The Charter's Global Team


Lisa Berkley, CFC Lead for the Peace Sectorphoto

Lisa A. Berkley, PhD’s work as a peace facilitator, activist, and municipal leader has spanned across three continents and stems from more than 25 years of experience in alternative medicine and education, massage therapy and healing, stress management, and interpersonal conflict resolution. Her work has been publicly recognized across the globe. Dr. Berkley is the Founder and Director of the Institute of Inner Economy. She is an elected City Councilmember in her home city of Marina, California where she serves on a number of Boards of Directors including Women In International Security’s U.S. West Coast Chapter (WIISWest) and the Housing Resource Center of Monterey County. Dr. Berkley serves on the Advisory Council for Compassionate California, is the Lead for Compassionate Monterey Bay, and is the Co-Lead for the Charter’s Peace Sector.

John Boswell, CFC Lead for the LGBTQI Communityphoto

John is passionate about enhancing life for LGBTQI people and connections with those outside the community. He is president of Rainbow Advocacy and spearheading programs to deepen compassionate action in Los Angeles and around the world. John started out in public radio and broadcast television, producing media programs for a wide range of businesses and socially-oriented organizations. He has worked actively in international non-profit efforts and is developing compassion-building programs with CFC for the global LGBTQI community.

Lynn de Vree, Office Managerphoto

I am a Dutch immigrant who landed in the USA. My background in the Netherlands was in hospitality and travel and languages are in my blood. In the US I’ve worked in an international travel environment and was able to use my creativity as an interior design consultant. Dogs, home, garden, books and floral arrangement make me happy and I’m pleased to add the Charter for Compassion to that list.

LouisaHEXTLouisa Hext, CFC Lead for the Peace and Restorative Jusice Sectors

Louisa is the North American coordinator for the traveling exhibition, The F Word: Stories of Forgiveness (a program of The Forgiveness Project, a UK-based nonprofit). The exhibit uses story-telling to explore ideas around forgiveness and reconciliation and how they can be used to create healing in people’s lives. Louisa is the Co-Founder of #CompassionConvos, which challenges bias through compassionate action. She has extensive experience as an advocate in human and civil rights. Louisa is a skilled and experienced mediator, consultant and coach. She serves as the ambassador for Charter for Compassion's (CFC) Peace and Restorative Justice sectors.

GetFileAttachmentMimi Hicklin, Program Coordinator

Mimi Hicklin graduated from Washington State University with a B.A. in English literature and a B.A. in Spanish, before moving to Oregon where she earned her Master’s degree in English from Portland State University. Today, Mimi lives in the Seattle area with her husband and two boys. She loves being CFC's Coordinator and working for a cause that she feels passionate about.

vanessa imageVanessa Hurst, Consultant for Community Growth

Vanessa F. Hurst is Compassion Officer at Intent & Action. She consults with organizations to identify and strengthen compassion cultures and create sustainable, collaborative environments. As a community builder, she facilitates the strengthening of relationships with current stakeholders and the growing of community membership. Vanessa is author of Engaging Compassion Through Intent and Action and A Constellation of Connections: Contemplative Relationships. She holds a master’s degree in Natural Health. In her practice as an intuitive coach, she assists clients in transformation through the integration of mindfulness practices and compassion.

Sara JamilSara Jamil, Co-Lead Facilitator, Women and Girls Sector

Sara Jamil currently serves as co-lead of Women and Girls and has been an active ambassador for the Charter for Compassion Movement since 2013.

She is a woman of faith, a mother, educator, mentor, visionary leader, spiritual activist and champion of compassion, justice and peace.

As a world citizen, Sara is a skilled intercultural communicator navigating confidently in interfaith dialogue and community bridge-building. She courageously uses her agency to transcend stereotypical narratives in order to consciously pave the path for herself and others to thrive and flourish.

Sara is the founder of CompassionFirst, on a mission to create a better world- one empowered woman at a time. She firmly believes in being an agent of change. Thus, advocates passionately for personal responsibility and leadership, which she models through her tagline: “A Better World Starts with Me.”

Sara’s love for humanity and deep wisdom acquired from lived experiences, personal and spiritual growth, all enable her to show up with authenticity and vulnerability.

BarbaraKaufmannjpgBarbara Kaufmann, CFC Lead for the Arts Sector, writer and contributor to the Voices Education Project

Barbara Kaufmann, “One Wordsmith discovered a long time ago, the power in words, images and "story” to change the world. Told with art, music, words, photos, images, film, "story" can grab the human heart, squeeze it, burst it open and send a corona of inspired-creative-human-brilliance shimmering through mass consciousness, the world and the Universe itself. A single image can reverberate round the globe and startle humanity awake. Founder of  “Words and Violence” Program about bullying in all its forms on this planet, and writer for Voices Education Project, Charter for Compassion, a Huffington Post contributor, poet, artist, scriptwriter and filmmaker—Barbara “writes to simply change the world.” Her ministry and life’s work is dedicated to “establishing a more humane narrative on this planet.”

