The David Lynch Foundation Staff

Bob Roth

Bob Roth
Chief Executive Officer

Bob Roth is one of the most experienced and sought-after meditation leaders in America. Over the past 45 years, Bob has taught Transcendental Meditation to many thousands of people, and is the author of the 2018 New York Times bestseller, “Strength in Stillness: The Power of Transcendental Meditation.” As CEO of the David Lynch Foundation Bob has helped bring meditation to more than a million students in underserved schools in 35 countries, to military veterans and their families who suffer from post-traumatic stress, and to women and children who are survivors of domestic violence. Bob also directs the Center for Health & Wellness, which is bringing meditation to companies, government organizations, and nonprofit organizations. 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, Aspen Brain Conference, Wisdom2.0, and Summit.

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Adam Friedman
Senior Director of Programs

After a fun but ultimately unfulfilling career as an advertising copywriter, Adam left the corporate world to work for a series of social service providers that help homeless individuals, formerly incarcerated men and women, domestic violence survivors, and individuals receiving welfare benefits. While he did witness some amazing transformations, he found that many well-intentioned social service interventions fail to lead to positive outcomes. He concluded that a main reason is that they do not adequately address the effects of traumatic experiences that have shaped many of their clients' lives. Adam believes that Transcendental Meditation works like a magic wand to address trauma and could be the missing link to help social service providers affect lasting change in a greater percentage of the people they serve. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of this effort.

Adam also likes to juggle knives.

Adam Pressman

Adam Pressman
Director of Media Production and Development

Since an early age, Adam was fascinated with the visual arts. Adam held summer jobs working for NBC News, ABC News, and Guggenheim Productions in Washington, DC, and holds a degree in Radio, TV, and Film from Northwestern University. Adam's deep interest in Transcendental Meditation led to nearly 30 years of advanced study and globe-trotting adventures teaching meditation. As a founding member of the David Lynch Foundation, Adam joined his love of visual media with his passion for “diving within.” Adam's greatest joy is in meeting and interviewing people whose lives are being transformed through the work of the Foundation, and sharing these incredibly inspiring stories with the world.

Fredda L. Plesser

Fredda L. Plesser
Executive Vice President

Fredda is the Executive Vice President for the David Lynch Foundation. After 15 years as a practicing attorney, Fredda entered the non-profit arena to focus on bringing services and relief to underserved communities. From 2003 until 2011, Fredda was Senior Vice President, Chair and Executive Director of the Michael Tyler Fisher Center for Education of the Intrepid Museum in Manhattan. For 3 years prior to joining the Intrepid, Ms. Plesser served as the Chancellor’s Chief Executive for the Office of Corporate Partnerships at the New York City Department of Education. As an attorney, Ms. Plesser was Associate General Counsel for the Securities Industry Association and Litigation Partner for Tenzer Greenblatt LLP, currently known as Blank Rome LLP. Ms. Plesser holds a BS from Cornell University and a JD from Fordham University School of Law.

Hayley Hanna

Hayley Hanna
Director of Education

Originally from Manchester, England, Hayley and her husband, Chris, moved to New York in 2016. Hayley brings 13 years of experience as an inspirational teacher and “Head of Department.” Her career has been focused on closing the achievement gap in underserved areas and eradicating barriers to learning so that all students can access the opportunities to fulfill their greatest potential. Hayley has a track record of deep commitment in building strong and positive teams and leaving behind trails of happier students and teachers who are enthusiastic about learning. Her work led her to the honor of admission into a highly competitive principal-training program to prepare her for a leadership role in education. In her spare time, Hayley loves to read, travel, and explore the city she now calls home. She has a passion for film and will often be found watching movies from all over the world.

Jessica Wisk

Jessica Harris
Vice President

Jessica Harris is the Vice President, Events & Marketing for the Foundation. She focuses on funding the Foundation's programs through events featuring the world's leading musicians, including Katy Perry, Sting, Duran Duran, Moby, Ringo Starr, Jack White, Dixie Chicks and Brendan Benson.

Jessica has more than a decade of experience in the music and event production industry working with non-profits and start-ups. She also produces Communion Presents’ New York residency, a London-based promotion and record label founded by Ben Lovett of Mumford and Sons. Her events have been featured in Billboard, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, New York Times and more.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Jessica partnered with Donna Karan's Urban Zen, where she completed yoga teacher training to bring yoga, nutrition and meditation to at-risk populations. Through Urban Zen, she connected with the David Lynch Foundation to merge her passion for music, meditation and event production to create a difference for the greater good.

