Jonathan has over 25 years of professional experience in health care along with varied personal and academic training in contemplative practices. He received a BA in Psychology in 1990 from Canisius College followed by a BSN from D’Youville College in 1997. He has been a registered nurse specializing in trauma and emergency care and palliative care and currently works as a palliative care nurse liaison at UVA Medical Center. He has also completed graduate coursework in Eastern Philosophy and Western Mysticism at Western Michigan University (1991-1993).
His initial contemplative training was with Jesuit Contemplation and later participated in training at the Himalayan Institute and in Tibetan Buddhist meditation and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. He is passionate about promoting resilience in health care and was involved in co-facilitating (with Maria Tussi Kluge) the first resiliency retreats at the UVA School of Nursing, beginning in 2009. Currently, for the Compassionate Care Initiative, Jonathan leads weekly Wednesday morning (6:00 a.m.) meditation sessions and co-facilitates nursing student retreats.