Heather has been a dedicated meditation practitioner for 17 years. She brings that experience to InsightLA along with her business experience. After completing an MBA at London Business School, she began a career that spanned marketing, human resources, operations, and finance. She has US domestic and international business experience, particularly in the UK and Asia. She is currently in a doctoral program at Meridian University, which will culminate in a Ph.D. in Psychology. The program at Meridian is titled Leadership and Social Transformation and the explicit intent of the program is to develop leaders in the fields of human development and social change who will emerge from the program with the capacities to effect global, systemic change. Capacities Heather brings to InsightLA include cultural sensitivity, a deep understanding of the trajectory of human development, and a whole-systems approach to creative problem-solving.
In 2009, after being diagnosed with HIV and a stress-related retina disorder, Mark, an executive producer on national television shows, needed to find a way to manage his stress and come to terms with his illness. At a friend’s suggestion, he signed up for a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class at InsightLA. After completing the 8-week MBSR class with Christiane Wolf, he knew that mindfulness had the potential to change his life. Over the next several years, Mark dove into the Dharma. He established a daily practice, began attending silent meditation retreats at Spirit Rock, blogged for The Huffington Post and appeared on national television talking about his experience with mindfulness. Mark completed the MBSR teacher training practicum, the Facilitator Training Program at InsightLA, and is a member of InsightLA’s Teacher Development Group. He is also part of Spirit Rock’s current cohort of the Dedicated Practitioner Program. Additionally, Mark is an adjunct lecturer at USC in the School of Cinematic Arts, Media Arts + Practice division where he teaches digital media and mindfulness. Mark’s television career spans producing, developing, selling and launching national shows and digital content for Telepictures, King World, Tribune, ABC Daytime, 20th Television (FOX), Debmar Mercury, ITV, Harpo Productions and Lifetime TV.
Martin Vitorino Ph.D.
Director of Programming
Martin is trained by Courage of Care in Oakland, CA to teach a model that merges sustainable compassion practices with social justice activism. Prior to joining InsightLA, Martin trained foster parents and nonprofits in the child welfare system on ways to better understand and support LGBTQ young people in foster care. Martin earned a Ph.D. in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies from Emory University where he researched resiliency in women who had been imprisoned. He also holds a B.S. in Psychology from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. In a volunteer capacity, he organizes heart-centered retreats for trans-masculine folks that support healing and a sense of belonging. In addition, Martin is participating in InsightLA's Facilitator Training program this year.
Director of Administration
As a child Kaia was immersed in a traditional Buddhist sanga, which inspired her to develop her own meditation practice. She graduated from the University of Arizona with a BFA in Film and Television. She has a background working in arts-related nonprofits such as Film Independent and the Sundance Institute, both organizations that help promote fair representation in the film industry. Her background is primarily working with high-level donors, but she has also worked with underserved youth to teach them spoken-word poetry, through the organization LARC.
Director of Accounting Operations
Harriet graduated from California State University, Los Angeles in June 2016. She has many years of accounting experience assisting private and public companies with bookkeeping needs. She has worked for property management firms such as Douglas Emmett and Primestor. Harriet has a son, Anthony Davis, age 11. During her spare time she likes to watch movies, cook, spend time at the beach and practice yoga.
Director of Digital Content
Sarah captures stories through the lens of a camera in a way that others cannot. From taking on the state of welfare in Montana through documentary film production to editing at various Los Angeles post-production companies, Sarah's background proves she finds purpose, beauty, and intrigue behind the camera and while editing. She was the lead Video Editor at americanidol.com for season 5— traveling the country shooting, producing, and editing a behind-the-scenes glance at what it's like to be a part of"the greatest show on television" from the beginning to the very end. Sarah went on to work for many more shows during her career in network and cable television. After she landed a job with the UCLA Center For International Medicine, creating a training video for midwives in Ghana, her life and career goals started to align, giving her work a purpose she had been longing for. She then was asked to edit a series of mindfulness training videos for the Los Angeles VA and she knew she had been given a gift. That gift was the ability to use her skill set on something that mattered to the world, in return, jumpstarting Sarah's career in creative storytelling for nonprofits and small businesses.