GABRIEL KRAM has a deep and abiding interest in and practice of mindfulness, emotional self-awareness, and somatics work. Over the past eighteen years, these modalities have transformed his life, and he is committed to training organizations and individuals in these tools to transform quality of life and organizational culture. He previously directed The Mind Body Awareness Project, whose innovative mindfulness-based interventions for incarcerated youth are being scaled into new national models of rehabilitation, and are the subject of both dissertations and peer-review journal articles. He studied neurobiology at Yale College, and narrative at Stanford University. He brings a reverence for indigenous culture, eighteen years of mindfulness practice, ten years of mindful movement, and a lifetime of wilderness exploration, nature awareness, and creative expression to his work. He is the author of the Inner Life Skills Curriculum for Youth and Transformation through Feeling: Awakening the Felt Sensibility. His newest project is a book and film project about transformational self-care and wellbeing practices.
EARL SIMMS, a Certified Life Coach, found his freedom through mindful meditation, literally, after being paroled in 2013 after serving 22 years of a life sentence.
Earl is a leading voice in the implementation of mindfulness and violence reduction practices to bring awareness, insight, and change to system impacted populations. Speaking from a perspective of lived experience as a formerly incarcerated African American man, and as a beneficiary of this transformative practice, he is purposeful and intent on demystifying the practice of mindfulness to the population he serves.
Earl is a member of the Anti-recidivism Coalition, The San Francisco District Attorney’s Formerly Incarcerated Advisory Board and the Timeslist Group. Earl currently works as a project coordinator at Roots Community Health Center in East Oakland where he provides intensive case management through Oakland Unite and leads a variety of reentry programs. This work gives Earl the opportunity to connect with individuals who have and could benefit from mindfulness practices. Being a provider and on the frontline it is important to remain calm, and to be able to deescalate a situation is imperative to self care and to insure the interaction is beneficial and productive.
APPLIED MINDFULNESS ADVISORY BOARD
DR. NADINE BURKE HARRIS, MD, MPH is the Chief Executive Officer of the Center for Youth Wellness in San Francisco, and the former Medical Director of the CPMC Bayview Child Health Center. The Center for Youth Wellness is a wrap-around, full-service trauma-focused pediatric clinic developed in partnership with the San Francisco Child Abuse Prevention Center, and the Early Life Stress Research Program at Stanford University. The Center for Youth Wellness is envisioned as a new national model site for the development and provision of trauma-focused pediatric medicine. It offers universal screening for ACES (adverse childhood experiences), and co-locates medical, mental health, and evidence-based supplementary therapeutic modalities for trauma recovery and resilience. In her previous role as Medical Director of the Bayview Child Health Center, Dr. Burke Harris oversaw the operations of the health center and provided care to children and youth living in the Bayview Hunters Point Community of San Francisco. She is also the Medical Director of Pediatric Health Parity Programs at California Pacific Medical Center, which focuses on decreasing child health disparities throughout San Francisco County. Dr. Burke Harris also sits on a committee of the American Academy of Pediatrics tasked with developing policy recommendations for treatment of pediatric trauma. Dr. Burke Harris studies the impacts of early childhood trauma on development, and the manner and mechanisms whereby early childhood trauma creates differential health outcomes. She is dedicated to understanding the biological roots of trauma, and to developing identification and treatment modalities that restore health and functioning in the wake of trauma. Her work at the Bayview Child Health Center was the subject of a New Yorker profile by Paul Tough called 'The Poverty Clinic.'
SUSAN KAISER GREENLAND, JD is the co-founder of the Inner Kids Foundation, which brought mindful awareness to under-served schools and neighborhoods in Los Angeles from 2000 until 2009, in conjunction with which she was a co-Investigator on a multi-year, multi-site research study at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center on the impact of mindfulness in education. She is the author of The Mindful Child, a book for parents and professionals about how to teach the transformative techniques of mindful awareness to children and teens, and more recently of Mindful Games. In 2006, she was named a “Champion of Children” by First 5 LA, the largest and most influential children’s advocacy group in Los Angeles. She was a member of the clinical team of the Pediatric Pain Clinic at UCLA’s Mattel’s Children’s Hospital for many years, and a Collaborator on an investigation of mindful eating for children and their caregivers at the University of California, San Francisco. Her work has been covered by The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, USA Today, National Public Radio, various yoga journals, and The CBS Morning News. She trains teachers internationally in methods of using mindfulness with children. You can learn more about here work at susankaisergreenland.com.
