Marcy Balter’s interest in health and wellness was awakened through her work as a speech pathologist with special-needs children. Discovering a connection between diet, behavior, and sociability problems led Marcy to help create the Student Nutrition Awareness Council in her home community of Weston, Massachusetts. Marcy trained at Kripalu as a holistic health educator and 500-hour yoga teacher. A dedicated student of adjunctive medicine, she is a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City, and teaches and counsels in her home studio. She and her husband, Bruce, are active in charity work in the Boston area, including at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. They were founders of the Wellness Community of Greater Boston, a day facility that offered free psycho-social support services to cancer patients and their families. Marcy is a proud wife, mother, and grandmother.
John Chu is the cofounding and managing partner of Chu, Ring & Hazel LLP, a nine-lawyer firm in Boston, where he focuses on the representation of growing enterprises, venture capital transactions, and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents nonprofit organizations and serves on the board of Discovering Justice, which distributes civic education programming for young children, and the Lingzi Foundation, which supports organizations promoting the ideals and dreams of Lingzi Lu, a victim of the Boston Marathon bombing. John began his yoga practice when he invited a teacher to provide weekly sessions in his office for the benefit of staff. His interest in healthy living developed further when his wife, Dina, an executive coach, began suffering serious fatigue, which was resolved by significant adjustments to her diet. John is a graduate of the University of Chicago and Columbia School of Law. He and Dina live in Newton, Massachusetts, and have an adult daughter, Danielle, a documentary filmmaker.
Dorothy Cochrane never imagined that her career as a fine artist and printmaker serving museums and galleries would lead her to a calling of yoga teaching and community building. In the mid-1980s, Dorothy joined the board of an independent and progressive school attended by her daughter, Lily. While serving the school in a host of leadership roles, Dorothy pursued her education at Kripalu and Spirit Rock, becoming a certified Kripalu Yoga, DansKinetics®, and Mindfulness Yoga and Meditation teacher. When Peter Alfond made his first matching grant to Kripalu in 2005, Dorothy signed on to chair the newly formed Leadership Gifts Committee, a position she still holds. In addition to her nonprofit board work, Dorothy and her husband, Michael, built a yoga and meditation studio next to their home in Guilford, Connecticut, where she teaches yoga and hosts workshops.
Steve Dinkelaker is owner and president of American Lease Insurance, an innovative insurance enterprise providing coverage for small-ticket equipment leasing, financing companies, and their customers in the US and Canada. Credited with “inventing” lease insurance, Steve founded the first agency to offer lease insurance in the early 1980s and remains an energetic industry leader. Steve is also a longtime student of philosophy whose interest in human potential was kindled in the 1960s and ’70s during his undergraduate and graduate years at the University of California. He and his wife, attorney and author Ruah Donnelly, live in Conway, Massachusetts, and are supporters of various horticultural and conservation organizations.
David Ellner has 25 years of experience in the music, television, and new technologies industries, with a focus on digital, marketing, business development, strategy, operations, and finance. His past positions include president of digital and business development for 19 Entertainment, home to the hit television shows American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance; executive vice president of Global Digital Initiatives at Universal Music Group; and COO and CFO of Motown Records. He also held various positions at EMI Music Publishing and Polygram Records. David earned his undergraduate degree at SUNY Albany and his MBA from NYU Stern School of Business, where he is an adjunct professor. A powerful Kripalu program experience a decade ago catalyzed his practices of meditation and yoga, and the benefits he’s received inspired him to serve as a bridge between the worlds of commerce and expanding awareness. David lives in New Jersey with his wife Kim, a Kripalu Yoga teacher, and two children who are Kripalu family program alumni.
Marcia Feuer spent many years as the director of public policy at the Mental Health Association of Nassau County, New York. In that role, she worked to promote recovery, fight discrimination, and foster a better understanding of mental illness through lobbying and grass-roots advocacy on behalf of children, youth, adults, and seniors. Following her retirement, she continues this work as a member of the boards of the Mental Health Association in New York State and Long Island Families Together. Marcia earned her law degree while raising two children. She and her husband, Jonathan, live in Great Neck, New York, and spend as much time as possible in the Berkshires.
Christine Fuchs earned an MBA in Finance from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, and holds a Chartered Financial Analyst designation. She was in the midst of a successful career in investment management, as an equity analyst with Wellington Management, when she attended her first program at Kripalu. Inspired by Kripalu’s dedication to the exploration of what creates a fulfilled and balanced life, Christine left the corporate world. Today, she focuses on philanthropic endeavors and manages her own investment portfolio. As a member of the Board of Trustees, she contributes her expertise in finance and investment to help expand Kripalu’s reach. She strives to help others live integrated lives in which they feel fully alive, empowered, and interconnected.
