meet our team
Art DeLorenzo, CLU, ChFC, CFP, MSFS, MSEd, has been involved in the financial services industry since 1968. He began his career following the attainment of his graduate degree in Education from Ithaca College, and his undergraduate degree in Education from Castleton University in Vermont.
Initially he started as a financial advisor for Investors Diversified Services in Cortland, NY, but soon moved into a leadership role as a District Sales Manager in Syracuse. In 1984, the same year that American Express bought IDS, he accepted the position of Division Manager in the Melville office for all of Long Island and Staten Island. In 1999, as a Field Vice President for IDS/American Express Financial Advisors, he supported two market groups, the New York Metro market group and the Upstate New York market group. In 2000, he became Group Vice President of the Upstate New York/Vermont market group, retiring from that position in 2005. During that time his market group markedly improved their sales ranking. In 2006, American Express spun off their financial planning entity into Ameriprise Financial Services where he continued to mentor a small group of field leaders and advisors. Mr. DeLorenzo holds the distinction of being the only field leader in the Ameriprise Hall of Fame.
Throughout his career, Mr. DeLorenzo has blended his expertise in financial planning with his knowledge of educational fundamentals to mentor and train his advisors. By stressing the concepts espoused by the College of Financial Planning in Denver, CO and the American College in Bryn Mawr, PA, he has influenced dozens of colleagues to acquire the knowledge and status these institutions provide. In addition he has helped mentor scores of advisors to become successful practice owners and he has influenced the growth of many field leaders.
Mr. DeLorenzo is a founding partner in the MYT Group, LLC, which launched as a formal business entity in 2009. In 2001, he and his partners began researching the impact that Emotional Competence might have on the well being of participants. Pilot after pilot proved that with the MYT Process, people could in fact lower stress and improve productivity. Originally focused on the financial services industry, this work has now crossed into other industries as well.
A defining moment for Mr. DeLorenzo occurred in 1999 when he was given the book Working With Emotional Intelligence by Daniel Goleman. Prior to this Mr. DeLorenzo had collected influential behaviors in a spiral notebook that he acknowledged as highly effective; it was from that notebook that he taught others. Now that these behaviors had names and subsets that could be more easily taught, he has been using that body of knowledge ever since.
He is a founding principle in AEDL Consulting Services, LTD where he transitioned many of the learnings from his Leadership career to small and medium sized companies. AEDL Consulting Services, LTD provides infrastructure reengineering support to financial planning practices and small manufacturing & construction businesses.
Art is extremely proud of his family. He has been married to his wife, Debra, for over 42 years, and has four children, seven grandsons and two granddaughters. He is an accomplished mediocre golfer, and retired from mountain climbing in 2016 after summiting many significant mountains in the US and in the Himalayas. In 2010 he was inducted into the Castleton University Athletic Hall of Fame for his MVP contribution to the 1964 NAIA co-championship soccer team. In 1996, he was also inducted into the Hall of Fame for the Fortune 100 firm where he has spent his entire career. He and his wife share time between their homes in New York City and Martha’s Vineyard.
Kelly began working for MYT as an intern directly after graduating from Castleton University in May 2017. She soon took on the role as Administrative Assistant in October of the same year. Her experiences at Castleton University thoroughly prepared her for the role at MYT. She graduated with her bachelors in Psychological Science and a Certificate in Civic Engagement. During her 3 years at Castleton, she served as the President of the Psychological Science Club, founded Killington Elementary School’s “Friendship Program”, and co-founded Castleton’s tutoring program for children. Her passion for positive psychology is what led her to apply as an intern for MYT.
She currently resides in Vermont where she enjoys being active in nature during all four seasons, engaging in hiking, kayaking, snowshoeing, and gardening, amongst other activities. In her spare time she enjoys exercising, playing piano and spending time with her dogs, boyfriend, and family. She finds purpose in volunteering with the children at her local homeless shelter and is currently pursuing her certification as a health and fitness coach. She hopes to earn her Masters degree in Applied Positive Psychology by 2020 to further her contributions at MYT and as a health coach.
