Below are the officers and directors-at-large of Kindred World's Board of Directors 2021-2024. Our directors are dedicated and contributing board members through their own life work, Kindred projects, and nonprofit collaborations. We are always interested in mentoring future board members through collaboration and partnership. Please feel free to contact us if you are interested in serving on Kindred's board.
Darcia Narvaez is a Professor of Psychology Emerita at the University of Notre Dame. She is the founder of the public and professional educational outreach project, The Evolved Nest Initiative, whose nonprofit mission is to share her science research into developing appropriate baselines for lifelong human wellness by meeting the biological needs of infants. This baseline is imperative at this time as the United States ranks 41st out of 41 developed countries in public policies that support families.
In a 2020 analysis of top scientists, Narvaez emerged in the top 2% of scientists worldwide. Of the eight million scientists in the world, the analysis concerned those who had at least five articles published in scientific journals between 1996 and 2017-- over six million scientists. Individuals were ranked according to various criteria, including number of citations of their work.
Narvaez’s book, Neurobiology and the Development of Human Morality: Evolution, Culture and Wisdom, was chosen for the 2017 Expanded Reason Award from among more than 360 total entries from 170 universities and 30 countries. Narvaez received the prize, including a substantial monetary award, at the Pontifical Academy of Sciences in Vatican City on September 27, 2017. The book also received the William James Award from the American Psychological Association in 2015.
The Evolved Nest is a breakthrough concept that integrates findings across fields that bear on child development, child raising and adult behavior. The Evolved Nest promotes optimal health and wellbeing, cooperation, and receptive and sociomoral intelligences. Societal moves away from providing the Evolved Nest have contributed to the ill being and dysregulation we see in one another and society. Learn how to nest your children and re-nest yourself.
Narvaez’s prior careers include professional musician, classroom music teacher, business owner, seminarian and middle school Spanish teacher. Dr. Narvaez’s current research explores how early life experience influences societal culture, wellbeing and sociomoral character in children and adults. She integrates neurobiological, clinical, developmental and education sciences in her theories and research about human nature and human development. She publishes extensively on moral development, parenting and education. Recently she has been studying the Evolved Nest and how it influences wellbeing, sociality and morality.
On the Evolved Nest’s YouTube channel, you can view the many interdisciplinary conferences she hosted at the University of Notre Dame regarding early experience and human development. In 2016, she organized a conference on Sustainable Wisdom: Integrating Indigenous KnowHow for Global Flourishing, and whose essays were published in a book by the same name in 2019.
The Evolved Nest Collection: Podcasts, Videos, Articles, and Posts
SOUNDCLOUD PODCAST PLAYLISTS:
All audio podcasts: https://soundcloud.com/evolvednest
Book Reviews: https://soundcloud.com/evolvednest/sets/book-reviews
The Evolved Nest Explained: https://soundcloud.com/evolvednest/sets/the-evolved-nests-nine
The Evolved Nest’s 24 part series: https://soundcloud.com/evolvednest/sets/evolved-nest-podcast-series
Notre Dame Symposium to Address Early Human Experience 2010, complete conference playlist: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLUh7caZTn4oBUHqTlFvfui7dTRoe4dnDt
DOWNLOAD THE EVOLVED NEST FLYER TO SHARE HERE.
Darcia Narvaez, PhD
Michael is an author, educator, documentary filmmaker and founder of Touch the Future, a nonprofit learning design center. His most recent books are Playful Wisdom and Always Awakening. He is the author of the books, Magical Parent-Magical Child: The Art of Joyful Parenting, co-authored with Joseph Chilton Pearce that applies what athletes call The Zone, researchers call Flow and children call Play to parenting and to education. More recent is Flowering, a collection of dramatic floral and seascape images with quotes by Krishnamurti. Currently he is editing Amazing Capacities and Self-inflicted Limitations, a summary-anthology of Joseph Chilton Pearce’s collected insights and a forth book, on Buddhist Practices, Emptiness and Krishnamurti, with Rimpoche Samdhong, the first Prime Minister of Tibet in Exile. Also, Michael just completed Chosen, a theatrical screenplay on the life of Krishnamurti. In addition Michael and his wife share ZFolio, three elegant and diverse galleries; Solvang, Monterey and Santa Barbara, featuring international designer jewelry, Czech Art Glass and Michael’s photography.
Inspiration for Michael’s work emerged from personal relationships with Joseph Chilton Pearce, physicist David Bohm, philosopher J. Krishnamurti, Ashley Montagu and over one hundred scientists, authors and educators all having clear and critical insights into the journey we call being human. Think of him as the Bill Moyers of the human development field. Michael writes and speaks internationally on varied subjects such as: the Next Frontier in Education, The Intelligence of Play, Transcendent Mentoring of This And Future Generations, Media and the Brain, Corporate Exploitation of Children, The Brave New World of Un-Schooling, The Childlike Mind, Rational Imagination, Raising Children in a Sport-Crazed Culture, and other topics. He maintains a blog, continues to add to Touch the Future’s expanding archive of personal interviews and writes for various periodicals on parent+child development. He is a contributing editor for Kindred Media, an FCL nonprofit initiative and alternative media outlet.
