Key Staff


 

Elan Gepner
National Director, Sky Schools
Elan graduated Magna Cum Laude from Brown University. He spent 15 years establishing empowerment programs for youth, including leadership academies, poetry and theater festivals, youth film productions, and personal development coaching and instruction.
 
Bill Herman
International Director of Training Sky Schools

Bill received his BFA, MFA and teaching credentials from the Art Institute of Chicago. He founded SKY Schools and has trained SKY Schools teachers in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Australia, South Africa, Canada and England as well as the United States

Annelies Richmond
Founding Director, Sky Campus

Annelies Richmond is an international trainer of meditation, breathwork, leadership and social connection, and has trained 1000+ certified teachers globally. She speaks and teaches at institutions such as Yale University, Purdue University, Texas A&M, Google and the United Nations. She founded SKY Campus Happiness in response to the dire need for powerful well-being solutions in our universities, and is passionate about empowering our young people.

Stephanie
Director of Operations, Sky Campus

After a successful career in business, Stephanie has dedicated herself to changing the face of education. She provides leadership training, structure and support for SKY Campus Happiness on 58 university campuses, and sits on the board of RMD for Mindfulness in Higher Education.

Mandar Apte
Director, Cities4Peace

Mandar is a Visiting Scholar in the School for Conflict Analysis & Resolution at George Mason University and a Board Member of the Charter for Compassion, an international non-profit organization that promotes compassion in the world. 

In 2016, Mandar started the From India With Love initiative to reinvigorate the ancient message of nonviolence (or Ahimsa) in the world. Aligned with this mission, in Oct 2018, Mandar hosted the  inaugural World Summit for Countering Violence & Extremism that brought together peace activists and law enforcement executives to promote peace and compassion in the world. Until 2016, Mandar worked at Shell for 17 years at Shell International. In his last role, he managed Shell’s prestigious GameChanger social innovation program investing in ideas that create shared value – business value and social impact. 

For over a decade, Mandar has taught leadership programs using meditation practices volunteering for the International Association for Human Values and the Art of Living Foundation.

Leslye Moore
National Director, PWHT

As the National Director for Project Welcome Home Troops (PWHT), Leslye balances her training and work in Yogic sciences with a wealth of skills acquired in over 25 years of leadership in key positions. Prior to joining PWHT, Leslye’s career in humanitarian relief work took her to Rwanda & Croatia, where she worked directly with trauma-affected populations. As a Deputy Director for the International Rescue Committee in Croatia, Leslye collaborated with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, the International War Crimes Tribunal and the International Red Cross. Leslye has directed a number of federally funded programs for refugee resettlement, anti-human trafficking, disaster relief and HIV/AIDS prevention. Based stateside since 2001, she continued her work with refugees as a Regional Resettlement Director for the International Rescue Committee. Leslye is a founding member of the Florida State Anti-Human Trafficking Taskforce, and has worked closely with state and federal law enforcement agencies.

In addition to teaching for PWHT, including the current clinical trials at the Palo Alto VA Hospital, Leslye also develops new partner collaborations for PWHT, ensuring that this work continues to have the greatest possible impact on the veterans and families we serve. She is a passionate advocate for veteran wellness. Leslye received B.A. in International Affairs from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a M.A. in International Administration from the School for International Training, in Brattleboro, Vermont.

Gabriella Savelli
Program Director, IAHV Prison Program
Gayatri Mani
Program Director, SKY Kids & Teens Program

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