Our Team

Steven Cohen
Chairman of Board of Trustees

Steve is co-founder and the Chairman of the Board for Meditation4Leadership, Inc.   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 through 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 and political organizations 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 readers in understanding how incorporating mediation practices applied to key leadership traits 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 dad when he was only 68 years old fueled her passion to seek greater enlightenment and purpose in her life.  As Lisa says, “Becoming a passionate yogi saved my life.”  Lisa became a certified yoga instructor with over 300 years of training under her belt.  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

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 medal 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. 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.

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 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 Rabbi Richard Address, Sylvia Boorstein, Joan Borysenko, Deepak Chopra, Stephen Cope, Gordon Dveirin, John Perkins, Rabbi Rami Shapiro and James Van Praague. She earned bachelors and masters degrees in English from the University of Pennsylvania and a JD from the New York University School of Law.  Stefanie’s writing has been published in a variety of literary journals and anthologies, and can be viewed on her website, www.stefanielevinecohen.com.

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-Zin (Zin and Mindfulness).   After 15 years in corporate leadership and HR roles with Fortune 500 companies, Scott started his own staffing business, The Rosen Group, focused 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.