ACA Founders and Faculty:
Robert Cusick, Neelama Eyres and Monica Hanson together with other Subject-Matter Experts
ACA 2020 Guest Subject Matter Experts:
Robert Cusick is a Founder and Director of the Applied Compassion Academy and its Applied Compassion Training program. Robert trained at Stanford University School of Medicine in the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE). He is a Stanford Lecturer and Certified Sr. Stanford CCT™ (Compassion Cultivation Training) Instructor and teaches at Stanford University, UCSF, Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers and in multiple other venues. As a long time meditator and former monk, Robert ordained in Burma under the renowned meditation master, Ven. Pa Auk Sayadaw, and studied with him from 2003 - 2012. He provides grief counseling and bereavement support for adults and children at Kara kara-grief.org in Palo Alto, where he co-leads men's grief groups and facilitates retreats for fathers grieving the death of a child. He serves as an Educational Consultant at Kara and directs, teaches and co-facilitates trainings for Kara's Caregivers Forum and Adult Services Program. Robert sits on the Board of Directors of the Sati Center for Buddhist Studies .
Neelama Eyres is a Founder and Director of the Applied Compassion Academy and its Applied Compassion Training program. Neelama received her degree in Comparative Religion from the University of Rochester in 1993. She is Co-Founder, facilitator and lead trainer for The Inner Journey Institute: a non-profit organization that has been delivering transformational seminars across the United States, Canada and Europe since 1999. She leads personal growth workshops, facilitation trainings and contemplative retreats. She is the co-author of a book on Compassionate Divorce and has designed and facilitated Embodied Compassion seminars since 2014. Neelama's mastery is creating highly interactive and experiential learning environments for participants in her workshops. Neelama's extensive travels throughout Southeast Asia and India have given her an extraordinary depth of spiritual practice and knowledge of Eastern meditation traditions which, like her studies of Western spirituality, is reflected in all of her work.
Monica Hanson is a Founder and Director of the Applied Compassion Academy and its Applied Compassion Training program. She previously served as a Board Member and Trainer with the Integrative Restoration Institute, which received approval from the US Army Surgeon General, Defense Centers of Excellence and the US Department of Defense for a mind-body protocol treating Chronic Pain and Post Traumatic Stress. As a Founding Faculty member of the Compassion Institute, she is currently co-leading the development of a compassion-based program with and for law enforcement officers. And since 2010 has been a trainer, teacher, and developer of the Compassion Cultivation Training program that began at Stanford University.