Daniel Atchison-Nevel, chair
Daniel J. Atchison-Nevel has been an innovator in the fields of holistic health and acupuncture since 1982. That year, he and his wife Jane Atchison-Nevel co-founded one of the country’s first comprehensive collaborative health centers, the South Florida Healing Arts Center in Miami Beach, Florida. In 1987 Daniel & Jane organized what was to be called “one of the pioneering events in American acupuncture history”, the International Acupuncture Symposium held in San Francisco, California. In 1989, Dan served as the founding academic dean for the Community School of Traditional Chinese Healthcare, an acupuncture college in North Miami, Florida. In 1999, Daniel and colleagues conducted research in conjunction with Florida International University on the effect of acupuncture’s extraordinary vessels on depression.
Dan founded and co-chaired Acufest: A Festival of Healthy Living, an innovative, community wellness celebration held Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida. The inaugural event was attended by more than a thousand people and brought together every Florida acupuncture college, the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine and local and national educators .
Daniel currently serves as Clinical Director of the NSEV Healing & Acupuncture Clinic in his hometown of Miami Beach, Florida.
Ms. Susan Porter Reyes, vice-chair
Susan graduated from Florida State University with a degree in social work. She initially worked for the state of Florida reviewing eligibility for food stamps and AFDC benefits and then began work as a social worker with the Special Family Services program, carrying a small caseload of indigent families, providing information and referral to services on an emergency short time basis. The work was rewarding but Susan felt the limitations of working for the state and decided to go to law school.
In 1981 Susan graduated from Nova Law Center and upon graduation began working as an assistant public defender at the Broward Public Defenders Office, again working with the indigent population in Broward county, Florida. Initially Susan represented juveniles charged with delinquent acts and eventually became a felony attorney representing individuals charged with felonies. Except for a three year stint as a private civil attorney, her entire career has been as a criminal defense attorney working with indigent persons. She eventually served as a senior attorney supervising felony attorneys and was instrumental in the first years of the first Felony Mental Health Court in the nation, handling criminal cases and supervising the assistant public defenders who represented clients with severe mental health problems in with competency and placement aspects of their criminal cases. Susan has had numerous jury trials for person charged with various offenses, including 1st degree murder and death penalty sentencing.
Since 2005 Susan has served as a chief assistant public defender, handling all attorney training for the 125 attorney office, including new attorney training, in house training and working with local criminal defense organizations for cooperative training. She is in charge of attorney recruiting and reviews all resumes and manages the hiring process.
Susan serves on the Statewide Training Committee for the Florida Public Defenders Association, and is a member of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Ms. Katherine DeFoyd, secretary
Katherine has worked in the nonprofit field for 25+ years. She has been involved with every aspect of nonprofit management and fundraising and has developed special expertise in fundraising planning, strategic planning, board development, staff coaching, government relations, and public competitive grant sources. She has led clients successfully through board development, strategic planning processes, capital campaigns and annual campaigns, and has vast experience in developing and managing public/private partnerships. Before founding Growth for Good, Katherine worked as development director for The Armory Foundation, MOUSE Inc., The Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (NYU), and The Bertelsmann Foundation. She began her career in the Mayor’s Office for Business Development under Mayor Koch, and helped found the Mayor’s Office for Public Private Partnerships under Mayor Dinkins. She directed Constituency Affairs for Borough President Ruth Messinger. She is a member of the board of directors of Harlem RBI and serves on the non-profit’s board development committee. Katherine has a B.A. in Economics from San Francisco State University and a Master of Public Administration from the Wagner School of Public Service at New York University with honors. Katherine is the author of four cookbooks.
Efrem Korngold, treasurer
Efrem Korngold, OMD, Dipl Ac (NCCAOM), RH (AHG), Lac
Efrem Korngold is a pioneer in the education and practice of Chinese medicine in the West. He is co-author of Between Heaven and Earth: A Guide to Chinese Medicine, the Chinese Medicine Works Clinical Handbook, numerous articles in American journals, magazines and chapters in books on holistic and integrative medicine. With his 40 years of experience and study, Korngold has developed a unique theoretical and clinical model that blends ancient and modern knowledge and practice.
In 1974 Korngold taught a small class of medical students from UCSF. In 1979 he developed one of the first formal, accredited acupuncture curricula in America for the San Francisco College of Acupuncture where he trained several hundred acupuncturists over eight years. The publication of Between Heaven and Earth in 1991 has found its way into more than 250,000 hands and has been translated into eight languages. Korngold studied Chinese herbal medicine in Kunming in 1980, acupuncture in Shanghai in 1984, and continued studying herbal medicine with Doctor Fang Feng, a Vietnamese born Chinese herbal doctor in San Francisco’s own Chinatown. These studies engendered original ideas about how to simplify traditional Chinese acupuncture and herbal therapeutics for American providers and patients.
