anchor

Avital Abraham

Level 2 Facilitator

Avital has taught CIT to faculty and staff at Life University, peace workers in Northern Ireland, incarcerated women at Arrendale State Prison, teachers working with at-risk youth, as well as the general population.

 

anchor

Sheila Adkins

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Sheila is a Certified Professional in Talent Development (CPTD) with 25 years of facilitation, coaching, and talent development experience. She resides in Maine and is the founder of Swim to the Sky, a consulting business that partners with organizations to create a culture of compassion, collaboration, and lifelong learning. She is dedicated to inspiring and supporting people to recognize and build their capacity, knowledge, and experience to transform all aspects of their life.

Why CIT? “I believe in the CIT program and its ability to help people foster change within themselves, their community, and the world. The program is designed to move beyond delivering knowledge to providing opportunities for critical thinking and practices that embed the knowledge and transform a person’s perspective on their life and how they relate to others. During my career in talent development, I have designed and facilitated numerous programs geared toward compassion, authenticity, and communication, but I believe Compassionate Integrity Training is more than a lesson to be learned. CIT is a meaningful way of living. I am honored to be a member of the CIT community and motivated to see where this journey leads.”

Sheila holds a BA in Business Economics, a MS in Adult and Higher Education, and several certifications in Talent Development and EQ. She partners with for-profit and non-profit organizations and community members to facilitate Compassionate Integrity Training and bring about positive change.

Email: sheila.adkins@swimtothesky.com

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/sheila-adkins/

Website: https://www.swimtothesky.com/

 

anchor

Sandra Anweiler

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

 

Currently a Facilitator for Restorative Justice and Peace Circles. A Buddhist practitioner and abstract painter. Past coordinator for Womens transition house and community Crisis Center.

 

 

anchor

Conoly Barker

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

I volunteer as the Secretary/Treasurer for Compassionate DFW and as the DFW Compassion Conference Planning Team Chair. I am also active in my church and community. My husband and I co-facilitate CIT classes primarily in Richardson and Dallas, Texas.

 

anchor

Charles Barker

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Charles Barker MD, MPH, MTS is the founder of Compassionate Dallas/Fort Worth, a non-profit organization that promotes the Charter for Compassion, the value of compassion and compassionate action in the Dallas/Fort Worth metroplex with the Golden Rule as its core operating principle.

Charles is currently chair of Compassionate DFW Board of Trustees, a board representing all twelve sectors of the international Charter and encourages and coordinates the Compassionate Cities campaign, as well as partnerships in the DFW area.  He is also the current chair of the Board of Trustees for the Charter for Compassion.  Locally, he sits on the leadership steering committee of the Richardson Interfaith Alliance with membership of over 130.  His background and experiences are in the field of medicine, with an emphasis on preventive medicine and biomedical ethics.  Charles facilitates medical school ethics sessions at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, and is currently collaborating with faculty on studying the effectiveness of compassion cultivation training and education of medical students.  Dr. Barker is  authoring a book centered on being and becoming excellent, a series of reflections.

Charles was in private medical practice for fifteen years in southern Georgia, USA from 1975 to 1990.  He worked in Navy Medicine for 20 years, serving as Executive Officer of Naval Hospital Roosevelt Roads, Puerto Rico, and Commanding Officer of Naval Health facilities in Hawaii.  After retiring to the Dallas/Ft Worth area in 2007, Charles completed at Master of Theological Studies in 2014 at Southern Methodist University Perkins School of Theology.  His final master's summative project centered on the Charter for Compassion with a focus on compassionate cities.  The project culminated with the cities of Fort Worth, Richardson, and Dallas affirming the Charter.  Charles lives with his wife Conoly in north Dallas and cherishes his three children and five grandchildren.

 

anchor

Kristin-Luana Baumann

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Kristin-Luana Baumann teaches CIT on the Olympic Peninsula, WA and online. She has a MA from Freie Universitaet Berlin, Germany, and a MDiv from Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary, Berkeley, CA. She is originally from Honolulu, Hawai'i and loves to dance and teach hula. She currently serves with her husband Olaf Baumann as co-pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles, WA.

