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Board of Directors

Bernard Ablola

Bernard Ablola is managing partner of Think Strategy, a Seattle based digital marketing firm that focuses on increasing sales and leads online. His experience includes working at the Microsoft Corporation where he managed multi-million dollar search engine marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 companies.  He is a frequent speaker in the field of search engine optimization and online marketing.  Bernard received a BA from University of Baltimore, and an MBA from Seattle University.  He lives in Seattle, WA and enjoys traveling to a different country each year.

Marc Broady, Esq

Marc Broady, Esq. is a Policy Advisor and Counsel with the Honorable Congressman Elijah Cummings who represent Maryland's 7th Congressional District including Baltimore. His profound dedication to Baltimore has influenced meaningful civic and community involvement with such initiatives as mentoring through Community Law and Action and the Mayor’s Workplace Mentoring Programs, respectively. To date, his public service career includes election to the Democratic State Central Committee in Baltimore’s 40th Legislative District. Marc reaches out to many charitable organizations, including the Associated Black Charities, for opportunities to donate material goods, money and/or time whenever possible.  He maintains a B.S Justice Studies/Political Science from Frostburg State University and a Juris Doctor Degree from the University of Maryland School of Law.

Michelle Gale

Michelle Gale is a Chief of Staff at Autodesk, board member of the Foundation for a Mindful Society, and advisor to Wisdom 2.0 and Mindful Schools. She is a corporate mindfulness educator and author of the book “Mindful Parenting in a Messy World”. Michelle was previously the head of learning and leadership development at Twitter and spent most of her career working in high-growth technology startups. She received her M.A in Psychology from Meridian University and lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and two sons, who are by far her greatest life teachers.

Mark Greenberg, PhD

Mark Greenberg, PhD, holds The Bennett Endowed Chair in Prevention Research in Penn State’s College of Health and Human Development and he is the Founding Director of the Prevention Research Center for the Promotion of Human Development. He is an author of the PATHS Curriculum which is used in over 3000 schools worldwide. He is the author of over 300 journal articles and book chapters on the development of well-being, learning and the effects of prevention efforts on children and families. He is a Board Member of the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL). One of his current interests is how to help nurture awareness and compassion in our society.

Galen Haggerty

Galen Haggerty, began his career in real estate investment in 2005 after graduating from Bates College. After time working in commercial leasing, Galen co-founded AGO LLC. AGO LLC provides affordable workforce housing in Baltimore and its surrounding counties. In addition to his work at AGO LLC, Galen provides capital to other real estate investors who are updating the region’s aging housing stock.  Over the past 15 years, Galen has worked with Atman, Ali, and Andy on various ventures, primarily HLF.  During that time Galen has volunteered at numerous HLF programs around Baltimore. As a board member, Galen is focused on growing the financial resources of HLF by expanding its donor network

Charles G. Lief

Charles G. Lief, was named the 7th president of Naropa University in 2012, and has forty-year affiliation with Naropa—first as a student of Naropa's founder, Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche, then as a lawyer for the university, and later as chairman of the board. Under President Lief's leadership, Naropa University is the birthplace of the modern mindfulness movement.  Prior to assuming his current role, Chuck led some of the country's most innovative and successful organizations providing integrated social enterprises and social services, including the Greyston Foundation which provided essential housing, health care, and employment to thousands of homeless, formerly incarcerated, mentally ill and low-income people in the Northeast. He was a founding board member and interim CEO of Amida Care, a Special Needs HMO, today a $500 million social enterprise serving homeless and low-income persons living with HIV/AIDS.  Chuck has served in leadership capacities on numerous boards, and currently serves as the Chairman of the Board of the Lion’s Roar Foundation, and is a board member for Bridge House, the Holistic Life Foundation and Veteran’s PATH.

Matthew Sherman

Matthew Sherman is the founder and creative director of jugofresh and owner of the new restaurant, Paradigm Kitchen, is on a mission to raise the vibration of Miami by making clean eating fun. Sherman graduated from the University of Maryland at Baltimore County in 2008 with degrees in psychology and interdisciplinary studies. He also has a certification as a holistic and nutrition coach from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, and a master’s degree in sports and exercise psychology from Barry University. Sherman officially launched jugofresh in March 2012. jugofresh started as a cold-pressed juice company, but it has since expanded into various health food options, catering to thousands of clients daily in South Florida. In 2014, jugofresh opened inside of various Whole Foods Market locations in South Florida. Sherman’s most recent venture is his restaurant Paradigm Kitchen, a sustainable way of eating for mind, body, spirit and planet.

