Board of Directors
Our Board of Directors provides guidance, support, and strategic development for the ongoing growth of our non-profit organization.
Body Electric’s leadership is steeped in passion and enthusiasm for the work offered to all individuals. The Board of Directors possesses an exceptional and diverse range of professional expertise and knowledge to support the Ethos of Body Electric.
At our board’s core is a desire to provide pathways for personal growth, development, and the evolution of conscious Eros to build community. The Board is actively involved in the work of Body Electric and brings exciting levels of support and experience to their roles.
President: Suzanne Blackburn (She/Her)
Suzanne Blackburn has been involved with Body Electric for more than 20 years; She wears many hats, including coordinator, steering committee member, associate faculty, and board President. Suzanne is a massage therapist, sacred intimate, and paddle sports instructor in Portland, Maine.
Suzanne has been a social and political activist for decades. She was a longtime volunteer with Equality Maine working on two-state campaigns to legalize same-sex marriage and heading up the fundraising auction for the annual Gala. Suzanne is also a volunteer with Maine Adaptive’s winter sports program.
Her dedication is to reuniting the erotic and the sacred. Her vision is to reach more and more people so that they may reclaim their essential Eros and life force through the healing rituals of Body Electric. To contact Suzanne, email email@example.com.
Suzanne is the author of Reclaiming Eros which gives us an intimate look into the evolution and motivation of healers who work with the power of erotic energy.
Vice-President: Mike Galan (He/Him)
Mike Galan’s life purpose is to impact the lives of others positively. He does this in various ways, including life coaching, active listening, and joining the Board of Directors of the New Body Electric School.
His journey with Body Electric began in 2006 when he attended his first CBE in Austin, TX. Since then, Mike has been an Assistant in several weekend courses, participated in most of the school’s in-person workshops (some multiple times), serves as a Scholarship Committee Co-Chair. Being an active member of the Body Electric community and making life-long friends with many of its members are some of the joys of Mike’s life.
Mike is an independent business and technology consultant. He met his spouse in 2001, and they married seven years later in San Francisco, CA. Mike has two wonderful adult stepdaughters who lovingly refer to them as “The Daddies.”
Treasurer: Tom Kovach (He/Him)
Having participated in a Body Electric weekend workshop many years ago with my husband, Tom understands and appreciates the transformative nature of the work. Tom now wants to give back by offering his experience as a non-profit board member.
Activism has always been important to Tom, and he sees Body Electric as helping both individuals and the human community. He co-owns a small business and lives on a working ranch. He enjoys astronomy, hiking, and listening to music, among his hobbies and activities, and he is a big Trekkie.
Secretary: Charlie McFarland (He/Him)
Charlie is highly experienced in both the non-profit (social justice) and for-profit sectors and board governance. In the 1990s, Charlie served in community-based agencies responding to the HIV/ AIDS crisis. Having facilitated and coached some of the processes of Body Electric transitioning into the New Body Electric School, Charlie is honored to be serving on the Board.
Eric Lange (He/Him)
Eric Lange started his involvement with Body Electric in 2003 and attended several programs in subsequent years. He reconnected with Body Electric in 2019 and has taken a more active role in promoting the school, joining the Board of Directors in 2020.
Professionally Eric has had a long career as a Human Resources professional across various industries. He currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and is a proud dad to two sons, and has recently become a grandfather.
Mario Burrell (He/Him)
Mario took his first Body Electric workshop 20 years ago. After having many incredible experiences with Body Electric, he became an assistant in the workshops. He is honored to now be serving on the board and looks forward to bringing Body Electric to countries across the globe.