The Sophia Institute Board of Directors

We are proud to have such a dedicated group of people on our Board of Directors who exhibit mindfulness, wisdom, and contemplative practice within their service to our mission.

Eileen Hutchison
Board of Directors
Eileen Hutchison

Board of Directors

Eileen Hutchison is a marketing strategist and coach for non-profits in Asheville. With over 30 years of experience working both for and with Fortune 500 companies and creative agencies, she has developed a deep understanding of the role strategic marketing can play in the success of any initiative — from planning an event, to launching and promoting a product or service, to repositioning an organization. Having sat on “both sides of the desk”, her experiences in the role of client and agency have given her a keen perspective on the challenges and needs of both. Her work in varied industries from apparel to skincare to vitamins, wine and spirits to frozen foods, banking to insurance to software has provided her a unique vantage point and refined her skills as a quick study and a creative problem solver. Her most recent positions were V.P. Marketing Humana Inc, Managing Director HKA Design and Director Client Service Jacobson Rost. She was a Founding Board Member and helped to launch Gilda’s Club in Louisville and is currently a Board Member of CarePartners and Mission Foundation. She has a B.S. Elementary Education from Ohio State University. Eileen and her husband Chuck moved to Asheville in 2009 and have two sons, Tyler and Brady.

Carrie Andress
Board of Directors
Carrie Andress

Board of Directors

Carrie is an Account Director at Momentum Marketing, a full service advertising, public relations, event management, and digital marketing firm in Charleston, South Carolina. She has over twelve years of experience focusing on brand strategy and advertising for B2B and B2C. In her career, she has managed a variety of clients including national brands such as Verizon Wireless and Denny's. In her spare time, she is Stage Manager for TEDx Charleston, a Footlight Players board member, and a spiritual seeker.

Alex Beard
Board of Directors
Alex Beard

Board of Directors

Alex Beard is an Attorney in Charleston, Board Member and Scholarship Chair, Medicine and Ministry of the Whole Person. Member of the South Carolina Bar Association. Charleston Bar Association. Admitted to Supreme Court of United States of America, 4th Circuit Court of Appeals, SC Circuit Court.

Henk Brandt
Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Henk Brandt

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty

Henk Brandt is the author of Sleeping with Sophia, a collection of poems, and The Heart of a Pilgrim, a spiritual memoir. Henk is part of a new breed of speakers and consultants who are working to bring soul into the workplace and heart into the way we conduct ourselves in the world. Henk’s innovative fusion of Western empiricism and Eastern wisdom offers a new vision for embodying dynamic growth at every level. As a mindfulness-based counselor, Henk has developed a non-pathological system that empowers practitioners to transmute painful experiences into expressions of natural growth. According to Henk, mindfulness provides a proven process for overcoming adversity by moving beyond the victim-perpetrator dyad. In this way, permanent solutions are achieved, instead of temporary ones. He emphasizes that the obstacle is the path: “People need to learn how to minister to themselves by changing how they use their minds so that over time they actually rewire the way their brains function. Mindfulness-Based Counseling enables people to find the light inside the dark, to dwell on the frontier of unknowing and to engage in mature intimate relationships that are consciously committed to mutual growth.”


A Time for Awakening: Mindfulness Training and Heart Callings

Cam Busch
Board of Directors
Cam Busch

Board of Directors

Cam Busch is Founder and President Emeritus, Tennessee Art Therapy Association; Licensed, registered, and Board Certified Art Therapist; Recently retired Board Certified Psychiatric Mental Health Clinical Nurse Specialist; exhibiting artist and photographer of 40 years; Distinguished Fellow, Global Alliance for Arts and Health; National consultant with the SAHCS (Society for the Arts in Healthcare Consulting Services) and owner of Art Therapy Consults and Studio in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Stacy Cannon
Board of Directors
Stacy Cannon

Board of Directors

Stacy has been in the financial services industry for over 22 years. She currently serves as a Financial Consultant for South State Investment Services in the Charleston region. She is very involved in the local community including Trident United Way Women’s Leadership, Co-chair of Friends and Family Committee, and currently serves as a Board Member for the Trident United Way. She is a graduate of the College of Charleston with a BS in Business Administration with an emphasis in accounting. She has her Series 7, and 63 securities registrations held with LPL Financial and her SC Life, Accident and Health Insurance License. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family.

