FROM ROOTS TO FRUITS

The growth of The Fyera Foundation
from its origins

BEGINNING IN 1989

The seeds of this foundation were planted in the spring of 1989, in front of the Managua Cathedral in a war-torn Nicaragua. There, 19 year old Sheva Carr, a North American aid worker, met Jorge Silva, a 12 year old orphan abandoned in the street. At the time, Jorge was selling peanuts to try and put his way through school so that he could realize his dream to become a doctor. Taken by his sincerity, ingenuity, and initiative, Sheva made it her goal to see that Jorge would have all that he needed to actualize his dream. When she was forced to return to North America shortly after their meeting because of heightened political tensions, she sent Jorge (against the advice of experts) $40 per month to cover the cost of his food, clothing, and school. With each money order, she sent a card of encouragement, assuming that she could never know for sure the outcome of her action of unconditional love. With one of those cards, she sent Jorge a packet of unmarked seeds. ”Plant these seeds in soil where there is plenty of sunlight. Then water and love them every day. When you see them blossom into flowers, you will know that my love is with you every day helping you to grow and blossom, too! You’ll also get to see the surprise of what they grow into!” To Jorge’s delight, the seeds became giant orange sunflowers like the color of Sheva’s hair. After six years of monthly money orders and loving cards, Jorge and Sheva lost touch.

Jorge, Sheva, and Kids in 1989

Care Counts

Sheva had watered a seed with these care packages, never expecting to see what the flower in the form of Jorge would one day become. But she too, was to receive a delightful surprise. 12 years to the day after she and Jorge had met in front of the Managua Cathredral, he found her again to tell her of the impact her love and care had on his life. Though tempted at times into drugs, prostitution, or crime to survive, Jorge kept telling himself that he had a mother in Canada in Sheva, and would one day find her again to make her proud. Following the trail her care had left behind, he had blossomed into a psychologist, and was now the head of an orphanage responsible for the care of 30 children. Just as one sunflower seed turns into a flower that has hundreds of seeds in store, Sheva’s small act of service had blossomed in Jorge to reach many more!

Did you know that you cannot plant sunflower seeds backwards?

One of our participants planted sunflower seeds in front of a ribbed metal wall painted white. When the plants were fully grown and began to blossom, a strange thing occurred. The radiant orange and yellow blossoms were facing the wall instead of the garden. “They’re backwards! Did we plant the seeds backwards?” No! Sunflowers grow towards the greatest light. The sunlight reflected off of the metal wall was stronger than the sun itself!

What helps a human being grow?

We believe that human beings grow the same way sunflowers do- towards the greatest light, in the form of love. Sunflower SunPower Kids aims to offer individuals, families and classrooms the opportunity to be “the metal wall,” reflecting the light of love that developing children and communities may grow under and aspire towards. 

The Fyera Foundation and the Sunflower SunPower Kids Today?

Today, Jorge and Sheva have grown up and teamed up to be of benefit to hundreds of families and thousands of children in three Nicaraguan cities. Sheva is now a doctor of Oriental Medicine, and a licensed HeartMath trainer with her own stress management training company. She has taught people all over the world (including the goverment in Nicaragua!) to access the heart’s intelligence for conflict resolution, stress reduction, healing, optimal performance, creativity and social change. The Sunflower SunPowerKids has programs for sponsoring children, classrooms, small businesses, and hospitals. We hope you will join our cause and contribute to a world culture based on cooperative creativity and care for our whole human family.

Sheva and Sunflower SunPower Kids

Milestones

1989

Jorge and Sheva met in front of the Managua Cathedral. Jorge was selling peanuts. Sheva was on a tour of Nicaragua with an international studies project through her university. 

Sheva in 1989, portrait of Jorge from photo in 1989

1990-1996

Jorge and Sheva exchange letters through an Evangelical Mission that delivers the letters to Jorge on the streets. Sheva sends monthly money orders to pay for Jorge’s clothes, food, medicine, education and school supplies.  Below is Sheva’s first letter to Jorge- and the first birthday card he ever received- sent in January 1990. And to the right of that, a letter from Jorge. After six years of support and mutual love and care, Jorge and Sheva lost touch.

