Lev Natan, Founder/Director
Lev Natan guides social impact leaders to choose their path of courage and wisdom. He has been catalyzing change as a coach, consultant, teacher, circle facilitator and sound healer for over ten years.
He graduated with a Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership in August 2019; he is certified as an Integrative Sound and Music Practitioner through The New York Open Center's Sound & Music Institute and an Empowerment Life Coach through the Empowerment Institute.
Lev walks a path guided by teachings of courage and wisdom from around the world, with a focus on his heritage in Jewish mysticism and his commitment as a Pipe-carrier and Sundancer in the Lakota tradition.
Jess Paré, Director of Organizational Development (Consultant)
Jess Paré has spent her life serving her community as an educator, non-profit administrator, and volunteer facilitator for a variety of social justice causes. Jess has been contributing to organizational wellness through her passion for cultivating fertile soil in which organizations may flourish. Jess is a clear and relatable teacher, a warm and compassionate life coach, and a powerful writer.
She earned a Master of Education in Higher Education Administration from the College of William and Mary, a graduate of the Kripalu Approach to Life Coaching program, has a certificate in Human Resources, and has completed a 5-month program grounded in Peruvian shamanic tradition.
Dr. Kathleen Allen, Organizational Leadership Consultant a.k.a. Wise Woman Samurai
Dr. Kathleen Allen is President of the consulting firm, Kathleen Allen and Associates. She has been working in organizations for over 22 years and consulting with organizations and leaders for over 18 years. In her consulting practice, she specializes in leadership coaching and organizational change in non-profit organizations, foundations, small to mid-sized businesses, community development, higher education, and collaborative networks.
Dr. Allen has written and presented widely on topics related to leadership, human development, and organizational development. The earmarks of her work are the creation of shared ownership of the results of a change project, long-term sustainable change for the organization, and increased capacity for the staff members and leaders of organizations.
Dr. Allen co-authored Systemic Leadership: Enriching the Meaning of Our Work, has written many articles, and contributed to a variety of books, including The Transforming Leader: New Approaches to Leadership for the Twenty-First Century and Innovation in Environmental Leadership: Critical Perspectives. More recently, Dr. Allen has written Leading from the Roots: Nature-Inspired Leadership Lessons for Today’s World.
Yonah Sadeh, Podcast and Video Producer Extraordinaire
Yonah Sadeh is a 16 year old filmmaker, drone pilot and producer from northwest Connecticut. A student at Bard Academy at Simon’s Rock, Yonah has been making films since a young age. He has created promotional content for local businesses and non-profits, filmed several weddings, engineered podcasts, and made multiple short films. His most recent film, PLUTO was a finalist in the young filmmaker category of “My RØDE Reel”, the worlds largest short film competition.
When he isn't making films, flying drones or producing podcasts, Yonah likes to bike, box, and spend time with his friends and family. Through film and media work Yonah hopes to spread knowledge and joy, and bring attention to social issues. You can check out Yonah’s work at birdseyeviewfilms.org
Lev: As the founding director, I am proud to support Yonah’s work as an up-and-coming film-maker and entrepreneur by paying him a fair living wage for his good work. I feel aligned, proud and happy to support a member of the younger generation, in his purposeful work!
Jalaja Bonheim, Ph.D.
A visionary and group facilitator who awakens women to their true power as healers, peace-makers, and world-changers. In her circle gatherings, which are infused with profound sense of safety and sacredness, women connect in a spirit of authenticity, open-heartedness, freedom and joy. Inner peace and clarity emerge as participants learn to embody the essential attributes of the circle itself: Centeredness, sacredness, balance, unity and wholeness. Women rediscover their own unique beauty and power while simultaneously awakening to the true meaning and importance of sisterhood.
An engaging speaker and teacher, Jalaja has transformed countless lives with her wisdom, compassion, laser-sharp intuition, and warm authenticity. She has trained hundreds of female leaders from around the world to facilitate their own circles and has gathered special acclaim for her groundbreaking work with Jewish and Palestinian women in the Middle East. She led the first women’s retreat ever offered in the West Bank in 2010, followed by the Circlework Training in 2014.
