2019 Breakout Session Presenters
S’ra Albion Black
S’ra Albion Black loves the power of “dressing up” and has worn many different uniforms over the years. She holds a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, has been on staff at Landmark, director of the Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras, tantra yoga teacher, leather bar owner and all around badass who’s as comfortable playing in heels and evening dresses as she is in motorcycle boots and jeans. Albion Black delights in bringing together the worlds of transformation, spirituality, sexuality and expression. Originally from Sydney, Australia, she now lives in California with her wife who she met at the 2016 Year-end Vacation course.
Liz Allen is a hospital chaplain whose work facilitates spirit for patients, families and staff at turning points of life and death. Previously on the faculty of University of Wisconsin Occupational Therapy School, Allen is a certified leader and director of the CareGivers Renewal Course designed by Brian Regnier in 1989. She has presented workshops at the Conference for Global Transformation, including “Spirit: The 7th Vital Sign” in 2011 and “Spirituality and Well-Being: An Inquiry With Others” in 2016.
Owen Allen is a physiotherapist with 36 years’ experience living on the Atherton Tableland, Queensland, Australia. In 2010 (aged 51 years), he found a passion in inclusive collaborative community dance theatre and, since, a fabulous network of professional dancers in Australia and the United States. He has now designed a training course for inclusive community dance theatre facilitators. His productions and performances include: “The Forging of Men” (Atherton 2016); “Just One Man” (Bold Festival, Canberra, 2017); NRHC Welcome (Cairns 2017); “The Dream of Fishes” (Atherton Baha’i Bicentennial Event 2017); and “Stuck” (Yungaburra 2018). Allen envisions a world rich in embodied communication
Angela Amado, Ph.D.
Angela Amado, Ph.D., has led transformational programs for more than 40 years and has been a Wisdom Course leader since 1994. She leads Partnership Explorations, the Structural Connections vacation course and is the head of training and development for the Wisdom Course Area. Amado has also worked professionally in the field of disability for more than 30 years in a variety of capacities, including national research, international consulting and government policy. She has authored key books on community inclusion of people with disabilities and conducted training across the United States, Canada, Australia and several European countries..
Ina R. Ames
Ina R. Ames is a semi-retired professor of communication studies and theory, mass media and drama with areas of concentration in listening, gender and interpersonal communication, film studies theory and media ethics. She was president of the Communication Association of Massachusetts and held two division chairs at the National Communication Association. She has been published and paneled statewide, regionally, nationally and internationally. She is the principal of www.accentreduction
professor.com and www.masteringhumancommunication.com. Ames has been participating in Landmark since 1980, having been an introduction leader, seminar leader and currently a facilitator for the Facilitated Wisdom course..
Lalita Amos is an organizational consultant who works with leadership teams, executives and key contributors. As a coaching science researcher, Amos has developed executive coach training programs for New York University and top global coach development firms. Her doctorate is in the psychology of executive coaching, developing a theoretical model of how coaching helps leadership teams develop and strengthen their group identities, roles and inter-group relationships. She contributes to the education of young people through scholarship endowments at Purdue University and Tuskegee University. Her Tedx Talk, “Two Radical Ideas About Listening,” can be found on YouTube.
As the oldest in the family, Cynthia Barnett grew up thinking that one day she would care for her parents in one way or another. After several years of conversation, her parents, Allen and Diana, agreed to move from Texas to Nevada to live with Barnett and her husband, Blair. Unfortunately, after only eight months of living together, her father passed away. As they prepared for the funeral in Texas, her mother decided to move back to Texas to be closer to her friends. Caring for her mom now looks very different and nothing like what Barnett thought it would be.
Kathleen Barry, Ph.D.
Kathleen Barry, Ph.D., has been an active graduate since completing the est Training in 1984. She is committed to a fair and just world that works for everyone regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, creed, political ideology or nationality. Barry is an unusual business hybrid combining a strong background in communications, organization development and depth psychotherapy to her life’s work. She currently splits her time between the coastal town of Santa Barbara and the high deserts of Tucson. You can read her blog posts at www.whispersofwisdom.com.
Joan Bordow has lived well over 65 years on this planet. She led the Wisdom Unlimited course for over 23 years, wrote eight books and worked for three difference-making nonprofit organizations. While Bordow wears well-loved sweats most of the time, she has an extensive and unique wardrobe for dressing up and going out. As a mother, she has three children and three grandchildren, and has been married for 46 years. She lives a blessed life, due to the generosity and brilliance of her community.
