CALM was developed by Alexis Harris with support from Mark Greenberg.

Alexis Harris, CALM I & II

Alexis Harris is a Research Assistant Professor with Youth-Nex and the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. She is located in Louisville, KY, where she is the project director for the Compassionate Schools Project, a partnership with Jefferson County Public Schools to implement and evaluate a mindfulness-based social and emotional learning and health and wellness curriculum in elementary schools. Previously, while completing her doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies and a fellowship in Education Sciences, Alexis worked with Penn State’s Prevention Research Center studying strategies to promote social-emotional competence and wellbeing and to prevent the negative consequences of stress. She has implemented and evaluated school-based social-emotional learning interventions, mindfulness and yoga-based approaches, and professional development for educators. Alexis has developed and taught prevention and wellness-promotion curricula for children, families, and educators in school and community settings.

Kathleen Elsherif, CALM I

Kathleen Elsherif, CALM Trainer, is a Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. She has taught the CALM program in elementary schools in Louisville, KY and currently manages the program in 24 elementary schools. Kathleen has trained CALM instructors for CREATE in Delaware and Cleveland. Kathleen has training in Trauma Informed Yoga Practices with the Trauma Resource Institute. She comes from the field of violence prevention where she trained community members, school leadership, government officials, youth and coalitions. Kathleen combines her passion for mindful awareness and yoga practices with her experience in professional training and prevention programing.

Tsultrim Datso, Ph.D. - CALM II

Tsultrim Datso, nee Diane Hawk Spearly, received a B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from Yale University and a Ph.D. in Educational Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. In graduate school, she began a lifelong meditation and study practice, which has infused her work as researcher, teacher, hospice chaplain, and healthcare assistant to loved ones. With Sue Lembeck-Edens she adapted CALM for staff in long-term care settings. Currently coordinates and co-instructs in the pilot study for REfresh Body, Mind, and Spirit, the adaptation of CALM to a side-by-side program for senior residents and their caregivers in a continuing care retirement community. She lives in central Pennsylvania where she enjoys farm to table meals, wandering gentle mountains and valleys, and engaging in a local culture of empowerment and innovation.

Sue Lembeck-Edens, MA, BC-DMT - CALM II

Sue is a graduate of Penn State University (BA) and Goucher College (MA, BC-DMT) where her master’s thesis, “The Role of the Dance/Movement Therapist is the treatment of Alzheimer’s Disease”, 1988, was an early investigation of effective therapeutic interventions for those working with individuals with dementia. Sue has spent her entire career studying and working to promote health and wellness through movement, with a focus on the mind/body connection. She has a passion for teaching and for serving older individuals, in particular. Her classes in Chair Dancing, Pilates Fundamentals, Resistance Training, and Mindfulness in Motion have been received with great success in CCRC’s as well as in community settings. Sue has a private massage and body work practice, serves as instructor and mentor for Dance/Movement Therapy students and is the co-creator/facilitator of the REfresh Wellness Program at Juniper Village at Brookline in State College, PA. She contributes as well to CALM II, a mindfulness research project of the Prevention Research Center and the Center for healthy Aging at Penn State University. For more than 15 years Sue taught embodied anatomy and professional ethics to massage therapists and students. A career that combines both practice and teaching provides the opportunity for continuous learning and professional growth.