Sierra healed herself and life by tapping into the wisdom of diverse modalities. This “bigger picture” of healing is reflected in the members of her Advisory Board. These experts in their fields are inspired by the core values of Sierra Bender Inc. and are working to create changes at the individual, community, organizational, societal and global levels.
Dr. Deborah Norris has a B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. in psychology/ psychopharmacology, and is Adjunct Professor and Psychologist-in-Residence in the Department of Psychology at American University.
Dr. Norris has served as thesis committee Chair for the research study, “The Sierra Bender Empowerment Method (‘SBM’) and its Effects on a Female Population.” Dr. Norris is the Founder and Executive Director of The Mindfulness Center and is trained extensively in mind-body therapies, ranging from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic practices to holistic and integrative therapies and lifestyle practices. She is a health scientist with over 30 years of experience in research, clinical application and education. themindfulnesscenter.org
Diane L. Rosenfeld J.D., LL.M. is a Lecturer on Law and Director of the Gender Violence Program at Harvard Law School where she teaches courses on Gender Violence, Law and Social Justice; Title IX; and Theories of Sexual Coercion. Her legal policy work focuses on improving the criminal justice response to gender violence and preventing and addressing sexual violence on college campuses using Title IX. Prior to teaching at Harvard, Ms. Rosenfeld served as the Senior Counsel to the Office on Violence Against Women of the U.S. Department of Justice. She also served as an Executive Assistant Attorney General in Illinois where she provided legal policy advising on women’s rights, environmental enforcement, and the ethics of governmental attorneys. Ms. Rosenfeld received her LL.M. from Harvard Law School in 1996. dianerosenfeld.org
Wade Davis is an Explorer-in-Residence at the National Geographic Society. Named by the NGS as one of the Explorers for the Millennium, he has been described as “a rare combination of scientist, scholar, poet and passionate defender of all of life’s diversity”.
Davis holds degrees in anthropology and biology and received his Ph.D. in ethnobotany, all from Harvard University. Mostly through the Harvard Botanical Museum, he spent over three years in the Amazon and Andes as a plant explorer, living among fifteen indigenous groups in eight Latin American nations while making some 6000 botanical collections. His work later took him to Haiti to investigate folk preparations implicated in the creation of zombies, an assignment that led to his writing Passage of Darkness (1988) and The Serpent and the Rainbow (1986), an international best seller which appeared in ten languages and was later released by Universal as a motion picture. daviswade.com
Dr. Lois Ellen Frank is a Santa Fe, New Mexico based Native American Chef, Native American foods historian, culinary anthropologist, author and photographer and her first career experiences were as a professional cook and organic gardener. Ms. Frank has spent over 25 years documenting the foods and life ways of Native American communities throughout the Southwest writing and photographing many articles and papers on the topic. This lengthy immersion in Native American communities culminated in her book, Foods of the Southwest Indian Nations, which won the James Beard Award upon its release. Her recent cookbook, The Taco Table, which Frank did with the Western National Parks Association (WNPA) won the Arizona Glyph award upon it’s release. redmesacuisine.com/chefbios/loisellenfrank.html
Jeff Migdow, M.D. graduated from the University of Illinois Medical School in 1979 and is a charter member of the American Holistic Medical Association and long-term member of the American Institute for Homeopathy. He has been exploring yoga and health since 1969. His exploration has taken him to India, Nepal, Japan, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Jeff was a member of Kripalu Ashram for 15 years. During this time he directed Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training and developed and directed advanced teacher training programs. Currently he is the developer and director of the Prana Yoga Teacher Training program in NYC. He is co-creator of the dvd “Why Do Yoga, What Will It Do For Me?’ co-author of the 1999 Time- Life book, Breathe In, Breathe Out, and Goddess to the Core®, Llewellyn Worldwide, 2010 and a major contributor to the Tibetan 5 Rites book, The Ancient Secret of the Fountain of Youth, Book 2, Harbor Press, 1998.
Nini de la Torre has a M.A. in communications, University of Texas, Austin, TX, and owner of Marketing Arts, Inc. an international advertising and branding company for 26 years, clientele include: Colgate Palmolive, Pepsi- Co, Unilever, Claro, Verizon, Santander Securities, Frito Lay, Johnson & Johnson.
Her awards include: Cannes Film Festival Advertising Creative Award for Heineken Beer, France, Small Business Person of the Year Award 2008, Board Member of the SBA Institute for Entrepreneur Women Starting Businesses, Puerto Rico. ninidelatorre.com
Valerio F. Cohaila also known as Freddy comes from the Aymara people(Peruvian native) and is an Inka priest keeper of Andean-Amazon tradition. He was born in a Khallawaya community, 13,000 feet high in the southern Andes Mountain-Peru, and grew up with Yatiris, medicine men. In 1978 he began to teach the Mother Earth spiritual path. Valerio invites us to meet our ancestral memory on the Andes and the Amazon, to find, follow and live by the Mother Earth spiritual path.
Active in human rights/peace/social justice/environmental organizations since the early eighties. Committed to help educate people worldwide to the historical and contemporary truths effecting Native people everywhere. Working with people from over 50 countries to cultivate relationships with traditional Native people in North and South America. pachamamachurch.org
Jackie Kinley expertise in psychiatry and research in resilience was the inspiration behind Air™ Institutes. Her research has uncovered a new way of using groups to measurably build an individual’s mental strength and well-being, while empowering them to uncover insights about how to continue strengthening the brain’s emotional functions. With a mantra of ‘you have to be involved to evolve’, Jackie’s work bestows people with the tools they need to positively affect their behaviors, actions and interactions with others in their personal and professional lives. air-institutes.com
Karin Weyland has a PhD in Sociology at the New School for Social Research, New York City. She is an Associate Professor, Dept. of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus. Karin is currently teaching classes in research methodology as well as gender migration and production of knowledge with a special interest in matriarchal and Goddess religions and spirituality. Karin is a graduate of Boot Camp for Goddesses Level 1®, a certified SBM Empowerment Coach & Therapist and supported the creation of the demographic profile of the Sierra Bender Method for Personal & Professional Empowerment (‘SBM’) scale. pr.linkedin.com/in/karin-weyland-b29b8559