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  • Steve Kennedy
    Executive Director
    Sales & Marketing Director

    Rhonda Nutile
    Business Operations Director

    Marianne Hile
    Retreat Services Director

    Steve Matterazzo
    Executive Chef

    William Galvin
    Facilities Manager

  • Ten Directions Board Members

    Jeff Charno, Chair
    Jill Berman, Vice Chair
    Cory Greenberg, Treasurer
    Laurie Leonard, Secretary
    Jorge Arango
    Jane Bronson
    Betts Cassady
    Nancy Closs
    Adam Fuller
    Bonalyn Mosteller
    Hadley Perry
    Marlene Reisman
    David Schulz
    Josie Sentner
    Don Shaw
    Susan Weiley
    Laura Wells

    Jeff Charno, Vice Chair, founded The Relaxation Company in 1985, and released more than 500 recordings of music for relaxation, meditation and healing over 25 years. He also launched Ellipsis Arts, which released book and CD sets exploring traditional and experimental music from around the globe and was recognized by Billboard as the top world music label in 1995. Both record labels were sold in 2010 and Jeff acts as a consultant concerning ongoing business. Jeff is currently launching Mindbody Sessions, to deliver mindfulness and guided meditation audio programs via a streaming web site and mobile apps. Jeff has a graduate certificate from JFK University in integral theory. He has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2010. He is practicing meditation in the Mahamudra tradition as taught by Dan Brown.

    Jill Berman, Vice Chair, served in the NYC school system in positions ranging from high school social studies teacher to the supervisor/administrator of an alternative high school. More recently she worked with the Bank Street College of Education Leadership Center as a Facilitator/ Consultant. As an Advisor in the college’s Principals Institute Jill facilitated the professional growth of aspiring school leaders. Holding an Ed. D. from Teachers College in Educational Administration, she is a past president of the National Council of Administrative Women in Education and of its NYC chapter. She also was on the Allocations Committee of the New York Women’s Foundation. Jill has been a Diamond Approach student since 2000.

    Cory Greenberg, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair, is a financial and management consultant to small businesses and serves as part-time CFO to one of those businesses. He has been Treasurer and partner in several movie theaters in the New York metropolitan area, and was the CFO of a small publicly traded natural foods company. Cory is President and a founding board member of the Cooperative Capital Fund of New England, is Loan Committee Chairperson, board member (since 1992) and former Treasurer of the Cooperative Fund of New England, and is on the advisory board of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society. Cory has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2003.

    Laurie Leonard, Secretary, served as Guest House’s board chair from 2010 to 2014. Laurie was for ten years the President and General Manager of an NBC-affiliated television station that won many national awards for its news, programming and marketing. She has an MBA with honors from the Harvard Business School. Laurie has served on the board of directors of many organizations, including a bank, a library, a chamber of commerce, a tourism bureau, and a crisis hotline. She was Vice-President of Public Relations for United Way in Wisconsin and served as Treasurer of a large co-op building in New York City. Currently a licensed social worker specializing in death, dying, and bereavement, Laurie has been a Diamond Approach student since 2000.

    Jorge S. Arango, Marketing Committee Chair, Buildings and Grounds Committee Co-Chair has been an interior design writer, editor and stylist for over fifteen years. He has co-authored two design books and writes regularly for many national design magazines, including Metropolitan Home, Elle Decor and Robb Report. His interests in art and design led to board work with the Craft Emergency Relief Fund, a national first-responder organization for artists who suffer career-threatening emergencies, which he chaired from 2004-2006. He continues to consult with CERF on marketing and re-branding issues. Jorge has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2004.

    Don Shaw, Buildings and Grounds Committee Co-Chair, has for twenty years been the owner and principal of Donald Shaw Interiors, Inc., an international residential design firm based in New York City. A serious pianist, he was a semi-finalist at the first Van Cliburn Amateur Competition in Fort Worth and shared the first prize at the Northeastern Classical Piano Competition for Outstanding Amateurs in 2002. Don graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in theatre and attended the Mannes College of Music in New York City. He has been a Diamond Approach student since 2005.

    Jane Bronson, College of Teachers Chair, is a Diamond Approach teacher and a twenty year student of the Ridhwan School. She assists the Diamond Approach New York (DANY) group and has individual students in NYC and Canandaigua, NY where she also leads a Diamond Approach Book Group. Jane has a degree in physics representing her fascination with understanding reality. In discovering the Diamond Approach in 1992, she found a pathway for satisfying that love. She has also worked in the fields of project management and interior design and has an ongoing appreciation of visual design. She is the mother of two daughters and lives in southern Connecticut.

