The David Lynch Foundation Staff
New York City
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 Executive Director 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.
Chief Philanthropy Officer
Ina considers herself fortunate for a career spanning corporate (Ogilvy and other agencies), government (MTA marketing to get people back on the subway) and non-profit. In over 20 non-profit years, she’s used her skills in service to people and issues she’s passionate about – arts, women’s rights, education, people in need. Highlights include City Center (including the original branding and fundraising for City Center Encores!), the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, Sesame Workshop, American Ballet Theatre, Ms. Foundation, IFP, Paley Center, and The Actors Fund.
Due to a minimal need for sleep, Ina is also a long-time Board member of Parsons Dance, has handled special projects for Count-Me-In for Women’s Economic Independence, Women’s Media Center, School of American Ballet, and HB Studios and serves on Manhattan’s Community Board 5. She believes in TM, laughing often, and being part of the solution.
Chief of Staff
From being a super hero with a zoo in his backyard to wanting to be an environmental lawyer, Sam has always been inclined to make a difference in the world. Sam became involved with DLF during his freshman year of college and has not left the Foundation since. Sam never thought he would end up at a not-for-profit establishment since he studied Business Management in college, but the great work DLF achieves steered his life in a direction of working for not "the man", but rather, “the most amazing group of super heroes" he could ask for.
Aprajita (Raji) Kalra
Chief Financial and Administrative Officer
Raji is not your typical CFO/CAO. Aside from being responsible for finance, accounting, human resources, operations and IT functions (phew!), Raji maintains office morale through a constant supply of candy. She joined the Foundation in July 2012 with over 8 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector, mainly in education at places such as KIPP and Harlem RBI, and over 4 years in management consulting, mostly at Accenture. She holds a BA from Columbia University, an MA from Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies and an MBA from Columbia University Business School.
In her limited spare time, Raji is a career coach to Columbia MBA students who are interested in pursuing careers in the social sector. She also sits on three nonprofit boards: the Bronx River Alliance (where she serves as Treasurer), Justice For Our Neighbors, and MTIP for Kids.
Director of the Center for Leadership Performance
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, PTSD, and to teenagers dealing with learning disorders.
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.
The DLF Team
Director of Marketing and Communications
Austin is passionate about meditation and communication. Serving as the voice of reason, or whimsy, with great insight and due diligence, Austin leads responsibilities encompassed by writing, design, photography, marketing, and without fail, the first note of every DLF staff's Happy Birthday song. Austin holds an MBA, as well as a BA in Eastern Sciences and is a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique.
Manager, Operations & Auctions, DLF LIVE
A Los Angeles native, Olivia has called Brooklyn her home since graduating with a degree in Art History from Barnard College, Columbia University. As the Manager of Operations & Auctions at DLF LIVE, 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.
Office, HR and Design Assistant
Lucy is the smiling face and happy spirit at the front desk, performing the roles of Office, HR and Design Assistant at DLF. She learned TM at 8 years old and is excited to share her profound respect for the grounded vision of possibilities meditation brings and for the DLF’s mission of helping others and creating a better world. In her spare time, Lucy enjoys creative activities including some freelance design and photographic work, cooking and international travel. She holds a degree in Digital Media Design with a minor in Photography from Marist College.
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.
In May of 2009, Donielle received a life-changing phone call. On the other end of the line was David Lynch declaring, "Donielle, you're going to become a Transcendental Meditation teacher and move to Los Angeles." Within 9 months Donielle had graduated from Maharishi University with a degree in Communications and Media, completed her TM Teacher Training Course and moved to Los Angeles to start the first David Lynch Foundation “Quiet Time” program. She has spent the past 5 years teaching TM at several schools, organizations, and a rescue shelter for child victims of prostitution.
Deputy Director of Programs
After an 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. He concluded that a major reason so many well-intentioned social service interventions fail to lead to positive outcomes 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.
Executive Producer of DLF Live
Jessica Harris is the Executive Producer for the Foundation's live events and music division, DLF Live. 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, mediation and event production to create a difference for the greater good.