2002

Jorge and Sheva are reunited through an internet search, fueled by Ana Raquel Diaz, another little girl Sheva had worked with in Nicaragua in 1989. Finding each other again, Sheva returns to Nicaragua to see “her children” now all grown up! 

Upon seeing every letter ever sent to Jorge wrapped carefully in plastic shopping bags and preserved like brand new, while hearing that Jorge had been tempted into drugs, prostitution and crime to survive but always said, “No!” at the remembrance of his “mother” in Canada called Sheva that he wanted to make proud, Sheva and Jorge decide to found the Sunflower Children’s Foundation to make every child feel cared for and introduce every human being to the power of their care.

2003

On October 30, 2003 The International Humanities Center, Tax ID #33-0767921, signed on with what was then called The Sunflower Children’s Foundation to be their fiscal sponsor. American Business Visions CEO Steve Moeller donated $500 to launch the foundation’s activities. A website was donated by Glen Dobson at www.sunflower-children.org where 40 children’s profiles were posted, children who needed sponsors. A soup kitchen was launched in Juigalpa, Nicaragua providing 300 children with three square meals a day. 

Pictures from our Juigalpa Soup Kitchen

2004

On March 4, 2004, we obtained official non profit status within Nicaragua under the name “Fundacion de Ninos Girasoles” (Sunflower Children’s Foundation in Spanish). Our Cedula #: 190304-9436

We began our first child sponsorships and launched our first schools. 

Also in that year, Sheva began conversations with Fred Fuch’s (Director of Arts and Entertainment Programming for the CBC) about making a narrative film about the Sunflower Kids story. The first step was to have it published in written form and the process was begun to put it in a book or magazine article.

2005

On January 24, 2005 with a personal grant from the Barrie Foundation, we purchased three acres of land in Santa Rita, Nicaragua, north of Managua. With the help of architect Eve Reynolds we built a 3 room one story school. With the help of “Adelante con El Sol” we put solar panels on the roof of the school and created a solar powered school.

Upon seeing every letter ever sent to Jorge wrapped carefully in plastic shopping bags and preserved like brand new, while hearing that Jorge had been tempted into drugs, prostitution and crime to survive but always said, “No!” at the remembrance of his “mother” in Canada called Sheva that he wanted to make proud, Sheva and Jorge decide to found the Sunflower Children’s Foundation to make every child feel cared for and introduce every human being to the power of their care.

Solar panels being added to school

Around this same time, we began receiving calls saying we had failed to provide items purchased in silent auctions we had never had. We discovered that another “Sunflower Children’s Foundation” had been formed in New York (www.sunflowerchildren.org). To avoid brand confusion, we changed our name to Sunflower SunPower Kids and drafted a new logo.


Also in 2005, we brought together a team to help us apply for a program grant with the Kellogg Foundation. Our grant application was denied.

2006

This is the year that we launched our knitting, sewing, tailoring and sustainable vocations programs for pregnant teens and unsupported moms. We also, with the help of the Sirens Society and the Latin American Rotary Club, did our first annual backpack fundraising drive, filling and delivering 350 backpacks with school supplies, Christmas toys, and medicines for children. Sheva did a site visit to Nicaragua, delivering the backpacks, 30 bicycles for each sponsored child, and delivered a donated week of training to more than 100 officials in the Nicaraguan government’s Ministries of Education and Ministries of Family. The trainings were on stress management, conflict resolution, and emotional mastery, based on research and tools from The Institute of HeartMath which Sheva is licensed to teach (www.heartmath.org).

We also brought down to Nicaragua during this site visit a documentary film crew from “Oh My God Films” to produce a fundraising documentary about our work with the children and the Nicaraguan government, and to create a film of the “Sunflower Kids” story.

Also in 2006, the Sunflower Kids Story was accepted for publication in the Chicken Soup for the Soul Series. However, because the making of the narrative film is still a goal of the Fyera Foundation, we were not willing to give up the media rights to the story and turned down the offer to publish. See appendix E to read the story that was accepted for publication by the Chicken Soup Series.

