Our Team

Lisa Bento / ZEN Program Coordinator

 

Lisa received her degrees from Montclair State University in New Jersey.  Her expertise as an educator and instructional leader includes success with gifted and talented programs, inclusion/special needs differentiation and diverse demographics including inner city youth.  Lisa has developed and delivered specialized courses in coding with python and app development.  She has also provided tailored professional development sessions in educational technology, coaching strategies, inclusive classrooms and social emotional learning.  While addressing the needs of varying capabilities in learners of all types and ages, her 19 years experience as an educator includes mathematics on the middle school, high school and university level.  Pursuits toward leadership in her field became prevalent in these last five years of her training with Grandmaster Choi at Harmony Meditation Center.  Lisa has served as Consultant, Lead Teacher, Math Coach and now Department Chair of Science and Mathematics.  She has been awarded and implemented three grants in three years for social emotional wellness, which includes integrated lessons for mindfulness and for developing a growth mindset in staff, students and school community members at large.  Learning and exercising Mind is a Muscle has upgraded Lisa’s vision, methods for success and management style.  In practicing Mind is a Muscle techniques, she now knows to make any quality improvement it is vital to know why we do what we are doing, to have technologies that support ease of use and proper implementation of processes and to establish meaningful relationships with people and resources toward the shared vision for improvement.  Lisa has been a devoted student of Grandmaster Choi for 10 years, served as editor for the Harmony Meditation: A new way to completion and HwanDo books, and presents outreach sessions in collaboration with our team for various entities and organizations.  

As a human being what should we do to reciprocate the benevolent influence of life? 
Johwa Choi in Harmony Meditation: A new way to completion

 

Bob Beller / ZEN Program Coordinator

Bob Beller is a graduate of Harvard University and the University of Virginia School of Law. He presently serves as Senior Managing Director of JP Commercial Funding LLC. Previously Bob served as an Assistant United States Attorney, in the District of New Jersey, and then as Senior General Counsel and General Counsel, respectively, of two international securities and commodities broker/dealers – Thomson McKinnon Securities and LIT America. Thereafter he pursued an entrepreneurial path as president and founder of Vision Investment Enterprises Worldwide, an international asset management company, where he developed, operated, and sold complex traditional and alternative asset management investment products to institutional, high net worth, and retail investors both domestically and offshore. Bob also served as a consultant to Arthur, Andersen and led sales support for Alpha Investments, one of the industries first, and at the time, largest, fund-of hedge-funds. He was also principal of Altivus Financial Services, a start-up mortgage banking company, and a Financial Consultant to high net worth investors at AXA-Equitable. Most recently, Bob served as Risk Management and Institutional Compliance Officer for Athletics at Rutgers University. Bob is the former Captain of the Harvard varsity basket team and a past president of the Harvard Club of New Jersey.

 

Kevin O’Brien / ZEN Program Coordinator 

Kevin earned his degrees at Fordham University and New York University. He traded U.S. Treasury Securities at Merrill Lynch and Mitsubishi Bank. Kevin performed technical and fundamental analysis for the firms and customers. At Mitsubishi he worked as part of a small team to establish a trading operation in U.S. Treasury Securities. The team developed infrastructure and established relationships with primary dealers and brokers. Kevin managed financial risk in the area of fifteen to thirty year Treasury Securities. Subsequently, Kevin joined TIAA-CREF, a large pension and mutual fund organization. He directed foreign currency trading activity for all equity pension and mutual funds. The level of trading activity ranged between fifteen and twenty billion dollars per year. He promoted the uninterrupted service and safekeeping of corporate assets by managing disaster recovery efforts for all Treasury units. Kevin taught undergraduate courses at Pace University in New York. He taught courses in Business Strategy, Contemporary Business Practice, Managerial and Organizational Concepts, Organizational Behavior, and Venture Initiation and Entrepreneurship. He promoted student learning by developing strong mentoring relationships. Kevin was frequently asked by students to provide recommendations for scholarships and graduate schools. He was appointed to teach Honors courses based on demonstrated knowledge and teaching success.

 

Alexander J. Choi / Founder

Grandmaster Alexander J. Choi is the founder owner and author of Harmony Meditation. For over 20 years, he has served as an enlightened mentor and advisor to those interested in learning and applying the timeless principles of human development. He initially pursued a career as Chemical Engineer and practiced martial arts, but remained unfulfilled by his life and the perspective it gave him. In his search for finding the truth about life and his true identity he sought the guidance of a renowned enlightened monk and devoted his life to finding solutions for himself and others.

After finding the answers to his pressing questions about the truth of human existence and attaining spiritual enlightenment, he became a founder, author and an inventor of methods for advancing human development: He provides training and guidance for people to recover their genuine identity, attain enlightenment and human completion. A society of enlightened and educated individuals will provide for a better, more human and livable world, and a sustainable future for human kind.

In the course of his more than 20 years of professional experience Master Choi has provided guidance for all aspects of human life, such as consciousness, thoughts, emotional balance, health and relationships. He specializes in training sessions and workshops for corporate managers and leaders and educating future leaders by addressing their need for understanding the mechanisms of human mind and consciousness as the basis for personal and professional growth. He teaches people how to upgrade their emotions, thoughts, health, relationships and genuine identity and use them as tools for the benefit and advancement of their lives. Master Choi delivered public lectures about the proven principles of human development and in workshops such as ‘Savor, “Who am I?” and its Power’, ‘ZEN Method’ and ‘Muah Course’. He is also an author of several books and CDs (see Bibliography below).

Public workshop and speaker engagements (selected events)

Merrill Lynch, NYC

Boston Consulting Group, Summit NJ

Silence Therapeutics, Berlin, Germany

Bloomingdales, Short Hills

Eileen Fisher, NYC

JCC of Central New Jersey

Science Park High School, Newark

Atria Senior Living, Cranford

Westfield Memorial Library – repeated lecturer

Berkeley Heights Library

Diversity Committee New Providence

Newark Public Library, author event

Warren County library, author event

Springfield Public Library, author event