Carol Braford has participated in Landmark’s programs for more than 28 years and has led seminars and the Self-Expression & Leadership Program. She studied finance and international business and is a certified public accountant. She designed and led several workshops for the Conference for Global Transformation, served on the board of the Cohousing Association of the United States and is a regional coordinator with the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. She and her husband are creating a Drawdown ecovillage in St Louis, Missouri. Her promise for the world is: By 2020, all children know that they are loved and nurtured.
Chet Burgess uses a variety of communication technologies to support conversations that transform the quality of people’s lives, giving them access to worlds beyond their own. He engages in inquiries whenever he can, and one of his joys is hosting inquiries into discourse. He also brings the opportunity of inquiry to people as they develop themselves in being a leader as their natural self-expression. His commitment is that, “Everyone in the world be in touch with the joy and the miracle of life.”
Bruce Campbell is an artist. He studied fine art in London, worked in private art galleries, managed an interior decorating shop and rebuilt a derelict farmhouse and olive grove in Tuscany. He did The Landmark Forum in 2002 and has assisted ever since. Campbell has in the past been a performance coach for Youth at Risk. He lives in South West England with his husband. “The Impossible Promise I serve: By 2031, all people live creative and fulfilling lives – people are lit up!”
An Omaha, Nebraska, native, Stan Carpenter earned a university degree in cultural anthropology, ceramics and architecture. Carpenter participated in The Landmark Forum in 1994, opening him to new possibilities that included living and working in England. Since retiring in 2006, he has been working and assisting in the Wisdom Course Area and participating in numerous Landmark developmental programs. His commitments are most recently being expressed by joining the Wisdom Facilitator program, committed to being a senior facilitator, and in developing capacities for crafting conversation and conversational spaces where transformation may occur.
As a Landmark consultant, Owen Coffey is passionate about transforming life. He first became a Landmark staff member in 2005 and holds a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Columbia University. In his current position at Landmark, he is a personal coach, leads the Facilitated Wisdom Course and advanced offerings of the Wisdom Course Area and is the source of the Facilitator Training Program. Coffey and his wife, Rebecca, live with their three children in Dorset, Vermont.
Khush Cooper, Ph.D.
Khush Cooper, Ph.D., is committed to a world where governments, organizations and communities fully support excellence and diversity for children and families. Following a successful career as a social worker and nonprofit executive, her entrepreneurial and thriving consulting practice is committed to changing the human services landscape by providing innovations that cause organizations and communities to thrive. She teaches public policy as well as Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership at UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. She has been engaged in transformational work for 15 years and lives in Los Angeles.
John Corbiere has been participating with Landmark since 1975. He was an Episcopal priest for 33 years, graduating from the Yale Divinity School and serving parishes and church schools on the east coast. He is a past Landmark staff member. He participated extensively with The Hunger Project and the Mastery Foundation traveling to West Africa and Ireland in support of the transformational work of these organizations. He is presently part of the Listener Team in the Wisdom Course Area providing the “Conversation for the Difference You Make.” He resides in Salisbury, Connecticut.
Donna Costello, Ph.D.
Donna “Dr. Dolly” Costello has been involved in transformational work since 1979. She is a semi-retired school psychologist with training in school neuropsychology, specializing in assessment and intervention of students with autism and mental health issues. Currently, Costello is working for Effective Action Consultants, co-leading the Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership course. Her dream is that a version of this course become a requirement for high school graduation. Her promise to the world is that all people live with a zest and passion for life itself expecting miracles.
Ida-Meri de Blanc
Participation in life is the theme for Ida-Meri de Blanc. Participation in family, friendship and local community, professional endeavors in design, customer service and project management and being a longtime part of the Landmark Assisting Program, she’s former staff and now currently employed by the Wisdom Course Area. Having lived most of her adult life in Philadelphia, she is now in a very small Arizona town with her wonderful husband, Peter. Their two adult children travel the world, making a difference in their global communities.
Julia Dederer’s life is committed to transforming the quality of life for all people. For 28 years, she was a senior consultant and course leader with Landmark’s Wisdom Course Area impacting the lives of thousands of people. Currently, in addition to working with leaders and professionals who are seeking to transition to powerful next chapters in their lives, she is committed to restoring the climate and serves as a strategic advisor for the Healthy Climate Alliance.
