Associates

Tesfaye Tekelu

Associate Instructor

Tesfaye Tekelu is co-founder and project director of the Awassa Youth Campus, home to the Awassa Peace Dojo in Ethiopia, where he has managed the youth development and Aikido project since 2006.  He also serves as vice-president of the Regional Martial Art Federation in Ethiopia and is the leading instructor of Aikido in Ethiopia. Tesfaye has Shodan in Aikido and is certified by leadership in Action from the Strozzi Institute in Petaluma, CA. He received his Bachelor of Arts in accounting from Africa Beza University College in Ethiopia. In addition to Aikido, Tesfaye teaches and performs dance, gymnastics, and drums and produces music in his free time.

Recently, lives in New York City and Teaches Aikido in schools and works in a non-profit organization as peace and culture specialist in New York City.  Tesfaye is  presently teaching Aikido and Leadership at the Schools at Columbia Universality”  and  Aikido and Somatic Consensus Trainings with David Weinstock


Shelley Weinstock, PhD, CNS

As a professor and researcher for over 25 years, I have come to understand the great need for nutrition counseling and education.  My move into clinical nutrition is motivated by the demand for translating the enormous amount of nutrition research in the professional literature into usable information for the consumer.   Advising, teaching and conducting research in nutrition for over 25 years. Teaching faculty at Columbia University’s Institute of Human Nutrition.  Former Professor at Barnard College at Columbia University.  Former researcher and teacher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University. My expertise includes changing food habits to promote a healthy lifestyle, disease prevention and longevity, how to deal with nutrition-related disease issues, how to lose or maintain healthy weight, exercise nutrition, and adolescent nutrition.  In all areas, I provide a personalized strategy to reach desired goals in a reasonable and healthy time period.


Debra Hinman

Associate Director of Trainings and Outreach

Debra has lived, worked and traveled around the world in the field of international education, exchange, training and development for the past 30 years, visiting over 50 countries.  She has been an innovative and visionary leader of international organizations interacted with governments, embassies, schools, businesses and NGO’s of all kinds.  Debra is a poet, certified Hatha Yoga and Laughter Yoga teacher and speaks Spanish, French and Italian.

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