Enrico Cheli, PsyD - Chairperson

Enrico Cheli is an Italian psychologist and sociologist and a tenured professor at the University of Siena (Tuscany). At the University of Siena, he served as Vice-Provost for International Cooperation and was the founding Chair of a Ph.D. School in Peace Studies and Conflict Resolution. He also established several other Ph.D., Master and Certificate programs in: interpersonal relationships and conflict resolution; positive psychology and emotional wellbeing; emotional intelligence and prosocial skills; and relational counseling. He is the author of hundreds of articles and 27 books and is considered one of the leading European experts in the domains of Interpersonal Communication and Relationships, Integrative Psychology, Holistic Health, Personal Development. He is a frequent contributor to European television, radio and newspaper in such domains. 

Cristina Antoniazzi, MS - Trustee

Christina Antoniazzi is an Italian licensed counselor. Previously she was adjunct professor of Relational Counseling and of Psychology of Interpersonal Relationships at the University of Siena (Tuscany), one of then most ancient and top quality Italian universities. She has a BA in Physical education, a BS+MS in Psychology, and holds certificates in Interpersonal Communication and Relationships, in Holistic Psychosomatics, and in Holistic Transpersonal Psychology. Additionally, Cristina has attended courses and workshops on: Primal Therapy, Who is In; Conscious Dying; and Inner Judge. She has been practicing Hatha yoga, Raja yoga and vipassana meditation for many years. She also offers courses and workshops on psychosomatics, emotional release techniques, enneagram, meditation, and interpersonal relationships.

Ilaria Buccioni, Ph.D. - Trustee

Ilaria is an Italian relationships counselor, executive coach and conflict mediator. She is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Siena (EU), a former board member for the Interuniversity Research Centre for Peace, Conflict Analysis and Mediation (EU). She is currently a partner at Peoplerise Inc. a consultancy focused on organizational development.

Olya Novikova, MBA - Trustee

Olya is a former Senior Manager and Director of Finance at Walt Disney Company where she served for 20 years accruing extensive experience in finance and strategic business decision support, in developing businesses through new channels and partnerships and in advocating peace and presence in challenging business situations. Currently a Professional Coach and an Ayurveda Therapist.

Betty Sternberg, Ph.D. - Trustee

Dr. Sternberg is the former Connecticut Commissioner of Education and served as Chief Executive Officer of the State Board of Education, a nine-member body appointed by the Governor to oversee K-12 education in Connecticut. She developed, recommended and implemented activities of a $2.0 billion state education budget with the State Board of Education, the General Assembly, and the Governor's budget office.

Dr. Sternberg then served as Superintendent of Schools for the Greenwich, Connecticut public school system. From there she became Professor of Educational Leadership at Connecticut Central State University. In 2016, she created and currently leads the CCSU Teacher Leader Fellowship Program for teachers in several school systems across the state.

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Bethany, CT 06524

United States

Phone: (203) 874-4252

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