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

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.

Conoly Barker

Compassionate Dallas/Fort Worth
Dallas, TX

Conoly is the Secretary/Treasurer of Compassionate DFW and Chair of the Compassion Conference Planning Team. She works with Charlie Barker to offer CIT in the Dallas metropolitan area.

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)

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. 

Teresa Cowan Jones

Breakthrough Leadership Institute
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.

Janssen Judge

Tacoma, WA

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.

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.

Rebecca Koch

Director of Service Initiatives, Life University
Marietta, GA

Rebecca’s work involves finding ways to operationalize the founding value of Life University, Lasting Purpose (To Give, Do, Love and Serve from Abundance), and includes customer service, community service, and service to one another within the University community. CIT holds special interest for her since it is an expression of and is in perfect keeping with Lasting Purpose. Rebecca is a long-time experiential learning facilitator and holds a Bachelors in Psychology and a Masters in Positive Psychology with a focus on coaching. She has participated in and facilitated CIT numerous sessions with Life University personnel and with homeless persons in Atlanta, GA.

Pam Lewis, Ph.D.

Compassionate Houston
Houston, TX

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.

Pam worked many years as a Licensed Professional Counselor (TX) and rehabilitation consultant.

Michaela Maxwell

Compassionate Austin
Austin, TX

Michaela is Associate Director of Compassionate Austin, a growing grassroots movement united to promote, strengthen and celebrate compassionate action in Austin, Texas and surrounding communities.

Merida McCarthy

Monterrey, Mexico

Encuentro Mundial de Valores, Charter for Compassion, CIT Facilitator

I’m British by birth, travelled most of my life living mostly in Nigeria, Spain and currently in Monterrey, Mexico. I have a Diploma in Environment and Social Development by the Open University, UK; I’m certified in Gestalt Psychotherapy by Procesos Humanos in Monterrey, México; and an organizing member of Grupo Manos and Sintergética Monterrey. I collaborate closely with the Encuentro Mundial de Valores (World Wide Meeting of Human Values) an annual event that takes place every year in Monterrey, México bringing together great minds to give talks and workshops about human values; and I’ve been collaborating with Charter for Compassion, Think Equal, SEE Learning and CIT in order to promote Compassion as a way to reduce violence in all areas of society.

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.

Anja Pelzer-Brennholt

Berlin, Germany

Anja Pelzer-Brennholt has been a member of the CIT working group from October 2016 to March 2018. She holds a MSc in Positive Psychology, a Master in Humanitarian Assistance and a law degree with focus on Human Rights and International Law. She is a lawyer and a  certified mediator. Anja is translating CIT into German and helps us to establish CIT in Germany.

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.

Marilyn Turkovich

Charter for Compassion

Marilyn is executive director of the Charter for Compassion, an international movement that works with grass roots teams globally to address issues within their local communities.  She is involved in promoting CIT with compassionate city initiatives and in share training with educators who are interested in broadening their understanding of compassion, secular ethics and social emotional learning.

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.