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The Transformative Learning Foundation is governed by the Transformative Learning Foundation, a 501(c)(3) the nonprofit organization located in Washington State.

Administrative Staff

Laurel Tien, PhD(c)
Program Director

Laurel Tien is a PhD Candidate in the Transformative Studies program at the California Institute of Integral Studies, where her dissertation is focused on privileging emergence and relational learning as generative collective wisdom. She is on Faculty at Antioch University and Kwantlen Polytechnic University and was Academic Dean at the Graduate Institute for Transformative Learning. Her teaching and research over the past fifteen years has focused on holistic, integral and transformational approaches to education. Academic Website:

Laurel earned a Master of Arts in SelfDesign from GIFTLearning, and a Master of Arts in Art Education and Critical Pedagogy from the University of British Columbia. She has a record of leadership as a faculty member in her department at Kwantlen Polytechnic University for more than 16 years. Her PhD(c) in Transformative Studies and M.A. Program at the Institute have provided her with extensive knowledge of holistic education, the psychology of self-determination, and dialogic Communities of Inquiry. She has served in leadership roles in two institutions for more than 20 years, with a record of achievement and a high standard for ethical leadership. Laurel Tien has led the creation and implementation of a number of hybrid online/on campus matriculated and non-matriculated programs. She has conducted extensive research on program improvement, particularly in relation to online segments.



Renée Beth Poindexter

Renee Beth Poindexter is the founder of Living the Potential Network, a collaborative of social entrepreneurs -Changemakers- interested in designing authentic learning environments. She is a former high school English teacher who discovered the significance of learning in the world of business—over 25 years in a variety of industries—including technology, healthcare, financial services, construction, advertising and public relations, executive search, coaching, and consulting. An accomplished trainer, facilitator, success coach, and organizational consultant, Renee Beth has worked with non-profit organizations, schools, and businesses to facilitate the positive changes needed to fulfill their organizational vision. Her background in continuous improvement has assisted her in designing programs to inspire people to lead with their heads and hearts connected.

Renee Beth is the author of Living the Potential: Engaging the Wisdom of Our Youth to Save the World, and is Chair of the Transformative Learning Foundation in the United States. She has served as an Advisory Board member with Univera, Inc. and currently with Village Home Education Resource Center, and the Salmonberry School.


Tim Riley,

Tim Riley is a father of 5 children whom he homeschooled. He is a Financial Planner in Redding, CA with his Partner and spouse Allyne Riley. Tim brings deep roots in Non-profit finances, and in Human Development, to our foundation’s mission. Following ten years in Education and as a Chaplain, Tim’s professional practice for the last 25+ years has been as a Values Based Planner advising non-profit charities, businesses, and individuals. Tim’s talents include a remarkable blend of humanitarian service for youth and children as well as mindfully caring for the financial well-being of others.

His undergraduate degree program (B.S. Secondary Education) was a 4-year experiment in an alternative “Wholistic” program that was co-created by the founding Students/Faculty. Tim later completed a Masters of Divinity while Asst. V.P. for Student Affairs Administration of a private university with 1000+ students, designing “safety net” programs noted decades later in university publications for having empowered first year students to organize their own successful wellness and learner lifestyle.

Tim has been licensed and ordained in traditional and in Post-Modern worldviews. He is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at National University. Tim has been recognized nationally at broker dealer HD Vest as a Top 100 Advisor ten plus years in a row, with licenses in Investment Management (series 6, 7, 63, RIA), Real Estate, Accounting, Insurance, and Income Taxation (EA). His most prized credential is Tim’s young son’s award: “Dad of the Year”.

Charles (Chuck) Peters

After thirty years in corporate management, leading large organizations such as Amana Refrigeration and small start-ups such as Breakthrough to Learning, the last three years have been focused on effective early education for children ages 3-11. For background, see our paper on Generative Education at

While active in leadership positions in many community organizations such as United Way, chambers of commerce, economic development organizations, and Junior Achievement there has been a focus on education with 27 years on the Coe College Board of Trustees (3 as Chair), 26 years on the University of Iowa Tippie College of Business Board of Advisors, several years on the board of the Belin-Blank Center at the University of Iowa, three years as the Chair of the Board of Advisors at the University of Iowa College of Education and several years on the Kirkwood Community College Foundation Board.

Jessica Fuhr Nichol,

Jessica is a holistic educator engaged in a journey of co-evolution with her children in a home-learning environment. She received a Master of Arts degree in Transformative Learning from GIFTLearning in 2019 and earned a B.S. in Finance from DePaul University in 2000. Jessica is interested in individual development across the lifespan, the evolution of human consciousness over historical time, and the potential of the adult-child relationship in transformational development. She has a passion for the integration of mind, body, and soul in every learning endeavor. In addition to guiding her son and daughter through the middle-school curriculum of Waldorf-based Live Education!, Jessica is exploring integral ecologies, archetypal cosmology, depth psychology, and archetypal pedagogy. Her MA thesis, titled Towards Integral Ecologies: Mythology and Technology in Holistic Education, continues to guide her research into the potentialities of ancient cultural mythologies, the universe story as a new mythology, and technology with its role in community connection in the context of holistic and integral education and transformative learning communities.

Hakim Dyer,
Managing Partner

Hakim Dyer is a finance professional with 30 years of experience in international banking, and alternative finance. Today, he is actively engaged in commercial real estate development projects in the New York City metropolitan area and Mid-Atlantic. He is also an avid musician and voice actor with training in experiential learning, hands on-ontological coaching, and curriculum design.

Advisory Council

The members of the Advisory Council provide advice and
suggestions for improvement to the Institute’s leaders.

  • Robert C. Gilman, Ph.D.
  • Robert Manzer, Ph.D.
  • Milt Markewitz, M.A.
  • Stephanie Pace Marshall, Ph.D.
  • Harold Morse, Ph.D.
  • Dana Pearlman, M.A.
  • Stephanie Sarantos, Ph.D.