STEVEN HOSKINSON is the founder of the Organic Intelligence™ therapeutic model, a positive psychology and mindfulness based method of cultivating empowerment, resiliency, and compassion to resolve the effects of stress and trauma and PTSD. He was for many years a Senior International Instructor for the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Institute, where he was personally mentored for years by Dr. Peter Levine, founder of Somatic Experiencing™: a short-term naturalistic approach to the healing of trauma. Over 15 years of teaching, he developed a uniquely integrated ‘organic intelligence’ approach to the Somatic Experiencing™ modality, drawing on diverse perspectives including: Evolutionary, Developmental, Narrative, Cognitive-Behavioral and Systems approaches within a mindfulness framework. He has trained many hundreds of professionals internationally, and has become known for his personal integration and embodiment of the principles he teaches. Mr. Hoskinson’s work understands the fundamental nature of human disturbance in nervous system dysregulation, and explores creating conditions to support the organismic process of self-organization through increased nervous system coherence.
FLAVIO MESQUITA DA SILVA has 32 years of international business experience specializing in strategic planning and human, social, and organizational development for non-for-profit organizations, governments, and corporate businesses in the United States, Brazil, Canada, Spain, and Mexico. With backgrounds in human resources planning and development, as well as whole systems design, Flavio focuses on the evolutionary design and development of social systems, cultural change process design and management, conflict management and mediation, transformative learning and conversational leadership - especially utilizing the World Café process, and strategic relationship alignment. His consulting praxis integrates extensive work in whole and living systems theory with deep inner and inter-personal change work to develop organic systems and processes that facilitate transformative change in organizational systems, maximizing stakeholder input and distributing leadership to create robust, functional, and effective vision-driven organizations.
MELISSA MOORE, PHD is the Founder of Karuna Training, a contemplative psychology professional development training program that she co-founded in Europe and which is now established in North America as well. The Karuna program is a comprehensive training program that teaches participants to work first deeply with themselves, and then in service to others. It combines deep study of Vajrayana Buddhist principles with contemplative practice, skillbuilding, and a supportive community. Dr. Moore previously directed the San Francisco Family Service Agency’s Felton Institute. The institute is a think-tank and training forum to disseminate the use of Evidence-based and Strengths-based practices throughout the mental health field. In that role, she developed and implemented a NIMH-funded training and research Institute dedicated to the implementation and research on dissemination of evidence-based practices in community behavioral health. Dr. Moore is empowered as an Acharya (Senior Teacher and Preceptor) in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and is a long-time student of Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche and Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, since 1979.
EMILIANA SIMON-THOMAS, PHD is the Science Director of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, where she oversees the Expanding Gratitude project. Dr. Simon-Thomas earned her doctorate in Cognition Brain and Behavior at University of California, Berkeley studying the interplay between emotional and cognitive processes with Dr. Robert Knight. Using behavioral, EEG and fMRI methods, her dissertation research investigated the effects of negative emotion on higher cognition, and highlighted the important influences that negative states can have on thinking. Transitioning towards a focus on how thought processes affect emotion (appraisal; self-regulation) and on the biological underpinnings of positive and pro-social states, Dr. Simon-Thomas studied love of humanity and compassion during her postdoc, mentored by Dr. Dacher Keltner. From there she became the Associate Director/ Senior Scientist at the Center for Compassion Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, where she focused on how compassion benefits health, well-being, and psychosocial functioning. Emiliana's work now focuses on the science that connects health and happiness to social affiliation, caregiving, and collaborative relationships.