BarbaraKaufmannjpgMarcelle Kors, Technical Coordinator

Marcelle has spent the majority of her life in enjoyment of academia and learning, first with formal studies in Urban Planning, Business and Law. (B.A., B.Comm. and LL.B.) and then jumping around informally in any subjects that appealed, in the Sciences and the Humanities. She has left her exciting and challenging career in IT infrastructure and telecommunication technology and project work, and has turned to work that is satisfying to the heart as well as the mind –Compassion.


lagrouThea LaGrou, Lead for Film and Media Arts

Thea is a cultural creative who is driven by curiosity, imagination and a vision for positive change in the world. As Founding Director at Compathos Foundation she works at the intersection of the arts and creativity, peace and compassion, and social transformation by producing and sharing conscious media that educates and inspires. Cynthia facilitates teams of social change artists, filmmakers, musicians, writers, and technologists in the co-creation of meaningful media experiences from around the world, while working to provide strategic insight and integral solutions for content producers, mission-driven organizations, and networked movements. Cynthia is an author, speaker and event producer who is passionate about bringing people together to unearth their collective stories and inspire meaningful action around the common good. She is working with the Charter to produce community engagement resources and a Media Coalition for Peace and Compassion.

AndreaLeBlancAndrea LeBlanc, CFC Lead for Peace and Non-Violence Sector and annotated bibliographies section

Andrea LeBlanc lost her husband, Robert G. LeBlanc, Professor Emeritus of Geography, on UA#175 when it was flown into the second WTC tower. Together Bob and Andrea parented 5 children and have nine grandchildren. Andrea is a retired veterinarian, having practiced small animal medicine and surgery for 37 years. The family created the Robert G. LeBlanc Memorial Scholarship at the University of New Hampshire which is awarded to undergraduate students for study abroad.

[Since joining 9/11 Families for Peaceful Tomorrows] "I have realized that there is a vast global community of wise and compassionate people who all understand the wisdom and power of nonviolence. I believe that the stories of these peacemakers must be told and told again until they become as ubiquitous as all the stories of hatred and violence and war.  I belong to that community and I want to tell their stories."

oliviaOlivia McIvor, course development and conference planning

Known as a ‘people champion’ since early in her career, Olivia was told she would never be successful if she continued to “wear her heart on her sleeve”; today this proclamation has become her trademark. She has spent three decades as an Organization Development specialist supporting cultures to promote connection, compassion and community in business.  Olivia is a leadership facilitator, speaker and author of three best-selling books: The Business of Kindness; Four Generations-One Workplace; and Turning Compassion into Action.  Olivia lives in Vancouver, Canada and serves as a board director on The Kindness Foundation of Canada.  Her passion for training and facilitating dialogues for positive change comes into action as an education coordinator with CEI and in the development of the Introduction to the Charter on-line course and other Charter projects.

YvetteNewtonYvette Newton, CFC Lead for Social Services Sector

With a deep commitment to public service and child advocacy, Yvette Newton has been a competent social worker in the field of child protective services for the past 24 years.  She is an instrumental leader, recognized amongst colleagues and peers, for the conceptualization of projects and events that benefit the community.  During her tenure at the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF), she has fostered numerous professional relationships with local leaders, organizations, and the media.
Subsequent to the 2012 elementary school massacre in Sandy Hook, CT, Yvette attended a conference on "Compassion in the Community."  Unknowingly, the conference, talks from leaders of all disciplines, and the humble warriors at the WCSU's Center for Compassion, Creativity, and Innovation, served as a catalyst for her current volunteer work and passion.

Threading compassion for the benefit of the collective good, is in concert with Yvette's work and lifestyle.  Her goal is to host Compassion Games in her community, "catalyzing compassionate action through the spirit of competitive altruism."  Yvette currently serves as Lead Volunteer of the Social Services sector for the Charter for Compassion.

 DSC8945final5x72Reed Price, advisor

Reed Price is Chief Catalyst of @rveep, a soup-to-nuts cross-media content consultancy that helps organizations tell their stories in text, image and video. A former national journalist, Reed also has extensive professional experience in entertainment programming and social media. He admires the music of Leonard Cohen, the art of Wassily Kandinsky and the reflections of Henri Fredric Amiel. Reed works on helping CFC on preparing materials to promote the work of the Charter, helps with website coordination, and oversees the speakers list for Maestro.

marierokerMarie Roker-Jones, Co-Founder and Host of #CompassionConvos

Marie Roker-Jones is Founder of Raising Great Men-Life skills for boys to mind up, not man up and co-founder of #CompassionConvos-challenging bias through compassionate action. Marie has over 15 years of experience in program development, community building, coaching and career development. Marie is a NAMA certified Anger Management Specialist, a certified Intrinsic coach and Youth Mental Health First Aider, working with kids and teens to be "smart with their hearts".