Senior coach Armand DiCarlo works with executives, organizations, teams and individuals to produce breakthroughs in overall productivity and personal performance. In his coaching role, DiCarlo draws on 30 years of experience designing and leading group programs and one-to-one coaching that empower people to produce previously unimaginable results in their lives. He was a senior Landmark program leader and led seminars for more than 35 years. Before coming to the Personal Coaching, DiCarlo managed Landmark’s New York operations. His rich background also includes experience as an entrepreneur, an educator in public schools, probation and parole officer and Peace Corps volunteer.
Deborah Dickerson has been listening for miracles her entire life, but only realized this as part of assisting on the Miracle Registration Team with the Landmark Consultants. Her promise for the world is love fulfilled. Since creating this promise, she has begun to lead Christian contemplation retreats in her home region of Inland Northwest. She is also leading a transformational project at Spokane Fall Community College. Dickerson has a master’s degree in business administration in sustainable business and lives in Sandpoint, Idaho.
The Rev. Eileen Epperson has been a Presbyterian minister for 29 years. She lives in northwest Connecticut and serves as a hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor. She is the part-time pastor of a Congregational Church nearby. Epperson is a forgiveness coach and created The Forgiveness Process®. She has led dozens of forgiveness workshops since 2007. Her forgiveness coaching has expanded to include empowering people to speak in challenging conversations with grace, respect and results. Epperson has been actively volunteering for the Parliament of the World’s Religions for eight years. She was a presenter at the Toronto Parliament in November 2018.
Kathy Fedori is a highly successful concept creator for television, photographer/journalist for media and a woman of power in the Alberta, Canada entertainment industry. Her established track record brings together the right creative teams as she manages productions, creates start-ups and builds brands and audiences. Her work has taken her around the world, from Canada and the United States to Myanmar, Brazil, South Africa and into the new worlds of digital media, robotics and transformation change. Fedori’s goal is to listen for, and share, riveting, relevant and happy conversations so all can have a spectacular life to the last breath.
Dan Fiekowsky is a 30-year-old longtime Landmark graduate. He completed The Landmark Forum for Young People at eight years old. He graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2011 with a Bachelor of Science degree in physics. He was also a course supervisor for Landmark for four years, and he’s a software engineer by day. He is also newly married! His wife, Steph, is completing a Hospice and Palliative Care Fellowship. Fiekowsky is stepping into his first Impossible Promise: Everyone experiences being heard and accepted. He’s currently inquiring into what that could look like.
Peter Fiekowsky is an entrepreneur, Massachusetts Institute of Technology-educated physicist and founder of the Healthy Climate Alliance/Foundation for Climate Restoration. These organizations are working to ensure that the required actions are taken to restore the climate by 2050. He has 30 years’ experience as a citizen lobbyist for poverty and climate issues. He also serves on the board of RePower Capital, an innovative renewable financing company, and is president of a software company providing critical software for computer chip production. He holds 27 patents and lives in Los Altos, the heart of Silicon Valley.
Sharon Fiekowsky is a mom, as well as a nurse practitioner, chief operating officer of the Healthy Climate Alliance and an enthusiastic cook and baker. She’s a former staff member for Werner Erhard and Associates and has participated in Landmark’s work for more than 30 years. Her clinical nursing practice has ranged from intensive care to hospice. But of all her accomplishments, her proudest is being mother to Daniel and Erica who have surpassed her challah-making skills. She lives with her husband, Peter, her daughter and son-in-law (Erica and Jeff Dodds), and her 88-year-old mother, Helen Krauss.
Laur Hesse Fisher
Laur Hesse Fisher leads the development and execution of public engagement on climate change for the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Environmental Solutions Initiative, and collaborates with people throughout MIT to plan and create the next generation of MIT’s digital community on climate change. She also founded and runs Civic Series, a volunteer-led, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that runs free public events across North America to help demystify complex current events. She lives in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Andrea Fono’s passion for life is expressed through laughter and art that is collected around the world. Her paintings represent an inquiry of “what love looks like.” In 2008, she hosted Global Coloring: Painting for Peace in which more than 1,200 people from around Europe, Africa and Ecuador participated in a community art celebration. Fono and her husband, Frank, a native Fijian, have co-founded the “Fiji Reads Project,” contributing art supplies and thousands of children’s books to schools in Fiji. Her joy is mentoring artists’ hearts. A television segment she produced on inspiration was nominated for an Emmy Award.
