Philip Davison, PhD, is a mindfulness coach and co-founder of Mindfulness Meditation, a Richmond based mindfulness practice group. He studied under the world renowned Tara Brach along with other highly recognized practitioners and went on to complete his two year Meditation Teacher Training Institute program. Philip has also offered mindfulness training to businesses and organizations such a Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the VCU Palliative Care Fellows Program.
Kay Davidson, Ph.D., is actively engaged with mindfulness practice for herself, as a coach, mentor, teacher and student. With her husband, Philip, she leads several Mindfulness Practice Groups in Richmond and has completed a two-year Meditation Teacher Training Institute offered by Tara Brach’s Insight Meditation Community of Washington, DC. She also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty and is a past board member.
Lisa Halberstadt, M.S. in clinical psychology, began her career as a psychotherapist in college counseling centers before turning to psychiatric research. She spent 20+ years at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics at VCU, working on studies of the etiology of psychiatric and substance use disorders. Lisa’s interest in exploring the intersection of mindfulness meditation and Judaism led her to complete the Jewish Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training program through the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. In addition to offering Jewish meditation classes, she is a trained teacher of Mindful Self Compassion (MSC) and Wise Aging.
Carol A. Jacobs, MSW, LCSW, is a psychotherapist with over 30 years of experience and runs a private practice in Ashland, Virginia. Carol is a Trustee of the Marion Woodman Foundation Board and has completed the BodySoul Rhythms Leadership Training Program with Marion Woodman, Mary Hamilton and Ann Skinner. She is also a faculty member for the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, providing training for professionals and for victims of trauma both nationally and internationally, including work in Macedonia and Kosovo. She also serves on the Chrysalis Institute Faculty.
Elaine Kiziah, PhD teaches, writes, and coaches on soulful approaches to time and life management — and about how to use journaling as a tool for transformation. Licensed in Virginia as an applied psychologist, Elaine is currently working toward certification with the Therapeutic Writing Institute. For 30+ years, she has used her own journaling to see her through many life transitions and, more recently, as a regular spiritual practice. Elaine also serves as Guiding Faculty for Chrysalis' cornerstone Spiritual Paths program. An award-winning trainer, she brings warmth and depth of spirit to all of her programs.
Alex Peavy provides mindfulness based professional development for faculty and workshops for parents, he teaches a “Mindful Leadership” elective to seniors that has evolved into a partnership with Patagonia for the upcoming school year, and he provides mindfulness opportunities to students in individual counseling sessions. Alex also leads “Mindful Mondays” at the Cameron K Gallagher Foundation and he presents on mindfulness for schools and businesses throughout the East coast. In 2014, Alex founded “The Mindful Way” (www.The-Mindful-Way.com) where his primary work involves consulting with high school, college, and professional athletes and teams on mindfulness for peak performance.
Jesse Rabinowitz, M.S., Ph.D. in clinical psychology, has special interests in spirituality, gay and lesbian issues and men's and women's issues. He also specializes in teaching mindfulness skills, which are powerful techniques for decreasing suffering, anxiety, depression and anger resulting in increasing peacefulness and self-esteem. Dr. Rabinowitz's professional strengths include flexibility, sensitivity, and a non-dogmatic approach to peoples' issues. He works with clients where they are in life's journey, seeing each person as unique. He also has a theatre background and enjoys helping people maximize their creativity.
Christopher Reina, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Management at Virginia Commonwealth University. His research focuses on the intersection of leadership, mindfulness, and emotions in the workplace and how they aid employees and organizations in successfully adapting to change in order to facilitate employee engagement and organization performance and well-being. He consults and teaches seminars on mindful leadership, negotiation strategies, and managing the emotional space within organizations.
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.
John Taylor coordinates programming efforts in the National office of Initiatives of Change, an eighty-year- old, spiritually centered, peacemaking organization that is active in over 47 countries. John’s work has primarily been in the non-profit sector where he served for many years at the National office of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and as a Program Officer for the Bonner Foundation. John has also been a social entrepreneur who initiated urban farming programs in Newark, New Jersey. John has practiced Reiki, Quantum Touch and other hands on healing modalities for over 30 years and he is a recent graduate of Chrysalis' six month Spiritual Paths program. His MBSR teacher training is through the
University of California, San Diego.
Susan Brock Wilkes, PhD, is a psychologist, university professor, and award-winning instructor. A certified spiritual director and trained MBSR/MSC teacher, Susan has presented nationally as well as for a variety of local nonprofit and faith-based organizations. Susan is highly regarded in the Mindfulness community and beyond. She is also a past President of Chrysalis and co-editor of Words for the Journey.