OUR TEAM

GAINES TAYLOR CO-PRESIDENT

Gaines is responsible for content, coaching, and operations at UCipher™. He was a key developer of the UCipher™ report and has in-depth understanding of the instrument. Over the past five years Gaines has worked with the UCipher assessment with groups of high school and college students. Students across the U.S. and overseas—Capetown, Singapore, Paris, Rio de Janeiro—have taken the assessment, all echoing the same message: “I now know who I am; I have an idea of what academics I want to pursue at university; I know how better to communicate with others and work on a team.”
Before joining the UCipher™ parent company over five years ago, Gaines, counseled and worked with young people at Northern Frontier Camp where he was in charge of mentoring junior counselors as well as helping to evaluate future staff.
Gaines is also a volunteer staff member at the Epilepsy Foundation of Eastern Pennsylvania, where he helps create and facilitate personal development programs for young adults and serves as a counselor at Camp Achieve, an outdoor summer experience for young people with epilepsy.
Gaines studied communications at Kutztown University and at BCCC.

Frank DeLuna CO-PRESIDENT

Frank is Co-President of UCipher and leads the sales and relationship management initiatives for all education and corporate partnership. Prior to UCipher, he had 25 years’ experience initiating and leading business development for performance marketing leaders, Maritz, ITAGroup and Motivation Excellence. There, Frank focused on programs impacting employee engagement and innovation through recognition, incentives and rewards programs. Frank helped clients achieve business objectives and drive measurable ROI by fueling growth and establishing a more desirable workforce and workplace.
Frank is a graduate of the University of Kansas and resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife and their three sons.

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Carmen Bolanos Chief Educational Assessment Officer

Carmen Bolanos, Ph.D. is a seasoned personal/executive coach, having devoted her career to supporting others in the achievement of their personal and professional goals since 2000. She joins UCipher with an extensive background in coaching academics as well as executives. Her executive and professional clients have included small business owners, attorneys, psychiatrists, psychologists, medical doctors and social workers in private practice and CEOs of companies with over 100 employees.
Her past work with adolescents has included a variety of experiences including teaching English at the junior high school level in Japan, working with mentally ill adolescents, and directing a pregnancy and parenting center for pregnant teens.
Carmen earned a BA from Swarthmore College and holds a PhD from Boston University.
Finally, Carmen is exceedingly encouraged and excited by her own three daughters and the amazing strides they take each year in life. She firmly believes in the power of a values based life. She resides mainly in Austin, TX.

Carla Allen National Director of Client Services

Carla Allen brings to UCipher 23 years of experience in the field of education. She began her career as a high school English teacher before transitioning to administration. Throughout her career, Carla has led both private and public schools of affluent demographics as well as those serving large populations of families qualifying for free lunch programs. As an instructional leader who understands how to create a school-wide culture of learning, Carla has repeatedly led staffs to help students achieve annual growth at levels that surpass their peers across their district and their state and which earned them recognition at local, state and national levels. Because of her repeated success in reaching desired outcomes, Carla has partnered with schools and school leaders in several states as a consultant on conducting data-based needs assessments, developing staff development and school improvement plans, and implementing appropriate school initiatives. While each school community certainly has its unique identity with its own strengths and challenges, Carla believes passionately that student success can be cultivated in any school in which a staff is willing to implement certain specific initiatives. Key to this set of initiatives is putting the student in charge of his/her learning: cognitively, socially and emotionally. UCipher is the perfect product to support schools in this effort and to help students make that personal connection to their own learning; Ucipher can help schools make the educational plan individualized and relevant to the student.
Carla earned her Bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College in New London, CT and her Master’s degree from Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. She lives in a suburb of Kansas City, MO. with her two daughters and loves reading, being outdoors, traveling, and providing opportunities for young people to shine.

Allison Gumbs Chief Marketing Officer

Allison Gumbs is UCipher’s Chief Marketing Officer. In this role, she is responsible for building brand awareness through effective marketing strategy, as well as managing media relations and customer communications.
Prior to her current role, Allison was an independent, marketing communications consultant with more than 25 years of experience managing the reputations of some of the world's best-known brands.
Over the course of her career, she has gained extensive experience working for a range of technology, education, pharmaceutical healthcare, medical services, legal, publishing, telecom, financial markets, B2B, and consumer companies with operations around the globe.
Before starting her consulting business, Allison managed marketing communications for LifeShield, a division of DIRECTV, and prior, oversaw all global communications efforts for Thomson Reuters’ Financial and Science divisions for nearly a decade.
Allison holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Fairfield University, and earned her certification in Financial and Investor Relations from New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.

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