Audrey Ross is a Texas native who is currently a Senior at the University of Arkansas. She will graduate in May of 2019 with a Bachelors of Psychology, and will then be pursuing her Masters in Industrial Organizational Psychology. Among her studies, Audrey specializes in addiction and substance abuse psychology. She maintains a spot on the Dean and Chancellors list, as well as being a member of the Mortar Board National Honor Society. Audrey is also a competitive female bodybuilder and was awarded Miss Arkansas 2018 in Women’s competitive bodybuilding. She plans to continue her competitive career as well as influence others to find their own versions of health and fitness. She is excited to contribute her passions for Psychology to MYT, and further increase awareness about the impactful role of Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence. During her internship at MYT, Audrey will be contributing with special events planning, marketing assistance, and starting the online presence of blogs.
Dr. Stanton is a licensed clinical health psychologist and Assistant Professor at California State University, East Bay. Dr. Stanton holds a doctorate in Clinical Psychology with a focus in Behavioral Medicine from Duke University. He completed his clinical internship with a focus in Behavioral Medicine at the VA Palo Alto Healthcare System (affiliate of Stanford University) and his Postdoctoral Fellowship at Stanford University and the VA Palo Alto. He received his B.A. from Brown University. Dr. Stanton's research focuses on psychosocial determinants of obesity. His clinical work in clinical health psychology integrates mind-body skills such as mindfulness and hypnosis with cognitive behavioral therapy to treat health problems including obesity, hypertension, chronic pain, insomnia and depression. His work has been recognized at national and international scientific conferences, and he is a co-author of several studies which have been published in various academic journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, Psychosomatic Medicine, and Harvard Review of Psychiatry. Dr. Michael Stanton provides coaching for participants in our Mastery and Extension programs.
Norm has been providing training and consultation to a number of businesses and universities in San Francisco and New York. The focus of these trainings has been a variety of management topics including effective communication, emotional intelligence, dealing with difficult people, the manager as coach, stress reduction, and conflict resolution to name a few. He is currently on staff with MYT in New York and LDI based out of San Francisco. He provides leadership coaching services, with an emphasis on authenticity and leadership versatility. He also has conducted seminars for Abbott Labs, Knighted Ventures, First Republic Bank, Vitasoy, Mezzetta Industries, San Francisco, Sonoma and San Jose State Universities, Gladstone Institute, and several law firms including Morgan Lewis LLP and Winston Strom. Norm provides coaching for participants in our Mastery and Extension programs.
Jodi Baretz, LCSW, CHHC is a psychotherapist and holistic health coach in private practice at the Center for Health and Healing in Mt. Kisco, New York. Jodi has more than two decades of experience providing clinical services and psychotherapy, as well as career and nutritional counseling. Jodi received a Master’s in Social Work from Columbia University, a Bachelors in Arts from Emory University and a certification in health coaching from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in Manhattan. She has trained extensively in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and the integration of mindfulness and psychotherapy. Jodi writes with authenticity about the struggles that have touched her, and her patients, when it comes to the topics of mindfulness and nutrition. Diagnosed with the auto-immune disorder, Celiac Disease in her mid-thirties, Jodi experienced an awakening. She learned there were biological answers to her health concerns, but also there was a new awareness of her body and what it could and could not tolerate. Mindfulness might have come from necessity but it opened the door to a new level of consciousness that Jodi would incorporate into every aspect of her life.
Through Jodi’s new book, Mindful Is the New Skinny, her therapy practice and her speaking engagements; Jodi brings this realization to audiences in a clear and relatable manner. Jodi also contributes regularly to Westchester Magazine, Inside Chappaqua and Armonk Magazines, The Mindfulness App and other media outlets. Jodi has two sons and lives with her husband in Westchester County, NY. Learn more at Jodibaretz.com. Jodi currently collaborates with MYT providing Mindfulness training specifically for women.