Nancy Bray PhotoNancy Rushlow Bray, CEI Education Advisor 

Nancy is an enthusiastic and compassionate champion for the human spirit and contributes her success to her insatiable appetite to engage. Recognizing each person’s inherent worth and appreciating their individuality is her trademark. Nancy is an Emmy award-winning producer and recipient of several Clio Awards for excellence in advertising. She excels in her ability to combine business prowess and the creative experience. She began her career producing visual effects for the acclaimed PBS series Cosmos and continued on as the executive producer/producer for academy-award winner, Robert Blalack, (Star Wars) also becoming the studio’s vice-president of operations & business development. She has produced for such notable companies as Praxis Films, 20th Century Fox, and ABC as well as advertisers such as Coca-cola, Kodak, Panasonic, Chevrolet, and Toyota. Nancy serves an education advisor for the Charter for Compassion Education Institute and lives in Orange County, CA.

Salaam SanaSalmaan Sana, Healthcare Sector European

Salmaan Sana has a background in being very active in several NGOs, leadership, social media, inspirational events and medicine. Due to him missing something in his medical education, very early on in his studies he became highly active in international student associations and had created a few foundations. One of them had to do with what he believes that which can really change healthcare, namely "Compassion for Care". Together with a few medical students he initiated a movement in finding ways of cultivating compassion in the current healthcare system. Currently he is running his own company bridging the offline and online worlds, president of Compassion for Care, an active member of a team organizing a Healthcare Leadership summerschool.

PaulBrooks2Susan Soleil, Development Director
Susan Soleil learned early in life that compassion is transformative. Since then, she has had the good fortune to work with organizations that spread love and compassion in various ways: growing backyard gardens to share with those who are hungry; bringing together people of different faiths to address the climate crisis; connecting young people with bleeding disorders to each other for strength and support; promoting the Golden Rule online, in-person, and in school assemblies, and now working with the Charter for Compassion to cultivate compassion for self, others and the planet. Every lesson and each of her jobs have helped her grow and brought great joy, peace and hope for our future together. Susan has a dear husband, three children, four grandchildren, and a large, loving and supportive family who make life sweet and zany. She feels blessed to be part of this remarkable organization.

PaulBrooks2Donna Stone-Reed, CFC Lead for the Business Sector

Donna believes that for people and cultures to transform requires them to look within. As an experienced personal and spiritual development seminar leader and workshop facilitator, she offers opportunities for people to go on a journey of inner self-discovery by way of an intellect that is synchronized with their heart fields. She believes that it is from this place that we find inherent compassion for self and others. Donna is certified in archetypal patterning and HeartMath facilitation. She is a seasoned leader and educator, having worked in numerous roles and capacities for multi-national corporations, universities, small businesses, professional associations, and churches. Whether in the role of university director, corporate program manager for management development or speaker at an Organization Development conference, Donna’s greatest fulfillment has come from guiding others on ways to find their wholeness and to grow. She has recently authored a book that champions a more compassionate approach to cultural change in organizations and provides members with processes for self-discovery through a synchronized heart field. Donna lived much of her adult life in the Bay Area of California, working in Silicon Valley, but now resides in Huntsville, Alabama. She holds a PhD and master’s in business, with a focus on personal and group change and transformation.

Trnka KateKate Trnka, CFC Lead for Environment Sector and Global Read Program Coordinator

Kate Trnka is a writer, educator, small business owner and facilitator of Compassionate Integrity Training. She is the founder of The Sacred Earth Institute and operates Alternatives Holistic Health & Wellness Center in Appleton, WI. Kate is currently serving as the Lead Ambassador for the Environment Sector of the Charter for Compassion and is heading the Charter’s Global Read Program. She has her Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Education and is now enjoying semi-retirement after her 26-year career as a public school teacher. Kate is the author of many poems and had her first book published several years ago. She is nearing the completion of her Doctorate in Ecopsychology and is excited to be bringing her mindful reconnecting-with-nature activity card deck this fall.

34203 1533884633801 6558611 aMarilyn Turkovich, director

Marilyn Turkovich started with the Charter for Compassion in 2013 as the education director and since that time has moved into a number of different roles with CFC. Marilyn's background has been primarily in higher education and most specifically in directing teacher training programs for the Associated Colleges of the Midwest, and chairing Columbia College-Chicago's master's program in multicultural and global education.  She has done a considerable amount of curriculum writing through the years, much of it related to international and cultural topics. She worked with Independent Broadcasting Associates on a series for airing on National Public Radio, BBC and the Australian Broadcasting organizations.  There was a period of time in the 1990s when she worked in organizational development and specialized in instructional design work, strategic planning and leadership development.  She also wrote and developed training on race and social justice initiatives.

crw3816Charlene Williams, Membership Coordinator

I am 71 and retired. I am up early every day and off to the pool 5 days a week. I was an office manager/office accountant. My 91 year old mother lives with me and I assist her. Her mind and sense of humor are in great shape her body not so much. I take her to the senior center 4 days a week for friendship and lunch, once I bring her home I stay in so this volunteer opportunity fits my schedule perfectly. I have done various volunteer work over the years and always get more than I give.

crw3816Felipe Zurita Quintana, Social Media Marketing Manager
Felipe has been bringing awareness to the golden rule and empathy with his energetic Millennial, Latinx, Immigrant, Queer voice and experiences to the compassionate movement for 4 years, joining the Charter for Compassion in 2021 to amplify its reach via social media and projects with his social marketing and project coordination skills.
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