Jon Haseltine

Jon Haseltine
Chief Operating Officer

Jon Haseltine serves as DLF's Chief Operating Officer. Jon brings to the team a passion to improve organizational effectiveness and achieve positive outcomes by taking a people-oriented approach to strategic management and tactical execution. Jon spends much of his time collaborating with teams and individuals to enhance the quality of work and culture, especially as DLF scales.

Previously, Jon served with Year Up, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, Viacom’s Get Schooled Foundation, American Express, U.S. Department of the Treasury, Center for Strategic & International Studies, Lahey Behavioral Services (formally HES), and U.S. Peace Corps.

Jon grew up in New England and has deep roots in rural New Hampshire and coastal Maine. He has his MBA and MSW. Jon resides just north of NYC with his wife Emily and their two daughters, Chloe and Avery.

Joshua Pittman

Joshua Pittman
TM Teacher

As a native New Yorker, Joshua uses his meditation to help keep him sane. He has been practicing Transcendental Meditation since he was 16 years old and began teaching TM in 2005. Joshua has a BFA in Film & TV Production from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and worked in post-production sound before shifting careers. He was co-director of the NYC TM centers for 10 years and is proud to now teach TM to school students, veterans, and homeless individuals and seeing their transformation from experiencing damaging stress to developing profound peace. When he is not teaching, Joshua enjoys watching movies and swimming in the ocean with his wife and daughter.

Lynn Kaplan

Lynn Kaplan
Regional Director of DLF Los Angeles

Lynn Kaplan is Director of The David Lynch Foundation in Los Angeles. Her responsibilities include overseeing and implementation of the TM Quiet Time program through partnership programs that serve high at-risk students, veterans suffering from PTS, the chronically homeless and abused young women and girls. She is a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation and has worked with the David Lynch Foundation since it was founded in 2005. Lynn has worked for the Mayor’s Council on Youth in St. Louis and was Director of Weaver High School’s TM Quiet Time program in Hartford, CT from 2006-2010, which produced published research on the positive impact TM has had on improving graduation rates and significantly lowering drop out rates. Lynn was also a high school teacher for ten years at MSAE in Fairfield, Iowa, and is a mother of three.

Rena Boone

Rena Boone
Regional Director, Washington, D.C.

Rena is the Director for The Meditation Center at THEARC which serves the community in wards 7 and 8 in Southeast DC. She has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for the past 35+ years as well as a classroom teacher/educator, and consultant. From 2010 through 2017 she was the Director of the TM/Quiet Time Program at Ideal Academy Public Charter School in the district.

Rena has devoted her life to transforming the field of education through the holistic development of students to achieve their full potential. She has been highly successful in using Transcendental Meditation, TM , an evidence based meditation technique, to help students prepare themselves for learning and to achieve their goals. This has inspired Rena to continue to share this knowledge with others bringing a solution to the epidemic of stress in our nation’s schools. Her joy is to help people of all ages to realize their dreams and to become all that they can be.

Velky Valentin

Velky Valentin
Vice President, Finance

Born-and-raised in NYC, Velky was most recently the Controller at The Africa Center, located in uptown Manhattan. Prior to joining The Africa Center, she worked as Controller at Dance Theater Workshop in Chelsea. Velky has over 17 years of nonprofit experience and holds a degree in Accounting with a concentration in Business Administration from Baruch College.

Velky is extremely vibrant, detail-oriented and personable with tremendous client service orientation. With patience, candor and humor she has managed the finances of many NYC cultural organizations. During this time she has been able to link her career aspirations with her passion for the arts. Velky lives in the Bronx with her husband and two boys. On her spare time, she is running around, attending her son’s basketball, baseball and/or football games.

The DLF Team

Becky Fleming

Becky Fleming, CPA
Associate Director of Finance

Far from the usual, Becky is an absurdly non boring accountant. Enthused by all things numbers, organized, and green, Becky enjoys baking, running, and the occasional Friends episode (a.k.a marathon). In addition to her work at DLF, she continues to maintain the books for a small non-profit, StartingBloc. Becky holds a degree in Accounting and Finance from University of Maryland, and has two pets at home, if you include her husband.

