Formal Education

  • Masters in Clinical Psychology, John F. Kennedy University, CA, 1993
  • Masters Coursework in Organizational Development, Pepperdine University, CA, 1985

Professional Employment

  • Founder, Mindful of Race Institute, LLC, 2020
  • President, King & Associates, 1994-2018
  • Founder, Bridges, Branches & Braids - offering Celebration of Rage and Generational Healing retreats, 1996-2008
  • Corporate Training Manager & Senior Organization Development Consultant, Levi Strauss & Company, CA, 1989-1993
  • Senior Organization Development Consultant, Intel Corporation, CA, 1985-1989
  • Corporate Training Specialist, TRW Corporation, CA, 1982-1985

Insight Meditation Teachers’ Councils

  • Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 2018-2020
  • Founder, Mindful Members Insight Meditation Community, 2013-2017
  • Insight Meditation Community of Washington, 2012-2020

Studies Abroad

  • Writing & Cultural Retreat, Aarhus, Denmark, 2006-2007
  • Study Tour of Candomble Afro-Brazilian Spirituality led by Espiritus healer Angela Moraes, Brazil, 1998
  • Study of Afro-Cuban Santeria Religion including percussion and sacred dance with master drummer Carolyn Brandy, Cuba, 1998
  • Led cultural study tours to Ghana, Senegal, South Africa, and Egypt, 1987-2001
  • Egypt studies with alchemist and shaman Nicki Scully, 1997
  • Fourth World Conference of Women: Action for Equality, Development & Peace; I presented on Generational Healing, Beijing, China, 1995
  • Study of South Indian culture, temple cities, stories of textiles, ancient health systems, and classical dance with Alexandra Merrill. Kerala & Tamil Nadu, India; Chance encounter with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 1993

Continuing Education, Influences, and Certifications

  • Somatic Experiencing training, Peter Levine, 2013-2014
  • Therevada Buddhism, Dedicated Practitioner Program (DPP4), Spirit Rock Meditation Center, 2011-2013
  • Mindfulness Curriculum Training, Mindful Schools, 2012
  • Wisdom Circle hosted by Alice Walker with Jack Kornfield, Berkeley, CA, 1998-2008
  • Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) 8-week training, Charlotte Mindfulness Living, 2012
  • Tibetan Buddhism, Dzogchen (Nyingma) Empowerments from Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche linage holder Rinchen Gyalmo  (2006-2010)
  • Interpersonal Neurobiology Certification, Dan Siegel, Mindsight Institute, 2010
  • Mythological studies with Michael Meade, Mosaic Voices, CA, 2001-2012
  • Family Constellations, The Santa Barbara Center for Family Constellations, CA, 2007-08
  • Landmark Leadership Forum, CA, 2004
  • The Art of Living Course, Sri Sri Ravi Shanka, 1997-2000
  • Training in Trance Dance, Wilbert Alix, CA, 1995
  • Re-Evaluation Counseling Training, Berkeley, CA, 1995-l998
  • Advanced Human Interaction Labs, National Training Lab Institute, ME, 1993-1999
  • West African Yoruba mythology studies with Chief Luisah Teish, Oakland, CA, 1992-1996
  • Collaborative Organization Design Certification, Gelinas James, CA, 1994
  • Therevada Buddhism practitioner, 1992-present, Mentored by Jack Kornfield, 2009–2013
  • Yoga practitioner, 1992-Present
  • Empowerment Training Certification, Peter Block and Joseph Henning, CA, 1992
  • Neurolinguistic Programing, NLP University, Santa Cruz, CA, 1992
  • Advanced Tavistock Clinical Training, Gloria Thompson & Associates, CA, 1989
  • Myers-Briggs Training, Otto Kroeger Associates, CA, 1989
  • Transitions Management, William Bridges & Associates, CA, 1986



Raised in South Central, Los Angeles, in the heat of jazz and the Civil Rights and Black Power movements. Daughter to Lodie Mae Cherry and John King, the middle child of eight siblings. Mother of Ernest Cherriokee, two grand children, and one great grand daughter, and wife to Barbara E. Riley

Heart Activist; Enneagram - 8; MBTI - INTJ; Numerology - 5; Orisha Guidance - Obatala & Ochun; Animal Totems - Elk, Hawk & Owl; Pronouns - She/Her/They

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