Executive Committee

President
Nancy Lavergne, HTCP
Joined the Board: Spring 2012

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Nancy joined as a committee chair for fundraising in 2012 and became a board member in August 2012. She has successfully implemented new fundraising events; the Heel to Heal races locally and nationally; and Internet Raffles generating new revenue for the foundation. In the summer of 2013 Nancy took on the support roll of vice-president. November 2016 Nancy accepted the roll of president were she is looking forward to leading the board to fulfilling Janet’s vision of Advancing Healing Touch Worldwide.

Nancy worked 17 years in finance prior to moving to the US from Canada and shifted careers, working sixteen years in sales and contract negotiations. In 2004 Nancy experienced a Healing Touch session and it was so powerful that it guided her to become a HT practitioner. HT has brought an awareness of an inner passion she did not know she had and shifted all energies in her life at the core. She left her sales job in 2011 to join a holistic facility in Cincinnati, Ohio where she practices energy medicine.

Nancy’s passions today include volunteering, Healing Touch, decorating, DIY projects, sewing, golfing and especially spending time with her grandchildren and family.

Nancy envisions the growth of the foundation into an organization providing significant credibility in research, impacting education and energy medicine worldwide.

 

 

Secretary
Yolanda Alvarez BS, MEd, HTP-A
Joined the Board: 2017

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Yolanda has recently taken on the role of secretary. She is new to HTWF but not to Healing Touch. She has been an active volunteer at Good Shepherd Church in their HT ministry for over ten years and at Hospice of Cincinnati for over 5 years.

Her professional background has been in special education and her role has evolved into working with families and their child who has special needs, in the home setting. At Envision she is a skills assessment specialist with CITE Services. She helps people meet their dreams with service that is individually focused and family centered. Trauma informed care has become an important piece of her work with families and individuals. Yolanda also has a passion for Yoga and is a certified Kundalini Yoga Teacher.

Yolanda envisions HTWF becoming more active in disaster relief so all can access Healing Touch when they need it.

 

Treasurer / Nominating Committee
Norman Morrow, BS, PhD
Joined the Board: 2010

Norman has been responsible for the day-to-day management of HTWF’s financial affairs since 2001.

Norman is retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation, but continues to provide consulting services on air pollution regulations and compliance for the petroleum and chemical industries though his own company – Fresh Air Consulting. The balance of his time is spent traveling and visiting with his and Bonnie’s children and grandchildren.

As HTWF expands to provide broader and more extensive services to the Healing Touch Community, Norman is striving to assure financial systems are in place to support those efforts with the least burden.

 

 

Past President
Karen B. Chin, RN, MS, HTCP/I
Joined the Board: 2009

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Karen began on the board in 2009 as the secretary. She was involved with the
update of the Bylaws and the ongoing development of policies and procedures. Karen had the privilege of serving as President from 2012 – 2016.

Karen’s background is varied, having been an operating room nurse both in civilian and military capacities. She served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 25 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Having just moved from Texas to New Hampshire, Karen teaches RN nursing students on a part time basis, and looks forward to setting up Level 1 Healing Touch classes in her area. She also enjoys being a HT mentor. Her interests include karate, in which she holds a 2nd degree black belt, as well as learning piano. Her growing HT business is called Touch of the Phoenix.

Karen’s vision for the HTWF is that we do our utmost to indeed spread Healing Touch worldwide.

 

 

President Emeritus / Nominating Committee
Bonnie Morrow, BNH, DN, HTCP/I
Founding Board Member: 2000

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Bonnie hails as a true "Healing Touch Elder" and holds the honor of being personally asked to serve on the HTWF board by Janet Mentgen. She served for three years as a board member prior to becoming Foundation President at a time when the Foundation consisted of only three members. Bonnie was Foundation President for six years, providing leadership that ushered in expansion of the HTWF Board for greater participation and ultimately grew the HTWF bank account by nearly three times during her tenure. She continues to serve the board in an advisory role, lending her historical knowledge and passion for spreading Healing Touch worldwide. She also is a member of the Nominating Committee.

Bonnie has visions of greater financial success for HTWF. Carrying Janet's vision of having HT in every home, Bonnie has a special interest in supporting Aparna Bhatta's journey as a certified instructor establishing Healing Touch in Nepal.

