Advisory Board

Advisory Board

Our international advisory board is comprised of distinguished leaders and innovators in medicine, mental health, research, education, and business.

Guided by Outstanding International Expertise

Heart Based Institute is pleased to introduce the members of our new Advisory Board. This international board is comprised of distinguished leaders and innovators in the fields of medicine, mental health, research, education, and business. We are grateful for their outstanding expertise, strategic guidance and professional commitment in fulfilling our mission of bringing heart to Whole-Person, Whole-Community and Whole-Community-Care.


Ed Rubenstein, Ph.D.

Ed is a licensed psychologist who has been at the forefront of the human potential field for over 30 years. Ed Rubenstein received his Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from Florida State University, and holds a Masters in Rehabilitation Counseling from Florida State University, a Masters in Psychology from Radford University, and a Masters in Spiritual Studies from Goddard College. Over the course of his career, he has worked with a multiplicity of client populations and has conducted workshops and trainings for federal, city and county agencies as well as university, hospital, non-profit, corporate, and community settings. Ed’s focus within psychology is on a heart based approach and its impact on the psychological and relational well-being of his diverse clientele. His transformative approach to psychology demonstrates a natural way for developing resiliency, emotional management, and for building positive relationships. Facilitating professional workshops internationally, Ed shares his insights and in-depth knowledge about living a heart-centered life, supported by tools and approaches that contribute to a deeper experience of personal fulfillment. He has successfully presented workshops at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Pan American World Health Organization (PAHO), and other agencies.


Marilou V. Inocalla, M.D., N.D

Marilou Inocalla received her medical degree from Far Eastern University in Manila, Philippines. She did her residency with a sub specialty in child and adolescent psychiatry at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Marilou has held the position of medical director for three psychiatric facilities, and for twenty years she practiced psychiatry at Mount Rogers Mental Health in Marion Virginia. Using her extensive experience in clinical psychiatry, preventive medicine, psychopharmacology and integrative medicine, Marilou currently supervises doctors, nurses and therapists in two different psychiatric facilities. She has conducted phenomenological research in family therapy and comparative studies on conventional and indigenous healing in the Philippines which resulted in a publication of her studies. She also produced an award winning paper on borderline personality. Marilou continues to be involved in relief operations and non-profit medical missions overseas.


Kuldeep Singh, M.D.

Kuldeep Singh, M.D. received her medical degree from Gandhi Medical College in Hyderabad, India. She completed her residency at the University of Kansas and is board certified in psychiatry and neurology. Kuldeep has worked in outpatient and in patient settings, including practicing at a community mental health center for the past 35 years. In 2014, she received an award given by the Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas State to recognize exemplary work which embodies the spirit of patient-centered care. Kuldeep has incorporated transpersonal psychology as an adjunct to treatment and finds it to be very valuable in facilitating growth and self-determination.


Aixia Zhang, Ph.D.

Aixia Zhang is a senior staff scientist at the National Institutes of Health, USA, where she has worked for over 20 years. She received her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the State University of New York at Albany in 1994, and then carried out post-doctoral research at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. During the past two decades, her research has been focused on studying the mechanisms of how small non-coding RNAs regulate gene expression and play an important role in cell metabolism and growth under environmental stresses. Aixia is also passionately exploring and sharing holistic heart based approaches to improve health and well-being.


Sexton, M.S.W., L.C.S.W.

Sexton is a licensed clinical social worker in North Carolina. She received her Masters in Social Work from East Carolina University, and also holds a master’s degree in leisure studies from Florida State University where she completed extensive post graduate work and research in educational leadership and burnout/compassion fatigue among governmental employees. Sexton brings over 40 years of exceptional experience across the Health and Human Services field. She has provided mental health clinical services in schools and communities worldwide and has also worked as a consultant for the state of North Carolina in the Department of Health and Human Services. Additionally, Sexton has been actively involved in creating innovative staff development curriculum for people working in the human services profession while serving in a variety of leadership positions in program administration and Human Resources. She has also taught workshops and conducted trainings both nationally and internationally and is a frequently presenter at various North Carolina social work conferences.