2007

In January of 2007, we expanded from our pre school and sustainable vocations programs in Juigalpa and Santa Rita, Nicaragua, to add programs in a troubled Barrio in Managua called Ruben Dario. We continued to solicit donations for our programs, and to seek child sponsors. In 2007 we also launched medical services to the children in the three communities where we were working, and began a hospice program at Managua Women’s Hospital bringing psychologists to work with women dying of cancer and ensuring that their children would be cared for in our Managua programs after their passing.

Also in 2007, due to continued brand confusion with the Sunflower Children’s Foundation in New York, we changed our name to the Fyera Foundation and placed the Sunflower SunPower Kids as one project under the umbrella of the Fyera Foundation. We launched a new website at www.fyera.org and a new program also under that umbrella called “Save The Soldiers.” Because much of Sheva’s life’s work had been inspired by the post traumatic stress she experienced living in the war zones of Nicargaua in 1989, part of the mission of the foundation has been to heal the spiritual poverty of war and the post trauma it leaves behind, on populations and on soldiers. In addition to work being done within Nicaragua, The Fyera Foundation began to collect scholarship donations for soldiers and terminally ill or handicapped participants to go through stress management training programs. You can read about Jake Kubetz story here.

Fyera Foundation, Managua Women’s Hospital, Jake Kubetz

2008

In the summer of 2008 we teamed up with Mayor Antonio Villaragosa’s office in Los Angeles, and Gratts Elementary School in downtown LA, and the Institute of HeartMath, with the help of Web Media Services and Home Depot, to create the Fyera Foundation’s first educational DVD called “Care Counts!” Filmed in 3-5th grade classrooms in both English and Spanish, the interactive DVD was designed to teach kids self esteem, positive decision making, emotional intelligence skill building, and bring scholastic and parent communities together with tools from HeartMath and the Sunflower Kids story. See more about “Care Counts” in current projects, and our Press Release for the Care Counts launch on the Mayor’s Day of Service in LA in Appendix D of 501c3 application. 

2009

July 4-August 29 Tanja Muntse from Germany was our first foreign exchange student to do a volunteer vacation, teaching in our school in Ruben Dario, Managua. In September of that same year, we traveled back to Nicaragua and presented the Care Counts! Training program to children in all of our schools. Seeing attrition in the Santa Rita School, we opted to sell our land and solar powered school there to finance the programs in Juigalpa and Ruben Dario.

Photos above are of the Care Counts! Curriculum being taught in our Ruben Dario and Juigalpa Schools.

2010

On March 15, 2010 our land sale went through and we were able to transfer funds, attention and resources to our Ruben Dario and Juigalpa schools and clinics full time. Also in March of 2010 we launched our Soles for Souls program, soliciting shoes for children to be able to walk to school. With several new projects planned (a micro-business program with online profiles soliciting sponsors and alliance partnerships sought with children’s clothing and school supply distributors as well as creating a team to provide HeartMath training to other NGOs in Nicaragua) we felt it was time to activate the process to attain our own independent 501c3 status with the IRS in the United States.

2011 - Today

We applied for and received our own charitable 501c3 status in 2011 and decided to expand our operations to serve all of what were then The Millennium Development Goals (now the SDGs and 2030 Agenda). On May 19, 2021, The Fyera Foundation was granted ECOSOC Consultative Status to the United Nations to further expand our years of service and investment in a world that resolves conflicts through peaceful means through international collaboration and cooperation. Here is a video of our founder watching UNTV the moment status was granted:

2021

Along with other NGOs with foreign supporters, the Fyera Foundations 30 years of work and non-profit status in Nicaragua was cancelled by the Nicaragua government in 2021. All donors have been updated and we continue to send heart for the highest best for our Nicaraguan family. 