Korngold is a Diplomate of the National Certification Commission of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (NCCAOM), a charter member of the American Association of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine (AAAOM) and a founding and Advisory Board member of the Holistic Pediatric Association. He maintains an active practice in acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at Chinese Medicine Works in San Francisco’s Noe Valley neighborhood.
Dr. Ellen F. Franklin, PhD, director
Dr. Ellen F. Franklin is CEO of the Acutonics Institute of Integrative Medicine. For more than 15 years she has been involved in the development and dissemination of educational programs in vibrational sound therapy rooted in Oriental Medicine and psychology. This work embraces both ancient wisdom traditions and modern scientific practices, and offers an in-depth certification program in the applied use of sound vibration to the body. Dr. Franklin is a co-author of Acutonics from Galaxies to Cells, Planetary Science, Harmony and Medicine, a 2012 gold medal recipient in the Independent Publishing Awards. She is the author of numerous articles, a frequent and a frequent contributor to Oriental Medicine Journal. Dr. Franklin received a Certificate in Jungian Studies and her PhD in psychology from Saybrook University. Her research focuses on the use of sound based strategies for self-care to reduce severe stress and compassion fatigue in health care providers. Prior to joining the Acutonics Institute Dr. Franklin spent twenty-years in senior leadership positions working with both Fortune 100 companies and start-up organizations. She has also served on numerous advisory boards and boards of directors including the Sound and Music Alliance, An Income of Her Own, Fifer Incorporated, and the Intiman Theatre.
Mr. Andrew Newman, director
Andrew Newman has worked in the financial services industry since 1986. He started his career at Merrill Lynch International, New York, where he advised clients from Mexico and Colombia. He has held senior positions at Lehman Brothers and UBS (formerly PaineWebber). In 2007 Andrew expanded his professional activities to include business and life coaching for executives.
Andrew graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and completed a graduate program at L’Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris (“Sciences Po”). Andrew resides in Weston Florida with his wife Alicia Villamarin, and their three children. Andrew teaches Yoga and is a passionate cyclist. Andrew also edits films and videos. He is a frequent public speaker, workshop facilitator, and mentor for emerging entrepreneurs and other professionals.
Mr. Ernesto Ortiz, director
Noted artist, author and healer, Ernesto Ortiz has devoted his life to exploring and communicating the language of the heart, primal movement and deep inner spaces. Over the past 25 years, Ernesto has taken thousands of people on a journey from physical and emotional inertia to the freedom of ecstasy, from the chaos of the chattering ego-mind to the blessed emptiness of stillness and inner silence. His Workshops and Spiritual Travel adventures have an electric intensity that unifies the spiritual with the mundane, from the poetic discovery of the soul to the modern approach of ancient Shamanic practices.
Ernesto is recognized in the holistic, health and metaphysical field as an artist, writer, poet, inspiring facilitator, photographer, teacher and therapist. His training began at an early age in Mexico with Curanderos and Shamans and has continued for many years with world-renowned teachers in Transpersonal Psychology, Shamanism, Music Therapy, Bodywork and more. In 1994 Ernesto created “Journey to the Heart”, a company dedicated to the upliftment of consciousness and the well-being of people by using practical tools to help integrate the physical with the mental, emotional and spiritual bodies. Providing tools for growth, the company offers a variety of classes and workshops: Akashic Records classes, Trance Dance and Tantric Shamanism, Shamanic Healing Techniques, Sacred Geometry, Meditation Techniques, Tian Di Bamboo Massage, Karmapa Reiki, Relationship workshops, Spiritual Photography and more…
Ernesto is a ceremonial pipe carrier; he received his pipe in 1996 from his spiritual grandmother Barret Eagle Bear (Lakota).
Ernesto leads annual Transpersonal Sacred Journeys/Adventures to power places around the world, and has facilitated hundreds of workshops, seminars and Intensives in the US, Canada, Puerto Rico, the Bahamas, Australia, Egypt, Bali, Peru, Mexico, France, the UK, Guatemala, Costa Rica, and more
Ernesto has three books published “The Akashic Records, The Akashic Records Sacred Exploration of Yours Soul’s Journey Within the Wisdom of the Collective Consciousness and “In the Presence of Love”, he is currently working on three other books due to be published in 2015