 

anchor

Judith Bryant

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Judie offers Compassionate Integrity Training in Massachusetts and New Hampshire in both secular and non-secular settings.  She believes in this training's ability to change the world one person at a time and that deepening our capacity for compassion is the key to bringing positive change to a world in need.  She is passionate about social justice and being a change agent for peace.  In addition to holding a Masters of Divinity degree from Andover Newton Theological School, Judie is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ and has spent the last 25 years working for churches.  She volunteers for THRIVE, a community and restorative based response to the challenges faced by adults returning from prison in Massachusetts.

 

anchor

Mara Burghard

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Mara has been involved in interfaith activities throughout her life. Mara has a varied background in business, education, church and interfaith activities.  

She has a B.A. in Education, and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum & Instruction from the University of Missouri, Columbia. Mara and her husband worked together in a technology business for twenty years. 

In 2018 she became involved with the Charter for Compassion. Mara has found the Compassion Integrity Training to be so transformational in her life that she is eager to share this course as a Certified Facilitator with as many people as possible across the country and the world.

 

anchor

Margarida Cardoso

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

With a background in Portuguese and French Literature and Linguistics, Margarida has been a student of the contemplative arts since the 1980’s. As a Meditation and Mindfulness Teacher, she is particularly interested in education.  Margarida has been working with both the general public and teachers, facilitating programs for personal and community flourishing.

She is currently facilitating CIT in Portuguese online within the organisation of Centro Budista do Porto.

 

anchor

Lauren Chekanow

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Lauren Chekanow is a self-awareness coach and compassion facilitator utilizing Human Design and the principles of CIT to help clients become more compassionate, to themselves and to others.  She works in school, non-profit and corporate settings, in addition to private, one-on-one coaching sessions.

 

anchor

Nathaly Cifuentes Riano

facilitator Level 1

Profile Picture
I am a Strategic Communicator graduated from Rockhurst University, Kansas City, United States. I recently moved to London, United Kingdom, where I have been working as a Digital & Social Media Marketing Executive for different non-profits organizations.
Currently, I am a member of the Global Youth Alliance for Kindness, a UNESCO MGIEP Kindness Ambassador and a Compassionate and Integrity trainer.
*Bilingual Spanish/English and conversational Italian

 

anchor

Susan de Gaia

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Susan is an educator and scholar of religion, social ethics, and feminist studies with a Ph.D. from Univ. of So. California and a B.A. from Univ. of California Santa Barbara. She has taught religious studies, English, and ethics at California State University and is currently affiliated with Central Michigan University's Department of Philosophy and Religion, where she teaches Death and Dying and World Religions online from her home in the mountains of California. She is editor of Encyclopedia of Women in World Religions: Faith and Culture across History (ABC-CLIO 2018/19).

Susan's passions are social and environmental justice and peace. She works for these causes internationally in collaboration with the Charter for Compassion, and locally through community organizing and support.

She is a new instructor for the Charter for Compassion Education Institute, and will be teaching Death and Dying: Grief and Climate Change in March of 2020.

For Susan, the central lesson of Compassionate Integrity Training is understanding that the true source of happiness is in giving and being part of a much larger reality. CIT's resilience based training is for everyone. She offers this ten week course in the Frazier Park/Mountain Communities area of South-Central California, and in the nearby cities of Bakersfield and Santa Clarita.

 

anchor

Mohamed Dewji

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Mohamed moved to Canada in 1976 from Kenya and graduated from UBC with a B.Sc. in Pharmaceutical Sciences in 1991.  He has facilitated various programs over the past 7 years including NeuroPhychology for Learning, Aspire Case Management Training, and Leadership Development.  Most recently, Mohamed has been facilitating Compassionate Integrity Training and has made practicing and promoting compassion a goal in life. He is also an avid traveller and enjoys reading - especially Sufi poetry.

 

anchor

Tom Flores, Ph.D.

Level 2 Facilitator

Tom has taught CIT to students, faculty and staff, and Executive groups at Life University, as well as to city and community representatives of “Compassionate Cities” Atlanta, and San Antonio, Texas.

 

anchor

Jody Frankel

Level 1 Facilitator

Jody taught middle school and high school students for 15 years. She is currently subbing in various schools. She facilitates CIT with K-12 educators and is planning to work with high school students.