Since February 2016, Larry Frantz has been the director of Landmark’s Personal Coaching division and a personal performance coach since the division’s founding in July 2011. He is passionate about working with people and is committed to their success in realizing what matters to them. He has led Landmark’s programs since 2000, empowering graduates’ leadership and commitment to contribute to others, and has trained thousands of people to fulfill their personal and leadership goals. He has founded successful businesses, been the director of training for a real estate company and real estate licensing program and a consultant for nonprofit organizations.
Susie Fraser has two principal global passions, transformation and stewardship. This is her 19th Conference for Global Transformation. She lives in Sydney, Australia, with Paddy Gaul and two small dogs, Zoe and Shell. She loves inquiry as practice, experimenting with generative speaking and listening in several inquiry conversations each week. Recently, in her global stewardship quest, focusing on legislation for managing greenhouse gas emissions, she has come to see political systems and politicians as resources – a radical transformation of her worldview that is proving valuable, fascinating and life-changing.
Ben Gabin is a global citizen. He attended Tufts University where he graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in international relations. Gabin has studied and lived abroad in Santiago, Chile, and has visited Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Easter Island, Ecuador, Los Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, England, France and Italy. He’s committed to the possibility of transformation on the planet.
Toby Goldberg holds a master’s degree in business administration and is a social entrepreneur who has brought fiscal expertise and innovation to roles in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. She has consulted to a variety of research and strategic planning projects on topics including women’s poverty, social enterprise development and the establishment of the first-ever women’s employment centers in the Moscow region of Russia. Goldberg currently works in the largest provincial public service in Canada where she has led the design, delivery and oversight of social programs related to accessibility, women’s economic empowerment and refugee and vulnerable newcomer settlement. degree in international relations. Gabin has studied and lived abroad in Santiago, Chile, and has visited Brazil, Peru, Argentina, Uruguay, Easter Island, Ecuador, Los Galapagos Islands, Costa Rica, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, Canada, Hawaii, Alaska, England, France and Italy. He’s committed to the possibility of transformation on the planet
Jane Best Grandbouche
Jane Best Grandbouche led courses and programs for Landmark for 25 years, including the Wisdom Unlimited course for 12 years. Her passions include the environment and yoga. She has planted more than 100,000 trees and has been a student of yoga and meditation for the past 45 years. Along with her husband, Brad, they have a wholesale book business and reside on 10 acres in Sarasota, Florida. She has two daughters and three grandchildren
Jeremy Helm leads the Silicon Valley chapter of 2020 or Bust and is also formulating an internet-based publishing and communication platform which incentivized listening.
Pat Henderson has always been interested in how personal presentation can affect peoples’ lives. She is committed to people freely expressing themselves through art and creativity. She has worked in fashion, art and theatre for more than 40 years. She is dedicated to people enjoying and enhancing their presentation and their lives in ways they may never have thought possible. Henderson now lives in the Santa Cruz Mountains with her prince, Reza Razeghi, and her grey tiger (cat) Kitty.
Roland Hennes, M.D.
Roland Hennes, M.D.,’s Impossible Promise is: All human beings are responsible for their health; experts from the health sector work together to meet the needs of the people to operate in the context of humanity and peace. Hennes is a doctor for general and accident surgery and head of Heidelberg Port Center at University Heidelberg Hospital. With his expertise in the area of port surgery treatment, he is internationally recognized as a resource for patients with cancer and nutritional issues. He is the editor of a holistic textbook and gives presentations and lectures worldwide. Hennes is father of three children.
José Herrera is the inventor of an architectural building blocks system and Digital Angels 2020 Project. Using augmented reality, he is creating a whole new way to exist in the world, virtual teleporting, live telepresence as a 3-D solid hologram anywhere in the world. Herrera has been an active Landmark Forum graduate since 1989, a successful introduction leader in Spanish and completed the Team Management and Leadership Program, the Curriculum for Living, Communications Program and Wisdom Unlimited course. He is a host and accomplishment person in Los Angeles and has published papers and exhibited posters at the Conference for Global Transformation.
Curt Hill is a longtime graduate and has done many of the programs in the Wisdom Course Area. He was a Landmark staff member for nine years, led introductions to The Landmark Forum to more than 15,000 people and was a seminar leader for 25 years, during which time he served as city coach on the Designation Team and as Designation Team chairperson. In partnership with his spouse Kirsten, he has raised two extraordinary children. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology.
