Mark founded A.W.E. Global, LLC, A.W.E. Communities, Center of A.W.E., AWElife.com and A.W.E. Institute to realize a vision to which he is devoting his life - to create a world of Abundance, Wellness & Enlightenment. Projects in development include the following:
(i) Center of A.W.E. - Advancement centers that combine socially and environmentally responsible collaborative workspace with new paradigm health, wellness and personal development space;
(ii) A.W.E. Communities - Sustainable communities based upon the principles of collaboration, sharing, love, respect, equitability, environmental stewardship, innovation and regeneration; and
(iii) AWElife.com - A rewards-based meritocratic online community focused on rewarding contributions toward world and community good.
Mark integrates his experience as a lawyer, Internet entrepreneur, business and finance adviser, healer, whole systems integrator, environmentalist, strategist, and C-level executive to vision and manifest A.W.E.
As CEO and Chairman of Transformative Capital, a strategic advisory firm with direct relationships to $80 billion in capital, Mark has advised numerous socially and environmentally responsible businesses and helped them obtain the resources they need to succeed.
Mark’s digital media and Internet background started in 1995, when he founded Emusic, the first company in history to sell digital music files and mp3 players online. Emusic went public in 1999. Mr. Chasan’s experience as the founder and CEO of Emusic, provided Mr. Chasan with significant experience in building businesses from inception to exit, as well as a deep understanding of finance, M&A, technology, Internet and media.
Mr. Chasan’s free time (usually resulting from sleeping only 4 hours per night) is spent enjoying music, surfing, mountain biking, hiking, yoga, personal growth, massage/healing, hot springs, traveling, great food & wine, conscious and inspired friends, nature and beauty.
Ted Lieser has over 10 years experience in developing and managing real estate projects that represent the best in sustainable development, historic rehabilitation, and urban design practices. Ted has a strong background in managing all phases of development including project feasibility, site analysis, design, entitlements, financing, and construction management.
Ted has been actively involved in the planning, design and development of over 750,000 sq. ft. of real estate totaling over $500 million. The projects range from luxury eco resorts, clean technology business incubators and green commercial office projects to historic military-to-commercial conversions, independent high schools, nonprofit performing arts centers and mixed use transit-oriented developments.
He led the development of Cavallo Point Lodge, a 142 room retreat and conference center that includes a restaurant, spa, meeting rooms and support facilities that sits at the base of the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County. Completed in 2008, at the cost of $103 million, the 200,000 sf project was developed within 35 rehabilitated or newly constructed buildings spread over a 45 acre abandoned historic Army base. The project achieved the Gold Certification Standard for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), and has garnered a number of prestigious historic preservation awards including the 2009 Honor Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Ted’s other projects include: The Bay School - a 65,000 SF independent preparatory high school, rehabilitated from an historic Army barracks in the Presidio of San Francisco; The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts - a 16,000 SF educational and performing arts center catering to disadvantaged youth and young adults in Richmond, CA; The David Brower Center - a 50,000 SF multi-tenant environmental nonprofit office building in Berkeley (LEED Platinum); and Building 813 - a proposed 250,000 cleantech incubator intended to catalyze economic development, community renewal and spur the larger revitalization of the long abandoned Hunters Point Shipyard in San Francisco.
Ted received his B.A from the University of Colorado/Boulder in 1988 and his J.D. from Golden Gate Law School in 1995, where he specialized in Environmental Law and Policy. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the California Heritage Council and the U.S Green Building Council (USGBC)’s Existing Building Committee. He is also a member of San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR), and the Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a LEED Accredited Professional.
Jacqueline Chan, D.O., has been an integrative medical doctor since 1997 and is a member of the prestigious Integrative Medical Group, CLEAR Center of Health, in Marin County. Dr. Chan is Board Certified in Family Practice, Holistic Medicine, and Neuromuscular and Skeletal Medicine. She is a member of American College for the Advancement of Medicine, American Holistic Medical Association, American Academy of Osteopathy, the Cranial Academy, and the American Osteopathic Association. Jacqueline was drawn to Osteopathic Medicine because of its holistic and individualized approach that supports integrative methodologies as well as a spiritual view of health. Osteopaths receive the same full medical training of an M.D., with additional training in musculoskeletal manipulation and in a whole-person approach to consultation, diagnosis, and practice.
Dr. Jacqueline Chan's spiritual journey and her interest in health are inseparable in her practice of Integrative Medicine. To Jacqueline, optimal health represents the integration of a healthy body, a peaceful mind and the highest expression of our soul's purpose.
In taking a ecosystemic approach to health, Jacqueline’s primary approach to wellness is to support the individual in creating optimal internal and external environments that allow the wisdom of body, mind and soul use their genius to optimize health. In addition to counseling patients in healthy living that includes nutrition, exercise, meditation plus values-based living and working, Jacqueline also utilizes the highest quality nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to support the body's biochemical processes as well as sophisticated diagnostics to identify other issues such as toxin build-up in the body, stress, and hormonal imbalances. Furthermore, Jacqueline utilizes cranial sacral and other techniques to support the energy systems of her patients.
Matt Lucas - Chief Fitness Officer
Matt Lucas is a master in 7 martial arts systems, a certified Ashtanga yoga and martial arts instructo r, personal trainer, speaker plus an integrative wellness and personal development coach. Matt has trained numerous martial arts champions, professional athletes, executives and kids.
