A 16 year resident of the Wood River Valley, Patty is most noted for her work in film and television. She received a B.A. in Anthropology from the University of Colorado in Boulder, and an M.F.A. in film and television from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Her career as a documentary filmmaker has spanned more than two decades and garnered her nine National and International Awards. Her subject matter has focused primarily on issues of social and environmental injustice. Patty lives with her irreverent husband, Karim Merchant, and her two lovely school-aged children.
Glen Shapiro is a fellowship trained orthopedic surgeon who lives full-time and practices in Hailey, Idaho. He is an active outdoor enthusiast, partner of Vicki for more than 20 years, and has 2 wonderful daughters Lex and Renee. After completing his triple major undergraduate degrees in biology, psychology, and biopsychology and graduating from Brandeis with Highest Honors, Glen first travel to India on an International Health Fellowship while in Medical school to do volunteer work. His focus in medicine is bringing understanding and compassion to the patient-doctor relationship in his Sports Medicine practice. A few of his many interests include; astronomy, cooking, photography, just about anything out of doors and fixing things. He is dedicated to the Flourish Foundation and his interest in Mindfulness expands daily.
Ian moved to Idaho from California in 2003. He received a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Cruz and after a brief stint as a hedge fund analyst moved to Mackay to work and support high risk youth at a ranch near Craters of the Moon. From there he moved to Hailey and returned to the finance industry in 2007, just as things got interesting. He is now a Director at American Capital Advisory, an independent investment advisory firm in Ketchum. He and his family enjoy climbing rocks and outdoor recreation in general. He regards his wife Lindsey, as the inspiration for any self-reflection and contemplation that he’s undertaken in the last decade and a half, and their toddler Catherine as the motivation for continued daily and future contemplation. Ian is honored to be a part of the Flourish Foundation Board of Directors, and believes the mission of promoting healthy habits of mind strikes at the root of the many perceived ills in our world.
Laurie moved to Sun Valley with her family in 1977, attending both Hemingway and The Community School. She likes to joke that the valley was so small back then that they changed the population sign by exactly seven people after they moved to town (it happened to be a census year). She attended high school in Del Mar, California, then headed to Dartmouth College for four years before returning to Ketchum to enjoy a year as a powder hound in 1989. That year became several more and witnessed the launch of Laurie’s writing and editing career, as well as many lifelong connections that solidified her love for this valley in all shapes and forms.
An addicted world traveler, her explorations have taken her onto a documentary film crew covering elephant recovery across central and eastern in Africa, trekking in Nepal, deep into an aboriginal art community in the heart of the Australian outback and across the Pacific Ocean via sailboat; but she realizes that coming home to the community of the Wood River Valley is what makes it all worthwhile.
Laurie is the proud mother of two curious and inspired children, whom she is busy gently guiding and nurturing with the help of her husband Pete Whitehead. The rest of the time, she acts as publisher and owner of Sun Valley Magazine, along with the Mandala Media book division, which she launched in 2010. She is honored to be on the board of Flourish Foundation and was drawn to the organization because of their work in developing a larger scope and definition of what it means to be in community together—creating meaningful connections between individuals, families, cultures and organizations, both locally and regionally, as well as on a national and global scale.
Gurmeet Singh was introduced to the Wood River Valley in 2002 when he took a vacation to Sun Valley and trekked to a backcountry ski yurt in Galena with his wife, Dev Khalsa. After the trek, the two were hooked and moved to Hailey shortly thereafter to start a life and a family together.
A graduate of Colorado State University with degrees in Business Administration and Computer Science, Gurmeet has managed cross-disciplinary projects and teams for 15 years. In his current role as Director of Business Development at Marketron, Gurmeet oversees industry partnerships and growth strategy as well as its implementation of best practices.
Born in India and raised in the southwestern USA, Gurmeet has been practicing mindfulness since he was a young child. In early 2015, he joined the Flourish Board after seeing the positive impact its leadership and programming has had on youth. Flourish’s Compassionate Leaders’ international service work in poor communities and third world countries, moved him to become more involved.
The proud parents of two beautiful daughters, Asha and Kyra, Gurmeet and Dev run a full-service photography studio. When they aren’t working or rushing the kids off to music lessons and soccer practice, they make a point to spend time outdoors and to take advantage of the reasons they choose to live in the Wood River Valley.
Emilie feels lucky to say she was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Sun Valley Idaho. She attended The Community School K-12th, and went to College at Loyola Marymont in Los Angeles where she studied Theater and Psychology. After that she journeyed to New Zealand where she lived for a year WOOFING (working on organic farms) and sharpening her skills in embarking on crazy adventures. She is proud to say that she has volunteered her time teaching English and giving love to orphans in Southern India, along with educating and giving hope to young women in the sex slavery industry in Cambodia.
She completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training at Sonic Yoga in New York City and is a member of Yoga Alliance. She has completed the Inner Kids training program founded by Susan Kaiser Greenland, who wrote The Mindful Child. Behind her smile lays a deep passion for spreading compassion and teaching awareness through contemplative practices to kids and teens.
She truly believes that if we want to achieve peace in the world we must start with the children. Emilie secretly likes to call herself an explorer, and with a deep sigh, she admits her wanderlust continues to grow with each trip she takes. Lately, the most interesting place that she has visited has been along the path of self-discovery.
Colby is a native of the Wood River Valley and an alum of Flourish Foundation’s Compassionate Leaders Program. Following graduation from Wood River High School in 2013, Colby attended Long Island University’s Global College where she lived and studied in eight countries before moving to Brooklyn, New York to complete her Bachelor’s Degree in Global Studies. Along with the experiential curriculum, Colby’s undergraduate experience was largely characterized by finding a balance between mindfulness and the overwhelming complexities of our globalized world.
Through her experience with Flourish, Colby has developed a passion for volunteer work and global service. From this passion, have unfolded various opportunities to engage in communities around the world. From researching ashrams in India and volunteering at refugee camps in Turkey, to working in art production in Brooklyn and teaching English in Budapest, Colby has a insatiable interest in all things new, different, and challenging. She is committed to learning as much about the world as possible and is currently living in Budapest, Hungary pursuing a Master of Arts in Intercultural Psychology and Pedagogy. Colby’s multi-cultural sensibility fueled by deep compassion is an ideal combination for guiding the development of the Flourish mission.