variety of industries and companies, she has brought her energetic and innovative approach to communicating vision and leading new ‘go to market’ strategies. She excels in a collaborative style, strong communication skills and a results driven approach that has been the hallmark of her success.
Rebecca began her career at Xerox Corporation, where she distinguished herself for over 25 years in a variety of sales and sales leadership roles. In addition to direct sales, her experiences cover the areas of operations, inside sales and divisional leadership. In 2011, Rebecca was recruited by Bain Capital in a transformation of WorldPay US. As the Senior Vice President of Sales, her challenge was to lead the growth and reconstruction of a 350 associate division in the debt and credit card processing market with over $295m in revenue. Over a 2 year tenure, she successfully delivered the revenue, growth and EBITDA goals established by Bain and partners.
Rebecca has distinguished her career by a willingness to assume ground breaking initiatives. She has the ability to zero in on the vital few processes to deliver growth and to execute with clarity and discipline. Her contagious enthusiasm and reputation as a thoughtful leader has engendered loyalty and a reputation built on honesty and integrity.
Amy Lyman is a competent professional who brings a unique combination of mental health skills and corporate experience. In addition to years in the financial services industry, she has experience working in a mental health clinic with adults individually and facilitating support groups. She has most recently been a successful EAP counselor supporting employees and advising HR and managers about workplace dynamics. She has a strong training and facilitation background, has managed complex projects, and has been interested in the role of mental health in the workplace since the start of her career. In addition, Amy is passionate about suicide prevention and assessment.
Paul brings 25 years of product engineering experience to Torchlight. From prototype to production, he always remains on schedule and within budget. Prior to joining Torchlight, Paul held development and infrastructure leadership roles at Glance Networks, Ginkgo Bioworks, Bridge International Academies, and FuseSource (now Red Hat). Paul is adept at building quick-moving, productive, customer-focused teams and leading them in taking technology to the next level. Paul and his teams have developed best of breed products for a broad range of enterprise technologies, including highly scalable distributed systems, data mining solutions, and eCommerce Web sites.
Aimee is a strategic marketing professional with over a decade of experience in B2B tech. Entrepreneurial in spirit, she was one of the founding members of a full-service marketing agency that engaged hundreds of startups and SMBs across the innovation economy. She has a proven record of helping companies take their marketing from zero to sixty, always looking for creative ways to stand out in crowded markets.
Prior to her career in marketing, Aimee received her Masters’ in Counseling Psychology and worked as a clinician in an emergency room. Today, Aimee is a member of her town’s Diversity Equity, and Inclusion committee and is a passionate social justice advocate.
How we manage Torchlight matters. We’re grateful to benefit from strong, strategic direction provided by industry and financial leaders who serve as our Board of Directors and Strategic Advisors.
If you’d like to help people, and their families, live less stressed, more engaged, longer, happier, and healthier lives, Torchlight might be the place for you. And if you have ever had to be a caregiver, you know how much value we can bring.
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