Chip Conley is an author, speaker and the founder and executive chairman of California's largest independent hotel company, Joie de Vivre. Chip has been passionate about Esalen since his first visit more than twenty years ago when he came to learn Esalen massage after graduating from Stanford Business School.
Board of Trustees
Bill James is a recognized leader in financial counseling for high net worth clients including investment management, estate planning and charitable tax planning. His driving vision is to see Esalen thrive for future generations, update its buildings, and become self-sustaining, while preserving its special culture.
Mary Ellen Klee
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.
Jeffrey Kripal is a historian of religions by training, receiving his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago Divinity School in 1993. He currently holds the J. Newton Rayzor Chair in Philosophy and Religious Thought in the Department of Religious Studies at Rice University, where he also chairs the department.
Nancy Lunney-Wheeler, M.A., is known around the world as a pioneering leader in lifelong and integral education for personal and social transformation. From 1981-2010 she served as the director of programming at Esalen, where she continues to serve as a senior advisor.
Tricia McEntee, CEO
Tricia McEntee joined the Esalen family in 2006, bringing both her laudable skill set and a spirited dedication to the community to the position of chief financial officer, before moving into the position of chief executive officer in 2010.
Anisa Mehdi, Emmy Award-winning journalist and filmmaker, was a 2009-2010 Fulbright Scholar in Amman, Jordan. Her commitment to broadening American understanding of Arabs, Islam, Muslims, and the possibility of interfaithfulness is reflected in her reports on religion and the arts.
Michael Murphy is a graduate of Stanford University, co-founder of Esalen Institute, founder of Esalen's Center for Theory and Research, and author of numerous novels and non-fiction books.
Jay Ogilvy first came to Esalen in 1979 and has conceived, designed, and facilitated more Esalen invitational conferences than anyone other than Michael Murphy. Currently, he facilitates conferences for Esalen's Center for Theory and Research.
Gordon Wheeler is president of Esalen. He is a licensed clinical psychologist, with a long experience of practice, teaching, and organizational consultation to nonprofits, with a concentration on mission development and strategic planning.