Contemplative Collaborative Founding Members


Bonnie Shoultz

Founding Director of The Contemplative Collaborative; Buddhist Chaplain

Phone: 315.492.9773

Bonnie Shoultz is the Buddhist Chaplain at Syracuse University. Coming from The Zen Center of Syracuse, she has coordinated and helped run the on-campus sitting meditations located in Hendricks Chapel for many years. Bonnie originally worked for SU's Center on Human Policy beginning in 1996, but, after retiring in 2005, she rejoined Syracuse University as the Buddhist Chaplain. 

Her work, in addition to leading and coordinating sitting meditations, focuses on developing health and wellness initiatives at Syracuse University. Bonnie's leadership, vision, and initiative have helped to create the Contemplative Collaborative, a group that gives Syracuse students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to integrate conteplative practice into their daily lives.

Dr. Diane Grimes

Director of The Contemplative Collaborative; Associate Professor of Communication

Phone: 315.443.5136

Diane Grimes (Ph.D. Purdue, 1996) is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. Interested in the relationship between mindfulness and communication theory, she teaches courses on Mindful Communication Skills, Mindful Communication Theory and a contemplative version of Communication and Organizational Diversity. Trained in critical organizational communication, her research includes work on race (including whiteness) and gender in relation to communication, identity, change, and power in organizations. In 2014, she developed and presented (with three others) a workshop on Contemplative Pedagogy at the National Communication Association conference. She leads meditation for the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group. She is President of the Contemplative Collaborative. 

Rachel Razza

Associate Director of The Contermplative Collaborative; Associate Professor of Child and Family Studies

Phone: 315.443.7377

Rachel Razza, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University. She earned her doctorate in human development and family studies from Pennsylvania State University and completed postdoctoral work at the National Center for Children and Families, Teachers College, Columbia University. Her research focuses on self-regulation in children and youth; current projects highlight mindfulness as an intervention strategy to enhance these skills. She teaches courses on child development and developmental theory, serves as the coordinator for the Mindfulness and Contemplative Studies minor, and is a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Dr. Joshua Felver

Associate Director of The Contemplative Collaborative; Assistant Professor of School Psychology


Joshua Felver, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of School Psychology at Syracuse University. He completed his postdoctoral fellowship in school-based day treatment at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University, his pre-doctoral internship in child clinical and pediatric psychology at Boston Children’s Hospital-Harvard Medical School, and his doctorate in school psychology and master’s in special education at the University of Oregon. His research focuses on the development and implementation of targeted interventions to promote self-regulation in community and school settings, with special focus on mindfulness-based interventions. He studies how mindfulness interventions can be implemented in public school settings with students and teachers to support academic functioning and classroom behavior. He also researches the utility of mindfulness programming for families, exploring the effects to children’s attentional-regulation, parent-child communication, and parent emotional-regulation. He is interested in incorporating psychophysiological and direct behavioral observation methodologies into his applied research initiatives. His clinical interests include working with youth with psychiatric disabilities in school settings and incorporating mindfulness training into clinical practice, operating from an ecological-behavioral theoretical orientation. His teaching interests include engaging student learning through applied research, practicum, and service learning experiences. He is also the Vice President of the Contemplative Collaborative.

Patrick W. Berry

Assistant Professor of Writing and Rhetoric, and Director of TA Education Writing

Phone: 315.443.1912

Patrick W. Berry is an assistant professor of writing and rhetoric at Syracuse University. His research on literacy narratives, digital media and production, and community outreach includes the award-winning born-digital Transnational Literate Lives in Digital Times (2012, with Gail E. Hawisher and Cynthia L. Selfe). He is interested in how mindfulness and contemplative practices can enrich learning and has led symposia and workshops exploring listening as an often-overlooked practice in the teaching of writing. Originally from New York City, he completed an MA in literature at Brooklyn College while working in magazine publishing before turning to his chosen field of Writing Studies. He is currently completing the manuscript for a book, Beyond Hope: Literacy, Mobility, and Possibility in an Age of Mass Incarceration.