 

 

Advisory Council

Lisa Mentgen-Gordon use CEO Healing Touch Program
HTWF Board Member:

Lisa Mentgen-GordonLisa Mentgen-Gordon is the CEO of Healing Touch Program. Lisa believes that Healing Touch, founded by Lisa’s mother, Janet Mentgen, is a magnificent and significant gift to the world, which makes it easy for her to spend most of her time expanding, enhancing, and spreading this program. Her love lies in helping others to spread the work of Healing Touch to all and is dedicated to awaken the idea of deliberate living, and to raise the vibration and quality of life worldwide through Healing Touch.
 
Lisa began working with Janet in Healing Touch Program in 1993 and now as CEO continues to share her inner passion with everyone involved in helping to spread Healing Touch. Her vision is to have Healing Touch available in every home, school and healthcare facility.
 

 

Carol Komitor, CMT, HTCP/I, HTACP, ESMT
Healing Touch for Animals, Founder
HTWF Board Member:

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As a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner/Instructor (HTCP/I), Certified Massage Therapist (CMT) and Certified Hospital Based Massage Therapist (CHBMT), Carol witnessed the powerful and often dramatic effects of energy medicine on humans. Her experience since 1991 as both a veterinary technician and an HTCP/I inspired her to develop energy medicine techniques for animals. Carol’s passion for animals and her knowledge of energy medicine brought about a program of hands-on courses offering a cooperative model that bridges holistic animal healthcare with traditional veterinary medicine.

Based on years of experience working with world class trainers, veterinarians, animal shelters, private clients and through extensive studies, Carol Komitor formulated the curriculum for the multilevel energy medicine program known as Healing Touch for Animals® (HTA). HTA techniques were created and cultivated by Carol through study, practice and experiential knowledge.

 

 

Concepcion Silva, RN, PhD, AHNA-BC, CHTP/I
HTWF Board Member: 2010 - 2013

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Connie, as her fellow board members know her, spent her tenure on the board actively involved as both co-chair and chair of the Grants Committee. Connie’s responsibilities included reviewing and revising applications; coordinating grant reviewers; making recommendations for funding; and submitting the Grants Report for the HTWF annual meeting.

Connie remains active as a consultant/advisor for the grant committee. She has been the principle investigator of two HT research projects. Connie has also participated in HT research in Mexico, serving as a research assistant to one HT study and as a member of the Master’s Level Thesis committee on two HT studies.

Her vision for the foundation is spreading the light of Healing Touch through financial support of research, service and education.

 

Dawn Warnaca, HTCP/I, HTPA Acting Executive Director
Joined the Board: Fall 2013

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Dawn joined the board as secretary, keeping accurate reflections of HTWF Board meetings.

Dawn is building a private practice, Energy Healing Studio, located within a shared Holistic Health clinic in rural Western Washington State. She mentors HT Level 4 students, is an Instructor for the Mentor Training class through HTP, and is a Level 1 HT Instructor. Dawn serves as the Acting Executive Director for HTPA.

Dawn’s vision for HTWF is to be an integral part of expanding HT across the globe, bringing committed instructors together with dedicated students interested in learning and growing Healing Touch in their communities. Education, Service and Research support the growth of Janet Mentgen’s often made comment, “Just do the Work”.

 

 

Amelia Vogler - MS, HTCP/I, HT Mentor, Executive Director of Healing Touch Professional Association
Joined November 2016

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Born a bit of a medical intuitive, I can see within the energy body, so my healing work is a blend between healing touch and intuitive healing. Lately, my passion has shifted from the clinical world, although I dearly love and do this work, to more mentoring and teaching. I use the same types of intuitive healing but at the level of business, to help practitioners create exactly what Spirit is directing them to create and help support them through the process. I love love love my cat, Meatball. Family is the most important thing in my life and second to that travel, exploring, and studying.

My vision for HTWF is that our Healing Touch Professional Association fund can enable the practitioners to expand the reach and impact of Healing Touch at the community level through service, education, and military support.

 

 

Fundraising

Fundraising

Position open

 

 

Finance

Treasurer / Nominating Committee
Norman Morrow, BS, PhD
Joined the Board: 2010

Norman has been responsible for the day-to-day management of HTWF’s financial affairs since 2001.

