Bruce Cryer - President


Bruce Cryer has been involved in holistic studies both personally and professionally for more than 40 years. His varied career has seen him wearing many hats and exploring many professional passions, always driven by a keen desire to learn how people, communities and systems can work more efficiently, effectively and coherently. He began as a singer/dancer/actor on Broadway, including two years in The Fantasticks, the world’s longest running musical. Bruce has been adjunct professor at Stanford University since 1997 teaching on the role of stress, performance, emotional intelligence, resilience and creativity within the Graduate School of Business, the School of Medicine and the Stanford employee wellness program. He was named CEO of HeartMath in 2000, having helped launch the HeartMath Institute with founder Doc Childre in 1991. In addition to Stanford, Bruce has led initiatives for clients such as Mayo Clinic, University of Delaware College of Health Sciences, Arizona State University, University of California, San Francisco, Center for Health Professions, Kaiser Permanente, New York Open Center, The World Bank, NASA, Unilever, Cisco, Cathay Pacific Airways and the NHS (UK).

Bruce is co-author of From Chaos to Coherence: The Power to Change Performance and the Harvard Business Review article “Pull the Plug on Stress”, both of which feature the HeartMath system. A two year health crisis convinced him to focus his energies on creativity and how organizations and individuals can tap into the full creative capacity of everyone. Bruce once again enjoys robust health while singing, dancing, writing, teaching, mentoring and doing Nature photography.  He recently released Renaissance Human, an album of original songs co-created with the Brothers Koren. 

Judith Hackman, PhD - Provost


Judith Dozier Hackman received her PhD in Higher Education Research and Administration (Psychology cognate, Best Dissertation award) from the University of Michigan, her M.S. in Educational Research (Outstanding Alumnus award) from Southern Connecticut State University, and her B.A. with honors in Liberal Arts and Sciences, major in Social Studies, and minor in Mathematics from the University of Illinois. She also studied at Harvard University, MacMurray College, and Yale University and received a Certificate in Coaching from Columbia Teachers College. Judith had a 44-year career at Yale University serving as Associate Dean of Yale College for Administration and for Assessment, as Director of the Yale Graduate School Teaching Fellow Program, as Director of Corporate and Foundation Relations, as Director of Institutional Research, and as NEASC Liaison Officer. She also taught high school history. Judith has served as Chair of several boards (Association for the Study of Higher Education, North East Association for Institutional Research, Greater New Haven Community Loan Fund, Church of Christ in Yale), as Vice Chair (MacMurray College, United Way of Greater New Haven), and as a Board Director.

Charles H. Silverstein, PhD - Executive Vice President


Charles H. Silverstein is dedicated to pursuing his deep interest in personal transformation, alternative healing, and the relationship between science and spirituality. He holds an MA degree in Conscious Evolution from The Graduate Institute, and a PhD in Transformative Studies from the California Institute of Integral Studies. His research interests included higher stages of adult development, transformative practices, spiritual development and personal growth with an emphasis on meditative practices and somatic awareness. He had a 20-year career as an investment analyst and portfolio manager for a large institutional investment company, and was an educator in the fields of science and mathematics.

Karen Pace, MA - Chief Operating Officer


Karen Pace, MA, has 25+ years in the Financial Services Industry, experience ranging from Computer Trainer to Technology Vice President. Prior to corporate life, she spent 4 years in education as a high school and community college business teacher. During her teaching tenure, Karen was responsible for setting up the first self-paced computer lab at Mount Hood Community College Center for Women. Karen is most proud of her participation in holistic transformative education at TGI and achieving her Master’s Degree in Integrative Health and Healing. Karen is also the founder and creator of the company Peacebar.

Forrest Temple, BS - Chief Financial Officer

Forrest Temple, BS Economics and Finance, has 40 years of financial management experience in the for profit and not for profit sectors.  His background includes 29 years in finance and administration at Yale University where he served on a number of university wide project committees including restructuring management compensation as well as implementation of a new ERP financial management system.  For the last 9 years, Forrest was a Lead Administrator for Finance and Administration with a dotted line reporting to Yale’s Vice President for Finance and Administration.  In this role he had overall fiduciary responsibility for the Athletics Department one of Yale’s largest divisions with 125 employees, and a $53 million operating budget. In that role he oversaw financial and administrative operations, athletics facilities, human resources and labor relations and the division’s extensive recreational programs. Prior to Yale, Forrest worked for 9 years at CBS Inc. in New York City in accounting and financial analysis.  Since retirement from Yale, he has been the part-time Controller for the non-profit New Haven Symphony Orchestra.

Ruth Alcabes, MLS, JD - Librarian, Bursar

Ruth earned her MLS at SCSU in 2007, and her JD at NYU School of Law in 1987. She has over 10 years of experience as a librarian in higher education, in the areas of reference, instruction, collection development and cataloging, including at Springfield Technical Community College, Asnuntuck Community College Learning Resource Center, and the Yale Law School Lillian Goldman Law Library.  Prior to being a librarian, Ruth worked as an attorney for approximately 15 years, in governmental and private settings. She is dedicated to helping students find the best information resources for TGI assignments and projects.

Susan Strickland, MA - Director of Marketing


Susan Moore Strickland, MA, is a former student of the Integrative Health and Healing Master of Arts Degree program at The Graduate Institute. Susan has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing and television production, fundraising and event management, and she is the former Publisher of M.D. News Magazine. In addition, Susan’s experience includes an Internship at Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital as an Art Leader in the Arts for Healing Program, and, leading art workshops for Hartford Hospital. Susan is deeply committed to guiding students to become more aware, inspired and empowered people; to be more self-sufficient in healing themselves, and in healing others.

Ellen-Marie DiGioia MS, MEd - Director of Human Resources


Ellen-Marie has an M.S. in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University, an M.Ed. in Psychological Studies from Cambridge College and an undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Rhode Island.    With over ten years of experience in Human Resources, including staffing, employee relations and site management within the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, she has been an agent of growth within numerous organizations.


Ellen-Marie also has 15 plus years of experience within the field of health and fitness including corporate wellness promotion, authoring CEC workshops, and contributing to online health forums. Additionally, she founded and operated her own fitness and wellness coaching business in the Boston area. 

Her certifications in fitness training and nutrition coaching are from the American College of Sports Medicine and NESTA.   Motivating and educating individuals for a holistic healthier lifestyle is her passion.  Being a part of The Graduate Institute's holistic world view and mission is a career highlight.

Jennifer Torre, MBA – Director of Admissions



Jennifer holds an MBA degree in Marketing from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, and completed graduate studies in Pastoral Theology at LMU. She previously had successful careers in business and education, as a product manager and marketing manager with the Walt Disney Company, and Campus Minister and Retreat Director working with undergraduate students in universities in Los Angeles.  Jennifer has a passion for helping others take steps to actualize their dreams.  In addition, she has pursued a lifelong interest in religion, spirituality and practices that support the unity of mind, body and spirit.  

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