Matthew Russell

Phone: 315.510.9089

Matt Russell first began practicing yoga, sitting meditation, and energy-work practice whiles studying English Literature and Computer Science at Hamilton College. During college, he began to attend intensive meditation retreats at The Zen Center of Syracuse, and, after graduating from Hamilton, his love of practice led him to move to Dai Bosatsu Zendo, a Zen Monastery in the Catskill Mountains. During his time there, his Yoga practice intensified, and in the Spring of 2014 became a certified Hatha Yoga teacher with Lex Gillan of the Yoga Institute in Houston, TX. In addition, he started to formally practice Reiki, a healing energy practice; he was certified as a Komyo Reiki Shihan by Hyakuten Inamoto Sensei in the Summer of 2015. He is also an avid practitioner Taoist healing energy work (i.e. inner smile). He currentlymanages the website for the Contemplative Collaborative. 

David J. Wolken

Graduate Student Representative for The Contemplative Collaborative; PhD student and University Graduate Fellow in the Cultural Foundations of Education department in the School of Education


David J. Wolken is a PhD student and University Graduate Fellow in the Cultural Foundations of Education department in the School of Education. His main areas of study include the philosophy and history of higher education. In particular, he is interested in the question of the postsecular university, philosophy as a way of life, contemplative pedagogy/inquiry, interfaith dialogue and action, and social justice education. Having previously studied music performance at Northern Illinois University, psychology at the University of Northern Colorado, and the philosophy of religion at Denver Seminary, David is conducting his doctoral research from a substantive inter- and multi-disciplinary basis. He is a former associate editor of The SoJo Journal: Educational Foundations and Social Justice Education, teaches in the Cultural Foundations of Education program at SU, and is a member of the Association for Contemplative Mind in Higher Education.

Anne C. Bellows

Professor and Graduate Program Director of Food Studies

Phone: 315.443.4228
Anne C. Bellows is Professor and Graduate Program Director of Food Studies in the Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition at Syracuse University (US) where she began in 2013 after chairing the Department of Gender and Nutrition, Faculty of Agriculture, at the University of Hohenheim (Germany) since 2007. A geographer and planner by training, her work focuses on food and nutrition systems and economies, generally, and specifically, on curricular development, research, and collaborative advocacy to support the growing field of human rights and the right to adequate food and nutrition

Dessa Bergen-Cico, Ph.D., CHES, CAS Fullbright Scholar

Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders; Associate Professor Department of Public Health, Syracuse University

Dessa Bergen-Cico, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Public Health, and teaches in the Addiction Studies, Trauma Studies, and Neuroscience programs at Syracuse University. She holds a Research Appointment at the Syracuse Veterans Administration Medical Center, is a Fulbright Scholar, Fellow of the American Academy of Health Care Providers in the Addictive Disorders and a Certified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Teacher. Her areas of teaching and research focus on: a.) alcohol, other drugs, and addictive behaviors; b.) traumatic stress, c.) the impact of urban violence on health, and d.) the use of mindfulness-based practices for health promotion and prevention and recovery from trauma and addiction. She is the author of more than 30 scholarly publications, including the book “War and Drugs: The Role of Military Conflict in the Development of Substance Abuse.” Dr. Bergen-Cico was selected as a Rotary Peace Fellow for 2017.

Kristy Buzard

Assistant Professor of Economics

Phone: 315.443.4079

Kristy Buzard teaches game theory and international economics at the undergraduate level and microeconomic theory at the graduate level. Her current research focuses on the formation and maintenance of international trade agreements. She is particularly interested in the impact of international institutions, government structure and domestic political pressure on the possibilities for cooperation on trade and related issues.

Dr. Alice Sterling Honing

Professor Emerita of Child Development

Phone: 315.443.4296

Dr. Alice Sterling Honig, in addition to teaching for over 45 years, has authored or edited more than a dozen books and more than 600 articles and chapters. Among her books are: "Playtime learning games for young children" (SU Press); "Talking with your baby: Family as the first school" (with H. Brophy) (SU Press); "Risk factors in infancy" (Gordon & Breach Press); "Behavior guidance for infants and toddlers" (SECA Press) ; "Secure relationships: Nurturing infant/toddler attachment in childcare setting" (NAEYC Publications); & "Little kids, big worries: stress-busting tips for early childhood classrooms" (Brookes publishers). Her most recent books are:  “The best for babies: Expert advice for assessing infant/toddler programs” (Gryphon House Press), and “Experiencing nature with young children: Awakening delight, curiosity, and a sense of stewardship” (NAEYC ). She has written and narrated a video "Nurturing young children’s language power" (Davidson Films). Dr. Honig presents training sessions and delivers keynote addresses to promote high quality childcare all over the United States and in several other countries, including South Korea, Singapore, France, China, and Australia and for  United states Army  childcare centers in Germany. For over a decade, Dr. Honig (with a lawyer as co-leader) conducted workshops for The Onondaga County Mental Health Association for parents with divorce and child custody issues. As a licensed New York State Psychologist, she carries out assessments of infants, preschoolers and school-age child cognitive and emotional development as well as helping families with problems. For over 37 years, Dr. Honig served annually at SU as the Director of the National Quality Infant/toddler Care-giving Workshop held in the spring. She contributed regularly as a columnist for "Scholastic Parent and Child" and "Scholastic Early Education today" as well as for the Scholastic Website for parents. Dr. Honig for over 35 years has been the North American Editor for the British journal "Early Child Development and Care", She serves on the Editorial Board of the National Head Start NHSA Dialog Journal and of the journal “PsycCritiques”. She has also served on the editorial board of "Child Development," the official journal of the Society for Research in Child Development. In 2013, Dr. Honig was honored by being asked to present a plaque in her name to an outstanding Chinese pediatrician as well as to train childcare providers in Beijing to work with parents and young children.

