Board of Directors
David Lynch, founder and chairman of the Board of Trustees of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, is an award-winning director, writer and producer. His work includes Eraserhead, Elephant Man, Wild at Heart, Twin Peaks, Blue Velvet, Lost Highway, Straight Story, Mulholland Drive and INLAND EMPIRE.
Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation teachers in America. Over the past 40 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people and authored an authoritative book on the subject, fittingly entitled, Transcendental Meditation, which has been translated into 20 languages. Bob currently serves as the CEO of the David Lynch Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity which has brought meditation to over 500,000 inner-city youth in underserved schools in 35 countries, to veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Leadership Performance, another nonprofit, which is bringing meditation to Fortune 100 companies, government organizations, and nonprofit charities. Bob is the host of the SiriusXM radio show, "Success Without Stress" and has spoken about meditation to industry leaders at such gatherings as Google Zeitgeist, Aspen Ideas Festival, Wisdom2.0, and Summit.
Rona Abramson has been a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program for over 30 years and serves as an international director of the TM Program for Women and Girls, responsible for the development of the women’s wing of the TM organization in countries around the world, including Canada, South Africa, Uganda, Italy, Armenia, and countries in the Middle East.
She has worked with women national leaders and teachers of TM, establishing teaching centers for women and girls, generating outreach initiatives in education, women’s empowerment, maternal health in programs for nurses and midwives, and is in general responsible for delivering the wide range of programming for the TM organization to the general public. Ms. Abramson is an expert in the experiential and theoretical foundations of the TM practice and speaks to women’s groups and courses on the development of consciousness and the application of the TM technique in a wide range of settings. She has established a TM for Women Center in Washington, D.C. area, and supports the local community in its outreach initiatives.
An engaged philanthropist along with her husband, Jeffrey Abramson, she has supported local, national and global initiatives in TM for the past 30 years. As a founding member of the Board of Directors for the David Lynch Foundation, she chairs the program committee and serves as a global liaison for the foundation.
Vincent James Argiro
Vincent grew up in Manhattan and graduated Yale College with a B.A. in Biology 1977. Vincent learned TM in 1974, and is a life-long practitioner. He completed a Ph.D. in Neural Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis in 1983, and continued his Post-doc in developmental neuroscience at the University of Connecticut.
Vincent joined the faculty of Maharishi University of Management (M.U.M) in 1986, teaching and doing research in cellular developmental neurobiology. He founded Vital Images Inc., a 3D scientific visualization software company in 1988. He grew the company, with others, from zero to over $70M in revenue and over $250M market cap. Vincent invented techniques and algorithms in volume visualization and image analysis, leading to multiple U.S. and foreign patents.
Vincent retired from Vital Images in 2006 to focus on spiritual growth, family, and global issues. He is an active mentor to younger entrepreneurs and lives on Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, Canada and maintains a second home in Fairfield, Iowa.
Mark is Managing Director at UBS Private Wealth Management and has been providing investment advice to ultra - high net-worth individuals, family offices and foundations since 1987. He is a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA®), a designation earned through the Wharton School of Business. He was selected as one of the “Top Ten Outstanding Brokers of the Year” by Registered Rep magazine and as one of Barron’s “Top Advisors of America.” Mark is an officer on the board of the Boys & Girls Harbor, he has co-chaired the Harbor Investment Conference since 2006 and is also a dedicated member of the Robin Hood Foundation. Mark is a proud member of the Screen Actors Guild, is married with three children and resides in Manhattan and Bridgehampton, NY.
Jill Black Zalben joined her family-owned commercial real estate firm Black Equities Group in 2004. She is also a director of the family foundation, Stanley and Joyce Black Family Foundation. Her primary focus is helping underserved communities in Los Angeles, bringing awareness to mental health, supportive housing, drug addiction, and our broken education system. Jill is on the boards of several philanthropic organizations, including The Los Angeles Neighborhood Land Trust, Cedars Sinai Board of Governors, Beit T’Shuvah, Temple of The Arts, The David Lynch Foundation and The University Kidney Research Organization. She is also involved with OPCC in Santa Monica, CA, Charity Navigator in New York and No Labels in Washington, D.C.
