Facilitator Profiles

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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.

 

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Sheila Adkins

Level 1 Facilitator

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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/

 

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Ashyia Akhtar

Level 1 Facilitator

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Hi, I'm Ashyia.

I'm based just outside of London, England (UK). I studied Biomedical Science at University and completed a masters in Bioethics and Medical Law. I completed my PGCE in 2015. I'm also a mum of 2 amazing boys, ages 5 and 13 years. Currently, I'm a Primary School teacher, teaching children from ages 7-11 years old.

I'm a passionate advocate of CIT and began my CIT journey with a course for educators in Spring 2020. I found it fascinating and it resonated with me so much, spurring me onto become a facilitator myself so I could share this wonderful knowledge with others. I completed all of my CEs (Curricular Engagements) with regards to how I would share CIT with children.

I have also taken the online self-directed, SEE Learning (Social, Emotional and Ethical Learning) and found it to be an incredible resource to use with children. The crossover with CIT was so easy in relation to making it accessible for children to learn, reflect and apply. I am currently leading SEE Learning across my whole school with every teacher making it a part of our curriculum.

Outside of teaching in a school, I am learning skills for counselling children and also involved in co-facilitating and bringing CIT to as many people as possible with my amazing CIT colleagues all across the globe.

I would love to connect and help others in any way I can, as I believe sharing knowledge increases our humanity.

 

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Sandra Anweiler

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

 

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Conoly Barker

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Charles Barker

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Kristin-Luana Baumann

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Judith Bryant

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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MaryCatherine (Cathy) Burgess

Level 1 Facilitator

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Professionally, I began in Omaha, NE, as a high school teacher (English/religion) and department chair (religion); then developed medical management, quality, and leadership programs at a major US railroad; and eventually, I moved to Scotland, UK, where I received a PhD in Religious Studies and served as multifaith chaplain, honorary fellow, research fellow, and teacher at the University of Edinburgh (UofE). Still an honorary fellow at UofE, I work with PhD students exploring the interface between spirituality and counselling and with various compassion initiatives at the University, in the UK, and in the USA.

 

As a trainer/practitioner of psychodrama, sociometry, and group psychotherapy, a Certified Consultant with Barrett Values Centre, Facilitator of the Conscious Aging Program (IONS), shamanic practitioner, minister, and student of Jean Houston’s Mystery School, I enjoy discovering ways to appropriately integrate some of these holistic components into my work. Now, I’m delighted to join the CIT family and collaborate with others in bringing CIT even more fully into the world. I’m also excited about being part of the Global Education Network.

 

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Mara Burghard

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Jenny Canau

Level I Facilitator

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Jenny Canau, is an Internationally accredited facilitator working to pioneer compassion and mindfulness in the education and public sector. She is passionate about helping to restore a sense of dignity and promoting our natural capacity for compassion. She has worked with various teacher organizations, trade unions, non-profit organizations ,universities and schools. Jenny has a background in Human rights law and sees herself as an activist, focusing on youth at risk. She is motivated to promote impartiality and social justice and is currently working on designing curriculum to promote human dignity and common humanity for Magistrates and Judges in Southern Africa.
Jenny is the co-founder  and Director of Mindfulness Africa, and currently serving on the Board of CTII- The Cape Town Interfaith Initiative.
Jenny has received accreditation as a facilitator from The Mindfulness Association (UK), Mindful Schools (US), Centre for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics- Life University (US) and currently with the Applied Compassion Academy and The Centre for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education-Stanford University (US).
She has produced a documentary based on the writing of Nelson Mandela- which promotes the need for meditation and has published an article in De Rebus, all of which can be viewed on,  https://jennymindfulness.co.za .

 

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Margarida Cardoso

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Lauren Chekanow

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Nathaly Cifuentes Riano

facilitator Level 1

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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

 

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Susan de Gaia

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Mohamed Dewji

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Nancy Gahles

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Sande Hart

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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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.

 

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Teresa Cowan Jones

Level 1 Facilitator and Lead Coach

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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.

 

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Deepika Joon

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

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

 

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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.

 

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Diane Kalen-Sukra, MA, CMC

Facilitator

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Diane Kalen-Sukra, MA, CMC is an author, keynote speaker and community builder. She was born with the gift of encouragement and desire for everyone to thrive and meet their potential. Her core belief is that as social beings, we flourish in healthy, sustainable communities where good governance, servant leadership and compassionate culture support the well-being of all.

Over the past 25 years, this inspiration has taken Diane to countless communities in leadership roles from CBC television producer, documentary maker, community organizer to multi-award winning municipal Chief Administrative Officer.

She is an expert advisor to municipalities & organizations, educator, certified culture transformation consultant with Barrett Values Centre & certified compassionate integrity facilitator with Life University's Centre for Compassion, Integrity & Secular Ethics.

Diane Kalen-Sukra is the author of Save Your City: How Toxic Culture Kills Community & What To Do About It. She is also a media commentator and widely published writer. Look for her regular Civic Resilience column in Public Sector Digest.

• For more information, visit SaveYourCity.ca or KalenConsulting.com.
• Connect on social media: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter.
• Join Diane Kalen-Sukra’s Ancient Wisdom for Modern City Builders blog.

 

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Michael Karlin

Level 2 Facilitator, Assistant Director CCISE

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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.

 

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Martha Ann Kirk

Level 1 Facilitator

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Martha Ann Kirk, CCVI, Th.D.

