Board of Directors

The Center for Mind-Body Medicine’s Board of Directors is made up of leaders from a variety of backgrounds who are committed to The Center’s efforts to heal community-wide trauma while making the decisions that allow the organization succeed.

James S. Gordon, MDPresident

Dr. Gordon is the founder and director of The Center for Mind-Body Medicine, and has for 30 years been a Clinical Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Community and Family Medicine at Georgetown University School of Medicine. He worked for 10 years as a research psychiatrist at the National Institute of Mental Health where he developed the first national program for runaway youth, the first comprehensive text on integrative medicine, and a nationwide preceptorship program for medical students. He was the first Chairman of the Program Advisory Council of the NIH Office of Alternative Medicine and he was appointed by President Bill Clinton to chair the White House Commission on Complementary and Alternative Medicine Policy. Dr. Gordon’s most recent book is Unstuck: Your Guide to the Seven Stage Journey Out of Depression. He is also the author of Comprehensive Cancer Care: Integrating Alternative, Complementary and Conventional Therapies and Manifesto for a New Medicine: Your Guide to Healing Partnerships and the Wise Use of Alternative Therapies.


CMBM Director Whitey Bluestein

Whitey BluesteinSecretary

Whitey Bluestein is a strategy advisor to high-tech start-ups, focusing on mobile technology, applications, connectivity services. Over his 35-year career in corporate development, he has worked in every facet of telecommunications, and is an internationally-recognized expert on wireless market trends, pricing and wholesale carrier deals. He has appeared several times on CNBC Fast Money as a mobile industry expert. Whitey received his B.S. in Business from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University (Bloomington) and his Juris Doctor with Honors from George Washington University Law School. He also completed the prestigious NARUC Advanced Regulatory Studies Program, at the Institute of Public Utilities, Michigan State University, in East Lansing. In addition to his board position at CMBM, he also has been a long-time board member of Friends of the Earth. Bluestein lives in Sonoma County, California.


CMBM Board Member Karen Saverino

Karen SaverinoDirector

Strategic communication and organizational development pro with 27 years of hard won experience. Communication agency veteran with consulting in my DNA. Social change advocate looking to impact health and wellness, education, equity and fairness, and our planet. Mindfulness practitioner for a 10 years, now focused on teaching others to live joyfully.


CMBM Board Member Barbara Stolhman

Barbara StohlmanDirector

Barbara Stohlman has had a long career in the film and television industry. First working on talk shows in Columbus, Ohio, before moving to Los Angeles, and TV series and movies. In the early 90’s she came back to the D.C. area where she began a career in documentary films, both for broadcast and educational purposes. For ten years she ran a subsidiary company in the D.C. area for Partridge Films, a British company based in Bristol, England, overseeing clients in the United States including National Geographic, PBS, Discovery Channel, ABC, and other broadcast/non-broadcast entities. She has been an advocate for the programs of CMBM for the last 15 years including producing a short video to introduce people to the CMBM program Healing The Wounds Of War.


Dennis Jaffe, PhD, CMBM Board Director

Dennis Jaffe, PhDDirector

Dr. Dennis Jaffe is a professor at Saybrook Graduate School, where he created their doctoral program in Organizational Studies. As a widely recognized leader in management and organizational change, he serves as a fellow of the Family Firm Institute and World Business Academy, and is a member of the NTL Institute and the Academy of Management. Dr. Jaffe is the Founder of a leading business development consulting firm, Changeworks Global. He is the co-author of several books on organizational change and authored foundation works about family business, including Working with the Ones You Love: Building a Successful Family Business. Dr. Jaffe joined the Board in 2005.


CMBM Food As Medicine faculty and board member Mark Hyman

Mark Hyman, MDDirector

Mark Hyman, MD is a Family Physician, a seven-time New York Timesbestselling author, and an internationally recognized leader in the field of Functional Medicine. He is Chairman of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and was awarded its 2009 Linus Pauling Award for Leadership in Functional Medicine. Dr. Hyman is founder and Medical Director of The UltraWellness Center in Lenox, Massachusetts, where he directs a team of physicians, nutritionists and nurses who utilize a comprehensive approach to health. Before starting his practice, he was co-Medical Director at Canyon Ranch Lenox, one of the world’s leading health resorts. He is the co-author of The New York Times bestseller Ultraprevention: The 6-Week Program That Will Make You Healthy for Life, and the author of UltraMetabolism: The Simple Plan for Automatic Weight Loss, and The UltraMind Solution, both with companion PBS specials. The Blood Sugar Solution and companion PBS special was released in 2012, addressing the global epidemic of obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease, with the follow-up The Blood Sugar Solution 10-Day Detox Diet.


Ann Hoopes, CMBM Board Director

Ann HoopesDirector

Ann Hoopes, entrepreneur, author and musician, founded the first natural foods grocery store and restaurant and the first wellness clinic in Washington D.C., in 1976. Together with her husband, Townsend Hoopes, former Under-Secretary of the Air Force and President of the American Publishers Association, she wrote a book on eye training for visual improvement. Ms. Hoopes has been a CMBM Board Director since 1995.


Advisory Board

Herbert Benson, MD
Janet Bickel, PhD
Joan Borysenko, PhD
Barrie Cassileth, PhD
Robert Coles, MD
Larry Dossey, MD
Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD

Michael Lerner, PhD
Isabel Letelier
Dean Ornish, MD
Kenneth Pelletier, PhD
Rachel Naomi Remen, MD
Brigadier General (retired) Loree Sutton, MD
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, OMSG, DD, FKC


Founding Board

Don DeLaski, JD CPA
Michael Tigar, JD
William Fair, MD
Tom Joe, MA
Mary Lynn Kotz
Ann Hoopes
Robert Schwartz

Richard H. deLone
Honorable Lane Evans
Honorable Marc Grossman
Fera Simone, Ph.D.
Lyn Rales
Robert Shaye, JD