 

anchor

Nancy Gahles

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Nancy owns and operates Health & Harmony Wellness Education Center in Rockaway Beach, NY.  She retired from chiropractic practice after 35 years of loving service to her community.  Nancy continues in her Center as a Certified Classical Homeopath, MBSR practitioner, holistic health consultant, journalist and healthcare policy consultant.  As an Ordained Interfaith Minister, she founded Spirit of Love~ The Rockaway Sangha in response to the devastation in her community from Hurricane Sandy. The stress that underlies disease, PTSD, Burn Out Syndrome, auto-immune issues, chronic pain, and pervasive anxiety are Sandy's focus.  She is a Partner in the Charter for Compassion in the Education, Healthcare and Religion, Spirituality and Interfaith sectors, as well as an Ambassador to the Women and Girls sector.  Nancy's goal is to bring the art and lifestyle of Compassionate Integrity and Secular Ethics to the healthcare, education, media, and policymaking communities and to develop Rockaway as a Compassionate Community/city within the Charter.

 

anchor

Pam Glustrom

Level 2 Facilitator

Pam teaches mindfulness and compassion practices in a variety of settings but prefers to focus on marginalized populations.  She is currently facilitating and supervising facilitators at Phillips State Prison in north Georgia and has also facilitated in settings that serve those struggling with homelessness and/or addiction in downtown Atlanta, Georgia.

 

anchor

Sande Hart

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Sande is the Founding Director of the Charter for Compassion Women and Girls sector, Founder and President of the women's interfaith organization S.A.R.A.H., Past Chair of the United Religions Initiative for North America, and co-Founder of Alchemy Productions.

​Sande regularly speaks and conducts workshops on a variety of topics relating to community building, women and girls, and kid's activism through service.  However, she believes that CIT has proven to be the single most important program she offers because it addresses and helps to cultivate the very nature of that which enables us to improve conditions and accelerate solutions with resilience and sustainability.

She is passionate about leading people to a new understanding of who they are through the lens of compassion and compassionate action, and the role they contribute to the world around them. With a strong emphasis on personal awareness and self advocacy, Sande developed the 18th Sustainable Development goal with the intention and expectation that we will wake up to our personal responsibilities to be stewards of our planet and those with whom we share it. The CIT course is a vital component to fully achieve this goal.

 

anchor

Kaley Hixson

Level 1 Facilitator

Kaley lives in Vermont, USA with her partner and her son, and they spend a lot of time in Canada as well.  She loves to travel, which is why she is so grateful that it is so easy to learn and work online these days. Kaley is a professional coach and massage therapist and is currently finishing up her Masters in Positive Psychology from Life University.  When she first took CIT, she knew within the first few weeks that she would like to be a facilitator; "there is something about this training that seems so relevant and so needed in this time where so many people are divided and are in search of language that can unite people with differences".  This course provided Kaley with that language as well as practices to become a more compassionate person.  This is the reason she is excited to share CIT with others.

 

anchor

Teresa Cowan Jones

Level 1 Facilitator and Lead Coach

Profile Picture

Teresa Cowan Jones created the CIT Coaching Program and is its lead coach. Teresa is an executive and personal coach with 20 years coaching experience and is founder of the Breakthrough Leadership Institute, a transformational leadership and community development initiative. As such, she directs its premier program, Sacred Space, a secular and interfaith community that builds skills of compassion through contemplative practices to fuel social justice.

Teresa holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University, both with highest honors. A professionally trained graduate of Coach U, she also completed advanced training in Executive Coaching. This ten-year formal study of human development reflects her love for behavioral science and translates into a keen ability to facilitate the change process for individuals, organizations and communities.

Author of over 100 tools of effectiveness, Teresa has served as coach and faculty at the Center for Progressive Leadership (a national, bipartisan organization focused on political leadership and policy), the Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction. She has served as Chief Executive Officer, Program Coordinator and consultant to nonprofit organizations, taught university courses in sociology, and led numerous retreats and workshops as Spiritual Director. As a progressive, ordained, interfaith minister, she created several developmental and social programs and has twenty years of professional experience in leadership development in both the public and private sectors. A love of learning keeps her engaged in continuing education, which occurs through her reading of current research and membership in the International Coach Federation (ICF), which is the premiere coaching credentialing agency that establishes industry standards. Teresa’s approach is based in the science of human development; the neuroscience of behavioral change; contemplative practices that help the mind manage the brain and circumvent burnout; cultivation of total intelligences (cognitive, emotional and contextual/spiritual); and a combination of neocortical (conceptual) and limbic (emotional/sustained) learning for long-term results. Through insight, compassion and humor, her integral, holistic approach emphasizes awareness and action.

