Dr. Manijeh Motaghy
President of the Board
Looking for the truth and peace, Manijeh communed with nature since she was three years old. She started practicing yoga in 1994 and came to Mindfulness in an undergrad class in 2004. Being overjoyed by finally finding a formal practice and teaching that she had all her life sought and intuitively applied, she delved deeply into the experiential Mindfulness practices and other Buddhist teachings that support Mindfulness.
Dr. Motaghy published the COMANDS: Seven Skills/Traits of Effective Leadership, a mindfulness-based leadership model to help leaders shape their skills in an organic way that is realistic, effective, and considerate of what their followers need and respond to.
Developed: The Mindful Employees (ME) Program, employee wellness and performance and engagement enhancement training for organizations……and designed numerous other curricula such as DOUBLE-AIM for adults with ADHD and other curricula for cancer patients and their families. She has trained and taught Mindfulness to hundreds of individuals, executives, and staff at corporations such as Health Net, and Motion Picture Fund & Television Hospital.
Dr. Motaghy is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Board of Behavioral Sciences and an Authorized MAPS Teacher by the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. She teaches these courses in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, CA.
She has provided mindfulness workshops, presentation and training for academic sectors such as the LAUSD and private schools such as Campbell Hall, state-wide professional conferences such as Promising Practices at the California State University of Northridge and Girls Scouts of America, local mental health centers such as SFV Community Mental Health Center, and JAS for Social Workers, as well as other health-support organizations such as Leeza’s Place and The Laurel Foundation (AIDS support), Child Development Institute, Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation and WeSpark Cancer Support Center where she has conducted weekly sessions for the past 3 years. She has organized and lead over 45 day-long retreats including Work-Life Balance and continues to lead weekly Mindfulness study groups in Hollywood, Sherman Oaks, Studio City, Calabasas and, West Hills. Manijeh is committed to her own personal daily practice and development of Mindfulness.
RELATED TRAINING & EXPERIENCE: Dr. Motaghy continues to study and practice Mindfulness and other Buddhist teachings with teachers at the Abhayagiri Monastery as well as other secular groups. As a dedicated practitioner and teacher, she infuses mindfulness in all her training, consulting, and speaking engagements to optimize success and well-being for all involved.
TRAINING RECEIVED AND IN PROGRESS:
2020-21 InnerMBA through Sounds True Certified Degree by NYU
2009 – 2020 Ten (10-day Silent Retreats)
2014 & 15 Seven Days Dharma & meditation at Abhayagiri
2014 Studied for a year with Trudy Goodman, the Guiding Teacher at InsightLA, DPG
2014 Day-long Retreat with Venerable Panavati
2014 Authorized UCLA MAPS course teacher
2013 10 Day Silent Dharma and meditation at Angeles Center
2013 7 Day Dharma and meditation at the Abhayagiri
2013 Mindfulness Facilitation Certification from UCLA, Mindful Awareness Center
2012 Day-long Retreat with Rumi Rooms, Palos Verdes, CA
2012 2 day retreat with Will Kabat Zinn, Insight LA
2011 6 months CORE Advanced Buddhist Teachings Class, Daniel Davis, West Hills
2011 Day-long retreat by Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Day-long Sunlun Retreat
2010 One Year Advance Buddhist Teachings Class, Daniel Davis, West Hills, CA
2009-12 14 Day mindfulness & Dharma practice at the Abhayagiri Monastery
2007-2012 18 Basics of Mindfulness Course – Mindful Valley
2008 10-Day Silent Monastic Retreat – Angela Center, CA
2007 One Day Mindfulness Retreat – Insight LA
2007-2013 Mentored by Daniel Davis on Buddhist teachings
1994-present Yoga, Mindful Living
2013-current MAPS I & II for UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center CA
2012 Facilitates Weekly Meditation Community, West Hills, CA
2012 Designed and Co-Facilitated Work-Life Balance Retreat: Integrating Mindfulness into Accountability, Palos Verdes, CA
