Casey Bridges, Executive Director, BA, USC, Postgraduate Diploma in Sustainable Development, University of Stellenbosch. Casey has over 25 years experience in the non-profit field and previously served as the Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa. He has extensive experience in youth development and organizational development, and received a postgraduate diploma in sustainable development in 2016.
Loren Witcher, Program Director, Camp Director, and Lead Facilitator, BFA, RISD. Loren has been implementing and co-developing the SB&T curriculum for over a decade. He has extensive experience teaching in middle and high school classrooms, including low-income and at-risk student populations, leads workshops with university and graduate students as well as professional adults. Loren has studied and practiced meditation under the guidance of Tools for Peace founder Lama Chodak Gyatso Nubpa since 1998.
Mayme Donsker, Lead Facilitator, received a BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. She recently worked as Assistant Professor of Painting and Printmaking at VCU in Doha, Qatar. Mayme’s dedication to mindfulness in education began when she completed the Tools for Peace facilitator training in 2010. She currently lives in Los Angeles, where she works as the Tools for Peace Lead Facilitator for Southern California.
Caitlin Kara, Facilitator, received a BA in Child Development from Mills College, an MA in Education, and CERT in Educational Therapy from Holy Names University, and is currently completing her CERT in Traumatology: Refugee, Migrant and Global Mental Health. She works as an Educational Therapist for low income, first-generation American, and immigrant families in the San Francisco Bay Area. Caitlin has worked with Tools for Peace since 2008 as a facilitator for Summer Teen Camp, our afterschool programs with LACER and Citizen Schools, and the Aim High Summer Program.