Norman is retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation, but continues to provide consulting services on air pollution regulations and compliance for the petroleum and chemical industries though his own company – Fresh Air Consulting. The balance of his time is spent traveling and visiting with his and Bonnie’s children and grandchildren.

As HTWF expands to provide broader and more extensive services to the Healing Touch Community, Norman is striving to assure financial systems are in place to support those efforts with the least burden.

 

Grants

Grant Awards Chair
Beverly Ann Dixon, MSPH, PhD, HTCP/I
Joined the Board: Fall 2014

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As a retired university professor, Bev has both research and teaching experience. She taught medical microbiology to nursing, pre-professional, undergraduate and graduate biology students for over 25 years. In 2000, she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to teach at a university in Olsztyn Poland. During her academic career, Beverly received grant funding from private, state, and federal sources, and served as a grant reviewer for several agencies including USDA. She has been practicing HT since 2002, and became certified as an instructor in 2010, she now teaches HT Levels 1
and 2. Bev was a contributing author to the new Level 2 notebook, writing a piece on Spiral Energy in nature. She is also a member of the Research Advisory Council for Healing Touch Program.

Her vision for the foundation is to streamline the grant application process to increase and to expand research, instruction, and outreach on Healing Touch worldwide.

 

 

Grants-Administrative Assistant
Leslie Bugio, B.Sc.
Member September 2010

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Originally from Flushing, Michigan, Leslie spent her younger years enjoying the cold weather until her family relocated to Austin, Texas where she graduated from high school. After earning a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design and Art History from San Houston State University, Leslie worked for 12 years as an Architectural Sales Representative in Houston, Texas.

With the birth of her children Nicholas and Emily, her growing family became her top priority and she transformed into a proverbial soccer mom and community volunteer.

Ever searching for spiritual connection on her journey, Leslie found Healing Touch after severely breaking her leg. Healing Touch has since become a passion of hers, and she continues to heal and grow as a level 3 HT student, and assistant to Bonnie Morrow.

 

 

Nominating

Nominating Chair
Karen B. Chin, RN, MS, HTCP/I
Joined the Board: 2009

Karen began on the board in 2009 as the secretary. She was involved with the
update of the Bylaws and the ongoing development of policies and procedures. Karen had the privilege of serving as President from 2012 – 2016.

Karen’s background is varied, having been an operating room nurse both in civilian and military capacities. She served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve for 25 years retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel. Having just moved from Texas to New Hampshire, Karen teaches RN nursing students on a part time basis, and looks forward to setting up Level 1 Healing Touch classes in her area. She also enjoys being a HT mentor. Her interests include karate, in which she holds a 2nd degree black belt, as well as learning piano. Her growing HT business is called Touch of the Phoenix.

Karen’s vision for the HTWF is that we do our utmost to indeed spread Healing Touch worldwide.

 

 

Treasurer / Nominating Committee
Norman Morrow, BS, PhD
Joined the Board: 2010

Norman has been responsible for the day-to-day management of HTWF’s financial affairs since 2001.

Norman is retired from Exxon Mobil Corporation, but continues to provide consulting services on air pollution regulations and compliance for the petroleum and chemical industries though his own company – Fresh Air Consulting. The balance of his time is spent traveling and visiting with his and Bonnie’s children and grandchildren.

As HTWF expands to provide broader and more extensive services to the Healing Touch Community, Norman is striving to assure financial systems are in place to support those efforts with the least burden.

 

 

Marketing

Marketing and Publicity

Position open

Support

Marketing, Grants, Fundraising Support
Renata Maniaci, MPH, HTCP/I
Joined November 2016

Renata Maniaci is a Healing Touch Certified Practitioner and Level 1 Instructor, Massage Therapist and Integrative Reflexologist.

She has a holistic healing practice called Hana Healing Arts in Washington, DC where she primarily sees clients for energy medicine, integrative bodywork, and remote healing. Renata also shares her skills at a holistic wellness center called Freed Bodyworks in Southeast DC. She teaches Intro to Healing Touch workshops, and started teaching HT Level 1 in 2017. Renata is particularly interested in working with LGBT and deaf/hard of hearing communities, youth, and refugees.

Renata's vision for HTWF is to promote use of its grant-making abilities to expose new communities in need of healing to Healing Touch in the U.S. and beyond, and to secure new funding sources. All while spreading love and light to areas and people in need of both.