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Dr. John-HagelinDr. John Hagelin is a world-renowned quantum physicist and Director of the Institute of Science, Technology and Public Policy at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Dr. Hagelin received his A.B. summa cum laude from Dartmouth College (1975) and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Harvard University (1976 and 1981). He conducted pioneering research at CERN (the European Center for Particle Physics) and SLAC (the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center). His scientific contributions in the fields of electroweak unification, grand unification, supersymmetry and cosmology include some of the most cited references in the physical sciences. He is also responsible for the development of a highly successful Grand Unified Field Theory based on the Superstring. In recognition of his outstanding achievements, Dr. Hagelin was named winner of the prestigious Kilby Award, which recognizes scientists who have made “major contributions to society through their applied research in the fields of science and technology.” The award recognized Dr. Hagelin as “a scientist in the tradition of Einstein, Jeans, Bohr, and Eddington.”

Dr. Hagelin also serves as the president of the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace, and the International Director of the Global Union of Scientists for Peace, an organization of leading scientists throughout the world dedicated to ending nuclear proliferation and establishing lasting world peace.


Robert-RothBob Roth is an executive director of the David Lynch Foundation where he has helped to direct the introduction of the TM program to over 100,000 at-risk students in 130 public and charter schools in the United States, Latin America, the Middle East, and Africa.

He also serves a national director of the Center for Leadership Performance, where he helped to oversee the introduction of the Transcendental Meditation (TM) program in business, industry, and governmental organizations.

Mr. Roth has been a teacher of Transcendental Meditation for 38 years, and is the author of the definitive book on the technique, entitled, fittingly, “Transcendental Meditation,” which has been published in 21 languages.

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Carolyn-KingDr. Carolyn Gaylord-King is an educator and researcher. She received her Ph.D. and Masters degrees from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan and she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in health psychology at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan.

For 15 years Dr. Gaylord-King was Professor of Psychology at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB). During her tenure at UAPB, she served as Principal Investigator of three grants from the National Institutes of Health Minority Biomedical Research Support Program to conduct research on Transcendental Meditation and the effects of stress reduction on biomedical and psycho-social factors.

Currently, Dr. Gaylord-King is a senior research scientist at the Institute for Natural Medicine and Prevention and Professor in the department of Health and Physiology at Maharishi University of Management, Fairfield, Iowa. She has been actively involved in several studies supported by the National Institutes of Health that are designed to evaluate prevention-oriented, natural medicine for the reduction of morbidity and mortality in ethnic minorities due to cardiovascular disease.

She has published research in the biomedical literature on the effects of stress reduction for improving health and well being and reducing health disparities between whites and ethnic minority populations.


Mario-OrsattiMario Orsatti is the director of special projects for the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. He has been an active teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique since 1973 and is currently teaching the TM program in Washington, DC.

Over the past year he has been directing a project that provides training in the TM technique for homeless men participating in a one-year “re-entry” program.

While in Washington DC he helped direct a $1.2M research study of the effects Transcendental Meditation practice on student brain development, health and academic performance at American University. Research from this project has already been published in several major journals and is spotlighted on the website of the National Institutes of Health here.

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Dr. Fred Travis is the Director of the Center for Brain, Consciousness and Cognition at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA.

Since 1990, Dr. Travis has authored 47 papers and made numerous conference presentations that investigate the relation between brain patterns, states of consciousness and meditation practice.

Dr. Travis received his BS in Design and Environmental Analysis from Cornell University and his Masters and PhD in Psychology with a specialization in Psycho Physiology from Maharishi University of Management in 1988. He had a two-year post-doctoral position at UC. Davis exploring brain changes during sleep.

His recent work reports brain patterns and subjective experiences of individuals reporting the experience of higher states of consciousness.

Dr. Travis also teaches undergraduate and graduate courses, gives seminars, and speaks at conferences on brain development in children and across the lifespan.


Linda-MainquistLinda Mainquist has an undergraduate degree from Iowa State University in English. She also has an M.A. in Education from the University of Iowa, an M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder Colorado, and an M.S. in Vedic Science from Maharishi European Research University in Seelisburg, Switzerland.

