B.A., Psychology -University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Education -University of California, Los Angeles
Ph.D., Education, Cognate: Psychology -University of California, Los Angeles
Dissertation Topic: College Student Motivation and Retention:
African-American, White, Asian, and Latino Students
Spiritual Teacher & Advisor
January 2008 – Present
Offers a series of spiritual workshops, lectures, one on one, and group teachings to help transform and uplift the hearts and minds of a variety of groups and individuals throughout the world. In addition, individual spiritual advising is offered with clients both in person and online.
Motivational Speaker and Workshop Leader
September 1998- Present
Created a series of Workshops for Female Empowerment and College Student Success in the U.S.
While travelling and living in India, gave presentations on various subjects at colleges and organizations throughout the country.
CEO – India Clothing Import Business
March 2003-to Present
Responsible for Personnel / Operations Management, Design and Manufacturing,
Sales and Customer Service – Wholesale and Retail Accounts, and Accounting Management.
Director of Adult Basic Education, UNM Los Alamos
August 2008 –March 2009
Direct and manage the day-to-day operations of the Adult Basic Education Program
Develop and manage operational budget, Supervise and Hire Faculty and Office Staff
Coordinate various off-campus sites, Assist students in achieving their goals.
Energy Therapist, Private Practice
June 1997- 2006
Provide energy therapy treatments to adult and child patients for relief in stress, headache, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue and cancer.
Bio-energy Therapist, Clinician: UCLA Pediatric Pain Program
Treatment of out patient children in varying stages of chronic pain as a member of UCLA’ s premier complimentary health program consisting of pediatricians, psychologists and complimentary health specialists.
March 1998- August 2001
Teach Beginner, Restorative, and Senior Yoga – Art of Living Foundation, Holy Faith Episcopalian Church: Nutrition and Fitness Program, Malibu Gym, Inglewood Senior Ctr, Integral Yoga Institute
Consultant, Jubilee Consortium
August 2002 –December 2002
Major Project: Jubilee Health Project
Conducted a Needs Assessment for a collaborative Fitness and Nutrition Project in the Los Angeles area. Interviewed key informants and conducted focus groups to determine the physical health and nutritional needs of residents of the City of Inglewood.
Program Officer, Pacific Institute for Women’s Health
December 2000 –June 2001
Major Project: Reach 2010
Project Activities: Developed and designed a cardiovascular disease and diabetes risk reduction curriculum and training manual for community based organizations and worksite programs in minority communities focusing on the importance of nutrition and fitness. Conducted training workshops to community workers responsible for delivering the curriculum
Research Analyst, Center For the Study of Evaluation, UCLA
July 1992- July 1997
Major Project: Community-University Enrichment in the Schools (CUES)
Project Activities: Evaluation of a University and Community collaborative project providing academic and social services to two area middle schools. Site visits, interviews, survey construction and analysis, and formalization of interim and final evaluation reports.
Major Project: National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) motivation/validity studies.
Project Activities: Factor analysis, Structural Equation Modeling of national assessment exam.
Research Fellow, Southwest Regional Laboratory (SWRL)
September 1995- August 1996
Major Project: Student Substance Survey & Special Kinships Projects
Project Activities: Site surveying and program planning for drug prevention and self-esteem enhancing programs.
Research Analyst, Center for the Study of Community Colleges, UCLA
July 1991- July 1992
Major Projects: National study of course offerings in over 200 community colleges.
Project Activities: Data analysis of enrolment patterns and catalog content analysis of curriculum..
Research Analyst, Higher Education Research Institute, UCLA
September 1990- June 1991
Major Projects: National Study on the Retention of Minority Students
Project Activities: Analysis and write-up of multiple regression study utilizing survey data.
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR EOP
California State University, Dominguez Hills, California 1988-1990
- Administered departmental budget of approximately $400,000.
- Interviewed and selected potential students.
- Counselled students during first two academic years.
- Served on Vice-President’s Judicial Council.
DEAN OF EDUCATION
Transwestern Institute, Long Beach, California 1984-1987
- Directed all institute staffing including hiring, training, and evaluation of faculty and clerical staff.
- Planned and developed curriculum offerings including computer based instructional courses
- Organized faculty development seminars.
- Conducted weekly student orientations and provided individual and group counselling.
DIRECTOR OF MANAGEMENT REPORTS
Academic Affairs, Hostos Community College, City University of New York 1979-1983
- Administered 3.5 million dollar Academic Division budget including analysis, preparation, and implementation.
- Approved course offerings in consultation with chairpersons and Dean of Administration.
- Coordinated all phases of student registration process including: registrar’s office, budget office, and student service’s office.
SPECIAL ASSISTANT TO THE PRESIDENT
Hostos Community College, City University of New York 1981-1982
- Served as liaison for President with Academic and Administrative Divisions.