Ms. Black Zalben graduated from The American University in Washington, D.C. She has two children-Zach Zalben (28) and Torie Zalben(27).
Aryn L. Grossman
Aryn L. Grossman graduated from Boston University with a degree in Communications. Until her retirement in 2005 as the Executive Vice President at Rubenstein Public Relations, she had spent her entire career managing media relations and crisis management for many high profile and distinguished accounts, in addition to the day-to- day operations of the company.
With previous Board positions including The Young Friends of Mount Sinai Hospital, Rescue Ink, and Playground Partners (a division of the Central Park Conservancy), she currently serves on an advisory committee for Fairfield County Hospice House in Stamford, CT, where she and her family have been instrumental in developing and building a home environment for end-of- life care.
Grossman is an active volunteer at Greenwich Country Day School and The Bruce Museum, both in Greenwich, CT, and Lennox Hill Hospital, where she has launched a fund for expectant mothers and their unborn children.
Aryn lives with her husband Matthew and their three young children in Greenwich, CT.
Mr. Jones is the CIO and Chairman of System Two Advisors, where he focuses on design and implementation of the investment process. Prior to founding System Two, Mr. Jones founded the Global Quantitative Equity Group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management in 1989, which he ran until his retirement from GS as a partner in 2010. Prior to joining GSAM, Mr. Jones was a quantitative analyst at Brignoli Models, Lehman Brothers, and in the Global Investment Research department at Goldman Sachs.
Mr. Jones graduated with a BA in American Civilization from Brown University in 1978, and an MBA in Finance from the University of Michigan in 1980. Mr. Jones has written many articles on investing for major publications, including The Financial Analysts Journal, The Journal of Investing, and The Journal of Portfolio Management. Mr. Jones has also contributed chapters to many books, including Modern Investment Management: An Equilibrium Approach. Mr. Jones is on the Investment Advisory Board at the University of Michigan, and is a member and Past President of the Society of Quantitative Analysts (SQA)
Joni Steele Kimberlin
Ms. Kimberlin is a writer, editor, and producer, who co-produced and wrote the script for the PBS documentary “Elizabeth Winthrop: All the Days of Her Life.” Her latest project with Third Fire Films is “Get Real! Wise Women Speak,” a documentary about the adventure, meaning and value of women’s lives as they age. She was awarded the prestigious YWCA Spirit of Greenwich (CT) Award in 2007 which recognized her philanthropic work for local and national organizations. In 2013, she was awarded the Connecticut Audubon Environmental Leadership Award. She is a 38-year practitioner of the TM Technique and has been a TM Teacher for 36 years.
Nigol Koulajian is the founder and CIO of Quest Partners, a NYC-based quantitative hedge fund with $650 million in assets under management. Quest manages assets for some of the world’s largest pensions. Prior to starting Quest, Nigol was the head trader for Carmel Capital, a risk-arbitrage hedge fund and head of asset allocation at Weston Capital, a fund of hedge funds. He started his career with Andersen Consulting. Mr. Koulajian earned an MBA in finance from Columbia Business School and a BS in electrical engineering from Notre Dame. He has been running a personal foundation dedicated to supporting the practices of yoga and meditation since 2002. He was on the board of the Omega Institute for four years.
Jennifer Leahy is a top producer at Douglas Elliman real estate; she currently is the number one individual agent in the Greenwich, CT office. In between her real estate career, Jennifer obtained a Masters in Special and General Elementary Education at Bank Street College of Education. She founded Cambodia’s Children Education Fund, a non-profit that provided scholarships to highly impoverished and orphaned children in Cambodia. She also started a private tutoring practice and post-graduation taught at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, CT.
Jennifer first started meditating at thirteen after reading a book by Krishnamurti. She began her practice of TM about one year ago and the affects were profound. Jennifer is passionate about bringing TM to refugees, veterans, women and to every school in America. Jennifer’s two young children (Declan, 5 and Emerson, 3) have a quiet time practice each day. Jennifer actively volunteers and fundraises for various organizations in Connecticut and Manhattan.
