The Team

 
 
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LAURIE LAZAR

c0-founder/EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/course leader

Laurie obtained certification as an authentic relating adult transformation facilitator at the Boulder Integral Center in 2014 and has since been on staff to support others through authentic relating programs. In 2017, Laurie co-facilitated a victim impact and relational and life skills program for inmates at the Boulder County Jail, and then went on to become a mentor to recently released inmates to support their transition into the community. A spark of passion was lit when she witnessed inmates responding to ART (Authentic Relating Training™) for the first time inside of a correctional system. Since then, she’s dedicated her time to expanding access to these powerful relational tools throughout the Colorado Department of Corrections for staff and inmates. As Executive Director of Authentic Relating International, she champions this work for a variety of communities that can benefit from deeper connections.

Laurie holds a BS in Business, Computer Information Systems, from Colorado State University and a Masters in Education, with an emphasis in Curriculum Development from the University of Colorado. Professionally, she spent twenty years providing high-level corporate recruiting for multinational corporations, using her authentic relating skills to connect hundreds of people with their dream careers. Heading up Business Development for ART International, and Executive Director for ARI, she champions this work for a variety of communities that can benefit from deeper connections.

 
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RYEL KESTANO

CO-FOUNDER/Board Member

Ryel is the lead designer of ART’s curriculum, develops the company’s long-range growth strategy, and is a senior course leader. Prior to co-founding ART International, Ryel oversaw all training operations at the Integral Center in Boulder, a world-renowned leader in transformational workshops. He has been a course leader, course supervisor, facilitator and coach since his own transformation several years ago. Ryel is also the co-founder and visionary behind Virtuance, one of the largest providers of real estate photography in the world, and the co-founder and visionary behind Pink Mammoth, one of the Bay Area’s largest and most successful creative arts collectives. Ryel has four very authentic kids and lives in Boulder.
 

 
 
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JAHMAYA KESSLER

Course Leader/Board Member

Jahmaya leads our jails and prisons courses and leverages his experience and expertise in guiding the program to reach facilities around the country. In 2013 he earned an MA in Counseling Psychology, and began working as a program coordinator for the Boulder County’s Jail Education and Transition (JET) Program. During this time he helped over a thousand inmate clients address criminogenic factors holding them back, transform themselves, and offer support in their transitions into the community. He has facilitated hundreds of groups on topics such as: Mindfulness, Trauma, Attachment, Healthy Relationships, Emotional Intelligence, Neuroplasticity, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and Cognitive Behavioral Interventions, and Authentic Relating. His most recent contribution to this work is as a speaker at TEDxCU April 21st, 2018 on the topic of “Humanity in Hard Places: The Value of Compassionate Incarceration.” In the last year, Jahmaya has become incredibly passionate about the Authentic Relating work and helped to plant it into the jail.  The overwhelming success of it led him to want to dedicate himself to making sure that this work can spread to other facilities and is made accessible to as many people as possible.