Kurt Valle, R.N.

Kurt is a registered nurse living in Tallahassee, Florida with over 22 years of experience in the field of nursing with a specialization in hospice care. Kurt has worked in the field of psychiatric nursing providing care in crisis stabilization units, and has experience addressing acute behavioral issues. While working as a licensed paramedic and firefighter, Kurt was drawn to hospice care prompting him to pursue a nursing degree, which he completed at the University of New York in 1992. Kurt is currently on staff with Big Bend Hospice, and over the past decade has also served as the Director of Nursing for a national home healthcare organization, Nursefinders. In addition to delivering hands on care, Kurt also educates patients and their families, individuals and groups on holistic approaches to personal well-being, heart-centered living and stress management. Bringing nonprofit experience, Kurt served as a past board member for the American Lung Association as well as Gerontology & Associates where he also worked as the Director of Nursing Services.


Louise Carmichael, M.S.W.

Louise Carmichael is a clinical social worker in Australia. She received a master’s degree in clinical social work from Finders University and an advanced diploma in transpersonal psychotherapy at the Inner Journey Training Centre. In 2012, she received the prestigious Australian Prime Ministers Australia Asia Academic Award to study Indian social work practices and work in India for two years. During her award internship Louise provided consultancy as a psychotherapeutic trainer and research supervisor to India organizations and universities. Louise had developed cross-cultural psychotherapeutic skills while working with Australian Aboriginal People for over 19 years. She has worked with vulnerable populations while collaborating with mental health professionals to develop culturally specific adaptations of western psychotherapeutic processes that resonate with indigenous wisdoms. She has taught these approaches at various universities and grass roots community organizational settings across India and Australia. Louise has several publications in International and Indian peer-reviewed academic and research journals.


Steve Ray

Steve Ray is the founding co-director of Vox Bandicoot Pty. Ltd. and has an advanced diploma of group facilitation from the Groupwork Institute of Australia. He has worked in the environment and community sector for 25 years with a focus on environmental education and community engagement. Steve was the executive director at the Environs Australia, and has worked with Environmental Victoria, the Victorian Association for Environmental Education, and Manningham City Council. He brings a heart based protocol into his group facilitation process. Steve is passionate about the power of groups as vehicles for social change because of the great shifts that can happen when a group is supported by powerful facilitation.


Pamela Raymond, R.N., LPC

Pamela Raymond has a Bachelors of Science in Nursing from Western Carolina University and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Vermont College of Norwich University. She has extensive experience in the field of occupational health and human resources in both business and industry. She was the human resources and health service administrator at Westinghouse Electric Corporation coordinating health, wellness and safety programs. While at Kimberly-Clark Corporation, she served as a human resources/occupational health consultant in a local manufacturing facility and in a corporate leadership role facilitating corporate-wide occupational health procedures, programs and professional development. Pamela has over 20 years of experience in training and development, teaching The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and participative leadership in corporate settings and providing consulting and training services at Asheville-Buncombe Technical College. Over the past 17 years, she has provided psychotherapy and professional counseling services in a variety of settings, including a non-profit counseling center, an addictions recovery program and an employee assistance program. She currently has a thriving private practice in downtown Asheville, NC.


Catherine Faherty

Catherine Faherty has emerged over the last 30 years as an internationally sought-after lecturer and trainer mentoring teachers, therapists, parents, and autistic adults worldwide. She has written professional training manuals, co-developed training models, created on-line trainings, and is the author of four groundbreaking books in the field of autism, translated into 9 languages, one of which was awarded the Autism Society of America’s 2009 Outstanding Literary Work. Before the general public and the media had heard of autism, Catherine was instrumental in helping children and adults on the autism spectrum and their families live happier lives. In her early years, she taught a variety of students with very diverse learning styles before creating a model classroom in 1985 where she developed autism-friendly learning strategies that are now widely accepted as the standard in most autism programs worldwide. From 1990 to 2012, Catherine served as an autism specialist with the internationally recognized TEACCH Program with the University of North Carolina.


