Priscilla Burbank is a UVA law school graduate who, in 2008, earned a Master's Degree in Conscious Evolution from the Graduate Institute in Connecticut. Her thesis explored intuitive painting as a personal transformative experience. She continues her intuitive painting practice and has taught at the Visual Arts Center of Richmond. Priscilla received Intuitive Painting Teacher's Certificates from a Chris Zydel program in California.
Jessica Coffey, MEd, is the publisher and owner of Natural Awakenings, a local magazine dedicated to sharing information, resources, news, and events about natural health, wellness, and sustainable living. A lover of meditation, yoga, and searching for four-leaf clovers, Jessica enjoys good books, great conversation, and time in nature. Chrysalis Institute is an organization near and dear to her heart because of the programs and events it offers to encourage deep thinking, personal development, community involvement, and spiritual growth. Prior to owning the magazine, Jessica served as a federal resume writer and
interview coach, a career advisor, and a trainer for Goodwill Industries. She serves on
the marketing and community outreach committees for Chrysalis and is a facilitator for
the Chrysalis book club.
Mattie Coll has taught English and counseled Community College students for the last twenty years. During that time she has maintained a daily meditation practice and studied new age philosophy. She is a writer with many published essays and poetry. She is currently working on a memoir. She joined Chrysalis in 2015 when she took a conscious aging class and has been an active participant in Chrysalis ever since. She is currently studying mindfulness and meditation at Chrysalis, with the goal of becoming a mindfulness instructor.
Kimberly P. Fauss, JD practices collaborative law and conflict management in Richmond for her firm, New Growth Ventures. After attending Oberlin College and University of Virginia Law School, she specialized in corporate, finance and health care law as a business lawyer for international law firms in Richmond, and collaborative law and negotiation as a family lawyer in solo practice. She has received extensive training in negotiation, has written articles on the intersection of law with other disciplines, and has been recognized by her peers annually in Best Lawyers for her client work. Kimberly brings intentional leadership to the implementation of conscious cultures in business and professional practices.
Aubrey Ford's service as the President of the Chrysalis Board is symbolic of a substantial change in direction after a 38-year career as an active civil trial lawyer in Richmond. He was inducted as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, the most prestigious honorary society for litigators. He was named among the “Top Ten Virginia Super Lawyers” for three years and included in “Best Lawyers in America” for 20 years in five legal categories. In the later part of his career, Aubrey sought to incorporate into his law practice elements of mindfulness and compassion to more effectively represent and support his clients and to approach his cases in a more collaborative manner.
Jan has been on the faculty for VCU’s Department of Religious Studies for 10 years, covering such topics as the history of religion, spiritual practices in our wisdom traditions, and human spirituality. Jan holds a B.S. in Psychology from Virginia Tech, an M.S. in Counseling from VCU, and did extensive post-graduate study in Religion at both VCU and in the Master of Theology program at Union Theological Seminary. She has served on Capital Region Collaborative’s Quality of Life Council, the Mayor’s Bike Council, the Age-Wave Planning Team for the United Way, the Board for GroundworkRVA, as a member of Leadership Metro Richmond, as Director of Advancement of Northstar Academy, and as Executive Director of Partnership for Smarter Growth. She has worked as a counselor in private practice, and also facilitates classes on world religions for other organizations in the community.
Jane Hopkins, PhD, has worked the last 30 years as an executive coach in the private sector and with not-for-profit organizations, as well as, for the state and federal government, helping senior executives leverage their strengths to become more effective leaders. Her previous work experiences include being a counselor, University professor, research consultant, management trainer, and executive director of a non-profit organization. Dr. Hopkins has an interdisciplinary doctorate from the fields of psychology and sociology and a master’s degree in counseling.
Felisha Jones started with Chrysalis in 2015 as a fellow. She joined the Board of Directors in 2017 and currently serves on three committees – Programs, Marketing and the Center for Mindfulness. Felisha has a diverse background in public relations, event management and creative communications; currently serving as events manager for the new Multi-Purpose Center on the campus of Virginia State University. Felisha is also the Chief Visionary Officer of ThatJonesGirl where she offers branding, meditation and inspiration to entrepreneurs, dreamers and creatives, as the Passion Pusher.
Roberta Keller is the founder of Alexis Advisors, a local, fee-only financial planning and investment advisory firm that works with families, individuals, and businesses that seek to integrate their personal and social values with their financial goals. Roberta worked for nearly a decade in institutional money management in Connecticut, on Wall Street and in London – and she is a long-time yoga practitioner, meditator, and former yoga teacher. Starting Alexis Advisors has allowed her to integrate her diverse experiences and offer individuals and families a more mindful, purpose-driven approach to their financial life – both from a financial planning and investment management perspective.
Victoria B. Saunders, PhD, has worked for the last 25 years as a professional facilitator, specializing in female identity development, strategic planning and executive coaching. Vicki has her PhD from Saybrook University in Organization Systems and a Masters Degree in Human Resources Development from George Washington University. She also has a Masters Degree in Jungian Studies with the Jung Institute in Houston and Saybrook University.
I created Sneed’s Nursery in 1976 which became an outlet for considerable physical exertion and a creative side that was suited for expression with plants and dirt. It has been a great collaboration of sheer intent, wonderful employees and loyal customers. In 1988 a life changing event jolted my world and I began in earnest on my Spiritual journey.
The Chrysalis Institute is where I currently devote my community time and resources. My early Chrysalis involvement peaked with the collaboration between Nancy and B Milner to realize the installation of the “Labyrinth”.
Spiritually, the journey continues.
Martha Tyler, RN, LMT is committed to promoting health and wellness. This passion, combined with a strong interest in anatomy, physiology, body movement, and the power of touch, led her to create Still Point Massage Therapy, LLC in 2011. She received BA degrees in Religious Studies and in Nursing, and an MPH from VCU in 1996. Martha worked for 10 years as a health teacher and business manager at Orchard House School in Richmond. She is a certified Integral Hatha yoga teacher, and leads “Let Your Yoga Dance” sessions, wherein “joy and fun meet deep and sacred”!
Sue Wootton is a nonprofit professional with more than 25 years of experience as a senior staff and board member of many 501 (c-3) organizations. During her tenure, she managed all day-to-day operations including relationships with current donors and identification and cultivation of new donors, budget and financial management. Prior to that position, she worked for seven years as the Vice-President for Membership and Outreach at The Georgia Conservancy, a statewide organization of major businesses, academic institutions, and other nonprofits. Her volunteer work included many positions with the YWCA where she received the Tribute to Women of Achievement award, the Georgia Regional Leadership Institute, the Girl Scouts of NW GA, the United Nations Association of GA, and other community and church groups.