Staff and Volunteers

Operations Manager

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 AurovilleIndia to participate in a tree-planting project with an intentional community, named Sadhana Forest. After completing her undergraduate degree at UNL for Environmental Studies, Betty spent six months backpacking through Southeast Asia where she completed a 10-day Vipassana retreat and three months living in a yoga and meditation retreat center in Cambodia. There she began to learn about wholistic healing through somatic therapies and meditation. 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 November 2017 Betty completed a 200 hr yoga teacher training with Sadhana Yoga School in New Hampshire, and in August 2018 she completed a meditation instructor certification from YogaNOW in Nebraska. In April 2019, she was accepted as a 2019 Dalai Lama Fellow at the Contemplative Sciences Center at University of Virginia.

Betty is currently enrolled at Creighton University and studying a Master of Science in Health and Wellness Coaching. Her approach to living and healing invites people to cultivate a rich spiritual life so that they may tend to their physical health and emotional intelligence from a space that is rooted in the care and love of the Divine. Her current position at the Gravity Center allows her to contribute to the mission to “do good better” and support others as they grow in spirituality.

Communications & Marketing Intern

Victoria RosalesVictoria 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.

Angela GrinerResearch Analyst for Special Initiatives

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.

NikoleLim-3898-600x900Graphic Design Intern

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.

Hospitality Specialist Intern

Jared Spence was born in Lakenheath, England, and grew up in the States, primarily in Nebraska. He studied journalism and public relations at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. With a wide range of gifts and skills, Jared works as a freelance writer and editor for Omaha Publications, gallery attendant at KANEKO, and receptionist at Curb Appeal Salon and Spa. His personal and professional passions include writing, wardrobe styling, editorial creative direction, and event coordinating. A longtime friend of the Gravity Center, Jared generously extends his skills to be of service in hospitality at retreats, workshops, and other functions.