Frank Rogers, Jr.
Co-Director, Founder

Andrew Dreitcer
Co-Director, Founder

Cate Wilson
Program Director

Jennifer Hooten
Program Director

Michael Spezio
Acting Dir. of Research

Alane Daugherty                            Consultant and Teacher

Steffani Kizziar                               Consultant and Teacher


Center Staff

Frank Rogers is a graduate school professor with degrees from Anderson College (BA) and Princeton seminary (Masters and PhD). His research and teaching focus is on life-formation that is contemplative, creative, and socially liberative. A trained spiritual guide and experienced retreat leader, he has written on the interconnections between spirituality, social engagement, and compassion. He is the author of three books — a novel, a description of the CEC’s Compassion Practice, and an exploration of the role of the narrative arts (storytelling, drama, creative writing, and autobiography) in the formation of wellbeing in teenagers and abused and marginalized children.

Andrew Dreitcer is a graduate school faculty member with degrees from Wabash College (BA), Yale University (Masters), and Graduate Theological Union/University of California, Berkeley (PhD). He has been the co-founder and director of graduate programs in discernment, compassion cultivation, and leadership formation -- and has publications in each of these areas. He is a trained organizational & relationship systems coach, has worked in Restorative Justice with residents of San Quentin prison, and is engaged in exploring neuroscientific understandings of how contemplative practices form compassionate individuals, organizations, and communties. Andy and his wife live in the San Francisco Bay area and have 2 adult daughters.

Cate Wilson draws on 15 years of experience as a line-producer and production manager in the film and television industries for her work guiding organizations through systems thinking, organizational development, and long term planning. She left the film industry to pursue academic studies and a second career in the growing field of spiritual formation and development.  Her research examines the beneficial and empowering effects of contemplative practices in the spiritual formation of girls and young women. Her master’s thesis focused on the use of contemplative practices in working with victims/survivors of trauma.  She has an M.A. Religion and is working on her Ph.D. with a focus on spiritual formation, both from Claremont School of Theology.  Cate lives with her husband, their twelve-year-old daughter, two dogs and two cats in Pasadena at the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains. Cate’s adult son lives nearby and joins the fun whenever he can.

Jennifer Hooten is committed to resourcing the growth of individuals and teams.  She brings 15 years of experience in educational leadership to the Center, where she works on strategic planning, process design, program facilitation and implementation. She has been on staff at Yale University, Claremont Lincoln University, Claremont School of Theology, and Malone College, where she was responsible for millions of dollars in annual revenue generation while helping lead a multi-year institutional planning process for a $50 million infusement of operational capital. She has supervised many highly effective teams, led various targeted initiatives, and has done so with an emphasis on mentoring and coaching. She has also been engaged in the Charter for Compassion and led efforts to establish Claremont Lincoln as a Compassionate University. As both a student and facilitator of the Compassion Practice, she brings a unique perspective and understanding of how the practice can be adapted and applied in organizational contexts to empower individuals and teams. She holds the M.A. in Ethical Leadership from Claremont Lincoln University and a B.A. in Psychology from Taylor University.  She and her husband live among the vineyards in a small town on the Central Coast of  California.

Michael Spezio researches in the emerging field of social and affective neuroscience, which seeks to understand how the brain contributes to understanding other people.  With two PhD's in science, he has investigated the neuroscientific aspects of various human experiences, such as empathy, political decision-making, moral action, compassion, and contemplative practice.  He is also developing transdisciplinary approaches to complex problems such as human moral action, human freedom, and religious experience.  With Andrew Dreitcer, he was co-principal investigator for research funded by the Fetzer Institute on the neuroscience of compassion. He currently has a major grant from the John Templeton Foundation to investigate "Love, Compassion, and Care: Virtue Science and Exemplarity in Real Life and in the Laboratory."  Michael is Associate Professor of Psychology at Scripps College in Claremont, Calif., and a research scientist at Caltech and at Universitaets-Klinikum-Eppendorf, Hamburg, Germany

Alane Daugherty is a writer, speaker, kinesiologist, and workshop facilitator with a PhD in contemplative education from Claremont Graduate University. Her work focuses on teaching people how to transform chaotic and limiting emotional patterns to ones that are self affirming, life enhancing, and truly transformative.