Rachel is a lead instructor for David Lynch Foundation's Women's Initiative. Additionally she has developed special projects for outreach and awareness including the launch of Meditation Creativity Peace screenings and a filmed interview series with students from the Family Justice Center. Before serving as a teacher for DLF, she was director of special events, following five years of event management and non-profit work in New York City. She holds a BA in Film and Media Studies and due to her range of interests and love of people she couldn’t imagine a more perfect outlet to engage with diverse populations and programs. She continues to enjoy creative opportunities in and outside of “work.”
Program Manager for the Center for Leadership Performance
Genevieve Kimberlin manages DLF's Center for Leadership Performance (CLP), bringing TM to the corporate world while helping to fund DLF's programs for at-risk adults and children. She brings 17 years of meditation experience, having taught over 200 people to meditate. Prior to being with DLF, she was a manager for the yoga apparel company, Lululemon Athletica and taught Vinyasa and Yin Yoga in Greenwich, CT. Kimberlin's passion for the yogic lifestyle led her to a 5-month intensive meditation course in Thailand to ultimately become a TM teacher. Kimberlin studied Ayurveda, Sanskrit, and Consciousness at Maharishi University of Management and holds a dual degree in Communications and Human Development from Boston College. On the side, Kimberlin has a passion for singing and a love of nature.
Lead TM Instructor
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 PTSD 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.
Executive Producer of DLF Live
In 2006, Erik learned about the magic of quinoa from the "special features" segment on David Lynch's Inland Empire DVD. He currently obsesses over music, film, art, and food. After years serving as Director of Programming for The Shedd in Oregon and as National Booking Director for Opus 3 Artists, Erik is thrilled to be Executive Producer of DLF Live, the charitable events production division of the David Lynch Foundation.
Senior Manager, Special Events
Kathleen turned her necessity for organization, love of Excel spreadsheets, knack for planning and desire to meet new people into a career in event management. At DLF, she is responsible for all the behind-the-scenes magic that brings a fundraising or cultivation event to life. Prior to joining The Foundation, Kathleen worked for nearly 10 years in the meeting and events industry. She last worked as the Event Director at a leading conference company.
In her spare time she loves to travel, explore the NYC/Hoboken restaurant scene, go on brewery tours, spend time with her nieces and binge watch Law & Order.
Director of Education
With a Masters in Education, Joanna spent ten years traveling the world and teaching in different environments before finding her way to the David Lynch Foundation. From India to Africa, public to private school, a homeless shelter and a school for students with autism, she was always trying and learning something new. In 2010 she started working for Quiet Time in San Francisco and was instantly inspired to make the shift from classroom teacher to TM teacher. Joanna is thrilled to be in NYC launching the education initiative and teaching courses at the foundation.
Executive Assistant to Bob Roth
Rece brings over twenty years of experience to DLF with a background in executive support, customer service, operations, and special events. She spent twelve years in the music business supporting various executives in various fields as diverse as artist & repertoire and finance. Through these integral roles, Rece acquired strong administrative, organizational, and project management skills as well as an ability to seamlessly adapt to different work environments and personalities. As the conference center manager for a prestigious private equity firm, Rece managed the day-to-day operations and established a standard operating procedure for the department. In 2011, Rece joined a startup mobile app company as the executive assistant to the company President and later became the manager of customer support. Past extracurricular activities include production work on music videos, managing teams of volunteers for the Tribeca Film Festival, and organizing monthly social events for small dogs. Rece is incredibly grateful and excited to be a part of DLF's mission to change the world through TM.
Second Assistant to the Executive Director
Donald Revolinski joined the DLF team after many years volunteering and collaborating with with Iowa based TV branch of DLF. He spent several years on staff at David Lynch's official film school, at Maharishi University of Management, as a producer and technical advisor, as well as a founding member of the program.
As a film producer, video editor, and sound re-record mixer, Donald graduated with his degree in Communications and Media in 2009. He believes strongly in human rights and equality, and is proud to be making a difference as part of the DLF team.
