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Our Staff

Lisa Miller, Ph.D

President, CEO and Member of the Board of Trustees

Lisa Miller, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology and Education at Columbia University, Teachers College and is Founder of the Spirituality Mind Body Institute, the first Ivy League graduate program in spirituality and psychology.

Dr. Miller is a foremost scientist on spirituality across the lifespan, with her work published in top research journals including JAMA-Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Her innovative research has focused on quantifiable effects of spirituality in health, resilience and thriving, and an overall sacred and joyful life. Her clinical and consultation work focuses on spiritual awareness and spiritual growth, for individuals, families, groups and organizations

Dr. Miller is the author of “The Spiritual Child; The New Science of Parenting for Health and Lifelong Thriving.” Based upon her decade and a half of experience, she offers talks, workshops and consultations on spirituality in healthy development to parents and schools, adult wellness groups, and private and public organizations. She is the Editor of The Oxford Handbook of Psychology and Spirituality and Co-Editor of the APA journal, Spirituality in Clinical Practice.

She has been elected as Fellow by the American Psychological Association, as well as for the Virginia Sexton Mentoring Award of graduate students. A graduate of Yale, she received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania from Martin Seligman.

Karen Barth

Executive Director

Karen Barth is an accomplished consultant, a skilled strategist and an advisor to senior executives. Karen has decades of experience consulting to senior leaders in industry as well as in the field of education.  Her clients include Fortune 500 companies, small and mid-sized growth companies, governments, institutions of higher education, foundations, and not-for-profits, in the United States, Europe and the Middle East. She helps organizations develop strategies built on a deep understanding of their customers, students, members and other stakeholders.  She also works with leaders and their teams on  leadership and organizational development.

In addition to her consulting work, Karen ran a $20 mil family business and a successful startup company.  She served as Executive Director of the Mandel foundation’s Council for Initiatives in Jewish Education for 3 years.  She is a strong management generalist, with strengths in talent management,  marketing, analytics, and operations.

Karen spent 10 years at the consulting firm, McKinsey and Company where she was a specialist in Change and Innovation.  She has a MBA with distinction from the Harvard Business School and a BA in Economics from Brandeis University. She earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute studying with Tal Ben Shahar.

Lauren Foley, MA

Research and School Engagement Coordinator

Lauren Foley, M.A., is a second-year doctoral student in clinical psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her M.A. in psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University’s Spirituality Mind Body Institute and her B.A. in political science from Villanova University.​

Her research interests are in spirituality and women’s development. Currently she is the Project Director for the Collaborative for Spiritual Development (CSD) and Program Coordinator for the National Council on Spirituality and Education (NCSE).

Jenifer Hebda Halliday

Coordinator of Teacher Training &

Curriculum Develpment

Jenifer Hebda Halliday has been an educational leader for the past 18 years. After extensive travel in 1999, Ms. Halliday started her professional career at Magnificat High School where she taught social studies. From 2002 to 2005 she served as a teacher and curriculum coordinator at ACS Hillingdon International School, London, England. From 2005 to 2015, Ms. Halliday worked at Hawken School, Lyndhurst, Ohio, where she provided extensive school leadership, having served as Director of Hawken Middle School and as a member of Hawken School’s Administrative Council. She has served in many roles, including teaching, admissions, student life, special projects and administration. In addition, Ms. Halliday worked as an instructor at John Carroll University in graduate-level education through the school’s Site Based Program. As Head of School from 2015- 2017, Ms. Halliday exceeded goals in many areas, including

implementing the strategic plan, directing advancement and alumnae initiatives, and overseeing marketing and admissions campaigns. Ms. Halliday served at Board Chair for Case Western Reserve University’s Center for Women and Development Chair for Frontline Service, and has consulted with schools locally, nationally and internationally. Currently, Ms. Halliday serves as the Associate Head of School for Friends Academy on Long Island, New York–Quaker, coeducational, independent, college-preparatory school for students ages three through twelfth grade. She continues her work on Boards and continues to consult.

Meredith Caplan

Deputy for Development




Meredith Caplan is the Deputy for Development. She is a former human rights lawyer with the Organization of American States and a woman’s reproductive rights advocate with the international division of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. She also has professional experience in fundraising, communication and program development as a paid executive and as a volunteer.

CSE brings together her passion about spirituality, education and social change.


Lisa Rosenstein





Lisa Rosenstein has been coordinating teams and events since her first career as a film producer. She earned her undergraduate degree at Columbia University. Alongside working at the Collaborative, Lisa recently co-founded Chasing Light Speakers. Chasing Light is a speakers bureau that specializes in bringing amazing women to inspire groups at meetings, schools and conferences across the country.