Steve is co-founder and the Chairman of the Board for Meditation4Leadership. An active partner, practice area manager and office manager at a large international law firm, Steve observed that he could be more personally satisfied and professionally effective by applying the lessons learned from regular meditation practice. It was then only a small leap for him to wonder how much more effective an entire business, community or political organization could be if a critical mass of leaders in the organization meditated regularly. Steve has been facilitating workshops on meditation and leadership for several years and is completing a book, tentatively titled Leading from Within, which links 13 key leadership traits with associated meditations. His goal is to enlighten people in understanding how incorporating mediation practices improves personal and organizational focus. Steve is thrilled by the value added by—and enthusiasm created with—the other co-founders and board members to bring the Meditation4Leadership vision into reality.
Lisa Jacobs President & Treasurer
The death of Lisa’s father fueled her search and ultimate passion for yoga and meditation. “Yoga and Meditation changed my life.” The moving meditation of yoga created space for her to open her heart and create deeper connections with others and inspire them to find their own personal path. Lisa is a certified 200Hr Yoga Teacher and has completed Baptiste Level 1 and Baptiste Art of Assisting. Lisa facilitates custom workshops on topics ranging from Vision & Goals to Meditation. She is a graduate of The George Washington University (BS in Business Administration) and NYU (Masters in Arts and Administration). She has an extensive background in credit analysis and finance, as well as corporate advertising. Lisa has been the president of a custom stationery business for more than 10 years and served in leadership roles on several non-profit boards and with numerous organizations.
Marilyn Hailperin Chief Operating Officer & Secretary
Marilyn is new to meditation and can’t believe she waited this long to change her life. She became Chief Operating Officer of Meditation4Leadership after a successful 30+ year career as an executive and business development professional in the technology and healthcare industries and leadership roles with several non-profit/charitable organizations. She is a scientist by academic training (BS-University of Pennsylvania and MS- Jefferson University Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences) and led the international research program at a rare disease advocacy group. It is there she witnessed directly the power of the mind to help heal the body. One of Marilyn’s goals is to convince her tense, alpha colleagues that the practice of meditation is a path for personal enlightenment and professional success. “If I can do it, so can they.”
Alexander Schimmel Chief Programming Officer
Alex found his calling in life during his freshmen year of college when he came across a journal article titled “Yoga for Baseball.” Yoga/meditation is a commonality with many of the best athletes in the world across all sports. As a college baseball player, Alex was looking for ways to improve his game, and after attending a weekend yoga immersion he recognized the immediate benefits not just in his body but also in his confidence and focus. What began as a physical practice became a holistic way of life the year Alex received a difficult medical diagnosis. Yoga and meditation became his most effective medicine, helping him to look at suffering from the outside and understand things happen for bigger reasons. Alex left his sales position in New York City and traveled to the biggest yoga retreats on the east coast. Since his first Yoga training immersion, Alex has over 500 hours of onsite teacher training and studied under some of the top teachers in the country including Jonny Kest, Deepak Chopra and Lal Maharajh. Alex knows that meditation and yoga can benefit everyone. The practice is one of progressive awareness of who we really are and how to respond to the opportunities and challenges of life to be ready for anything.
Lisa Gonzalez Yoga and Meditation Teacher
Lisa is a health and wellness specialist who joins our team to advance Meditation4Leadership’s mission through social media. Lisa, who has been profiled in South Jersey Magazine, is an influential advocate for the benefits of breath work and yoga to empower all to understand how to “belong in our own bodies”. As a yoga instructor and the mother of three, including one son with autism, Lisa is witness to the acceptance one learns through a commitment to meditation and yoga…and that the acceptance one learns on the mat can be applied to the challenges of everyday life. Lisa is a former educator (15 years) and now holds a national position with Life Time Fitness Health Club as a Signature Program Ambassador for Yoga. She holds a BA from Richard Stockton College and a MA from Kean University.
Stefanie Levine Cohen Board Member
Stefanie is excited to bring to Meditation4Leadership her passion for helping people to connect to their inner truth and to one another. Stefanie is a writer, instructor and full-time volunteer focused on issues involving birth, death, afterlife and the human condition. Her work explores moments of transition in people’s lives and focuses particularly on the intersection between the psychological and the spiritual. Stefanie’s signature workshop, “Writing from the Heart,” helps writers at all levels explore their personal truth through authenticity and creative expression. Stefanie has studied religion, spirituality, meditation and intuition with numerous teachers including Sylvia Boorstein, Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, and James Van Praague. She earned bachelors and masters degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from New York University School of Law. Stefanie’s writing has been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies and can be viewed at www.stefanielevinecohen.com.
Thomas J. Drury, Jr. Board Member
Tom Drury is a seasoned CEO with broad experience in early stage information technology company settings and has been a partner in a regional venture capital firm. He currently serves in a CEO / Founder mentoring and coaching role with multiple early stage information technology businesses. In 2006, after several years of study, Tom became a practicing Buddhist, completing his refuge vows under the direction of Khenpo Karthar Rinpoche. Over the past twelve years he has become deeply immersed in Buddhist teachings on life and spirituality and has proactively sought out ways to communicate compassion and loving kindness to those in need of spiritual support, particularly within a health care setting. Tom actively participated as a hospice volunteer and completed two years of formal education as an Associate Clinical Chaplain. He also teaches introductory courses on Buddhist spirituality and meditation.
Elizbeth Mell Board Member
Elizabeth Mell has spent her career in professional services marketing and business development strategy. Before starting her own company, Mell Consulting, She served as the Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at Montgomery McCracken. She has held positions at several other law firms, including Fox Rothschild, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney and Morgan Lewis. Her career path includes working at DuPont Legal and the Philadelphia Bar Association. Three times in her career she has taken on newly-created roles, introducing and pioneering new programs. Elizabeth began practicing meditation in 2011 through a biofeedback program at Jefferson University Hospital’s Headache Center.
Scott Rosen Board Member
As a lifetime spiritual and holistic seeker and entrepreneur/business owner, Scott believes that Meditation4Leadership is a much-needed resource for people in all walks of life to improve their personal and professional effectiveness. Scott began seeking deeper spiritual meaning in his life in his early 20s, attending spiritual and holistic retreats at Omega Institute in Rhinebeck, NY and others, and he became a big fan of Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. (speaker and author of numerous mindfulness books). After 15 years in corporate leadership and HR roles with Fortune 500 companies, Scott started his own staffing business, The Rosen Group, which focuses exclusively on placing HR professionals in temporary and direct hire positions. For four years, Scott also operated his own holistic center in southern NJ called Transformations. Scott earned his Bachelor of Science in Business from Rider University.