Lee Klinger Lesser, Cofounder, Executive Director, Programs Director and Lead Facilitator
Lee Klinger Lesser, M.S., Co-founder and Executive Director of Veteran’s PATH, 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 workshops in the mindfulness practice of Sensory Awareness for over 35 years, both in English and 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 also a national trainer in early childhood education, family support, social and emotional development, and diversity and equity issues. You can read more about Lee at Return To Our Senses.
Chris Fortin, Cofounder, Lead Facilitator
Chris Fortin, MA, MFT is a Transmitted Zen teacher in the lineage of Shunryu Suzuki Roshi, Spiritual Counselor and psychotherapist in private practice for over 25 years. She is Cofounder of HPW and has developed and led HPW 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 teaches and 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 HPW. (www.dharmaheartzen.com)
Laurie Senauke, Development and Programs Associate
Laurie has spent over two decades supporting non-profit organizations in various roles, including board member, volunteer and program coordinator, bookkeeper, content and promotional material editor, and development support. She brings to Veteran’s PATH her expertise and proficiency in ground-up database development, website and email creation and management, as well as extensive experience with data collection, management, and analysis for program evaluation. Laurie is a formally recognized Lay Zen teacher; she started Zen practice in 1980 and she currently lives at the Berkeley Zen Center, where she serves as a Practice Leader and administrator of family programs. She works with her own clients doing hypnotherapy and neuro-coaching, weaving together ancient wisdom and recent discoveries from neuroscience. She is deeply moved and inspired by the mission and work of Veteran’s PATH, and she is thrilled to be bringing her skills and strengths to this growing organization.
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