SARAH

Youth Board Member

Sarah Syed

Sarah is an 18-year-old climate activist and innovator. She is a Youth Board Member at The Fyera Foundation, a fellow at The David Suzuki Foundation, and a climate education workshop facilitator/community and social media manager at Starfish Canada. Sarah is passionate about leveraging her passion for tech to research and design equitable climate-tech solutions. From bioplastic research made from food scraps to her most recent project that spanned over two years, a biodegradable sorbent made from polymers, biomass, and polysaccharide aerogels that have the efficiency of removing 98% of oils, organic compounds, and heavy metal compounds. Sarah is currently working on leveraging nanomaterials to design a rotating and semi-transparent solar cell and an IoT water sensor to reduce water wastage in agriculture. Her efforts have been recognized by distinguishable honors such as MP Dan Albas, NDP Critic for Environment and Climate Change Laurel Collins, and The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell during the Ontario Junior Citizen award ceremony. She has also been named a Top 25 Under 25 Environmentalist in Canada, Ontario Junior Citizen, and 1 of 3 young women making a mark on climate change by the Weather Network, National Nature Inspirational Youth, and Future Mind Under 25.

She is also the founder of You Are the Change, a youth-led organization dedicated to helping youth become changemakers in their community. She enjoys sharing her story and ideas in hopes of inspiring other youth and ensuring that action is taken now on the life-threatening climate crisis. Sarah has spoken at many conferences including the United Nations Water Conference Offical Side event, UN Science, Technology and Innovation Forum, Eco Impact, HWY H2O, Electricity Transformation Canada, AWE USA, University of Toronto, and McGill University, among others.

PHOENIX RISING

Wildfire Relief

Phoenix Rising Has Provided Support to Many Individuals Facing Wildfire Recovery, as well as grants to:

Wildfire Protectors Corps

Additional Support provided by:

ENDING HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Operation Big Sister

What if human slavery could end in our lifetime?

What if all it would take is for people like you and me to get involved?

Mediators Beyond Borders Partnership

We are a proud member of Mediators Beyond Borders International and participate in their United Nations and Sustainable Development Goals working groups while also partnering with them in Nicaragua and other zones of civil unrest to bring dialogue in place of violence. 

Resilience Training for
Red Cross Staff + Volunteers

To learn more about the Red Cross, click HERE

Regina Shuvanova

The universe that we all call home is made up of amazing energy accessible to all of those who are willing to see it and embrace it. This energy can make any dream a reality. It has been my life journey and passion to help those who are distracted and unable to see clearly, find their path. This energy is everywhere and present in everything we do, from basic daily short term activities, to long term complex life discoveries. I was born in Tashkent Uzbekistan, a product of 2 Russian parents. I am bilingual in Russian and English. Having moved from Uzbekistan to Russia, and then to the United States, I have always wanted to bring people of the world together, to learn from each other, to grow, and to harness that energy. I received a Masters degree in Diplomacy & International Relations from Seton Hall University. I worked on developing international business relationships and cooperation through my role with the Mid-Atlantic Eurasia Business Council (MAEBC/MARBC) in Philadelphia, PA. With my career moving forward, a wonderful gift was given to me midstream. I became a mom. Life moves in mysterious ways and has its own path at times, yet, this energy I speak of is found in all things, at times, where you least expect it. I relocated from the West Coast and now live in San Diego California. I am currently in a leadership role with Caesars Entertainment, live with a loving husband, and a beautiful son. Without a doubt, being a mom has taught me more than I could have ever imagined, and has helped me in my own journey to find that energy.

REGINA

Board Member

U.N. Commission On The
Status of Women

The Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) is a global organization dedicated to promoting gender equality and empowering women. It plays a vital role in advocating for women's rights, shaping international standards, and discussing progress and challenges in gender equality. Representatives from UN Member States, civil society organizations, and UN entities gather annually to discuss and agree on actions to accelerate women's empowerment. The CSW contributes to the implementation of the Beijing Declaration, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and reports on gender perspectives to other intergovernmental bodies. Overall, the CSW is instrumental in advancing gender equality worldwide.

SANDRA

Chief Medical Officer, Treasurer

Sandra Solano

M.D., M.S. 

