Who We Are

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OUR TEAM IS OUR BEST RESOURCE

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We have experts who can support any aspect of your agency

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Dr. Kevin Marino

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Dr. Kevin Marino has over 20 years of experience in mental health, substance misuse, social work, and leadership in public and private agencies. Prior to launching the REAL Academy in the summer of 2020, he served as the Social Work Program Administrator in Henderson County North Carolina. Kevin has served on several state boards and local government boards and is well recognized by his peers and colleagues for innovations in systems work across the state.

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Matt Hill

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Matt Hill brings over 10 years of clinical behavioral health experience to our team. We see his clinical expertise as beneficial to social workers because the tools are useful in both worlds. Matt serves as our Director of Training and Engagement which focuses his attention on writing and developing highly practical training that meets a social worker’s frontline demands. Matt is a master in Family Centered Treatment methodology and has been training therapy teams with those skills for intensive in-home situations.

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Dee Hunt

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Dee Hunt has worked in the field of health and human services for over 38 years, thirty-three of which was spent providing child welfare social work, training and facilitating, curriculum development, consulting, and program monitoring. She was selected as Curriculum Developer and Trainer for North Carolina’s inaugural Child Welfare Simulation Training at Western Carolina University in 2019, now known as the REAL Academy. Dee is a keynote speaker and master trainer and has authored numerous workshops in child welfare, leadership, and trauma. 

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Ryan Fogarty

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Ryan Fogarty supports our team from a tactical role in a few key areas that enable us to provide a valuable product to our clients. First, he offers strategy and structure to our simulation scenarios and body of knowledge. His work allows for our products and services to be delivered on the web and other digital means. With a bachelor’s degree in Workforce Education & Development Ryan emphasizes the long-term development for a social worker that comes from quality training.

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Dr. Robert Wright

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Dr. Robert Wright serves as the Director of Research and Development at REAL Academy. He has over 25-years of experience in increasingly more responsible positions to envision, develop, and implement innovative programs/policies/grant acquisition strategies impacting public and private sectors, to organize people and events, and to communicate positive ideas and images intended to improve organizational productivity and support innovative decision-making. Dr. Wright and Marino have been collaborating since 2014 on advanced theory and practice in collaborative frameworks, decision making, and simulation training methodologies.

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