Advisory Board

Seane Corn

Seane Corn is an internationally known vinyasa flow yoga teacher and spiritual activist. Featured in magazines, commercials, advertisements, and named the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS in 2005, Seane Corn now utilizes her national platform to bring awareness to the HIV/AIDS crisis. She has spent time in India, Cambodia, and Africa, working with prostitutes and street children, teaching yoga, providing support for child labor, and educating people about HIV/AIDS prevention. She is creator of the yoga program at Children of the Night, a California-based shelter that houses and educates adolescent prostitutes. In 2007, she cofounded, with Hala Khouri and Suzanne Sterling, Off the Mat, Into the World®, which trains leaders of activism. She also cofounded the Seva Challenge Humanitarian Tours, encouraging yoga teachers to get involved in fundraising and awareness efforts across the globe.

Richard J. Davidson

Richard J. Davidson is the William James and Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior and the Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience, and Founder and Chair of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds, at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in Psychology and has been at Wisconsin since 1984. He has published more than 275 articles, many chapters and reviews and edited 13 books. He has been a member of the Mind and Life Institute’s Board of Directors since 1991. He is also the author of the book (with Sharon Begley) The Emotional Life of Your Brain published by Penguin in March of 2012.

James Gimian

James Gimian has been a magazine and trade book publishing professional since 1973. He has spearheaded Mindful’s community-building efforts within the mindfulness movement for the past five years, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, and the Boards of Directors of the Mind Fitness Training Institute (MFTI) and the Institute for Mindful Leadership. He has taught leadership training programs and mindfulness in North America and Europe since 1978.

Rachel Goldstein

Rachel Goldstein is a Partner and Executive Vice President of Matter Unlimited. An event production veteran with over 25 years of experience, Rachel is a masterful facilitator and connector of people, using her diverse background and perspective as a New York City native to cultivate experiences and opportunities for her clients. In her former role, as the Founder and CEO of Agent of Change Events, Rachel inspired global change by producing live events that created impact by leading strategic buzz strategy campaigns that celebrated today's most influential voices. She curated dynamic panels and high-profile speaker engagements as well as led influencer outreach campaigns for a variety of mission-driven clients which have achieved over 1 billion social media imprints. The Agent of Change Events fundraising events reached over $70 million for various initiatives related to women's rights, veterans' issues, political advocacy, peace initiatives, social justice, and the arts. Additionally, Rachel uses her 300 hour yoga certification and mindfulness certifications to create dynamic wellness event experiences.

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD,

Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD, is a scientist, writer, and meditation teacher internationally known for his work in bringing mindfulness practices, especially Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), into mainstream medicine and society. He is a professor of medicine emeritus at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, where he was founding executive director of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society, and founder (in 1979) and former director of its world-renowned Stress Reduction Clinic.

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan

U.S. Congressman Tim Ryan is the United States Representative for Ohio’s 17th congressional district, currently serving his fifth term. A mindfulness practitioner and a long-time champion of efforts to improve the health and well-being of American families and children, Congressman Ryan is also a public advocate for mindfulness-based programs in schools, the military, and the health-care system.

Sharon Salzberg

Sharon Salzberg is a pioneer in the field of meditation, a world-renowned teacher and NY Times bestselling author. She has played a crucial role in bringing meditation and mindfulness to the West and into mainstream culture since 1974, when she first began teaching. Sharon is the co-founder of the first western meditation center in the US: The Insight Meditation Society, in Barre, MA. She has authored ten books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, her seminal work, Lovingkindness and her 2017 release, Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection. Acclaimed for her down-to-earth teaching style, Sharon offers a secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings, making them instantly accessible. She is a regular columnist for On Being, a contributor to Huffington Post, and the host of her own podcast, The Metta Hour, with over 70 episodes. Learn more at www.sharonsalzberg.com

Dan Siegel, MD

Dan Siegel, MD, is a Harvard-trained physician and co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine, where he is also on the faculty of the Center for Culture, Brain, and Development. An award-winning educator, Siegel is executive director of the Mindsight Institute, an educational organization, which offers online learning and in-person lectures that focus on how the development of mindsight (insight and empathy) in individuals, families, and communities can be enhanced by examining the interface of human relationships and basic biological processes. He has published extensively for the professional audience.  He is author of numerous articles, chapters, and the internationally acclaimed text, The Developing Mind,which introduces the field of interpersonal neurobiology and has been utilized by a number of clinical and research organizations worldwide.  He has lectured for the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, London’s Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and TEDx.