Board of Directors

Matthew Alexander

Matthew has spent most of the last 25 years in software development in the entertainment industry. He currently leads five development teams with members in Los Angeles, Argentina, Colombia, Mexico, and Uruguay. Matthew has been a member of the ATS community since 2009, sitting multiple retreats, volunteering, and being a monthly supporter. He has served on the Board of Directors since December 2013. In 2017, Matthew trained as a Mindfulness Facilitator at the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center. His other interests include singing with the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, writing for musical theater, and enjoying photography.

Charles Boyd

Charles has his own business, CAB & Associates and works with small businesses impacted by METRO rail construction. Named Los Angeles Urban League Leader of the Year in 2008 and featured in Who’s Who in Black Los Angeles in 2010 and 2011, Charles A. Boyd served as Deputy Neighborhood Officer for Housing and Safety.

A passionate advocate for civic engagement and empowerment, Mr. Boyd has received over thirty community service and civic awards including U.S. Congressional, California State Senate and California State Assembly recognition.  He has addressed audiences at the Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Columbia University Graduate School of Business, Hunter College Graduate School of Social Work, the American Psychological Association and national forums on social issues including civic engagement, economic development, public safety, housing and youth development.

Raised in The Bronx, New York, Mr. Boyd attended New York City schools and studied real estate appraisal and investment analysis at the New York University, Real Estate Institute.  In addition to numerous professional certifications, he earned a Master of Science degree in Community Economic Development with a concentration in housing from Southern New Hampshire University, Graduate School of Community Economic Development.  He counts his many blessings as a husband and proud father of three.

Vinny Ferraro

Vinny has been a the Senior Trainer for Mindful Schools in Oakland, California and his work was the subject of MTV’s If You Really Knew Me, He is a Dharma teacher and a nationally recognized leader in designing & implementing interventions for at-risk youth. In 1987, he began volunteering his time to be of service. He went on to to help establish Dharma Punx in the mid 90’s. In 2001, he began teaching for Challenge Day, teaching emotional intelligence and other social skills, eventually becoming their Training Director, and leading workshops to more than 100,000 youth. He then became the Training Director for the Mind Body Awareness Project, a non-profit that teaches meditation to the incarcerated. He is a Guiding Teacher for Against the Stream, and for 12 years has led a Friday night meditation group in San Francisco.

Jacqueline Drummond Lewis

Jacqueline’s path to integrated body and mind practices began with the Catholicism of her childhood and, in 2007, moved into meditation  and yoga practices rooted in multiple traditions.
In 2009, she joined the community at Against the Stream Melrose, and since 2014 she has followed the path of embodied spirituality through the teachings of Dharma Ocean.

Since 2001, Jacqueline has worked in the medical field of anesthesia. She strives to deliver medical care in a compassionate, team-oriented way, to an extended group of patients from pediatrics to geriatrics.  She does this in multiple settings, private, academic, volunteer and industry, both nationally and internationally

Her long-term vision is to experience a continuum of mindfulness, compassionate practices from the cushion on to social activities to enhance  well-being and the culture at large.

Mary Stancavage

Mary has practiced meditation, yoga, and cultivated a spiritual practice for over 30 years. She began studying with Noah Levine in 2005, and in 2009 completed his first teacher training program. She currently serves as Program Director of Against the Stream Buddhist Meditation Society. She has taught meditation at recovery centers in Los Angeles, has co-facilitated Year-to-Live groups since 2008, and has a weekly class at ATS. She completed the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at the Sati Center and served as volunteer chaplain at Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. She also served as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project from 2016 to 2018. Mary sits on the boards of the Buddhist Insight Network and CLUE-LA: Clergy and Laity United for Economic Justice . In addition, Mary has a Masters from UCLA, and worked as an archaeologist in the Middle East.