About The Elmfield Institute
Our mission is to invite, support, and create opportunities for individual, business and community wellness.
Our vision is to Illuminate the path to wellbeing.
Thought And Feeling.
Our members represent highly-trained international leaders, from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines, who have spent their careers weaving intention and strategy through thoughtfulness, compassion and a commitment to embracing intuition to generate ideas, communicate powerfully and create lasting change.
Through our varied knowledge, consciously-driven life experience and proven record of impact, we support individuals, businesses and communities by embracing shifts that lead to seeing beyond the ordinary and illuminating a path to wellbeing.
Lisa A. Pounders
Dr. Lisa A. Pounders is a Jungian psychologist, instructor, writer, and artist who resides in Santa Fe, NM. Lisa’s research and academic work focuses on the idea that we all have the resources and abilities to facilitate transformative opportunities for ourselves and our communities. Lisa has taught at the graduate level regarding the relationship between art and psychology, crafted and led workshops on the alchemical nature of creativity, published several articles in peer-reviewed journals, and is the poetry editor for the Journal of Jungian Scholarly Studies.
Molly Sturges (MA) is a creative director, social practice artist, facilitator, coach and educator. Molly has worked with individuals and communities around the globe for over twenty-five years focusing on creativity, healing, community organizing, contemplative practice and social transformation. She is a United States Artist Fellow in Music (2008), who in 2019-2020 held the William Corcoran fellowship in community engaged arts practices at Corcoran School of Art and Design, George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Molly was the founding artistic director of Littleglobe, Lifesongs, Firerock and Waking The Oracle. She is currently consulting faculty with The Center for Excellence in Public Leadership at GWU. www.mollysturges.com
Roberto Aponte (MA) is a business consultant, executive coach, and an exemplary leader with extensive experience in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. A resident of Santa Fe, NM, Roberto has directed operations for local political and private organizations concerning communities and the environment, as well as produced and orchestrated large-scale events. He has worked with C-level executives, board of directors, and inter-disciplinary teams. Roberto is an effective communicator and creative problem solver who knows how to guide diverse work groups to collaborate efficiently on complex projects.
Dr. Anjali Jain is an empathetic leader and mentor, a health care researcher and pediatrician in Washington, D.C. Anjali has extensive experience as a physician scientist and more than 40 peer-reviewed publications representing both quantitative and qualitative research. She has taught at the University of Chicago and lead numerous academic workshops. She conducts small and large projects on policy-relevant research for minorities and other underserved populations. Anjali also has significant executive experience working with and for diverse stakeholders including community and professional groups, industry and academy researchers, and corporations.
Weston Konishi is a consultant with over 15 years of experience in the think tank/non-profit sector in Washington, DC, Boston, MA, and Tokyo, Japan. He has expert knowledge of current issues and trends in the political and economic relationships between the United States and key Asian countries. He has a proven track record of team leadership and project management, design and implementation, and ability to excel in cross-cultural work environments. Weston is a published author with extensive public speaking and media experience and is currently actively engaged in local urban development and improvement initiatives in Baltimore City.
Evan Vahouny (MPP) is a business consultant with experience in designing, enhancing, and scaling impact-focused products and services. He has developed and managed a wide-range of collaborative projects—across private, public, and non-profit sectors—from proposal through implementation stages. Evan has successfully launched governmental evidence-based programmes and coordinated policy development strategies from his home base outside of Washington, D.C.
Hilarea Amthauer believes in developing leaders that have the confidence to inspire and motivate others. She has led several communities in Colorado to organize to provide better, coordinated care for residents, often times working with competing organizations with histories of animosity. She used her skills in community organizing to create a shared vision that led to mutual commitments that integrated action with purpose. Hilarea has a history of leading several national projects to improve delivery of health care and how we care for people. As a Peace Corps Volunteer, she worked with village, clinic, and church leaders to build culturally appropriate health education curriculums to combat devastating illnesses.
