Board of Directors

Berkana’s Board has always been eagerly involved in the work of the Institute, participating in events, Learning Journeys, and befriending those who participate in our offerings. Since the Warriors for the Human Spirit initiatives began in 2015, our Board is composed of those who’ve participated in Warrior Training. Their fields of expertise are quite diverse but they have each used their power and influence in the same way: Their leadership evokes peoples’ creativity and contribution, inspiring individuals and communities to work together for what they most care about. For their dedicated and edge-walking work, each has been recognized in their fields for their contributions and service.

Kathy Solberg, Board Chair

Kathy Solberg is the CEO and Chief Community Builder for CommonUnity. She is a Community Weaver and considers both the weaving of people and fiber to be the work that brings her the greatest joy in the world. She is an experienced Executive Director with a demonstrated history of working to empower others through professional leadership development, civic engagement, and a deeper understanding of racial equity as the lens to do that work. She is skilled in Human Systems, Collective Governance, Social Innovation, Philanthropy, Management, Nonprofit Management, Organizational Development, and Creative Problem Solving.

She empowers others to be their best self, utilize their strengths, and make a difference in their own lives and their communities. Her work has revolved around the idea that whatever the problem, community IS the answer.

Devon Tayler

Devon Tayler is grateful to live, work, and play on the lands of the signatory Nations of Treaty 6 (1876). A career social worker, Devon’s work has been on the front lines of human distress. Her consulting practice focused on suicide and disaster/humanitarian emergencies. For more than 20 years this work took her around the world into the face of humanity’s sorrow. In those experiences were deep lessions about the joy found in community.

Devon closed her business 5 years ago and returned part-time to front line child protection work on a 24-hour response team. Additionally, she works with a national organization providing critical incident response to people in a variety of workplaces – from bankers to correctional officers to wild land wildfire crews.

Over the last 5 years Devon has been actively creating community in her neighborhood. Living in the heart of the city with nature at her doorstep in the form of a ravine, Devon is connected to a 150-mile network of urban forest, which offers near daily connection with the land, trees, flowing water, birds, skunks, coyotes, and porcupines.

Being an improv student and performer in an immensely creative and diverse community brings great joy in the face of the deep sorrows encountered by her work. Devon sings in a community choir that is part of the Ubuntu Choirs Network. Each season the choir moves from the joyful noise of learning new songs in the oral tradition to the extraordinary resonance of performance. Devon is combining these creative forces in the form of a musical improv class.

Fed by nature, joyful communities, and the love of a wonderful partner, Devon continues to serve where called.

In the spirit of reconciliation, I acknowledge the land on which I live, play, and work, has been home to 500 generations of indigenous people with 11,000 years of history.

Dr. Lesley Jackson

Lesley Jackson, PhD has a prominent background in psychology and higher education having served in both the divisions of Student Affairs as an administrator and university teaching posts in Academic Affairs at several institutions of higher education – including California Institute of Integral Studies and Michigan State University – teaching in Education, Transformative Studies, and Women’s Spirituality. She is currently Program Chair and founding Core Faculty for the EdD in Educational & Professional Practice at Antioch University which launched in 2020.

Her experience includes a focus in transformative pedagogy with an emphasis on tools and skills for well-being, change, develop, and as a leadership consultant. She has developed and managed programs for diverse organizations including social services, community organizations, interfaith centers, parenting and youth development organizations, women’s empowerment groups, institutions of higher education and Fortune 500 companies.

Dr. Jackson is passionate about personal growth as a means for meaningful individual and social change. A scholar-practitioner, her research interests are transdisciplinarity, transformative learning and leadership development, higher education, doctoral student support, reflective inquiry, holistic self-care, well-being and coaching, adult development, and spirituality.

Minni Jain

Minni Jain (U.K. and India) has initiated grass-root level movements in India, which is where she originally comes from and in the UK, where she now lives. Her driving force has always been to keep the focus on the search for the deeper spiritual meaning of life, to aspire to that which is higher than ourselves. Using all her abilities, her motivation is to enable a voice for the poorest of the poor, the richest of the rich, the marginalized and the dispossessed, to regain human dignity and simplicity in their lives.

For the past several years, she has been the Operations Director of the Flow Partnership (TFP) a UK based NGO working to rejuvenate landscapes and counter the increasing threat of floods and droughts through community collaboration. In partnership with communities and using their innate, local wisdom, TFP helps them build natural infrastructure which serve to slow surface rain water runoff, allowing it to filter and store, helping minimize erosion, recharge aquifers, regulate localized weather patterns and create wildlife habitat. With the increasing threat of climate change and global heating, the Flow Partnership’s work is ever-more needed. Current projects are in India, the UK. and Slovakia and the setting up of an open source global Water School where these methods of rejuvenating landscapes will be freely available.

She is also Director of the Biodynamic Land Trusta Trustee of the Agroforestry Research Trustand an Editor of the Holistic Science Journal.

Stephanie Pace Marshall

Dr. Stephanie Marshall is internationally recognized as an educational thought leader and a pioneer in STEM education and talent development. She works globally to support transformational learning and schooling and the design and creation of life-affirming learning environments that “learn as life does” -igniting and nurturing the goodness and genius within each child. She is the Founding President and President Emerita of the globally recognized Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy Founding President of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools and a president the Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development. She has held multiple leadership roles in K-12 and higher education, from teacher to Superintendent of Schools to graduate school faculty member.

As a member of the Clinton Global Foundation, she partnered with Educate International (Eduq8) and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa to guide the design and development of high-quality STEM curriculum and pedagogy for rural and Township students. For over two decades she has partnered with Toronto-based WE.org to build and equip residential secondary schools for girls and boys in the Masai Mara in Kenya. Kasarani High School for Girls graduated its first class in December 2014; two additional high schools and a college have since been built. In 2015 she created the Marshall Endowment to sustain scholarship support for students.

She has won innumerable awards and honors, authored dozens of articles and one book The Power to Transform: Leadership that Brings Learning and Schooling to Life.

Stephanie has been with Berkana since its inception in 1991, learning and growing with us and serving on the Board multiple times. Learn more at stephaniepacemarshall.com.  

Stewart Levine

Stewart Levine improves productivity while saving the enormous cost of conflict using “Agreements for Results” and “Resolutionary” conversational models. As a lawyer he realized fighting is ineffective in resolving problems. At AT&T he learned why collaborations fail: people do not create clarity about what they want to accomplish, and how they will get there. He has worked across the organizational spectrum – Fortune 500, small, government and non-profit.

Stewart is the author of several books: His “Cycle of Resolution” is included in the “Change Handbook, 2d Edition.” Getting to Resolution: Turning Conflict into Collaboration (Berrett-Koehler 1998, 2009) was an Executive Book Club Selection; Featured by Executive Book Summaries; named one of the 30 Best Business Books of1998; and called “a marvelous book” by Dr. Stephen Covey. It has been translated into Russian, Hebrew and Portuguese. The Book of Agreement (Berrett-Koehler 2003) has been endorsed by many thought leaders, called “more practical” than the classic “Getting to Yes” and named one of the best books of 2003 by CEO Refresher (www.Refresher.com). With David Coleman he wrote Collaborate 2.0 released in February 2008. In 2018 he curated and edited The Best Lawyer You Can Be: How to Maintain Physical, Mental, Emotional and Spiritual Wellbeing. He teaches communication, relationship management and conflict management skills for The American Management Association. He has been on the faculty of the University of California Berkeley Law School and Dominican University Graduate Business School. Learn more at stewartllevine.com.