Bill Resnick Board Chair

Bill Resnick Board Chair

Bill Resnick, MD, MBA, is a psychiatrist and philanthropist, as well as a dedicated mindfulness practitioner since taking his first class at InsightLA in 2010. He has worked as a community psychiatrist at AIDS Healthcare Foundation and Venice Family Clinic, where he continues to volunteer and serve on the foundation board. He also currently serves on the boards of Awakening Recovery and American Jewish World Service, and on the advisory boards of UCLA’s Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital and Penn’s Department of Medical Ethics and Health Policy, and previously chaired the boards of Beit T’Shuvah and The Relational Center.

A Culver City native, Bill lives in West Hollywood with his husband Michael J. Stubbs. Bill splits his time teaching, volunteering as a psychiatrist and mindfulness facilitator (having trained in Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention for addictive disorders) – and tending to nonprofit board commitments.

Brett Goldblatt Vice Chair

Brett Goldblatt Vice Chair

Brett Goldblatt is a partner in the Los Angeles office of the law firm Milbank, Tweed, Hadley & McCloy and focusses on corporate, private equity and restructuring transactions. From 2002 to 2015, he was an Adjunct Professor at UCLA Law School teaching classes on corporate transactions.

He currently serves on the board of directors of ThirdPath Institute, an organization dedicated to assisting individuals, families, and organizations in finding new ways to redesign work to create time for family, community and other life priorities.

Brett received a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from Rutgers and a JD from the University of Pennsylvania.

Robb De Forest Treasurer

Robb De Forest Treasurer

Robert Toriumi De Forest is a co-founder of Big Bear Retreat Center, and founder and principal of The Pinyon Group—a real estate investment, development, and advisory firm that exclusively focuses on projects that aim to leave the world in a better place than which we found it.

Prior to his time in the private sector, Robb served as Lead Naturalist and Urban Projects Specialist for the Mountains Recreation & Conservation Authority, where he focused on the development and delivery of environmental education curriculum and venues for the public, with an emphasis on addressing underserved at-risk youth.

A loving husband and father of two, Robb is also an ardent mindfulness practitioner, and a graduate of Spirit Rock Meditation Center’s Dharma & Yoga Teacher Training Program. He holds an M.B.A, an M.A. in Urban Planning, and a B.S. in Biology, all from UCLA.

Allyson Pimentel Secretary

Allyson Pimentel Secretary

Dr. Allyson Pimentel, EdD is a psychologist, yoga teacher, and long-time Vipassana meditation practitioner and teacher who works at the intersection of mindfulness, mental health, nature-based healing, and social justice.  She is a teacher and Board Member at Insight LA.

Allyson has been teaching mindfulness in clinical, secular and spiritual settings, as well as in her private clinical psychology practice, for well over a decade.  Formerly, Allyson was the Associate Director of UCLA’s Campus & Student Resilience and the Director of Mindfulness Programs at the UCLA Resilience in Your Student Experience Center.  Prior to that, she worked at NYU-Bellevue Hospital in New York City, where she was a Clinical Instructor of Psychiatry and the Training Director of the Mind-Body Clinic, a service that brought mindfulness-based treatment approaches to people living with psychiatric and medical illness.  

Allyson holds a BA from Brown University and a doctorate in Human Development and Psychology from Harvard University.   She first began meditating daily as a junior in high school when, inspired by her aunt, she learned Transcendental Meditation.  During her graduate studies in psychology, Allyson was introduced to the Insight tradition at Cambridge Insight Meditation Center.  She later became a dedicated practitioner at New York Insight with her teacher, Gina Sharpe, and sat many retreats at Insight Meditation Society (IMS), Spirit Rock, and elsewhere.  Allyson completed mindfulness facilitator training at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center (MARC), where she now teaches and serves as a mentor in the Training in Mindfulness Facilitation (TMF) program. Allyson also has participated in professional mindfulness training programs in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Trauma-Sensitive Mindfulness (TSM), Mindful Schools, The Lineage Project, and the Urban Zen Foundation.  She is a registered yoga teacher (RYT-200) trained at Laughing Lotus New York.  Allyson has served on the Board of Directors of meditation centers such as Insight Meditation Society (IMS) and The Lineage Project and presently is a Board Member at Insight LA.  

Originally from New York City, Allyson now lives with her family in Los Angeles, on unceded Tongva, Chumash, and Kizh land, where she has become an avid gardener and student of succulents and other native plants.  