Kirsten Hill is a longtime graduate who has participated in many of the programs in the Wisdom Course Area, has been on the Landmark staff and was a Self-Expression & Leadership Program leader for 11 years. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in child development and a master’s degree in early childhood education. She has successfully raised two extraordinary children.
Dræyk Hørn is a graduate in landscape conservation, a self-taught vegan chef and micro-farmer. Previously a restaurateur and community activist, co-founder of Incredible Edible Lambeth, a food network for a million people in London, and start-up food network developer in the European Union and the United States, working on slow food, ecoagriculture, common ground and transition movements. Now director of Beyond Sauce, a food start-up developing food initiative, he is currently writing a book on the Celtic tree alphabet and living with his husband in Dartmoor National Park, South West England.
Habib Khalafi is an Iranian-American architect and principal at Robertson Khalafi and Associates Inc., an architectural firm specializing in healthcare architecture and planning. His firm’s strategic vision is that healthcare projects be designed in such a way that considers dignity, integrity and respect for both patients and staff. He is one of the custodians of the Inquiries of the Social Commons calls.
Charles (Chris) Kirtz
Charles (Chris) Kirtz did the first est Training in Washington, DC in April 1975. He calls himself a lifer, starting to assist immediately after the training – washing toilets as DC opened its first center. He has been assisting, taking and leading est/Landmark courses ever since. Most recently, he completed the Developmental Consultants Training Program in 2016, Mastering your Humanity in 2017 and Service and Contribution. Of his some 42 years with the enterprise, he counts being a custodian on the Living as a Created Self and Discourse Inquiries of the Social Commons as perhaps his proudest accomplishment.
Contribution, workability and listening are of interest to Terry Kirtz. From her 32-year career in public education to her current role as president of the Brain Injury Association of Maryland, she has been interested in promoting opportunities for others to contribute and be contributed to. She holds degrees from University of Pittsburgh, University of Maryland and George Washington University, and is certified in both general and special education. Kirtz is also a certified brain injury specialist. She lives in Maryland with her husband where she is an active member in a number of community organizations, both social and philanthropic.
Mark Krauss does business internationally as an engineer focused on the environmental, health and safety aspects of advanced technology. He’s recently taken on the safety, monitoring and governance of planetary scale geoengineering projects for the Center for Climate Restoration. Married for 40 years, father of two adult children and committed to family, he and his wife are restoring a property and learning to “live organic” in Mariposa, California. Krauss’ commitment to transformation is demonstrated in his engagements as an introduction leader for Landmark, his role as custodian of the social commons and in other ways he participates in empowering others.
Sudha Kumar’s passion lies in providing excellent care for patients. She works in the health care industry, earned a doctorate in clinical pharmacy, is board-certified in oncology pharmacy and a pharmacotherapy specialist. She trains and mentors clinicians in pursuing excellence in health care. She has been married for more than 30 years and has two daughters. Kumar has been participating in this work since 1996. She is one of the custodians of the Inquiries of the Social Commons calls.
Elisabeth Lehmann completed her studies with a master’s degree in mathematics and physics at University of Zurich. She worked as a teacher and a software developer and founded her own company, providing standard software for banking transactions for 25 years. Three years ago, she sold the company and retired. Lehmann has been continuously engaged in personal transformation since 1982 and has been ontologically inquiring into all areas of her life ever since. She now spends her time researching unusual physics projects and is passionate about creating a breakthrough in science.
Janet Lester is committed to all people being free and at peace. In 2010, she began the inquiry, “Who do we need to be to have a world transformed?” Always curious about art in science, she brought a different view and new practices as a combined physio/occupational therapist to her hospital patients, students and dragon boat team before retiring in 2006. Her joy now is to explore and discover with others the experience of how deeply interconnected we are. Having personal and professional experiences with hospice, Lester is grateful to be a contribution in this breakout session.
Susan Liverpool is a published author, poet and songwriter. She was born and raised in Chicago. Liverpool is passionate about the arts and believes that the “arts are a ministry to the soul.” She has published three books of poetry and two books: “The Little Liverpool Diaries” in 2010 and “The Lion and the Porcupine” in 2014. She also produced the companion compact disc for one of her books and wrote seven songs for the story. Liverpool has studied and performed improv for seven years. She is also a former Landmark program leader.
Lavonna Longwell is currently retired. She has been doing Landmark seminars since 1974. Her intention for the world is that all people discover their unique voice, respect each other and are active partners in creating a world that works for everyone. She dove into her promise in 2017 by running for city council in her community and standing for all voices to be heard. Although Longwell lost the election by two votes, she continues to expand her network of conversations and discover new partnerships and possibilities in order to move her intention forward minute by minute, day by day.
