Who We Are

Program Directors

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD
Founder and Director, Nalanda Institute
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Cornell University

Geri Loizzo
Director of Programming
Director, Mindful Families & Schools

Helen H. Park, LMSW, MFA
Acting Director, Contemplative Psychotherapy Program

Elazar Aslan, MBA, CPC
Director, Mindful Business & Leadership
CEO, Caterfly Solutions

Mary Reilly Nichols
Director, Yoga, Mind & Spirit
Yoga Instructor in Private Practice

Support Staff

Diane Bertolo, Design

Gerry Chadwick, Comptroller

Tom Damrauer, Information Technology

Rochelle Nechin, Accountant

Michael Perez Sosa, Bookkeeper

Board of Directors

Elazar Aslan, MBA, CPC
CEO, Caterfly Solutions

Mary Charlson, MD
Professor and Chief of the Division of Clinical Epidemiology and Evaluative Sciences Research, Weill Cornell Medical College

Jennifer DuBrul

Pablo J. Farias, MD, Vice Chair
Harvard Medical School

Randy Glatt

Vance W. LaVelle, MBA, Secretary
Marketing Consultant

Geri Loizzo
Director of Programming, Nalanda Institute

Joe Loizzo, MD, PhD, Chairman
Founder and Director, Nalanda Institute

Peggy Neu, Treasurer
President, Meatless Monday Campaigns

Helen H. Park, LMSW, MFA
Clinical Social Worker

Elizabeth Rovere, PsyD
Clinical Psychologist, The New School

Board of Advisors

Ryüichi Abé, MPhil, PhD
Reischauer Institute Professor of Japanese Religions, Harvard University

Leslie Blackhall, MD
Professor of Medicine, University of Virginia

Yeshi Donden, DTM
Former Personal Physician to His Holiness the Dalai Lama

Father Philip Eichner, SM
President, Kellenberg Memorial High School, Uniondale, New York

Paul Fulton, PhD
President, Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy

Phillip Glass
Composer and Vice President, Tibet House US

Daniel Goleman, PhD
Health Psychologist and Writer

Edward Kenny, MD
Professor, Columbia University Psychoanalytic Institute

Vasant Lad
Founder and Director, The Ayurveda Institute

Mary C. Pearl, PhD
Senior Associate Dean and Provost, CUNY Macaulay Honors College

Kenneth Porter, MD
Director, The New York Institute for Spirituality & Psychotherapy

Lobsang Rapgay, PhD
Director of Clinical Training, Mindfulness Awareness Research Center, UCLA

Robert Rosenthal, MD
Co-Director, Foundation for Inner Peace

Sharon Salzberg
Author and Co-founder, Insight Meditation Society

Dan Siegel, MD
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA, Co-Director, Mindful Awareness Research Center

Robert Thurman, PhD
Je Tsong Khapa Professor of Tibetan Studies, Columbia University and President, Tibet House US

Sander Tideman, PhD
Associate Researcher, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University and Managing Director of Mind & Life Europe