Tracey Musarra Marchese, MSW, LCSW-R

Professor of Practice, School of Social Work

Phone: 315.443.4879

Tracey Musarra Marchese received her Master of Social Work (MSW) degree from Rutgers University in 1993.  She is currently a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in both NY and NJ.  During her 22 years of experience, Tracey has worked in various health and mental health settings, as well as in private practice.  She has developed expertise in the areas of trauma, dissociation, and mind-body wellness.  Tracey is an EMDR Certified Therapist and an EMDRIA Approved EMDR Consultant and Trainer, is a certified Perinatal Bereavement Counselor and a certified Prepare/Enrich Counselor, and has advanced training in Evolving Thought Field Therapy (EvTFT).   She is currently a Professor of Practice in the School of Social Work at Syracuse University, she holds a clinical faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry at Upstate University Medical Center, and she has a private practice in Syracuse.

Lisa Tedeschi

Internship Coordinator for the Department of Marriage and Family Therapy

Phone: 315.443.5917

Lisa Tedeschi, MA, LMFT is a NY licensed psychotherapist in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and maintains an international certification in Attachment Focused Family Therapist from the Attachment-Focused Treatment Institute. She is also credentialed as a Clinical Fellow and Approved Supervisor with the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT). Lisa currently instructs and supervises Marriage and Family Therapy graduate students and coordinates clinical internship placements at Syracuse University. Lisa teaches in the areas of ethics, legal issues, professional development and spirituality as they relate to the practice of psychotherapy. Lisa provides ongoing consultation and training for community mental health clinicians who work with children who have experienced complex trauma, or who are adjusting to caregiver disruptions. She received her undergraduate training in Human Development -Individual and Family Studies at the Pennsylvania State University, and her graduate degrees in Religion at Yale University and Human Development – Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Connecticut. Lisa has been the chief executive for community-based non-profits in Maine and Connecticut, and has trained and consulted at the local, state and national levels for more than twenty years. She is also the former President of the Central NY Chapter of the New York Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (CNYAMFT) and serves on the national Ethics Committee for the AAMFT.

Diane Wiener

Director, Disability Cultural Center

Phone: 315.443.4486

Dr. Diane R. Wiener has published widely in a variety of subjects related to diversity, social justice, inclusion, pedagogy, and empowerment, with attention paid in particular to interdisciplinarity (including feminist and queer media studies, sociolinguistic and medical anthropology, critical theory), cross-disabilities perspectives, and the Mad Pride movement.  Diane holds a Ph.D. (U. Arizona, 2005: Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies), an M.S.W. (Yeshiva University, 1989), and a B.S. (Rutgers University, 1987), as well as a Postgraduate Certificate in Medical Anthropology (U. Arizona, 2005).  She is licensed as an L.M.S.W. in New York State.  Diane joined the Syracuse University Division of Student Affairs as the Director of the Disability Cultural Center in the fall of 2011, after being a full-time faculty member at Binghamton University, and having worked in the social services, education, and mental health activist fields on the east coast and in the southwest for many years.  Diane self-identifies as an educator, administrator, social worker, advocate, poet, and artist, among other roles.  She has longstanding commitments to mindfulness, interfaith and secular contemplation, humanism, and exegesis.  Diane, a pantheist and animist with a Jewish cultural identity, is currently a member of a Central New York sangha that practices in the tradition of Thích Nhất Hạnh.