The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society is a 501-c(3) non-profit organization based in Northampton, Massachusetts. Since 1997, our work has demonstrated the value of contemplative practices within professional settings. Our current focus is higher education and we administer a lively professional academic association, the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education (ACMHE).
- Rhonda V. Magee, President
Professor of Law, The University of San Francisco School of Law
- Betty Sue Flowers
Former Director, Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum
- Jeff Genung, Treasurer
Founder, Contemplative Life
- Bradford C. Grant
Associate Dean of the College of Engineering, Architecture, and Computer Sciences
Director of the School of Architecture and Design, Howard University
- Jeremy Hunter
Visiting Assistant Professor, Peter F. Drucker School of Management
- Carolyn Jacobs
Dean and Elizabeth Marting Treuhaft Professor, Smith College School for Social Work
- Laura I. Rendón
Professor of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies, University of Texas-San Antonio
- Paula C. Sager
Co-founder, The Mariposa Center
- David Scott
Former Chancellor, University of Massachusetts at Amherst
- Linda L. Slakey
Professor and Dean Emerita, University of Massachusetts Amherst
- Arthur Zajonc
President, The Mind & Life Institute and Professor of Physics (Retired), Amherst College
- James Autry
Author of Real Power: Business Lessons from the Tao Te Ching
Former President, Meredith Corporation Magazine Group
- Rachel Bagby
Author, Vibralingual Artist, Teacher
- Anne Bartley
President and Trustee, Rockefeller Family Fund
- Leroy Little Bear
Professor, Indigenous Governance Program, University of Victoria
- Eugene Callender
Reverend, Christian Parish for Spiritual Renewal
- Robert Coles
Professor of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities, Harvard University
- Rabbi Rachel Cowan
Director, Institute for Jewish Spirituality
- Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi
Davidson Professor of Management, Claremont Graduate University
- Rev. Harlon L. Dalton
Professor of Law, Yale Law School
- Ram Dass
Spiritual Teacher Author of Be Here Now and Still Here
- Marian R. David
Director, Sustaining the Soul that Serves
- Richard J. Davidson
Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Michael Edwards
Distinguished Senior Fellow, Demos: A Network for Ideas and Action in New York
Senior Visiting Scholar, New York University’s Wagner School of Public Service
Senior Visiting Fellow, Brooks World Poverty Institute at Manchester University
- Howard Gardner
Harvard Graduate School of Education
- Rimpoche Ngawang Gehlek
Tibetan Lama and Spiritual Director of Jewel Heart
- Daniel Goleman
Journalist and author of Emotional Intelligence
- Amy Gross
Former Editor-in-Chief, O, the Oprah Magazine
- Paul Hawken
Founder, Smith & Hawken
Author of The Ecology of Commerce
- Jon Kabat-Zinn
Founder and former Executive Director, The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and author of Full Catastrophe Living
- Fr. Thomas Keating
Cistercian Abbot and Founder of Contemplative Outreach Ltd.
- Joan Konner
Professor and Dean Emerita, Columbia Graduate School of Journalism
- Michael Lerner
- Rabbi Jonathan Omer-Man
Founder, Metivta: A Center for Contemplative Judaism
- Dr. Dean Ornish
Founder, President, and Director, Preventive Medicine Research Institute
- Charles Terry
- Robert A. F. Thurman
Jey Tsong Khapa Professor of Indo-Tibetan Studies, Columbia University
- Dr. Andrew Weil
Professor of Internal Medicine, Director and Founder, the Program in Integrative Medicine at the University of Arizona Founder, National Integrative Medicine Council
Over the past decade, he has become interested in how self-awareness and introspection can be used in post-secondary education, economic decision-making and creating and sustaining well-being. With the support of a Contemplative Practice Fellowship in 2008, he has developed courses that integrate contemplative exercises designed to enable students to gain deeper understanding and insight. His approach to these economic classes has been featured in the Boston Globe, the U.S. News & World Report, as well as on the NPR program “Here & Now.”
Since 2009, he has worked with the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society as a Board Member, Treasurer and Associate Director of the Academic Program. In 2012, he became the Executive Director of the Center. He is actively working to expand and deepen programs, making the Center’s work more accessible and transformative for all.
Along with his experimental research on choice and awareness, he is currently editing a group of papers on examples of contemplative pedagogy across the disciplines with Arthur Zajonc to be published by Routledge, co-writing a book with Mirabai Bush on contemplative pedagogy to be published by Jossey-Bass, and writing (and thinking, thinking, thinking about…) a book entitled Wanting.