Matt began his martial arts career from the moment he could walk. Matt’s first mentor, his father, was a highly trained war hero with Naval special forces in the Korean War and Vietnam wars. Matt became the National Champion of The World Tae Kwon Do Federation in 1990 and became a master and teacher in Toas Nabard Kung Fu, a rare Persian combat system in 1997. Matt has continued to expand his mastery of many martial arts styles including Systema, Bagua, Ju Jitsu, Aikido, Muay Thai, Shotokan, Wing Chung and Filipino Kali.
As Matt grew in age and wisdom, he learned many ancient healing systems and spiritual philosophies including Tui Na, Qi Gong, Thai massage, Ashtanga Yoga, postural and bone alignment, balancing, strength and flexibility training and energy healing. He used this ancient wisdom as a foundation to create an integrated wellness system to heal his own childhood health problems, which included bow legs, swayback, scoliosis, severe joint pain and vertigo.
Matt has combined his long experience to create a unique holistic, ethical and integrated system of optimal wellness and living called “YAMAS” (Yoga and Martial Arts System). YAMAS provides practitioners with optimal health, wellness, vitality and consciousness, as well as the ability to face their challenges and powerfully perform under difficult and stressful conditions.
In his career, Matt has personally trained over 2,000 kids in martial arts and yoga and created “DAYMAT”, a youth martial arts performance team that performed for over 10,000 people in 2010.
Matt has worked extensively with corporate executives, coaches and individuals as a personal trainer and mentor. Using YAMAS and somatic metaphor as both a wellness system and wisdom-based life practice, Matt has delivered remarkable results to his clients, including the following:
Matt is taking his lifetime of practice and study to working with A.W.E. in providing a unique wellness and consciousness system for A.W.E. called YAMAWE which is the integration of YAMAS applied to living a life of abundance, wellness & enlightenment.
Merrill Ward possesses the rare gift of exquisitely articulating deep esoteric wisdom as well as transmitting this wisdom to his students through imagery, mythology, ontology, noetic experiences and profound metaphor.
Merrill has been deeply involved is studying and teaching the esoteric wisdom of the Western Mystery School tradition and comparative world religions for over 20 years. His work acts as a transformative catalyst for individuals and groups to gain a richer and deeper understanding of their power, creativity and innate magical abilities aligning them with their true mission and purpose in life.
In addition to his work as an emissary of enlightenment, magick, manifestation and spiritual awareness, Merrill is a seasoned media professional, consultant and producer in the areas of film, commercials, television, music and multi-media. It is through his mastery of imagery and communication that Merrill is able to clearly and effectively communicate, transmit and imbue spiritual wisdom and mysticism into the very fabric of life – making such wisdom practical and approachable for our individual daily lives.
He has worked with numerous top entertainment companies and not-for-profit organizations including, most recently, Rogue Valley - based Land Mind Productions, Ashland’s Beach Avenue Productions and Rogue Design Group in addition to internationally renowned production companies, entertainment networks and advertising agencies including The Walt Disney Co., Buena Vista Entertainment, WarnerVision Ent., CBS Television, Dreamworks SKG, Idealab, Sattchi & Saatchi, (NY), Ogilvy & Mathers (NY/LA), BBD&O (Chicago).
For over 25 years, Merrill has held the vision of being intimately involved in developing and managing a spiritual "advancement center" that would provide a dynamic community environment for fostering deep personal and spiritual transformation for the individual and a collective for conscious evolutionary co-creation. He has devoted a substantial portion of his life developing the skills, knowledge and personal integration to possess the credibility to lead such an endeavor.
Merrill is now devoting his passions for co-creating harmonious social networks of empowered individuals, building sustainable community and developing and implementing effective strategic models that support their growth to A.W.E.
Board of Directors
John started his career as a consultant with Bain and Company and as a venture capitalist with Bessemer Venture Partners. He holds a BA in Human Biology, a Masters degree in Industrial Engineering, and an MBA from Stanford University. He was a professional skateboarder in Europe and a collegiate NCAA swimmer and diver at Stanford. He is married to his best friend and co-founder of two prior companies and also the proud father of three teenagers. He balances life with swimming and yoga.
An internationally recognized proponent and practitioner of sustainability, Bill is president of the Integrative Design Collaborative - a consulting organization working to evolve green building design practice into an approach that is fully integrated with living systems. He is a principal of the regenerative planning firm Regenesis and the strategic environmental planning firm Integrative Design. His work centers on managing and creating frameworks for integrative, whole-systems design processes. His larger vocation is to grow new capability in the design and construction industries to engage regeneratively with our environment. . Ultimately, his objective is to improve the overall quality of the physical, social and spiritual life of our living places.
Bill served as co-chair of the LEED Technical Committee from its inception in 1994 through 2003; is a member of the LEED Advanced faculty and one of the first of twelve USGBC trainers of the LEED Rating System; a founding Board Member of the US Green Building Council; and served on the national executive committee of the AIA Committee On The Environment. He currently serves on the Board of the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association, as an advisor to Environmental Building News, and on the Board of CitiLog.
Bill is a consultant, design process facilitator, and lecturer. He has participated in over 200 presentations and workshops relating to Sustainable and Regenerative Design. He has consulted on dozens of LEED projects - achieving many certifications - Certified to Platinum. He is a guest lecturer at Universities from Harvard to University of British Columbia. His clients range from New York City Department of Design and Construction, U.S. General Services Administration, Loreto Bay, Baja, Mexico, Sidwell Friends School, US Green Building Council, Genzyme Corporation, Teknion, LLC, the Willow School, various city planning agencies on the East and West coast, and many private development companies in the US, Canada, and Mexico.