 

anchor

Deepika Joon

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Deepika is a capacity building and youth mobilizing specialist in the field of Education for Sustainable Development with more than 16 years of experience of working with communities especially youth at the local, national and international level.  She has worked with national governments in the countries of India, South Africa, Mexico, Germany and was the co-chair of Youth Priority Action Area of United Nations Global Action Program on Education for Sustainable Development.  She has worked extensively with school students, families, teachers, youth and youth driven organizations in addition to higher education institutions on climate change education, sustainable handwash behaviour, peace, global citizenship and youth engagement on United Nations Agenda 2030.  She is part of the German government's network on ESD and has worked to scale up sustainability education and delivery at all levels.  Deepika has worked at The Energy and Resources Institute and UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development in India and at Rhodes University in South Africa.  Presently, she is developing a course on Evaluation and undergoing Level 2 Facilitator Training of Compassionate Integrity Training.

With CIT, Deepika intends to develop the social and emotional resilience of youth-at-risk and to foster pride and self-worth amongst youth, especially in India and South Africa.

Linked In https://www.linkedin.com/feed/

ESD Expert Network http://www.esd-expert.net/members-of-the-esd-expert-net.html

 

anchor

Janssen Judge

Level 1 Facilitator

Janssen has worked in the well-being industry for 10 years and has her Masters in Positive Psychology through Life University. Currently, she works as a human performance coach in the Seattle, Washington area.

 

anchor

Michael Karlin

Level 2 Facilitator, Assistant Director CCISE

Profile Picture

Michael has taught CIT to students, faculty and staff at Life University, peace workers in Northern Ireland, incarcerated men and women, teachers working with at-risk youth and entrepreneurs, as well as the general population.

 

anchor

Rebecca Koch

Level 2 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Rebecca's "day job" provides her with the opportunity to serve as Life University’s director of service initiatives, shepherding programs that support the application of Lasting Purpose (To give, love, do and serve from a sense of abundance).  She has had the good fortune to be able to complete Life U's Master of Science in Positive Psychology with a focus on positive organizational scholarship, during which time she also had the good fortune to be part of the original "test subjects" when Compassionate Integrity Training was being developed.

Rebecca has also had the unbelievably good fortune to be able to complete CIT facilitator training, offer CIT to a variety of populations both on the ground and online, and now has the honor to train new CIT facilitators.

As a result of serving as a columnist over the years for various Life U publications focusing on “everyday vitalism,” Rebecca is the author of Vital Signs, a collection of columns that provide “down home” (and hopefully humorous) insight on vital health, with proceeds going to support the Life University degree program for incarcerated women at the Arrendale prison in Georgia.

As for the "other stuff," she is an occasionally practicing artist, vintage camper aficionado and owner, wife, mother (human and dog), grandmother (human and cat), and a 'human doing', working on the late-in-life project of becoming a human being.

 

anchor

Pam Lewis, Ph.D.

Level 2 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Pam is President of the Board of Compassionate Houston, a non-profit organization based on the Charter for Compassion. She is also a Board member and the Community Coordinator for Insight Meditation Houston. She worked many years as a Licensed Professional Counselor (TX) and rehabilitation consultant.

Pam’s passion is to help spread integrated compassion training like CIT, connect compassionate people and organizations for synergy and innovation and support the flourishing of inclusive, engaged and unifying initiatives, starting in Houston.

 

anchor

Michaela Maxwell

Level 1 Facilitator

Michaela has a background in Buddhist Studies and strives to better understand how we as human beings can nurture our basic human values and elevate ourselves and those whose lives are touched by us every day.  She has done research on notions of gender and race in ancient Buddhism, and how Buddhist philosophy is applicable to modern issues.  Michaela has worked with interfaith organizations at the United Nations, as well as the Indian Emotional Intelligence and Mindfulness consultancy, Beyond Mind. Her research and experience have shown her that cultivating compassion is a fundamental step toward healing our societies and our planet, which is why she is passionate about her role as a CIT facilitator!

 

anchor

Merida McCarthy

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Mérida is British by birth, but has lived abroad most of her life: in Nigeria to start with, teens in Barcelona, Spain and currently in Monterrey, Mexico.

