Staff & Board Members

John Perkins, Founder
Chairman of Board

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As Chief Economist at a major international consulting firm, John Perkins advised the World Bank, United Nations, IMF, U.S. Treasury Department, Fortune 500 corporations, and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America, and the Middle East. He worked directly with heads of state and CEOs of major companies. His books on economics and geo-politics have sold more than 1 million copies, spent many months on the New York Times and other bestseller lists, and are published in over 30 languages.

John’s Confessions of an Economic Hit Man (70 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list) is a startling exposé of international corruption. His The Secret History of the American Empire, also a New York Times bestseller, details the clandestine operations that created the world’s first truly global empire. His Hoodwinked is a blueprint for a new form of global economics. The solutions are not “return to normal” ones. Instead, John challenges us to soar to new heights, away from predatory capitalism and into an era more transformative than the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions. His writings detail specific steps each of us can take to create a sustainable, just, and peaceful world.

John is a founder and board member of Dream Change and The Pachamama Alliance, has lectured at more than 50 universities around the world, and is the author of books on indigenous cultures and transformation, including Shapeshifting, The World Is As You Dream It, Psychonavigation, Spirit of the Shuar, and The Stress-Free Habit. He has been featured on ABC, NBC, CNN, NPR, A&E, the History Channel, Time, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Der Spiegel, and many other publications, as well as in numerous documentaries including The End of Poverty?, Zeitgeist Addendum, and Apology of an Economic Hit Man.

Samantha Thomas, Executive Director
Board Secretary & Treasurer

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Samantha began working for Dream Change in August 2012. Previously she worked in the eco-fashion industry in New York City as an event facilitator and freelance model. Samantha left her job in fashion to pursue a career in sustainability and social justice, which resonate on the deepest level with her core values and beliefs.

In 2015 Samantha created Dream Change’s signature event, the Love Summit: a business conference designed to demonstrate why compassionate businesses—businesses that put people and the planet alongside profit—are the greatest candidates for solving the environmental, social and economic crises of our time.

Samantha is a member of the Global Shapers Community of the World Economic Forum (WEF), a network of 4500 young people worldwide selected by the WEF for their exceptional potential, achievement, and drive to make a contribution to their communities. She has been featured in publications such as Real Leaders, The Huffington Post, The Oregonian, and Yes! Magazine for her work in social and environmental activism.

In addition to her experience in the field of business, Samantha is a certified yoga instructor with Yoga Alliance International, has her Permaculture Design Certification, and has received leadership training from the Institute for the Advancement of Human Behavior. She holds a bachelors of science in sustainable living and a minor in business from consciousness-based education university, Maharishi University of Management.

Jessica Wieden
Board Member

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Jessica has been a board member of Dream Change since 2013. Her background and expertise in working with younger generations and event organization have been invaluable to the expansion of Dream Change and the launch of the Love Summit.

Born and raised in Mexico City until her mid-teens, Jessica grew up in an impoverished country that led her to become passionate about helping children reach their full potential so they can live a healthy, happy life. She has a strong passion for art, and using it as a means of therapy for youth.

Through her extensive work with younger generations, Jessica has learned that millennials are a unique group who have come into the world with a different perspective than generations before them. They understand that we live in a time of tremendous urgency–a time where we must change the way we treat each other and the environment so that we can sustain human life on earth.

Jessica’s mission is to empower younger generations to use their passion and skills to create a healthier existence and affect positive change in the world. With her bilingual ability, she is a connection between Hispanic communities and North American communities, both locally and abroad. She currently lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband Bryan and their son, Leandro.

Scott James
Advisor

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Scott James has been listed as one of “America’s Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs” by BusinessWeek and profiled as a “Game Changer” by Forbes. The products from his companies have been featured in publications as diverse as Oprah’s O Magazine, National Geographic, Parents Magazine, the Washington Post, Outside Magazine, and US News & World Report. He is currently the CEO of celebrated filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg’s company, Moving Art™. Scott enjoys mentoring fellow social entrepreneurs and MBA candidates at the sustainable MBA program Bainbridge Graduate Institute, public speaking, and creating organizations that bring benefit to the world. He was awarded a Governor’s Award of Excellence in Service by the state of Washington in 2013. Scott previously worked in the high tech sector, including Visio and Microsoft, and completed degrees at Baylor University and University of Notre Dame. He lives with his wife and children on an island micro-farm in the Pacific Northwest.

Michael Mayzel
Advisor

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Michael began his career in business as Vice President and co-owner of the camera company, LowePro. After selling LowePro years later, his passion for proper education, health and well-being led him to co-found Blue Spirit, one of the foremost world-class yoga and meditation retreat centers in Costa Rica. As a qigong instructor, business advisor and an adventurer with a big heart, Michael strives to live his life in accordance with the candid quote by Abbie Hoffman, “If you’re not part of the solution, you’re part of the problem.” Michael enjoys spring, summer and fall at home in Victoria, British Columbia, and winter at his home in Costa Rica.

Jeanette Thomas-Kozinski
Advisor

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Jeanette Thomas-Kozinski is a partner in www.macrobiotic.com. Since 1976 this organization has helped tens of thousands of people recover their health through natural lifestyle and dietary practices. Jeanette has helped create a current, progressive and integrated style of macrobiotic healthcare successfully serving people of all cultures and ranges of eating lifestyles for healing from disease and for health maintenance. Services include: classes, lectures, conferences, individualized alternative health consultations, shiatsu massage, qigong, Chinese healing arts exercises and spiritual development seminars.

Jeanette has held management positions in the private and nonprofit sectors as Executive Director of a nonprofit radio station, manager at one of the oldest alternative health education institutes in the U.S., and as former president of a New Jersey based manufacturing company for which she was recognized in her management role as a finalist in the Morris County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award. She is the author of the Y2kids Calendar Guide, a publication recommended by the U.S. government and department of education.

Llyn Roberts
Advisor

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Llyn Roberts, MA is a prominent teacher of healing and shamanism. She holds a master’s degree in Tibetan Buddhist and Western Psychology from Naropa University, was a student of the late, Chogyam Trungpa, Rinpoche and is an initiate of shamanic circles in Latin America and Siberia. She led sacred journeys for twenty years to diverse indigenous groups living in remote regions of the Amazon basin, the Asian steppes, high Andes and the lands of the ancient Maya. Her work inspires a deep sense of belonging with the natural world.

Llyn teaches at highly regarded holistic and higher educational institutions, was consultant to the University of Massachusetts Sustainability Initiative in Dartmouth and to Earth Train, a Panama-based non-profit organization engaged in reforestation and educational programs, and indigenous cultural preservation. She serves as adjunct faculty for Union Graduate School and The Graduate Institute. She was a psychotherapist for the acclaimed Buddhist-inspired therapeutic community, Maitri Psychological Services, aka Windhorse. Past executive director of Dream Change for many years, Llyn is cofounder and president of the Olympic Mountain EarthWisdom Circle (OMEC), dedicated to inspiring a sacred and responsible relationship with the Earth.

Llyn translates ancient methods into modern-day approaches that help us transform personal imbalance, open to our higher purpose, deepen our relationship with spirit and nature, and reclaim our power to make a positive difference in a world that is being rapidly redefined. Her books include Speaking with Nature: Awakening to the Deep Wisdom of the Earth coauthored with Sandra Ingerman; Shamanic Reiki coauthored with Robert Levy; The Good Remembering; and Shapeshifting into Higher Consciousness (Independent Publisher’s Award), integrating shamanism, spirituality, ecology, and activism. These reflect indigenous-based programs she taught for almost two decades with John Perkins.

Bryan Wieden
Advisor

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