Board of Advisors

Dan Giella

Dan Giella

Dan is the director and owner of Giella Design, Inc. In addition, Dan owns and operates a contemporary art gallery named One Art Space located in Tribeca Manhattan.

Stephanie Bierman

Stephanie Bierman

Stephanie Bierman received a BA in Sociology/Psychology and a M.Ed. in Counseling and Guidance Services from Clemson University. Stephanie was a North Carolina Certified and Nationally Board Certified School Counselor who worked as an Elementary School Counselor for 14 years.

Allison Querro

Allison Querro

Fundraising Coordinator

Allison Querro is a development professional and event planner responsible for raising over $16M for top non profit organizations in Manhattan and the tristate area.

David Romanelli

David Romanelli

David Romanelli is a wellness innovator and pioneer. Having co-founded the nation’s first chain of boutique yoga studios in the 90’s, he was a catalyst in yoga’s rapid growth through his Yoga + Chocolate, Yoga + Wine, and Yoga for Foodies experiences. He is now bringing a unique and modern spin to mindfulness, making it entertaining and topical for moms, kids, and the whole family.

Maya Soetoro-Ng

Maya Soetoro-Ng

Maya is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawaii’s College of Education where she teaches Multicultural Education, Social Studies Methods, and Peace Education at both the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Carin Winter

Carin Winter

Carin Winter is the founder of Mission Be, Mindful Education and has successfully brought mindfulness into 32 schools from Big Sur, California to Harlem, New York- scaling their impact to over 30,000 students in the first two years.

Jimmy Sapia

Jimmy Sapia

Jimmy is a passionate teacher in Stamford, CT. He teaches sixth grade Individuals and Societies. He was chosen as a 2016 ASCD Emerging Leader in education and a PBS local digital innovator. He was nominated for a Bammy Award as the 2015 Elementary School Teacher of the Year.

Peri Giella

Peri Giella

Peri Giella is a special education teacher at North Street Elementary School in Greenwich, Connecticut. She received her B.S. in Marketing and Entrepreneurial Studies from Babson College and her M.S. Ed through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program and Hunter College.

Ingrid Gerrits

Ingrid Gerrits

Ingrid Gerrits, motivational speaker and trainer, has previously worked for a top IT and business process company where she aquired a broad spectrum of leadership, customer service and instructional skills.

Michael Eisen

Michael Eisen

Michael Eisen is an inspirational speaker, author and the founder of the Youth Wellness Network (YWN), an organization dedicated to inspiring and empowering youth across the globe to live happier and more positive lives.

Brooke Blasko-Rosati

Brooke Blasko-Rosati

Volunteer Coordinator

Brooke Blasko-Rosati, mother of two young boys, with a strong interest in the well-being of our youth.

Kristen Sharma

Kristen Sharma

Kristen Sharma, founding CEO of Inspired!, Inc., is a multiple award winning entrepreneur who inspires clients globally through her keynotes, music, coaching and workshops.

Dr. Sunil Sharma

Dr. Sunil Sharma

Dr. Sharma has a deep compassion for humanity. His calling is to guide people, individually and collectively, to live life from a place of inner strength and peace at every stage of life.

Lisa Swain

Lisa Swain

For thirty years, Lisa Swain has been teaching early childhood education courses and providing programs for young children and their teachers throughout Connecticut.

Laura Emerson

Laura Emerson

Laura Emerson has been working as an elementary school teacher for the past 10 years. She works and lives in Darien, Connecticut.

Kelley Lum Oshiro

Kelley Lum Oshiro

Kelley Lum Oshiro currently administers a grant that she wrote to implement the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Program school-wide at an Elementary School in Kailua, Hawaii, and she hopes to continue to spread the movement throughout the islands.

Julianne Lewis

Julianne Lewis

Julianne Lewis is currently finishing her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Julianne has a Masters degree in drama, a Bachelors degree in English and was a public school teacher for over ten years.

Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes

Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes

Claudia-Santi F. Fernandes is an educator with over 10 years of experience as a teacher, school counselor and leader. Claudia received her B.A. from Villanova University and her M.A. from New York University. Currently, she is finishing her doctorate at Columbia University.