Meet the Board
Get to know the team.
Janessa Cotugno, MA, Julian CA
Janessa is an entrepreneur based in Julian, California who has supported diverse companies across multiple industries. She is also a trained horticulturist with specialized training in permaculture design and earned a Bachelor’s of Science in Horticulture from California State Polytechnic University – Pomona. Janessa also has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She served as the chief administrative officer at Conscious Divorce, which offers divorce settlement mediation through a cost effective and minimized emotional stress platform. Her eclectic background spans from being a wine enthusiast to includes winning national Kung Fu championships and instructing gymnastics.
Michael Cotugno, JD, MA, Julian, CA
Michael is an attorney, practicing law since 1996 with a specialization in conscious uncoupling. His practice serves clients throughout southern California with offices in San Diego, Los Angeles and Julian. Utilizing his skills as an attorney along with his training in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica, Michael is an expert in conscious divorce and family law.
Michael helps clients navigate the challenges of divorce utilizing a heart-centered approach to issue resolution, offering comprehensive family law services from mediation, coaching, collaborative representation, even integrity focused litigation. He also enjoys writing and lecturing on the subject of conscious divorce and heart-centered lawyering. He also has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica and a JD from California Western School of Law.
Dr. Djamal Kord, PhD, LAc, Santa Monica, CA
Currently DJamal is an accomplished medical acupuncturist and practices the “Balance Method” as taught by Dr. Richard Tan. He is in private practice at Santa Monica Acupuncture and Meditation, and also works with Dr. Habib Sadeghi at Be Hive of Healing in Agora Hills. Supervising Yo San University students at the Venice Family Clinic and teaching courses at Yo San University, DJamal is serving the community in a variety of ways.
Linda Modaro, MATCM, LAc, Santa Monica, CA
Meditation and dharma teacher, Linda Modaro has been studying and teaching various meditation practices for over thirty years. Offering unique and individualized mentorship to meditation teachers, Linda encourages a blending of mindfulness, insight, and reflective meditation. She travels throughout the USA and internationally when invited to teach workshops and retreats. In California, where she lives, she works with small groups and individuals in person, and connects online with meditators around the world on an ongoing basis. She founded the nonprofit Sati Sangha.
Dr. Sherry Sami, DDS, MA, Agoura Hills, CA
Dr. Sherry Sami is the founder of Happy Kids Dental Planet in Agoura Hills, CA. She is a dual specialist in pediatric dentistry and orthodontics. She has been an instructor for University of California, Los Angeles where she participated in the creation of the Children Health Advocacy (CHAT) curriculum. Her practice is based on total body wellness, emphasizing the functional and synergistic correlation between a healthy mouth, jaw and airway to a vibrant body. She is a regularly sought-after speaker for health, parenting, and personal development for organizations and events such as the In-Goop Health Summit hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and Fertility Plan It at UCLA. Dr. Sami is co-founder of the Love Button Global Movement.
Dr. Habib Sadeghi, DO, Agoura Hills, CA
Dr. Habib Sadeghi is the founder of Be Hive of Healing, an integrative medical center based in Los Angeles. He specializes in multi-disciplinary treatment for chronic illnesses that include osteopathic, anthroposophical, environmental, psychosomatic, family, and German new medicine, as well as clinical pharmacology. He served as an attending Physician and Clinical Facilitator at UCLA-Santa Monica Medical Center and is currently a Clinical Instructor of Family Medicine at Western University of Health Sciences. He is the author of two books, The Clarity Cleanse: 12 steps to finding renewed energy, spiritual fulfillment and emotional healing, and Within: A spiritual awakening to love & weight loss. Dr. Sadeghi is also a regular contributor to Goop, CNN, BBC News and the Huffington Post, and is the publisher of the health and well-being journal, MegaZEN.
John Marino, MA, Washington, DC
Inspired by the organization’s beautiful mission to spread loving kindness and compassion, John joined Love Button as its executive director in 2017. Navigating his own spiritual journey, he sought a more profound purpose and opportunity to serve others.
Professionally, John brings nearly 20 years of progressive experience working in a variety of leadership roles with international nonprofit organizations. However, no position has been more meaningful or rewarding than John’s tenure at Love Button where he strives to advance the organization’s vision to create a culture of love.
John is also a principal of Marino Consulting, a Washington, DC strategic consulting firm that represents and advises international and domestic clients, spanning over diverse industries. He received a Bachelor of Arts from Clemson University in South Carolina and a Master of Arts from Fordham University in New York City.
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