STAR Foundation Advisors
The STAR Foundation Board of Advisors is comprised of leading thinkers in the fields of psychotherapy, medicine, and related disciplines.
Dr. Elite received a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, a doctorate in Medicine from the University of Rochester, and served his residency in Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Elite has had training in a wide range of therapies, and has been in private practice in San Francisco since 1970. He is also a staff psychiatrist at the University of California, Berkeley.
Stanislav Grof, M.D., Ph.D., is one of the most recognized and authoritative figures in transpersonal psychology. He received his M.D. degree from the Charles University School of Medicine in Czechoslovakia, and his Ph.D. from the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences. Stan was an assistant professor of psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, and a scholar-in-residence at Esalen in Big Sur, California, from 1973 to 1987. Dr. Grof's early research centered on the clinical uses of psychoactive drugs, and he later developed Holotropic Breathwork™ in order to achieve non-ordinary states of consciousness. He has published over 100 articles in professional journals and has authored over 20 books, including The Holotropic Mind; The Stormy Search for the Self; Beyond the Brain; Psychology of the Future; and Beyond Death.
John Lee is recognized as a leader in the fields of personal growth, relationships, and recovery. His highly creative developments in Primary Emotional Energy Recovery (P.E.E.R.) counseling seminars and anger management workshops, are taught worldwide. He is co-founder of the P.E.E.R. training program for counselors, which teaches emotional release techniques to help clients experience and express anger and grief appropriately. John has authored several books, including: The Flying Boy; At My Father's Wedding; Facing the Fire: Experiencing and Expressing Anger Appropriately; and Growing Yourself Back Up: Understanding Emotional Regression.
Bruce H. Lipton, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in bridging science and spirit. He has been a guest speaker on hundreds of TV and radio shows, as well as keynote presenter for national and international conferences. Dr. Lipton began his scientific career as a cell biologist receiving his Ph.D. Degree from the University of Virginia. His research at Stanford University's School of Medicine revealed that the personal environment to which a person is exposed controls the behavior and physiology of the cell, thus turning genes on and off. Such discovery, that genes are controlled by one's environment, ran counter to the established scientific view that life is controlled by the genes. Many subsequent papers by other researchers have since validated his concepts and ideas. His book, The Biology of Belief, summarizes his findings.
Prompted by the attempted rape and murder of a female colleague in 1981, Mr. Mendizza embarked on The Betrayal of Intimacy, an independent research and public awareness project founded to prevent sexual violence. As a documentary filmmaker, he has traveled extensively researching sensitive issues, including: domestic violence and rape, cultural and human development, the changing family, and prenatal learning. He and his wife founded Touch the Future, a nonprofit learning design center, which has explored optimum learning, performance, and wellness. Working closely with Joseph Chilton Pearce and others, Michael developed a revolutionary parenting and coaching model that applies the psychology of optimum experience (what athletes call "the zone") to parenting and education.
Joseph Chilton Pearce is internationally recognized for his vision of human development and learning. His research includes brain development, learning, and education. He is a member of the Touch the Future Board of Directors. He is the author of numerous books, including: The Magical Child; Crack In the Cosmic Egg; The Bond of Power; and Claiming the Potential of Our Intelligence
Thom Rutledge is a psychotherapist and author in Nashville, Tennessee. He is well known for a personable style in his work with clients, in speaking to audiences large and small, and in his writing. Thom has written several books including Embracing Fear: How to Turn What Scares Us into Our Greatest Gift and Simple Truth. He also writes for several personal growth publications, including Steps for Recovery in Los Angeles, and Recovery Today based in Austin, Texas. Thom's political/social commentaries appear on op-ed pages around the country, including The Chicago Tribune.