Ellen Grace O’Brian is a teacher, poet, writer, and the director of the Center for Spiritual Enlightenment—a meditation center with headquarters in San Jose, California. Ellen Grace O’Brian teaches nationally and internationally and has received several community service awards, including the 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Award.
Along with her service as a meditation teacher, she is also the Founder and Advisor of Carry the Vision, which evolved from her vision to bring nonviolence education to the community by sharing tools that empower people in all sectors of society to live peaceful, fulfilled lives. She holds a Masters Degree in Education, with an emphasis in Transpersonal Counseling.
Ann Hayes is a founding board member and the former Executive Director of CTV. She is also a former program director of The Health Trust AIDS Services program, Meals on Wheels and School Health Clinics of Northern California. Ann Hayes currently lives in Santa Rosa, California where she teaches meditation and yoga in community centers and colleges.
Girish Shah, founding CTV board member, Treasurer of Silicon Valley Interreligious Council, Advisory Board Member of Alum Rock Counseling Center, former President of the Jain Center of Northern California and has been active in many other boards and committees. Girish Shah is dedicated to nonviolence education and creating peaceful communities where everyone thrives.
Terri Fukuda, a founding CTV board member, is the Controller at Charities Housing Development Corporation, a nonprofit developer of low-income housing and a member of the California Society of CPAs. She is also the past treasurer of Friends of Guadalupe River Park and Gardens. The work of Carry the Vision is needed in our world today in every sector of our society. It gives people hope for a better future for themselves and others as well as practical tools for dealing with the stresses and challenges that we all face.
Dr. Mihir Meghani is a Kaiser Emergence Physician who provided medical care in India after the 2001 earthquake, in New York after 9/11, and in Sri Lanka after the 2004 tsunami. He is a distant relative of Mahatma Gandhi whose life inspires Dr. Meghani to continuously cultivate nonviolence into his life through thought, speech, and action. He serves on the Silicon Valley Interreligious Council board and is co-founder of the Hindu American Foundation. Dr. Meghani has received numerous awards for his community service and is passionate about building a culture of peace and harmony in our homes, schools, communities and the world.
Larry Lauro has been in Jesuit Education for forty-one years. He was a Founding Board Member of the Ignatian Solidarity Network a justice network that serves Jesuit Universities/Colleges, High Schools and other Jesuit Institutions. The ISN is nationally recognized for its human rights and justice work all over the world. Larry Lauro’s passion has been taking groups of students on immersion trips to Latin America. He is passionate about the work of Carry the Vision in creating a more compassionate, peaceful and loving world.
Patricia Chaipellone was Alum Rock Counseling Center’s Chief Executive Officer for over a decade, now retired. She is a graduate of Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, in addition to completing her coursework for a Master’s degree in International Management from Denver University. Patricia Chiapellone brings to Carry the Vision a passion for working with at-risk youth and extensive experience in working in multi-cultural environments. Her 40-year career in the non-profit sector has focused on community collaboration, program development, fund development, youth mentoring, mental health, housing, and Board development. She has been an active participant in the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits and was a member of the SCVN Leadership Group and the Probation Leadership Team. A strong proponent of Juvenile Detention Reform, Patricia Chiapellone participates in both the Mayors Gang Prevention Task Force and the Juvenile Justice Systems Collaborative.