Team

Meet our world class experience leaders, seasoned facilitators and human capital experts. We’re all passionate about about helping leaders and teams perform their best.

Core Team and Facilitators

  • David Cherner

    Co-Founder & CEO
    A serial entrepreneur, David founded and led several healthcare services, research and advisory firms. He's also been a leader in venture-backed growth, public and mission-driven companies, including serving on the executive team of Vicinity Corp through its $120M IPO (acquired by Microsoft)

  • Zanette Johnson, PhD

    Director of Learning and Facilitator
    Zanette is a facilitator, change leader, neuroscientist and mindfulness practitioner who earned her PhD at Stanford in learning science and technology design. She helps companies and teams build adaptive expertise and use their intrinsic resources to solve unexpected problems gracefully and effectively.

  • Alicia Mandel

    Facilitator
    A recognized industry expert in learning and change management, Alicia was most recently the Chief Learning Officer for the Apollo Education Group (NASDAQ). She has also served as CHRO for the US Olympic Committee, and director of employee engagement at Amex.

  • Courtney Harrison

    Facilitator
    Courtney has over 20 years of business experience in the areas of innovation, culture and change leadership. She has taught executives at companies such as Juniper Networks, American Express and SmithKline Beacham Pharmaceuticals and is also a certified executive coach.

  • David Perls

    Facilitator
    David is a mindfulness teacher, executive coach and a creativity catalyst. He teaches Search Inside Yourself, the Potential Project and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) to companies including Adobe, Facebook, Whole Foods Market, and the U.S. Airforce.

  • Jackie Richards

    Co-Founder, Facilitator & Experience Lead
    Jackie has worked with local and international communities for over a decade, in community mental health, social services and school settings. She holds a MA in somatic psychology and is also an experienced yoga instructor.

  • Jason Gant

    Facilitator & Experience Lead
    A learning designer and facilitator with a specific interest in mindfulness and athletics, Jason has helped support healthy and inclusive communities, youth, workplaces, and teams globally. He is also a certified instructor of Search Inside Yourself, the global mindfulness platform developed at Google.

  • Kari Zabel

    Co-Founder & Experience Lead
    A certified Jivamukt teacher, Kari has taught meditation and yoga since 2003. She leads workshops, teacher trainings and retreats worldwide and has extensive experience helping grow social justice non-profits.

  • Melissa Andrada

    Facilitator & Experience Lead
    Melissa is a strategy consultant, leadership coach, motivational speaker and facilitator who is passionate about collaborating with diverse leaders and teams to drive inclusion and transformation at scale.

  • Nancy Dionne

    Special Projects and Operations
    Nancy is an award winning photojournalist and adventure travel pro who brings operational experience from GeoEx in San Francisco and Rim Tours in Moab, Utah. A long time student of yoga and outdoors enthusiast, she spends most of her important creative time in nature and off the grid.

  • Nora Abdoun, PhD

    Facilitator & Advisor
    Nora is an organizational psychologist with 15 years of global corporate experience helping leaders, teams and organizations identify, create and reshape their ways of working. Her focus is on evolving organizational cultures through systematic and sustainable behavior change. Previously, she led global manager development at Salesforce and global talent & development at StubHub/eBay.

  • Shannon Wallis

    Facilitator & Advisor
    Shannon is leadership consultant and facilittaor who helps push and inspire leaders to model the exemplary leadership that can transform companies, organizations and communities. She has worked extensively at Amazon, Coca Cola, FedEx, Grameen Foundation, and T-Mobile. She also served as global leader of High Potential Leadership Development at Microsoft for five+ years.

Advisors

  • Erik Singer

    Advisor
    Erik is the founder and director of Prana del Mar, recently named one of the top eco-resorts within 5 hours of the US. Earlier in his career Erik ran operations for Touchstone Climbing.
        

  • Julia Jahn

    Advisor
    Julia is an empathetic leader, executive partner, community architect, coach and program designer. For the last six years she has led Culture and Wellness at AKQA, a leading global brand agency. A veteran YOLer, she also participated in the very first YOL experience nearly six years ago.

