Sobre RUPI

The Right Use of Power Institute (RUPI) is a global force, guiding people to utilize their power with awareness, wisdom, compassion and skill.

Founded in 2011, RUPI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

RUPI se formó para promover el alcance de la misión Right Use of Power ™. Servimos el público general, profesionales y miembros del Gremio de Maestros de Right Use of Power ™.

Nuestra visión
We inspire and support people in using their power ethically, with accountability, strength and heart.
Nuestra misión
We are leaders in the exploration of power to illuminate its gifts and transform its perils.
Our Contribution
We create interactive tools and self-reflective processes and we offer skills training, programs and other resources.
Our Values
INCLUSIVITY - Celebrating diversity and cultivating justice and equity
COMPASSION - Standing in our power, staying in our hearts
DIRECT EXPERIENCE - Creating interactive, holistic and practical learning experiences
INTEGRITY - Aligning impact with intention

Las vidas de los negros son importantes

Learn more about the history of RUP

Watch this video featuring our Founder Dr. Cedar Barstow and Co-Executive Director Dr. Amanda Aguilera

Our Leadership Team

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Karina 2022
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Dr. Cedar Barstow
- Founder & Co-Executive Director

Karina Scott
-Program & Training Director-

Dra. Amanda Aguilera
- Co-Executive Director -

Cedar es consultora y docente en temas éticos y éticos. Ella ha estado diseñando, desarrollando y enseñando este enfoque desde 1994. La experiencia de Cedar incluye 30 años como psicoterapeuta y 25 años como maestra. Es autora de libros y artículos sobre ética, asesoramiento a ancianos, mujeres e independencia, psicoterapia y espiritualidad. Cedar es también formadora de psicología experiencial de Hakomi y miembro de la facultad adjunta de la Universidad de Naropa. Mantiene una práctica privada de consultoría en psicoterapia y ética en Boulder / Denver y enseña tanto Right Use of Power ™ como Hakomi a nivel nacional e internacional.

Los materiales y ejercicios educativos The Right Use of Power ™ fueron desarrollados por Cedar durante un período de 20 años y decenas de capacitaciones. Estas enseñanzas han sido influenciadas por muchas fuentes en los antecedentes de Cedar. Está particularmente agradecida por su amplia experiencia como administradora, terapeuta y entrenadora del Método Hakomi de Psicoterapia Experiencial, presidenta del Comité de Ética Internacional del Instituto Hakomi (HIEC) y del Comité de Ética de la Asociación de Psicoterapia Corporal de los Estados Unidos (USABP). , colaborador experto en ética de, consultor de numerosas organizaciones y ceremonialista de la Comunidad de Danza Ceremonial de la Canción de la Tierra.

Obtenga más información sobre las contribuciones adicionales de Cedar al mundo en su sitio web,

Before anything else, Karina is a mom. She has two wonderful children that bring her light and life and who constantly challenge and remind her of how important changing the world for the better is. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Naropa University and has spent most of her adult life working with families and children in a balance of power and love.

Karina was first introduced to the concepts of the Right use of Power while working at Naropa. Taking some introductory trainings, she felt her mind and beliefs grow and shift as a result.

It is her hope that while at RUPI she can help support and grow the reach of Right Use of Power. Her passion is in building and creating community. She loves supporting people and is excited to support not only teachers but all of the RUP community.

Dr. Amanda Aguilera is a consultant, teacher and strategist in the area of power-and-equity consciousness and conflict resolution. Driven by her core values of curiosity, courage, and connection, Amanda is adept at putting things together in new ways, creating visuals that help make learning more accessible, and communicating complex ideas in simple ways. Amanda has a commitment to be courageous in the service of reducing and repairing harm in relationship and promoting the cultural shift toward power-and-equity consciousness, conflict positivity and conflict competency.

At the core of her academic and personal passion is the advancement in understanding social power dynamics and deepening the personal and collective uses of power in the world with wisdom and compassion. Her doctoral dissertation focused on the dynamics of shame and power in the justice system and she continues to develop theoretical models in the intrapersonal and interpersonal experiences of power dynamics, including the integration of neurobiology, contemplative practices and restorative practices as they relate to power differentials. 

Amanda is also a single mother of her daughter, Emma and, when she can, she practices ninjutsu, meditation, yoga, and dance.

Nuestra Junta de Directores

Sari Ajanko

Sari Ajanko is deeply honored to join the board and is committed to assist and support advancing “The Right Use of Power” across the spectrum of professionals.
Sari’s professional career is rooted in hospitality management. Twelve years as a leader in the language service sector was an integral step for Sari in learning how to thrive in client-focused consulting services. Since 2008 Sari has worked in professional coaching and training services. In 2013 she became the founder and CEO of Diversitas Oy (Ltd). Her company and client offerings are the vessel of fusing her passions, leadership development, professional coaching and personality models and maps. Sari’s mission has been to take the D & I discussions to the next level including the less visible aspects of diversity that we all share. Sari’s book on ”Leading multiplicity – Leader’s self-awareness as it’s core” (in Finnish) was published in 2016.
Sari is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) certified by ICF (International Coaching Federation), Certified Business Coach Master, and Trainer/Mentor of Coaching & Leadership skills. Sari also holds certifications as a WholeBody Focusing Trainer and as a Enneagram Teacher in the Narrative Tradition. Sari is always looking for new concepts and modalities to make her training and coaching more impactful. Sari is excited about the potential of somatic therapies, currently progressing through certification with Hakomi Mallorca. 
Sari lives in Helsinki beside the Baltic Sea with her Canadian husband, Jim Grant, who is also a RUPI teacher, and their “power pawsitive” Office Manager Reiki (Shih Tzu). 

