Board Members


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 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_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.



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.


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.