Currently she works with the Encuentro Mundial de Valores (EMV- www.encuentromundialdevalores.org.)  The World Wide Meeting of Human Values is an annual event that takes place every year in Monterrey, México bringing together great minds to give talks and workshops about human values, where Mérida helps coordinate the permanent projects related to NLxLaCompasion program, an association between EMV and the Charter for Compassion: Compassionate Cities, Business, and Education sectors.

She is a Compassionate Integrity Training (CIT) Facilitator, Charter Education Institute (CEI) Instructor, and a Think Equal & See-Learning Educator.  She also studied Environment and Social Development at the Open University, UK; Gestalt Psychotherapy at the Centro de Procesos Humanos in Monterrey, México; and is an organizing member of Grupo Manos Monterrey, a medical holistic healing technique.

 

anchor

Olivia McIvor

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Olivia is an international social researcher, author and people advocate with over three decades in human resource management and organizational development. Throughout her career her work has played a critical role in influencing cultures with corporate clients across a wide spectrum of industries. Known as a ‘people champion’ since early in her career, Olivia was told she would never be successful if she continued to “wear her heart on her sleeve”; today this proclamation has become her trademark. She is the author of three best-selling books, The Business of KindnessFour Generations-One Workplace, and I See You: Turning Compassion into Action

Olivia serves as the Director of Charter for Compassion Education Institute.

She also teaches in the business faculty at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/oliviamcivor/

Websites: www.kindness-speaks.com and www.oliviamcivor.com
Contact:oliviamc@telus.net

 

 

anchor

Sherrill McKay

Level 1 facilitator

Profile Picture

Sherrill McKay teaches on-line and in person courses, and is especially interested in working with parents, teachers, and personal/professional caregivers of all kinds who want to develop skills to “thrive as individuals and a society within a healthy environment” (CIT course description). In her lifelong passion for wellness/consciousness, Sherrill earned a bachelor of arts degree majoring in Political Science and concentrating in Sociology and English at Gordon College in Wenham, MA; became a Travel Consultant in Boulder, CO (before the internet made most people their own); and taught dance fitness and healthy eating classes in MA. Hoping to become more effective in cultivating wellness in herself and serving it in others, she became certified as a Personal Trainer and Fitness Counselor with FRA and AFAA, earned a Master of Arts Degree in Holistic Counseling at Salve Regina University in Newport, RI, CAGS in Therapeutic Writing and in Expressive Arts for Healing at the Expressive Arts Institute at Salve, and completed Education for Ministry training, from the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. She practices and teaches the importance of consciously strengthening our wellbeing, and has had a home-based nutrition and holistic care business since 1994. She believes our lives are determined in the ways we negotiate the gaps, be they between our desires and fulfillment, between our dreams and the work we do to embody them, and especially between the world we long for within and the outer world we experience. CIT specifically teaches us HOW to improve our abilities in the gaps between values and skills, and Sherrill considers it a privilege to be a facilitator.

Sherrill shares deep joy with her family, especially two beautifully grown and beautifully growing daughters, in friendships that continue across all manner of gaps, and in gardening, cooking, biking, hiking, swimming, yoga, and scuba diving. Paradise for her is where any ocean meets the shore. She currently lives in Charleston, SC.

 

anchor

Andrea Monsanto

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Andrea is a writer, coach and public speaker. She has a biochemistry degree from Stony Brook university, studied at The School of Practical Philosophy and has a master´s degree in positive psychology from Life University.  Andrea has been practicing mindfulness for about twenty years and teaching it to individuals and groups for a decade.  Most recently, Andrea has found her new passion in teaching compassion through CIT to schools, corporations and the general public.

 

anchor

Anuradha Moorthy

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Anu Moorthy became a facilitator while serving at Life University. She has been practicing mindfulness and meditations throughout her life. Her interests includes, interfaith activities, skill based volunteering, and mentoring.

 

anchor

Anum Mulla

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Anum is a writer, editor and an empathy & compassion cultivation facilitator. With roots in India, Pakistan, the Middle East and Canada, she is passionate about the fluid interrelation of cultures and perspectives, and is a strong advocate of social justice and reform. Anum’s educational background lies in the realm of Political Science and History. Her work is rooted in the belief of a metaphysical alignment of the core human values of empathy and compassion.