Hilarea has a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), a BA in Psychology from San Diego State University (SDSU) and a BSN from Johns Hopkins School of Nursing and has also completed the “Leadership, Organizing and Action” course from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education and her coaching certification through the Care Transitions Program®
Alicia Goroski has been leading teams for many years and always measures success by how she can build leadership capacity among team members. She thrives on enabling others to achieve purpose in the face of challenge. For the past 12 years, she has been working to build will and lead change through community-based healthcare quality improvement settings through the use of community organizing skills. Alicia recently began working with a non-profit organization whose mission is to destigmatize mental health issues by creating community and sharing the message, “You Matter, You Belong”, among high school students. Her work with this group mobilizes their constituency to collaborate with each other to achieve a real change.
Alicia received a BA in Psychology from DePauw University and a Masters in Public Health (MPH) from Emory University. She completed the “Leadership, Organizing and Action” course from Harvard Kennedy School Executive Education.
Risa Hayes, CPC has been a student of human behavior and group dynamics for much of her life. Over the past 20 years, she has been a facilitator, team leader, manager, trainer, and coach. Risa believes that what guides her in all these roles is her drive to help draw out the best of what each of us individually and collectively can envision, create, and achieve. She has been leading a national online leadership development program for quality improvement and healthcare leaders for the past five years and has been training, coaching, and facilitating strategy sessions both in-person and virtually all over the US for over 15 years. When she’s not working with healthcare leaders, she studies and practices permaculture on her budding food forest garden, and working in her community to foster regenerative social systems as a board member for the local Permaculture Guild.
Risa completed the Harvard Executive Education course “Leadership, Organizing and Action: Leading Change” led by Marshall Ganz in 2011, and a course in Human Centered Design in 2019. She holds two certifications in professional coaching, a certification in Appreciative Inquiry, and has been trained in Motivational Interviewing and the Care Transitions Intervention. Risa also studied and practice Lean management systems (Silver Level Lean certification), as well as psychology and anthropology in her undergraduate degree at Metropolitan State University in Denver, Colorado.
Kate Rindy is an innovative, inclusive and relationship-driven leader focused on exceptional results in diverse community environments. She has consistently engaged with diverse stakeholders, including donors, trustees, volunteers and community members to effect positive change on behalf of organizations. Acknowledged for intuitive management while overseeing multi-faceted programs to exceptional standards, Kate has been commended throughout career as a coalition builder and organizer with an ability to deliver highly visible projects on time, on-budget with measurable results.
Elizabeth Wills has had over 25 years of experience in the music industry as an award-winning singer, songwriter and recording artist. She recently graduated with a degree in Organizational Communication from the University of Texas at Arlington. She found that storytelling and the theories behind why people communicate the way they do were both exciting and familiar. She focused her studies on how she could help implement creative ways to effectively and appropriately open channels of communication. This ability to craft and listen has greatly influenced her consulting work with marketing agencies, musicians and other business owners and brands to develop their own stories and help to create culture and desired change.
Elizabeth grew up in Fort Worth, Texas and has lived in New York City; Aspen, Colorado on her horse ranch; and in Austin, Texas. She recently moved back to Fort Worth and is currently in the Master of Communication Management program at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism.
Holly Phipps is a consultant with over 10 years’ experience in education and healthcare, specializing in the development and implementation of large scale initiatives. She has a passion for community-based work and a strong belief in the human-centered design approach, understanding that the population she serves is the best indicator of what they need. Her work spans domestically and internationally, with non-profits, federal agencies, and corporations.
Holly received her BS in Elementary Education from Towson University and a Masters in Social Work (MSW) from Boston College. She is certified in Human-Centered Design and received her PMP in 2019. In addition, she is also a certified yoga instructor and is currently based in Washington, D.C.
Dr. Lisa Faulkner-Byrne has spent the last 10 years working at both local and international level, to affect social change for communities disproportionately impacted by poverty, conflict and its associated ills. Lisa has also lectured in the field of Politics and Social Policy at the Ulster University and has conducted research and influenced policy development in the areas of conflict transformation, peace-building, reconciliation and social justice.
