Core Faculty

Lisa Cypers Kamen, MA, Executive Director and Program Facilitator As a positive psychology life coach, author, professor, filmmaker, and motivational speaker specializing in the field of happiness, Lisa Cypers Kamen is widely recognized as an expert on the subject. Lisa’s acclaimed documentary film co-produced with her now thirteen year-old daughter, Kayla, H-Factor…Where Is Your Heart? explores how people in varied circumstances find, generate and share happiness. In addition to her film on happiness, Lisa has also regularly contributed to publications and blogs such as Military Spouse Magazine, Positively Positive, Inspire Me Today, Huffington Post, Rizzarr and is the weekly talk show host of Harvesting Happiness Live Talk Radio.  Lisa also travels the globe presenting her film as a teaching tool in Harvesting Happiness workshops and seminar series within public and private sectors including New York City Parks and Recreation, Equinox Fitness, Motherhood Incorporated, Veterans Preservation Corps, and The Wounded Warrior Project. She is currently working on her second book regarding post combat stress management.
Robin Barnett, EYRT, Yoga Therapist, Aromatherapist Robin has been teaching yoga for over 12 years, teaching at the prestigious Maha Yoga Studio in Brentwood for over 6 years, organizing numerous retreats through her “Buddha-on-a-Budget” company. She was a cultural and yoga ambassador to Cuba on a trip sponsored by the International Yoga Association, where she taught children suffering with cancer. She can be seen daily on Oxygen channel’s, “Inhale with Steve Ross”, and currently teaches at Inner-Power Yoga in Calabasas, one of the premier studios in the San Fernando Valley.

Rudy Mettia, EYRT, Yoga Specialist

Rudy was born on American soil to a resilient and determined Italian immigrant mother.  Orphaned at the age of 9, Rudy spent his childhood in countless foster homes as a ward of the state of North Carolina.  During this difficult period, he found solace and release in physical activity and trained himself into a splendid athlete.  To honor his mother’s strong feelings of gratitude to her new homeland, and his own deep sense of patriotism, Rudy joined the Marines.  He received an honorable discharge after 6 years.  Rudy found yoga through his teacher, Bryan Kest and created his own yoga, Corporalita Power Yoga.  He now offers trainings and workshops nationally.

Local Faculty

When Harvesting Happiness for Heroes® a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization comes to your community, we partner with a local volunteer corps of licensed & insured professionals, including equine facilitators and other healing arts specialists to offer their services during and after the workshop or retreat. This supports local business and fosters ongoing, sustainable support for participants. Read on to learn more about HH4Heroes’ Core Faculty and Advisory Board.

Advisory Board of Directors

Harvesting Happiness for Heroes services and/or products are not a substitute for medical or psychological diagnosis and/or treatment. Participation in all HH4H programs is voluntary and does not replace, supersede or conflict with guidance and/or treatment from a medical professional.  The Veterans Suicide Prevention Hotline, 1-800-273-TALK, provides immediate life-saving help to warriors and their loved ones.

Dr. Robert Biswas-Diener, Positive Psychologist,  is widely known as the Indiana Jones of Positive Psychology because his research on happiness has taken him to such far flung places as Greenland, India and Kenya. He is a part-time instructor at Portland State University and sits on the editorial boards of the Journal of Happiness Studies and Journal of Positive Psychology. Robert is a Certified Mentor Coach (CMC) and has worked with clients on four continents. Robert is author of Practicing Positive Psychology Coaching (2010), Happiness: Unlocking the mysteries of psychological wealth (2008) and Positive Psychology Coaching (2007). He is also co-founder of the charitable mission The Strengths Project.

Sgt. Andy Brandi, Marine, Combat Rifleman,Vietnam
Sgt. Brandi wrote The Warrior’s Guide to Insanity. In brutally honest and blunt fashion, this work describes the traumatic effects of war, and brings hope to the young men and women who are fighting it. As Warriors, they have the strength to improvise, overcome and adapt to every problem they face in the civilian world. Each of our Young Warriors may have a productive and joyful life if they face the realities and the difficulties in their paths.  Each of them has walked off the battlefield a different person. And yet, they can and will make it, because surrender is not in our Creed!

LarrybroughtonLarry Broughton ~ Former Special Forces Operator, Entrepreneur & Keynote SpeakerAffectionately known as the “Chuck Norris of cow country NY”, Larry found a novel way for a highly-intelligent, but dyslexically-disadvantaged teenager to leave the nest.  He enlisted in the military and joined the Army Special Forces so he could wear a cool beatnik Green Beret.  Long before Anthony Bourdain made dining on spiders and snakes trendy, Larry sampled such delicacies at jungle, desert and mountain garden spots around the world as part of a Special Forces “A-Team.”  Trading the tropical jungle for an urban one, he put his knack for negotiating with warring tribes to good use by launching his hospitality career in San Francisco’s Tenderloin District. Larry found the ups and downs of the entrepreneurial roller-coaster even MORE fun than jumping out of airplanes, and followed his own motto that “Easy Ain’t Exciting”, and launched his own hotel company in 2001 in the face of a national recession, the dot.com bomb, and the tragic events of 9-11. A decade later (with lots of shiny industry & national awards (including Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year, and NaVOBA’s Vetrepreneur of the Year) to show off), Larry has leveraged his unique leadership and team-building talents to build BroughtonHotels.com and BROUGHTONadvisory.com.
Dr. Bill Cloke, Relationship Specialist
Author of Happy Together, Dr. Cloke has been an innovative and successful couples’ therapist in Los Angeles for over thirty years.  He has been helping couples create lasting connection, commit-ment, and intimacy by learning essential relationship skills.  In addition to couples therapy, Dr. Cloke specializes in treating depression, self-esteem issues, shame, anxiety and anger.  He is a diplomat for the American Association of Psychotherapists and a clinical member of the California Association of Marriage and Family Counselors.

Dr. Pamela Elfenbaum, Ph.D.
Dr. Elfenbaum received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from USC, her Masters in Public Health from UCLA, and her B.A. in Psychology from UC Berkeley. Dr. Elfenbaum also received specialized training in Mind/Body Medicine at Harvard Medical School. She has extensive research and consulting experience in evidenced based practices, binge drinking and tobacco and other drug use, and health promotion and prevention programs.  Her clinical experience is wide-ranging including training at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center. Dr. Elfenbaum uses a CBT focus and specializes in treatment of adults with anxiety and mood disorders, couples/relationships, stress management (e.g. sleep, work or family life distress, work/life balance) and mind/body medicine.

Sue Lynch, RYT, There & Back AgainAs an attorney and an officer in the Judge Advocate General Corp (JAG) in the U.S. Army Reserves, Sue experienced the effects of PTSD after returning from the Gulf War in 1991. Yoga was instrumental in her recovery from PTSD and her ability to handle a second deployment to Kosovo in 2005. Sue is the founder of There and Back Again, a Boston-based non-profit which to provides healing services for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan.
Mrs JonesMary S. Jones, Esq.
Mary S. Jones is an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with over thirty years of experience. She spent fifteen of those years as in-house counsel for three different Fortune 100 companies handling a wide variety of corporate and business law matters, including securities, mergers and acquisitions, litigation, labor/employment and construction. She has been active with the American Arbitration Association since 1981 when she began serving on the AAA Commercial Panel. In 1994, Ms. Jones became a full time neutral and she has arbitrated and/or mediated over 500 cases.

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