Board of Directors

Gilda Carle, Ph.D.

President of Country Cures®
Leading the educational effort in curriculum design, training, and inspiration

dr-gilda-carleDr. Gilda Carle received a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from New York University. She also earned educational certification from New York State as a teacher, principal, and school superintendent. She is a professor emerita from Mercy College, and conducted Relationship Wellness training for Columbia University Medical Center’s medical and dental students.

Dr. Gilda is known as both an author and a TV personality. She wrote the weekly “30-Second Therapist” column on the Today Show’s Health page, she wrote the “Ask Dr. Gilda” column for, she was the Relationship Expert for “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” on the Investigation Discovery TV network, and she was the therapist in HBO’s Emmy Award winner, “Telling Nicholas,” featured on Oprah, where she guided a family to tell their 7-year-old that his mother died in the World Trade Center bombing. She was also MTV Online’s “Love Doc” and the TV host for Twentieth Century Fox’s pilot, the “Dr. Gilda Show.”

While Dr. Gilda was trying to get a suffering client to get through a thorny relationship problem, she was able to get her point across by playing him a country music song. Instantly, the client got it, and Dr. Gilda knew she was on to something! She began using country music routinely in her educational healing work. Eventually, she linked her two passions, country music and her popular motivational messages, to become the educational non-profit, Country Cures®. Thanks to Country Cures®, people now say they listen to country music with “new ears.”

She appears regularly on TV, radio, and in print. She is also a product spokesperson for various large companies, some of which have included Harlequin Books, Hallmark Cards, Galderma Pharmaceuticals, and Cottonelle. In addition, she has been a management consultant, and is now a motivational speaker at Fortune 500 corporations and other organizations. Clients have comprised the IRS, US Army, US Army Corps of Engineers, Citibank, NJ Department of Health, Exxon, NYC Health & Hospitals Corporation, Mobil Oil, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, New Brunswick Hospital, Downstate Medical School, Pepsi, IBM, NY Power Authority, Institute of Electrical & Electronics Engineers, and She is author of 15 best-selling books, one of which was a question on “Jeopardy!” For more information on Dr. Gilda’s achievements, see

Kathi Agins, MA, BA

Vice President, Country Cures®

Kathi Slotkin has spent over 3 decades as an educator, as liaison and consultant to special educational classroom teachers, administrators, staff, and parents. Her tasks have involved educational assessments, instructional programming, curriculum development, educational consultation, and instructional leadership.

She received her BA from Pace University, New York, her MA from Fairleigh Dickenson University, New Jersey, and graduate certification as a supervisor and as an Orton-Gillingham reading specialist. She also worked as a freelance proofreader and editor for Houghton-Mifflin Educational Books.

Amanda King, Ed.D.

Vice President, Country Cures®

Director of Breakthrough Technology at Honeywell Aerospace. She is an Army veteran who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom twice; once as a Soldier and once as a civilian. She has a Bachelors in Justice Studies, Masters in Business Administration and Doctorate in Organizational Leadership. Her husband, Gary, is a currently deployed Marine Corps Reservist Master Sergeant, and Arizona State Trooper. They are active in the veteran community striving to increase veteran employment, retention and promotion.

Leslie Zeledon

Secretary of Country Cures®

Leslie Zeledon started her career as an administrative analyst for a national nuclear energy corporation. As Managing Director at Zeledon Consulting, she conducts research and strategic planning for international firms. At Country Cures®, she conducts research and facilitates all educational programs.

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