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. In addition to her operational and fundraising work at InsightLA, Heather is completing her doctoral work in Psychology. Her dissertation examines capacities necessary in leaders 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 a graduate of InsightLA's Facilitator Training program and 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 social workers 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 incarcerated. He also holds a B.S. in Psychology from Westfield State University in Massachusetts. In a volunteer capacity, he organizes heart-centered retreats for transgender men that support healing and a sense of belonging. He is also on the speaker's bureau of PFLAG Los Angeles.
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.
Thomas Davis IV
Student Relations Manager
Thomas Davis is a Mindful Awareness practitioner who emerged from the Contemplative Faith Community, where he served as a Lay Minister for over 10 years. His orientation to the Mindful Awareness practice began at the East Bay Meditation Center in Oakland, CA., where he was introduced to the Theravadan tradition of Vipassana in 2012 and began his journey into Dharma Leadership in 2013. In 2017, Thomas graduated from the Spirit Rock Community Dharma Leader Training program, The Sati Center Buddhist Chaplaincy Training and was enlisted as one of the Spirit Rock Community Welcome Teachers for the Monday Night Dharma program; which offers meditation, and practice support to new practitioners and 1st time visitors to Spirit Rock Meditation Center. Thomas is also a Co-Founder and Teacher of the Insight Richmond Meditation Group (www.insightrichmond.com
), which is a growing and diverse meditation community where Insight meditation, Dharma exploration, and Inclusive Community Building are offered and practiced. Additionally, he is a visiting teacher at The East Bay Meditation Center and Alameda Sangha, and has served as a member of the Kaiser Permanente Spiritual Care team as Chaplain.
Thomas has an authentic passion for the sharing the Traditional and Non Traditional expressions of Mindfulness and how they are integrate into the unique and practical aspects of our lives.
Vince coordinates operational and organizational projects. His background includes counseling, consulting, mentoring, case management and victim's advocacy. He began practicing meditation in 1996, teaching yoga and meditation in 2005, and is currently completing InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program. Vince is dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive community for everyone who comes to InsightLA.