Program Advisory Committee

Program Manager

Maria LeRose's picture

Maria LeRose is an award-winning television producer and interviewer, and an Adjunct Professor in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC. She received her Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia in the Department of Education and Counseling Psychology  - with an emphasis on social and emotional development. more


Christie Whitley's picture

 Christie Whitley joined the Dalai Lama Center as President and CEO in 2013, after moving from her previous position as Assistant Deputy Minister and Chief Superintendent in the Yukon Government’s Department of Education.  In this role, Christie led a major community driven Education Reform process for the Public Schools Branch of the department. more

Victor Chan's picture

Victor Chan has known the Dalai Lama for over 40 years, and in 2005, they co-founded the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education. The Dalai Lama and Victor Chan also co-authored the Wisdom of Compassion: Stories of Remarkable Encounters and Timeless Insights (Riverhead, January 2013). more

Chris Kelly's picture

Chris Kelly completed his B.A. and Teacher Training at the University of British Columbia and his M.A. in Educational Administration at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia. more

Donald Duncan's picture

Dr. Duncan is a Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in Kelowna, BC where he serves as Clinical Director of the BC Interior ADHD Clinic. He is passionate about the needs of kids struggling with emotional and behavior-related skill deficits. more

Freydis Welland's picture

Freydis values the importance of compassionate heart-felt reflection and action in creating resilient individuals, organizations, families and communities. more

Jeff Calbick's picture

Jeff Calbick is a Director of Strategic Priorities with United Way of the Lower Mainland’s Community Impact and Investment Department and a former Director of Community Development with United Way of the Fraser Valley. more

Lisa Pedrini's picture

Lisa Pedrini is the Manager for Social Responsibility and Diversity with the Vancouver School District, a position she has held since 1998. Some of her responsibilities include safe and caring schools, supporting and encouraging Social Emotional Learning (including the MindUP Program), and providing training and coordination for other prevention programs. more

Mary-Ann Booth's picture

Mary-Ann has served as a trustee with the West Vancouver Board of Education since 2005. She became chair in April of 2008. Prior to joining the board, she practiced law for almost 20 years, holding positions as a civil litigator, law lecturer, provincial crown prosecutor, and in-house counsel. more

Maureen Dockendorff's picture

Maureen is currently Assistant Superintendent in the Coquitlam School District. She is a conference speaker, workshop leader and staff development planner and facilitator. Maureen also worked as an independent staff development consultant with teachers and administrators throughout North America. more

Tony Phillips's picture

Dr. Anthony G. Phillips is a world-renowned expert in brain function and behaviour. more

Kim Schonert-Reichl's picture

Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, Ph.D., is an author, award-winning teacher, researcher and professor at the University of British Columbia. For more than 20 years, Kim’s research has focused on the social and emotional learning (SEL) and development of children and adolescents.  more