Jennie Barb, M.A.

Jennie Barb is a Panamanian psychologist and family therapist who has worked extensively in the field of domestic violence. She received a degree in psychology from the University of Panama and holds a master’s degree in family and couples therapy from Universidad Santa Maria la Antigua, Panama. In 2009, Jennie was honored with the Notorious Citizen of the Republic merit award by seven civic associations for her devoted work supporting the children of Panama. She is the founder and executive director of the Fundacion Unidos por la Ninez (FUN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and treatment of child abuse. Jennie is also a recognized author of several books.


Nettie White, M.D.

Nettie White received her medical degree from the University of Arizona in Tucson in 1982, followed by a residency in internal medicine. For the past 20 years, Nettie has been working for the nonprofit agency Hot Springs Health Program, which serves the medical needs of a rural county north of Asheville, NC. Her work has primarily been based in long term care facilities over the last several years where she specializes in caring for those no longer able to live at home, especially elderly individuals. Nettie brings a heart based approach to her work with both patients and their families as they struggle with the loss of health, independence, and memory. Much of her care involves helping to facilitate difficult choices often faced by families as their loved ones age, offering both hope and acceptance.


Jacqueline Gascoyne, M.Sc.

Jacqueline Gascoyne has over 25 years of experience facilitating change at the individual, group and organizational levels, drawing on psychotherapeutic and psychodynamic processes to change and consultation. She holds a master’s degree in change facilitation from Surrey University. This is complemented by a strong background in learning and development, initially as human resources manager and training and development manager at both Diageo and Grand Metropolitan Foods. Jacqui’s career to date has encompassed a variety of settings and industry sectors, from small privately owned businesses to major international organizations, non-profit, healthcare, central government departments and agencies as well as academia, including Birmingham University and Henley Management College. Over the last 12 years Jacqui has specialized in helping teams and organizations implement innovative well-being practices that radically change the prevailing culture, putting people, collaborative working relationships and a heart based ethos at the core of sustainable business. This has led to a number of her clients winning national and regional Employer of the Year awards. Others have been quoted as best practice case studies, with the work featuring in several published articles.


Sally P. Mydlowec, M.Ed.

Sally Mydlowec received a Masters of Education in biology from Temple University, and after a career in teaching at public and private institutions, she became Executive Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at Manor College, in Pennsylvania. Her responsibilities cover all credit degree programs, curriculum, faculty, budgets, learning outcomes, and academic support services. She earned a certificate in higher education strategic and integrated planning from the Society for College and University Planning (SCUP) Institute and is the president’s chief advisor on institutional strategic planning and assessment. Sally has been named by SCUP as an Academy Council Member on its Academic Committee and is a contributor to the SCUP 2015 Academy Report on Trends in Higher Education Planning. She is also a member of the Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL) and has implemented new initiatives for adult learning on campus. She has been invited to chair an evaluation site team for accreditation by the Middle States Association/Commission on Higher Education. Sally is a facilitator of workshops on topics in education, such as: effective communications; implementing integrated planning while building interrelationships; developing academic program and course goals. She also facilitates workshops incorporating a heart based approach for enhancing personal well-being, communication, and teaching effectiveness.


Patrick McHugh, M.D.

Patrick McHugh completed his medical degree at the University of Otago, New Zealand in 1986 and then returned to Gisborne where he has largely worked since. Patrick has vocational registration in general practice (GP), urgent care and rural hospital medicine. He currently works as a GP medical educator/program leader for the Tairawhiti inter-professional education program along with part time work in the Gisborne Hospital Emergency Department. Patrick also has extensive experience in addiction an has completed numerous trainings in a variety of holistic modalities including various forms of meditative practice. As a founding trustee of the Tairawhiti Complementary and Traditional Therapies Research Trust, he has carried out and published evidence-based research into the safety and efficacy of different complementary and traditional therapies and is passionate about patient-centered medicine.