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©2019 DIY Human is a project of The Narrative Method, an award-winning non-profit offering programs that increase empathy and expand perspectives for many underserved communities, including veterans, youth and homeless. TNM also works in healthcare, higher education and K-12 teachers’ continuing education.
 

About Us

DIY Human is a project born from The Narrative Method, an award-winning non-profit offering programs that increase empathy and expand perspectives for many under-served communities, including veterans, youth and homeless.

 

TNM also works in the healthcare and education sectors, providing custom programs and teachers’ continuing education.

The Team

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Shari Foos (Los Angeles, CA, USA) (M.S., M.A., M.F.T.) is a Marriage and Family Therapist, adjunct professor, and the founder of The Narrative Method, an experiential group program that uses personal narratives to increase empathy and compassion for others.

 

Shari received her MS in Narrative Medicine from Columbia University and her MA in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles, where she founded the Bridge Program (1999), a year-long university humanities program provided free for underserved adults. Seeing the need for meaningful connection in an increasingly dehumanized world, she founded The Narrative Method™ in 2013. TNM provides facilitator trainings and workshops for underserved communities including at-risk youth, veterans and homeless populations. In addition there are programs for healthcare professionals and continuing education for LAUSD teachers. More...

Founder & Executive Director

Shari Foos

Mike Washington (Los Angeles, Ca, USA) (M.A.) is a writer, designer and artist living in Los Angeles. He joined DIY Human and The Narrative Method in the fall of 2019 in an effort to connect the general public to the fundamentals of the program and evolve DIY Human’s line of incredible products.

 

In recent years, Mike has worked as a member of various creative teams in the world of advertising and product creation at agencies and brand houses, alike. He has earned degrees in creative writing as well as journalism, art history and literature, and is currently working on collecting his master’s in nonfiction creative writing from California State University, Northridge. Mike’s work with public-focussed and nonprofit organizations includes projects with Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, American Migraine Foundation, IFFGD, and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. More...

Creative Director

Mike Washington

The Board

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Deborah H. Briggs comes to The Narrative Method with a wealth of experience creating and managing businesses.  With a Master’s Degree in organizational psychology from Columbia University, Deborah began her career in human resources and organizational development for large corporations such as Citigroup, Chase Manhattan Bank, and ABC-TV.

 

Deborah brought Gymboree, the nation’s first play learning program to New York as the owner/manager of four locations. Her focus on the evolving needs of the community continued with her next venture; she opened three Huntington Learning Centers in New York City. After moving to Boca Raton from New York City in 2005, Deborah began volunteering her services at Florida’s #1 ranked SCORE chapter where she counseled small business owners, helping them with their startup endeavors. . More...

Deborah Briggs

Robert F Sherman Ph.D. works as a consultant to foundations and nonprofits in areas of education reform, youth development and leadership, and civic engagement. His particular interest is in bringing isolated yet related perspectives and favored strategies into productive alignment for greater impact.
 

Until March 2013 he served as Director, Initiative for Social and Emotional Learning at the NoVo Foundation. The Social and Emotional Learning Initiative seeks to advance educational experiences and practices that prepare children for personal and academic success—and help them develop the valuable social and emotional skills they need to become better students, create positive relationships and handle challenging situations they may face in school and life. More...

Robert Sherman

Laurie Meadoff is CEO of Laurie Inc. and Team, a company designed to innovate connect and activate brands and media from around the world. With extensive experience in executive production, resourceful collaboration, and strategic planning, Laurie masterfully uses her vast network to build bridges and devise projects with significant and resounding societal influence.
 

For the last two years Laurie has been the Executive Producer for The American Grandparents Association producing a 13 part PBS series called Feel Grand with Jane Seymour focusing on health and well being. She also produced a web series with Deepak Chopra called Timeless You.  She was  nominated for an EMMY for her role as Executive Producer on the groundbreaking series The World Cup of Hip Hop: Take Back the Mic. Laurie served as CEO of Cancer Schmancer, a groundbreaking women’s Health Advocacy organization founded by actress Fran Drescher. More...

Laurie Meadoff

Mark Lesser is a recently retired apparel manufacturer. He and his wife owned and operated a fashion business for 35 years. The company designed, manufactured and sold multiple brands of women’s sportswear and dresses to specialty stores, department stores, on- line retailers, and catalogs, as well as operating their own e-commerce site. He and his wife started their business out of their home and grew it to be a successful national brand in the women’s apparel industry, navigating through all the ups and downs that any business goes through from start up to maturity.

A true entrepreneur who started from scratch, Mark enjoys helping people build a business and reach for their dreams. He served for many years on the board of the California Fashion Association, the recognized trade association of the west coast apparel industry. He has experience in every aspect of running a small to medium size business, including  business strategy, finance, management, inventory control, sales & marketing, employee relations, merchandising, advertising, import/ export, and start-ups. More...

Mark Lesser

Richard Foos has been in the entertainment business for over forty-five years starting with a small record store named Rhino Records, and eventually growing it into the well-known audio label with well over one hundred million dollars in annual revenue.  Rhino was sold in 1998 to Time Warner after which Foos and his partners started Shout! Factory, with Richard as its Chief Executive Officer. Now in its 15th year, Shout! is a preeminent independent home video company, producing and distributing classic and new television and films.

 

Foos has always merged his social values with business and has installed a strong sense of purpose and giving back in all of his ventures. While still in college, he founded the Free Store (1969).  He serves as Chairman Emeritus for Little Kids Rock and sits on many boards, including The Nation Institute, Youth Policy Institute, College Match, the Grammy Music Education Coalition, and other non-profits that make a strong commitment to social progress. He has won numerous awards for his philanthropy and good works. Richard is a 1967 graduate of Beverly Hills High School and a 1971 graduate of California State Northridge. More...

Richard Foos

Bob (“BJ”) is a Los Angeles based entertainment attorney, producer, and civic activist. In addition to practicing law, he is a Peabody Award-winning film producer with Spike Lee, and a former senior music executive for Atlantic Records. Bob is co-founder and chair of the board of directors of LA Works - Los Angeles’ largest volunteer agency. His law practice includes representation of prominent athletes and artists in film, music, and art. He is a graduate of Occidental College, UCLA Anderson School of Management and UCLA School of Law respectively.

 

Bob’s producer credits include: “A Huey P. Newton Story” and “Rodney King” for Starz and Netflix respectively. He has produced concerts at Carnegie Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Previously, Bob served as chair of the board of directors of the Silverlake Conservatory of Music, and is a current or former officer of several nonprofit organizations, including: the ACLU Foundation of Southern California, Rock The Vote, and Operation USA. Bob is also a member of the Obama Scholars Advisory Board at Occidental College and in 2018 was recognized by the Center For Nonprofit Management as one of the Top 40 nonprofit visionaries in Southern California. More...

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