Anum is an affiliate of the Charter for Compassion, and is also a certified facilitator of the SEE Learning Program; through CIT she aims to expand her facilitation network and impart the valuable knowledge and wisdom of its core values.

 

anchor

Shankar Musafir

Level 1 Facilitator

A human on this planet...just like you. I love...I fear...I enjoy...I envy...I travel...get irritated...get enthusiastic...just like you.

 

anchor

Kristin Norton

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Kristin is a newly certified level 1 Facilitator and hopes to expand CIT teachings in the Atlanta area.  In addition, she is assisting Jennifer Valtos and Michael Karlin in administrating the CIT program.

Coming off of a career in finance and small business, Kristin has searched for more meaningful work.  After years of exploring different meditative practices, finding the Compassionate Integrity program was a revelation in that it provides simples steps toward compassion without a religious context.

 

anchor

Shane O'Connor

Level 2 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Education Sector Lead

Shane leads the CIT Education Initiative which aims to connect with educators and schools across the globe to offer, integrate and utilize CIT.  He has facilitated numerous online and in-person CIT trainings and is involved in the development of the Self-Directed-Learning version of the course.

Originally from Dublin, Ireland, Shane lives with his family in Madrid, Spain. He holds a BA in Journalism, and post-graduate degrees in Development Education, Mediation and Restorative Practice.  Shane is also a qualified Yoga Teacher, Personal Trainer, Wild Movement Specialist and Outdoor Pursuits Instructor, all passions which he endeavors to incorporate into his work.

Shane works internationally as a facilitator, trainer and educator in a wide range of areas from Peace and Global Education, Youth Work for professionals to teacher training workshops and outdoor movement based activities. He has over two decades of experience working for local peace and human rights organizations, as well as larger International NGOs and educational institutions in the Global North and South.

About CIT....."I feel extremely proud and grateful to be working within the CIT community and passionate and excited to be part of this journey to build and nurture new relationships and partnerships across the world and offer others the transformational opportunities within their personal, family and professional lives that I have received from this training"

 

anchor

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Level 2 Facilitator

Brendan has been teaching compassion and meditation practices through a variety of modalities, including most recently CIT, over the past fifteen years, to populations including incarcerated individuals, foster children, students, peace workers, and others.

 

anchor

Anja Pelzer-Brennholt

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Justice, reducing bias, cooperation and commitment to change is Anja's passion.  She is so convinced of CIT's approach.  "Acting in accordance with our own values and with compassion is a win-win situation.  Essential is tolerance and respect for those who think differently, which is trained by compassion.  Personal growth challenges us just as much as good cooperation.  We could solve so many of our conflicts by being more in sync with ourselves, by understanding the concerns of others, by listening actively and looking more closely without the distorted view of projection. I am convinced that we can strengthen ourselves by strengthening others".

Anja holds a law degree with a focus on human rights and international law, has a Master in Humanitarian Assistance and a Master of Science in Positive Psychology, is a certified mediator and last but not least a certified CIT facilitator, now back in Berlin.  She was lucky enough to be a member of the CIT working group of Dr. Michael Karlin and Dr. Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, translated the CIT material into German and is happy to help ensure that CIT receives the interest it deserves also here in Germany. After twenty years in research management, Anja now works free-lance as lawyer, mediator and CIT facilitator in Berlin, Germany.

 

anchor

Sorina Petrescu

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Sorina is the founder of TMoves, an initiative in Romania that develops 10 life skills endorsed by WHO, UN and UNICEF.  She is dedicated to promoting and cultivating mental, social, emotional and physical health through experiential movement and artistic programs.  She combines play, dance, dance-therapy, meditation and Qigong in her health educational programs.

 

anchor

Danielle Pichette

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Dr. Pichette is a doctor of chiropractic, pursued a Master's degree in Positive Psychology, coaching track, and fell in love with CIT. She has co-facilitated for Life University and is an associate professor at Life University.

 

anchor

Gwen Pinnington

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Gwen moved to Australia from the USA in 2008, where she now resides with her family and leads a Coaching & Consulting business based on Compassionship - Compassion Based Leadership(TM).  An innovative results-oriented leader, facilitator and coach, Gwen is motivated to inspire others for transformative change through compassion, courage, trust, awareness and authenticity.

