Sara Childre, President and CEO Sara Childre learned the value of self-management, organization and service at an early age as the daughter of a Marine Corps general. As a double major at East Carolina University, Childre earned degrees in psychology and fine arts. Her interest in the field of human development led her to participate in several long-term research projects with HeartMath® founder Doc Childre, and she shares his vision of optimizing human performance and well-being. Since 1991, Childre has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992 and president and CEO in 1998.
Rollin McCraty, Ph.D., Executive Vice President and Director of Research Dr. Rollin McCraty has been with IHM since its inception in 1991. He worked with founder Doc Childre to formulate the organization’s research goals and create its Scientific Advisory Board. McCraty is a Fellow of the American Institute of Stress, holds memberships with the International Neurocardiology Network, American Autonomic Society, Pavlovian Society and Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback and is an adjunct professor at Claremont Graduate University. He and his research team regularly participate in collaborative studies with other U.S. and international scientific, medical and educational institutions. McCraty is an internationally recognized authority on heart-rate variability, heart-rhythm coherence and the effects of positive and negative emotions on human psychophysiology. He is widely published in those and other research areas.
Brian Kabaker, Chief Financial Officer and Director of Sales and Marketing Prior to joining the Institute of HeartMath, Brian Kabaker co-founded and ran a successful electronics firm that developed revolutionary technology in the area of electrostatics. His innovative sales and marketing strategies quickly propelled the company into a leadership position in the marketplace. The company’s technologies are still in use today by high-tech companies around the world. Kabaker studied psychology at San Diego State University and Uppsala University, Uppsala, Sweden. Kabaker was named the Institute of HeartMath’s director of facilities in 1997 and chief financial officer and director of sales and marketing in 2001. His focus is on increasing revenues and maintaining and growing the HeartMath brand.
Katherine Floriano, Executive Director When she joined the Institute of HeartMath at its inception in 1991, Katherine Floriano brought a background in social work, banking and real estate. Floriano negotiated the purchase of the institute’s 160-acre research and education center, obtained permits, planned renovation, oversaw contractors and managed use of the completed facilities. In 1997, she turned to fundraising and board development after being named IHM’s executive director, her current position. Perhaps her most important role is as ambassador for IHM’s work in education, corporate and political arenas at the local, state and national levels. Her passion for IHM’s work and its impact on children has made her a perfect spokesperson in working with corporate and private philanthropists to obtain funding for special projects.