Founder + Executive Director|Email: email@example.com
Jai Luster is the Founder and Executive Director of the Luster Learning Institute, NFP. Along with his wife, Joy, the organization was founded in 2007 after Jai retired from his corporate career at Mesirow Financial in Chicago. Jai attended the Chicago Public Schools for primary and secondary school, where he struggled to manage his own stress and anxiety. From a young age, he sought out and habitually practiced techniques similar to the Calm Classroom techniques. It was this habit that carried him through a successful, yet demanding career and inspired him to create the Luster Learning Institute and Calm Classroom program. Throughout his life he has consistently taught and developed workshops for adults and children in the area of mindfulness. It has been a great joy for him to see Calm Classroom techniques positively impacting the lives of so many children across Chicagoland and the U.S.
Joy Luster Co-Founded Luster Learning Institute, NFP with her husband, Jai in 2007. Joy is an expert in the area of health and wellness. She owns a fitness franchise and holds certifications in Yoga and Massage Therapy. Joy has a personal interest in self-awareness and has been thrilled to share this understanding with thousands of adults and children since Calm Classroom's inception.
Operations Director|Email: Jori@calmclassroom.com
Jori Griffith is the Operations Director for Luster Learning Institute, NFP. She is a founding employee and has been with the organization since 2009. Jori attended the Deerfield Public Schools, and went on to receive a double major in Sociology and Communications from Augustana College. She later attended Northwestern University for her Masters in Communication. Jori is the mother of 2-year old, Thea Rose. She and her husband, Ryan love to teach Thea how to be still and practice closing her eyes - what a stunning sight to see! Thea is the granddaughter of Joy and Jai Luster. Jori is grateful and humbled for the opportunity to share this beautiful work with her family each day.
Program Manager|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Maura graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Sociology and certificates in Gender & Women's Studies and Integrated Liberal Studies. Throughout her experience working with youth over the past 10 years, Maura has sought out creative ways to cultivate social and emotional wellbeing in kids. Inspired by her own personal practice, Maura has been trained to teach mindfulness and yoga to youth, and worked as a wellness and SEL instructor in Chicago Public Schools before discovering Calm Classroom. Maura is entering her third year with Luster Learning Institute, and is energized by the movement toward creating healthier, more peaceful school communities in Chicago and beyond.
Manager of External Partnerships|Email: email@example.com
Ronna Pritikin Berk taught language arts at King Arts School for 34 years in the diverse community of Evanston, Illinois. She believes supporting social emotional growth in students is equally important as developing students to become academically successful. Ronna has implemented numerous teacher workshops on topics such as literacy, poetry and creating a culture of community within a classroom. She has worked with teenage girls in a Tanzanian orphanage, promoting their self-esteem through book groups and art. Ronna takes pride in the fact that she has taught three generations of Evanston families. A history of fulfilling experiences fuels her passion to continue to expand and enrich young people by joining the Calm Classroom team. Ronna loves connecting with people and laughing. She is dedicated to creating an emotionally secure and healthy world for ALL.