Founder & Executive Director


Since 2010, Lev has worked as a life, leadership and business coach and group facilitator for change makers in his practice, offering practical and spiritual guidance for viable choices at home, work and in the community.

In 2012, he produced The Evolve 2012 Initiative for Evolutionary Entrepreneurship, where he interviewed 27 thought leaders, with over fourteen-hundred listeners.  In 2013, he produced The Sacred Business Intensive online seminar with over a thousand listeners, and The Sacred Business Program enrolled thirty participants.  Since then, he has been offering individual coaching, small group programs, workshops and consulting.

He is incubating AVF through The Graduate Institute’s Masters in Organizational Leadership under the guidance of Mel Toomey and Al Bhatt, and the Advisory Board below.  Lev is also 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.  

As Founder and Executive Director of AVF, Lev’s role includes enrolling members, consulting and coaching with member organizations, initiating P2P Community Leadership Circles, interviewing thought leaders on the podcast, and facilitating retreats.  Lev intends to hire a part-time project coordinator / administrative assistant by June 2019 to support him on management tasks.

Advisory board

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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.”

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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.

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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.

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Rob Garrity

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.

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Simon Dennis

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.

Angie Arendt

Angie is a writer, story collector, business owner, consultant, wife, mom, bonus-mom, grand-mom, mother-in-law, clergy person, teacher, dog owner, pie baker, small town girl and big city enthusiast with a contagious laugh and a huge heart.

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She is a founding partner and senior faculty member at Deep Life and currently heads up The Center for Courageous Living. Angie created and still champions the over-the-moon successful Real Stuff Project (a program for building emotional intelligence and increasing connection and belonging in the workplace) and is visiting faculty for the Masters of Arts in Organizational Leadership (MAOL) program. As a certified Enneagram instructor, she teaches authorized workshops with the Enneagram Institute every now and then, too.

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Jana Hexter

Jana guides people who are at the leading edge of our global transition in consciousness and also people who are at a crossroads in life. She is a voice for all people being powerfully and freely expressed in a world in which all life is honored as sacred.

Jana has a strong business background and is a graduate of Cornell University. She has trained for many years with Jalaja Bonheim, Founder of the Institute for Circlework. In her first career she was a nationally renowned grant writer who raised over $40 million for non-profits and wrote an acclaimed book on the subject. She grew up in England, lived in Denmark, Poland, and Norway, and is now the mother of two beautiful young adults in America.

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