With a Th.D. in Theology and the Arts from the Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, CA, she has been a professor of Religious Studies and of the Arts at University of the Incarnate Word, San Antonio, Texas, teaching over 7,000 students, writing six books, and visiting 32 countries often leading students. She is interested in furthering San Antonio’s flourishing as a City of Compassion within the global Charter for Compassion movement leading to respect and justice for all and for the earth itself. She is an SA2020 Ambassador encouraging progress towards a shared vision for a thriving San Antonio.

She has been the San Antonio Peace Laureate, the Texas Pax Christi Peacemaker of the Year, and recognized in various ways for building interfaith and intercultural bridges. She was included in the PBS Women, War, and Peace series as a “Teacher of Peace.”  She promotes social justice and service learning within the University of the Incarnate Word Ettling Center for Civic Leadership and Sustainability. As a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word of San Antonio, she serves as the Chair their International Justice, Peace, and Integrity of Creation Committee.

 

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Rebecca Koch

Level 2 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Cliff Krcha

facilitator-in-training

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President and Founder, "Neurogenesis for Veterans, the Incarcerated, and their Families", a non profit delivering trauma informed care for the least among us.  US Navy veteran, prison volunteer, and retired Methodist pastor.

 

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Cliff Krcha

facilitator-in-training

President and Founder, "Neurogenesis for Veterans, the Incarcerated, and their Families", a non profit delivering trauma informed care for the least among us.  US Navy veteran, prison volunteer, and retired Methodist pastor.

 

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Pam Lewis, Ph.D.

Level 2 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Suzanne Mann

Level 1 Facilitator

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Self-Care Coach, Motivator, Accountability Partner & CIT Facilitator

I am passionate about challenging everyone to be the best version of themselves.  CIT links so beautifully with this philosophy, in particular, with its exploration of self-compassion through beneficial transformation.

I hope to bring CIT into everyday life.  I have a keen focus on parents in particular, as I believe through helping a parent, we in turn help the entire family thrive.

Please contact me at thechallengegirl.com for more information

 

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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!

 

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Merida McCarthy

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Olivia McIvor

Level 1 Facilitator

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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

 

 

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Sherrill McKay

Level 1 facilitator

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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.

 

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Andrea Monsanto

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Anuradha Moorthy

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Anum Mulla

Level 1 Facilitator

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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 active member of the International Charter for Compassion, and is also a certified facilitator of the Social, Emotional & Ethical (SEE) Learning Program; through CIT she aims to expand her facilitation network and impart the valuable knowledge and wisdom of its core values.

LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/anum-mulla-9650211b2

 

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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.

 

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Kristin Norton

Level 1 Facilitator

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Kristin is a 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.

 

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Shane O'Connor

Level 2 Facilitator

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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"

 

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Timothy Onyango Otuoma

facilitator-in-training

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Onyango Otuoma has a strong desire to influence people to take responsibility for their lives and to enable them to create space for making conscious decisions in the face of current everyday challenges. Onyango is also a CIT facilitator who incorporates Art of Hosting tools, models, and methodologies in his facilitation to create spaces where people can talk about complex issues and use collective intelligence to co-create.

Onyango has had more than five years of working experience with both national and international organizations mainly in areas of self-development. His International experience has exposed him to diverse opinions and ways of doing things. He is the founder and managing director of the Mindful African Initiative.

 

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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.

 

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Anokhi Parikh, PhD

L1 Facilitator

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Anokhi Parikh is currently an L1 Facilitator for Compassionate Integrity. She has cofounded an organisation that works on social and emotional learning called The SEL Lab (www.thesellab.org). Her work in development has been focused on promoting non-violence and finding peaceful solutions to socio-political problems in the world. She is an independent consultant for UNESCO MGIEP Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development.

With a Msc in Finance from Manchester Business School, United Kingdom and she has completed her Ph.D in Economics from the University of Mumbai, she started her career as a derivatives strategist, and then an anchor & analyst at CNBC TV18. She has published a number of academic papers through her doctoral research after which she switched her career full-time to development in 2013. She has been the Director of The Foundation for six years that worked with children from the conflict zones of Kashmir and Manipur and has lived in these regions working on the ground.

She has facilitated trainings and lectures on prevention of violent extremism, gender equity, stereotypes, identity, critical thinking, human displacement, peace and religion, feminist leadership amongst others for various age groups of children and young activists. She has recently co-facilitated the Peace Waves 2019 at the US consulate in Kolkata and also facilitated conflict strategies at the North East Youth Conclave 2019.

 

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Anja Pelzer-Brennholt

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Sorina Petrescu

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Danielle Pichette

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Gwen Pinnington

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Lucy Plummer

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Kimberley Pugh

facilitator

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Hello. My name is Kimberley Pugh. You may call me just Kim if you like. I was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and from a young age, I have always loved the color blue. I am a mother of two beautiful daughters and I have an amazing God-daughter and God-son who all strengthens me daily. I learned about CIT while I was incarcerated in the Georgia Department of Corrections through the Chillon Project which allows future returning citizens to earn a college degree through Life University. I went through CIT in 2018 and I have been a facilitator since January 2019. I am a firm believer in self-love and self-sustainability. I believe the body is a temple full of energy sources and as long as we keep a positive frequency, we can live our best life to the fullest.

 

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Leanne Rubenstein

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Kay Stewart

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Maria Thorin

Level 1 Facilitator

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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/

 

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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.

 

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Marilyn Turkovich

Level 1 Facilitator

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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.

 

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Jennifer Valtos

Level 2 Facilitator, Director of Training

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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 facilitated CIT 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.

 

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