The Foundation for Living Beauty | Staff and Facilitators
MEET OUR STAFF
Nancy comes to The Foundation for Living Beauty with nearly three decades of nonprofit management. After graduating from the University of Redlands, Nancy started working in the corporate world, but quickly realized she had a passion for nonprofit work. She started her nonprofit career as the Executive Director of Escalon School, a nonpublic school for emotionally disturbed children in Altadena. Her next stop was as the E.D. for Friends of CASA Los Angeles, supporting the work of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) volunteers working with children in foster care.
After 12 years at the helm of CASA, Nancy left to start a nonprofit consulting firm so that she could spend more time focusing on the needs of her growing children. Eight years later, she has had the opportunity to work with a number of both large and small nonprofits, assisting them in fundraising, strategic planning, board development and event planning.
Nancy is excited to bring her nonprofit experience and passion to Living Beauty. “Helping people and empowering others to change their lives is what brings me joy,” Nancy said. “I am moved by the stories of the women at Living Beauty and by the dedication of the staff and volunteers.”
Nancy and her husband Jim have two children – Courtney, a junior studying Psychology and Criminal Justice at Northern Arizona University, and a son, Chris, a baseball player and freshman at Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.
Raised by vegetarian hippies who grew their own food and traveled in a VW bus, Indyra is no stranger to the holistic lifestyle. Her career interests have always been in the healing arts. She has studied and practiced as a doula, childbirth educator, massage therapist, elementary school counselor and now Integrated Healing practitioner. As Program Coordinator for the Foundation for Living Beauty Indyra is able to help women find their own connection between mind, body and spiritual growth. She balances work with motherhood and her own practice, while making the time to explore her other interests in music, art and meditation. Indyra feels she is truly blessed, because she has the privilege of helping others thrive, while living a life of fulfillment and passion.
Operations and Outreach Director
Ariana began her work with the Foundation for Living Beauty after she and her mother volunteered at a wellness retreat. In awe of the organization’s mission and values, she decided that she wanted to be involved in this work. While simultaneously working for the founder’s beauty company, she began working on various volunteer projects for Living Beauty. Her volunteer work eventually grew into a position as Outreach Coordinator in 2012.
Ariana is currently a student at California State University, Los Angeles and in her spare time, is a singer in a band. She is dedicated to being of service and very passionate about the work of Living Beauty. She is optimistic and looks forward to taking on new challenges as she continues her journey in the non-profit world.
Charlotte Dorsey is the founder and owner/esthetician of Nurturing Touch Skincare (A Sanctuary for Skincare Solutions). She has a Master’s Degree in Adult Education, a Licensed Esthetician and a Certified Oncology Skin Therapist. Charlotte is one of approximately 300 Oncology Skin Therapist in the United States and a leader in the industry in terms of providing safe therapeutic spa treatments to heal and repair health challenged skin as a result of cancer therapies or medications. This service is an additional form of healing through touch therapy which allows an emotional and psychological release of distress.
Christopher has a Master’s Degree from Webster University with a concentration in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral and Experiential therapies. Chris has extensive clinical knowledge and expertise in eating disorders, trauma resolution, sex and love addiction and co-occurring addictions. Chris is currently a co-facilitator of an intensive trauma treatment certification program, Spirit2Spirit Trauma Healing. Chris is well known for his meditation and mindfulness facilitation as well as use of heart centered breath in a modified Holotropic Breathwork modality– combined with techniques of Soul Gazing and energy work. He firmly believes in practicing a treatment modality that encourages a healing connection between mind, body, and spirit, through the efforts of fostering personal empowerment and body acceptance.
“The Wound is the Place Where the Light Enters You” – Rumi
Diana is a leading creativity coach, facilitator and specialist who uses creative practices, coaching models and contemporary research in psychology to create profound purpose and direction for her students and clients. Diana develops innovative multi-week, arts integration programs for children, adolescents, teachers and creative people. Diana has her MA in Psychology, specialization Creativity, and is presently seeking her PhD in psychology with an emphasis in creativity and clinical practices. Her research interests include flow and blocks to creative process, the state of work-life balance for creative professionals, the process and function of imagination, the multiple dimensions of self in personality and their pertinence to mental health.
Dunya is a focused, high-energy Kundalini Yoga instructor and workshop facilitator. She studied 15 + years with Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa at Golden Bridge, Los Angeles, an internationally accredited yoga teacher training. In her long acting/filmmaking career she’s used Kundalini Yoga to tap into her creativity and move through blocks. As a breast cancer survivor and Living Beauty, Kundalini Yoga is key to health maintenance of her body, mind and spirit. Dunya also has extensive knowledge/experience in macrobiotics and natural and alternative health practices. She currently teaches acting at the European School of Music and Art in Palos Verdes and Kundalini Yoga at We Love Yoga in Long Beach.
Kristin is a Certified Massage Therapist and Reiki Master/Doula in the Pasadena area, who has been helping to bring people peace through many different healing modalities for over 20 years. She began her journey with Reiki 17 years ago in a burn ward after surviving a house fire, and suffering 3rd degree burns over 30% of her body.