Sandra is a healthcare professional with more than 20 years of experience as a Healthcare Executive and consultant and now has her own Holistic Wellness practice in New Albany, Ohio. Dr. Solano successfully implemented large scale transformational projects in the private and public sector and was recognized as a successful disruptor and change agent. Through her career, Dr. Solano experienced personally and professionally the detrimental impact that stress and lack of emotional regulation has in productivity, communication and efficacy in the work place and family life. Through her practice, she works with individuals, teams, groups and organizations to bring evidence-based tools and skills that empower the individual to develop emotional fitness and stress management. 

While she enjoyed a successful and fulfilling career in public health, Dr. Solano felt disconnected and unfulfilled. She continued studying alternative health modalities and how they could improve wellness. After extensive research and training, Sandra chose a combination of methods that facilitate the regulation of emotions and management of stress as the foundation of her holistic wellness practice. Dr. Solano is a certified trainer of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage™ program; certified practitioner Shuniya Tibetan Bowl Sound Healing©; a Reiki Master; and a practitioner of Holographic Memory Resolution©.

After personally experiencing and practicing these tools, Dr. Solano feels connected with her authentic self and feels a sense of hope and peace that she wants to share with others. Learning about and experiencing these techniques brought her a new understanding of health as a state of balance and wholeness. Her concept of health sees every person as a fundamentally perfect being. Her passion is to help others to find that connection, authenticity, peace, and hope that she is now able to experience

MATTHEW

Board Member

Matthew Mitchell 

Matthew Mitchell has over 30 years experience in sales, business development, and relationship management. He is an international speaker and consultant specializing in high performance and human potential.  He gives people the tools and guidance necessary to eliminate the limiting beliefs and behaviors that hold them back so that they can achieve excellence in their personal and professional lives.

Matthew received his Masters of International Management from The American Graduate School of International Management in Phoenix, Arizona and his MBA at ESADE, (Escuela Superior de Administraccion y Direccion de Empresas) in Barcelona, Spain.

Matthew’s diverse career has spanned a number of industries. He spent ten years doing finance deals for large corporate clients with US Leasing and GE Capital. He made a career change in the early ‘90’s by going to work for Lucasfilm Ltd. in the Entertainment industry.  He headed their electronic editing systems division and represented their proprietary technology to the major studios and production companies.

Matthew later served as VP of Television sales for two top post-production facilities in Los Angeles, once again cultivating relationships with studio heads, and independent film companies.  He spent several years in the Communications industry with Qwest Digital Media being one of the first to sell the ability to deliver content over the Internet.

In 2004, he began his own consulting practice specializing in teaching high level skills to the fortune 100. 

At present, Matthew is a keynote speaker, an expert in “Negotiation Skills”, “Organizational Savvy”, “Power Messaging”, and “Executive Presence” skills.  He travels nationally conducting public seminars in negotiation skills.  He has consulted and trained some of the biggest companies in the world.  Current and former clients include: UPS, VMware, EMC, GE (multiple divisions), Honeywell, Tektronix, Ciena, Fujitsu Networks, Pratt & Whitney, Exxon Mobil Chemical, Microsoft, ATT, Sprint, Yahoo, Earthlink, Oracle, Cisco, HP, Intel, AMD, Aetna, Prudential, Siemens, Owens Corning, Cardinal Health, Care Fusion / Becton Dickenson, Autodesk, Caremark, Citigroup, Wells Fargo, Abbott Labs, Wellpoint, United Healthcare, Optum Health, Ingenix, Hersheys, Applied Materials, Kronos, Ceridian, Unisys, Intelsat, Colgate Palmolive, and Medela.

CAROLD

C.O.O - Nicaragua Region

Carold Garcia

16 years overseeing the operations of our programs in Nicaragua while raising her 16 year old daughter Lidia.