Mirabai holds a unique background of organizational management, teaching, and spiritual practice. A founding board member of the Seva Foundation, an international public health organization, she directed the Seva Guatemala Project, which supports sustainable agriculture and integrated community development. Also at Seva, she co-developed Sustaining Compassion, Sustaining the Earth, a series of retreats and events for grassroots environmental activists on the interconnection of spirit and action. She is co-author, with Ram Dass, of Compassion in Action: Setting Out on the Path of Service, published by Random House.
Mirabai has organized, facilitated, and taught workshops, weekends, and courses on spirit and action for more than 20 years at institutions including Omega Institute, Naropa Institute, Findhorne, Zen Mountain Monastery, University of Massachusetts, San Francisco Zen Center, Buddhist Study Center at Barre, MA, Insight Meditation Society, and the Lama Foundation. She has a special interest in the uncovering and recovery of women’s spiritual wisdom to inform work for social change. She has taught women’s groups with Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Sharon Salzberg, Joan Halifax, Margo Adler, Starhawk, Jean Shinoda Bolen, Vicky Noble, and other leaders.
Her spiritual studies include meditation study at the Burmese Vihara in Bodh Gaya, India, with Shri S.N. Goenka and Anagarika Munindra; bhakti yoga with Hindu teacher Neemkaroli Baba; and studies with Tibetan lamas Kalu Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kyabje Gehlek Rinpoche, Tsoknyi Rinpoche, and others. She also did five years of intensive practice in Iyengar yoga and five years of Aikido with Kanai Sensei. Her earlier religious study included 20 years of Catholic schooling, ending with Georgetown University graduate study in medieval literature. She holds an ABD in American literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo.
Before entering the foundation world, Mirabai was the first professional woman to work on the Saturn-Apollo moonflight at Cape Canaveral and later co-founded and directed Illuminations, Inc., from 1973 to 1985 in Cambridge, MA. Her innovative business approaches, based on mindfulness practice, were reported in Newsweek, Inc., Fortune, and the Boston Business Journal. She has also worked on educational programs with inner-city youth of color.
Mirabai has trekked, traveled, and lived in many countries, including Guatemala, Mexico, Costa Rica, India, Nepal, Morocco, Ireland, England, Scotland, Afghanistan, Iran, Turkey, Germany, Austria, Italy, Pakistan, and the Caribbean. She is an organic gardener in Western Massachusetts and the mother of one adult son, Owen.
Biographies: Board of Directors
Flowers is a native Texan with degrees from the University of Texas and the University of London. Her scholarly publications include a book entitled Browning and the Modern Tradition and articles on Donald Barthelme, Adrienne Rich, Christina Rossetti, poetry therapy, writing and other subjects. Her annotated edition of Christina Rossetti’s complete poems was published in 2001 in the Penguin Classics Series. She also edited Daughters and Fathers with Lynda Boose, as well as four books in collaboration with Bill Moyers: “Joseph Campbell and the Power of Myth,” “A World of Ideas,” “Healing and the Mind,” and “Genesis.” She has published three books of poetry: “Four Shields of Power” (with three other poets), “Extending the Shade” and “Blue Lioness” (2002).
Flowers was consultant for the nationally televised series, “The Power of Myth” as well as a host for the radio series “The Next 200 Years”. Her 10-part television series, “Conversation with Betty Sue Flowers,” was aired on the Austin PBS affiliate, KLRU. Flowers has served as a moderator for executive seminars at the Aspen Institute for Humanistic Studies, as a consultant for NASA, as a member of the Envisioning Network for General Motors, as a member of the vision team for the National Endowment for the Humanities, and as a Visiting Advisor to the Secretary of the Navy. In 1992, and again in 1995, 1998 and 2001, she worked with an international team to write Global Scenarios for Shell International in London-stories about the future of the world for the next 30 years. She has edited a book in conjunction with Joseph Jaworski on the inner dimensions of leadership, Synchronicity, and is finishing another with Jaworski, Peter Senge and Otto Scharmer on “Presence: Human Purpose and the Field of the Future.” Flowers was the editor of global scenarios for sustainable development and scenarios for the future of biotechnology, both sponsored by the World Business Council in Geneva.