Carlyn Lowery works in real estate and assists homeowners and real estate agents in making the best moves. In her spare time, she likes to play with horses and explore learning, inner wisdom and neuroplasticity with the Feldenkrais Method. Lowery has built software companies and systems in multiple arenas, including secure payments, e-mail and video conferencing. She is a military veteran (U.S. Navy) and holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree in computer science from University of California at Berkeley. She has participated in transformational work since 1995.
Martin Michaelis began his transformational journey 30 years ago at age 25 in two areas: Landmark for transformation and transcendental meditation for holistic energy. Being an IT consultant, he loves any kind of supporting and teaching. With his spiritual master, he shares the main thing in life: “Have a smile on your face.” He used the year between the Conferences for Global Transformation to prepare the breakout session together with Jon Wright, meeting him in London, Bethlehem and online. He inquires into parts of this session in any opportunity when he meets people.
Fred Moss, M.D.
Fred Moss, M.D., is a psychiatrist who has been interested in assisting people to optimize their lives using any means possible or available for nearly four decades. He is presently involved in a project called “Global Madness,” looking at how mental Illness and mental health are viewed in many areas in the world, comparing and contrasting culturally-specific definitions and treatment options. His Impossible Promise is: By 2030, each and every person will know that their voice is heard and that who they are and what they do matters.
After a 47-year career in nursing and management, Barb Odin retired and felt a bit lost. She reviewed the Wisdom Unlimited course to handle the loss. She started her growth and development as an adult in 1976 with the est Training and has continued participating to this day. She says that she has had a great life! Her current involvement is reviewing Partnership Explorations, being involved in the Elders Inquiry and facilitating the Facilitated Wisdom Course for Elders. Her goal is to live the most vibrant and full life possible regardless of her chronological age, and to support others in the same.
Cyndi Ortiz began her travels before she even reached her first birthday. As a child of a military family, you could say travel and adventure are in her blood. Ortiz has visited or lived in 26 countries, nine Canadian provinces and territories and all 50 states. Her career as a television/film/documentary producer and director has also helped feed her travel bug. For the last three years, she has traveled North America solo in her do-it-yourself built camper van, inspiring many other solo female travelers along the way.
Dick Osgood is a cognitive and computer scientist devoted to applying technology to human problems with special emphasis on improving human learning. He has held leadership positions in academic computing at Yale University, technology development and marketing at IBM and course development for Accenture and UNext, an online university. He is semi-retired but still provides strategy consulting and technology services. He holds multiple degrees from Yale University and a Ph.D. in artificial intelligence from Northwestern University. He has participated with Landmark for 13 years, completing the Curriculum for Living, Team Management and Leadership Program and Wisdom Unlimited course. He coaches in the Partnership Explorations course.
Fiona Pelham is from a family who, for four generations, has lived in Manchester, United Kingdom. She spends 1/3 of the year in the UK, 1/3 of the year in Denmark and 1/3 of the year on global adventures. She is an award-winning chief executive officer of business that delivers positive social, economic and environmental returns. She describes herself as “a global citizen who doesn’t have a job,” and so far has visited 47 countries.
Joyce Pike is a senior Wisdom course leader, senior Wisdom facilitator, Wisdom vacation course leader and fulfillment manager. A long-time business owner, she works in the corporate setting, specializing in working with executives, high-performing teams and boards who are dealing with issues of getting along. Pike’s passions include cooking, gardening, skiing, reading and volunteering in her communities.
Karim Raymond is a speaker and expert in personal branding. She works with entrepreneurs and senior executives whose objective is to make visible their expertise and monetize their knowledge. Through her methodology, clients obtain a simple, practical and easy to implement map in harmony with their professional identity. She is an introduction leader in South America and has been the classroom leader for the Introduction Leaders Program in Brazil and Latin American ILP with people from five different countries. Raymond’s life purpose is to have people create, share and promote others to share their own heroes’ journey.
Reza Razeghi, executive of the Landmark Personal Performance Division, helps leaders clarify their vision and strategy for themselves and their organizations. His clients enhance their effectiveness, think more strategically, improve their communication skills, evolve how they think about leadership and understand how to optimize performance. Razeghi has been a coach and consultant, worked in research for a major oil company and as an information technology director in the semiconductor and computer industries. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering and master’s degrees in computer science and organizational development.
