Kirk Hensler – President & Co-Founder
Kirk Hensler was raised in metro Detroit on a steady diet of meat, potatoes and team sports. As a competitive athlete, he relied on his power and dominant attitude to excel. Years later, when he took up martial arts, he was tossed around a sweaty dojo for months by various women and children. This led to an exploration of ancient Eastern philosophies, which, in turn, led Kirk to Taiwan, where he taught English, studied martial arts and ate a lot of delicious and strange street food.
Kirk is the creator of Organizing Inspiration – A course for entrepreneurs and creatives to identify their brand, create a work process, and implement an intuitive working schedule.
Today he owns a yoga/kickboxing/green smoothie studio in San Diego – Hale Holistic – and is the Co-Founder of the Hale Foundation. He is also the Director of Media for Seeds Training – the world’s #1 provider of youth training services. He travels with them around the world working with kids and creating videos on the effects of social, emotional, and leadership training.
Darci Manzo – Co-Founder & Program Advisor
Darci Manzo has run programs for some of San Diego’s top non-profits including the New Children’s Museum, Connect, ARTS, and now the Hale Foundation. She is also a professional flamenco dancer and was the principal dancer for the San Diego Opera’s, “Don Quixote.”
“I love working with organizations that support kids. I’ve been teaching dance to kids for the past 15 years and I never get tired of it. Before I started my own event planning and fundraising business I traveled the world as a professional dancer. Giving kids the ability to move their bodies and find some joy in every day life is the best work I could be doing right now.”
Rachel LaBarre – Art Director
“I am dedicated to leaving an impact on this planet. I’ve determined for myself that the most effective way to do so is through working with youth. While studying at the University of Colorado, Boulder I earned two Bachelors of Arts degrees in Fine Art and Anthropology. My interest in people and culture and my passion for creative expression have prepared me well for the role of a teacher. I’ve been working with kids since 2003, educating students in subjects ranging form etiquette, to yoga, to special education, as well as oil painting and various art mediums. In each subject, I successfully developed curriculum suited for my evolving student’s needs. My goal as a teacher is to foster a sense of confidence in individual expression and creativity.”
Erin Mobley – Leadership Advisor
“Erin has loved the Hale community since 2011 when she moved to East Village, and can be spotted at Hale Holistic frequently learning headstands and crazy breathing techniques from her favorite yoga teachers. As Hale Foundation’s Leadership Advisor, Erin brings expertise in teaching business leaders how to get out of their own way and be successful with their teams and companies. Erin works passionately to give local teens access to what has helped her – awareness, physical activity/sports, healthy thinking, and emotional support. She is proud to support the Hale Foundation team in building a thriving neighborhood with thriving kids.”