Jeff received his B.A. from Cornell University, his M.S in theology from Sophia Divinity School, and received his ordination from The Church of Antioch. He is an experienced practitioner, retreat facilitator and teacher of contemplative spirituality. He is currently developing a program for contemplative spirituality that includes spiritual formation, continuing education, and advanced studies. Jeff has served many years as a hospice volunteer. He was also a co-founder of First Light, an organization devoted to providing meaningful options for families dealing with the grief and loss associated with death and dying.
In his business and professional life, Jeff has been both an entrepreneur as well as a senior executive. He co-founded one the largest collectible art sculpture galleries in the U.S. and co-founded a technology startup. Jeff has also served several years as a VP of Business Development, VP of Sales, and VP of Account Management for a leading computer and technology recycling company, responsible for providing IT services to hundreds of Fortune 500 companies.
Mr. Grant was the Director of Hampton University Department of Architecture Urban Institute, the community design center and a service learning arm of the University. As part of the Urban Institute, Mr. Grant had conducted many urban and community design studies including the North King Street Urban Corridor, Hampton, VA., the Monticello Street Corridor, Norfolk, VA, and the Poindexter Street Commercial Corridor in Chesapeake, VA. along with architecture design assistance work with the City of Virginia Beach’s office of Housing and Community Service. His community design work has earned him the Hampton Clean City Commission Award, a Proclamation of Appreciation from the City of Hampton, the Universal Design Education Award from Adaptive Environments, Boston and Award of Merit from the Virginia Downtown Development Association.
Professor Grant has served as President of the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA 2001-2004) and was a member of the Board of the Hermitage Foundation, Museum and Slone Collections, Norfolk, VA. He is involved in research, practice and teaching of architecture accessibility and Universal Design, Fair Housing and cultural issues in architecture. He is currently working on or has completed several commissioned projects and planning assignments including the addition the Guiding Light Church, Portsmouth, VA, the Blair Middle School addition, Norfolk, VA and Arbor Music, a site specific environmental sculpture for the Botanical Gardens, Norfolk, VA.
For a decade, he has taught mindfulness-based courses to MBAs and Executive Management students and has been voted Professor of the Year three times. The courses aim to seamlessly introduce contemplative practices into a managerial environment while meeting the needs of action-oriented executives.
He has had a contemplative practice for more than 20 years working under the guidance of Mirabai Bush, Shinzen Young, Grahame White, Lynne Bousfield, Dr.Tin-Tin and Ken McLeod.
His work is informed by the experience of living day-to-day for 17 years with a potentially terminal illness, and when faced with the need for life-saving surgery having more than a dozen former students come forward as organ donors.
He has an active international consulting practice working with a diverse array of organizations including manufacturers, financial organizations, consumer products, defense contractors, hospitals, universities, cultural institutions, governments and non-profit entities.
Dr. Jacobs received her B.A. from Sacramento State University, her M.S.W. from San Diego State University, her doctorate from the Heller School of Brandeis University and her training as a spiritual director from the Shalem Institute for Spiritual Formation. She maintains a spiritual direction practice.
Recent publications include: Jacobs, C. (2007) “Race, ethnicity, and class: A conversation with Hilda Ryūmon Gutiérrez Baldoquín, Sharon Suh, and Arinna Weisman, moderated by Carolyn Jacobs” in (Eds.) Gregory, P. N. and Mrozik, S., Women practicing Buddhism: American experiences. Somerville, MA: Wisdom Publications; Jacobs, C. (2007) “Spiritual Development” in Lesser, J. G. and Pope, D. S. (Eds.) Human Behavior in the Social Environment. Chapter 8, 188-203. VT: Allyn and Bacon; Jacobs, C. (2006) “Transformation and Kaleidoscope Memories” Smith College Studies in Social Work, 76 (4); and Jacobs, C. (2004) “Spirituality and end-of-life care practice for social workers” in Berzoff, J. & Silverman, P. R. (Eds.) Living with dying: A handbook for end-of-life healthcare practitioners. (pp. 188-205) NY: Columbia University Press.
