Mary Ellen Klee has been involved with Esalen Institute since 1965 and has served as a trustee since the mid-80's. Her particular interests have been with the former Esalen Soviet-American Exchange Program and the current Center for Theory & Research. Mary Ellen graduated with a B.A. from Radcliffe College. She has been a student and teacher of the Arica method and practice developed by Oscar Ichazo for over 35 years. An acupuncturist since 1978 with a practice in Classical Five-Element Acupuncture in Santa Monica, California, she also has maintained a home in Big Sur for over 40 years.