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Jai Luster

Founder + Executive Director|Email: jai@calmclassroom.com
Jai Luster is the Founder and Executive Director of the Luster Learning Institute, NFP. With a background in mindfulness, yoga and deep experience in organizational leadership and entrepreneurship, he and his wife Joy Luster developed the Luster Learning Institute and its Calm Classroom program in 2007. Their intention was to bring the many psychological, physiological and social benefits that can be derived from a steady practice of mindfulness to the public school students and teachers of the United States. Jai was also the Co-Founder of Mesirow Advanced Strategies, Inc., one of the largest fund of hedge funds in the world, and Executive Vice President of its parent, Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc. In those roles he has been responsible for all aspects of organizational management, including due diligence, strategic analysis and planning and market development. Jai has spoken at numerous conferences on non-traditional investing and asset allocation and was a recognized leader in the hedge fund of funds business for over 25 years until his retirement in 2001. He received an B.A. in sociology from the University of Colorado, and then lived for 7 years in a monastic setting engrossed in the practice of mindfulness and yoga. He has been publicly teaching mindfulness and hatha yoga programs since 1976.

Joy Luster

Co-Founder + Creative Director|Email: joy@calmclassroom.com
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.

Jori Griffith

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 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 3-year old, Thea Rose (the kiddo on the cover of the Pre-K/Kindergarten manual)! She and her husband, Ryan love to teach Thea how to be still and practice mindfulness - what a stunning sight to see! Thea is the granddaughter of Co-Founders, Joy and Jai Luster. Jori is grateful and humbled for the opportunity to share this beautiful work with her family each day.

Maura Salisbury

Program Manager|Email: maura@calmclassroom.com
Maura graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Sociology. Throughout her experience working with youth over the past 10 years, Maura has sought out creative ways to cultivate social and emotional wellbeing in children. 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.

Ronna Pritikin-Berk

Calm Classroom Consultant|Email: ronna@calmclassroom.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.