I am Carold García Castillo, Nicaraguan, graduated in Business Administration (UNAN-MANAGUA) with training in the HeartMath techniques and Regional Director for Fundación Fyera Nicaragua. I was born in January 1979 in Managua. I come from a family of limited resources and numerous, I am divorced and single mother of a lady of 15 years. I have vague memories of bittersweet childhood, my crib was the arms of my parents, my food the hope of my humble family and a people afflicted to see a new sun until the end of the Sandinista popular revolution of 1979-1990. In 1991 I heard Sheva’s name for the first time, her influential person formed in me a firm spirit, an integral character, a strength, and a deep desire to face everything. My life mission is at the service of families, to make a difference in the beating of their hearts.

MAI

Vice President

Mai Shbeta

Lawyer, Mediator, Project Manager and Group Facilitator

Mai is a peace activist, human rights lawyer, mediator, and group facilitator. She was born and raised in Wahat al Salam-Neve Shalom (Oasis of Peace), the only intentional Jewish-Arab village in Israel. Her mother is Jewish and her father is Palestinian and her dream is to be a bridge between the two people. Since she was young, Mai has been active in programs that promote peace, leadership, and human rights in different organizations like Global Changemakers, Creativity for Peace, V-Girls (V-Day) and UNESCO’s Young Peace Ambassadors Workshop. She is a board member of the Fyera Foundation and is primarily working on a project that seeks to end human trafficking (the project includes a feature film, documentary film and online platform). In 2011, when she was 19, she participated and gave a speech about her work at the World Economic Forum in Davos. Mai completed her legal internship at Michael Sfard’s human rights law office in Tel Aviv. She studied mediation and is seeking to give workshops and mediate between people in different conflict zones. Right now she is working as a project manager at the “Elmina” Jewish-Arab theatre in Jaffa and at the Center for Multiculturalism and Diversity at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and she is also developing a mediation project between Israeli and Palestinian leaders and politicians.

Cheryl Geoffrion

Cheryl Geoffrion is certified as a trainer, facilitator and coach by The Institute of HeartMath and The International Center for Attitudinal Healing.  She has facilitated one-on-one coaching, support groups, and workshops for more then 24 years utilizing these principles and practices as well as many other transformational life techniques.  She has also worked with Fortune 100 companies, Non-Profits, and individuals as an expert negotiator, facilitator, and coach in sales and negotiation skills, leadership development, interpersonal communication and conflict resolution.  She is a published co-author of The Three Value Conversations, How to Create, Elevate, & Capture Customer Value at Every Stage of the Long-Lead Sales with a feature article of the same theme in Top Sales World Magazine.  An international motivational speaker, teacher, and former TV talk show host, Cheryl brings experience, compassion and vision to her work.

For more than two decades, Cheryl has been highly sought as a keynote speaker and consultant to a wide variety of public, private and educational institutions. Her experience, passion, sense of humor, and ability to drive high-impact performance execution enable her to be both entertaining and remarkably effective at producing transformational results.

Additionally she has the unique privilege to specialize in comprehensive international and domestic sport sponsorship and corporate hospitality programs working with the Olympics and FIFA World Cup implementing programs for Top Sponsors in Asia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Mexico, South Africa, and the United States.   She also served as the Managing Director of the Avon Breast Cancer 3-days and the National AIDSRides during which time she was responsible for many multi-million dollar charitable events nationwide.  Cheryl’s global experience ensures a strong cultural awareness.

Cheryl started her professional career as an Air Traffic Controller (ATC) for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) where she honed a skillset that enabled her to achieve great success as one of the youngest certified in ATC nationwide. She went on to pioneer unique performance enhancing coaching programs for Air Traffic Managers and Supervisors.

Affiliations:
-Fyera Foundation
-Institute of HeartMath
-The International Center for Attitudinal Healing
-CMCM T.V./Talk Show Host
-Summer Olympics: Beijing, London, Rio de Janeiro
-FIFA World Cup, South Africa
-Winter Olympics, Vancouver

CHERYL

Chief of Staff & Communications Officer

Robert Browning

Director of HeartMath Healthcare and Consultant to / Trainer with Fyera; Co-Vice President of United Nations Peace Messenger Organization ‘Pathways To Peace’

Robert Browning, PhD (h.c.) is Co-Director for HeartMath Healthcare and a Senior Master Trainer. For over 25 years with HeartMath, he’s trained more than 20,000 individuals in heart-based living and leads programs at: Stanford, U.C.L.A., Brigham & Women’s and Kaiser Permanente. He oversees HeartMath’s strategic healthcare alliances focused on self-care, human caring and wholeness healing. In April, 2015, Robert received an Honorary Doctorate in Human Caring and Caring Science from Dr. Jean Watson, Founder and Director, Watson Caring Science Institute and Dean Emerita-University of Colorado, Denver, College of Nursing. It was given “to honor devotion to the betterment of humankind through human caring – heart centered teachings and practices.”