“I stand for Compassion Based Leadership, that is in service to ourselves and others. My personal commitment is to facilitate individual and collective effectiveness in others that is sustainable and based on a higher-level consciousness so that people and communities can thrive.”

Gwen has a global reputation for highly-effective facilitation, coaching, leadership and transformational change and most recently, Gwen has been facilitating Compassionate Integrity Training.

 

anchor

Lucy Plummer

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

I regard empathy and compassion as two skills that are essential for development practitioners and as a Youth Worker and a Masters student of Sustainable Development my goal as a Facilitator of CIT is to work with young, engaged global citizens to help foster compassionate people who work to better the lives of others and safeguard our planet.

Spending time in other countries to get to know local cultures, customs and traditions is the thing I love to do most and I'm grateful to have been able to pursue this hobby of mine a lot over the past decade, in both a personal and professional context. It's a hobby that has brought many amazing benefits to my life. I would say that the biggest benefit has been helping me to develop empathy and compassion for people regardless of who they are and where they are from. As I continue to travel and expand my network of global friendships, I hope to use my personal experiences and the CIT programme to support others to cultivate and strengthen those all-important skills of, and for, humanity.

 

anchor

Leanne Rubenstein

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Leanne is the Co-Director of Compassionate Atlanta.  Her passion is centered around sharing ways to find the common humanity in each of us and breaking down barriers to equity and justice in our local communities. She has facilitated CIT with teachers, chaplains and the general community.

 

anchor

Kay Stewart

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Kay founded Stillwaters Mindfulness Training after completing graduate studies in Mindfulness and Contemplative Education in May 2013. She facilitates retreats at the intersection of mindfulness and self-reflective spiritual renewal, and she is passionate about living and teaching from the inside/out. 

For more than 26 years, Kay served on the faculty in the Department of Health and Physical Education at Emory University.  She currently teaches the mindfulness component of a Health Coaching Certification course through Emory Continuing Education.

Through her teaching and retreat leadership, Kay considers it an extraordinary privilege to travel alongside others to cultivate a way of being in the world that is large enough to hold mind, body, heart, and spirit in an integrated and resilient wholeness.   For more info go to stillwatersmindfulness.com.

 

anchor

Maria Thorin

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Maria has a keen interest in Prosociality, Empathy, Altruism, and Compassion (Peace) studies and loves to share the science and exchange dialog with people around these topics. She is a PHd student in Compassion Ethics with Åbo Academy University. She has twenty years of experience in international aid, particularly humanitarian aid.  Prior to her current position with the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida), she worked with the United Nations.  Maria is a meditation teacher and a Certified Compassion-Based Resilience Training (CBRT) Teacher with the Nalanda Institute for Contemplative Science.  She is based in Stockholm, Sweden where she is active as a Yoga and Mindfulness Teacher within the Hatha Tradition, offering yoga and meditation weekly within a national health network.
https://mariathorin.se/

 

anchor

Kate Trnka

Level 1 Facilitator

Kate Trnka taught in public schools for 26 years and has a Master’s degree in Education. She is the founder of The Sacred Earth Institute and is the Environment Sector Director for the Charter for Compassion. Kate looks forward to facilitating CIT courses all over the world.

 

anchor

Marilyn Turkovich

Level 1 Facilitator

Profile Picture

Marilyn began working with the Charter for Compassion (CFC) in 2013 as the education director and has since moved into a number of different roles with CFC. She is now program director.

Marilyn's background is primarily in higher education, directing teacher training programs for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and chairing Columbia College-Chicago's master's program in multicultural and global education.  She has done a considerable amount of curriculum writing through the years, much of it related to international and cultural topics. She worked with Independent Broadcasting Associates on a series for airing on National Public Radio, BBC and the Australian Broadcasting organizations.  Marilyn has also worked in organizational development, specializing in instructional design work, strategic planning and leadership development.  In addition, she has written and developed training on race and social justice initiatives.

 

anchor

Jennifer Valtos

Level 2 Facilitator, Director of Training

Jennifer spent more than 20 years working in higher education, specifically in student affairs, working with students, staff, and faculty in a variety of roles.   She has worked with groups in person at LIFE University and with the Charter for Compassion.  Jennifer also co-facilitates online courses in conjunction with the charter for compassion education institute and works with folks interested in becoming certified CIT facilitators.

 

Loading