Leadership Team


Board of Directors

Phoebe Manalang



Board Chair

From a young age, Phoebe was intrigued by the balance of spiritual, physical, and psychological health. It was this passion that fueled her pursuit for degrees and certifications in naturopathy, herbalism, nutritional counseling, quantum nutrition, as well as respiratory conditioning, and fitness management. As the founder of Daywaneti she has synthesized this accumulated knowledge and spent over 30 years in organizational and individual holistic health transformation. Her curiosity blossomed into a lifelong drive and passion for optimal health and wellness including its applications specifically within change management. In her journey towards her PhD in Applied Psychophysiology, she focused more intensely on the interplay of neuroanatomy, spirituality, psychology, and philosophy in personal development and transition.

Haley Fox


Research & Education
Committee Chair

Dr. Fox has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and Board certifications in art therapy and music therapy. She brings over 30 years’ experience as a clinician, supervisor and professor to her role as Chair of the NHRDI Research and Education Committee. She has served on many dissertation committees, and her own research has been published in a peer-reviewed journal. A faculty role with the New Human University focuses on teaching about Types in integral theory, through the lens of personality (the Enneagram). Dr. Fox completed the Praxis Alethia program in 2022 and launched her private practice, Art | Wellness | Enlightenment (AWE) in 2021. Other professional interests include archetypal psychology; consciousness studies; art-based approaches to treatment, supervision and research; psychedelic-assisted therapies; and ancient artifacts.

Maurits van Sambeek



Engagement & Benevolence
Committee Chair

Maurits is a metaphysician, author, leadership counselor, and founder of The Omnibenevolence Council. His deep studies in philosophy, world religions and spiritual traditions has allowed him to become a trusted advisor for clients in different sectors and industries such as health care, personal growth, professional development, and philanthropy. Maurits is known for creating omnidimensional Mind Maps that unlock the hidden potential of leaders to realize their vision. This creates a paradigm shift from work-life balance to fulfilling life work benevolence in a transformational corporate culture. His purpose is to elicit, enhance, and advance higher forms of wisdom for the benefit of humankind.

Sue Worden


Secretary &
Membership Committee Chair

Sue is a facilitator of growth. She has helped thousands of people during her professional life, having transitioned from her earlier career as a mental health therapist to an executive and career coach. Not only has she started and run several of her own small businesses, she has guided other endeavors from startup to flourishing. Sue has worked in a variety of environments including higher education, medical centers, community agencies, and private enterprises. Her interest in spiritual and personal development began in adolescence and she has devoted her life to her own spiritual and personal growth. Sue earned her Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology.

Advisory Council



Dr. Jerry R. DeVore, is a clinical psychologist, licensed in the State of Washington. He completed his PhD in psychology at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo. Dr. DeVore’s career includes 20 years of federal service with 11 years of active duty. He is now in private practice as a BCIA certified practitioner offering general biofeedback, neurofeedback, hypnosis, and EMDR. Dr. DeVore is a Diplomate of the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Psychology, a consultant in the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and a Level II EMDR practitioner. Clinically, Dr. DeVore is fascinated with the ways in which biofeedback, neurofeedback and hypnosis can foster health recovery and health resilience. He is also fascinated with the psychophysiology of altered states of consciousness such as hypnosis and he regularly presents in the area of experiential spirituality.



Dr. Zappaterra obtained his MD and PhD degrees from Harvard Medical School. He completed his PhD doing work with neuronal stem cells and the effects of the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in brain development and is published in numerous scientific articles on the CSF. He is board certified in Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation (PM&R) and completed his residency at the UCLA VA Greater Los Angeles Healthcare System, where he also served as Chief Resident and is currently a staff physician. Dr. Zappaterra is the Director of Regenerative Medicine and Clinical Research at Synovation Medical Group focusing on optimizing human performance and decreasing suffering. He is co-creator and co-host of The PM&R podcast, an independent project aimed at providing informational interviews with authorities in the field.



Dr. Giron earned his PhD in experimental elementary particle physics and has completed the core curriculum for a master’s degree in counseling psychology. He currently is Director of Education for the New Human University where he trains Facilitators, instructs classes in physics and applied metaphysics and leads Workshops. Before that he was a Mastery Certified Higher Brain Living® Facilitator, owned and operated a successful HBL practice in New York City, and was director of the Source Code Meditation headquarters. He has served as an adjunct professor of physics, and as a science advisor in a law firm and currently lives in Chicago.



Roman has a Master of Arts in Theological Anthropology and Value Orientation in Business and Education and is currently in a PhD program at Ubiquity University. He conducts research and documents the intersection of higher brain activation and vertical stage development. Over the years Roman has specialized in the philosophy, psychology, neuroanatomy, and social sciences of adult development. With completion of his model of homeostatic hierarchical integration through communicative action, over ten years he has created a framework that can both explain and measure conscious growth through grammatical analysis. He lives in Bavaria, Germany and has been involved with Buddhist meditation for almost a decade and considers himself as an atheistic trinitarian mystic in the tradition of the Christian church fathers.



Executive Director

Dr. Halvorson is an innovator and community entrepreneur with experience in the private, public and non-profit sectors as a strategic planner and turnaround professional. He is a cofounder and former director of two non-profit organizations and received his PhD in Economics and Political Economy from The American University in Washington, DC. His focus is to listen, observe, and apply holistic and systemic approaches to address complex social challenges designed to improve quality of life. Dr. Halvorson also has over 30 years as a trainer in leadership, transformational, and human development programs working with over 3,000 people. His personal mission is to explore and experience new ways to live, work and play together that are accessible, inclusive, and sustainable.


Virtual Assistant

Felipe is a 2022 Praxis Aletheia graduate and practitioner of the New Human University. He is a former English teacher at Federico Santa María University in Santiago, Chile and currently serves as a virtual assistant to NHRDI providing technical and marketing support. His skills include organizational management, teaching methodologies, graphic design, social media and online technologies. Felipe is bilingual in Spanish and English and is a curious, independent learner. Currently, he is focusing on mastering and maintaining a series of online apps to advance the mission of NHRDI. Some of his interests include meditation, introspection, traveling, reading and cultural exploration.

Founding Members

Initially founded by Michael Cotton, DC, and Alison Ooms, an additional 36 people or organizations have contributed time and money to support the formation of the New Human Research & Development Institute:

Adriana Brito, Ana Cristina Mora, Aram Mesina, Bernau Family Foundation, Cyndi García, David Pérez, Dillon James, Donna Briggs, Erin Montealegre, Frank Boppel, George Larsen,* Haley Fox,* Julie-Ann Zilavy, Kent Johnson, Linda Pitsoulis, Margaret VanEpps, Marty Clemons,* Maurits van Sambeek,* Melissa Faith, Michelle Hartman, Mónica Hernández, Nancy Montgomery, Mauro Zappaterra,* Paul Halvorson,* Phoebe Manalang,* Risa Rae, Ruth Bernau, Roman Angerer,* Sally Bishop, Sophia Thu Pham, Steven Giron, Sue Worden,* Tamika Guiton, Teree Harrison, Vicki Davis, and Wanda Solas.

*Current or former NHRDI Board Member or staff.

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