Casey Williams

Casey Williams
Associate Director of Digital Marketing

Casey joined the Foundation in 2018 from the world of sports social media, having worked at the NBA and MLB. He earned a BA in journalism and media production from Franklin Pierce University in New Hampshire.

After moving to New York in 2014, Casey found a belief in the universal benefits of meditation from the work of Dan Harris as well as from Russell Brand, friend of the DLF and student of Bob Roth. Prior to joining DLF, Casey pursued his certification as a meditation teacher, and sought modern ways to share the practice with all people. He feels very fortunate to align that mission with the David Lynch Foundation.

Chris Busch

Chris Busch
Regional Director - Chicago

Chris is a founding member of the David Lynch Foundation, present from its creation in July 2005. A 40-year practitioner and teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program, Chris works with his wife Julia to expand outreach and development opportunities for the Foundation in Chicago.

Dana Marie Farley

Dana Marie Farley
Operations and Development Coordinator

In 2005, Dana met Mr. Lynch for the first time at an intimate gathering in New York City. At the meeting, he discussed the benefits of Transcendental Meditation (TM) and the plans of launching “The David Lynch Foundation.” Dana was impressed and decided to give it a try due to stresses with academics, athletics, and family illness. After several months of practicing TM, she noticed it had a significant impact on her life. Once Dana graduated from high school, she went on to Bucknell University, where she received a BA in English - Film / Media Studies and Anthropology. Upon graduation, she worked at Magnolia Pictures, Tribeca Film Festival, Paradigm Talent Agency and the hit TV show, “Twin Peaks: The Return.”

When she is not at DLF, Dana is working for Director/Producer Frederick Marx (“Hoop Dreams”) at Warrior Films, pursuing her love of visual storytelling. In her free time, she can be found attempting jujitsu, biking and listening to the brilliance of Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.

Gina Russo

Gina Russo
Development Operations Manager

Gina graduated from Newhouse at Syracuse University with a degree in TV/Radio/Film Writing with aspirations of being a screenwriter. Her TV career includes time at Warner Bros. with the syndication sales team, scheduling at WPIX-TV Ch. 11 in New York, and almost 10 years at 30 Rock working in programming for Syfy. Looking for a career change, Gina took her writing and organizational skills into nonprofit where she could help development teams raise money to improve health and wellness for everyone. Gina joins the David Lynch Foundation after spending two years at Hearing Health Foundation where she helped raise funding for research into hearing loss conditions and encouraged everyone to wear ear plugs at concerts and events. Outside of work, Gina enjoys watching the Yankees, the Jets, tennis, Syracuse basketball, and any show that revolves around food.

Jared Sossin

Jared Sossin
Executive Coordinator to CEO & Certified TM Teacher

Jared learned the Transcendental Meditation technique when he was in the midst of applying to law school on his way to a career in government. His experience with TM was so profound, so transformational that he shifted career paths and decided to make a profession of teaching others to meditate rather than go into politics. Jared spent the next three years teaching hundreds of New Yorkers to meditate, including business professionals, artists and entertainers, and students of all ages. After stepping away from teaching to work in his family’s business, Jared returned to the David Lynch Foundation where he is teaching veterans and kids from under-resourced neighborhoods to meditate as well as company CEOs and government leaders. In his downtime, Jared enjoys playing chess and rooting for the Knicks.

Julia Busch

Julia Busch
Regional Director - Chicago

Julia graduated from Regis College with a degree in Biology and her passion is to help people in the field of health and wellness. She learned the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique in college, soon realized that TM is one of the most powerful tools to help pursue her passion and decided to become a TM teacher. Julia has been teaching TM for almost 40 years and through her work with the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy, she connected with business, government and policy makers to bring the prevention-based solutions of the TM Program to society. Julia is one of the founders of the David Lynch Foundation and is now focusing on Development and Expansion in Chicago and California.

Mario Orsatti

Mario Orsatti
Director of Center for Health & Wellness

Mario Orsatti has been teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1973. In addition to teaching TM to business professionals here in NYC, he has helped direct TM centers in Washington, DC, Boston, Berkeley, Denver, and Hong Kong. Mario’s work with the David Lynch Foundation has included helping direct projects that bring TM to individuals recovering from homelessness, PTS, and to teenagers dealing with learning disorders.

