Ami Chen Faculty and Advisory Group

Please note that the opinions of Ami Chen are not necessarily shared by this faculty group. This group reflects a full diversity of presentation styles and views on the Three Principles, life and truth. 

Chantal Burns is a bestselling author, business coach, speaker, teacher and state of mind/performance expert with 25 years of business experience.

Her early career was in sales and media, where she led multi-million-pound operations for the BBC, Time Warner and Newsquest/Trinity.

She is CEO and lead consultant for Star Consultancy and has coached and consulted with thousands of people from CEO's and their teams to entertainers and sportspeople.

Chantal is also the founder of The Conscious Leadership School, which provides a “Principles-based” education to organizational leaders and Principles practitioners to elevate performance, and create positive social change.

Her book Instant Motivation: The surprising truth behind what really drives top performance was an Amazon No.1 bestseller, WHSmith’s Non-Fiction Book of the Month, and a Pearson Business Bestseller. Backed by her own research, Instant Motivation provides a vital understanding of how the mind drives performance and why it's the most important yet misunderstood factor in our lives.

Chantal is regularly featured in magazines and on radio and lives in England with her partner, Andy.


Bernie Gillespie is based in Dublin, Ireland, where she lives with her son. She was initially trained in homeopathy and body-centered psychotherapy, among many other modalities for helping people. Her deep love for the truth has brought encounters with incredible teachers from many traditions, and she has learned from them all.

Bernie has been facilitating groups and individuals to access innate well-being for the past four years, and has been training in and working in the "Three Principles" for the last five years. She has been instrumental, and a key figure in bringing an understanding of the Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought to Ireland. For more info, please see



Jenny Kennard attended her first Principles course in 2005, and there, experienced a life changing insight that moved her beyond extreme shyness, depression and eating disorders. Jenny's first Principles-based "Training of Trainers" course was in the U.K. with the late Dr. Roger Mills and Sydney Banks.

With Rudi Kennard, Jenny co-founded Innate Well-Being U.K. and, the first global audio-visual resource for the Three Principles, connecting students and facilitators across the world.

Jenny's training includes internships at Pransky and Associates, visits to Salt Spring Island, and internship with a Principles-based government division in California. Jenny has presented the Principles at international conferences, on radio and TV, and has now conducted trainings in a dozen countries. ... Jenny has volunteered much of her time sharing the Principles with a variety of groups, from earthquake survivors in Nepal ... to community groups in South Africa. These experiences "have changed the way I share and truly shown me the power and truth that the Principles offer."


Rudi Kennard earned a BSc (Hons.) in sports science then went on to train as a "mind technology" coach and meditation teacher, qualifying in NLP, hypnosis, EFT, Reiki, mindfulness meditation and Chi Gung.

In 2004, Rudi attended a talk, and immediately signed on for a "Trainer of Trainers" course in the Three Principles in Europe with the late Dr. Roger Mills, and later with Sydney Banks.

Inspired deeply by the Principles, Rudi and Jenny Kennard spent years volunteering to create the website. Rudi has studied with numerous teachers across the world, and completed an internship with a Principles-based government department in California, as well as spending two months with Pransky and Associates in Washington..

Through his company, co-founded with Jenny, Innate Well-Being, Rudi has now trained Principles-based facilitators internationally, spoken on television and radio, and at international conferences ... and presented programs to homeless populations, schools, universities, inmates, corporations, addiction centers, and most recently, with earthquake survivors in Nepal.

Gabriela Maldonado-Montano has worked with people sharing the three fundamental principles that help human beings experience life with a sense of gentleness and hope for 2o years. She has an abiding commitment to help people thrive and enjoy life. She worked for more than a decade for Santa Clara County's "Three Principles Services Division," and was co-director with Ami Chen of the Center for Sustainable Change for two years.

Gabriela has worked with many thousands of people, in a wide variety of circumstances, including: children and youth in extreme situations, adults in leadership positions, international coaches, business owners, and people who wish to release their natural genius.

Gabriela loves living in the Silicon Valley, a global center of innovation and creativity. One of her great strengths is working seamlessly with ethnically and culturally diverse groups.