Omar Brownson Director

Omar Brownson Director

Omar is an entrepreneur, civic leader, and  public speaker. He is the co-founder and CEO of the gratitude app gthx. Omar is also a leader-in-residence at the software company NationBuilder. He leads workshops on the power of giving thanks and has been quoted in publications including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Previously, Omar was the founding executive director of RiverLA and has held leadership positions across finance, real estate, and social impact. Wherever he is, however, Omar makes sure to take a beat to appreciate the good in his life, and thankful to share the practice of gratitude through gthx. 

Nico Cary Director

Nico Cary Director

Nico Cary is a graduate of InsightLA’s Facilitator Training Program, and a founding member of the arts education collective, iLL-Literacy. Back in 2009, he codeveloped the curriculum for CampusBuiLLd – a program that focuses on the history of social movements and how art and creativity can be used to address discrimination on college campuses and in local communities. Turning more of his attention to deepening practice over the last couple of years, Nico is interested in the many different vocabularies of healing and the holding capacity of mindfulness, particularly as it relates to activism and social justice work.

Gauri Kolhatkar Director

Gauri Kolhatkar Director

Gauri is a pediatrician at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on faculty at Keck School of Medicine of USC, where she co-directs their Foster Care clinic. Her professional work centers around supporting health and healing justice for families and communities experiencing disproportionate adversity and structural violence. She is also a proud volunteer at the Homeboy Industries tattoo removal clinic.

Gauri is a UCLA-trained mindfulness facilitator. She came to her formal practice initially through a secular entrypoint of mindfulness classes at InsightLA as well as in health care settings, only to (re)discover the history and origins of the practices rooted within her own cultural heritage from South Asia. She has since been on a journey of decolonization. She sees mindfulness practices as requiring a trauma-informed, resiliency-focused lens and being rooted in supporting collective justice and wellbeing.

Gauri is an immigrant to the U.S. and now lives with her family in Southern California on unceded Tongva, Chumash and Kizh land.

Tyrone Swinton Director

Tyrone Swinton Director

Tyrone Swinton first discovered meditation in the mid 90’s. But it was a chance meeting in 2013 with Bill Resnick and an invitation to sit with a group in West Hollywood that changed his practice from “here and there” to something with more regularity and growth. If you’ve ever heard Dan Harris describe his skepticism about meditation, then you’ve basically read Tyrone’s mind. But as the sits accumulated and the quiet transformations happened – the skeptic turned into an adherent and then a fan.

Tyrone was first introduced to InsightLA via some of its teachers and then took a few classes – with one of his favorites being Mindfulness Self-Compassion taught by Kristin Neff. Tyrone has continued his practice with members of that initial group and looks forward to his first formal retreat soon.  

Tyrone holds a M.A., Organizational Sciences from George Washington University and a B.A., Visual Media from American University. Tyrone works for The Walt Disney Company where he is Manager of Talent Projects. In his spare time, Tyrone puts in much time hiking and walking around the Los Angeles area as he can and is always on the lookout for a new HIIT workout class.

Jack Kornfield Director

Jack Kornfield Director

Jack Kornfield trained as a Buddhist monk in the monasteries of Thailand, India and Burma. He has taught meditation internationally since 1974 and is one of the key teachers to introduce Buddhist mindfulness practice to the West. He began his training after graduating from Dartmouth College in Asian Studies in 1967. Then he joined the Peace Corps and was assigned to the Public Health Service in northeast Thailand, which is home to several of the world’s oldest Buddhist forest monasteries. He met and studied under the Buddhist master Ven. Ajahn Chah, as well as the Ven. Mahasi Sayadaw of Burma. After returning to the United States, Jack co-founded the Insight Meditation Society in Barre, Massachusetts, with fellow meditation teachers Sharon Salzberg and Joseph Goldstein. He is also a founding teacher of the Spirit Rock Center in Woodacre, California, where he currently lives and teaches. Over the years, Jack has taught in centers and universities worldwide, led International Buddhist Teacher meetings with the Dalai Lama and worked with many of the great teachers of our time. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

His books have been translated into 20 languages and sold more than a million copies. They include, A Wise Heart: A Guide to the Universal Teachings of Buddhist Psychology, A Path with Heart; After the Ecstasy, the Laundry; Teachings of the Buddha; Seeking the Heart of Wisdom; Living Dharma; A Still Forest Pool; Stories of the Spirit, Stories of the Heart; Buddha’s Little Instruction Book; The Art of Forgiveness, Lovingkindness and Peace and his most recent book, Bringing Home the Dharma: Awakening Right Where You Are.

