Thomas McConkie, Founder
Thomas McConkie was raised in the LDS Church and has a passion for the world's wisdom traditions. At 18 years old he discovered Buddhism, which remains a wellspring of inspiration almost 20 years later.
Influenced profoundly in his twenties by world travel and the study of adult development, over time he began to ask the question of what real spiritual health and deep integration will look like in the 21st century.
He is trained as a developmental researcher, facilitator, and mindfulness teacher. He hosts the Lower Light Sangha with the intention of providing a supportive environment where seekers of any kind can discover new depths and heights in their evolving faith journey.
GLORIA PAK, Creative director
As a Los Angeles native, Gloria discovered her love of Utah during her studies at BYU and has been here ever since.
Having met Thomas in 2013 through their mutual interests in Mindfulness and the Mormon tradition, Gloria has been a continual student and budding mentor of contemplative practice and development. She partners with Thomas in holding the vision of a flourishing, growthful community, starting locally here in Salt Lake City.
Trained as an art director, graphic designer, and illustrator, Gloria brings an intention to use art as a way to amplify and foreground the inherent beauty in all of life.
Madison Limansky, Programs Director
Madison Limansky was raised in Utah without a religious tradition but maintained a deep desire to find her own way of expressing spirituality. From a young age, she developed a love of people, culture and travel as she began her journey in discovering the infinite paths to the Divine.
She happened upon Lower Lights in its early days on Lincoln Street in 2013. In this intimate community setting, Madison immediately felt a sense of spiritual home where she dedicated herself to a more contemplative life.
Madison started her career as an international model and over time, transitioned into the role of producer working with imagery, video and events. She now lends her formidable skills of communications and event organization to Lower Lights.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
John Kesler is the founder of The IPP Institute where he shares integral polarity practice, a practice grounded in mindfulness which works with the most fundamental polarities. He is a social activist who leads a non-profit called the Salt Lake/Global Civil Network which does integrally informed social and political transformation work locally and networks globally. John is a practicing commercial transactional attorney.
Terri O'Fallon, PHD
A specialist in transformative learning and change in human systems and in distance learning, Terri has over 25 years of experience working with many different kinds of human systems, including business, community, educational and political. Her specialty is the design and implementation of the core developmental trajectory and span of human systems.
An independent scholar, Drew is currently studying the impact of technology on the workforce. He previously served on the leadership teams at Qualtrics and Forbes and had three successful exits after starting his business career as a management consultant at Bain & Company. Drawn to wisdom wherever he finds it, he has practiced at Lower Lights since its inception. His experiences in the community inspire his activism for a more compassionate economy.