StirFry Staff

Lee Mun Wah

 

Lee Mun Wah, M.S. M.A.  Chinese American
Founder of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, Inc.

Lee Mun Wah is an internationally renowned Chinese American documentary filmmaker, author, poet, Asian folkteller, educator, community therapist and master diversity trainer. For more than 25 years he was a resource specialist and counselor in the San Francisco Unified School District. He later became a consultant to private schools, working with students that had severe learning and behavioral issues.
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Ellen Richman MuhammadWhite, Eastern European, Jewish American
Office Manager

Ellen Richman Muhammad is a administrative specialist and project manager with deep roots in graphic communications, most of those years spent in print publishing. A few years ago she transitioned from managing products to coordinating employment and training services for low-income seniors at the City of Oakland. There she headed a digital literacy program, and became sharply aware of the detrimental impact on those on the wrong side of the Digital Divide. (read more)

 

barbara

In memory of our dear friend and colleague, Barbara Imhoff, 3/26/49-6/24/16

For the past several years, Barbara Imhoff has written conference proposals for StirFry Seminars & Consulting. She has also edited books (including The Art of Mindful Facilitation), manuals and other publications for the company. (read more)

 

Rose Bueno

Rose Bueno, M.A., Psy.D. Candidate Native American
Office Assistant

Rose is a therapist who finds importance working with diverse and under-served populations. She holds a M.A. degree in Psychology and is working towards her Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. (read more)

 

joan nelson

Joan Nelson  White, of Irish, French & Mixed Ancestry
Bookkeeper

Joan brings a wealth of accounting and administrative experience to Stirfry, having worked in management positions in accounting, IT and client services for small businesses, large corporations and a variety of non-profit organizations. (read more)

 

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Allison Rolls   Mixed Anglo Ancestry
Web and Graphic Designer

Allison was born and raised in the Bay Area with a strong sense of the beauty and diversity of the region. She holds an B.A. in English from UC Berkeley and Master's degrees in Literature and Anglo-Irish Literature from the University of Michigan and the Queen's University in Belfast, Northern Ireland. (read more)

 

Facilitators

roberto almanzan

In Loving Memory of our dear friend and colleague, Roberto Almanzan, who passed from this life on January 7, 2017.  

Roberto was a multicultural consultant, trainer, and coach with a special emphasis on developing cultural competency, cross-cultural communication skills, conflict management, and team building in diverse environments. Roberto was a participant in the award winning documentaries, The Color of Fear, and its sequel, Walking Each Other Home: The Color of Fear 2.

 

john boiano

John Boiano, M.A.   European American, 3rd-generation Italian
Facilitator

John Boiano, Pulse Integrations Founder/Director is a dynamic motivational facilitator, trainer and consultant with a unique approach to leading groups on a journey of self-discovery.  From a mindful perspective, John facilitates group conversations and teachings on a wide range of positive growth and awareness issues focused on biases, perceptions and accountability. (read more)

 

daniel cohen

Daniel Cohen, M. Ed.  White, Eastern European, Jewish American
Facilitator

Daniel is an educator and facilitator who believes in the power of an individual’s story and the need for communities to be purposefully challenged by these stories. As a white man dedicated to anti-racist, anti-sexist work, Daniel works to recognize his own assumptions and biases.  Raised and educated in predominately all-white, wealthy communities he was, as Peggy McIntosh states, “taught to see racism [and sexism] only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group. (read more)

 

linda compton

Linda Compton   African American and Cherokee
Facilitator

Linda is a Personal Life Consultant, Coach, Teacher, Therapist, Diversity Trainer, Facilitator, Mediator, Arbitrator, Retreat Facilitator and Planner.  Creativity, Spirituality, Psychology and Travel are her primary interests and foundations of her life. As a Diversity Trainer and Facilitator, she has worked with Lee Mun Wah since 1994 and is the lead facilitator in his film, Last Chance for Eden (read more)

