Trish Alley, President

Trish holds an MBA in Organizational Development and Behavior. Her career has spanned the corporate world, teaching at the collegiate level, owning several small businesses, and founding  three social profits. In addition to co-founding WholeHeart, Inc., she is the Founder of Wonder & Wisdom and Founder and President of The Wisdom Connection, Inc. In addition, Trish is a Certified Teacher of Creative Kids Yoga and a Reiki Master. Trish's real title at Wholeheart, Inc.  is Spark of Divine Mischief. Contact Trish at

Marilyn Neagley

Marilyn is Director of Talk About Wellness, an initiative launched in 2004 and designed to expand awareness of the role of spirit in human wellbeing. Talk About Wellness offers resources to help address today's school problems by focusing on deepening the inner lives of children through programming in nature, art, and self-care skills such as meditation. An award-winning writer, in 2011 she co-edited with Dr. Aostre N. Johnson, Educating from the Heart, which provides the basis for the transformational workshops Marilyn now leads for both children and adults. In addition, Marilyn has served on numerous boards and consulted with over thirty nonprofit organiations to facilitate lasting change. 

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David Schwartz

David and his husband live and work in Heartbeet Lifesharing, a Camphill community in northern Vermont. David has been associated with Camphill communities more than forty years. Previously, David practiced law for 20 years and was engaged in various business initiatives while living in Southeast Pennsylvania. He currently teaches courses in Social Therapy on topics such as the human sensory system, reincarnation and karma, and the study of Rudolf Steiner’s Theosophy. David is also a bio-dynamic gardener and a horticultural vocational instructor for adolescents and adults with developmental disabilities.

Karen Holmes

Karen holds a Master’s Degree in Mediation and Applied Conflict Studies from the Woodbury Institute of Champlain College and has advanced training in working with families in conflict. In addition to her work as a private mediator, Karen works as the Reintegration Specialist for the Hardwick Area Community Justice Center assisting community members and their families with the challenges facing those coming out of incarceration. Upon return from a recent trip to Jordan and work done there with Syrian and Palestinian refugees, Karen has taken special interest in the role of hope as it relates to an individual, family or community’s ability to thrive and recover from trauma. Karen lives in Hardwick, Vermont with her husband and two small children.

Tara Reynolds, Treasurer

Tara is Executive Director of The Wisdom Connection. She is a Courage & Renewal Facilitator and a graduate of the Vermont Leadership Institute. Tara holds a BA in English from Haverford College. She volunteers as program coordinator for a reading program for fathers incarcerated in the St. Johnsbury Work Camp Correctional Facility. Contact Tara at

Newcomb Greenleaf

Newcomb is faculty at Goddard College where he teaches Mathematics. He holds a PhD from Princeton University and a BA from Haverford College. Informed by his longtime Buddhist practice, Newcomb is an active participant in the exchange between Buddhism and Western science, particularly through the lens of the mind-body connection. His contribution to an early Mind & Life dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama was published in the book Gentle Bridges and recently he was an active participant in the Science and Non Duality (SAND) conferences. 

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Ann Lindner

Ann lives on Parker Pond in West Glover, VT where she is dedicating her life to being of service and making the world a better place for all to live. Her professional career included Scientific Data Processing, law, education and Emergency Management. Ann received her MA in Education at Johnson College and was the Program Coordinator for Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) at Goddard College. While on a six month trip to Spain studying meditation and consciousness, Ann became an Ishaya Monk and Meditation Teacher. Ann's greatest desire is to bring peace to the world through a lifestyle based in consciousness and compassion by assisting others to find their own inner peace, which she does through Reiki, Craniosacral massage, sound healing, and spiritual life coaching.


Marissa Colston, Secretary

Marissa has worked in education for over 15 years. She is Director of Diversity and Inclusion at the Westtown School.  With a B.A. from  Swarthmore College and M.A. in Education Leadership from Columbia University she enjoys being both a student and teacher of life. She is in the 2015-16 facilitator preparation cohort for the Center for Courage & Renewal and also leads workshops for adults and youth on topics of  cultural competency to help build shared understanding and empathy among diverse members of a community. She brings a passion for social justice and equity to her work and seeks to ignite the spark for change in us all. In her free time she can be found cooking for those she loves or walking in the woods. She lives with her wife in Media, PA.