Board of Directors
Dr. Aymee Coget, CEO and Co-Founder
Sandi Smith Leyva, COO and Co-Founder
Marit Fox, Secretary
Janna Waldinger, Director
Dr. Laura Delizonna, Director
Marci Shimoff, author of Happy for No Reason and best-selling female nonfiction author of all time
Lionel Ketchian, founder of Happiness Clubs all over the world
Bob Nozik, MD, VP- Senior Programs and Co-Founder
Karyn Buxman, president of Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor
In 1996, Aymee Coget (pronounced Co jjayy) devoted her entire life to helping millions of people live happier lives. Since then she has established an international practice based in San Francisco teaching sustainable happiness to individuals and groups. Mentioned as the Suze Orman of happiness in the New York Times and featured as the cover story for Bliss Magazine, Aymee’s work in sustainable happiness is being recognized as groundbreaking.
Aymee's Ph.D. is in organizational psychology with an emphasis in leadership and the science of happiness. She has found a way to help her clients take leadership of their happiness and develop happiness from the inside out. She has received accolades from her work from people who thought they would never experience happiness in their lives as demonstrated in client testimonials such as… "My life has dramatically changed since working with Aymee Coget in Happiness training." "I would like everyone to know that you probably saved my life." "Ï would recommend Aymee's Happiness Makeover™ to the world" "Aymee must be another word for Angel..."
Sandi Smith Leyva is one of a handful of women in the world who has co-piloted a tiny six-seat, single-engine airplane over the oceans and around the world. Her book, Following Amelia: A Modern Day 'Round-the-World Flight, describes her death-defying adventure along with the two award-winning humanitarian trips she managed to fit in along the way. Having visited 100 countries to date, Sandi loves exploring and discovering how people and cultures all over the globe live, work, think and achieve.
Sandi, a CPA with advanced degrees in business and neuroscience, brings a scientific foundation to the world of business leadership. Her work blends 25 years of business experience with brand new discoveries from neuroscience about how we think and achieve, producing a one-of-a-kind training and coaching experience that unleashes breakthrough behavior change without defensiveness or resistance for entrepreneurs and executives who want to take their businesses and their lives to the highest level possible. Never before has material from neuroscience, psychology, quantum physics, marketing, and business leadership been integrated this way. Her methods have boosted entrepreneurs' business profits, revitalized customer service, ignited employee engagement, and restored stalled relationships, to name a few. Sandi Smith is President and Founder of BrainWays Training & Development based in San Jose, CA, USA.
Visit her website at www.BrainWaysTraining.com.
Janna Waldinger, is a graduate of the College of Creative Studies at the University of California at Santa Barbara. Not confined to any medium, Janna is frequently found with a camera in her hands. Jannas passion is best expressed combining the warmth of her heart, the work of her hands and the wisdom of her lyrical voice. Born in Los Angeles, Janna has blended her talents in multiple businesses involving both the artistic realms and the health and well-being fields. From her international photography and video company Art & Clarity (www.artclarity.com) to A Living Vibration, Inc. her cutting edge approach to accelerating our natural healing abilities with the TurboSonic Whole Body Vibration Therapy that she brings to both Napa and San Francisco (www.alivingvibration.com) Janna provides an artistic, out of the box, yet practical point of view to all she does.
Janna is a devoted mother and committed to the well being of the children in her community serving for the past 11 years as an elected official on the Napa County Office of Education, serving as President in 2007 and 2008.
Marit is the founder and president of Abundant Administrative Services. She founded her company in 2004. Marit brings 30 plus years of administrative and executive assistance experience to the industry. Her company provides high-level administrative support services to primarily women-owned businesses in various industries. Even though Marit is located in Silicon Valley, she can serve clients in any part of the United States remotely from her head office. Her vision for her company is to give back to the community by helping women in difficult life situations get back on their feet. Visit her website at www.abundantadmin.com/.
Laura Delizonna, PhD provides personal coaching, conducts workshops, performs keynote speeches, and is an instructor at Stanford University. She is an expert in lasting happiness and emotional intelligence. As a licensed psychologist, she specializes in teaching the skills that lead to lasting happiness. She has several published scientific articles and book chapters in the field of positive psychology. Dr. Delizonna invented a program and wrote a book called "The 5 Habits of Happiness" that helps people increase their lasting happiness. She worked as a staff psychologist and was awarded a postdoctoral fellowship a Stanford University and earned her PhD in psychology at Boston University. Visit her website at www.choosinghappiness.com/.
