Board of Directors

Michael Ferraro (He/His)
-Board of Directors, President

Michael Ferraro is a licensed psychotherapist in private practice in Dallas, TX. He provides therapy to adults, couples, and families for a variety of challenges. Michael uses his practice in mindfulness and meditation to enhance both his work and personal life. He also teaches mindfulness to his clients. He received an MS in Counseling from Southern Methodist University and he also has a BS in Business Administration from Florida State University. Prior to becoming a psychotherapist, he was a business executive.

Andy McDonald (He/His)
-Board of Directors, Secretary

Andy McDonald is an ERYT 500 registered yoga teacher.  He teaches mindfulness, meditation, and yoga at Dallas area community colleges, yoga studios, and meditation centers.  He has taught yoga and mindfulness meditation techniques to students as young as 7 and as old as 93 in both group classes and individual private instruction.   Andy integrates his training and study in mindfulness, meditation, metaphysics, and breathwork, along with his deep understanding of nature to help people realize deeper levels of personal transformation.   He has a BS and MS from Texas A&M University and became a certified yoga teacher in 2004.

Paul Wassenich (He/His)
-Board of Directors, Treasurer

Paul Wassenich is a tutor for students all over the world, from junior high to grad school, with a focus on economics and statistics. But also helping with subjects from math to writing to French and Spanish to SAT and GRE prep. He has a BS in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and an MPA in Development Economics from Harvard University. He previously worked as a poverty-reduction economist for the World Bank and Inter-American Development Bank. Besides work, Paul enjoys taking yoga classes; playing board games; and reading and watching sci-fi, fantasy, and zombie fiction.

Christina Rahman (She/Her)
-Board of Directors, Member

Christina Rahman works in Trust & Safety for the largest online dating conglomerate in the world, responsible for crafting safety policies, training companies in appropriate safety response, and partnering with local governments, law enforcement, and NGOs to prevent and prosecute online sexual exploitation of minors. She has attended the Dallas Meditation Center since 2012 and has facilitated the young adults’ group Wake Up Dallas YES! at the Dallas Meditation Center since 2013. In addition to being a senior facilitator, she also trains others who are interested in facilitating for the young adults group. Christina has been practicing meditation since 2010, yoga since 2014, and graduated from SMU in 2011 with degrees in Journalism and English.

Ashley Wilkerson (She/Her)
-Board of Directors, Member

.Ashley Wilkerson is an actress, poet, trauma-informed meditation teacher, and wellness practitioner from Dallas, Texas. She completed her Atma Yoga Teacher Training at Tree South LA and received her Mindfulness Training from Deer Park Monastery.  Ashley has shared her light and expertise on various digital platforms such as All Def Digital, ATTN, and Facebook. She has presented at the Black in Design Conference at Harvard University,  Alliance For Safety & Justice, Revolve Impact, 72andSunny, California Wellness Foundation, The Dallas Meditation Center, National Performance Network, etc.  Ashley also worked as a consultant and lead wellness coordinator for Survivors Speak Tampa, assisting hundreds of crime survivors on their healing journey.  She is a principal member of Zeal Wellness and the founder of Brother Breathe, a wellness initiative designed for Black boys and men seeking peace.

Scott Kearney (He/His)
-Board of Directors, Member

Scott Kearney is a martial arts teacher, qi gong coach, and Zen ordinand. He holds a Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree from Iliff School of Theology, where he studied inter-religious spiritual care, as well as contemporary and comparative traditions. Scott has been an APA panelist presenting on military moral injury, which he continues to research. Scott has also appeared on radio programs and podcasts to discuss the dynamics of Eastern traditions and martial arts for mental health and trauma recovery. A US Army combat veteran, Scott retired from government service in 2019.

Photography by Dave Westbrook.