The People

At Becoming Jackson Whole, we walk our talk. Our team of visionaries is guided by collaboration, inclusivity, and evidence-based interventions with measurable results.

 
 
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sara flitner, founder

Sara has more than 20 years of experience in collaborative problem solving, organizational leadership, and authentic communication. She is a trained and certified mediator and a strong believer in the practice of mindfulness at home, in the workplace, and around the community. A native of Shell, Wyoming, graduate of University of Wyoming, and former mayor of Jackson Hole, she is passionate about and deeply connected to her home state and the wellbeing of its economy, its wildlife, and her fellow citizens.

Sara is an avid skier and yogi, an enthusiastic mountain biker, and a terrible fisher. She loves being outside with her family – husband Bill Wotkyns, sons Pete and Silas, who despite being teenagers are really great company. Hiking with friends or her dogs, reading, talking neuroscience, and anything that makes her laugh out loud and favorite activities. She is currently working on her first book on civility and compassion as building blocks for thriving communities.

 
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AMISHI JHA, PH.D., CHIEF SCIENCE ADVISOR

Dr. Amishi Jha is Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami, and Director of Contemplative Neuroscience for the Mindfulness Research and Practice Initiative, prior to which she was an Assistant Professor at the Center for Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Ph.D. from the University of California–Davis and received her postdoctoral training at the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University in functional neuroimaging. She studies the neural bases of attention and the effects of mindfulness-based training programs on cognition, emotion, and resilience.

With grants from the Department of Defense and several private foundations, she has been systematically investigating the potential applications of mindfulness training in education, corporate, elite sports, and the military contexts. In addition to her own published body of research, her work has been featured at TED.com, the World Economic Forum, NPR, the Aspen Institute, the Pentagon, the Journal of Special Operations Medicine, and Joint Force Quarterly. Dr. Jha’s research with members of a military special operations unit was recently featured in The New York Times.

 

dan baker, advisory board member

Dan Baker currently serves as Chairman of Tate Engineering Systems, an industrial equipment service provider in the mid-Atlantic area. He serves on the advisory board of the R G Group, an industrial supplier of fluid and motion control devices, in York, PA, as well as Brenton Communities, an owner/operator of manufactured home communities in Iowa.

Dan served on the Board of Directors of the Baltimore Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank from 1993-1999, including two as Chairman. He has served as a director and chairman of several non-profit organizations including St. Paul’s School, Baltimore, MD, Normative Services, Inc., Sheridan, WY, Pride of Baltimore, Inc., Baltimore International Visitors Center, and the Washington-Baltimore Chapter of the Young Presidents Organization. Mr. Baker is a graduate of Hobart College, Geneva, NY, Bachelors of Arts, ’72 majoring in History and Education. Before entering business, he was a 9th grade history teacher and has retained a life-long interest in education.

 
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Jimmy bartz, advisory board member

Jimmy is the rector of St. John’s in Jackson. Before moving to Jackson, he was the founder and priest at Thad’s, an emergent, fresh expression Episcopal Church in Santa Monica, California. He has also served as the Campus Missioner at the University of Texas in Austin, at All Saints’ in Austin, Texas and All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, California. He is a graduate the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Theological Seminary. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and in years past has worked with Red Bull High Performance teaching athletes spiritual disciplines, with Naval Special Warfare working to create systems for character development within special operations teams, and was a speaker at TEDx, Venice Beach.

 
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erika pearsall, advisory board member

In addition to co-chairing the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole’s Board, Erika also serves as chair of the Foundation’s Youth Philanthropy Program and was formerly chair of its Competitive Grants Committee. She is also on the board of Center of Wonder, which supports the arts and creative education in Jackson. Erika served on the board of Jackson’s regional theater, Off Square, for nine years – three of those as president. She has worked in freelance production for numerous film and television companies, including at WTTW/PBS in Chicago. Recently she executive-produced two independent films, which premiered at the Tribeca and LA Film Festivals. She earned her BA from Smith College and her MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. She is married to Ned Jannotta and has three children.

 
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amy disanto, advisory board member

Amy DiSanto has been inspiring individuals and organizations to see the “big picture” since 1987. As co-founder of a community-wide alcohol and substance prevention network, Amy has experience bringing community leaders and members together to raise awareness and provide education around the ways these issues pervade all levels of community life.

With experience as an athletic coach, a certified Spiritual Director and group facilitator, Amy helps individuals and groups discover and implement strategies that promote personal and relational healing and wellbeing.

She has enjoyed the practices of centering prayer and meditation for last 30 years, while recently adding mindfulness. She finds these practices need not be difficult, and using them is extremely helpful

 
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cindy bartz, program director

Cindy Bartz provides administrative support for Flitner Strategies. With over 20 years of experience working at all levels of a wide variety of public and private nonprofit organizations, she has an eye for detail and streamlined communication. She graduated with honors from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Political Science and then continued on to earn a Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Austin.

Cindy began her career as a Case Manager and then Program Manager for Big Brothers/Big Sisters. She then moved into the public sector as the Director of Community Development for the Housing Authority of the City of Austin, managing a staff of 25 and a grants program of $2.6 million. Most recently, Cindy developed and implemented an innovative kids’ curriculum for a faith community, while also helping design and execute a leadership structure for a rapidly growing public school.

Although she was raised hunting and fishing in south Texas, as a new resident of Jackson Hole, Cindy is developing her hiking and camping skills. She serves on the board of GAP! and loves yoga and goofing off with her husband and two children.