PassageWorks Institute

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The PassageWorks Institute, "founded by Rachael Kessler, is dedicated to transforming the culture of classrooms, schools and districts so that the inner life of students and teachers is safe, nurtured and welcomed. By “inner life” we refer to that essential aspect of human nature that yearns for deep connection, grapples with difficult questions about meaning, and seeks a sense of purpose and genuine self-expression. For twenty years, our model for supporting these yearnings in young people has fostered the development of compassion and character, humility and excellence, and skills for collaboration and dialogue that are essential for a just democracy and a sustainable world." [1]


Accessed October 2009: [2]

  • David Brand, Co-Chair - Principal, Soulstice Consulting; Managing Partner, Gold Lake Resort
  • Gordon Dveirin - Organizational Development Consultant, President Dveirin & Associates
  • Shawna Friedman, Treasurer - Development Director, Rose Community Foundation
  • Rachael Kessler, Founder and President
  • John Lainson, Co-Chair - Financial Manager, RBC Wealth Management
  • KJ McCorry - Founder & CEO, Officiency Enterprises, Inc.
  • Erica Shafroth - Therapist, Educator, Artist, Mother of Three
  • Jennifer Walton - Consultant, Imagine Global Wellness

Advisory Board

Accessed October 2009: [3]



Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles


  1. Home, PassageWorks Institute, accessed October 19, 2009.
  2. Directors, PassageWorks Institute, accessed October 19, 2009.
  3. Advisory Board, PassageWorks Institute, accessed October 19, 2009.