Board of Directors
Bart Westdorp :: director
Bart was born in the US, but grew up in Europe, creating a somewhat global perspective, and understanding that even though we may appear to be different form one another, we are all part of the same family. He has always been a very sensitive and compassionate being. Wanting to help alleviate suffering in other sentient beings, he became a vegetarian at a young age, and has long been looking for ways in which he can support others through his skills, abilities and resources. Mostly though he felt overwhelmed by the suffering of the world, and uncertain how he could make a difference.
When the Ingrid School community landed in his life, he finally found a project that feels manageable and personal. His visit to the Ingrid School in 2013 really opened his heart, and he left with a clear commitment to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with his brothers and sisters on the other side of the planet.
In his day-to-day life, he is a Yoga teacher, Yoga therapist, and Mindfulness Coach. This allows him to share the practices of self awareness, compassion, loving kindness, empowerment and generosity with many beings. He has been 'his own boss' for almost 20 years, and seem to be pretty good at running small organizations and working closely with others.
Oh, and he is really good at headstands.
Maurice Werness ND.
As a child, Maurice was broken... open. It took him a long time to realize the gift of this: it allows him the ability to feel the suffering of others. It gave him access to a resource that propelled him to a career as a professional athlete and ultimately on the journey of self healing that lead him to naturopathic medicine.
As a naturopathic physician, Maurice is tasked with the possibility of understanding forces of nature and how they might be engaged to facilitate healing. He is humbled and honored to have this privilege as a profession. And so LiveGlobally is a natural extension of his own healing.
He recently created a company, Fermanna, that seeks to bring the power of fermented nutrition to malnourished children. He lives in downtown Durham with his beloved wife, Lisa, their boy Eli Ashagre (adopted from Ethiopia, age 7, the gift of our life), two cats, and big butterball bull mastiff named Gaia.
Katelyn Daly :: TREASURE(R)
Katie is a nature-loving yogi with a strong enthusiasm for global health. Katie works as a Registered Nurse at Duke University Hospital. She received her Bachelors of Science degree from University of Massachusetts, specializing in Nursing and minoring in Psychology and Community Health. Katie's zeal for traveling, combined with her dedication to global health, has led her across the globe. Her ambition to gain more knowledge and experience other cultures took her to Thailand, where she volunteered teaching English to children and adults. After happily landing at Global Breath Studios for her yoga instructor training, Katie quickly became interested in the efforts of LiveGlobally. LiveGlobally's mission to promote and inspire individual well being and sustainability parallel with Katie's core ethical values. Katie gratefully accepted to an invitation to join LiveGlobally's board of advisers. Katie will also be accomplishing a long time dream of hers to travel to Africa at the end of this year by joining other board members in a trip in to visit The Ingrid Education Centre in Kenya this December.
Nina Be :: Founder & Co-Director
Nina Be (MA, MEd, E-RYT-500, NCC) is the Director of MindBody Centering Yoga. She is a Somatic Psychologist, spiritual activist, yoga therapist, writer/poet, restaurateur, artist and performer, who has been mentoring, teaching, choreographing and designing wellness programs internationally for over 35 years. Her successful RYT 200/300/500/1000-hour Yoga Therapy Certification Programs of MindBody Centering Yoga are offered in Durham, North Carolina.
As co-director of LiveGlobally, her vision of quelling children’s global poverty through the practice of mindful yoga in community has begun by supporting the building of a school in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya, for the Ingrid Children Education Centre.
Lilian was born and raised in Kenya. She has spent half her life in Kenya and half in the USA. She is a process engineer by profession working for Burt’s Bees developing natural personal care products. Her passion is helping the under privileged in society to achieve their goals in whichever way she can. It’s also her way of giving back to the community/country she loves.
She is passionately referred to as the mother of the Ingrid children by Nina and Douglas since she discovered them 4 years ago and have been their unofficial spokesperson promoting their cause to anyone who cares to listen to her. The Ingrid children won her heart at first sight and as such have a special place in her heart. She is excited to join hands with everyone in the LiveGlobally community to support the Ingrid children in their pursuit of education to be responsible members of the community. Lilian has 3 children and lives in Holly Springs with her husband, Amos.
Anne is a pediatric nurse, a committed yogi, and an elephant lover. With imminent travel to Africa for work, she has elected to be on the Board of Advisers for the LiveGlobally organization in it's commitment to helping build the Ingrid Education Centre in Matopeni, and to help the people there build themselves up, in the hope that they can establish a sustainable community that will promote education, health and well being for all. She believes that her relationship with Nina Be and Bart Westdorp has not only been to grow her yoga practice but to give her the opportunity to support a community of people in need. She is grateful to be able to help to make a difference.
After traveling the world (where people can afford to see dance) as a dancer, then working as a hair stylist (to those who can afford one)... Glen found himself searching for something to feed his soul. He turned to yoga, meditation, and Buddhist teachings. Although grateful for his talents, he felt the need to find a way to give back. After meeting Nina and Bart at Global Breath Studio, they opened a door to giving back by introducing him to LiveGlobally. He is happy to be helping children, as he has two of his own and can't imagine them going without.
DR. KRISTEN SHIREY
Kristin Shirey a physician specializing in internal medicine and psychiatry. She has a longstanding interest in global health and has spent in total about 1 year working in Central & South America and 6 months in western Kenya (Eldoret, capital of Rift Valley Province).
In addition to holding faculty appointments in medicine and psychiatry, she is a research assistant professor at the Duke Global Health Institute, where she conducts clinical research looking at mental illness in the general population and in medically ill (HIV and diabetes) clinical populations.
She studies the relationships between psychosocial stressors, mental health, and physical well-being. She primarily works with adults in her clinical and research work but is involved in a longitudinal study of orphans aged 6-12 in several countries including Kenya and Ethiopia.