Board Members

MICHAELA TORCASO
Chief Executive Officer/Treasurer

Michaela 36686763_10214949300939033_6166384005424873472_oMichaela Torcaso has had the privilege of witnessing the personal transformation of a great mix of students and clients from many different backgrounds, from doctors to store owners, baristas to undergraduates, north to south, children to adults.  Michaela provides a space of support, love, and connection to something she refers to as “God” – be it the Divine, Spirit, spiritual unity, nature – with the resources she offers through TIBIA, whitedoor, and Creating a Peaceful World.

She has been a massage therapist and energy worker since 1992 and has taught a multitude of energy/intuitive classes since 1997.  She co-founded A SpiriTouch Institute Massage School in 1997 and sold her share in 1999.  Her commitment to have massage therapists be vehicles through which healing  and transformation can occur caused her to create TIBIA  (Transformation . Intuition . Bodywork . In Action) Massage School in 2001.  The last massage class graduated in  December 2012 and TIBIA, Inc. continues to offer CE for massage therapists as well as community classes for the general public.

Michaela’s commitment to peace is actualized through three very distinct organizations; whitedoor LLC, TIBIA Inc, and Creating a Peaceful World Inc – a nonprofit.  Michaela is committed to the awakening of herself and others, and to share the knowledge of that muscle we all possess regardless of our circumstances. A muscle for claiming the experience of peace. She shares this gift not only so that people know they have it, but so that they exercise this muscle regularly in all areas of their lives. Claiming peace for oneself is no passive activity. Claiming peace for oneself empowers, transforms, and is downright contagious!

In Michaela’s own words, “I regularly witness the strength it takes to remain true to one’s authentic self. I applaud the commitment required to continue ‘strengthening the muscle’ to choose nothing while remaining open to everything…”

WENDY WARREN GRAPENTINE
President

Wendy is passionate about connection, whether it be the mind-body connection, our connection to each other as human beings or our connection to something larger than ourselves.  Her entire professional career has centered around this theme, from evening news anchor and medical reporter at WKOW Channel 27 in Madison, to Director of the Wisconsin Public Utility Institute at UW-Madison, to her own consulting and training company Straight to the Point Communications, to her work as a massage therapist, reiki master, and trained Intuitive.

Through it all, Wendy has been blessed to partner with her husband Mark Grapentine in raising two beautiful children. She is excited to be continuing this work of creating connection, understanding, and peace as part of the Creating a Peaceful World community.

SHADOW BACKUS
Vice President/Secretary

shadow_35_hrShadow Backus is a clinically licensed social worker. She has worked in education, residential treatment, criminal justice, crisis intervention, and private practice. She has an aptitude for listening to others with integrity, clarity, and understanding. It has been her honor to serve, support, and collaborate with children and families in hopes of fostering their healing, resilience, and self-efficacy. Most days one will find Shadow creating ways to keep her three older boys entertained, successful, and on a steady course to being contributing citizens. Her other acts of self-love include meditation via yoga, writing, and exercise.

Shadow nurtures peace in herself with the wish to it.

KIM LOWDEN-KRIGBAUM
VP Marketing & Community Connections

KimKim Lowden-Krigbaum is the Vice President of Marketing and Community Connection for CAPW.  A graduate of UW-Madison, Kim is a spiritual seeker, who loves reading, meditating, country music, dogs and being in the northern woods. She shares a deep connection with her family, friends and the world community, and is passionate about learning and growing in her spiritual practice.  She is also a Reiki Master, intuitive therapist and clairsentient and has worked in hospice care writing end of life reviews for patients.  Her favorite pastime is performing random acts of kindness and her life purpose is being an Activist for “creating a more peaceful world”. She also owns an Executive Recruiting business with her husband, from which she has almost 30 years of recruiting and life coaching expertise.  Kim is most alive, when helping others to lead an inspired life and assisting them in finding their truth and uncovering their life purpose.

MARIAN HOLTON-MANUEL
At-Large

holtonmanuel-04Marian Holton-Manuel strives for excellence in every aspect of her life. She thrives on change and embraces challenges as opportunities for growth. Her professional background includes project management, group facilitation, training, and clinical and sales support. In her current role as a Lead Business Integrator, Marian provides product support to regional product marketing managers, assists in New Product Introductions, and looks for ways to facilitate market growth. 