Gareth Toner (MSc) is an educator and bodyworker working for over 20 years in mainstream education settings supporting students to connect with the sensing, living body. As a Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist (BCST) and Tension/Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE) facilitator, Gareth’s approach embodies and conveys the complex principles of health in an accessible, compassionate and simple way. He received his sport science degree from Manchester University, his Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and Masters in Exercise Physiology from University of Ulster, Belfast. He has a clinical practice in Northern Ireland and teaches both in Northern Ireland and internationally.
Mary Beth Reser
Mary Beth Reser has built her reputation on truthful storytelling, beginning her career first as a reporter before moving into marketing and public relations roles, where she flipped the script and infused honesty into effective and persuasive communication.
Mary Beth has a passion for gathering facts and weaving them beautifully into impeccable solutions that provide welcome support and direction to our clients, releasing them from where they are stuck and propelling them onto a clear and profitable path. Using a beautiful blend of psychology, empathy and research, she has a knack for really hearing what is said and intuiting what has not been to craft beautiful and strategic stories that leverage our clients’ messaging to launch them toward their goals.
Tonia Fish is widely known as a catalyst for helping businesses and individuals breakthrough and step into their desired purpose. She thrives on solving problems and believes most can be solved through honest communication. As a natural connector, ardent facilitator, and passionate catalyst, Tonia’s involvement makes projects easier, obstacles disappear and events and experiences unforgettable.
Tonia’s career has bridged the worlds of high-powered enterprises and compassionate nonprofits coast to coast from San Francisco to New York City. Through her work, she has cultivated unique and memorable experiences that elevated companies through marketing and operations to reach new levels as leaders in their industries.
Using the symbol of the well, we at The Elmfield Institute, have coined the term Wellean Wisdom to describe an innate wisdom that we all carry and although it may be hidden, we can find our way back to that wisdom.
We believe each of us holds a deep knowing of self and collective healing. Embedded in this wisdom is the idea that there are multiple definitions of and approaches to what it means to be well. Thus, there are many streams or paths to the well, each stream presenting a different choice on a different day.
This shared knowledge of seven streams of Wellean Wisdom, provides a guidepost for sharing, growing and ultimately, getting closer to the well. Wellbeing. The Source. Whether it is through our approach to courses for individuals, consulting with businesses, our work in communities, training health care workers, or working closely with those recovering from trauma, we find that fundamentally, sharing in the experience of this wisdom helps to create a safe and powerful window into the deep understanding working to move us forward together.
The Seven Streams of Wellean Wisdom form The Elmfield Institute’s foundational principles and guiding ethos. It is a methodology based upon qualities from diverse fields including depth psychology, trauma-informed neurobiology, empathic presence, business leadership and creative practices
The Seven Streams of Wellean Wisdom
Establish a witnessing embodied presence that facilitates active attentiveness towards self and others (human and non-human alike).
Form reciprocal streams of connection through awareness, compassion, and empathy to engage and tend the field of personal and collective interactions.
Foster resilience by strengthening the capacity to consistently differentiate, normalize, and recover from difficult experiences.
Equip oneself and others with the aptitude to make choices and realize intentions.
Engage deeply with inner and outer resources to dynamically harness creativity and enable new ways of being and expressing; provoke emergence.
Align with the movement that comes from accommodating impermanence, change, and transformation.
Return to Source by consciously nurturing, pooling and embodying the seven Wellean™ streams of wisdom.
A return to source
The Elmfield Institute is a diverse group of intuitive and compassionate business leaders and educators who share the common goal of affecting change and policy by encouraging and facilitating collective experiences and deeper understanding toward a greater purpose.
Many of our in-person activities and immersive experiences take place at the Elmfield Courtyard. Located on the grounds of the historic Elmfield Estate, Gilford, Co. Down, Northern Ireland, it is a series of 18th century courtyards that have been renovated as high tech beautifully designed conference facilities. These buildings and adjacent outdoor spaces are set in 100 acres of stunning landscaped parkland and gardens. The Elmfield Courtyard provides for dynamic, state-of-the-art group facilitating and learning opportunities within a beautiful, tranquil setting.