Today, Circlework is practiced in India, Afghanistan, Europe, Kenya, Columbia and other places around the world. In the United States, Jalaja’s students have taken Circlework into diverse fields such as counseling and psychotherapy, spiritual practice, activism and healing work.
Books by Jalaja Bonheim include:
• The Magic of Circlework: The Practice Women Around the World Are Using to Heal and Empower Themselves (2018)
• The Circlework Training Manual (2018)
• The Sacred Ego: Living in Peace with Ourselves and Our World (2015). This book won the Nautilus Award for Best Book on Social Change and Best Book of the Year.
• The Hunger for Ecstasy: Fulfilling the Soul’s Need for Passion and Intimacy (2001)
• Aphrodite’s Daughters: Women’s Sexual Stories and the Journey of the Soul (1997)
• Goddess: A Celebration in Art and Literature (1997);
• The Serpent and the Wave: A Guide to Movement Meditation (1992)
Tom Murtha - Senior Advisor, Preventable Surprises
Thomas (Tom) Murtha is enjoying the world. He resides in both New York City and Norfolk, Connecticut and is working with many others to transition to a new story where we make a more regenerative, inclusive, kinder and beautiful world possible. At Preventable Surprises, his work focuses on forceful stewardship and corporate engagement to address systemic risk. After retiring from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), Tom continues work initiated at TNC to close the resource flow loops related to human energy and resource use.
Post TNC, Tom advises pensions and endowments on sustainable investing issues. As an adjunct professor at Columbia University’s Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability (EICES), Tom teaches “Sustainable Investing, “ “Scenarios for a Sustainable World” and “Principles, Tools and Approaches for a More Resilient World.”
Susanna Maida, PhD
The last 13 years have seen Susanna at the helm of her own coaching business, helping an international clientele of self-funded, purpose-driven, women solopreneurs and micro business owners move from startup to thriving by developing the necessary business acumen and entrepreneurial leadership skills. She previously served as the Executive Director of The Animus Valley Institute.
She brings a Ph.D. in Transformative Learning and Change in Human Systems from the California Institute of Integral Studies; The Leadership Circle Profile and The Leadership System training from The Leadership Circle; Co-Active Coach Training and Certified Professional Co-Active Coach from The Coach Training Institute; Indigenous Wisdom Applied to Modern Life and Business from Shaman’s Light; The Practice of Council Training (both facilitator and train-the-trainer) from The Ojai Foundation and the Center for Council Training; Non-Violent Communication Training from Prescott Center for Non-Violent Communication; and Vision Quest Training and Teachings of the Medicine Wheel from the School of Lost Borders.
Ann Renee Rosencranz
Everyday Mystic, Woman of Prayer, Ordained Minister, M.A. in Philosophy and Religion
Ann devoted more than a decade of service as Program Director and fundraiser to the International Council of Thirteen Indigenous Grandmothers. She's an instructor in the Center for Sacred Studies Ministerial Training Program. As a devotee of the Mother Waters, Ann birthed the WaterSongline with Omileye Yeyeochun, and sits on the Mothers of the Water Council.
Through her life-long devotion to the Great Spirit, Ann has been guided by visions, dreams and miraculous encounters. In the last three decades she has received initiations into traditions from around the world. This journey brought her to the center of her Star origins in her ancestral Jewish and Moravian lineage. She sings and dances to celebrate the many faces of the divine, offering ceremonial ways of transmutation. For several decades she has joined with her beloved husband growing their spiritual prayer family.
From off-grid cabins in ’01 to a utility scale CDG projects today, Rob has been selling, constructing and developing solar projects in New York for over 17 years. Most recently, from early ’14 to mid-’18, he led Borrego to the state’s largest C&I market share, developing >60MW of projects, from origination & site control through permitting, interconnection, MWB, property tax negotiation and complete entitlement. He now runs his own solar development consultancy.
He has served on NY Solar Energy Industry Association’s (NYSEIA) board since 2013, on the executive committee as both Secretary and President of the board and leading the charge to build-out NYSEIA’s staff, increasing the organization’s impact in the State. He is currently facilitating NYSEIA’s RPTL487 Property Tax Campaign, working with NYSERDA and the Governor’s office.