Director of Institutional Giving
Nellie is a social justice activist at heart. At DLF, she is responsible for expanding and managing relationships with private and corporate foundations and grant-making institutions. She has worked in the non-profit sector for 15 years, dedicated to such issues as women’s empowerment, domestic violence and education. Most recently, Nellie served as Assistant Director of Institutional Giving at the Harlem Children’s Zone and has also worked at My Sisters’ Place, the United Nations and as an Adjunct Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies at Hunter College. Nellie holds a BA in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Augsburg College and an M.Phil in Ethnic and Racial Studies from Trinity College Dublin. Nellie is new to TM, and as the mother of three small children, she is finding it particularly helpful.
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.
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 PTSD, 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.
Alisha Zalkin is an award winning singer/songwriter who has penned songs for TV. You can find her performing all around town. Alisha is very grateful to be a part of the DLF LA team. Alisha has been involved with many non-profits starting with Children of The Night ( a safe house for child prostitutes) while she was a college student at U.C.L.A.. Following college she became involved with the Playing For Change Foundation and has performed at numerous conferences dedicated to responding to the needs of children who have been abused in some way. She has been meditating for over two years. Meditation has completely changed her life. She is extremely passionate about the work of the DLF, and truly enjoys working with students.
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.
Johnnie began TM when she was 5 years old. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Johnnie worked as a songwriter licensing original music to major networks, earning record deals in Japan, Italy and Switzerland. Johnnie also spent 9 years working for the Los Angeles Unified School District teaching English as a second language. Combining her love of TM with her experience in education and entertainment, Johnnie now works for the David Lynch Foundation teaching TM in the School Quiet Time Programs and assisting with the Foundation’s events. It is a joy for Johnnie to teach TM to children who are most in need.
Regional Director of Development and Expansion
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.
Regional Director of Development and Expansion
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.
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.
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.
Senior Editor and Technical Director
Ed built his first non-linear editing computer before he learned to walk. That's an exaggeration, but he does bring over 15 years of experience in video to DLF.TV. Ed ran his own production business while attending a high school that integrated the Transcendental Meditation technique into its curriculum. Ed has now been on the DLF team for almost 6 years, enjoying directing live multi-camera shoots for DLF concerts and events. Ed is proud to be producing videos that reveal real-life stories and inspire change in the communities reached by the Foundation.
Senior Editor and Story Producer
Louisa is a passionate storyteller. She studied Documentary Filmmaking at the New York Film Academy (NYFA) in New York City and graduated with Honors. At NYFA, her thesis film, 'Lifeline', attracted an independent producer, $10,000 in Kickstarter contributions, and subjects that ranged from an Oscar-winning writer and director team, to Harry Potter star, Daniel Radcliffe. Soon after graduating, she won a € 6,000 grant to represent the U.S. by making a film about sustainability in NYC, while being mentored by Oscar-winning director, Davis Guggenheim. Louisa taught film editing for the Metropolitan Museum of Art's "Art and Film" course in NYC. Her films 'Lifeline' and 'Families Like Mine' have been selected in film festivals worldwide.
Isaac (Ike) Winkler
Editor and Cameraman
In high school, two events would shape Ike's future in dramatic ways. The first was film photography: after 1 day of learning about cameras, exposure and darkroom techniques, Ike was hooked and has been fiddling with cameras ever since. The second was David Lynch: 8 months into drama class, the legendary film director made an unexpected visit to his high school. The class's group drama performance so inspired Mr. Lynch, (so the rumor goes), that he decided to offer TM to children across the country. Who knew that years later, Ike would be applying his twin passions in service of David Lynch Foundation Television.
Editor, Composer, DLF.TV Webmaster
Philip Rabalais is a devoted David Lynch fan who snuck his way on the DLF.TV team by first composing music for their videos, then slowly inserting himself into as many jobs (such as editing, doing sound on video shoots, managing the DLF.TV website), as he could. Philip is proud and happy to work for the David Lynch Foundation.
Graphic Designer & Animator
Before starting as intern for DLF.TV, Sam worked as a 3D artist in the San Francisco bay area. Sam grew up practicing Transcendental Meditation with his nuclear family, including his two triplet brothers. Wanting to reconnect with his meditation, Sam moved to Fairfield, Iowa, over 1 year ago. Since arriving, Sam has developed skills in editing and videography to help promote DLF's work and the TM technique. Passionate about the changes he has experienced through honing TM, it is now Sam's great desire to spread awareness about TM's benefits to other populations as well.