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May 20–23, 2021

Spring 2020 Presenters

Joyce Hanna, ’56, MA ’58, MS

Joyce Hanna, ’56, MA ’58, MS, is director of the Healthy Living Retreat. She is a health promotion and behavior change specialist, exercise physiologist, and nutritionist. Joyce is the former associate director of the Health Improvement Program (HIP) at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC). She has graduate degrees in education, exercise physiology and nutrition, and presents seminars focusing on behavior change, healthy aging, exercise physiology, nutrition and weight management. Joyce is the founder and director of Stanford Living Strong Living Well, a strength and exercise program for cancer patients and survivors. More than 4,000 cancer survivors have come through the program. She has recently served on the board of Bay Area Cancer Connections, was past president of Lifelong Fitness Alliance, and a consultant on The Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness. Joyce was a nationally ranked marathon runner and enjoys mountain hiking, reading, and spending time with her husband, six grandchildren, and friends.

Renée Burgard

Renée Burgard, LCSW, is a licensed psychotherapist, and owner of The Center for Mindfulness & Health in Los Altos, CA. She is a leading Bay Area Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction/MBSR and Mindful Self-Compassion/MSC educator, developer, teacher trainer, consultant, and writer. She founded and has taught MBSR- and MSC-related programs at Google, Inc.; Apple, Inc.; Stanford University; the Palo Alto Medical Foundation; and other schools, corporations and nonprofits, locally and abroad, for 18 years.

Renée earned her B.A. in Psychology at Stanford University, and master’s degrees in Health & Medical Sciences/HMS and Social Welfare at UC Berkeley. While at UCB, she had the great chance to spend a year learning neuroanatomy and neurophysiology with Professor Marion Diamond, one of the founders of modern neuroscience. She trained in yoga and meditation in the US and in India, and has been a dedicated practitioner for many years. Since 2001, she has trained extensively with Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of MBSR; MSC founders Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer; Dan Siegel, MD, founder of Interpersonal Neurobiology, and many others. She was ordained in 2007 by Mindfulness/Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh as a lay member of the Plum Village Tradition; and she founded and facilitates the Flowering Tree Sangha, a small meditation community in the PV tradition, in Los Altos.

Renée has enjoyed working as a professional journalistic photographer, locally and abroad, in the past. She loves creating illustrated practice guides for her mindfulness students, and takes joy in music, literature, the visual arts, being in nature, and spending time with her friends and family. She is thrilled to be returning to Sierra Camp!

Dominique Del Chiaro

Dominique Del Chiaro, M.Ed. is the Healthy Living Programs Senior Manager, Stanford Health Improvement Program. In addition to managing the health education programs at HIP, Dominique teaches stress and resiliency, meditation and contemplative classes and she is a transpersonal life coach, dance, yoga, and hula instructor. Dominique is devoted to offering quality health education classes based in current research that address the growing needs of the community. Her vision is to create a culture of wellness where people feel empowered, supported and inspired to thrive. In her personal time, she enjoys dance, yoga, meditation, hiking and gardening. This is Dominique’s 3rd year coming to Sierra Camp and she is thrilled to be part of the wellness team.

Esther Gokhale

Esther Gokhale (GO-clay) is the creator of the Gokhale Method. Her mission (and that of the 50 teachers around the world) is to provide posture and movement re-education to help people eradicate unnecessary pain and live their best lives. Gokhale has been a speaker/teacher at corporations and organizations such as Google, Varian Medical Systems, and Kaiser Permanente, and conferences including TEDx (Stanford) and Ancestral Health Symposium. Her method has been featured in many publications, including The New York Times, which dubbed her "The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley.”

Carole Pertofsky

Carole Pertofsky, M.Ed., is Director Emerita of Stanford Health Promotion Services. She teaches positive psychology courses at Stanford University, Silicon Valley leading companies, and is a national speaker, consultant, and seminar leader. Carole is a trained Mindful Self Compassion leader, breast cancer advocate, and offers a robust coaching practice for women in transition.

Jennifer Robinson

Jennifer Robinson, PhD, is the Program Manager for Christopher Gardner’s Nutrition Studies Group and the Administrative Director for the Community Health and Prevention Research Master’s Program, both reside within the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She received her PhD in Nutrition from UCDavis and has been working in the field of health and wellness for over 20 years. She is a certified Pilates & yoga instructor and has been teaching for almost the same amount of time. In her personal time, you will find her in a yoga class, hiking, or spending time with her young daughter and husband.

Karen Schwarzbach

Karen Schwarzbach is a Certified Sleep Consultant. For over 15 years she has provided sleep solutions and education to families worldwide as well as to numerous prestigious US companies including Facebook, Ebay, Square, Workday, GoPro, Lawrence Livermore National Labs, Sandia National Laboratories, WayPoint Homes, City and County of San Francisco, and more. Her engaging presentation "Wake Up to the Power of Sleep" addresses common sleep challenges facing our epidemically sleep deprived society, along with simple solutions for improving restorative rest.

In addition to her sleep consultancy, Karen is a Workforce Health Consultant for one of the largest US health care providers. She works closely with a number of our nation's most influential companies supporting their employee Health and Well-being efforts.