Personally, Marian strives for a high quality of life for everyone. She has made an ongoing commitment to her health and fitness and encourages her family and friends to do the same. Marian is a Certified Massage Therapist, Energy Healer, clairaudient, and published author. Her goal is to become a Wellness Coach who motivates others to achieve optimum health and wellness. 

Marian’s volunteer commitments include the Sierra Club, Olbrich Botanical Gardens, and CAPW. In her spare time, Marian enjoys hiking, camping, and biking. She has a strong interest in publishing additional articles and books.

JACY SUNDLIE
At-Large

Jacy has been involved with TRE (Tension and Trauma Releasing Exercises) since 2008. She helped develop the first TRE certification program. Also, with a strong background in creating non-profit organizations and marketing/promoting events, Jacy co-founded Masques Unlimited “Faces of Love: A Living Legacy” which teaches people how to create their own masques and look beyond them. Working with the general public, children and with special populations, she helps bring education and public awareness to the ‘oneness’ we all share.

As a licensed Social Worker, RYT Yoga instructor, Transformational Life Coach, and Reiki Master, Jacy brings all of these modalities into play to enhance her trainings. Her passion for TRE and Masques integrates her extensive education, life experiences, and work history to focus on empowering the individual’s growth in all aspects of life. Jacy uses her creativity and sense of humor to promote and teach TRE and Masques, certify practitioners in TRE, and facilitate workshops for individuals as well as private organizations all over the US. To find out more about TRE, please go to www.traumaprevention.com or to find out more about Masques and workshops and trainings, please contact jacy@naturalstressrelease.com  

SHAE FAHERTY
Social Media/Website Coordinator

Shae Faherty, the Social Media Coordinator for CAPW, brings a young and fresh perspective at 24 years old. Despite their age, they have had an eventful journey so far. At 7 years of age, their mother was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer and Shae grew up learning to be the best caregiver that they could be. From this experience, Shae learned compassion, patience, love, strength and the value of appreciating the present moment. Their mother passed away when Shae was 17. The days in the hospital prior to and during their mother’s passing were the first days Shae experienced a deep sense of peace, calmness, and surrender amidst the intense grief that was attached to losing the most important person in their life. Through their participation in the IntuAction Program with TIBIA & Whitedoor, Shae came to realize this experience they had with their mom was a gift.

In the IntuAction Program, Shae began their healing process and started to find their true self. Shae came out as gay in 2014, and found that they were surrounded by a more supportive and loving group of friends and family than they ever could have imagined. Shae has been involved with the Madison Gay Volleyball League and the Badgerland Gay Softball League in Madison for a few years now and continues to branch out in the LGBTQ+ community. Shae also recently discovered her gender is non-binary and does not identify as female or male and is therefore agender/genderless. Shae uses they/them pronouns or just Shae in place of pronouns.

Shae has worked with kids with Autism for 5 years through Applied Behavior Analysis and the Early Start Denver Model. They currently work at FamilyPath Autism Services as a Children’s Autism Treatment Technician II. Shae’s typical work day is reading books, telling silly jokes, piggy back rides, blanket swings, singing songs and supporting and teaching the kiddos about social skills and behavior management. Shae loves work and is currently going to school part-time to get a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology to continue to grow in the field.

During free time, Shae spends time with her fiancée, Savannah and soon to step-daughter, Julia. Shae also likes to play instruments, sing, and learn languages. Traveling is an important part of Shae’s life and they have been to several countries around Western Europe, Northern Africa and Central America. Shae’s favorite seasons are summer and fall. They love the warm summer days in a hammock with a guitar, kayaking, or going to music festivals around Madison. In the fall, you can catch Shae going for walks, hugging trees and jumping in leaf piles.

Shae chose to be a part of CAPW because they are committed to peaceful connections with others and trying to understand each person for who they uniquely are. Shae believes there are so many things we can learn from each other and that we should never stop trying to be the best people we can be. Shae likes to be a support for others and thinks that CAPW’s mission is a great way to do that.