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.
John Hagelin, Ph.D.
Dr. Hagelin is a leading scientist and public policy expert, chief advisor to the Congressional Prevention Coalition and director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy—a public policy think tank at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He directs the implementation of the Transcendental Meditation program in government, schools and hospitals nationwide. Dr. Hagelin is president of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace.
Bob Roth is the Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, where he has helped to direct the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program to over 250,000 at-risk students in 130 public and charter schools in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East and Africa.
He also serves as national director of the Center for Leadership Performance, where he helped to oversee the introduction of the TM program in business, industry and governmental organizations.
Mr. Roth has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for 40 years and is the author of the definitive book on the technique, entitled, fittingly, Transcendental Meditation, which has been published in 21 languages.
Jeffrey S. Abramson
Jeffrey Abramson is a partner of The Tower Companies, a family owned, award winning real estate development company; pioneers in the building of LEED Certified residential and commercial properties in the National Capital Region. Recognized for environmental excellence since 1998, Tower is an EPA ENERGY STAR and Green Power Leader, certified carbon neutral by The Climate Registry and winners of 2013 USGBC NCR Sustainable Business of the Year and DC Mayor's Sustainability Awards. Abramson has organized and funded medical research in the cardiovascular diseases and preventative health care areas and educational programs for at-risk youth utilizing the TM program.
Rona Abramson is an international trustee of the Transcendental Meditation Program for Women and Girls and is responsible for implementation of the TM program and its related programs in the areas of education, health, business, culture and the arts. This newly established organization is designed to address the unique needs; challenges and opportunities for this segment of the population so that every woman enjoys ideal health, enhanced creativity, intelligence and well being in every aspect of life for inner and outer fulfillment.
Mr. Ayer is the retired chairman and CEO of The Hartford, one of the nation’s oldest and largest investment and insurance companies. He spent his career at The Hartford, serving in a number of leadership roles, including vice president of HartRe, the Hartford’s reinsurance subsidiary; president and, later, executive vice president of Hartford Specialty Company; and president and chief operating officer of The Hartford’s property casualty operations.
Mr. Ayer is Chairman of the Hartford Healthcare Board of Directors and is a member of the boards of XL Group plc, the David Lynch Foundation and the Vice Chairman of the Connecticut Council of Education Reform. He is a former member of the boards of directors of Hartford Hospital, the American Insurance Association, the Insurance Information Institute and is a former member of the Business Roundtable.
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.
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 Maharishi University of Management, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Detroit Public Television, Michigan Opera Theatre and Cranbrook Academy of Art.
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.
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).