Arthur “Bud” Liebler
Mr. Liebler has spent over 40 years in the Public Relations/ Marketing / Communications business, including over 20 years at Chrysler and DaimlerChrysler Corporation where he was Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications until 2001. Previous to Chrysler, Liebler worked at Ford Motor Company, Ross Roy Advertising and Stratacomm Public Relations. He is a former national chairman of the American Advertising Federation, President of the Michigan Advertising Industry Alliance and Adcraft Club of Detroit, and serves on the boards of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Public Television, Michigan Opera Theatre and Cranbrook Academy of Art.
Jane Ottenberg & Richard Creighton
Jane Ottenberg, along with her husband and business partner Richard Creighton, was the pioneer in the fast-growing trend of content marketing. She co-founded The Magazine Group (which later became TMG Custom Media) in 1981. The firm produced 360 degree content marketing campaigns for large brands and non-profits, including magazines, websites, social media, videos and analytics. The company was sold in 2012.
Jane received the John Caldwell Award from the Custom Content Council for lifetime achievement in content marketing. She was also named oneof the 21 Most Intriguing People in Media by min, the trade publishing group for broadcast, print and online media. Jane served on the board of the Custom Content Council as well on the boards of Maret School, a K-12 independent school in Washington, DC, and the Alzheimer’s Association of Metropolitan Washington.
Richard Creighton worked as a communications executive before forming and leading The Magazine Group as co-CEO with Jane Ottenberg. He serves as vice chair of the Board of Trustees of Washington College, a small liberal arts college in Chestertown, Maryland, and heads the board's trustee's committee. He recently served as chair of the college's presidential search committee and was instrumental in hiring Sheila Bair, former head of the FDIC, as the first woman president of the college.
Richard received his BA from Washington College and attended the JohnsHopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Jane and Richard reside in Chevy Chase, MD and New York and have four children. They have been practicing TM for five years.
Joanna Plafsky is an established international film producer and distributor. She was Co-Founder of Nu Image Films (now Millennium Films), which went on to become a highly successful film production and distribution company. Joanna began her career as Founder and President of Radiance Films International, an international sales and film distribution company. She sold hundreds of films throughout the world and had a strong presence at the Cannes, Milan, and other international film festivals. More recently, Joanna co-produced the documentary Saving the Disposable Ones with David Lynch Foundation Television. She was also Executive Producer of the award-winning documentary My Reincarnation. A graduate from the University of California at Berkeley, Joanna earned a Master’s Degree in Film from Boston University. Joanna’s passion is producing films that uplift the human spirit and make the world a better place to live.
Barry B. Scherr
Mr. Scherr is founder and president of Sundar Corporation, a national commercial real estate investment firm, now specializing in the development and promotion of cutting-edge walking environments. Sundar seeks to recreate sustainable neighborhoods that function like the historical city centers of Europe but utilize advanced architectural principles. Mr. Scherr supports with both time and resources the development of the David Lynch Foundation.
Partner and Member of the Executive Committee, Gibson Dunn
Orin Snyder is one of the nation's leading trial lawyers and litigators. The prestigious Chambers USA named Mr. Snyder one of the nation's six best trial lawyers in the category of "Litigation: Business Trial Lawyers." Another commentator called him "the deadliest lawyer in tech." A former Federal Prosecutor, Mr. Snyder is a Member of Gibson Dunn's Executive Committee, a senior litigation partner in the New York office Co-Chair of the Media, Entertainment and Technology Group.
Bruce N. Wilpon is a Partner of Sterling Equities, actively involved in the management of Sterling.VC and its investments. Prior to joining Sterling, Mr. Wilpon was community manager at Lerer Hippeau Ventures in New York. In addition to serving on the board of the David Lynch Foundation, he is also a board member of Playwrights Horizons, a writer's theater dedicated to the support and development of contemporary American playwrights, composers and lyricists, and to the production of their new work, and the Judy & Fred Wilpon Family Foundation. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Brown University and successfully completed extensive graduate work at University of Chicago and at Columbia University in the field of classical Japanese literature.
Bruce speaks Japanese, French, and Italian and is proud husband to Yuki Ikeda and father to their daughter Sia, cats Mogadishu and Lima, and dog Reggie.