2012 Mindfulness workshop, Staff/ Interns, San Fernando Valley Community Mental Health Clinic Van Nuys CA
2012 Presented Mindfulness workshop for Mental Health professionals at Cal State Univ Northridge, CA
2012 Co-presented Mindfulness for teachers, staff, and health care providers at LAUSD, District 1
2012 Presented Mindfulness for Mental Health professionals at The Whole Child, Whittier, CA
2012 Presented Mindful Communication for Toastmaster Learning Institute, Glendale College, CA
2011 Provided Mindfulness of Strengths training for four different departments at Health Net Inc., CA.
2011-present Provide Mindfulness Training for WeSpark Cancer Support Center – Encino, CA
2011 Presented Mindful Communication for the Academy of BioScience, Pepperdine University, CA
2011 Provided Mindfulness Workshops for JAS Recreational Therapists, Malibu, CA
2011 Provided Mindful Time Management Workshop for Girls Scouts of America, Los Angeles, CA
2010 Provided Mindfulness-Based Strategic Planning – American Society of Training & Development
2010 Co-presented Mindfulness Meditation – Motion Picture & Television Fund
2010 Co-designed CEU course curriculum for the Board Behavioral Sciences Certification process
2010 Created Mindful Valley’s Advisory Board
2010 Designed and co-taught “Effective Management, Mindfulness Tools & Workshops – Meetup
2010 Coordinated Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course – Mindful Valley
2009-present Coordinated &Co-facilitated over 30 monthly day-long retreats – Mindful Valley
2009 Designed curriculum and taught mindfulness-based professional development class “Be The Master of Your Own Livelihood” – Mindful Valley
2008-present Coordinates weekly Sitting Group – Mindful Valley
2014 – Authorized UCLA MAPS course teacher
2013 – Certification of Mindfulness Facilitation from UCLA, Mindful Awareness Center
2008 – PsyD. in Organization Management Consulting – Phillips Graduate Institute
2005 – BA in Psychology – Cal State Channel Islands.
Board Member and Treasurer
Scott Weiss is a graduate of California State University –Northridge. He obtained his Masters in Taxation at Golden Gate University. With 30 years of experience, he specializes in advising entrepreneurs engaged in manufacturing, distribution, and real estate, with an emphasis on taxation and business consulting. In his free time, he enjoys golf, traveling, and spending time with family.
Renee A Gates
Board Member and Secretary
For 10+ years, I’ve worked closely with individuals, couples, siblings, families, and extended family groups to map out an individualized course of action that can lead to understanding, peace, contentment, and a sense of relief for those confronted with life’s many challenges.
My professional areas of interest as a Clinical Social Worker include supporting and facilitating change for adults struggling with today’s complexities, adult children and loved ones dealing with issues and challenges of aging parents/partners, and graduate Social Work students pursuing their educational goals.
Mother of 6, grandmother of 9, worked as a teacher in parochial and public education, elementary and collegiate level, also worked as an LCSW in adoptions and as a director in the American Camp Association in Southern California/Hawaii. My experience in the criminal justice system is all through the familial experience. In addition, I currently volunteer in the Catholic Charities OASIS program, helping seniors remain in their homes, and serve on the board of the Friends of the Woodland Hills Library.
Board Member & Vice President
Jonathan Troen is a certified Iyengar Yoga instructor, Life Coach, and Meditation Leader. However, it was a journey that brought this entrepreneur to his current fortune in life.
Jonathan’s first career was in the entertainment industry. At 17, Jonathan was producing the #1 morning show at #1 radio station in Boston, WBCN-FM. After traveling and working in London, Copenhagen, and Seville, Spain, Jonathan returned to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California, where he launched the legendary online music destination L.A. Live, introducing the first-ever ongoing series of live concerts and interviews on the Internet, featuring the biggest pop and rock stars in the world. In addition, he produced some of the most successful online events for major entertainment and technology companies, including Sony, Universal, Warner Bros, VH1, and Microsoft.
After selling L.A. Live, Jonathan moved into television, where he produced unscripted and documentary programs for a variety of networks including Animal Planet, Travel Channel, and E! Entertainment. He also continued his work in the digital realm, consulting for companies including AOL, Paramount Pictures, and Sony Music. Jonathan has been a featured speaker at many
entertainment and interactive industry conferences, and has been interviewed on various television networks, including CNN and the Discovery Channel.
During this exciting time, he had to undergo serious surgery. Following a year of physical therapy, his recovery path led him to Iyengar yoga, at first restoring his physical mobility, and over time, creating a new and welcome clarity and calm in his mind. This growth led Jonathan to embark on a new path: having achieved many successes, Jonathan decided it was time to give back, to share his energies, passions, and knowledge.