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Board of Directors

Lisa Prajna HallstromLisa Prajna Hallstrom, co-founder, began her career as an elementary school teacher and went on to become a family therapist and personal growth group leader. She later received a PhD in comparative religion from Harvard University, specializing in the religions of India. After teaching at Bard, Smith, and Mt. Holyoke colleges, Prajna left academia to teach courses and workshops in Hindu and Buddhist mysticism and women’s spirituality. Prajna also leads Kirtan chanting groups. Her passion about the importance of including emotional education, contemplative practice and group process skills in a progressive school setting fuels her commitment to this project. She currently serves as the President of The Karuna School on the Board of Directors.
Email: phallstrom@karunaschool.org

Theodore Hallstrom
Theodore Hallstrom, co-founder, who graduated from Harvard College and has his Masters Degree in Education from Harvard, has been a teacher and principal of both private and public schools for thirty-five years. He helped start a school in Benaras, India, and is currently on the board of Jhamtse International, a U.S. non-profit organization that supports a school for orphans of Tibetan descent in the Himalayan area of northeast India. His commitment to hands-on learning and the education of the whole child drives all of his educational endeavors. He currently serves as the Treasurer of The Karuna School on the Board of Directors.
Email: thallstrom@karunaschool.org

Ward Mailliard
Ward Mailliard
is a founding member of the Mt. Madonna School in Watsonville, CA, an independent school for grades K-12, where he currently serves as a teacher and on the Executive Committee. Working in collaboration with Bill Moyers, he has pioneered a curriculum called “Values in American Thought,” and most recently “Values in World Thought,” which he has integrated into the curriculum of Mt. Madonna’s program. He has been instrumental in establishing and running the Bapa Ashram and Orphanage in Haridwar, India, a non-profit that includes a school for children grades K-12. He remains involved with this school by spending several weeks in India a year training teachers and administrative staff with the hopes of producing a self-sustainable school system. Ward’s experience as the heart of two progressive schools with spiritual foundations makes him an invaluable part of our board.


Board of Advisors

Lama Tsultrim Allione
Judith Ansara
Linda Booth Sweeney
Mirabai Bush
Brad Choyt
Peter Churchill
Robert Gass
Paula Green
Linda Lantieri
David Morimoto
Venerable Lobsang Phuntsok
Lama Surya Das
Robert A.F. Thurman
Nena V.S. Thurman


Kim Triveni LishanskyKim Triveni Lishansky, Business Manager
Triveni comes to the Karuna School with a background in business organizational development, having set up and managed the offices of Success Dynamics, a leadership consulting business in the Boston area since 1992. Her passion for spirituality and inner inquiry opened the opportunity for her to teach meditation in group settings for over 30 years. In 2005 she developed Access Meditation – Inner Journeys to work one on one with people to co-design fulfilling personalized meditation practices. For Triveni, being a part of the Karuna School, where students will be taught meditation as part of the regular curriculum is a vibrant opportunity. Of all of her accomplishments, Triveni is most proud of being the mother of three wonderful young people.

Friends of the Karuna School

The Karuna School has a dedicated and passionate group of volunteers that support a variety of initiatives. Friends of The Karuna School attend Karuna events and service opportunities, provide valuable insight and feedback on current and future projects and help our small team to have a large impact in our community. If you are interested in becoming involved with The Karuna School, please email klishansky@karunaschool.org.

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