David Ritscher is a senior consultant with a technology consulting firm, where he helps clients create new devices with a focus on the intersection of consumer health and medical devices. As a scientist and inventor, he holds 11 patents and has presented at numerous scientific conferences. Twice a graduate of Landmark’s Consultant Training Program, he continues to take courses and has participated in the Consultant’s developmental courses for several years. He assists Tobin White, Marci Feldman and Christine Arbor.
Adam Samuels spent more than 15 years working in Silicon Valley at Apple, Intuit (and even Friendster) after being a staff member for Werner Erhard and Associates. He is a CrossFit Level 1 trainer. Samuels lives in Capitola, California.opportunities in your communities.
Stefan Schröder’s Impossible Promise is that, by 2024, all relationships are loving, joyful, creative and healing. This promise was created in the Power and Contribution course in 2008, led by Helen Gilhooly, in the listening of a group of health practitioners called Health and Happiness for Humanity (“HH4H”). HH4H has presented several times at the Conference for Global Transformation. Schröder is a university lecturer for psychiatry and the head of a psychiatric department in a general hospital in North East Germany. Schröder has five children and two grandchildren and lives with his family and many animals in the countryside between Berlin and Hamburg.
Rich Schuster might be considered one of the elders of the Wisdom Course Area. Schuster is committed that all people have access to the created dimension of being and they are thereby empowered to be up to great and challenging work. In addition to having had a productive career in physics and engineering, he is a student of, and has trained many people in, practices of communication to support aliveness and productivity.
Corrina Sephora is a contemporary mixed media artist specializing in metal sculpture. She is a professor in the art and visual culture department at Spelman College and previously was a professor of art at Georgia State University, University of Georgia and Savannah College of Art. Her work is on permanent display at the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Martin Luther King National Historic Site and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia. She works individually and collaboratively creating a dialogue with personal psychology, social interest and a current state of being in the world through art.
Saeed Seyed has been in management for many years in the area of technology and has worked for large corporations in telecommunications, computing and graphics. He has had responsibility and accountability for managing teams globally and is a leader in innovation with 20 patents. He has been engaged in the area of transformation for about 30 years and has led courses and presented at conferences. Seyed is a commitment to peace and quality of life for everyone through innovative thinking and technology. He has been married for more than 30 years and has two daughters.
For more than 25 years, Heather Shapter has been building the capacity of organizations throughout the world to further her commitment to end poverty for vulnerable populations. She is an international development executive with a master’s degree in business administration. She has held leadership roles in both nonprofit and private sector organizations, as well as heading up her own consulting business for 15 years. Shapter has worked in diverse environments including the Caribbean, Africa, Russia, the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She has been recognized nationally and internationally for leadership in service of others.
Lily Starr did the est Training in 1973 while she was teaching gifted and challenged children. She enrolled her principal and entire faculty in the training. She went on staff in 1975. Starr managed Europe from 1987 through 1997 and led the Wisdom Unlimited course there. She has led Wisdom for 26 years, the last 16 of which have been in Los Angeles. She has also led Transforming Yesterday’s Strategies and a Life That Sings. Starr has supported delivery of The Landmark Forum all over the world, including Ethiopia. She will be celebrating 50 years of marriage in July.
Annie Rose Stathes
Annie Rose Stathes devotes her life to creating environments in which people have power. Using improv, dialogue and body awareness as tools, she co-facilitates workshops that support communities in finding new solutions to historically stuck issues. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international affairs and a master’s degree in political science. She has earned numerous certificates in conflict resolution from the United States Institution of Peace and holds certificates as a yoga and dance practitioner. She is currently pursuing a certificate in social therapeutics from the East Side Institute in New York City, and has participated in Landmark courses since 1994.
Maria Stergiou has more than 20 years’ experience in higher education and the public sector. She studied art history, anthropology and linguistics and earned a master’s degree in advanced studies from University of Zurich, Switzerland and Paris-Sorbonne, France. She has participated with Landmark since 1998 and the last 10 years in Landmark’s Wisdom and Well Being Group courses. Stergiou is committed to a future where ontological and phenomenological training are part of our educational system. She is in training to deliver the Being a Leader and the Effective Exercise of Leadership course in the higher education sector in Europe.
