Foundation Staff

Jennifer Canfield

Jennifer Canfield

Executive Director

A journey of discovery and creativity has been the motivation for Jen’s adventures. In 1998 she rode her bike 10,000 miles across Southeast Asia. She then authored a guide book for mountain biking in Vermont. Her training in health and physical education inspired her to teach for over a decade in public schools. Her travels then led her to Australia and New Zealand where she managed a professional mountain bike team for Diamondback Racing. She supported her team at the Sydney Olympics, the Tour de France, the World Cup and culminated in a residence in Russia. While there, she started a non profit called the Magic House to benefit Russian orphans of all ages by offering life skills, sport and technology training. Jen also raised $500,000 for a life saving surgery for her adopted Russian daughter’s heart repair. Back in the USA, Jen started a homeschool cooperative and was also a founding member of an environmentally conscious Vermont co-housing community. She founded the Call and Response Foundation with two others in 2009. The non profit has offered over 1500 inspiring events for over 100,000 people. Jen loves skiing, cycling, running, hiking (actually most things ending in ‘ing’), is an avid nature photographer, a poet, loves living in the forest, is a passionate student of bhakti, drumming and meditation. Jen is currently dreaming of opening a retreat center when she’s not busy rescuing dogs from Puerto Rico, spending time with her two teens, two dogs, and hoping for plenty of snow and an equal amount of dry firewood. You can find her photography @thisvermontlife on Instagram.

 

 

 

 

 

Sachi Partin

Sachi Partin

Bookkeeping

Sachi was born in Canada and raised in North Carolina. She has a degree in Creative Writing from the University of North Carolina, Wilmington. She moved from New York City to Los Angeles in 2014, where she lives with her husband, Rasa and son, Kanai. She has worn a wide variety of “hats” from being a production manager at a record label to heading the human resources department at an artisanal donut chain. She has considered herself lucky to consistently work with conscious people and spiritual brands. She is excited to continue this tradition in her role as bookkeeper for Call & Response Foundation.

Scott Whitmore

Scott Whitmore

Director of Development and Outreach

Scott began exploring his spirituality from a young age and found his main spiritual teacher, Ram Dass, while studying Psychology at Endicott College. Six months after graduation, Scott was invited to move to Maui to serve as a personal assistant and aid to Ram Dass. During this time, Scott’s spiritual life grew, as did his knowledge of Eastern Religions and practices. After serving Ram Dass, Scott worked four years as a Applied Behavioral Counselor/Teacher for children with severe special and behavioral needs. Scott now lives in Cambridge, MA and is offering what he has found through his spiritual journey; helping people discover for themselves a more grounded, spacious, and peaceful life.

Jacqueline Westhead

Jacqueline Westhead

Research Coordinator

Jacqueline is a teacher, holistic health practitioner, author, and visionary facilitator certified in mindfulness practice, somatic education and sound healing. She began teaching in 1991 and in 1995 combined her expertise as a somatic educator with her background as a professional dancer and musician to create a unique form called Sound Body Wisdom. Her passion lies in supporting the individual on their journey through life. Her workshops and retreats have been offered internationally for participants of all ages and backgrounds. Her work is a combination of her trainings in meditation, counseling, dance, music, sound healing and neuroscience. She believes it is the role of the teacher to support the individual in developing their personal expression, inner resource and discovering for themselves what gets in their way of loving themselves without limitation. She is a student of meditation and spiritual traditions who continues to travel and study to expand her understanding of her work and the role it plays in our evolving world. She has toured with and managed a great variety of Kirtan artists and is one of the pioneers of Call and Response chant in Hebrew. You can check out her book, Touching the Invisible: A Field Guide for Living which she is delighted and humbled to bring to life. She believes in the power of chant and what we can create together when we raise our voices, connect to our bodies, develop our awareness, and open our hearts.

Board of Directors

Susan Murphy

Susan Murphy

Board

Susan Murphy is part of a long line of love. Along with her husband, Ed, she has experienced the transforming expansion of consciousness that comes through chanting and deeply desires to help facilitate this experience for others. Her passions include her family, the Call and Response Foundation, and studying shamanism with the Four Winds’ Light Body School.

Edward Ritz

Edward Ritz

Board

Edward Ritz is a successful businessman who founded a manufacturing company in Connecticut. With his wife Susan he came to realize the power of mantra music as a spiritual practice and wants to make it available to everyone.

Manish Vanodia

Manish Vanodia

Board

Born into a family practicing bhakti yoga, Manish from a young age was surrounded with kirtan and chanting. Inspired by this Manish spends much of his extra time in adulthood helping others to understand kirtan and the principles of bhakti.