Michael is the current president of Kindred World.
Teresa is the founder of the Parent Liberation Alliance and Project. She is the author of Parenting for Social Change, and editor for the alternative media outlet, Kindred. She is also the associate dead of students at the University of Arizona.
Teresa lives her passion for creating social change by combining her work in social justice education with parenting. As a professional, she has spent over 20 years working in and with universities and colleges as an educator, leader, administrator and consultant committed to advancing social change and social justice. After graduating from law school, she decided not to practice law. Instead, she opted to serve the cause of social change and justice through her work at three large public universities across the country. She worked with innovative programs designed to create transformative learning for students, staff and faculty. As a consultant she continues to bring her expertise and passion to clients interested in transformative learning, social change and social justice.
Her own life was transformed after the births of Martel and Greyson, who have challenged her to live the values of liberation, freedom and respect as a parent. She discovered the ways in which she did not live in congruence with her professional values in her role as a parent. Using her experience in facilitating social justice learning, she began her own learning journey toward creating respectful relationships with the children who share her life. This personal journey and her challenge to others to create broader social change by transforming how we view and treat children is chronicled in her writing, both on her website and in her book, Parenting for Social Change.
Teresa is the current vice president of Kindred World.
Teresa Graham Brett, JD
On a Mother (of a) Quest for 19 years as an award-winning journalist, activist and nonprofit visionary, Lisa Reagan explores the space between our unsustainable industrial story and the emerging story of what is possible for Cultural Creative families – who are leading the way forward.
Lisa is a co-founder of the nonprofit, Families for Conscious Living and the executive editor of, Kindred. Lisa shares her personal stories of shifting in features, such as Spiritual Composting in Kindred and other conscious parenting publications. In her presentations at conferences and workshops, she inspires parents to look toward Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey for guidance on transforming themselves as a path to transforming our unsustainable culture. Her Parenting As A Hero’s JourneyVirtual Retreats and publication will launch in 2015.
Lisa’s Kindred Fireside Chats and interviews with conscious living leaders, like Deepak Chopra, MD; Paul Ray, PhD; Marilyn Schlitz, PhD; Thom Hartmann; Joseph Chilton Pearce and others, continue to forge the new story of holistic family wellness at a time when the United States ranks last among all developed nations for infant, child and maternal wellness. Watch Kindred’s New Story video series, produced by Lisa and her husband of 28 years, Keith, on Vimeo and You Tube Channels. Lisa is featured in the film documentary, The Love Bomb. Her forthcoming books share her adventure exploring the conscious living movement.
Her vision of serving Cultural Creative families is currently carried forward through nonprofit collaborations through Kindred’s Pioneering Partners Project, and over 300 international Pathways Connect Gathering Groups sponsored by Pathways to Family Wellness. (Listen to the FCL story.) In 2013, Pathways received three Hermes awards for the issue featuring Lisa’s interview with Jamie Grumet on her experience as Time magazine’s breastfeeding cover mom: The Cover Shot Heard ‘Round The World: An Interview With Conscious Parenting Revolutionary, Jamie Grumet.
Ever since David served in college on the Pangea World Service Team in Nicaragua his soul has been on fire to figure out how to maximize his impact on social justice. He received his BA in Secondary Education from The University of Michigan with a specialization in facilitating social justice dialogue. He went on to create the first-ever Leadership Dialogues on Diversity course for high school students, which was incorporated into the International Baccalaureate curriculum, and then served with Teach for America in Detroit. David then earned an MS in Human Ecology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a thesis on practical wisdom in parenting dilemmas and a focus on developing social justice educational programs. David created and then led the EcoWell Initiative at UW-Madison, which innovatively furthered the university commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. He then served as a spiritual advisor at the University of Michigan Children's Hospital with a specialization in pediatric oncology and is now serving as the Mindfulness Coordinator for Equity Education's Detroit Leadership Academy. David also is the founder of his own business, Inner Passport, which is a creative social justice education platform. He has over 10 years of experience creating and facilitating creative social justice education initiatives and working with leading child and family activists across the globe.
He is currently working with a wonderful team at Kindred World to create the Kindred Fellowship Program which centers childhood in social justice education and serves as Kindred's social justice editor and treasurer. In his free time, he has traveled to over 30 countries, is in the process of running a marathon on every continent, and enjoys creating and performing musical comedy with his band.
Read David's posts on Kindred Media.
David Charles Metler
Reshma Grewal is a Writing and Literature student at the University of California at Santa Barbara, and plans to minor in Applied Psychology and English with a specialization in Literature and the Mind. She focuses on realistic fiction and creative nonfiction writing, with common themes of trauma, development and personality. She was the Kindred-in-Spirit Scholar for 2019. She participated in Kindred Media's Men of ROBE Series in 2020. As a Kindred Scholar, Reshma researched Adverse Childhood Experiences and Trauma. She plans to explore the relationship between mental illness and isolation in the time of the Coronavirus as well as use her creative work to process and share the complexities of our current political climate.
