The Freedom to Choose Project was co-founded by the husband-and-wife team Drs. David and Bonnie Paul. This program is a work of the heart, and since its inception David and Bonnie have volunteered their time and energy to co-direct, co-produce and co-facilitate these programs. David and Bonnie co-write the curriculum and are the lead facilitators/trainers for Freedom to Choose.
David Paul, M.D., Ph.D. earned his M.D. at Jefferson Medical College and his Ph.D. in Psychology at Saybrook University. He served as graduate psychology faculty for over 15 years. He also served as faculty for several Counseling Psychology courses, including Treatment of Chemical Dependency, Psychopharmacology and the Practice of Marriage and Family Therapy, and Human Sexuality in the Therapeutic Context. He was a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at Southern Illinois University Medical School. He currently is faculty at the Graduate College of Integrative Medicine and Health Sciences at Saybrook University. David also is an executive coach, workshop facilitator, and has a private consulting practice in mind/body medicine.
Bonnie Paul, Ph.D. earned her Ph.D. in Psychology at Saybrook University. She is also an executive coach and workshop facilitator and she served as graduate psychology faculty for over 12 years at the University of Santa Monica. She has been interviewed about her work in Freedom to Choose for Arianna Huffington’s book: On Becoming Fearless. Earlier in her career, Bonnie earned a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, and managed an electronics manufacturing company in Los Angeles.
Kristy got her M.A. in International Policy Studies focusing on Human Security and Development from the Monterey Institute of International Studies. Kristy served as the assistant to the president of the Pebble Beach Company Foundation before becoming the foundation coordinator for the Stemtech Global Foundation. Her work has taken her all over the globe raising awareness for underserved populations and supporting organizations serving those same populations. She volunteers with human trafficking service providers in Los Angeles as well as organizations serving homeless youth. According to Kristy, the keys to happiness lie in friends, family, nature, gratitude, and service to others.
Our board of directors are also dedicated volunteers, accompanying us to many of the projects.