Sarah Hancock, a former software engineer for IBM, Programart, and Compuware, Inc. now serves on the board of several nonprofit organizations in Boston and the Berkshires. Sarah’s conviction that scientific research would eventually establish yoga’s efficacy, and result in a wide acceptance of the practices and their philosophical tenets, inspired her to become an early supporter of the Kripalu Institute for Extraordinary Living. She joined the Board in 2008 and now chairs the Finance Committee. Sarah divides her time between Boston and Lenox, Massachusetts.
Joan Kopperl has been an active public servant in the Berkshires for most of her life. She is a founding director of the Berkshire South Community Center and a longtime board member of the Stockbridge Bowl Association. In the 1970s, Joan chaired the Shadowbrook Committee, which successfully fought a state plan to turn Shadowbrook, the building Kripalu now occupies, into a state prison. When she lived in New York City, she served on the board of the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center while earning a master’s degree in clinical social work at NYU and Fordham. Joan has worked for Berkshire Country Day School and the Boston Symphony Orchestra and served on the Lenox Planning Board, and is a trustee of the Robbins de Beaumont Foundation. Joan and her husband, Paul, live in West Stockbridge, Massachusetts.
David Lipsius, CEO, is a Kripalu Yoga teacher, yoga therapist, Ayurvedic lifestyle counselor, and licensed attorney. He joined Kripalu in January 2012 to pursue his personal dharma: using the professional skills he developed in the entertainment and news business to promote and advance yoga and Ayurveda. Prior to joining Kripalu, David served in various leadership positions for more than 15 years at NBC Universal in New York City, including as the vice president of operations for the NBC Agency East Coast and vice president of creative services for NBC News Marketing and Communications. David blends his passion for yoga with right livelihood in his role as CEO at Kripalu, and works to empower people and communities to realize their full potential through the transformative wisdom and practice of yoga.
Carol O’Neil joined the Kripalu board with 30 years of experience serving nonprofit organizations. A graduate of Boston College, Carol began her career in accounting. She taught religion to children and teens in church parishes for 25 years while raising her four children, along with serving as an active volunteer and leader in her community. Carol served as board chair for an organization that provides therapeutic horseback riding to children with special needs, where she focused on effective board governance and leadership. She was introduced to Kripalu Yoga in 2002, has participated in many workshops at Kripalu, and became a certified yoga teacher in 2010. Teaching regularly in her home ever since, she recently completed the 500-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training. Carol shares her philanthropic endeavors with her husband, Jack.
Michael Pulitzer, Jr.
Michael Pulitzer, Jr., retired from the broadcasting business in 2009 and moved to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, where he participated in numerous Kripalu programs and completed 200-Hour Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training. Prior to his retirement, Michael’s career path placed him at the intersection of entrepreneurship and community service. After graduating from Harvard, he received an MFA from the American Film Institute in Los Angeles and founded their alumni association. In 1978, he joined the family business, Pulitzer Publishing Company, and embarked on a broadcasting career. Starting in sales, Michael became station manager of an NBC affiliate in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He was president of the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters, president of the UNC School of Journalism, and chairman of the board for the University of North Carolina’s School of the Arts. Michael and his wife, Ramelle, run New View Tours, leading custom tours for small groups to South America. He is an active member of the Berkshire Kripalu Community and a member of the Stockbridge Library board, president of the Tri-town Rotary, and on the national advisory committees for Austen Riggs and the Norman Rockwell Museum.
John Taylor is president and CEO of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. Raised in the housing projects of Boston, he graduated from law school and dedicated his life to furthering the cause of economic justice. After more than 25 years in the field, John has been the recipient of numerous local, state, and national awards, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Peace Award, two United States Congress Citations, the State of Massachusetts Award for Excellence in Community Economic Development, and a presidential appointment to the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund. He has been a board member for the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition, the Leadership Conference for Civil Rights, the Consumer Advisory Council of the Federal Reserve Bank Board, the Fannie Mae Housing Impact Division, and the Freddie Mack Housing Advisory Board. John was named by the Non-Profit Times as one of the top 50 most influential nonprofit leaders in the US two years in a row. In 2012, President Clinton invited him to join the board of the Clinton Global Initiative America. John has appeared on ABC, CBS, Fox News, CNN, NPR, and C-SPAN, and in the New York Times, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, and Huffington Post. He is particularly interested in exploring how Kripalu’s offerings can be made available to communities in need. On Temporary Leave of Absence
Erin Tunnicliffe is the executive director of development at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where she earned her MBA. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania, after which she worked in the management consulting industry in Boston. Erin has been a yoga practitioner since the mid-1990s and a yoga teacher since 2002; she trained in Ashtanga Yoga with David Swenson and in Yin Yoga with Sarah Powers, and now teaches at a local Vermont studio. Since her first visit in 2002, Erin has considered Kripalu a home for personal practice and reflection, as well as a place for family connection—her mother, sister, and husband, John, are all Kripalu Yoga teachers. Erin also serves as a trustee of her local public library.