Amy Love Director

Amy Love Director

Amy Love has been a dedicated public school educator for over 25 years. During her years of service, Amy has been a classroom teacher, intervention specialist, peer coach, professional development specialist, and curriculum writer. In addition to practicing mindfulness with students and teachers in public schools, Amy has experience teaching mindfulness in a variety of other settings such as prisons and community outreach programs. She is a graduate of Mindful School’s Certification Program as well as Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society’s Community Insight Meditation Facilitator training. Amy is on faculty as a guiding teacher with Mindful Schools and currently facilitates a weekly People of Color sit in South LA. She is particularly interested in bringing the mindfulness practices to communities who have been impacted by historical racial trauma, and suffering related to issues of poverty and migration.

Julian Kehs Director

Julian Kehs Director

Julian Kehs, M.Ed maintains a dedicated meditation practice, and became involved with InsightLA in 2013. They began their journey into facilitation by assisting Amy Spies’s Mindful Writer’s Group at InsightLA and recently completed InsightLA’s Mindfulness Facilitator Training program. Julian is especially interested in heart practices and makes it their goal to keep an open heart both in their own practice and in facilitation with others. They enjoy attending silent retreats at least once per year to deepen their practice.

Julian currently guides drop-in sitting groups at both InsightLA locations, occasionally leads the Mindful Writers Group at Olympic, and is part of the teacher rotation of InsightLA’s Queer Mindfulness group at the Melrose location. An experienced educator in a variety of settings, Jen is also a musician, writer, and professional fundraiser.

Eric McCullum Director

Eric McCullum Director

Eric McCullum first discovered meditation in the early 1990’s. In 2005, he began practicing in the Vipassana tradition with Trudy Goodman and InsightLA. Eric is also currently a member of InsightLA’s teacher development group. Eric co-leads a young men’s sitting-group in Santa Monica as well as a sitting-group in Hermosa Beach. One of his main interests lies in fostering meditation practices that are relevant to people with active, engaged lifestyles in the 21st Century. “Off the cushion” Eric places a strong emphasis on service work.

From 1999-2001, he served as a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in the country of Vanuatu. He holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute and has been a bereavement counselor and a hospice bedside volunteer for over 10 years. Eric currently is principal of a structural engineering firm in the South Bay of Los Angeles, where he lives with his wife and 2 children.

Leila Rouhi Director

Leila Rouhi Director

Leila Rouhi is President of Ring, a leader in smart security with a mission of reducing crime in neighborhoods by empowering neighbors with innovative, affordable security solutions. Leila leads the Neighbors app, subscription, sales and ecommerce teams and is responsible for several emerging products. Before becoming President, Leila was General Counsel of Ring, and led the acquisition of the company by Amazon in 2018. Previously, Leila was Director of Legal Affairs at True Religion Brand Jeans, where she provided legal oversight for all aspects of their retail operation, including licensing and distribution, supply chain, finance and HR. Prior to going in-house, Leila represented clients specializing in fashion, mergers & acquisitions, and entertainment & media.

Leila is a security and technology enthusiast and counts outdoor recreation and margarita crafting among her interests. Leila also volunteers weekly at the Suicide Prevention Lifeline as a crisis counselor.

Leila holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law, and a BA in economics and Politics from Mount Holyoke College.

Butch Schuman Director

Butch Schuman Director

Butch Schuman is a businessman and mindfulness practitioner. He has chaired and served on the Board of Directors for many organizations including: Foundation for the Junior Blind, Free Arts for Abused Children, Foundation for Human Enrichment, Children Our Ultimate Investment, Getty House Foundation, and co-founder of the Community Karate Foundation.

He is the Founder, Chairman, and CEO of Agro Farming Corporation and is also a US Marine veteran. In 2014 as Board President of the Coalition to Abolish Slavery & Trafficking (CAST), Butch represented CAST as the first non-profit organization to receive the Presidential Award for Extraordinary Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Persons, which was personally delivered by Secretary of State John Kerry. In addition to his mindfulness practice Butch holds a black belt in Shotokan karate.

Gullu Singh Director

Gullu Singh Director

Gulwinder “Gullu” Singh teaches Dharma and secular mindfulness, is a corporate real estate attorney and a dedicated Dharma practitioner with particular interest in integrating the insights and cultivation from retreat practice into daily life and work. While he learned meditation as a child, he found his own practice in 1993 in Transcendental Meditation, which he used to navigate the intense work stress of being an attorney. In 2006, at his first retreat at Spirit Rock, Gullu found his spiritual home in Vipassana and Theravada Buddhism. Since then, he has cumulatively done over 200 days of silent meditation retreat including the Spirit Rock one and two month sits.

Gullu is deeply inspired to share meditation as a path to cope more effectively with the challenges of life and to inject more sanity, compassion, wisdom and well-being into the world.

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