Rob is also working on a documentary film series about The Great Work. The series highlights, explores and contemplates places, communities, projects and governing structures embodying The New Story of our interconnected place on this wild, awe-inspiring life experiment we call Earth.
Jennifer Browdy, Ph.D.
An associate professor of comparative literature and media studies at Bard College at Simon’s Rock, with a special interest in environmental literature, strategic communications and media campaigns for social and environmental justice.
Jennifer’s memoir, What I Forgot ...And Why I Remembered: A Journey to Environmental Awareness and Activism Through Purposeful Memoir, was one of six finalists for the 2018 International Book Awards in the memoir category. Her writer’s guide, The Elemental Journey of Purposeful Memoir: A Writer’s Companion won a 2017 Nautilus Silver Award.
The founding director of the Berkshire Festival of Women Writers, which ran from 2011 – 2016 with the aim of nurturing and inspiring women writers of all ages and from many walks of life, Jennifer also founded and directed the Butterfly Leadership Project, a writing-intensive leadership program for teen girls. She is currently co-host, with Rosa Zubizarreta, of the South Berkshire Climate Change and Consciousness Hub, continuing the work of the Findhorn CCC19 Conference.
She offers workshops in purposeful memoir nationally, internationally and online, and provides coaching and manuscript review for authors in fiction and nonfiction. In addition to authoring many articles and book chapters, she is the editor of three anthologies of global women’s writing, including Women Writing Resistance: Essays on Latin America & the Caribbean (Beacon Press, 2017). She is co-publisher, with Jana Laiz, of Green Fire Press; recent titles Nature, Culture & the Sacred: A Woman Listens for Leadership, by Bioneers co-founder Nina Simons (Nautilus Gold Medal, 2018), and Wisdom Lessons: Spirited Guidance from an Ojibwe Great-Grandmother, by Native American activist Mary Lyons. She is also the editor of the online magazine Fired Up! Creative Expression for Challenging Times. Find out more at http://www.jenniferbrowdy.com.
Simon currently serves as Founding Director of the Center for Transformational Practice where he practices sustainable living, conducts educational and spiritual programs and networks in the broader region. Prior to this, he founded the Transformational Capacity Project and co-founded COVER Home Repair, Transition Five Villages and Upper Valley Apple Corps.
After spending ten years creating and leading COVER, Simon became deeply inspired by the All World Gayatri Pariwar, an Indian social movement that holds that the new and auspicious era of human history will arrive on the basis of "simple living and high thinking." Following this passion, he spent a year in India writing "Thought Revolution," a book about the philosophy of the movement. He currently serves as the chair of the Selectboard, where he lives in Hartford, Vermont. His work emphasizes the power of collective leadership to imagine and carry out the solutions to the challenges we face.
Allison advises clients on a wide variety of employee benefits and general employment matters. These matters include fiduciary duties under ERISA, prohibited transactions, negotiation and implementation of Department of Labor settlement agreements, tax qualification and fiduciary correction issues, severance pay issues, ERISA reporting and disclosure issues, employment agreements and policies, and employee handbook compliance.
Prior to joining the firm as Counsel, Allison had experience both in private practice and in government. She has gained valuable insights into the practices and priorities of agency investigations, based in particular on her government experience at both the federal and state levels. She served with the U.S. Dept. of Labor's Employee Benefits Security Administration, where she investigated alleged violations of ERISA and of the Affordable Care Act. Allison had also interned at the New York State Division of Human Rights and Pennsylvania Human Relations Commission, investigating alleged violations of state and federal non-discrimination laws.
Allison received her law degree and Certificate in Employee Benefits from Temple University Beasley School of Law.
Allison is a member of the Pennsylvania and District of Columbia bars. Allison is a member of the American Bar Association's Tax Section and Labor & Employment Section, and serves as Co-Vice Chair of the Defined Benefit Plan Subcommittee for the ABA Tax Section Employee Benefits Committee.