Our Administrative, Operations, Advisors and Program Personnel

Our administrative, operations, advisors, and program personnel have been carefully chosen based primarily on three overarching considerations: 1) their professionalism and good communication skills; 2) their professional competency; and 3) their kindness and their ability to relate humanely in sometimes difficult, high pressure situations. Our company team members also share in common a personal desire to contribute to work that helps make the world a better place for the greatest number of stakeholders.

Biographies and areas of contribution can be viewed below.

(Clicking on above photos reveals each team member's geographical location)


Linette's Contributions: Bookkeeping, Administrative Support, Client Engagement

ENGAGEMENT MANAGER
ENGAGEMENT MANAGER

Linette Grayum has 15+ years of experience as a bookkeeper and administrative assistant in various roles, from large scale commercial property management accounts to working with individual sole proprietors. More recently she's been focusing on small businesses and individuals, specializing in working with coaches and artists, bringing balance to their books and their workflow. Linette thrives on organizing and sorting, be it business books, disorganized thoughts or the untangling of schedules.

George's Contributions: Program Development, Team Processes, Creating Educational Materials

DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
DIRECTOR OF PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT

George Pitagorsky’s mission is to guide people to create healthy, happy, and highly effective teams, organizations, and communities. For over 50 years George has applied mindfulness meditation and yoga in work and family life. He has decades of experience as a globally recognized project, program and process management expert, teacher, coach, and technology executive.  His experience includes six years as CIO for a multi-billion-dollar government agency and as a principle in a technology start-up. As Director of Program Development George brings over ten years of experience in that role for an international learning organization.

     As an independent consultant, George has led teams in IT systems implementation, and process improvement within organizations. He also has authored many articles and three business books, The Zen Approach to Project ManagementManaging Conflict in Projects and Managing Expectations: A Mindful Approach to Achieving Optimal Performance. George recently authored a chapter on the way emotional, social, and spiritual intelligences contribute to cognitive readiness – resilience and effective performance in the face of change and uncertainty. George teaches, coaches, and leads groups to promote optimal performance with the application of process thinking and meditation in daily life.

Rhett's Contributions: Assessment Design and Delivery; Data Analysis

ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENTS MANAGER
ORGANIZATIONAL ASSESSMENTS MANAGER

Rhett Roberson is an organizational psychology graduate student based in Springfield, MO. Having spent several years meditating, practicing mindfulness, and applying these skills to a corporate career in logistics consulting, he was then called to dive deeper into the organizational applications of mindfulness practice. As is too often the case, several negative organizational experiences inspired his deep interest in mindfulness and happiness research. With an acceptance of the necessity of hours spent in office environments, Rhett took to soul-searching in order to find balance within his own spiritual and corporate sides. As part of his efforts, and following a life changing trip to India in which he took the Bodhisattva vow with the Dalai Lama in Dharmasala, Rhett's professional interests found renewed focus in the form of making corporate life more sustainable and satisfying for all involved. He thus enrolled in mindfulness teacher training with his current teacher and also began a master's degree in organizational psychology. Currently, Rhett is completing a capstone project focused on applying eastern philosophy, specifically Buddhist-based principles and mindfulness with an eye towards non-dogmatic and matter-of-fact applications, to the furthering of western organizational management practices. In his free time, Rhett serves on the board of the Ozarks Dharma Community, leads online meditation classes, enjoys playing music, loves reading Dharma teachings, and regularly enjoys a good mindful motorcycle ride in nature.

Craig's Contributions: Search Inside Yourself (SIY) Mindfulness Training Programs

DIRECTOR OF SIY PROGRAMS
DIRECTOR OF SIY PROGRAMS

Craig Souza's mission is to help create heart centered, creative, and vibrant corporate cultures where innovation thrives and employees are empowered, engaged, and bringing their full selves to work each day. Mindfulness and emotional intelligence skills help leaders at all levels become more conscious and present to their actions, words, intentions, and choices so that they bring their leadership, and teams to the next level.

     Craig’s corporate background includes 28 years of sales experience; the last 15 focused on selling managed services to Global 500 companies. He is known for being creative, strategic, and relentlessly customer focused; always looking to “find a way forward”. Craig’s sense of humor and ability to remain calm under pressure enable him to build trust-based relationships quickly with coworkers, customers and prospects. He thanks his Mother for the sense of humor, and his mindfulness and meditation practice for the calm. Craig is a SIY Certified Teacher™ for SIYLI and excited about partnering with MLMW to bring Mindfulness to an ever wider audience.

     Craig’s other passions include Diversity and Inclusion (he is active in LGBTQ equality work), Theatre Arts (as an artist and board member), travel and the outdoors.

