Meet the Team

Megan McDonough
Chair and Co-founder of Wholebeing Institute

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.

Karen Whelan-Berry
Chief Learning Officer of Wholebeing Institute

Karen Whelan-Berry, CLO (Chief Learning Officer) of Wholebeing Institute is an award-winning scholar/practitioner. With a PhD in Organization Studies from Boston College, Karen has been a leader of excellence and change in corporate, nonprofit, and higher education organizations. Karen has over 20 publications, and is a frequent presenter at positive psychology and management conferences. Her focus is the intersection of individuals and teams, performance excellence and the change needed to reach excellence. The co-designer of the LEAP Instructional Design approach, Karen is passionate about instructional design and delivery that cultivates immediate and long-term skills, habits, and practices. A coach and “utility player” at heart, Karen’s passions are facilitating the excellence of WBI, and its team, programs, learners, and alums, and creating learning experiences that walk out the door into the learner’s life and work.

Faculty Team


Support Team


Suzee Connole
Marketing Assistant

Paula Hurd
Operations Manager
Student Support

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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