Gail DePriest
Board of Directors
Gail DePriest

Board of Directors

Gail DePriest is the Director of Executive Leadership & Corporate Relations for the Clemson MBA program. Formerly a Senior Vice President and Corporate Director for a global management consulting firm, Gail DePriest has advised Fortune 500 companies and top-ranked business schools. She has coached leaders for top performance and is a senior lecturer teaching Advanced Leadership as well as Innovation & Creativity in the MBAe for Entreprenership. She is a doctoral candidate focusing her research organizational cultures. She teaches Global Leadership in the Clemson/Oxford study abroad program and her clients have included the US Department of Defense, Michelin North America, and Bon Secours Health System. She is a contributing writer for the Upstate Business Journal, the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce Journal

Eliza Ingle
Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Eliza Ingle

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty

Eliza received her BA in Dance from Middlebury College in Vermont. She continued her training at the Merce Cunningham and Erick Hawkins schools and performed and choreographed her work in the North and Southeast. She is a former Professor of Dance at the College of Charleston and has performed and choreographed locally for the past 24 years.

Barbara Kelley-Duncan
Board of Directors
Barbara Kelley-Duncan

Board of Directors

Barbara Kelley-Duncan is the former CEO of the Carolina Youth Development Center and is a member of the Trident United Way Women’s Leadership Council; was a guest lecturer at The International Interdisciplinary Course on Children’s Rights in Brussels, Belgium; was selected as one of the 15 Most Influential Women in Business in Charleston in 2008; and, was selected as the Non-Profit Leader of the Year in 2011 by the Trident United Way Women’s Leadership Council. Ms. Kelley Duncan was selected to participate in the 2014-2015 Lowcountry Diversity Leaders Initiative of The Riley Institute at Furman University. In 2015, she was selected as one of the “20 to Know in North Charleston,” by the Post and Courier and is the author of Journey 21 - 10 Strategies to a Better Work Life. She previously served on the Boards of the New Morning Foundation, The Palmetto Association for Children and Families, and the United Way Association of South Carolina, all in Columbia, SC. She is a former member of the Board of Governors for The Harbour Club and serves on the National Freedom Schools Committee for the Children’s Defense Fund. She has also served as a mentor in The Citadel Mentoring Association.

Patricia Williams Lessane
Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Patricia Williams Lessane

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty

Patricia Williams Lessane is the Executive Director of the College of Charleston’s Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture. Dr. Williams Lessane is a cultural anthropologist whose focus areas include Pan African religious identity, Black feminist theory, and representations of Black life in popular culture. She earned a BA in English from Fisk University, a MALS from Dartmouth College, and a PhD in Anthropology from University of Illinois at Chicago. Before joining The College of Charleston, she was a faculty member at Roosevelt University, and a consultant for The Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

Since her arrival to Charleston in 2010, Dr. Lessane has emerged as a progressive and trusted voice in discussing race relations in the city. She has been featured on NPR, BBC, and in the New York Times, giving scholarly context to some of our most pressing issues. She is also currently co-executive producing a Julie Dash film on native South Carolinian Vertamae Grosvenor and her contributions to several key literary, cultural, and culinary movements of the twentieth century. Additionally, Dr. Lessane is writing a young adult novel that touches on race and class.


Patricia Lessane Named Director of Avery Research Center

Carolyn Rivers
Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty
Carolyn Rivers

Board of Directors / Teaching Faculty

Carolyn Rivers is Founder and Director of The Sophia Institute. As a teacher, visionary, and spiritual mentor, her work centers on personal, interpersonal and societal transformation that fosters the emergence of Feminine, cultivating wisdom and mindfulness, for a more just, sustainable, flourishing world. Carolyn has worked professionally with many of the transpersonal leaders of our time, who are now on the faculty and National Advisory Board of the Sophia Institute. Carolyn is taking a stand for educating women to be change agents in creating a more conscious and compassionate world.


Carolyn Rivers' remarks at the 2017 annual luncheon

Kathleen Sullivan
Board of Directors
Kathleen Sullivan

Board of Directors

Kathleen Sullivan is the Vice-President of Human Resources and Public Affairs for InterGen, a global energy company based out of Boston, MA. She has been a senior executive, consultant, and coach with 20+ years of international corporate experience in the Consumer Products, IT and Energy industries. She has an MBA from Monmouth University and a BS degree in Business Administration from Georgian Court University. Served as member of the Board of Trustees for Georgian Court University and the Advisory Board for the University of Idaho’s Public Utility Executive Program. She is a photographer, energy healing practitioner, and spiritual seeker.

Feminine way of knowing with its emphasis on process rather than on product; on making things coherent develop and grow. This is becoming a kind of fertile field for these new possibilities for this design of living for this planet at this time in human history.

– Jean Houston
 

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