Leslie's Contributions: Business Development & Sales Strategy

BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES STRATEGIST
BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT & SALES STRATEGIST

Leslie Sarakin joins our team with professional experience that spans three decades. During her career she's been committed to building professional relationships and selling large-scale integrated solutions to enterprise businesses (within the branded merchandise industry). Leslie is a visionary who sees the big picture, and she masterfully leverages her innate ability to connect, educate and motivate others in the service of introducing solutions for organizations and their personnel; solutions that make the most sense and deliver truly meaningful results. Leslie is certified in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and is passionate about the importance of mindset... forming new habits that allow us to be fully present and accepting is what ultimately allows us each to make more mindful and good decisions. When we harness these and related skills, we can then experience concrete and sustainable steps to being better at both living our life and in performing our work. Leslie lives in the New York Metro Area, and she earned her BA in Sociology and Marketing from Emory University.

Jim's Contributions: Organizational Development, Negotiation, Mediation, Career Optimization

ADVISOR, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ADVISOR, ORGANIZATIONAL DEVELOPMENT

Jim Adair is a business development and relationship management professional with over 20 years of experience. He is very interested in optimizing individual- and group-level professional performance. This interest derives in part from obtaining a PhD in Psychology from Duke University, with an emphasis on organizational systems. Jim is also very interested in the phenomenon of connectivity between individuals, and in the ways that such connectivity can be promoted through basic networking techniques. His work experience has taken place in companies ranging in size from two people to 10,000 people, and he is interested in exploring the differences that exist in organizations of all sizes and ages. Originally from Utah, Jim has primarily lived on the West Coast since 1988. 

Todd's Contributions: Insightful Systems, Compassionate Logistics, Social Architecture Builds

ADVISOR, OPERATIONS DESIGN
ADVISOR, OPERATIONS DESIGN

Todd Hansell brings over three decades of experience as an innovator, a compassionate, progressive leader, and an architect of agile, high-performing product development and product quality organizations. Todd learned mindfulness meditation at the Rocky Mountain Shambhala Center nearly a decade ago, and credits his adoption of a regular mindfulness practice and the embracing of emotional intelligence and authentic leadership principles as the key transformational steps in his professional journey. Todd is also the graduate of two extended leadership development programs, the Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa University in Boulder, and the Leadership Ascent Program in Denver.

 

In his current role as Senior Research Program Manager with a major medical device manufacturer, Todd is responsible for programs and education supporting the continued development of the company’s software quality culture, and plays an active role in several internal organizations promoting diversity, inclusion, and equity, including the Women’s Network and Men Advocating Equity organizations. He is a long-term member of several professional societies, including IEEE, American Society of Quality, and the Society of Women Engineers, as well as serving on the Industrial Advisory Board for Electrical and Computer Engineering at Colorado State University. He is also a lifetime member of the Authentic Leadership Community of Practice.

     When he’s not focused on work or family, he maintains a diverse set of interests including modernist cooking, fermentation, Stoic philosophy, Internal Family Systems, and being out-of-doors in nature whenever possible. Todd always does his best to show up with an open mind, an open heart, and a sense of humor! Todd resides in Longmont, Colorado, with his wife, two teenage sons, and their rescue Shih-Tzu, Millie. He is excited to be a member of this dynamic team and looks forward to making significant contributions to the future success of the organization!

Camila's Contributions: Content Creation & Content Strategy

CONTENT MANAGER
CONTENT MANAGER

Camila Santiago is a content writer and strategist specializing in health and corporate wellness, including extensive experience writing SEO-friendly content. She writes, edits and proof-reads content on wellness topics spanning physical, mental and emotional wellbeing, and does so for organizations aiming to improve overall employee wellbeing and professional excellence.

     Academically trained as a business administrator and a natural writer with passion, Camila has worked in marketing for numerous years in both European and South American corporations. As a result of her diverse work experience, she has chosen to align her professional skillsets and personal passions with the intention of helping wellness businesses and entrepreneurs to create high-quality web content within a sound content marketing strategy.

Chandan's Contributions: Social Media Marketing, SEO Performance, Content Strategy

SEO & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER
SEO & SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER

Chandan Lohare is a virtual assistant with more than seven years of experience working with diverse clients and businesses based in the United Stated, the United Kingdom, and Australia. Chandan helps businesses, entrepreneurs, and independent contractors with their social media management, marketing, SEO, website management, blog and various other related online business strategies.

Michelle's Contributions: Corporate Tax Preparation, Financial Strategy

ACCOUNTANT, FISCAL INTEGRITY
ACCOUNTANT, FISCAL INTEGRITY

Michelle Caspary, CPA acquired her license after attaining a second bachelors degree (a B.S. in Business Administration, Accounting emphasis) from Sonoma State University. Before becoming an accountant, she worked as a programmer for GreenPoint Mortgage. Michelle had also worked for years in the arts, and she is a painter, animator, musician and lover of all things beautiful. Michelle's first bachelor’s degree was in technical theater, and her past experiences have included managing summer shows, traveling shows and various Hollywood productions. Michelle is certified in Xero, QuickBooks and as a Professional Bookkeeper. She enjoy all aspects of accounting, tax and problem solving.


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