Hemera is the primordial Greek goddess of the day, who each morning pulls away the veil of darkness so that light can again reach the world. The Hemera Foundation, established in 2007, is a Bermuda Charitable Trust. Its agent in the United States is Hemera Regnant, LLC, based in Boulder, Colorado.
Caroline Pfohl, Founder & Chair
Caroline Pfohl is founder and Chair of the Hemera Foundation. She started Hemera in 2007 to create and invest in select programs that have the potential to achieve sustainable, systemic change. She has an extensive background in philanthropy, business, and art. Prior to the founding of the Hemera Foundation, Ms. Pfohl established and built the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, serving as President and Director from its inception in 2005 until 2012, and as Board Chair for four years. In the President’s role, she created and expanded a number of award winning contemplative arts education programs in Hong Kong and China.
Since 2013, she has been Board Chair at the Dharma Ocean Foundation, a non-profit educational organization devoted to adapting traditional Buddhist practices to modern secular environments; she is also a senior teacher in the lineage, with a deep understanding of body-based approaches to uncovering the natural goodness and compassion of the human person. For twenty-five years, she has studied and practiced with Buddhist and Taoist lineages, and is trained in traditional Chinese medicine as well as integrated manual therapy.
With Masters degrees from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, and the London School of Economics, and an AB from Wellesley College, Ms. Pfohl has worked in strategic planning for multinational corporations as well as non-governmental agencies, including the United Nations and the Economist Intelligence Unit. Ms. Pfohl also built a modern arts business in Hong Kong and China, and is an active exhibiting photographer, trained in the lineage of Minor White and at the University of Hawaii.
Robert Kaufold, Executive Director
Rob began his career in public accounting and has served in various senior roles in the financial services industry including positions with Coopers and Lybrand, LLP, Falcon Financial, LLC and Swiss Re. He began his work with families and their charities in 2006 when he assumed the role of Controller for Marshall Street Management, LLC, a single family office. Prior to joining Hemera, he established Carriage Partners, LLC, an advisory firm focused on family offices and their related charitable entities.
Rob serves on the Boards of several of the Hemera Foundation’s grantees. He is a New York CPA and holds a BS in Accounting from Providence College. He lives in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife Erin and daughters, Emily and Molly.
Jon Lantz, Controller
Jon Lantz joined Hemera Regnant in June 2013. He has over fifteen years of experience working in public and private accounting. He is a Colorado CPA and has a Bachelor’s degree in business from Ohio University.
In the past Jon has done volunteer work with at-risk teenagers and the elderly. His philanthropic interests include contemplative practices, aging & dying, and the environment.
Jon enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, and attending music festivals. He lives in Arvada, Colorado with his wife and two children.
Tatiana Hernandez, Arts Director
Tatiana Hernandez joined Hemera in March 2015. Previously, as program officer for the arts for Knight Foundation, she led the Knight Arts Challenge, Knight's open contest for discovering the best arts ideas in communities across the country. Her portfolio included nearly 500 grantees, totaling over $100 million in investments.
Tatiana serves on the boards of Grantmakers in the Arts, the National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures, BFI (Bas Fisher Invitational), and Machine Project, an experimental artist space in Los Angeles. She was named a 2014 Marshall Memorial Fellow, a program of the German Marshall Fund.
Tatiana earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in international affairs and anthropology from The George Washington University and trained as a dancer. She enjoys reading and exploring new places.
Brenda McChesney, Awakening Child Director
Brenda joined Hemera in 2015 as the Awakening Child Director. Previously, as Director of Strengthening Families Programs for the Family Resource Center Association, she oversaw the implementation of family support programs across 24 family resource centers and led the development of Colorado’s researched-based Family Resource Center Model.
Brenda serves as co-chair of the National Network of Family Support and Strengthening Networks, co-chair of Colorado’s Strengthening Families Network, and national trainer for the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening and Support. In 2003, she founded Healthy Beginnings of Southern Colorado, providing Childbirth Education, Lactation Education, and Doula Services for low-income families.
Brenda holds a M.A. in the Sociology of Race and Gender and a B.A. focused on Child Development and Interpersonal Communication. Being a compassionate knowledge seeker, creative connector, and dream manifestor is how she approaches the world. Brenda enjoys painting, photography, dancing, and playfully enjoying the outdoors with her family.
Dan Halpern, Fellowships Manager
Dan joined Hemera in 2015 to assist with the contemplative fellowships programs. He arrived with several years' experience in human services, having worked for and alongside adults with developmental disabilities, as well as volunteering for local hospice and suicide prevention organizations. Dan was also administrative staff in the Religious Studies Department at Naropa University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree in religious studies, with minors in writing and psychology.
In addition to his work with Hemera, Dan also serves as the Administrative Director for Kedumah, a contemporary and non-sectarian path of teachings grounded in the lineage of Kabbalah. His approach to life and spirituality is one of embodiment and creativity. To that end, Dan enjoys hiking and camping in the Rocky Mountains, dancing at concerts, playing guitar, writing poetry, and meditating with the practices of various world wisdom traditions.
Anne Caban, Office Manager and Executive Assistant to Robert Kaufold
Anne Caban joined Hemera in 2015. She has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado, Boulder in Ethnic Studies with a concentration in American Indian Studies as well as a paralegal certificate. Prior to Hemera, Anne worked as a legal practice office manager and legal assistant, most recently for a firm specializing in federal Indian law. Anne likes to spend her time traveling with her husband, Mark, hanging out with their rescue dog Evie, training with a local running group and studying Italian.