Professor Magee was raised in the South, and was a first-generation college student in her family. Her interests in learning how society “really worked” led her to the study of sociology, where she focused on conflict management, inequality, and qualitative research methods. These studies led to her interest in law school. While in law school, Professor Magee’s interest in restorative justice, reconciliation and the contemporary effects of unredressed historical wrongs led her to publish an article in the Virginia Law Review on the subject of the African American reparations, “The Master’s Tools, From the Bottom Up: African American Reparations Theory in Mainstream and Outsider Remedies Discourse,” 79 Va. L. Rev. 864 (1993), one of the earliest treatments of the topic in a mainstream legal scholarly journal. Though written by Professor Magee while she was a law student, her essay is considered a classic in the field of reparations scholarship. Professor Magee’s current projects in legal education, which include an effort to reorient the study of U.S. Immigration law to underscore its origins in slavery and working to include mindfulness in traditional legal education and law practice, represent the latest iterations of her longstanding commitment to reforming education for the full, completely inclusive and holistic needs of democratic humanity in the 21st century.
Prior to entering academia, Professor Magee practiced law in San Francisco, representing a variety of corporate clients in multi-state complex litigation. Her leadership background includes training as a U.S. Army Officer and serving as a Public Affairs Officer for the Virginia National Guard–where she experienced first hand a sense of common humanity “broad enough to include military soldiers from the South.” Her articles and essays have appeared in publications such as the Law Reviews of the University of Virginia, University of Alabama, Temple Law School, and in the San Francisco Chronicle. Her expansive interests range from a deeper consideration of the history of race and law in America (and the implications of “race” for what it means to be a human being under American law) to working with others to teach law and reform law practice to more bring about more self-reflective, compassionate advocates and community-builders. Her work challenges the limits of the possible regarding “race relations” and coalition-building, pushing for a dismantling altogether of the politics of “Othering” and remaking the world with a commitment to justice for all. She is dedicated to exploring the inter-relationships between law, philosophy and notions of justice and humanity, with a commitment to listening to and re-telling the stories of the impact of law on the lives of traditionally marginalized and subordinated people. She aspires to create her version of what Dr. Martin Luther King called the “Beloved Community”–a fully-inclusive world community, capable of managing its conflicts and distributing its resources compassionately, equitably and sustainability through contemplative practice and the power of love.
Rendón earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She holds a M.A. in counseling and guidance and psychology from Texas A&M University-Kingsville (1975). She earned a B.A. in English and journalism from the University of Houston (1970) and holds an associate of arts degree from San Antonio College. Rendón also attended Laredo Community College.
Rendón is the author of Sentipensante (Sensing/Thinking) Pedagogy: Educating for Wholeness, Social Justice and Liberation. She is also is co-editor of Transforming the First Year of College for Students of Color, Educating a New Majority, and Racial and Ethnic Diversity in Higher Education ASHE Reader. Her scholarly work on access and student success has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education and the PBS documentary, The College Track. She has received numerous awards including the ASHE Distinguished Service Award and the NASPA Latino Knowledge Community Outstanding Faculty Award. Rendón has also been inducted into the Iowa Academy of Education.
In 2008, she received a degree from the Barfield School at Sunbridge College for Witness Consciousness and the Development of the Individual. Paula is co-author with Lizbeth Hamlin of Red Thread, Two Women, (2006) published by Pacific Editions in a limited and handcrafted edition by book artist, Charles Hobson.
Her interest in the applications of movement-based and contemplative learning led to co-founding The Mariposa Center of which she is board president. Mariposa, a non-profit education and social justice initiative, is one of only seven state-wide program providers for the Rhode Island Department of Education’s PreK Demonstration Project. Mariposa’s goal is to create a nurturing learning environment that supports creativity, growth, and friendship among children in partnership with families and community.
After completing his undergraduate degree in physics at the University of Edinburgh, Scott then went on to Oxford University in England to do research in Nuclear Physics, completing the Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1967 as a member of Linacre College. For several years thereafter, Scott was a Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford University, but then decided to spend some time at the University of California at Berkeley, where he stayed for 7 years (1972-1979) conducting pioneering research on the high speed collisions of heavy nuclei to study extreme states in nuclear systems, such as the temperature and pressure in the Big Bang theory of the universe. In 1978 he was appointed Scientific Director of the Cyclotron Laboratory at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, but was attracted to Michigan State University (MSU) in 1979 as the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Physics and Astronomy and of Chemistry. MSU provided a special attraction through the construction of the National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory, the foremost laboratory in the world for research in collisions of nuclei.
