Meet the Team
Linda V. Gillman, Ph.D., CAE
The Compassion Project Administrator
Linda Gillman, PhD, has a professional background as a non-profit executive. Over a 15+ year career, Dr. Gillman served as the Chief Executive Officer of several Chambers of Commerce, a state-wide trade association, a family resource center, a leadership institute, and a downtown revitalization effort. Following the death of her husband, a Korean War Veteran, she earned a PhD in Philosophy with a concentration in Transpersonal Psychology from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in 2013. She has a MA in Transpersonal Studies from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology (2010) and a BS in psychology with a minor in social work from Western Carolina University (2007). During her non-profit career she earned the prestigious professional designation of Certified Association Executive awarded by the American Society of Association Executives and a Certificate of Appreciation for her work with the Project Management Institute.
In addition to being a transpersonal researcher, Dr. Gillman is an educator and has taught a diverse group of courses that range from parenting and life skills, to a doctoral level course in The Philosophy of Socratic Psychology and she is currently developing college curriculum in grief and bereavement. Dr. Gillman currently serves as the Chief Results Officer of The Compassion Project of California, a life coaching practice that uses the principles of transpersonal psychology along with proven life coaching techniques in order to affect change in the lives of individuals. In this role, Dr. Gillman uses a broad range of techniques such as guided imagery, EFT (the tapping cure) and principles of HeartMath, which has been rigorously researched and is widely used to help individuals with PTSD, such as the veterans served by Pathways for Veterans.
Dr. Gillman is a member of the American Psychological Association, Division 32 (Humanistic Psychology) and the Association of Transpersonal Psychology. Her ground-breaking research can be found in the Psychospiritual Dimensions of Living with Life-Threatening Illness has published. Dr. Gillman is writing a general audience book based on this research which she hopes will inspire and help seriously ill individuals and their caregivers.
As a member of the Advisory Board at Pathways for Veterans, Dr. Gillman will deliver workshops targeted to meet the very special needs of veterans which will allow her to express her passion for transformation through greater well being of mind, body, and spirit.
Special Angel Project Administrator
Ruth Magan is a former elementary school teacher and local author. After writing her first book, Laughing With Angels, she wrote and illustrated a gentle book for children: My Angel, My Friend. A few years ago, Ruth went to Kenya, Africa and gave copies of My Angel, My Friend to children in remote villages, orphanages and schools in the slums. She has also given copies to ill children in a remote part of Brazil.
She has just finished her second children’s book Our Fun, Feel-Better Book. This is a non-profit book to be given away to children who are going through challenging times.
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