    Bonalyn Mosteller, Governance Committee Chair, Ed.D., has operated her own organizational development consulting business outside Philadelphia for over twelve years, specializing in organizational change, leadership development, strategic planning and coaching. Holding an Ed.D. degree from Temple University, she initially worked in public education and then as an internal OD consultant in healthcare organizations. In her consulting practice, Bonalyn works with both corporate clients and not-for-profits, where she specializes in board development. The study of psychology has been her passion for much of her life, and currently she serves on the boards of two behavioral health organizations. Bonalyn has been a Diamond Approach student for more than fifteen years.

    Josie Sentner, Resource Development Committee Chair, has been a principal and executive in the financial field in private equity, buyouts and venture capital. Most recently she has been active in microfinance, working with international networks that provide services to very poor women in Latin America, Africa and Asia. She has served on a number of not for profit boards and is currently a board member of Fonkoze, the largest microfinance institution in Haiti, AccessAfricaNOW, and member of the President’s Council of Accion International. She has been a Diamond Approach student since 2001.

    Nancy Closs is a Managing Director of Finance Shared Services at BlackRock, the world’s largest asset management firm, since 2007. She has an MBA in Finance, Accounting and Information Systems from NYU’s Leonard N. Stern’s School of Business Management. Prior to BlackRock, she worked at Credit Suisse and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York in similar positions. She has been a Diamond Approach student since 2004.

    Adam Fuller is the former Executive Chef, Assistant Director and Executive Director of Guest House, and now serves as the Program Manager and member of the finance and resource development committees. He is one of the founding Board Members of Guest House, where he helped establish and teach the Meditation in the World program in 2009. Before beginning work at Guest House, Adam was an adjunct professor of journalism at New York University, teaching writing, media history, and first amendment law. He lives near Seattle with his wife and two children.

    Hadley Perry is a community activist and non-profit administrator who has worked with many small, progressive organizations. She was an event planner for 15 years for groups such as Adult Literacy Media Alliance, Center for Anti-Violence Education, and New York Women in Film & Television. She served as executive director of Dyke TV, a video collective that taught video making and editing and produced a magazine-format TV show. She ran a three-year panel discussion series for the NYC LGBT Community Center and managed the East Coast satellite office of National Center for Lesbian Rights. Hadley has also written grants and copyedited white papers and books for such organizations as Global Rights; Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law & Development; and Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice. Since 2004 she has been the intake coordinator for Association of Lesbian & Gay Affirmative Psychotherapists. She also has a sideline business as a clutter counselor. Hadley has been a Diamond Approach student since 2008.

    David Schulz heads the New York office of Levine, Sullivan Koch & Schulz, L.L.P., a national media law firm representing news and entertainment organizations in defamation, privacy, newsgathering, access, intellectual property and related First Amendment matters. An adjunct professor of media law at Columbia Law School, David has been defending the rights of journalists and news organizations for nearly 30 years. David is a Trustee of Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and has served on the boards of several public and private organizations, including the Hudson Valley Greenway Conservancy and the New York Committee on Open Government. He has been a Diamond Approach student since 2001.

    Susan Weiley, a Diamond Approach teacher, is one of three leaders of Emerald Mountain 4, an ongoing Diamond Approach group in New York City. With a background as a photographer, writer and editor, Susan worked in the New York publishing world for thirty years, including a long stint as an editor in the publications department of The Museum of Modern Art, and as a photography journalist and critic for the magazine Art News. Today Susan regularly leads reading/inquiry groups, facilitates process groups and works with students individually. For the last twenty years she has also had an ongoing private practice in healing, hypnotherapy and spiritual counseling in New York. Susan has been a Diamond Approach student since 1994.

    Laura Wells is Vice President of Marketing & Communications at the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation (formerly known as NARSAD). She has an International MBA from Thunderbird School of Global Management and worked for 15 years in brand management for Fortune 100 companies prior to moving to the not-for-profit sector in 2010. In her last corporate position, she worked on the Dove global team and launched Dove body lotion into the US market with the ‘Campaign for Real Beauty.’ Laura lived for almost 7 years in France before moving to New York, is fluent in French and German and speaks some Spanish. She has been a Diamond Approach student since 2008.