Jeff Couillard

Jeff Couillard holds an M.A. in Environmental Management from Royal Roads University and is the founder and chief facilitator at Attainability Group, a small consulting firm dedicated to building incredible teams of professionals in organizations big and small in a wide range of sectors.
Attainability Group focuses on bringing Right Use of Power™ principles into organizations
to improve employee engagement, develop leadership capacity, and achieve
better client outcomes. From team development to conflict resolution, leading multi-disciplinary teams of professionals tackling the complex issues of addiction and mental health, to sharing stories on the TEDx stage, Jeff is focused on creating highly functional individuals, teams, and communities.


Bárbara Castro

Bio Coming Soon!


Farzin Farzad

Farzin Farzad is an Organizational Justice practitioner with experience in higher education, trade associations, local government, and the private sector. Holding two master’s degrees in international affairs and diplomacy as well as a certificate in conflict resolution skills, Farzin leverages his unique academic background, extensive travel experience, and experiential knowledge to provide comprehensive, thought-provoking local and global approaches to his work. In addition to training and education programs, Farzin is a seasoned project manager with expertise in developing strategies that build equitable workplace environments and government services, as well as build internal capacity.

Farzin is the founder of Critical Equity Consulting, LLC, a boutique Organizational Justice consulting firm focused on helping organizations rebuild with a primary focus on creating equitable outcomes and seeking justice.

Dr. Rob Miller

Rob Miller, Ph.D. is currently a consultant in the field of biotechnology, R&D, nutrition and Medical Foods. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the venture development company, Portal Innovations, located in Chicago, IL.

Rob fue anteriormente el CSO de la startup de microbiomas Kaleido Biosciences ubicada en Boston y se convirtió en el presidente y CSO de su División de Nutrición. Es miembro del Comité Asesor de Inversores para inversores de riesgo con sede en Madison, WI y continúa trabajando con empresas emergentes en el área de Boston.

Rob tuvo una exitosa carrera de 30 años en Abbott Nutrition, donde fue en última instancia responsable del desarrollo global de productos de nutrición pediátrica, para adultos y de rendimiento, nuevas empresas, asuntos médicos, investigación clínica y preclínica como Vicepresidente Divisional de I + D, Asuntos Científicos y Médicos. en Abbott Nutrition. Formó parte del equipo ejecutivo que gestiona el negocio de nutrición global $7 mil millones. Fue arquitecto de la expansión global de Abbott Nutrition, estableciendo centros de I + D en UIUC, Granada, España, Singapur, Shanghai, China y Bangalore, India. El Dr. Miller fue copresidente de la Junta de Gobierno de Abbott Scientific de 2013 a 2016, supervisando la Sociedad Volwiler, el desarrollo del talento y los esfuerzos del programa de los 2500 científicos de Abbott para todas las divisiones de Abbott Laboratories.

Rob está casado con la artista Anita Miller y tienen 3 hijos adultos y 2 nietos. Tiene un doctorado. en Bioquímica Nutricional de la Universidad de Wisconsin-Madison, y completó una beca para el personal en el Instituto Nacional de Salud.


Tejumo Ogouma

Tejumo Ogouma worked in the area of international development for 15 years, and managed projects focused on health, education, and food security. During his tenure, he worked in war zones, including Afghanistan and Mali.

Tejumo is an accomplished meditator, conflict resolution practitioner, facilitator, and coach with a keen interest in Non-Violent Communication. He has mentored and coached people from all walks of life and different cultures. He is currently being trained as a coach through the Co-active Training Institute. Tejumo believes in fostering awareness, empathy, and
communication in order to bring about a more peaceful and progressive world.

Tejumo is also a practicing artist trained in Ikebana (Japanese flower arranging) and Miksang (contemplative photography).


Dr. Sherri Taylor

Sherri Taylor, Psy.D. (she/they/femme) is a contemplative, teacher, end of life doula, consultant, and facilitator. She completed her undergraduate education in Feminist Studies at Stanford University and earned her master’s and doctoral degrees in Clinical Psychology from the Wright Institute in Berkeley, California. Her scholarship and research interests include contemplative leadership, dreamwork, the intergenerational transmission of benevolence and resilience, and the somatics of belonging and unbelonging. She is also the guardian of the soulstudiolab and Black Womxn’s Dream Lab. The soulstudiolab offers relevant and meaningful group trainings, playshops, and workshops for community and professional audiences that integrate innovative approaches and practices from the contemplative traditions, expressive arts, and psychology, with a special focus on the psycho-spiritual importance of creativity and embodiment to inspire personal growth, interpersonal understanding, and social justice.

Jamelah Zidan

Jamelah Zidan is the Restorative Community Coordinator at Naropa University. She was born in New York City to Palestinian parents. She earned her B.A. in Political Economics from Sarah Lawrence College, where she was the recipient of the Scholarship for the Environment. She then pursued her M.S. in Education from Sarah Lawrence, where she was the recipient of the Regina Arnold Memorial Scholarship. For several years, Jamelah worked as a teacher in New York City. Desiring to work in a more spiritual atmosphere and impact the quality of people’s lives, she later changed careers, taking up a position as Assistant Director at the Abode, a Sufi and Interfaith retreat center in the Berkshires. She moved to Colorado in 2020 to be with her husband, Netanel Miles-Yepez, and is now happy to be working with the compassionate and skilled staff, students, and faculty of Naropa.  She’s currently a fellow in the Emerging Leaders Fellowship, and volunteering in the Restorative Justice program of the Boulder County DA’s office.