Pam Leo is a family literacy activist and founder of the Book Fairy Pantry Project, an FCL initiative. She is the author of the classic and well-loved book, Connection Parenting, inspired literacy and bonding poetry, a contributing author to Kindred and a future children's book, Please Read To Me. Pam has worked with children and families for more than forty years. From her work with teen parents, parents in prison, parents in recovery, and low income parents, she learned that all parents want very much to provide for their own children. She has "never met a parent who didn't want life to be better for their children than it was for them." Her enduring love of children's books, her passion for literacy, and her commitment to empowering parents, are combined in her new role as the founder of a grassroots literacy movement, the Book Fairy Pantry Project, whose mission is "No Child With No Books" - because "Books change children's lives...for good."
Liberty Liscomb is the past president of FCL. Liberty mothers five children in Harwinton, Connecticut, and works to revive and evolve a more self-sufficient and sustainable family and community life, beginning with her own. Her children spend their days world-schooling alongside her, collectively following their own interests, and learning more about the world as they go. She is the co-founder of the Connecticut FCL group, a La Leche League Leader and former Bradley Childbirth Educator. She has been an integral part of FCL's growth and vision since 2003.
elly Wendorf, PCC, MECD is an executive coach, author, transformational mentor, and socially responsible entrepreneur. She was the founding editor and publisher of Kindred when it was first a print magazine and then moved to a purely online platform. Kelly is now the Founding Partner of EQUUS, an innovative leadership development organization that she runs with her partner J. Scott Strachan in Santa Fe, New Mexico. EQUUS uniquely combines neuroscience, systems theory, contemplative wisdom, attachment theory, somatic processes and nature based wisdom in their coaching approach that is both experiential and transformative. Her commitment is to changing the narrative inside leadership platforms to one that steers the world towards sustainability, compassion, and humanity.
Throughout her life she has lived and worked around the world, studying with many spiritual and Indigenous leaders in India, Africa, Indonesia and Australia. Such immersion in multi-cultural perspectives has honed a passion for creating a new narrative in the human condition, empowering organizations, leaders and high performance individuals to wield meaningful change in their communities and in the world. She has worked inside a wide spectrum of clientele – from Amazon to some of the most underserved communities.
An intuitive lifelong horsewoman and gifted educator, Kelly developed The EQUUS Experience® — an equine-assisted learning process — in response to her frustration with the limitations of conventional learning methodologies. The process works with horses as co-facilitators, to illicit breakthrough learning through engaging in a 56-million-year-old system – the horse herd. The work, grounded in evidence-based research into the neuro-biological approach to learning, engages the limbic pathway where the re-wiring of emotional and psychological habits is possible, translating into lasting change and growth. The EQUUS Experience® is trending as a powerful differentiator in organizational change circles.
Kelly serves as the secretary on Kindred World's board of directors.
Mary Tarsha is a PhD student in Developmental Psychology and Peace Studies at the Kroc Institute for International Peace Research at the University of Notre Dame. She conducts research investigating human flourishing and moral development in the Evolutionary Moral Psychology Laboratory under the directorship of Dr. Darcia Narvaez.
Listen to Mary Tarsha’s podcast series with Darcia Narvaez on the Evolved Nest.
And listen to her book reviews with Dr. Narvaez on Kindred.
Laurel Wilson, BSc, IBCLC, RLC, CCCE, CLE®, CLD, CPPFE, CPPI owns MotherJourney in Morrison, Colorado. She has her degree in Maternal and Child Health – Lactation Consulting. With over twenty six years of experience working with women in the childbearing year and perinatal professionals, Laurel takes a creative approach to working with the pregnant family and perinatal professionals. She is co-author of best-selling books, The Greatest Pregnancy Ever: The Keys to the MotherBaby Bond and The Attachment Pregnancy: The Ultimate Guide to Bonding with Your Baby. She is also a contributing author to Round the Circle: Experienced Doulas Share What They Learned the Hard Way and original editor of the CAPPA Lactation Educator Manual. She currently travels the world presenting on such hot topics as Social Media and the Pregnant Family, Epigenetics and the Microbiome and First Foods, and Cannabis and Perinatal Health.
Jamie Grumet is the author of Modern Attachment Parenting: The Comprehensive Guide to Raising a Secure Child. She is the CEO and founder of I Am Not the Babysitter LLC, Co-Founder of Emmenemoi.com, Project Director of Nurture Tomorrow by VCA International, and a well-recognized advocate for children’s health issues. Jamie has been featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, Pathways to Family Wellness and The Attached Family. She has been interviewed and featured in Kindred, PDN, TODAYonline, Yahoo and The Huffington Post. Jamie has written for HLN, MomsLA, The Adoption Magazine, Blogher and Pathways to Family Wellness. She has made media appearances on “Huffington Post Live,” “CNN,” “Nightline,” “Today Show,” “Anderson,” “Dr. Drew,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” “Carte Blanche,” “60 Minutes Australia” and “Good Morning America” among many others.
Read Jamie Grumet’s interviews and articles on Kindred.
Jamie Grumet and sons
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