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Who We Are

Founder and Director

Joseph Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Cornell University

Assistant Director

Miles Neale, Psy.D, LMHC
Contemplative Psychotherapist


Elazar Aslan
CEO, Caterfly Solutions

Fiona Brandon, M.A., L.M.F.T.

Bill Bushell, Ph.D.
Director of East-West Research, Tibet House US

John Campbell, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Religion, Saint John’s University

Arthur Greenberg, L.C.S.W, Psy. D. (cand.)
University of Southern California

Pilar Jennings, Ph.D.
Psychoanalyst and Author

Ingrid Kemperman, M.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Cornell University

Edward Kenny, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Columbia University Psychoanalytic Center

Geri Loizzo
Meditation Instructor

Michael McDermott
Executive Coach and founder, Arcadia Group

Shaun Nanavati, Ph.D. (cand.)

Erin Olivo, Ph.D., M.P.H.
Assistant Clinical Professor of Medical Psychology,
Columbia University

Mary Reilly Nichols
Yoga Instructor, Life in Motion Yoga

Elizabeth Rovere, Psy.D.
Staff Psychologist, Student Health Services, The New School

Neil Theise, M.D.
Professor of Pathology, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Emily Wolf, Ph.D.
Fordham University


Diane Bertolo, Graphic Design

Tom Damrauer, Information Technology

Marlie McGovern, Administrative Director

Rochelle Nechin, Accountant

Board of Directors

Elazar Aslan
CEO, Caterfly Solutions

Kimberly Braswell

Rose Caiola
Principal, Bettina Equitites

Tom Damrauer

Beth Dembitzer
Director, Writer, Producer TV and Film

Jennifer DuBrul

Mary Esbjornson
Director, Shantideva Meditation Center

Pablo J. Farias, M.D.
Ford Foundation

Randy Glatt

Vance W. LaVelle
Senior Vice President of Marketing, Avaya

Geri Loizzo
Meditation Instructor

Joe Loizzo, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College

Miles Neale, Psy.D.
Contemplative Psychotherapist in Private Practice

Peggy Neu
President, Meatless Monday Campaigns

Elizabeth Rovere, Psy.D.
Clinical Psychologist, The New School

David Sonnenberg
Co-President & COO, Hunter Douglas

Deborah Sonnenberg

Emily Wolf, Ph.D.
Supervising Psychologist, Fordham University Psychological Services

Board of Advisors

Ryüichi Abé
Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Harvard University

Leslie Blackhall, M.D.
Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia

Yeshi Donden
Former Personal Physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Father Philip Eichner, S.M.
President, Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, New York

Pablo J. Farias, M.D.
Vice President, The Ford Foundation

Paul Fulton, Ph.D.
President, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

Kyabje Gelek Rimpoche
Spiritual Director, Jewel Heart International

Phillip Glass
Composer and Vice-President, Tibet House US

Daniel Goleman, Ph.D.
Health Psychologist and Writer

Edward Kenny, M.D.
Professor, Columbia University Psychoanalytic Institute

Vasant Lad, B.S.
Founder and Director, The Ayurveda Institute

Mary C. Pearl, Ph.D.
Associate Dean and Chief Academic Officer, CUNY Macaulay Honors College

Kenneth Porter, M.D.
Director, The New York Institute for Spirituality & Psychotherapy

Lobsang Rapgay
Research Psychologist, Director of the Clinical Training program for Mental Health Professionals at the Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, UCLA

Robert Rosenthal, M.D.
Psychotherapist and Writer

Sharon Salzberg
Author and Cofounder, Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts

Dan Siegel, M.D.
Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute, clinical professor of psychiatry at UCLA School of Medicine and Co-Director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center

David Sloss, J.D.
Professor of Law, George Washington University

Robert Thurman, Ph.D.
Je Tsong Khapa Professor of Tibetan Studies, Columbia University and President, Tibet House US

Sander Tideman, Ph.D.
Co-CEO, The Global Leaders Academy

Nalanda Textbook Project

Rich Kennedy, Project Director
Yuria Celidwen
Laura Pintchik
Maria Perez
Emily Wolf


miles neale with paul fulton

Assistant Director Miles Neale with Paul Fulton, member of the Advisory Board and panelist at Nalanda's first benefit.