He holds a faculty position with the Esalen Institute and Watson Caring Science Institute and adjunct faculty with the University of Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, College of Nursing. Robert graduated from U.C.L.A., Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa with a B.A. in Communications.  His passion and 20 year focused inquiry on the power of the heart, care and healing has informed the depth of his work, practice and message.

ROBERT

BOARD MEMBER

MELINDA

Secretary

Melinda Dewey

Board Certified Coach. Trainer. Speaker. Mentor. Operations Officer. The Fyera Foundation Board Member and Secretary

Following a successful 17-year business career in roles as a Corporate Controller, Project Manager and bank Loan Officer, Melinda now combines her business expertise and passion for health, empowerment, and resilience as Operations Officer in addition to her private practice as a certified Life and Breath Coach and HeartMath Coach and Trainer to individuals and groups. Some of her related certifications, training, and 30 years of full-time wellness-related experience include:

  • Licensed HeartMath® Coach and HeartMath Certified Trainer
  • C.O.O. of Fyera! Inc since 2010
  • C.O.O. of HeartMath’s HeartMastery online learning program since 2011, managing and leading HeartMath Course Group Coaching Calls for students from around the world
  • Certified Mindful Change Life Coach, with Wellness Coaching specialty training At the Institute of Life Coach Training
  • Employee Wellness Coach to Fortune® 100 employees cross the Nation for over five years
  • Board-Certified Coach Credential
  • Owner, manager of InnerLight Healing Arts in Costa Mesa, CA for 10 years, with chiropractic and allopathic physicians and practitioners of various holistic modalities and group class offerings.
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and Communication

 

It is also my privilege to serve as a board member and secretary of non-profit The Fyera Foundation since 2011.

It is my joy to engage in awakening authenticity, potential and heart intelligence with the power of the heart to generate inner and outer peace.

SHEVA

Founder, CEO, President, Executive Director

Sheva Carr

Sheva Carr is a visionary, humanitarian, creator, lover of life, author, speaker, doctor of Oriental Medicine, Board Certified Polarity Therapist and Registered Polarity Educator, and expert HeartMath trainer and coach. She loves to help people find fulfillment and peace within the power of their hearts! She is the founding CEO of Fyera! Inc and Heart Ambassadors, a global network of endeavors sharing a common purpose of creating measurable social ROI to transform the world’s story with heart. Under the umbrella of that mission she is the architect of HeartMath’s www.heartmastery.com program, the founding Executive Director of the Fyera Foundation and Sunflower SunPower Kids, and Co-Vice President and Head of UN Delegations for the United Nations Peace Messenger Organization Pathways To Peace www.pathwaystopeace.org . The author of “Being the Source of Love” and “Where the Sky Meets the Earth,” she is featured as a “love luminary” in Marci Schimoff’s New York Times bestselling book “Love for No Reason.” She cofounded (with Global Womens Empowerent Network and The Representation Project) the annual Women Illuminated Film Festival. She is also the founding visionary behind www.operationbigsister.org designed to enroll a Civilian Army to contribute to efforts to end sex trafficking and modern day slavery. She mentors teens from Israel and Palestine in peace dialogues with www.creativityforpeace.org under the motto “An enemy is a friend whose story you have yet to hear.”