Reiki energy helped her to heal from those burns and recover from multiple skin grafting surgeries in half the time the doctors believed she would. Reiki is Universal Light Energy, which helps to boost the immune system, works on stress, depression, physical pain and emotional pain. She has administered Reiki to numerous City of Hope patients, and has been certified in Oncology Reiki. Her passion is to spread awareness of the amazing healing qualities of Reiki, and to have people leave her feeling 10 times lighter than they did when they came to her.
Lilly is a Certified Integrative Nutrition Health Coach, Holistic Nutrition Chef, 12 year ovarian cancer survivor, and the author of “Anti-cancer Habits & Anti-inflammatory Nutrition”. Lilly leads nutrition lectures at cancer support centers, hospitals, corporations and public libraries. She also teaches holistic nutritional cooking classes at several venues, including health food stores like Whole Foods and several corporations. Lilly guides individual clients looking to eat well, increase energy, have less stress, and create nutritional & life style habits for cancer prevention.
Murshida began her education in the healing arts through art and art therapy. She has been practicing and teaching yoga since 1984, and in 1995 created a 5-year comprehensive course and teacher training based on her own practice. In 2005 and 2008 she completed her training in the Feldenkrais Method and Anat Baniel Method, respectively, which gave her a complete understanding of the body as a connected whole. In 2014, she completed her Somatic Experiencing certification, which integrates sensing through the body, feeling emotional states and witnessing the mind’s thoughts and images in the present moment to renegotiate and heal trauma states and ongoing reactions. These methods work well together, and she enjoys helping others come Home to themselves.
Nkem Ndefo, MSN, CNM, RN, is the founder of Lumos Transforms and creator of The Resilience Toolkit. She is a skilled practitioner, dynamic speaker, and valued strategist. She is known for her unique ability to connect with people of all types by holding powerful healing spaces, weaving complex concepts into accessible narratives, and creating synergistic and collaborative learning communities that nourish people’s innate capacity for healing, wellness, and connection.
After her own experience with breast cancer, Sharon became a Certified Yoga Therapist in August 2012 through Loyola Marymount University. She just completed her 800-hour certification (YTRx-800c), which required her to be an intern at the Venice Family Clinic Simms/Mann Health & Wellness Center where she taught yoga therapy one-on-one in the chronic pain clinic.
After finding yoga to be a tremendous part of her healing process with cancer, Sharon completed the y4c teacher training for cancer survivors in 2012 and currently teaches Warrior Yoga classes throughout Los Angeles. She also teaches private yoga therapy sessions as well as small group classes at Rehab Specialists, Inc. in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. Sharon has found teaching fellow surviving thrivers to be the most fulfilling job thus far in her life. She is able to give back the gifts of yoga that were so readily given to her and continue to help her heal.
Sharon is also a substitute teacher for the yoga classes available through the Tower Cancer Research Foundation and volunteers at both the Benjamin Center and Redondo Beach Cancer Support Communities teaching a variety of adult and children’s yoga classes. Sharon is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
In 2003, Tari began teaching yoga class for cancer survivors in New York City and offering workshops and retreats. With the growing need and interest in a yoga and cancer, she has trained over 1200 yoga teachers from all over the world utilizing her researched methodology to meet the physiological and psychological needs of this special population.
She lectures on yoga and cancer, teaches classes, trainings and retreats nationally. Her own non-profit, The Retreat Project, funds annual retreats for low-income and under-served populations endeavoring to encourage and cultivate access to the transformative power of yoga and provide the important opportunity to bond with others ‘touched by cancer’.
Tari is a regular presenter at industry conferences like Yoga Journal Conference, Yoga Service Council, Texas Yoga Conference, and International Alliance of Yoga Therapist Conferences. She has had numerous articles published in Mantra Yoga+Health,MindBodyGreen, Organic Spa Magazine, YogaCity, and Yoganomymous. And in October, 2012, Yoga Journal published a feature story on Tari’s work.
Tari’s work with cancer survivors gained her a featured role in the full length movie YogaWoman along with industry celebrities like Shiva Rea and Sean Corne that has been shown across the US and many international markets. Tari has been a leader in her work:
Founder of yoga4cancer, LLC (y4c)
Founder and President of The Retreat Project (501c3) whose mission is to help underserved and low income women with yoga and other modalities.
Director of Women’s Cancer Survivor Program, OM Yoga, NYC (2005-2012)
Teri is a graduate of the California College of Ayurveda, a California state approved college for the study of ayurveda, where she earned her certificate as an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner. She is a professional member of the California Association of Ayurvedic Medicine (CAAM). A dedicated yoga practitioner for over 13 years, Teri has earned yoga certifications from YogaWorks and YogaEd. She has taught and practiced in various studios throughout the Pasadena area and has piloted yoga programs for local and inner city schools.
Teri Roseman, BA, YTRx-800C, POLY-500, CYT, E-RYT-500
Teri, executive director and founder of LiveYoga Wellness, received her BA from the California Institute of Integral Studies, and is a graduate of the Yoga Therapy Rx programs at Loyola Marymount University (LMU). In addition to hosting and facilitating workshops and seminars, Teri works one-on-one with clients, develops and teaches group and corporate programs. Teri has been incorporating essential oils into her yoga practice and general health and wellness regime for over a decade. And has transformed her suburban neighborhood front and backyard into a xeriscape/edible oasis to live within, where she resides with her dog, Isabella “Izzi”.