Mary Stroupe was co-founder with her husband, Ed, of an electronic medical records software company that they sold in 2013. She now volunteers in several domains she cares about, plays golf and is learning to speak Spanish. Stroupe has participated with Landmark since 1989. She led the Communications Program for five years in the early 1990s and completed many programs in the core curriculum and Wisdom Course Area, including Creation of Freedom, the 2016 Developmental Consultants Training Program and numerous vacation courses. Mary’s 93-year-old mother moved in with her and Ed in 2018 and, five months later, moved to an independent living community.
Monique Sullivan has a commitment that humanity gets that we are one; one with all of it. All expressions of life get honored. She led the Wisdom Unlimited course in Los Angeles, Toronto and San Diego. She sourced the “Celebrate Wisdom” events in Chicago and Washington, DC in 2018. This was inside of her commitment to empower community leadership. She lives in Hermosa Beach with her husband, daughter and two beautiful granddaughters.
Linda VerNooy has worked on climate change work since 1998. She worked with a team who successfully passed the first bill on climate change in the State of Washington in 2002. In 2006, she founded the carbon-offset company, NetGreen. She was one of the key volunteer leaders of the campaign which successfully closed down the Harding Street coal plant in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2014. Currently living in Washington, DC, she is working on carbon policy in the District of Columbia and volunteers with the Chesapeake Climate Action Network. She has presented workshops seven times at the Conference for Global Transformation.
Since he started to walk, Paolo Visentin looked in the direction of the stars and has wondered “what is this and what’s it all about?” He is known in his community as a Landmark graduate, successful business owner and someone who swims five days a week. His promise for the world is: All people living a life that they love.
Lorraine “Rain” Warren is a facilitator, educator and deep listener. She holds a Ph.D. in depth psychology specializing in community, liberation and ecological psychologies from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Santa Barbara, California. She conducted research interviewing genocide survivors in Rwanda, Central Africa. Warren is the recipient of the APA Psychologists for Social Responsibility 2018 Josephine “Scout” Wollman Fuller Award for her work in peace-building and social justice, 2016 Legacy International Humanitarian Award for directly impacting the lives of more than 34,000 youth worldwide and 2018 Conference for Global Transformation runner-up award for her poster, “Creating a World that Listens”.
Liz Williamson is a New Zealand dentist who completed The Landmark Forum in 2014 and Wisdom Unlimited course in 2016. At the 2018 Conference for Global Transformation, she co-presented a poster on plant-based nutrition and health with her husband, Martyn. She came across the health benefits of plant-based nutrition while preparing for a Self-Expression & Leadership Program project on oral health. She has also trained in hypnotherapy, neuro-linguistic programming and life coaching. Williamson is passionate about inspiring others to adopt a healthy lifestyle and applies her various skills to reduce stress and anxiety for her dental patients. She completed the eCornell certificate in plant-based nutrition.
Martyn Williamson is a family doctor and senior lecturer at Dunedin Medical School, New Zealand. He completed The Landmark Forum in 2014. Last year, he and his wife, Liz, attended the Conference for Global Transformation and presented a poster on whole food plant-based nutrition and health. Williamson is committed to the thriving of all human beings and preventing and reversing chronic disease through nutrition and lifestyle. He heard of the evidence for plant-based nutrition and health in 2015 and, subsequently, has inspired patients and colleagues to change. He is continually learning about the power of lifestyle choice to influence our health and well-being.
Laura Wolz grew up in Italy and came to the United States when she was 21 to attend school after living and working in Israel and Germany. She received a reserve officer training corps scholarship and served in the Army for four years, achieving the rank of captain. Her undergraduate degree is in math, physics and French, with her Master of Arts in education and teaching credentials from Mills College in Oakland, California.
Jon Wright has been in education all his life. He has taught English language and psychology in schools and is now involved in teacher and school development. He appreciates the nuances of language in spirituality and transformation. Spirituality has been important in his life, both as a child and rediscovering its delight at age 27, 16 years ago. He has worked in many places, most recently in Bethlehem and West Bank Palestine. With Martin Michaelis, he created this session, meeting in London, Bethlehem and online. He enjoys discussing religion, spirituality, transformation and possibility.
Originally from Bulgaria, Maria Zaharieva has been living in Sweden for the past 19 years. A clinical psychologist with more than 250 hours of psychodrama training and an undernurse with years of experience of taking care of, and being around, elderly patients in the last stages of life, she is also a coach, transformational consultant and speaker. She has participated in countless training at Landmark, including working on staff for two years and being the Partnership Explorations champion for Europe for five years. She has attended many other courses and workshops for the past 20 years.