Erica Sonnenburg

Erica Sonnenburg received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences at the University of California, San Diego in 2000. She is currently a senior research scientist at the Stanford University School of Medicine in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology where she studies how diet impacts the human intestinal microbiota and immune system. She has published her groundbreaking scientific findings in prestigious journals such as Cell, Science, and, Nature and is the co-author of the book The Good Gut: Taking Control of Your Weight, Your Mood, and Your Long-Term Health. When she is not working in the lab, she enjoys cooking high-fiber meals for her family and fermenting everything from beer to kefir to kimchee.

Lynn Stegner

Lynn Stegner is a writer, editor, and instructor. Her books include the novels, Undertow and Fata Morgana, both nominated for the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize, and Because a Fire Was in My Head – Faulkner Award for Best Novel, a 2007 Literary Ventures Selection, Book Sense Pick, and a New York Times Editors’ Choice. Her novella triptych, Pipers at the Gates of Dawn, was awarded a Faulkner Society’s Gold Medal. Fellowships from the NEA and the Western States Arts Council as well as a Fulbright scholarship have recognized the literary distinction of her work. The anthology, West of 98: Living and Writing the New American West, which she co-edited and introduced, was published in September of 2011. Over the last decade she has involved herself in conservation, speaking and writing frequently on the subject, and collaborating with both US and international conservation biologists. In addition to the writing workshops she teaches for Stanford’s Continuing Studies Program, she is also a developmental editor with clients around the world. In 2016 her story collection, For All the Obvious Reasons, was published, and currently she is finishing up a new novel.

Katie Sutherland

Katie Sutherland earned her MA in Health Psychology Education from Stanford University and then worked for almost a decade at the Stanford Prevention Research Center (SPRC) conducting research with a focus on mind-body health. During that time Katie began practicing and teaching tai chi. More recently she has worked with the Healthy Living Program for HIP and is currently with Apple’s Wellness Outreach team. Katie is passionate about teaching what she practices and is excited to back at Sierra camp for her 9th year.

Sonoo Thadaney-Israni

Sonoo Thadaney-Israni, MBA, is executive director, Presence (a Center at Stanford Medicine) & The Program in Bedside Medicine, Stanford University. She holds an MBA; and a BA (Psychology) Minors (Sociology, Education).

Sonoo also co-chairs the National Academy of Medicine’s AI in Healthcare Working Group co-shepherds their Technology across the Lifecourse Group. She has co-hosted conferences at Stanford University: Human & Artificial Intelligence for Diagnostics; AI in Medicine: Inclusion & Equity; AI in Healthcare: The Hope, The Hype, The Promise, The Peril (pre-launching NAM publication, she co-led). She serves on the AAMC Restorative Justice for Academic Medicine Committee, teaching curricula to address diversity in healthcare.25 years in Silicon Valley, now a Stanford intrapreneur for 10 years - launching centers and programs: MSc. in Community Health and Prevention Research, Stanford WSDM (Women and Sex Differences in Medicine) Center, Diversity-First Gen Office, Restorative Justice Pilot etc. She teaches coursework in Leveraging Conflict for Constructive Change, Leadership Skills and Mediation. She co-chairs the Commission on Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention (San Mateo County).

Dr. Ranak Trivedi

Dr. Ranak Trivedi is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University and an investigator at the Center for Innovation to Implementation at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She received her PhD in clinical psychology with health psychology concentration from Duke University. Her research focuses on engaging groups that have been historically been marginalized, especially patients with mental health conditions and framily members, that is, family members or friends who provide informal care to patients. Her studies have provided insights into how framilies and chronically and seriously patients collaborate around their mutual health, understanding the impact of their interpersonal relationship on chronic illness self-management, and the individual, dyadic, and systems-level barriers that they encounter. She has developed two technology-enabled dyadic self-management programs to address the stress management needs of both patients and their framily. She has been PI or co-I on several VA and NIH funded projects, including the recently funded Elizabeth Dole National Center of Excellence for Veterans and Caregiver Research, a 4-site, virtual center of excellence to understand and address the unmet needs of caregivers of seriously ill Veterans. She directs and co-directs 4 postdoctoral and post-residency fellowships focusing on health services research, medical informatics, and the science of informal caregiving. Dr. Trivedi's envisions health care system that are not only patient centered, but framily centered, wherein family members and friends are engaged and empowered in navigating the healthcare system on the patient’s behalf while receiving the supports and services receive that they need.

Emily Winter

Emily Winter, MPH, E-RYT, SEP, is an embodiment specialist, yoga teacher, educator, and public health consultant. She offers Somatic Experiencing trauma resolution at Elevate Wellness in South Lake Tahoe, CA. Somatic Experiencing is a body-oriented method to resolve trauma and restore balance to the nervous system. Emily offers leadership trainings in trauma-informed yoga, self-regulation, and self-care. She has trained local firefighters and first responders in this capacity for two years. In 2013, Emily co-founded and served for five years as Co-Executive Director of Firefly Yoga International, one of the nation’s premier non-profits offering trauma-informed yoga programs and teacher trainings. Emily has practiced and taught yoga and meditation for a decade. Learn more at