Joel Appel

Board Member

Denver, CO

Joel attended Claremont McKenna College, worked at the Quaker Oats Company for 8 years and then founded Orange Glo International, marketers of Orange Glo, OxiClean, and Kaboom cleaners with his parents which they sold to Church & Dwight/Arm & Hammer in 2006.   Joel then started Launch Pad LLC, a marketing company that backs and runs consumer products companies.  Joel teaches Entrepreneurship at CU Denver, loves the outdoors, and has tremendous passion for personal and spiritual growth.

Michelle Barmazel

Board Member

Newton, MA

Michelle is a founder of Gifted Research and Outreach (GRO), a non-profit that focuses on research on the highly gifted. She is very involved in gifted education and has supported it in multiple ways including doing a TEDx talk. Previously, she was a management consultant at McKinsey and Co. She sits on several boards including Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and PG Retreat. Michelle has been very involved with the World Economic Forum for over 20 years. She has an MPA from Harvard, an MBA from Stanford, and a BA from UCLA. She attributes her success in life to having done the Hoffman Process in her 20s.

Joan Belkin

Board Member

Weston, MA

Joan received her BS in Child Development at Cornell and Masters in Education from Wheelock College. Joan taught in both the New York City and Boston Public School Systems.  She is an ADL Executive Committee Member, an Advisory Board Member for Grow Clinic for Children at Boston Medical Center, and a Parent Advisor for the Weston Public Schools. Joan is the recipient of many awards for her community service, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Steve Belkin

Board Member

Weston, MA

Steve received his BS in Industrial Engineering from Cornell and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. He is the Chairman and Founder of Trans National Group, a direct-response marketing and investment company. Steve is currently a National Commissioner and Honorary Life Member of the ADL, on the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, and a Trustee of the Sports Museum of New England. Steve has received several awards and recognition for his community service, volunteerism, and philanthropy.

Susan Martin Budinger

Board Member

Santa Barbara, CA

Susan Budinger is a founding director of The Rodel Foundations, a group of private and public philanthropies dedicated to helping improve primary and secondary public education in the U.S. Before the formation of the Foundations, Susan worked for Rodel, Inc, a manufacturer of textiles and chemistries used in the production of semiconductors. In 2008 Arizona Governor Napolitano appointed her to the Arizona P – 20 Council. Susan is the mother of two children and has an M.A. in developmental psychology from Arizona State University and a B.A. in mathematics and economics from Hamilton College.

Christy Foley

Board Member

Santa Barbara, CA

Christy Foley is a marketing and business development veteran having spent many years immersed in the technology and media industries. She is a connector and producer of unique events that facilitate bringing together like-minded people, companies, and brands to manifest a common purpose. Christy consults and supports projects that foster consciousness, social justice, community building, and philanthropy. She is also a board member of Honoring The Path of the Warrior, and an active member of The Philanthropy Workshop network, Threshold Foundation and Social Venture Network.

Gerald Harris

Board Chair

San Francisco, CA

Gerald is the president of Quantum Planning Group, which he founded in 2010. Previously, he served as a senior consultant with Global Business Network. His work outside the corporate sector has included working with non-governmental organizations in community development, regionalism, environmental policy, and public education. Gerald received a BA in economics from Morehouse College, and an MBA in finance and business economics from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. Gerald is the author of The Art of Quantum Planning, Seven Ideas from Quantum Physics for Breakthroughs in Creativity, Innovation and Leadership.

Liza Ingrasci

Board Member

San Anselmo, CA

Liza is the CEO of the Hoffman Institute Foundation. She received her BA in Developmental Psychology from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1974. Throughout her career, she has held executive positions in national seminar companies with responsibilities for both enrollment and alumni participation. She has been with the Hoffman Institute since 1990.

Raz Ingrasci

Board Member

San Anselmo, CA

Raz is the founder of the Hoffman Institute Foundation, emeritus president, a Hoffman Process teacher, and chairman of the board of Hoffman Institute International. Raz received a BA from the University of California, Berkeley in 1970 and has a lifelong commitment to transformational learning, whereby people discover personal freedom, inner knowledge and wisdom. A friend of Bob Hoffman (the creator of the Hoffman Process) since 1973, Raz collaborated with Bob for eight years until his death in 1997.

Felipe A. Jain M.D.

Board Member

San Francisco, CA

Dr. Jain is Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the UCLA Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and holds a joint appointment at the West Los Angeles VA Medical Center as Attending Psychiatrist in the Integrated Community Care Program for Homeless Veterans. He specializes in the treatment of patients with complex mood and personality disorders. Dr. Jain graduated with honors from Harvard Medical School and the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.

Bill Johnson

Board Member

Aspen, CO

Bill is a retired CEO of Scientific Atlantic, and was a former partner at McKinsey & Company.

Dianne Morrison

Board Member

San Rafael, CA

Dianne is a partner at MorrisonMcNabb, She has been working with business leaders to transform their companies and their lives for over 25 years.

Dick Simon

Board Member

Newton, MA

Dick Simon is the president of RSI, Inc, a real estate investment and management company. He is an entrepreneur who has built and led successful real estate development, hotel, high technology, and import companies. Dick is the co-founder and chair of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) – Peace Action Network, and the World Presidents Organization (WPO) – Presidents’ Action Network Chapter. Dick is passionate about engaging business leaders in making a difference, conflict resolution and youth empowerment.

Mark Susnow, JD

Board Member

San Anselmo, CA

Mark is a speaker and executive-life coach known for his unique ability to inspire others to believe in themselves. He is passionate about life being an exciting journey of discovery.  Prior to his current work, Mark was a successful trial attorney for 30 years. He is the author of Dancing on the River: Navigating Life’s Changes and Discover the Leader Within. He publishes the monthly e-zine, “Letters on Life”, and is host of the “Journey On” radio show.

Jake Tarr

Board Member

Washington, D.C.

Jake is a Managing Director at Kinetic Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm. He received his BA from Roanoke College, and his MBA from Harvard Business School. He serves as the Board Chair of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington, one of the largest meditation communities in the country. Jake and his wife, Carrington, are both Hoffman graduates and live with their three children in Washington, DC. Both he and his wife have several siblings and friends who have also done the Process.