Board of Directors, Ten Directions, Inc.
Jeff Charno, Chair
Jeff Charno, 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 BodyMind 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.
Dan Waddle, Treasurer
Dan Waddle is a longtime student of Hameed Ali, Alia Johnson and other Diamond Approach teachers since joining the DHR 1 group in the mid-1990’s. Prior to his association with the Diamond Approach, he was a Fourth Way student in the Gudjieff-Bennett lineage where I was first introduced to the value and importance of fostering inner awareness and cultivating presence. My appreciation of retreat centers has grown out of my experience as a Diamond Approach where my group has used many retreat centers over the years and I have discovered how important it is for retreatants to feel welcomed and held while they traverse their inner journeys together. Supporting Guest House and its mission has been an honor and privilege.
Jane Bronson, Building & Grounds Committee Chair
Jane Bronson is a Diamond Approach teacher and a student of the Ridhwan School since 1992. She is part of the Diamond Approach Retreat Group 5 (DHR5) teaching team 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 early fascination with understanding reality. In discovering the Diamond Approach, she found her true 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.
Noell Goldberg, Diamond Approach Teacher Representatives Chair
Noell Goldberg, Diamond Approach Teacher Representative, works with Diamond Approach students in the New York area as well as European students, and has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 1998. In addition to work as a writer and editor, she has been an educator for many years, working with college students and training individuals to become hospice volunteers. In 2006, she initiated the Fishkill Correctional Facility Hospice Program where she continues to train and mentor inmates seeking to express their impulse toward the good by attending their dying peers.
Marlene Reisman, Governance Committee Chair
Marlene Reisman is vice president of human resources at Verisk Analytics. She is responsible for Verisk’s talent acquisition, development, rewards, recognition, and benefits programs. In leading talent development, Marlene helped initiate The Verisk Leadership Institute, whose mission is to promote leadership excellence across the enterprise. With a professional human resources team, she has enhanced the company’s performance management and feedback programs, implemented a career path framework, and increased emphasis on developing strategic skills and inspiring staff to fulfill their potential. Marlene also leads the team selecting Verisk’s citizens of the year; incorporates values into human resources policies, practices, and programs; and ensures compliance with employment law in jurisdictions around the world. Earlier in her career, Marlene was the employment manager for Warner Communications. She holds a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Rutgers University and a master’s degree in human resources management from the New School. She has been a Diamond Approach student for 18 years, an instructor in the New School’s human resources graduate program and holds a certification in coaching from the Hudson Institute.
Josie Sentner, Resource Development Committee Chair
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.
Jorge S. Arango
Jorge S. Arango has been an interior design writer, editor and stylist for almost 30 years. He has co-authored eight books on interior design and writes regularly for various national and international design publications. This naturally led to his work on Guest House’s buildings and grounds committee, which he chaired for several years. Nowadays he is most engaged with the resource development and program committees, as well as some ad hoc committees of the board. Currently he is also on the Ridhwan School’s Communications Council and Editorial Committee. Jorge’s interest in design and art also led to board work with the Craft Emergency Relief Fund (CERF+), a national first-responder organization for artists who suffer career-threatening emergencies, which he chaired from 2004-2006. And during the early years of the AIDS crisis in New York City, he served on the board of the Community Health Project—a nonprofit clinic in Greenwich Village—and volunteered doing triage at the front desk.
Parvati Grais, Diamond Approach Teacher Representative, is a Diamond Approach teacher and student of the Ridhwan School since 1998. She works with individual students in Amherst, Ma and in Diamond Approach Retreat Group 5 (DHR5). Parvati has worked as a teacher, cofounder and director of an independent school, educational therapist, guidance counselor, and psychotherapist. As an original member of The Abode, a Sufi Community, Parvati guided individual and group meditation/inquiry retreats.
Cory Greenberg served as Guest House Treasurer and Finance Committee Chair from 2006 through July 2018. He is a financial and management consultant to small businesses and serves as part-time CFO to one of those businesses. Previously he was 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 was President and a founding board member of the Cooperative Capital Fund of New England, was Loan Committee Chairperson, Treasurer and board member of the Cooperative Fund of New England for 17 years, and was on the advisory board of the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at UMASS Medical Center from 2008 through 2018. Cory has been a student of the Diamond Approach since 2003.
Laurie Leonard served as Guest House’s board chair from 2010 to 2014. She is the Executive Director of End of Life Choices New York, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to improve end of life care so that people can have a better quality of life in their final months and a peaceful death. Laurie was for ten years the president and general manager of an award-winning NBC-affiliated television station that won many national awards for its news, programming, and marketing. She has an MBA from the Harvard Business School and an MSW from Fordham University. Laurie has served on the board of directors of many organizations, including a bank, a library, a chamber of commerce, a social services charity, a tourism bureau, and a crisis hotline. In 2001 she received a New York Volunteer Service Award from Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Laurie has been a Diamond Approach student since 2000.
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.