Founder + Executive Director|Email: email@example.com
Jai Luster is the Founder and Executive Director of the Luster Learning Institute, NFP. His background in mindfulness, yoga and decades of experience in organizational leadership led him and his wife Joy Luster to develop the Luster Learning Institute and its Calm Classroom program in 2007. Their intention was to share the many psychological, physiological and social benefits that can be derived from a daily practice of mindfulness with the public school students and teachers of the United States. Jai was also the Co-Founder of Mesirow Advanced Strategies Inc. and Executive Vice President of its parent, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. After receiving a B.A. in Sociology from the University of Colorado, Jai took a 7 year hiatus to immerse himself in the practice of mindfulness and yoga. He has been publicly teaching mindfulness and yoga programming since 1976.
Co-Founder + Creative Director|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Program Operations Director|Email: Jori@calmclassroom.com
Jori Griffith is the Program Operations Director for Luster Learning Institute NFP. She is a founding employee and has been with the organization for 10 years. Jori received a double major in Sociology and Communications from Augustana College. She later attended Northwestern University for her Masters in Communication. Jori is grateful and humbled for the opportunity to share this beautiful work with the world each day.
Program Manager|Email: email@example.com
Maura received an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. With over a decade of experience working with youth in a variety of settings, Maura deeply values the movement toward making social-emotional learning accessible to all students and teachers. Inspired by her own personal practice, Maura is trained to teach mindfulness and yoga to kids and teens, and served as an SEL instructor in Chicago Public Schools and in her hometown of Madison, WI prior to joining the Calm Classroom team. She is also in the process of completing a 300-hour mindfulness teacher certification through the Engaged Mindfulness Institute. Maura has been with Calm Classroom since 2015, and is honored to have the opportunity to support schools in creating healthier, more peaceful communities in the classroom and beyond.
Calm Classroom Consultant|Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 helping 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 the lives of 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.