Board of Directors
-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.
-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.
-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.
-Board of Directors, Member
Christina Rahman works in Trust & Safety for the largest online dating conglomerate in the world, responsible for crafting safety policy, training companies in appropriate safety response, and partnering with local governments, law enforcement, and NGOs to prevent and prosecute the online sexual exploitation of minors. She has attended the Dallas Meditation Center since 2012 and has facilitated the young adults’ group at the DMC 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.
-Board of Directors, Member
Ana Shoemaker is a Social Artist. She is committed to personal & transformational health, wellness, and relational healing through conscious movement, art, dialogue, and dance. She is a professional home and studio organizer. Formerly, she has been a personal caregiver to a Loved one with Alzheimer’s for 10 years; a volunteer in the Dallas County Jail with female inmates for 10 years, she created Move Meditation offering active meditation and the Life/Art process since 2004. Sarah Lawrence College is where she received her bachelor’s in Sociology/Anthropology.
Photography by Dave Westbrook.