Meet our Board of Directors, Advisory Board & Staff. Find information on volunteering at HKF at the bottom of the page.
Board of Directors:
Chris Canfield volunteered in a prison for more than a dozen years, taking inmates out on passes and leading yoga and meditation classes. Chris works as an environmental nonprofit executive helping Gulf recovery, and lives with his wife in North Carolina. In Bo Lozoff’s books, he found a kindred and guiding spirit. He is author of a fantastic PDF Guidebook for Volunteering in Prisons, which you can view in its entirety here.
Pam Clarke learned about the Human Kindness Foundation through her own family’s circumstances. In 1991, her son James was convicted of murder and received a 45-year sentence. James received a copy of We’re All Doing Time in 1999, and Pam watched as his life transformed by working with it. In 2004, Pam moved to North Carolina to work more closely with HKF. Pam currently works in the Durham area as an accountant and volunteers weekly at HKF, in addition to her Board duties.
John Collins received HKF literature and tapes while incarcerated, and credits these works, as well as later personal interactions with Bo, Sita and HKF staff and volunteers, as being a major part of his transformation and recovery. John currently works as a CAD designer in an engineering firm and is deeply involved as a volunteer at the prison he was released from in 2006.
Reverend Joe Hensley is the Rector (lead priest) at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Fredericksburg, VA. A graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Virginia Theological Seminary, Joe has also worked as an Outward Bound instructor, a youth minister and conflict resolution consultant. He lives in Fredericksburg, VA with his wife and three children.
Sita Lozoff (ex-officio) is Co-Director of Human Kindness Foundation. Along with Bo, she has been part of the Prison-Ashram Project since its beginning in 1973. You can see more about her life and prison work here. Sita continues to work in the HKF office with great joy and gratitude.
Our newest board members:
Venerable Robina Courtin: Founder of the Liberation Prison Project, worldwide teacher, and Buddhist nun of the Tibetan Buddhist Gelugpa tradition and lineage of Lama Thubten Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche.
Gary Zukav & partner Linda Francis: Spiritual teachers. Gary has been a guest on Oprah more than 30 times and is a four-time New York Times Bestselling Author. His books include The Seat of the Soul, Soul Stories and The Dancing Wu Li Masters: An Overview of New Physics.
Jarvis Jay Masters: Buddhist, author of Finding Freedom and death-row inmate at San Quentin.
Mike Thumm: Retired Superintendent of Orange Correctional Center, a minimum custody prison in Hillsborough, NC. Mike served for more than 30 years in the North Carolina Department of Corrections.
Dennis Gaddy: After a five-year incarceration, Dennis learned to glean valuable insights from his past that he can now share with others. He is the Executive Director of Community Success Initiative (CSI), a non-profit that helps people (with an emphasis on people transitioning from prison & jail) to discover their potential. He teaches a 15-Step leadership course on “How to Get from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.”
Headquartered in Central North Carolina, Human Kindness Foundation is run by an all-volunteer board of directors and two paid staff. HKF depends upon volunteers to continue its work. Some volunteer several hours each week, others come once a month. A typical work day may involve office work such as data entry, packaging of books & CDs, or working directly with prisoner mail. We currently send out thousands of books and CDs to prisoners each month. If you are interested in volunteering at Human Kindness Founadation, please contact us.
Volunteering with HKF takes place in our office, but if you are interested in volunteering in prisons, we highly recommend reading this wonderful PDF Guidebook for Volunteering in Prisons written by our board member Chris Canfield: Sacred Gates: Bringing Mindfulness to Prisons, a Volunteer Guide.