Marci Shimoff is the woman's face of the biggest self-help book phenomenon in history, Chicken Soup for the Soul. Her six bestselling titles in the series, including Chicken Soup for the Woman’s Soul and Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul, have met with stunning success, selling more than 13 million copies worldwide in 33 languages and have been on the New York Times bestseller list for a total of 108 weeks. Marci is one of the bestselling female nonfiction authors of all time. In addition, she’s a featured teacher in the international film and book phenomenon, The Secret. Her new book, HAPPY FOR NO REASON: 7 Steps to Being Happy from the Inside Out, offers a revolutionary approach to experiencing deep and lasting happiness.
A celebrated transformational leader and one of the nation's leading experts on happiness, success, and the law of attraction, Marci has inspired millions of people around the world, sharing her breakthrough methods for personal fulfillment and professional success. President and co-founder of the Esteem Group, she delivers keynote addresses and seminars on self-esteem, self-empowerment, and peak performance to corporations, professional and non-profit organizations, and women's associations. She has been a top-rated trainer for numerous Fortune 500 companies, including AT&T, General Motors, Sears, Kaiser Permanente, and Bristol-Myers Squibb.
Lionel Ketchian, is a ' living legend ' and this extraordinary man has dedicated his life to humanitarian causes. Through the decades, Mr. Ketchian has enriched and transformed thousands of lives, by his never ending life-long volunteer work, involving communities, towns, and cities, throughout New England, across the United States, and around the world. His dedication and genuine loving kindness by helping others, and making a difference each day, has been done with JOY and enduring Happiness one person at a time. His happiness clubs (visit happinessclub.com for more) have expanded as far away as Tasmania, Australia and Happiness Clubs have spread across the U.S., overseas in countries and places such as France, Israel, and Dubai. The New York Times, wrote two articles about his accomplishments, one of which was a Sunday feature on April 17, 2005. The Connecticut Post has written many articles on him and calls Lionel, "The Happiness Guru." He has been featured in magazines, including The Fairfield Magazine, and health journals through the years.
Bob Nozik, M.D., is a physician who has studied happiness ever since discovering his own deep, inner happiness almost two decades ago. In addition to treating patients, Bob spent much of his 40-year medical career performing research as well as teaching other physicians. Bob has presented more than 100 lectures and published nearly 100 journal articles as well as four medical textbooks. He was featured in "Best Doctors in America" every year until he retired. He is currently Professor Emeritus at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.
Although not particularly happy as a child and young adult, by the late '80's, Bob had developed an abiding happiness that led him to found Happy People, Inc., an organization dedicated to the study and celebration of happiness. Bob has given numerous talks and courses on the topic of happiness and leads the Positive Living Forum at the Lafayette Senior Center. He co-hosts a radio show called Make Me Happy which is aired every Friday afternoon. Bob writes a happiness advice column called: Ask Dr. Happy which runs in the Happy Herald, in Boca Raton, FL as well as the Lafayette Today newspapers. He is currently the AATH (Association for Applied and Therapeutic Humor) Science Advisor.
Bob's first book on happiness is Happy 4 Life: Here's How to Do It. He will be publishing a book of happiness poetry later this year and is currently working on yet another book on happiness.
In the tradition of Mark Twain and Bill Cosby, Karyn Buxman is among a handful of great American humorists who deliver insights cleverly disguised as humor.
These insights are critical for those who want to not just survive but thrive in spite of their own (not to mention everyone else’s) annoying habit of being oh-so-human. Authentic, genuine, real-world wit and wisdom-drawn from Karyn’s many years as a nurse, and augmented by the ground-breaking research she’s conducted in the field of therapeutic humor-has been honed to a razor-sharp edge through the renowned renegade publication, “The Journal of Nursing Jocularity.”
A force of nature on stage, Karyn addresses healthcare and corporate audiences worldwide-from the Mayo Clinic and 238 nursing organizations, to NASA and the Million Dollar Roundtable. She is a 20-year platform professional who is one of only 30 women in the world inducted into the 186-member Speaker Hall of Fame.
Arguably the funniest nurse on the planet, Karyn is that rare intersection of expert and performer-a bona fide content expert and masterful speaker-who provides clients practical take-aways presented as professional-level entertainment.
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