In 1982 Scott served as the Director for Research at the Cyclotron Laboratory, and thereby was led back once again into academic administration, becoming Associate Provost in 1983 and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs in 1986. As Provost, Scott felt he drew on his early experiences in his island birthplace where he developed an interest in all areas of knowledge as well as the interrelationships between them. He also felt he could advance the “democratization of privilege” that had enabled him as a child from a 20-acre croft in the Orkney Islands to gain access to great institutions of learning like Edinburgh, Oxford, Berkeley, Michigan State University, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Scott left the position of Provost at MSU in September 1992, following a six-year tenure, to become the John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor of Learning, Science and Society at MSU. In July 1993, Scott became Chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position he held until 2001.
Scott is a Fellow of the American Physical Society and is well known nationally and internationally for his work in nuclear collisions and higher education. He has written more than 100 papers on topics in Nuclear Science and Higher Education and delivered over 200 lectures in countries around the world.
She was Head of the Department of Biochemistry from 1986 until 1991, and Dean of the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (NSM) from 1993 until 2000. From September of 2000 through August of 2006, she was Dean of Commonwealth College, the honors college of the University of Massachusetts Amherst. As Dean of NSM and of Commonwealth College she was active in supporting teaching and learning initiatives throughout the University, with particular attention to engaging undergraduate students in research, to faculty development activities that promote the transition from lecturing to more engaged pedagogies, and to the support of research on how students learn. She served at the National Science Foundation from 2006 through 2011, as the Director of the Division of Undergraduate Education, and as a Senior Staff Associate in the Office of the Assistant Director for Education and Human Resources. At present she has a consulting practice in Washington, DC, focused on bringing about a shift in the culture of undergraduate teaching from one in which lecture is an acceptable norm toward one characterized by personal and institutional expectations of more student-centered teaching practices.
Dr. Slakey was a Dominican Sister, a member of the congregation whose motherhouse is in Adrian, Michigan, from 1956 to 1969. She has been a student of Zen, under the direction of Richard Clarke, since the mid-1980’s. Her work as a leader and consultant has been informed by Zen practice, and also by a long standing commitment to the practice of listening with full and open attention.
Biographies: Advisory Council
Rachel and Paul are the co-authors of the books, Mixed Blessings: Untangling The Knots In an Interfaith Marriage and A Torah is Written.
Rabbi Cowan has spent many years leading workshops for interfaith couples and speaking out on the need for Jewish communities to be more open to non-Jewish spouses and to encourage their commitment to Judaism. She has worked for a number of years to support religious pluralism, social justice and environmental protection in Israel. Rabbi Cowan has previously served as the Director of the Jewish Life and Values Program at the Nathan Cummings Foundation in New York. Her interests also include Jewish healing and Jewish contemplative practice. She completed the two-year Mindfulness Leaders Training Program at Elat Chayyim with Sylvia Boorstein. She leads classes and weekend retreats on Jewish contemplative practice. She was twice named to the Forward’s Top Fifty list of Jewish leaders.
His research and theories in the psychology of optimal experience have revolutionized psychology, and have been adopted in practice by national leaders such as Bill Clinton and Tony Blair as well as top members of the global executive elite who run the world’s major corporations. Csikszentmihalyi is the author of several popular books about his theories, the bestselling Flow: The Psychology Of Optimal Experience; The Evolving Self: A Psychology For The Third Millennium; Creativity; and Finding Flow. The Wall Street Journal has listed Flow among the six books “every well-stocked business library should have.”
After receiving his A.B., from Harvard University (1969) and J.D., from Yale University (1973) Harlon’s professional commitment to combating discrimination began while serving as Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge Robert L. Carter. Judge Carter is known for having provided council for the NAACP in the Brown vs. Board of Education trial. Harlon then worked for the Legal Action Center, a law and policy organization that fights discrimination against people with histories of addiction, AIDS, and criminal records (1973-79). Then, as Assistant to the Solicitor General of the United States he helped to supervise and conduct government litigation in the United States Supreme Court (1979-1981). He has also worked for the Center for Legal Ed. And Urban Policy at CUNY (1979).
Harlon is a member of the Board of Directors of American Civil Liberties Union, Legal Action Center, and Legal Affairs. He is author of Racial Healing: Confronting the Fear between Blacks and Whites, 1995; AIDS Law Today: A New Guide for the Public (ed. With S. Burris and J.Mill), 1993; and AIDS and the Law (ed. with S. Burris), 1987.