Olivia Shepherd

Olivia Shepherd
Associate Director, Auctions & Partnerships

A Los Angeles native, Olivia has called Brooklyn her home since graduating with a degree in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. As Associate Director, Auctions & Partnerships, she’s responsible for all aspects of the Foundation’s online fundraising through auctions and sweepstakes campaigns. Her roles include liaising with donors and the Executive Director, as well as fostering relationships with new and existing partners and corporate sponsors. In addition, she handles the day-to-day operations for DLF LIVE.

Before arriving at the Foundation, Olivia spent four years managing 200+ charity accounts at a premier online auction house, specializing in non-profit fundraising via celebrity and brand experiences. In her spare time Olivia loves exploring history and world culture through travel, food, art and her somewhat unhealthy obsession with pre-modern architecture.

Genevieve Kimberlin

Peter Lamoureux
Lead TM Teacher

Peter Lamoureux is the lead TM instructor at David Lynch Foundation. Peter has taught TM to thousands of people over 40 years. Mr.Lamoureux has been working with David Lynch Foundation teaching veterans with PTS and is the Director of Programs for Operation Warrior Wellness. Peter is a non combat veteran of the US Army and US Army Reserves, MOS 71Q20 Information Specialist (journalist / photographer).

In addition, Mr. Lamoureux is the President and principal owner of Everest Asset Management, Inc. Everest sponsors the Everest Fund, L.P., an investment fund that has been in continuous operation 30 years. He has both securities and commodities licenses.

Mr. Lamoureux has a BS in Education and formerly held a certificate to teach in secondary education.

Peter has daughters in Brooklyn, Austin and Boulder, and is an avid motorcyclist when not teaching TM to veterans.

Raisa Martinez

Raisa Martinez
Senior Manager of Education & Certified TM teacher

Over the last 9 years Raisa has investigated what factors affect underserved students in their educational pursuit. Her undergraduate thesis evaluated students' perceptions of higher education attainability, while her graduate thesis evaluated the effectiveness of various mindfulness school based interventions to combat toxic stress in youth. For the last 5 years Raisa has worked with the David Lynch Foundation in the school programs (Quiet Time) division. Within the last three years, she has become a certified Transcendental Meditation teacher; working in schools throughout NYC as well as various Veteran programs through the foundation.

Sam Lieb

Sam Lieb
Creative Director

Sam is passionate about documenting stories of transformation incited through the David Lynch Foundation's TM programs. Over the past 7 years, Sam has enjoyed traveling the world, from Europe, to Asia, South America, and all over North America, to meet an expansive variety of people with profound stories of change. Together with the DLF.TV team, Sam's aim is to provide videos that will inspire and raise funds necessary for DLF to provide TM for any person in the world in need. Sam is also an artist and creates masks and puppets for film and theatre.

Vin DeCrescenzo

Vin DeCrescenzo
Director of Veterans Programs

In 2016 Vin showed up at DLF offering to build a new website and has just kept showing up everyday since. He joined DLF after a long career in film, television and digital marketing. He began his career at Good Morning America working for film critic Joel Seigel. He later went on to write and direct several short films and documentaries of his own. He spent many years as a digital marketing consultant helping organizations to grow online. Vin has brought that wealth of experience to help make our veterans program what it is today. He has worked to dramatically expand our partnerships with the Veterans Administration and other veteran serving organizations around the U.S. Those efforts have led to hundreds of veterans learning TM and finding relief from PTSD. Learning TM and working at a non-profit for the first time were both transformative experiences in his life. Vin is a married father of two and a lifelong New Yorker. He is a graduate of Colgate University.

Los Angeles

Peter Trivelas

Peter Trivelas
TM Instructor

Peter graduated from The Albany Academy military academy and served in the US Navy in Vietnam on the USS Intrepid as a Photographic Intelligence Petty Officer. After earning a BFA degree in filmmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute, Peter worked for 30+ years in the television industry, editing and producing for all the major television networks and a variety of production companies such as Martha Stewart Living Television and The Discovery Channel.

In 1974, Peter completed his Transcendental Meditation teacher training in Vittel, France and has taught in TM Centers and for many DLF projects since. Currently, Peter is proud to bring healing and meditation to veterans and at-risk students as a TM teacher at DLF Los Angeles.

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