About: Leadership

William Albrecht

William is a member of the Board of Directors. He earned a Bachelor of Arts, with a focus on outdoor education, at the California Institute of Integral Studies. He was trained as a Waldorf school teacher at Rudolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks and has worked as an outdoor educator for Greenwood School in Marin and Connolly Ranch in Napa. He is certified as a massage therapist through Esalen Institute and Harbin School of Massage. He maintains a private massage practice in Napa. William has worked as a volunteer bringing medical and sanitary infrastructure improvements to Burmese refugees in Northern Thailand.

Mark Peters

Mark is the Secretary of Buds to Blossoms and a member of the Board of Directors. He has been active in a wide variety of service projects in South Asia, including providing earthquake relief in Kashmir and working with street children, orphaned and disabled children and acid attack survivors in India. Mark co-founded Friends Without Borders and collected and delivered tens of thousands of friendship letters Indian children wrote to Pakistani children. As part of this project he designed the World's Largest Love Letter, written from the children of India to the children of Pakistan.

Tamie Kikuchi

Tamie has co-led the Buds to Blossoms Pediatric Massage Volunteer Program since 2013 and is Buds to Blossoms' Marketing Director. She co-founded Buds to Blossoms' volunteer programs in Nepal and Vietnam. Tamie has been a practitioner of infant massage and pediatric massage since 2012 and has four years of experience as an early childhood educator. Her background includes volunteer massage work with infants living in institutions in Japan.

Leslie May

Les is the founder and President of Buds to Blossoms. He has co-led the Buds to Blossoms Pediatric Massage Volunteer Program since 2011. His background includes massage work with people with AIDS at the end of life and survivors of acid attacks. Les is a Certified Educator of Infant Massage through Infant Massage USA, a Certified Infant Massage Instructor through the International Association of Infant Massage, a Certified Pediatric Massage Practitioner through Gentle Massage for Children, and a Certified Pediatric Massage Therapist through Liddle Kidz Foundation. He holds a certification as an Esalen Massage Practitioner through Esalen Institute where he worked as a member of the Esalen Massage Crew from 2006 to 2015. Les is a Certified Massage Therapist holding certificate #63809 through the California Massage Therapy Council. He is the producer and editor of the first edition of the Deep Bodywork DVD series. Les founded and served for four years as the director of the Kizuna Baby volunteer program through which volunteers are recruited and trained to provide massage to babies living in institutions in their own communities in several cities in Japan. He now works with Kizuna Baby in an advisory capacity.

Kristen Morgan

Kristen is a member of the Board of Directors. She has worked in the non-profit sector for over 10 years in various capacities. Kristen began her career as Assistant to the Executive Director/Founder of Civil Society, which provides free legal services to victims of crime. In that position the focus of her work was on immigration law and intervention in extortion and sex trafficking. She helped manage nine grants to support funding for these services. Kristen obtained her B.A. in Communication from the University of Arkansas and her M.A. in Addiction Studies from Hazelden's Graduate School in Minnesota. She is a CTI trained life coach. While at the University of Arkansas she was an active member of Alpha Phi Omega, a national service fraternity. Kristen is both a Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor and a Certified Addiction Professional. She worked as a primary therapist at Hazelden's Center for Youth and Families and currently works at Caron Renaissance in Boca Raton, Florida.

Claire Tierney

Claire has worked as a Remedial Massage Therapist for over twenty-five years and as an Iyengar Yoga Teacher for over twenty Years. She owns and manages a yoga school in Queensland, Australia. Claire first participated in the Buds to Blossoms Pediatric Massage Volunteer Program in Vietnam in 2016 and in Nepal in 2017. She joined Buds to Blossoms' leadership team in 2018 and has co-led its volunteer program in Nepal since 2019.

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