Mark R. Jones, Ph.D., President
Chief Executive Officer, The Sunyata Group Leadership Innovation of Sunyata (Lios)
Mark R. Jones is an educator, researcher, and senior executive leader with over 35 years of entrepreneurial and entrepreneurial experience. He has led the Sunyata Group for-profit and non-profit entities since 2004, hosting and participating in “collaboratory educational, operational, and research projects to address extinction-level issues and high-leverage/impact problems such as social and environmental collapse and spiritual crisis (https://www.sunyatagroup.ws/tiki-index.php). His focus is the development of enlightened communities (Bodhisangha) as resilient high-performance communities (Beloved Communities) to heal and sustain all aspects of the world (tikkun olam). . Jones has over 28 years of leadership experience in corporate, non-profit, elected, and appointed positions, including over 5 years at the executive level. He is responsible for over a billion dollars in cost savings, cost avoidance, and revenue generation for both his clients and employers. Moreover, Jones is a major advocate of international higher education institutions and corporate training programs.
Sally Renn, Treasure
Past President of Lake Forest Rotary Club
I was born in 1935, the worst year of the depression (or so they say). I’ve been blessed with a very full and enriched life. Now that I’m in retirement, I have the time and energy to give back to our community, and to the world at large. Born in the heart of Missouri, on a farm without electricity or indoor plumbing, I was raised by compassionate parents who were deeply involved in community-building and service. Our community had a one-room schoolhouse and only one church.
This close proximity taught us to take care of one another, to share and to always be kind. At the age of 13, however, we moved to Costa Mesa, California, where I went to high school, worked, and attended Orange Coast Community College. My most recent career was with Merrill Lynch, where I worked as a stockbroker for 24 years.
John O. Renn and I have been married for over 31 years, and I am the mother of a daughter, a son and 8 stepchildren. For many years, I’ve been involved with the Interfaith Community; including attending events in Mexico, Egypt, and Italy; to spend time with the Dali Lama. I have been honored and humbled to serve as:
• Past President – Lake Forest Park Rotary Club Foundation
• Past President – Lake Forest Park Rotary Club
• Past President – Diplomats of the Seattle Chamber of Commerce
• Executive secretary and office manager for the March of Dimes, State of Alaska
Mark Hower, Ph.D, Secretary
Chair of Antioch University's MS Management and Leadership Program
Mark has been a founding core faculty member in the Center for Creative Change at Antioch University Seattle for 15 years. Over that time, he also held numerous administrative and leadership positions at Antioch, including director of the MS Management and later the BA Liberal Arts programs, and interim president of the institution. Mark’s scholarship and teaching emphasizes collaboration, global pluralism, transformative leadership, community building, and experiential learning. These interests are informed by Mark’s many years of association with the Peace Corps. Mark’s parents were Peace Corps staff in Brazil and Guyana, and his earliest memories come from that time. After completing his undergraduate degree, Mark served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Sierra Leone, West Africa in a rural water supply program. Mark later held several Peace Corps staff positions including: Country Desk Officer (stateside logistics coordinator) positions for start-up programs in the Baltics, Ukraine and Russia, and Country Director in the Kingdom of Tonga, South Pacific.
John Hale, CEO/Executive Director
John Hale is CEO/Executive Director of Call of Compassion NW and President of Northwest Interfaith Community Outreach. John is applying his education and more than 20 years of extensive executive management experience to achieve clear and actionable goals through compassionate action in these non-profit organizations. He is a mission-based strategist skilled at identifying and creating new, value-enhancement possibilities. He manages with a collaborative style and his lifelong dedication to spiritual action both guides and drives how we walks in the world.