Megan McDonough
CEO and co-founder of Wholebeing Institute

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Megan McDonough is the award-winning author of Infinity in a Box and A Minute for Me. Megan uses divergent thinking and creative perspectives to build organizations and networks that harness the best in people for the greatest good. With a degree in nuclear medicine, senior leadership experience in health care, two decades as a yoga practitioner and teacher, and experience directing numerous online-learning start-ups, Megan focuses on how to get from point A to point B through whole-person engagement. A national media source for Fast Company, Yoga Journal, and Woman’s Day, Megan is an explorer at heart, working with the WBI team to navigate the path from dreaming about the summit to actually climbing the mountain.


Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar
Co-founder of Wholebeing Institute

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Tal Ben-Shahar is an author and lecturer. He taught one of Harvard’s most popular—and life-changing—courses on positive psychology, and is currently teaching at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya, Israel, where he co-founded the Institute for Positive Psychology in Education. The author of five books, including the best-selling Happier: Learn the Secrets to Daily Joy and Lasting Fulfillment, he consults and lectures around the world, integrating theory and practice, East and West, philosophy and psychology. An avid sportsman, Tal won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He holds a doctorate in organizational behavior and a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and psychology from Harvard.


Faculty Team


Phoebe Atkinson
Teaching Assistant Mentor
Certificate in Positive Psychology

Megha Nancy Buttenheim
Director of Yoga, Movement, and Meditation
Certificate in Positive Psychology

Maria Sirois
Course Director
Certificate in Positive Psychology
Faculty, Teaching for Transformation

Lynda Wallace
Positive Psychology Coaching

Support Team


Suzee Connole
Marketing Assistant

Sonja Craig
Student Support Manager

Paula Hurd
Web Manager

Megan Kelly Dias
Director of Communications

Nancy Lee
Graphic Designer

Ruth Pearce
Conferences and Special Events

Dianne Rossi

Tresca Weinstein
Senior Editor

Guest Faculty


Dr. Ryan Niemiec, PsyD
Education director
VIA Institute on Character

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP

Joan Borysenko, PhD

Richard Miller, PhD
Founder, Integrative Restoration Institute

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas, PhD
Science Director
UC Berkeley Greater Good Science Center

Margarita Tarragona, PhD

International Partners



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