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 is a stage IV cancer survivor who now feels tremendously fortunate to be working with her beloved colleagues to bring the gifts of gratefulness to people everywhere.
Befriending Ourselves: An Invitation to Love
Deepening Our Comfort with Uncertainty
Cultivating a Practice: Grateful Living as a Way of Life
Ten True Things About Gratefulness: A Conversation
Everything Flourishes in the Nourishment of Appreciation
Finding Gratitude In Familiar Places
Gratitude: A Radical Approach to Life
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Anguish
It’s All About the Glass
Gratefulness: An Opportunity to Practice
When the Well Runs Dry
Training our Trains of Thought
Making Grateful Living a Grateful DOing
Grateful for Getting Older
Turning New Year’s Resolutions into Revelations
Heroic Hearts: Love in the Face of Despair
Grateful Living as a Practice for Every Moment: An Audio Recording
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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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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Website Program Coordinator
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 Incident Review Committee at Family & Children’s Service of Ithaca.
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. She enjoys dancing, hiking, yoga, the warmth and wisdom of family and friends, and participating in the creation of a more just, sustainable and enlightened world.
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Digital Engagement Coordinator
Jeseph brings over nine years of digital marketing and web development experience to the team. His marketing specialties are in search engine optimization, social media marketing and conversion rate optimization. He has a passion for all things digital and can often be found digging into a spreadsheet to uncover creative growth opportunities.
The recent years of Jeseph’s career have been especially fulfilling as he has been lucky enough to work with organizations such as Minka, ChangingAging, and A Network for Grateful Living; each organization is dedicated to making the world a better place. Born in Ithaca, NY, Jeseph now lives in Evansville, IN where, when he is not trying to keep up with the ever-changing world of tech applications, he is often found taste-testing at new or lesser-known establishments.
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Community Engagement Coordinator
Serafina’s sensitivity to other people and the natural world inspired her to leave a corporate career path in favor of serving values-aligned organizations such as A Network for Grateful Living. After volunteering for two years with the organization, she is now delighted to be an official member of the Gratefulness Team with the joyful privilege of serving its growing community.
The study of sociology and economics led Serafina to teach special-needs children before spending two decades in STM publishing. Her listening and interpersonal skills paired with her love of data enabled her to establish extensive global partnerships (a nod to librarians!) and grow a peer-reviewed online-journal program from its launch to multi-million-dollar annual sales.
Serafina makes her home in Western Massachusetts where she serves as an active Board member for Art in the Orchard, and lives with a life partner who makes her laugh along with their two sweet, asymmetrical kitties. Her insatiable curiosity means that she can often be found chasing insects, tracking animal footprints, and reading. Serafina habitually gives thanks, binge watches Korean dramas, and can be seen smiling and waving at strangers.
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Community Programs Coordinator
Rose has devoted herself personally and professionally to cultivating wellbeing through heart-centered service and creative expression. She brings her passion for mindfulness, creativity, and sustainability to A Network for Grateful Living (ANGL) where she is honored to engage with ANGL’s inspiring community.
Prior to joining ANGL, she supported her commitment to the local food movement as an organic farm worker and as an AmeriCorps member and Farm-to-Institution Coordinator for the Food and Health Network of South Central New York. She continued her interest in holistic health as a student at the Finger Lakes School of Massage in Ithaca, NY, where she also eventually worked as an instructor.
In addition to her role as ANGL’s Community Programs Coordinator, Rose passionately explores grateful living as a bodyworker, yoga teacher, and singer-songwriter. She earned her B.A. in Writing at Ithaca College and continues to dabble in the craft. She lives with her husband and their wily kitty in Buffalo, New York.
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