Since then, he has pursued a variety of spiritual practices and has written many books, including Be Here Now (1971) and Journey of Awakening (1990). In 1974, Ram Dass created the Hanuman Foundation, which has developed many projects, including the Prison-Ashram Project, designed to help inmates grow spiritually during incarceration. He also helped develop the “Living/Dying Project”, with Stephen Levine which provides support for the conscious dying. In 1978 Ram Dass co-founded and became a board member of the Seva Foundation, an international organization dedicated to relieving suffering in the world.
Ram Dass suffered a serious stroke in 1997 and is recovering. “The stroke made me aware of silence,” he said. “Of the vulnerability of my body…how fragile my faith is.” His latest book, Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying (2000), examines conscious aging. “The next message you need,” he advises, “is right where you are.”
He has published more than 250 articles, chapters and reviews, and has edited 13 books. Dr. Davidson was the founding co-editor of the new American Psychological Association journal, EMOTION, and is also past-president of the Society for Research in Psychopathology and of the Society for Psychophysiological Research.
In 2000, he was recipient of the most distinguished award for science given by the American Psychological Association – the Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award. In 2003 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2004 he was elected to the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters. He was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine in 2006. In 2006, he was also awarded the first Mani Bhaumik Award by UCLA for advancing the understanding of the brain and conscious mind in healing.
Prior to joining the Ford Foundation he was the World Bank’s Senior Adviser on Civil Society in Washington DC, where he led a program designed to improve the agency’s understanding of, and engagement with, a wide range of civic groups. Before moving to the World Bank, Michael spent 15 years as a senior manager in international relief and development NGOs, including periods with Oxfam-UK (as Regional Director for Southern Africa), and Save the Children-UK (as Director of Research, Evaluation and Advocacy). He has lived and worked in Colombia, Mexico, Zambia, Malawi, India, the UK and the USA.
Michael’s many books and articles have helped to shape our thinking about philanthropy, civil society, social transformation and international cooperation, and to break down barriers between researchers and activists across the world. He graduated from Oxford University with a congratulatory double-first and was awarded a PhD by the University of London for his work on low-income housing markets in Latin America. He lives with his wife Cora (a non-profit fundraising consultant) on Manhattan’s Upper West Side and in Swan Lake in upstate New York, where they are renovating one of the first houses built by settlers in Sullivan County.
In the late 1970s, Gehlek Rimpoche was directed by both the Senior and Junior Tutors to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Kyabje Ling Rimpoche and Kyabje Trijang Rimpoche, to begin teaching Western students. Since that time he has taught Buddhist practitioners throughout the world. He is an example of kindness, generosity, good humor and inspirational insight. He is particularly distinguished for his thorough knowledge of English, his familiarity with modern culture, and his special effectiveness as a teacher to Western practitioners of Tibetan Buddhism.
Before going to Columbia, Ms. Konner worked in both public and commercial television for 26 years. During that time she produced and wrote more than 50 documentaries and served as Executive Producer of several major public affairs series. Her work has been honored by almost every major award for broadcast journalism, including 16 Emmys, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. duPont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Television and Radio. As President and Executive Producer of Public Affairs Television Inc., in partnership with Bill Moyers from 1986-1988, Ms. Konner produced Moyers: In Search Of The Constitution, God And Politics, and Joseph Campbell And The Power Of Myth.
During her 12 years as a writer, director and producer with NBC News from 1965-1977, she produced such documentaries as Danger! Radioactive Waste; Mary Jane Grows Up; Marijuana In The 70′s; Of Women And Men; The Search For Something Else and New World Hard Choices: American Foreign Policy In 1976. In recognition of her body of work, she was awarded the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism’s Alumni Award in 1975 and the New Jersey Press Women’s Association Award for Outstanding Accomplishment in 1990.
In 1977, Ms. Konner joined WNET/13, public television in New York, as Executive producer for National Public Affairs Programs. She served as Executive Producer of Bill Moyers Journal until 1981. From 1981 to 1984, she was Vice President, Director of Programming and Executive Producer for the Metropolitan Division of WNET/13. Among the programs she conceived and produced were New York & Co; Hizzoner; My New York; Walt Whitman And Friends; Innovation and Currents. Under her leadership, the station earned numerous honors, including 11 Emmy Awards.
A graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism, Ms. Konner began her journalism career as a reporter, editorial writer and columnist for The (Bergen) Record, Hackensack, NJ. For 10 years, she served as chairman of the Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Awards, as a member of the Pulitzer Prize Board and as a juror for the National Magazine Awards. She is currently chair of the John Oakes Award for Distinguished Environmental Reporting. She also served as an advisor to the Markle Commission on the Media and the Electorate and on several committees of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.