  • Marilyn Nagel

    Advisor
    Currently Chief Learning Officer of SAMI, Marilyn has served as CEO of Watermark, Chief Diversity Officer at Cisco, and Director of Operations Training at Amex, among other roles. She’s a recognized thought leader in executive development and learning, and frequent contributor to Huffington Post, Forbes, Fast Company and HBR.

  • Nora Abdoun, PhD

    Facilitator & Advisor
    Nora is an organizational psychologist with 15 years of global corporate experience helping leaders, teams and organizations identify, create and reshape their ways of working. Her focus is on evolving organizational cultures through systematic and sustainable behavior change. Previously, she led global manager development at Salesforce and global talent & development at StubHub/eBay.

  • Rusty Rueff

    Advisor
    A Silicon Valley veteran and boardmember (Glassdoor, Hirevue, Rethink Books, Workboard and runcoach), Rusty is the former EVP-HR for Electronic Arts and VP-International HR for Pepsi. He is also Chairman Emeritus of the Grammy Foundation and was recently appointed to the President’s Advisory Committee for the Arts.

  • Shannon Wallis

    Facilitator & Advisor
    Shannon is leadership consultant and facilittaor who helps push and inspire leaders to model the exemplary leadership that can transform companies, organizations and communities. She has worked extensively at Amazon, Coca Cola, FedEx, Grameen Foundation, and T-Mobile. She also served as global leader of High Potential Leadership Development at Microsoft for five+ years.

Experience Leads

  • Andrea Manitsas

    Experience Lead
    Andrea is known for her spiritual classes and retreats that combine a lot of soul and a fierce flow. She has studied with Janet Stone, Jason Crandell, Jasmine Tarkeshi and Jai Uttal, and is an ambassador for Lululemon.

  • Chrisandra Fox Walker

    Experience Lead
    Chrisandra brings more than a decade of cultivating transformation of consciousness, healing, and the growth of yogic community in the Bay Area. She is a dedicated student of Rod Stryker, hatha yoga, Tantra and Ayurveda.

  • Kelley Busby

    Experience Lead and Operations
    Kelley is a creative, resourceful and award-winning producer, screenwriter, and communications professional. With 17 years of mindfulness/meditation practice, she is also a Kripalu certified Yoga Instructor. Yoga, meditation and time in nature gives her much-needed peace amidst the challenges of daily life.

  • Lisa Rueff

    Experience Lead
    Lisa has led international yoga and humanitarian trips for 10+ years, both individually and with Virgin Unite. She served as executive director for Michael Franti’s Do It For The Love Foundation and is currently CEO and Co-founder of Sparked, a thought-provoking board game that celebrates and uplifts women.

  • Marni Sclaroff

    Experience Lead
    Marni has a vast background that includes studies in Anusara, Iyengar, Jivamukti, Tibetan Buddhism, Shamanism, Ayurveda, and Thai massage. Her classes feature detailed alignment cues, a supportive and playful atmosphere, and myths and stories woven into each practice. .

  • Mira Valeria

    Experience Lead
    Mira’s classes are rooted in gratitude—to self, to others and to all teachers. A student of Jason Crandell and Rusty Wells, her teaching is steeped in precision, mindfulness and Bhakti—the practice of lovem surrender and service. She’s also a Yoga in Action leader for the non-profit organization Off the Mat, Into the World.

  • Nadine McNeil

    Experience Lead
    Nadine has worked in challenging environments across the globe, providing key services as part of UN emergency response efforts, community development and logistical operations for over 20 years. Her own threat of burnout led her to yoga. She facilitates integrated workshops that combine her Sivananda, Kripalu and Baptiste trainings with leadership development.

  • Whitney Hofacker

    Experience Lead
    Whitney Hofacker has been facilitating social justice leadership programs for 10+ years, lived on a permaculture farm internationally, and currently leads educational outdoor trips for youth.