Board

Board Chair: Christy Foley, Executive Director of the Foley Private Charitable Foundation, and a former marketing and business executive

Christy Foley is a marketing and business development veteran having spent many years immersed in the technology and media industries. She is a dynamic connector, 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 The Hoffman Institute, and an active member of The Philanthropy Workshop network and Social Venture Network.

Board Secretary: Bill Duane, Google, Sustainable High Performance & Well Being Program Lead

Bill heads up the well being and sustainable high performance learning team within People Development at Google. His team’s mission is to help Googlers live and work in sustainable ways that allow them to be their most effective and happy selves, as individuals and as an organization. And ultimately create a better world. Before embarking on a career to combine effectiveness and compassion, Bill led Site Reliability Engineering teams for 8 years at Google. He was responsible for worldwide production engineering as the Senior Manager of the web search infrastructure and logging teams and then as the Site Reliability Engineering lead for Gmail and Google Apps. Prior to Google, he was a managing consultant for nine years at Whittman-Hart and STS. Bill advises several nonprofits and and is a dharma teacher in training with Noah Levine from Against the Stream.

Board Treasurer: Heather Buck

Heather Buck spent many years as a corporate finance and accounting professional in the technology and manufacturing industries, after earning her CPA license while working for Price Waterhouse. She is a published writer and is currently in the process of becoming a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC) as well as a Certified Meditation Instructor (C.MI.). She is the Founder and Chief Inspiration Officer at InStill Coaching, LLC and is passionate about partnering with others to live an inspired and purposeful life through the avenues of curiosity, connection, creativity, compassion and contentment. She is honored to work in service of veterans after having grown up in a family where both of her parents were U.S. Army Officers and war veterans.

BOARD MEMBERS

Lee Klinger Lesser, CoFounder, Executive Director of Veteran’s PATH

Lee Klinger Lesser, MS, has developed and led retreats for veterans since 2008, integrating her experience of mindfulness and meditation into accessible programming for Veterans. She has been leading Sensory Awareness workshops since 1976, both in English and in Spanish, throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico and Spain. She studied and co-taught with Charlotte Selver, the founder of Sensory Awareness in the United States, and has practiced Zen since 1978. She is a national trainer on early childhood education, emotional intelligence, family support, diversity and equity. (www.returntooursenses.com)

Chris Fortin, CoFounder, Lead Facilitator of Veteran’s PATH and Marriage and Family Therapist

Chris Fortin is a zen practitioner and teacher, as well as a MA MFT psychotherapist and spiritual counselor. She is Cofounder of Veteran’s PATH and has co-developed and co-led our retreats since its beginning. She began her Zen practice at San Francisco Zen Center in 1976 and now practices as a leader and teacher in the Everyday Zen Community (www.everydayzen.org.) She leads meditation workshops and retreats throughout the bay area and beyond. She has over 30 years of experience in helping to heal the wounds and trauma of mind, body and spirit, and brings this experience to the leadership and development of Veteran’s PATH. (www.dharmaheartzen.com)

Quentin Finney, Marine Corps vet, Founding partner of Pause i/O

Quentin Finney is a founding partner of Pause i/O. Quentin is especially focused on improving the ways people connect with information, strategy, themselves, and one another, and he spent the last 16 years in the tech sector, helping enable innovation and manage change in various roles with Google, EMC, Northrop Grumman IT, and four start-ups. A former Marine officer and graduate of The Citadel and the Authentic Leadership Program at Naropa University, Quentin currently serves on the board of directors for Veteran’s Path, a non-profit focused on providing mindfulness-based transition support for veterans as they rejoin the civilian world and uncover new paths of service.

Warren Langley, President (ret) Pacific Stock Exchange, Lt. Colonel (ret) US Air Force

Warren is a 1965 graduate of the USAF Academy, holds a SM in Astronautical Engineering from MIT and received his Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Georgia Tech. After the Air Force he worked in the defense consulting industry and was the head of the Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at United Airlines. He also was a partner in an options trading firm, and President of the Pacific Stock and Options Exchange. Since 1999, he has worked as a consultant., and in the past decade has found the best job of his life—being a grandfather to Jonathan (12) and Eleanor (10). Warren’s father was a POW in Europe during WW II and many of his classmates and friends from his USAF Academy days fought in Vietnam. This gives him a very personal relationship to those who have fought in wars and appreciation of the impact this has had on their lives and those of their loved ones.

Kimberly K. Smith, COL (ret) USA, COL (ret) US Army

Kim is a retired Army Nurse Corps Officer who served 28 years on active duty in a variety of roles as a Trauma Critical Care Clinical Nurse Specialist, Educator, Researcher, and Nursing Leader in military hospitals on and off the battlefield. She currently works as the Vice President of Clinical Outcomes involving Quality Healthcare and Patient Safety at a large medical system in San Antonio, TX. Kim brings a passion for mindfulness, resilience and camaraderie in contuining to serve the Veterans community.