A Network for Grateful Living reflects the hearts, skills, and minds of many people. Only a handful of us are reflected here, but we take our stewardship deeply to heart. A diversity of perspectives informs our humble service. Get to know us…
Kristi has spent virtually her entire adult life immersed in the rewarding work of non-profit leadership, fundraising, and organizational development. In a wide variety of roles, she has helped to lead, fund, and strengthen organizations committed to progressive social and spiritual change.
In 2001, Kristi started a values-based fundraising consulting and training, and leadership coaching company, and in this capacity worked with organizations such as the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Buddhist Peace Fellowship, Spirit in Action, Wisdom 2.0, and The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society, among others. During this same period, she was also the founding Director of the Soul of Money Institute with Lynne Twist, Director of Development at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, and Director of Development and Community Relations for the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society.
Before 2001, Kristi spent five years as the Executive Director of a regional women’s foundation where she led a successful $5 million endowment campaign, developed empowerment programs for women and girls, and oversaw a community-based grantmaking program.
Kristi received her BA from UMass/Amherst, a graduate certificate in Business and Sociology from Boston College, and her Master’s in Public Administration (MPA) with a concentration in Leadership Studies, from Harvard University.
Kristi lives in Western Massachusetts with her family, and feels blessed every day to be surrounded by the glories of the natural world and a vibrant, loving community. She now also feels tremendous good fortune to be working with her beloved colleagues from around the world at A Network for Grateful Living.
Grateful Living as a Practice for Every Moment: An Audio Recording
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Anguish
When the Well Runs Dry
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Despair
Making Grateful Living a Grateful DOing
Grateful for Getting Older
2016: Turning New Year’s Resolutions into Revelations
Finding Gratitude In Familiar Places
Finding Gratitude in Familiar Places (Huffington Post)
Gratitude Humbles a Giver (Huffington Post)
Grateful for Gratefulness in Difficult Times (Huffington Post)
Give From Great Fullness (Massage Magazine)
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Program & Community Development Coordinator
After graduating with a B.S. degree in Psychology from Tufts University, with the idea of becoming a social worker, Margaret Wakeley suddenly found herself immersed in her other areas of interest: music and acting. She found herself working as a vocalist, recording artist, and voice-over actor. Basing herself first in Atlanta, GA, then Los Angeles, CA, Margaret performed in premier hotels and clubs throughout the United States and Europe.
When she moved to Seattle, WA, married and started a family, her music shifted from venues around the world to more intimate performances to benefit local organizations closer to home. Continuing this work in Ithaca, NY, her current home, Margaret also expanded her community service in many volunteer capacities in local schools, hospice services and fundraising performances. In March of 2005, she began working for A Network for Grateful Living, and shifted her focus again to incorporate her many concerns and experiences into her work here.
From corresponding with website visitors all over the globe, to coordinating events and programs, to helping Br. David with his engagements, archives and publishing, to website content acquisition and management, her service here has become a soul-quenching grateful living practice in itself.
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Website Content Curation & Design
Saoirse McClory joined A Network for Grateful Living following a rewarding career with her local hospice, where one of the most important lessons she learned was to live, nurture and express gratefulness.
Saoirse is a student/practitioner of Integral and Evolutionary Spirituality, and has been nourished, transformed and inspired by years of meditation practice, enlightenment teachings and the simple and profound practice of cultivating gratefulness.
Over the years, Saoirse has enjoyed and learned much from being of service to a number of human service, social change and arts organizations. She currently serves on the board of the Human Services Coalition of Tompkins County.
Originally from Ireland, and having traveled and lived in many places around the globe, Saoirse is grateful for a rich and wonderful life lived in Ithaca, NY with her husband, Larry, and two soft and loving cats. She enjoys dancing, hiking, yoga, spending time with family and friends and participating in the creation of a more just, sustainable and enlightened world.
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Katie comes to A Network for Grateful Living (ANGL) with a passion for public health and social change. Before joining ANGL, she was the Administrative and Finance Coordinator for Massachusetts Farm to School and has had the privilege of serving women and families as a doula and apprentice midwife.
A graduate of Smith College, where she designed a major in the Politics of Women’s Biology, Katie continues her education in women’s health and mindfulness. She has completed certifications in childbirth education and labor assistance, herbal medicine, and Embodyoga teacher training.
Fascinated by the many intersections of ecology, health, culture, and social change, Katie is delighted and humbled to be working in service of A Network for Grateful Living. She lives in the Pioneer Valley of Massachusetts with her husband, three sons, and ever-goofy canine companion, Rainer.
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