Dr. Luskin founded and currently serves as Director of the Stanford University Forgiveness Projects. He is also Senior Consultant in Health Promotion/Wellness at the Stanford University Health Center and Department Chair in Clinical Psychology at Sofia University. At Stanford Dr. Luskin teaches classes on Positive Psychology, The Art and Science of Meditation, Forgiveness, Wellness, Flourishing and The Psychology of Storytelling to undergraduate and graduate students. He also conducts numerous workshops and staff development trainings in relationship enhancement, stress management and positive psychology through the Stanford Be Well program.
Dr. Luskin is the author of the best-selling books Forgive for Good: A Proven Prescription for Health and Happiness and Forgive for Love: The Missing Ingredient for a Healthy and Happy Relationship. His book Forgive for Good is the best-selling self-help book published on the topic of forgiveness. His research has shown that the Forgive for Good forgiveness methodology leads participants suffering from a wide range of concerns to improved physical and mental health.
Aneel Chima, Ph.D., cofounder and managing partner of AT THE CORE, specializes in facilitating actualization through enhancing the emotional, social, and neurophysiological drivers of optimal team and leadership performance. His work harnesses powerful insights from the academic research sphere and applies them to solving tactical and strategic challenges confronting organizations in a complex, asymmetric world.
In academia, Aneel is the associate director of Health and Human Performance at Stanford University. His core interests exist at the intersection of the science of wellbeing, leadership praxis, and transformative technology studies. The questions animating his teaching, research, and social impact work are: What is the future of human flourishing in a hyper-complex, ever-accelerating cultural context where technology is ubiquitous? How do we practice flourishing authentically, propagate it effectively, and create vibrant, inclusive communities that ignite it?
Outside of professional endeavors, Aneel is passionate about using psychological insights to affect sustainable social change. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and of Consciousness Hacking, a global community exploring technology as a catalyst for human transformation. He is former chair of the board of directors of the Veteran, Immigrant, and Refugee Trauma Institute of Sacramento (VIRTIS) where he helped oversee partnerships with the UC Global Health Initiative and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. Previously, he served on the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology Board of Trustees and the Association for Transpersonal Psychology Board of Directors. Before re-specializing in the field of psychology, he was an award-winning physics and mathematics educator at Everett Alvarez High School in Salinas, CA where the SUHS District Trustees recognized his teaching excellence.
Upon completion of his doctorate, Aneel was administrative and teaching fellow in the Stanford University Wellness Education Project and WellnessEd. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a B.A., with honors, in consciousness studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz. He lives in Palo Alto, CA, which joyfully affords him access to the many beautiful hiking trails of the Santa Cruz Mountains and a year-around bounty of fresh farmers' market produce to fuel his (sometimes successful) culinary experimentation.
Kathryn Mills, founder of Kat’s Daily Empowerment, believes everyone should live in a world where they can lead a joyful, fulfilling, successful life. As an International Business Development professional for over 27 years working with companies like Sally Beauty Holdings, Rodan + Fields and Goldwell USA, Kathryn has learned the skills necessary to navigate through the unexpected turns life hands you. Kathryn specializes in core principles and developing fundamental behaviors for a successful life. By sharing her experiences, personal development and ongoing lessons , Kathryn is helping people to live their best life possible. “Happiness is not the absence of problems, it is learning that they are part of the journey and how to deal with them effectively”
Dr. Shani Robins pioneered the field of Wisdom Therapy™ in 1998. WT integrates the best practices of Western psychological science and Eastern religious traditions. Shani completed his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy with honors from UCLA, and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Cognitive Experimental Psychology from U.C. Santa Barbara. He is an instructor at Stanford University and U.C. Berkeley, a licensed Clinical Psychologist (PSY18795), and the founder and director of the Wisdom Therapy Institute. Dr. Robins applies Wisdom Therapy, Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Meditation, and the active cultivation of humility to organizational and corporate consulting. He has published and has given numerous training workshops and scientific talks nationally and internationally in the field of Wisdom and its relationships to emotions, stress, coping, performance, and organizational consulting. Among his publications is a chapter on Emotional Intelligence in the Handbook of Consulting Psychology, and a journal article on a systems conceptualization of anger and other emotions. Dr. Robins is an avid racquetball player and also enjoys playing chess and GO. He rollerblades, salsa dances, runs the occasional marathon, and strives to appreciate the simple things.