 

jim langemo

Jim Langemo   Norwegian, Swedish, Lakota, German and Welsh
Facilitator

Jim Langemo brings a simple, holistic approach for improving performance through diversity to corporations, non-profit organizations and educational institutions. He is currently working on creating a leadership development program for the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee. (read more)

 

david lee

David C. Lee, Ph.D.  Asian American
Facilitator

David is a licensed psychologist and attorney who has been performing diversity trainings across the country since 1992. He received graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Wisconsin- Madison.  David provides expertise in  multicultural sensitivity, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender issues, cultural issues in psychological interventions, and communications and listening skills. (read more)

 

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Lee Mun Wah, M.S. M.A.  Chinese American
Facilitator

A nationally acclaimed lecturer and Master Diversity & Communications Trainer, Lee Mun Wah is a Chinese American community therapist, documentary filmmaker, Special Education educator, performing poet, Asian folkteller and author. He is also the Executive Director of StirFry Seminars & Consulting, which works with corporations, government agencies, educational institutions, and social agencies to facilitate diversity issues through healthy and authentic cross cultural relationships. (read more)

 

John Lenssen  European American of Danish and Dutch descent
Facilitator

John is a facilitator, trainer, and consultant working primarily with school districts and public organizations on issues of cultural competency, diversity, conflict, civil rights, intercultural communication, leadership and change. He is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of Oregon, Lewis and Clark College, and Pacific University teaching graduate courses on diversity and cultural competency. (read more)

 

Rainbow Markell

Rainbow Jane Markell  European American, Big Beautiful Lesbian
Facilitator

Rainbow Markell is a consultant, trainer, and mediator working with groups and individuals to heal what divides us.  She learned much about human needs and interactions working in early childhood education for 18 years.  As a teacher and administrator in programs for infants, toddlers, preschoolers and school age children, Rainbow focused on communication, conflict resolution and anti-bias curriculum.  She has trained hundreds of staff how to interact and actively listen to young children.
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james

Jim Peal, Ph.D.   African American
Facilitator

Jim Peal is a Senior Facilitator for StirFry Seminars with a strong background in diversity training and organizational development. He has a doctoral degree in psychology from Union Institute and is a certified NLP (Neurolinguistic Programming) Elite Master Practitioner. (read more)

 

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Julie Garza-Withers, M.A.  Working Class; Cherokee, Mexican, Scottish Mix
Facilitator

Julie Garza-Withers is an award-winning community college Sociology instructor and organizational consultant. Her work on diversity focuses on the everyday lived experience of inequality with an emphasis on social class, ethnicity, and gender in educational and workplace settings. (read more)

 

Interns in the Mindful Certification Program

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Juliet Velarde Betita   Pilipina
Intern

Juliet Velarde Betita is a Pilipina elder. Her personal roots as a bi-lingual, bi-cultural, first born and daughter of immigrant parents are the foundations of her professional identity as a Marriage Family Therapist, a college professor and facilitator in diversity trainings. (read more)

 

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Christine Gindi   North African
Intern

Christine Gindi is a feminist North African woman of color committed to social justice. She is training to become a licensed somatic psychotherapist and certified diversity facilitator. Her educational background is interdisciplinary, spanning the fields of somatic psychology, ecotherapy, theology and ethnic studies. (read more)

 

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Laura Mui, M.A., Ed.M   Chinese American
Intern

Laura Mui is currently a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Oakland and Dublin, CA. She is also a parent, daughter, sister, partner, teacher, activist, poet and public speaker. In 2012, Laura launched her psychotherapy practice, Conscious Roots, (read more)

 

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Kim McCaul   White, German-Irish
Intern

Kim McCaul is an anthropologist, mediator and facilitator who grew up in Germany as the son of a German mother and an Irish father. He emigrated to Australia in 2000 where he set up Culture Matters Consulting in 2011. His primary work consists of anthropological research and advice on Aboriginal land right cases and Aboriginal heritage protection matters. (read more)