Ken Manning has been interested in finding simple solutions to help people be at their best for as long as he can remember. He pursued three degrees in psychology from Brown University, Lesley College and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Ken practiced as a clinical psychologist for 20 years.

Ken is co-author of Invisible Power: Insight Principles at Work and has a strong background in business, including serving in roles for various start-ups, as: national sales manager, director of marketing, and advisory board member. He co-founded, with his son-in-law, a successful software development company, which he still leads.

In 1999, he began innovating ways to bring insight-principles into the corporate world, and joined with partner Robin Charbit to form their company Insight Principles, and has been bringing the fundamental principles behind insight and creativity to the corporate world for more than 15 years. Ken has been married for 30 years, has two stepdaughters, a son and five grandchildren.


William F. Pettit Jr., M.D. has presented the Three Universal Principles of Mind, Consciousness and Thought as the essence of his psychiatric practice since 1983. He practices psychiatry at the Family Medical Center of Michigan.

Dr. Pettit completed his residency at the Philadelphia Naval Regional Medical Center in Philadelphia, PA. He is board-certified in Psychiatry, Adolescent Psychiatry, Geriatric Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, as well as Addiction Medicine. 

Dr. Pettit served as a physician in the United States Navy for over 9 years. Presently, Dr. Pettit is Clinical Professor at Michigan State University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Adjunct Professor of Counseling at Siena Heights University. Dr. Pettit was the Medical Director of the Sydney Banks Institute at West Virginia University. ... He is a recognized educator in the "Three Principles" intervention, and has presented at international conferences and consulted to numerous clients globally

Linda Pettit: "What I love about having found an understanding of the Principles is that I am able to live in a state of wonder, regardless of circumstances, much more than ever before. Life seems unendingly full, rich and meaningful."

Linda has worked in mental health field since 1983 as a counselor, counseling psychologist, consultant, trainer, speaker, writer, counseling director and, most recently, as academic dean of a graduate school. Linda has worked in business, higher education, hospital, community agency, criminal justice, schools and private practice.  Prior to 1983, Linda worked in corporate communications and public relations.

Most recently, Linda has travelled nationally and internationally to share the 3 Principles--alongside her husband, Bill Pettit--with a variety of audiences, especially in mental health.  Linda and Bill co-own 3 Principles Intervention, LLC. She has a doctorate of education in Counseling Psychology from West Virginia University (1991); a master of arts in Counselor Education from Siena Heights University (1983) and a bachelor of arts in Journalism from Michigan State University (1975).

Dean Rees-Evans: Dean trained with the late Dr. Roger Mills in the UK, and this experience changed his life. He later studied with Mr. Sydney Banks, and started sharing the Three Principles in 2004, establishing Three Principles: Well-Being for Life in 2005.

Dean conducts public trainings, offers consultancy for schools, businesses and hospitals, and mentors individuals. He has worked with thousands of youth in the UK schools, and completed his dissertation on the impact of sharing the Principles with youth in the education context. With a deep background in education, Dean has a wealth of experience with youth, including troubled and special needs.

Dean currently resides in Australia with his wife Merryn.

Joel Slack transformed his experience with depression and mental illness—as a teen and young adult—into over 30 years of advocacy, education and consult in the field of mental health.

Joel's RESPECT programs have influenced federal and state mental health organizations, state and private hospitals and community based programs, as well as professionals and peers.  His work has helped to create a greater emphasize on respect at all levels of management and direct care in mental health systems worldwide. 

Joel has been a national leader in the mental health field where he has spearheaded innovative programs that have created opportunities for peers to advance recovery and respect.

Joel was exposed the Three Principles of Sydney Banks through his friend and colleague, Dr. Bill Pettit. Reading The Enlightened Gardener was a life changing experience for Joel, and created a greater degree of stability and peace of mind in his life from that time forward. 

Joel is a graduate of Allegheny College, and resides in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition to providing specialized consultation and program services, he serves on Mrs. Rosalyn Carter’s Mental Health Task Force in Atlanta.