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 most of her adult life in 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 founded a values-based fundraising consulting and training, and leadership coaching business, 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. During this time, she was also 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.
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 is a stage IV cancer survivor who feels blessed to work with her beloved colleagues in sharing the gifts of gratefulness with people around the world. She lives in Western MA with her family, and gives thanks every day to be surrounded by the glories of the natural world and a vibrant, loving community.
You can peruse a selection of Kristi’s writing and podcasts, and learn more about her new book, Wake Up Grateful, here. To contact Kristi, send her an email at:
Director of Education and Programming
Sheryl is a lifelong educator, passionate about designing innovative and beautiful spaces in which people are inspired to learn and grow. She has spent nearly three decades teaching and leading in schools and organizations, creating transformative learning experiences rooted in both scholarship and heart. In 2013, she founded the Sofia Center for Professional Development, whose professional offerings support and honor educators in their sacred work.
Sheryl received a BA in English from Trinity University and an MA in Women’s Studies from George Washington University. In 2004-05 she was a Klingenstein Fellow at Teachers College, Columbia University.
When not engaged in this work she loves, Sheryl can be found connecting with beloved family and friends, traveling to new places whenever possible, creating ritual and ceremony, or camping by a river several miles down a mountain trail near her home in New Mexico. Throughout all, she embraces the lifelong learning and blessings offered by aspiring to live gratefully each day, by over and over saying grace.
To contact Sheryl, send an email to her at:
Finance and Operations Manager
Prior to joining a Network for Grateful Living, Muthoni served as the CFO for Proteus Fund and as a program leader for a global educational enterprise. Inspired by grateful living, Muthoni is passionate about health and vitality. In 2018 she opened her own wellness practice where she coaches individuals towards their goals for health and wellbeing. She also joyfully serves as treasurer of Pioneer Valley Habitat for Humanity.
For leisure, Muthoni enjoys adventure, traveling, and being outdoors — especially in the summer months. Some of her adventures have seen her climb Mount Kilimanjaro, skydive, and visit the Taj Mahal.
One of six siblings, Muthoni was born and raised in Kenya. She remains closely connected to her roots, frequently visiting her parents and other close family and friends.
Muthoni received her MBA from Duquesne University and currently lives in Western Massachusetts. She firmly believes in the power of self-care, compassion for others, and living gratefully.
To contact Muthoni, send an email to her at:
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.
To contact Jeseph, send an email to him at:
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 MA where she serves as a 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 she is often found chasing insects, tracking animal footprints, and reading. Serafina habitually gives thanks, binge watches international dramas, and can be seen smiling and waving at strangers.
To contact Serafina, send an email to her at:
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.
To contact Rose, send an email to her at:
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We are delighted to announce the upcoming release of Kristi Nelson’s book Wake Up Grateful