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Niroga Institute Board of Directors
Nik Banerjee [Board Chair] is Vice President of Marketing and Product Management at Wells Fargo Bank in San Francisco. A seasoned financial services executive with a track record of delivering results via strategy development and execution at national and regional firms with large, multi-channel distribution systems, he has been consistently chosen to lead challenging, high profile, cross-functional projects. With exceptional communication, people development, and analytical skills, he has a strong bias toward action and taking ownership for measurable outcomes. He was a Professor of English for many years, before joining the Business Management Institute at the University of Virginia and completing the Marketing Management Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
Bidyut Bose is the Founder and Executive Director of Niroga Institute, which brings evidence-based Transformative Life and Leadership Skills (TLS: a dynamic mindfulness practice including yoga, breath regulation and meditation) to hundreds of educators and thousands of vulnerable students annually in schools and alternative schools, juvenile halls and jails throughout the Bay Area. Bidyut conducts TLS trainings for leaders in education, health care, violence prevention and more, nationally and internationally. Having learned yoga and meditation since he was a child, and with a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley, his current research interests include the neurobiology and epigenetics of traumatic stress, strategies for positive child and youth development, and the development of cost-effective architectures for lasting social transformation.
Judy Dunlap [Co-founder and Program Director] has had extensive experience in finance, marketing, and sales, and was Director of Operations of a software company for 10 years, after receiving her MBA from Golden Gate University and undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara. She has an abiding interest in Eastern philosophies, and a holistic approach to healthful living. She is a certified Yoga teacher, having directly experienced the integral therapeutic benefits of Yoga first hand.
Harvey Kletz [Governance Committee Chair] attended law school in Pittsburgh, PA., and initially taught at Hastings College of Law and Dominican College, with a practice in Oakland. For the past 30 years he has been in private practice in Rockridge, specializing in plaintiff personal injury law and has also practiced other areas, always with insurance carriers representing the "other side". Throughout the years, he has spent long, enjoyable hours coaching youth baseball and soccer. Abbey, his wife of 41 years, is a Niroga - Certified Yoga Teacher; the two of them live in Berkeley.
Michael Pace was introduced to Niroga through its Integral Health Fellowship program, seeking to build on his skills in offering healthy and transformative practices to communities in need. For more than a decade he has been a student and practitioner of meditation, and has a BA in philosophy from Stanford University, and is currently a small business entrepreneur. Having witnessed the immense value and effects of offering stress-reducing practices in mid-west high school classrooms in the early 2000's, Michael is a strong proponent of yoga and meditation as a means of real change for violence prevention and academic performance.
Keley Petersen [Finance Committee Chair] is President of Willow Grove Advisers, with 23 years of financial services experience. She has an MBA from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration, and has been involved in asset management nationally and internationally. Keley has an abiding interest in education, and has served on Boards of schools her children went to. She has a personal yoga practice, and recognizes the power and potential for mindful yoga to enhance academic, social and emotional learning.
Patricia Rockwell is Senior Manager of Professional Services at Adobe Systems, leading teams and responsible for Business Analysis, Product Management and Creative Services. Deeply influenced by Indian Philosophy and Buddhist teachings for many years, she was a member of the Board of Directors of the Tibetan Nuns Project and was the Regional Co-Director of the US Tibet Committee.
Fred Schnider [Secretary] is a criminal defense lawyer currently specializing in state and federal appeals. From 1987 to 2004, he was a trial attorney in the Alameda County Public Defender's Office, handling mostly adult and some juvenile felony cases in Oakland. Fred grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended the University of Virginia and Georgetown University Law Center.
Board of Advisors (Partial List)