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Get to Know Us

An Extensive Bio of the Founders

 

About Us

All of the beautiful content Leslie and Charles co-create is essentially channelled from “spirit” within meditation.


Both Charles and Leslie are committed to walking a spiritual path. Much if not all of the content they joyfully co-create comes from this divine flow and spiritual intention and connection. Leslie and Charles are honored they were chosen to co-create these beautiful inspiring resources together.


Like the Yin and the Yang, Leslie and Charles are often at opposite ends of the spectrum, playfully arguing their points. Charles likes to THINK BIG, and Leslie prefers a simpler path, often striving to narrow the scope down. This creative complexity only serves to make the products, programs, and services even richer!


Leslie and Charles are committed to Universal StewardHeirShip (Spirit * Service * Stewardship * Sustainability) and continuing to bring the creative vision forth and there are always new products in development.

 
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Leslie Riopel

MA Psychology

Leslie Riopel is a creative soul and a sur-thriver at heart. Her journey has taken her many places, from a devastating job loss to learning the skills of mindfulness and meditation to help her awaken to her ultimate destiny - creating programs, publications, and organizations that help individuals, organizations, and communities transform into their more Ultimate 2.0 as they fulfill more of their inherent potential.


Leslie has a master's degree in Psychology and has been writing about and studying mindfulness for over a decade. Leslie also has experience as a Psychology Professor and her unique blend of experience in Real Estate, Mindfulness, and Psychology has allowed her to focus on fostering healthy workplaces that thrive. Leslie is also a freelance writer, published author, and an authority in the psychology of mindfulness and has over 11 years of experience in the wellness industry as a writer and editor. Leslie's work is centered around mindfulness, meditation, and healing via the smartbody.


Leslie has created a multitude of products, programs, and services in the health and wellness and mindfulness genre over the last several years. In addition to her work creating mindfulness programs, she also specializes in writing and recording guided meditations and hypnotherapy scripts.

Leslie’s Mission is Simple - To Help Others as She Helps Herself.

Leslie is the creator of PlanetBlessed.org and the CEO of the SMART Heart-Mind-Body Foundation as well as the creator of smartbodygreen.com.

Planet Blessed is all about blessing the mess and sur-thriving in the new normal and learning how to adapt, change and grow in a challenging new world.

Smartbodygreen is dedicated to providing products, programs, and services to increase awareness of the smartbody via mindfulness-based healing practices.

The SMART Heart-Mind-Body Foundation's primary mission is to bridge the gap and help people understand the role our emotions play in terms of healing and overcoming chronic disease. The foundation was created to help educate and inspire people on a global level about the significant role the innate SMART Body plays in terms of the healing process. 


Leslie Riopel can be reached at Leslie.Riopel@fuse.net

 
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Charles E Betterton

MSCED

Charles Betterton has been helping individuals, organizations and communities “Bless the Mess" for over 50 years in several innovative ways. For example, he received an unsolicited grant at the age of 21 from the American Friends Service Committee to support the desegregation of the public schools in the Mississippi Delta. Through the grant, Charles created a partnership of over 40 community leaders who helped build public support for a Community Development Center where children of all ages and races were welcomed and encouraged to develop their talents. 

That "Bless the Mess" experience led to Charles volunteering to serve as a disaster relief worker when 16 Mississippi Counties were struck by tornadoes in 1971. Instead, he was hired as a temporary employee and began a career with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  He served with HUD for 12 years as a "Bless the Mess" disaster recovery expert, a turn-around-management "trouble-shooter" and community development specialist. While serving in the Detroit HUD Area Office he received the highest cash award ever paid a HUD employee for a modification he made to a property management information that saved an estimated 300 million dollars.  THAT was a powerful example of "Blessing the Mess!"

In addition to serving with local and national government, Charles has decades of experience in leadership positions with nonprofit organizations. For example, he founded and served as Executive Director of the Kankakee County Community Development Corporation. He played a major role in transforming a vacant National Guard Armory building that was going to be torn down for parking into an award-winning "Bless the Mess" Community Resource Center that generated over two million dollars of financial support and served tens of thousands of residents.

Charles has a master's degree from Southern New Hampshire University in Community Economic Development which encompasses Self-help, Empowerment, and Capacity-building.  He designed and facilitates co-creative visioning and strategic planning for companies, non-profit organizations, chambers of commerce, and communities, especially those in need of help addressing social, cultural, and economic challenges.

He created and produced Community Unity Celebrations and CAN DO! personal and community development training programs featuring world-class authors and trainers such as Norman Vincent Peale, Les Brown, Brian Tracy, Jim Rohn, and Mark Victor Hansen for up to 1,800 participants (in a county of only 100,000 that suffered from decades of racial, geographic, political divisiveness).


Charles is dedicated to Expanding the Circle of Success to provide greater access to development training programs not readily available to youth and other underserved populations.  His ultimate vision is to help establish a University for Successful Living (USL) with a network of locally initiated Empowerment Resource Centers that will deliver training on successful life, work and entrepreneurship skills. He and Leslie and their collaborators have already developed many of the 101 resources the USL will provide for Solving Life's Ultimate Success Puzzles.


https://www.universityforsuccessfulliving.org/

His primary social media accounts are: https://www.facebook.com/charles.betterton,
https://twitter.com/ultimatedestiny & https://www.linkedin.com/in/charlesbetterton/

authority in the psychology of mindfulness and has over 11 years of experience in the wellness industry as a writer and editor. Leslie's work is centered around mindfulness, meditation, and healing via the smartbody.


Leslie has created a multitude of products, programs, and services in the health and wellness and mindfulness genre over the last several years. In addition to her work creating mindfulness programs, she also specializes in writing and recording guided meditations and hypnotherapy scripts.

Leslie’s Mission is Simple - To Help Others as She Helps Herself.

Leslie is the creator of PlanetBlessed.org and the CEO of the SMART Heart-Mind-Body Foundation as well as the creator of smartbodygreen.com.

Planet Blessed is all about blessing the mess and sur-thriving in the new normal and learning how to adapt, change and grow in a challenging new world.

Smartbodygreen is dedicated to providing products, programs, and services to increase awareness of the smartbody via mindfulness-based healing practices.

The SMART Heart-Mind-Body Foundation's primary mission is to bridge the gap and help people understand the role our emotions play in terms of healing and overcoming chronic disease. The foundation was created to help educate and inspire people on a global level about the significant role the innate SMART Body plays in terms of the healing process. 


Leslie Riopel can be reached at Leslie.Riopel@fuse.net

 
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