Board Members

Vartan Shahijanian, Chairperson

Vartan Shahijanian is the Senior Vice President of the Private Bank of Union Bank. He has more than 30 years of banking experience and rejoined Union Bank in 2006 from Northern Trust, where he served as Vice President and Managing Director of its Mill Valley office – from 2003 to 2005. Vartan has served on the board of directors for the Horizons Foundation, the Leukemia Society, and as board President and Chair of the ALS-Association (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) of the Bay Area Chapter.  He currently serves on the board of University of San Francisco’s Center for the Pacific Rim, as well as the University’s Regional Council. Vartan received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of San Francisco and is fluent in Armenian and Persian.

Yoshiaki Hamada, Treasurer

Since 2000, Yoshiaki Hamada has been Treasurer and Secretary for the North American Region of Sukyo Mahikari, being responsible for finance, accounting and compliance functions.   His finance background started in a large international trading firm where he worked for over 18 years and gained an extensive exposure to financial and governance roles.  His professional certifications include Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Real Estate Broker, and Notary Public in the state of California.  Yoshiaki is a member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and the California Society of CPAs (CalCPA).

Ivy Ang

Ivy is founder and President of Visionlinc, a company dedicated to linking vision, people and strategies.  She is a strategic planner and executive coach to CEOs and their teams in creating innovative culture and optimizing people practices to achieve organizational mission. Ivy has over 30 years of extensive experience in international business and organizational development.  Her professional background includes VP Human Resources roles in the fields of high technology, biotechnology, strategic design consulting and finance.  She worked internationally for global industry leaders such as Genentech, AIG, Madge Networks and Landor Associates.  She also has extensive experience consulting with non-profit organizations. Her areas of coaching include strategic vision and planning, leadership and management with emphasis on high performing teams and integrating joy and meaning in our work life.

Margaret Levine, Secretary

Margaret Levine teaches in the graduate department of the University of San Francisco’s School of Nursing and Health Professions. Her nursing career spans 45 years and includes significant community work with vulnerable populations, locally, nationally, and internationally. Currently she is a director on the Board of Ritter Center, which coordinates care for homeless and low-income underserved residents of Marin County, north of San Francisco. Margaret is a Clinical Nurse Specialist in Integrative Medicine and has expertise in articulating the role of spirit, mind, and body in whole body healing.  Her doctoral work focused on stress reduction techniques, such as Jin Shin Jyutsu and progressive muscle relaxation among people who are homeless. She frequently travels to Cairo, Egypt, as her current project is facilitating seminars of light giving for people in Cairo.

Don Hanlon Johnson

Don Hanlon Johnson, PhD, is the founder of the Somatic Psychology Program at the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco, and currently a professor in that program.  He is the author of several books, collections, and articles in the field. He is also a governing member of Esalen Institute and a leader in its Center for Theory and Research. www.donhanlonjohnson.com

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