- Acted as Public Relations representative for political and community affairs.
- Gathered data and wrote reports for President.
- Chaired President’s College-Wide Planning Council.
ASSISTANT TO THE DEAN
La Guardia Community College, City University of New York 1977-1979
- Coordinated All Data Activities for Colleges Accreditation Visit including
- Survey creation and analysis and Departmental Outcomes Documentation
- Worked Closely with the Dean of Adult & Continuing Ed on New Course Proposals
PRIVATE CONSULTING and PROPOSAL DEVELOPMENT
Art of Living Foundation, November 1996- September 1998
Conducted research on the alternative health breath technique, Sudarshan Kriya, including its effects on mental, emotional, and physical outcomes.
Center for Reuniting Families, November 1995 -December 1997
Grant development for non-profit residential treatment center treating teens with drug, alcohol, and emotional problems. Consultant for the Center’s ongoing progress and evaluation activities.
Howard Psychotherapy Associates, Fall 1995
Developed proposal, evaluation design, and instrumentation for teen pregnancy prevention program.
TELEVISION AND FILM
Public Broadcasting Station New Television Series – Healing Quest, Airing Nationwide October 2003. Filmed as lead Alternative Therapist at UCLA’s Pediatric Pain Program.
Discovery Channel – Special on Alternative Health methods for Children’s Pain, Aired in U.S. 1997-2000, Aired Internationally 2001-2002. Filmed working in the UCLA Pediatric Pain Program with chronic fatigue patient.
The Power of Wellness, filmed for KCET, Los Angeles – Airing Date to be Announced. Interview with Dr. Michael Joseph of Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles on the importance of the breath in healing
PRESENTATIONS AND LECTURES
Santa Fe Center for Spiritual Living, April 2009, Santa Fe, NM. Presentation and Workshop,: Embodying the Goddess.
Celebration Conscious Living, March 2009, Colorado Springs, CO. Presentation and Workshop: Embodying The Goddess.
Santa Fe Community College, December, 2007, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Motivational Workshop for Student Leaders.
Santa Fe Community College, October, 2007, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Invited Talk: Are You Fit For College Success?
National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine, UCLA Medical Center, June 2003, Los Angeles, CA. Invited Talk: 21st Century Physicians and Alternative Health.
Easwari Engineering College, January 2003, Chennai, India. Invited Talk: Capitalism and Eastern Values. Presentation to 1st year MBA students.
Unity Church Cedar Rapids, August 2002, Cedar Rapids, IA. Presentation: Embodying the Goddess.
United States Consulate, May 2002, Chennai, India. Invited Talk: International Women’s Day Program.
Integral Yoga Institute, January 2002, R.S. Puram, Coimbatore, India. Invited Talk: Steps in the Process of Creation.
Rotary Club of Coimbatore Texcity, January 2002, Coimbatore, India. Invited Talk: Western Materialism and Eastern Values.
Siri Nehru Maha Vidyalaya College of Arts & Science, Institute of Management Studies, December, 2001, Coimbatore, India. Invited Talk: “Woes of Capitalism.”
Chinmaya Mission, Integral Yoga Institute Silent Retreat, November 2001, Coimbatore, India. Invited Talk: “You Are the Creator.”
Art of Living Foundation, 1996-1999, Los Angeles CA, Invited Talks: Introduction to Healing Breath Workshops.
American Psychological Association (APA), August, 1997, Chicago, IL. Invited Paper: “Attributions in a model of college student achievement.”
Comparative and International Education Society Conference, November, 1993, Los Angeles, CA Paper: “College student differences in attributions for achievement.”
American Educational Research Association (AERA), April 1992, San Francisco, CA. Roundtable paper presentation: “Predicting student retention.”
American Educational Research Association (AERA), Apri11992, San Francisco, CA. Paper (co- author): “Minority faculty in research universities: Barriers to progress.”
Student Retention in Higher Education 7th National Conference, November, 1991, Las Vegas, NV, Paper: “Male student retention: A current national perspective.”
UCLA Graduate School of Education, Fundraising/Donor Presentation to Potential Dean’s Scholar Funders. May 1991, Los Angeles, CA. Invited Talk: Importance of a Graduate Education
UCLA Graduate School of Education, Fundraising/Donor Presentation to The Southern California Gas Company. March, 1991, Los Angeles, CA. Invited Talk: Importance of a Graduate Education
AWARDS AND HONORS
Fellow, Researcher Training Project, Southwest Regional Laboratory (1995-1996)
Member, Spencer Advisory Council- Graduate School of Education, UCLA (1994-1995)
William Tumbull Outstanding Scholar, Educational Testing Service (Summer 1993)
Project 88 Fellow, Graduate Division, UCLA (1991-1993)
Dean’s Scholar, Graduate School of Education, UCLA (1990)