In addition to being a certified teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program, she is a licensed mental health counselor.

In 2006 and 2007 she worked in Washington, DC overseeing the teaching of the Transcendental Meditation technique to university students who participated in American University’s research on the effects of the TM program on student brain development and physical and mental health. This randomized, controlled study involved more than 250 students attending colleges throughout the Washington, DC area.


Craig-PearsonDr. Craig Pearson is Executive Vice-President of Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa. He has served the University in a variety of roles over the past 33 years, including Dean of Faculty, Dean of Students, Director of Maharishi University of Management Press, Director of Freshman Composition, and Professor of Professional Writing.

He holds a PhD in Maharishi Vedic Science from MUM and is the author of two books on the development of full human potential, The Complete Book of Yogic Flying and The Supreme Awakening: Developing the Infinite Potential Within (forthcoming). He is also a member of the Board of Directors of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.


KaplanDr. Gary Kaplan is a neurologist and Associate Professor of Clinical Neurology at Hofstra University School of Medicine. Dr. Kaplan was formerly Director of Neurophysiology at North Shore University Hospital and is now in private practice in clinical neurology in New Hyde Park.

Dr. Kaplan received the Albert H. Douglas Award from the Medical Society of the State of New York for outstanding achievements as a clinical teacher interested in promoting and improving the medical education of physicians. He is also a nationally recognized expert on the effects of the Transcendental Meditation program on stress-related illnesses, and he appears regularly on CNN, NBC and CNBC and other national television programs speaking about the latest research on Transcendental Meditation and its effects on health.


Gina-OrangeGina Orange is a teacher, speaker and writer. A Seattle native, she has been a certified teacher of Transcendental Meditation for 9 years. She spent the beginning of her career teaching meditation to business professionals, at-risk youth in after-school programs, and adults with stress-related health issues. Through The David Lynch Foundation, she has brought stress-relief to hundreds of students at inner-city schools in San Francisco and Hartford, CT.

Over the past few months, Gina has led a team helping to establish the David Lynch Foundation on college campuses, bringing students methods to tap into their consciousness and creativity. Gina is a lifelong student of yoga, beginning her practice at age 4, and is a rich resource of knowledge on mind-body integration and personal development.


Tom Ball became a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation technique when he was 21. He attended the University of North Carolina and Maharishi University of Management, receiving a BA in Western Philosophy, and earned an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University. He has taught meditation throughout the U.S. and around the world, and with his wife Jeanne co-directs the TM program in Asheville, NC.


Puki-FreebergPuki Freeberg After graduating with a bachelors degree in communications and media from Maharishi University of Management in June 2009, Puki Freeberg ventured to Bulgaria to participate in an international Transcendental Meditation Teacher Training Course. It was an incredible and life transforming experience, especially since Puki loves travel, adventures and experiencing all the diversity that this world has to offer. She is currently working with the David Lynch Foundation in Los Angeles where she’s teaching the Transcendental Meditation technique to students and staff at a shelter and school for homeless children who have been victims of prostitution.

Heather-HarnettHeather Hartnett is a writer, producer, and a specialist in marketing for web-based start-ups and an array of digital media. She also serves as the Director of Communications for David Lynch Foundation Television (DLF.TV), the online TV channel which showcases the good works of the David Lynch Foundation.

Heather is a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation program and has worked in the San Francisco public schools teaching meditation to children who suffer from ADD and other learning disorders.

Heather is a happy camper right now. She gets to integrate her deep desire to help create a better world along with her passion to connect people through powerful online media and her work with the David Lynch Foundation. You can connect with Heather on Twitter & Facebook or see her interviews with Lynch Foundation supporters, including Ringo Starr, Mike Love, Ben Harper, Moby and more on DLF.TV.


Christine Albers is Director of Expansion at Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in English and Master’s Degree in Higher Education Administration from Maharishi University of Management. She frequently writes about the transforming effect of the Transcendental Meditation program on the lives of students and teachers.