Ms. Konner has also been a Trustee of Columbia University, Sarah Lawrence College, the Rockland Center for the Arts, Radio and Television News Director’s Foundation and the Religion Newswriters Foundation. At present she is a Board member of the Providence Journal, Providence, RI. She is also a trustee of the Florence and John Schumann Foundation.
Lerner is the author of Choices in Healing: Integrating the Best of Conventional and Complementary Approaches to Cancer, from MIT Press. He is also deeply engaged with environment and health issues. A former member of the Yale faculty, he received a MacArthur Prize Fellowship for contributions to public health in 1983. He also works with several foundations.
He has lectured at universities, colleges, and seminaries throughout the United States. In 1990 he visited the Dalai Lama in India, a journey that was described in Rodger Kamenetz’ best-selling book, The Jew in the Lotus. His work and ideas are also described in some detail in Kamenetz’ most recent work, Stalking Elijah: Adventures with Today’s Jewish Mystical Masters. For more than 25 years Jonathan Omer-Man lived in Jerusalem, where he worked and studied with some of the greatest contemporary Jewish teachers–including Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and Professor Gershom Scholem–and was editor and publisher of Shefa Quarterly, a prestigious journal of Jewish thought and study. He was also revising editor of the Encyclopaedia Judaica. Among his published writings are numerous articles about spirituality and mysticism in the Jewish tradition, and some verse and fiction.
For the past 28 years, Dr. Ornish has directed clinical research demonstrating, for the first time, that comprehensive lifestyle changes may begin to reverse even severe coronary heart disease, without drugs or surgery. He is the author of five best-selling books, including New York Times’ bestsellers Dr. Dean Ornish’s Program for Reversing Heart Disease, Eat More, Weigh Less, and Love & Survival. He recently directed the first randomized controlled trial demonstrating that comprehensive lifestyle changes may affect the progression of prostate cancer.
The research that he and his colleagues conducted has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, The Lancet, Circulation, The New England Journal of Medicine, the American Journal of Cardiology, and elsewhere. A one-hour documentary of their work was broadcast on NOVA, the PBS science series, and was featured on Bill Moyers’ PBS series, Healing & The Mind. Their work has been featured in virtually all major media, including cover stories in Newsweek, Time, and U.S. News & World Report.
Dr. Ornish is a member of the boards of directors of the U.S. United Nations High Commission on Refugees, the Quincy Jones We Are the Future Foundation, and the Wheelchair Foundation. He was appointed to The White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy and elected to the California Academy of Medicine.
He has received several awards, including the 1994 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award from the University of Texas, Austin, the Jan J. Kellermann Memorial Award for distinguished contribution in the field of cardiovascular disease prevention from the International Academy of Cardiology, the Golden Plate Award from the American Academy of Achievement, a Presidential Citation from the American Psychological Association, the Beckmann Medal from the German Society for Prevention and Rehabilitation of Cardiovascular Diseases, and a U.S. Army Surgeon General Medal. Dr. Ornish has been a physician consultant to The White House and to several bipartisan members of the U.S. Congress. He is listed in Who’s Who in Healthcare and Medicine, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World.
Dr. Ornish was recognized as “one of the most interesting people of 1996” by People magazine, featured in the “TIME 100” issue on alternative medicine, and chosen by LIFE magazine as “one of the 50 most influential members of his generation.”
Charles has had extensive experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, serves and has served as a trustee and advisor to a number of charitable trusts, foundations and nonprofit boards, has served as Chairman of the Council on Foundations Annual Family Foundations Conference, was a director of the New York Regional Association of Grantmakers, and has been a speaker, consultant, and facilitator at conferences, professional meetings, family and foundation meetings.
Prior to his work with the Rockefeller family, Mr. Terry was Vice President of the International Center for Integrative Studies, a nonprofit organization promoting greater communication and collaboration among leaders in diverse disciplines, and served as an ICIS delegate to the United Nations. Prior to that, he helped to found and served for 10 years as the Executive Director of The Door – A Center of Alternatives, an internationally recognized multi-service health, education and arts center for youth, serving 5,000 inner city teenagers annually.
Charles is an honors graduate of both Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School. Following law school, he practiced law at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison in New York City, and subsequently practiced urban, community and poverty law in New York. For eight years he was a Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, where he founded and directed the Urban Law Clinical Program.