Living Ubuntu

Our team


We are therapists, activists, technology geeks, business executives, people from various walks of life who saw a world full of chronic stress and trauma and very few options.  We asked, "When entire societies have been traumatized, what does genuine healing look like?"

Founders Barbara English and Anshul Mittal's growing discontent with the limits of the traditional western model of one-on-one therapy, combined with the increased awareness of trauma as a global epidemic, motivated them to start Living Ubuntu.  

Board of Directors

Barbara EnglishBarbara English LMFT, CBT
Co-founder & Executive Director

Barbara English is a licensed Marriage Family Therapist with over 20 years of experience in the field. As a Certified Bioenergetic Therapist, she works from a mind-body perspective, and utilizes relational somatic methods as part of the process toward healing and a sense of wellbeing.  Much of her training has focused on Early Development, Infant Mental Health, and healing after abuse or trauma.  She is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow with Genocide Intervention Network.

Elizabeth LimebrookElizabeth Limebrook

Elizabeth “Betsy” Limebrook has over 30 years of professional experience in both the public and private sector.  She was employed for the first 20 years of her career, as a human resources professional at one of Southern California’s finest community college districts.  After leaving the public sector, she had a major career shift and entered the computer technology industry, where currently she is one of the principals in a boutique technology consulting firm.  Betsy holds a Master of Human Resources & Organization Development and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco.  She has been on the Living Ubuntu Board of Directors since it was founded in 2005.

Patty LeaguePatty League

Patty League has more than 24 years of experience as a paralegal in the areas of construction law and general civil litigation, as well as criminal defense experience at both the state and federal levels. Patty joined Living Ubuntuís Orange County for Darfur in 2007 and is also a member of the Irvine Chapter of Amnesty International. Additionally, she is a member of the National Association of Women in Construction, Orange County Chapter and volunteers for its Block Kids and Magic Camp programs.

Advisory Board

We rely extensively on our Advisory Board for their expertise and experience.  Members include:

Anshul MittalAnshul Mittal

Anshul Mittal, co-founder of Living Ubuntu, has over 15 years experience in the technology industry with lead positions at Sun Microsystems, Canon Information Systems, Panasonic Avionics designing and implementing software applications.  Anshul graduated from the University of California, Irvine with a degree in Computer Engineering and minors in Computer Science, Business Management and Philosophy. 

David BerceliDavid Berceli Phd, MSW, MA

David Berceli founder and CEO of Trauma Recovery Assessment & Prevention Services is the creator of Trauma Releasing Exercises (TRE). For the past 20 years David has worked with various international relief agencies such as UNICEF, Doctors Without Borders and The World Health Organization (WHO) designing and implementing comprehensive individualized trauma recovery, stress management and conflict resolution programs. His work has included programs in Sudan, Uganda, Israel, Palestine, Northern Ireland, Ethiopia, New Zealand, Yemen and Egypt.

Bridgette E. HanningBridgette E. Hanning

Bridgette possesses a culmination of 35 years experience in the fields of entertainment, advertising, marketing, event planning, and graphic design. As an event planner and account executive working with such multi-billion dollar clients such as Caesars Palace, Lowe's, Experian, Wells Fargo, Creative Artists, Hyundai, Chase, and Taco Bell, Bridgette has honed her strategic and production experience into pursuing her passion of creating awareness and raising funds to benefit the survivors of genocide--particularly East African refugees.

David SalahiDavid Salahi

David Salahi is a freelance videographer & web developer. He previously worked for Kelley Blue Book and Thomas Bros. Maps/Rand McNally, among other companies. David graduated with a B.S., magna cum laude, from the UC Irvine School of Social Ecology. David has served on several boards of trustees including local boards of the Unitarian Universalist Church, the Sierra Club, and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Past members of the board

William Goldwag MDWilliam Goldwag MD (deceased)

William Goldwag has been in clinical medical practice for 50 years and is the director of the Center for Preventive Holistic Medicine. Dr. Goldwag has been a pioneer in the field of holistic medicine and has been on the Board of Directors of the American Holistic Medical Association and Southern California Institute of Bioenergetic Analysis. He has written articles published in various magazines, newspapers and books and given lectures and workshops on alternative medicine, applications of the martial arts to health and stress awareness and prevention throughout Southern California.

Martina KneeMartina Knee (deceased)

Martina has over 20 years of experience practicing corporate and security law.  As the descendant of Holocaust victims and daughter of a survivor, Martina has experienced the multi-generational effects of a genocide.  In addition to serving as the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area Darfur Coalition, she is a member of the advisory board to the Human Rights Center at UC Berkeley.  She is a 2009 Carl Wilkens Fellow of The Genocide Intervention Network and the recipient of the the 2008 JCRC Honorable Tom Lantos Memorial Humanitarian Award.  She earned her J.D. from The UC Berkeley Boalt Hall School of Law and her B.A. from UC Berkeley.

Eleanor TaylorEleanor Taylor

Eleanor is an author, activist and poet.  Her articles, short stories and poetry have been published in the Scene Magazine (Dallas Morning News) and Chaos West of the Pecos. While employed in the corporate world, she wrote copy for seasonal catalogs in the garment industry and technical procedures manuals for construction accountants.  She is a member of Texas Mountain Trail Writers, Story Circle Network, Writers League of Texas, and Veterans for Peace.   She has been involved with Living Ubuntu since its founding in 2005.

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