Walter Beebe is a principal founder of the The Open Center. In addition to leading The Open Center for 35 years, he has five children and eight grandchildren, practiced corporate and nonprofit law for 40 years and serves on multiple Board of Directors. During his undergraduate years at Harvard University, Paul Tillich was one of his teachers and set him on a path of searching for deeper understanding and actualization, both within and outside of traditional modes, that continues to this day.
Tegan Bukowski is an entrepreneur in the tech industry. She is the CEO and Co-Founder of WellSet, the first centralized marketplace to find and book wellness practitioners online. She has started several non-profits combining design, technology and health and wellness bringing arts literacy and therapy programs to kids in places affected by natural disaster, violence and warfare. Tegan lives in Los Angeles and is a yoga instructor and meditation guide as well as an amateur organic farmer. She has a Masters of Architecture degree from Yale University.
Jeffrey Gitterman is a co-founding partner of Gitterman Wealth Management, and a thought leader in the field of Sustainable, Impact and ESG (Environmental, Social, and Governance) Investing. He is the author of Beyond Success: Redefining the Meaning of Prosperity and an Associate Producer of the feature documentary film, Planetary. Jeffrey also serves on the Board of Directors for the Child Health Institute of New Jersey at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical and dedicates much of his free time to raising funds and awareness for the autism community.
Ross Guttler was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for Global Treehouse, a new concept combining meditation, creativity, collaboration and problem solving for large corporate clients. He previously led the growth of several business lines at Delos, a health, technology and real estate firm that focuses on optimizing the built environment for occupant health. He considers it a personal mission to shift the way we view our offices and homes – instead using real estate as a delivery vehicle for positive health outcomes and personal enlightenment. Ross is a member of the Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Forum and also ULI’s Real Estate Tech and Innovation Council. He received a B.S. in Economics from Duke University and an M.B.A. from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business.
Michael Horst has always been a real estate consultant, educator and developer. He was Senior Vice President and Senior Resident Fellow for Leadership at the Urban Land Institute (ULI) in Washington, DC whose mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Michael is also the co-founder of the Shenoa Retreat and Learning Center, a Key Leader at ULI, and a Governor (Developer level) of the ULI Foundation. He has created and taught multi-disciplinary classes at Harvard, UC Berkeley, and UCLA and was an Adjunct (Full) Professor at the University of Southern California. Michael also serves on the Capital Campaign of the Harvard Graduate School of Design and the Loeb Fellowship Alumni Council.
John D. Miller is Chief Investment Officer of W.P. Carey Inc. and the W.P. Carey Foundation. He was President and CEO of Equitable Capital, President of Rothschild Ventures and a founder of StarVest Partners, a tech venture fund. He serves on the boards of The Open Center, Tibet House of New York and the Temple of Understanding. He has been a vegetarian and meditator since 1972. He was among the first U.S. students of Gurudev Shri Chitrabhanu, the first Jain monk to leave India and bring the Jain teachings to the West. John traveled extensively in India with Chitrabhanu in the 1970s. In recent years, he has studied the Vedas with Manorana and Buddhism with Robert Thurman. He grew up in Salt Lake City and skied for the University of Utah where he received a B.S. degree. He has an MBA from the University of Santa Clara.
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