She has created her own trauma relief interventions with her knowledge of the autonomic nervous system, and has been published in respected medical journals as “Perspectives in Biology and Medicine,” and other publications including “The UN Special.” She has trained and mentored medical staff from C-level executives to bedside nurses at distinguished medical centers, including Mayo Clinic, Harvard, Stanford, Cedars Sinai, Kaiser Permanente, and more. She also founded the first HeartMath hospital patient education program at Earl Bakken’s Heart-Brain Institute. She co-authored HeartMath’s Stopping Emotional Eating Program with Doc Childre and Deborah Rozman and was the coach and manager of the participants involved in the study done on that program. Previously on the Faculty of Alternative Medicine at University of Minnesota, and a professor of Oriental Medicine at Emperor’s College, she has worked as a coach and consultant to leading cardiologists, heart-brain researchers, and physicists. She has also trained United Nations staff and numerous international government agencies, and soldiers preparing for deployment to Iraq and Afghanistan.

She did her undergraduate work in fine arts, cross cultural international studies, Spanish, and premed at Carnegie Mellon Universty, Yale, Friends World College, and Dalhousie University. She received experiential credits for her work in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Holland, England, and Canada. Her Masters Degree is in Traditional Chinese Medicine from Yo San University. 

Sheva speaks to people all over the world on how to access heart intelligence and peace of mind, in order to receive the benefits of the heart’s impact on their relationships, health, performance, creativity, contribution, legacy, social change, and the building of a global culture of peace. 

Please see Sheva Carr’s full bio HERE

And CV HERE

Participating in and donating training and resources to William Ury’s 3rd Side Design Sprint for Peace in the Middle East

KEVIN

Chief Gratitude & Giving Officer

Kevin Crowe

Kevin is an innovative senior executive who brings expertise in philanthropy, communications, non-profit management, and organizational development. Most recently he held a national philanthropy position focused on providing education to physicians and clinicians on the science of gratitude and building an organizational culture of gratitude within a national non-profit health system. He is an international speaker and consultant, and as a certified trainer of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage™ program, Kevin has facilitated individuals and teams all over the world in creating heart focused personal change initiatives.

In addition to 29 years in healthcare administration and overlapping with 18 years in philanthropy, Kevin’s career has included hospitality management and higher education. He is passionate about institutional culture transformation and over the years and in several roles, has led multiple initiatives in his organizations that focus on service, satisfaction, and gratitude. Kevin has served on multiple boards including The Board of Visitors of the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Nursing and The Board of Directors of the Association of Fundraising Professionals – Chicago Chapter.

Kevin holds a Bachelor of General Studies in organizational management and leadership from North Park University in Chicago and is certified by The Institute of HeartMath and the Nonprofit Leadership Alliance. He is also a certified trainer and facilitator of multiple culture change and operational efficiency programs. He is a Reiki Master and Reiki Master trainer and an Akashic Records consultant. Kevin uses a combination of these modalities with mindfulness and resilience practices in bringing his best self forward to be present and in service to others.

WATER PROJECTS

The Fyera Foundation aims to bring 10,000 people clean drinking water every World Water Day, March 22

Including grants to one of our partners:

SPECIES CONSERVATION

MAX'S FUND

HELPING DELIVER VETERINARY CARE WHERE IT IS MOST NEEDED AND LEAST AFFORDED

Sponsoring Safari West's Species Diversity and Conservation efforts

Max's Fund includes support to Safari West

Sponsoring Safari West's Species Diversity and Conservation efforts

MAX'S FUND

Helping deliver veterinary care where it is most needed and least afforded

MEDICAL AID PARTNERSHIPS

Bringing Life Giving Surgeries
To Those In Need With Our Partner

WOMEN'S VOICES IN MEDIA

Women Illuminated
Film Fest

Commission on the Status of Women in Media 2018

Rebuilding Homes in Nepal Post Earthquake ...with Heart!

Acupuncturists
without borders Partnership

Partnering with Acupuncturists Without Borders to embed resilience training in their disaster relief clinics.

partnership with Creativity for Peace

now called
"TOMORROW'S WOMEN"

Bringing applied heart intelligence to peace dialogues between teens from Israel and Palestine under the motto, “An enemy is a friend whose story you have yet to hear” with our partner Creativity for Peace. Fyera Foundation provided university scholarships to young women peace builders.