Advisory Panel

In September 2010, the TKF Foundation brought together an outstanding group of researchers and professionals from the fields of social, ecological and medical science, urban planning, landscape design, conservation, and community change for a rich conversation about the potential of Open Spaces Sacred Places to change human lives and the way we experience the cities we inhabit. As TKF prepares to launch a new national grants initiative to spend out the assets of the foundation, the Foundation convened this National Advisory Panel to provide critical input and advice on conceptualizing the grant program and structuring the call for proposals in order to maximize impact.



Jackie Carerra – President and CEO, Parks and People Foundation
Baltimore, MD

Param Dedhia, MD – Integrative Health Practitioner, Canyon Ranch
Tucson, AZ

Peter Forbes – Founder, Center for Whole Communitie
Mad River, VT

Alex Felson, PhD – Associate Professor, Yale University, School of
Forestry and School of Landscape Architecture
New Haven, CT

Garry Meus – Landscape Architect and Urban Planner, Washington
Parks & People
Washington, DC

Akiima Price – Chief of Education, New York Restoration Project
New York, NY

Christina Puchalski, MD – Executive Director, George Washington
Institute for Spirituality and Health
Washington, DC

Esther Sternberg, MD – Chief of Neuroendocrine Immunology and
Behavior, National Institute of Mental Health
Bethesda, MD

Tom Stoner – President and CEO, TKF Foundation
Annapolis, MD

Christine Tanabe – Director of Communications, TKF Foundation
Annapolis, MD

Margaret Walls – Thomas Klutznick Senior Fellow, Resources for the
Washington, DC

Kathleen Wolf, PhD – Research Social Scientist, College of the
Environment, University of Washington
Seattle, WA

Mary Wyatt – Executive Director, TKF Foundation
Annapolis, MD

Beth Tuttle – Facilitator, Managing Director, METStrategies, LLC
Alexandria, VA

Janine Underhill – Graphic Recording, Idea-360
Denver, CO

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