Linda Lantieri, MA
Director, The Inner Resilience Program
Linda has been in the field in education for 40 years in a variety of capacities: classroom teacher, assistant principal, director of a middle school in East Harlem, and faculty member at Hunter College in New York City. Currently she serves as the Director of The Inner Resilience Program whose mission is to cultivate the inner lives of students, teachers and schools by integrating social and emotional learning with contemplative practice. In 1985, she co-founded the Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP), a researched based k-8 social and emotional learning program that has been implemented in over 400 schools. Linda is also one of the founding board members of the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL). She is the coauthor of Waging Peace in Our Schools (Beacon Press, 1996) editor of Schools with Spirit: Nurturing the Inner Lives of Children and Teachers (Beacon Press, 2001), and author of Building Emotional Intelligence: Techniques to Cultivate Inner Strength in Children (Sounds True, 2008).
Deputy Director of Programs
Melody works closely with the Director to manage the development, planning and implementation of IRP's programs and services as well as its day-to-day operations. She has over 10 years of experience in program management in the fields of youth-led community organizing, social justice and non-profit funding as well as 7 years of operations and production management in the creative small business sector.
Lynne Hurdle-Price, MS
Senior Program Consultant
Lynne Hurdle-Price is President of Hurdle-Price Professionals, a 20 year old conflict resolution and diversity awareness consultant organization. During the 20-year life of this organization, she has "edu-tained" parents, students, educators, agency personnel and corporate leaders both nationally and internationally. Her work with parents and children allowed her to share her expertise on national television programs including "Court TV" and "Keeping Kids Healthy." Lynne holds a BA in Public Affairs with a concentration in Non-Violent Conflict and Change and an M.Ed from Lesley University with a focus on Creating Peaceable Schools. As an adjunct professor at New York University and John Jay College, she taught courses on mediation and negotiation skills, the dynamics of cross-cultural conflict management and using theater techniques to teach peace. Lynne has been a Senior Program Consultant for the Inner Resilience Program since its inception and has worked in several school districts nationwide to strengthen the integration of social and emotional learning and contemplative practice.