Betty McGuire was born in Omaha, NE and through her heartland upbringing developed a love of nature, a desire to travel and a devotion to the environment. In 2010 she traveled to India to participate in tree-planting project in an intentional community in Auroville named Sadhana Forest. After completing her undergraduate degree at UNL for Environmental Studies, Betty spent 6 months backpacking through Southeast Asia where she completed a 10-day Vipassana retreat and three months living in a yoga and meditation retreat center where she began to learn about wholistic healing through somatic therapies. Upon her return home, she enrolled at Universal College of Healing Arts in Omaha and completed a 1000 hour massage therapy diploma program in 2013. Since, she has worked as a licensed massage therapist in Nebraska and Iowa; most recently providing massage therapy treatments for hospice patients. In Nov 2017 Betty completed a 200 hr yoga teacher training with Sadhana Yoga School based out of New Hampshire.
Betty is currently enrolled at Creighton University and studying a Master of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching. Throughout summer 2018 she is training at a local yoga studio to complete a meditation certification and working with Creighton in the Omaha community providing financial coaching for single mothers. In her free time Betty enjoys reading, painting watercolors or snapping photos, spending quality time with family and friends, taking her cat Sophie on walks and bike rides, comedy, birdwatching and practicing yoga/meditation. Betty is excited to support and contribute to Phileena and Chris’ work and is passionate about Gravity’s mission. She will deeply enrich our ability to nourish people as they do good work in the world.
Melanie Kim is a joyful optimist and a lifelong learner. She is passionate about healing and bringing restoration to broken places and people.
During college, Melanie found herself inspired by Jesuit contemplative practices and liberation theology. She spent time learning about the Enneagram and its effects on embodied learning, while also examining her ethnic identity and finding beauty in her own story. After serving refugees through an urban service program in St. Louis, MO, she was inspired to do research in Omaha on segregation and social capital among refugees.
Melanie graduated from Creighton University with a B.A. in Medical Anthropology. She spent two years working, splitting her time between medical scribing in a primary care clinic and doing ministry with college sorority and fraternity students. During that time, she discerned a call to pursue a vocation as a physician, and is currently working on applications for medical school.
Regular contemplative practice has allowed Melanie to experience freedom in her faith, work, and play. After attending the Spring Deepening Retreat, she started practicing centering prayer and tries to integrate the practice into her routine. She also enjoys lifting, running, yoga, music, travel, and new pescatarian foodie finds!
As the Operations Manager, Melanie brought energy and productivity to our office. She is thrilled to be a part of the Gravity family and has loved learning from our friends through her calls, emails, and interactions with them.
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Victoria Rosales is a Holistic Narrative Therapist and Natural Health Consultant who is passionate about the healing power of Story. She believes an accurate and honest telling of our story is necessary to the understanding and acceptance of truth, and that truth, once known, lends way to healing, liberation and redemption.
As a therapist she empowers clients to re-author their stories in ways more conducive to personal well-being. In giving clients a safe space to talk about difficult experiences which they may have avoided in the past, Victoria provides opportunities for making sense of those difficult experiences and integrating them into their evolving sense of self, allowing for transformation that sustains and supports us as we grow.
As a consultant, Victoria partners with organizations across the globe through contemplative activism, incorporating her understanding of the necessity of contemplative postures for individual and communal health and wellness goals. She leads Meditation Retreats, Creativity Workshops and offers Vision Casting & Dream Actualization support in an effort to invite individuals and communities to a life of health and wholeness. She believes in a safe setting fostered by creativity, honesty and integrity so the human spirit can thrive and awaken to its true nature: one of wholeness, fortitude and purpose.
Though her work often takes her abroad, Victoria is proud to call Grand Rapids, Michigan home.
Victoria is a creative, a storyteller, a sister and an advocate of individuality. She actively seeks to live life openly and honestly, to communicate creatively and genuinely, to listen compassionately, to move intentionally, to love earnestly and to live fully.
Anahi Salazar Angulo is a professional educator and perceptive listener. Her heart and soul resonate in seeing people recognize their unique gifts to the world.
At the age of 5, Anahi immigrated from Mexico and transitioned to a new home and culture. It’s this unique life experience that helped Anahi develop a passion for teaching children. She finds hope in children; in seeing them thrive and achieve their goals. It’s a joy for Anahi to help young people contribute to their communities and realize their divine self-worth, potential, and identity.
After teaching in the public school system Anahi found that contemplative activism can be life giving, and at times essential. The gift of contemplative practice not only impacts one person but an entire community.
Anahi’s participation in Gravity’s inaugural Asia Solidarity Pilgrimage and Grounding Retreat solidified her commitment to doing good better. Her commitment to integrating contemplation and action soon brought her to serve on staff with Gravity.
Anahi served one year as Gravity’s first Operations Manager, prior to returning to full-time studies for her masters degree. She now works part-time as the Logistics Coordinator, supporting various administration details that go into running a nonprofit. She brings order, organization, and excellence to Gravity’s systems, increasing our productivity and improving our programs and services.
Angela Griner has worked in the field of education for nearly 20 years with a focus on ways educators can better serve children and families that have been historically underserved by education policy and institutional practices in the U.S.
She earned her MA in Reading Education from the University of South Florida and a Doctorate specializing in Urban and Multicultural Education from the University of Central Florida. She currently works as faculty in the Education Department at Rollins College in Orlando, Florida and serves as an education and research consultant for various schools and organizations.
Contemplative practice has been an important component of her vocation and has set the framework for an integrated life as an educator, friend, musician, wife and mother of two young boys.
Angela’s acumen for research enables Gravity to evaluate its programs and services and pivot in ways that best serve its clients and partners. With extraordinary thoroughness and precision, Angela’s research keeps Gravity accountable to its vision and mission for helping people integrate contemplation with their very active lives.
Nikole Lim is a speaker, educator and consultant on leveraging dignity through the restorative art of storytelling.
From documenting a widow with leprosy in the jungles of Vietnam, to providing scholarships for survivors of sexual violence in Zambia, furthering social justice through the arts has been a vital part of Nikole’s vocational journey. By using film and photography, Nikole shifts paradigms on how stories are told by platforming voices of the oppressed—sharing stories of immense beauty arising out of seemingly broken situations.
Nikole is the Co-Founder and International Director of Freely in Hope, a nonprofit organization seeking to restore dignity with survivors of sexual violence by providing educational opportunities and platforms for women to fulfill their dreams. Freely in Hope operates in Kenya and Zambia providing psychological counseling, health care and high school and university scholarships for young women who desire to impact global communities through their rewritten stories. Freely in Hope exists to equip survivors and advocates to lead in ending the cycle of sexual violence.
Nikole is in the Lausanne Movement and Red Letter Christians network. She consults regularly with international organizations including The Salvation Army, International Justice Mission and Hope International; has spoken at UN Women, Catalyst, the !deation Conference and speaks and teaches workshops at universities across the country. Nikole graduated with a degree in Film Production from Loyola Marymount University and is currently pursuing a masters in Global Leadership from Fuller Theological Seminary. She is a native of the Bay Area and can often be found in Los Angeles. Her heart beats for young women whose voices are silenced by oppression and desires to see every person realize the transformative power of their own story.