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Melanie Contreras Chairperson of Trustees, Founder and CEO

Melanie Contreras has worked within the legal field for over twenty-five years.  While working as a Director of Legal Support within top firms in New York and New Jersey, Miss Contreras also wrote continuing education programs and served as an adjunct professor within the programs for Baruch and Richard Stockton College.

Star Young Trustee, President and Executive Director

Star is an award winning Fortune 500 executive, a serial entrepreneur and a dedicated philanthropist.  As an entrepreneurial leader she launched domestic and global businesses including Style Magazines, HighSchoolSport.net, Weather Channel, Weather.com and the Hallmark Channel.

Lenore Burry Secretary and Treasurer, Trustee

Lenore is a lifelong New Jersey and Monmouth County resident.  She is a third generation Colts Neck Realtor and has been associated with the Monmouth/Ocean County Board of Realtors for over 25 years.  Lenore has received such distinguished recognition and awards from the NJAR Circle of Excellence Sales Club and the NJAR Sales Club.

Advisory Board

Richard J. Davidson, PhD Honorary Board Member

William James and Vilas Research Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, Director of the Waisman Laboratory for Brain Imaging and Behavior, and Founder of the Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison. 

Deepak Chopra Advisory Board Member

DEEPAK CHOPRA MD, FACP, founder of The Chopra Foundation and co-founder of The Chopra Center for Wellbeing is a world-renowned pioneer in integrative medicine and personal transformation, and is Board Certified in