A 16 year resident of the Wood River Valley, Patty is most noted for her work in film and television. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and an M.F.A. in film and television from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her career as a documentary filmmaker has spanned more than two decades and garnered her nine National and International Awards. Her subject matter has focused primarily on issues of social and environmental injustice. Patty lives with her irreverent husband, Karim Merchant, and her two lovely school-aged children.
Glen Shapiro is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who lives full-time and practices in Hailey, Idaho. He is an active outdoor enthusiast, partner of Vicki for more than 20 years, and has 2 wonderful daughters Lex and Renee. After completing his triple major undergraduate degrees in biology, psychology, and biopsychology and graduating from Brandeis with Highest Honors, Glen first travel to India on an International Health Fellowship while in Medical school to do volunteer work. His focus in medicine is bringing understanding and compassion to the patient-doctor relationship in his Sports Medicine practice. A few of his many interests include; astronomy, cooking, photography, just about anything out of doors and fixing things. He is dedicated to the Flourish Foundation and his interest in Mindfulness expands daily.
Scott has been a resident of the Wood River Valley for nearly 30 years. He is well known for his contributions to the community, both as a physician and a community leader. He holds undergraduate and medical degrees from Indiana University and completed his residency in Internal Medicine in Tucson, AZ (1974-1977). After ten years in private practice in Northern California, Scott moved to the Wood River Valley to raised his three children – Lisa, Brad and Joe.
He aims to be as much help as possible to others. In addition to the Flourish Foundation Board, Scott also serves on the board of Little Sisters and the St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation (9th year – 3 as president and 3 as vice president). Scott is an active contributor to the Sun Valley Wellness Festival and the Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival. Scott is a proud grandfather of three granddaughters – Sayde (15), Olivia (4) and Samantha (2).
Laurie moved to Sun Valley with her family in 1977, attending both Hemingway and The Community School. She likes to joke that the valley was so small back then that they changed the population sign by exactly seven people after they moved to town (it happened to be a census year). She attended high school in Del Mar, California, then headed to Dartmouth College for four years before returning to Ketchum to enjoy a year as a powder hound in 1989. That year became several more and witnessed the launch of Laurie’s writing and editing career, as well as many lifelong connections that solidified her love for this valley in all shapes and forms.
An addicted world traveler, her explorations have taken her onto a documentary film crew covering elephant recovery across central and eastern in Africa, trekking in Nepal, deep into an aboriginal art community in the heart of the Australian outback and across the Pacific Ocean via sailboat; but she realizes that coming home to the community of the Wood River Valley is what makes it all worthwhile.
Laurie is the proud mother of two curious and inspired children, whom she is busy gently guiding and nurturing with the help of her husband Pete Whitehead. The rest of the time, she acts as publisher and owner of Sun Valley Magazine, along with the Mandala Media book division, which she launched in 2010. She is honored to be on the board of Flourish Foundation and was drawn to the organization because of their work in developing a larger scope and definition of what it means to be in community together—creating meaningful connections between individuals, families, cultures and organizations, both locally and regionally, as well as on a national and global scale.
Kathleen has a passion for supporting innovative programs that are transforming communities. One avenue that has allowed her to offer support is creating sustainably through development efforts. Kathleen began her work with Flourish in October 2012 and quickly saw the incredible impact the programs were having. She is so proud to be part of the team working to create a more mindful and compassionate world.
With a Masters in Public Administration from Seattle University, B.A. in Sociology from the University of Washington and nearly ten years working in the nonprofit and public sectors, Kathleen is looking forward to finding ways to help build the capacity and sustainability of this fabulous program so that more children and families can benefit. When she’s not working, you can find Kathleen running after her busy toddler (Josh) or skiing with her supportive husband (Andy).
Mark first came to the Wood River Valley in 1990 with the intent to ski and spend quality time in the mountains. He was born and raised in upstate New York and attended University of Vermont and University of Grenoble in Grenoble, France. It was while studying in Europe that Mark fostered a new perspective on human interaction and a new appreciation for social and cultural differences that would later become a material influence in his adoption of contemplative practice.
Mark made Ketchum his home between 1990 and 1994. He then decided to relocate to New York City to work on Wall Street, but his love for the Wood River Valley brought him back home to Idaho in February of 1998.
He has spent the last 20 years working in the wealth management business. His passion is bringing mindfulness practices into the world of asset management. He is excited about the impact of mindfulness practices and believes the work of the Flourish Foundation speaks directly to what both the American and global cultures must rekindle to help us all find peace, compassion, and connection that so many of us are seeking.
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