Certified Facilitator Directory

Please check this Directory often, as we continually have people in the process of becoming Certified Facilitators. In addition to those Facilitators listed here, there are currently four men at Phillips Men’s Prison in Buford, Georgia, and four women at Lee Arrendale Women’s Prison in Alto, Georgia, who are Level I Certified Facilitators who cannot be listed here by name.

Avital Abraham

Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics
Atlanta, GA

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.

Charles Barker, MD

Compassionate Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas, TX

Dr. Barker is 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.

Rabbi Dr. Analia Bortz

Congregation Or Hadash
founder of Hope For Seeds (women struggling with infertility),
co-founder of BAKEN (Mental Wellness Initiative)
Atlanta, GA

Analia has been teaching CIT students at Congregation Or Hadash, The Berman Center, Women’s Retreats and as a scholar in residence in many states nationwide and in Mexico-Argentina and Chile. Analia has found the passion of merging the spiritual rabbinic experience with the physical empirical exercise through the tools and skills of CCISE (Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics)

Teresa Cowan Jones

Tucson, AZ

Teresa is an executive and personal coach, developer of the CIT Coaching Program, and 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. Author of over one hundred tools for effectiveness, Teresa holds a B.S. in Psychology and a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. Teresa has served as coach and faculty of the Center for Progressive Leadership, the Center for Integrative Medicine, and the Hesychia School for Spiritual Direction, and is an ordained minister in the United Church of Christ.

Tom Flores, Ph.D.

Life University
Atlanta, GA

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.

Jody Frankel

Atlanta, GA

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.

Pam Glustrom

Compassionate Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Pam teaches mindfulness and compassion practices in a variety of settings and is currently teaching CIT to incarcerated men at Phillips State Prison. 

Michael Karlin, Ph.D.

Center for Compassion, Integrity and Secular Ethics
Atlanta, GA

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.

Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Ph.D.

Center for Contemplative Science and Compassion-Based Ethics
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

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.

Leanne Rubenstein

Compassionate Atlanta
Atlanta, GA

Leanne’s passion for social justice has led her to take her degree in Special Education and her Master’s level training in counseling to a wider audience through program leadership, fundraising and development. As a passionate storyteller, Leanne has transformed her program development and leadership skills into helping the wider community understand the impact of their voices and their philanthropy in order to make a positive impact in their communities and worldwide

Kate Trnka

Charter for Compassion
Appleton, WI

Kate Trnka taught in the public schools for 26 years and has her 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.

Jennifer Valtos

Life University, Center for Compassion, Integrity, and Secular Ethics
Swedesboro, New Jersey

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.  She also co-facilitates online courses in conjunction with the charter for compassion education institute.