The Center for Mindful Self-Compassion is pleased to announce the expansion of our Board of Directors to include two new valued members. Rainer Beltzner, a Certified MSC Teacher from Canada has joined the board, especially to focus upon the financial side of the operation. At the same time, Randolph Oudemans from Singapore has joined to broaden our global reach and to bring his extensive corporate and organizational background to bear on developing our organization into a robust and far-reaching enterprise. We are excited to have both Rainer and Randolph contributing to the stewardship of CMSC. Please take a moment to read their brief biographies below and join us in welcoming them “on board the Board.”
At the same time, we are sad to bid farewell to CMSC Board Member Joy Huang from China. Joy’s contributions have been immense and we will miss her, as she shifts her attention to her role as a key leader for Hailan Family Well-Being, CMSC’s partner and friend in China. HFWB has been an amazing proponent of MSC across the country and Joy is one of the reasons they have enjoyed such success there. Her wisdom, experience and good humor will be missed by all of us on the Board, and we look forward to continuing to work with her in the years ahead.
The current makeup of the CMSC Board is: Kristin Neff, Chris Germer, Marta Alonso Maynar, Randolph Oudemans and Rainer Beltzner. CMSC’s Executive Director Steve Hickman is an ex-officio member of the board as well.
A wise man once said, “What is most important, is to find out what is most important.”
For Randolph, a father of three, the most important thing is to be mindfully and lovingly connected to ourselves and others. He has observed that, while deep and abiding happiness is everyone’s clear desire, most of us have no idea how to achieve it. As a result, they waste enormous amounts of time and energy pursuing things which do not satisfy. This is a gap that many strongly desire to bridge, and Randolph is passionate about helping them to do just that.
Throughout his professional life as a teacher, youth director, community leader, trainer and mentor, he has had gained extensive experience in the challenges faced by families, youth and institutions. He has also played a vital role in fostering civic engagement and social responsibility in schools and corporations (CSR), empowering them to have sustained positive impact. These efforts to foster civic engagement and social responsibility in schools and corporations were widely covered in the Indonesian media.
In 2003, Randolph founded a socio-humanitarian organization (www.careinaction.asia) dedicated to raising the quality of care in Indonesian orphanages. Over the course of the last 15 years, their programs have helped thousands of children claim their rights and fulfill their most basic needs – food, shelter, education, compassion and love. They have also trained and empowered hundreds of parents and caregivers, providing them with the skills and tools to better care for the children.
Parallel to his humanitarian work, Randolph has held numerous leadership positions in large corporations, as well as in start-up companies, in several countries around the world including (France, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, the United States of America). With strategic perspective and clear focus, he has always placed an emphasis on team development, training and social responsibility.
In 2018, Randolph founded Now.Here., an organization committed to helping people to be happy, flourish and contribute to a better world. Through Now.Here, he helps people develop their innate capacities for compassion and happiness, and empowers them to improve their performance in work and life by training them in targeted mindfulness-based programs. Now.Here. allows him to combine his business experience with socio-humanitarian efforts to help people live fuller, more meaningful lives.
Randolph is a trained teacher of MSC, as well as having completed training in the Making Friends With Yourself teen MSC program.
For more information, kindly visit: www.rightnow-here.com
We encourage you to get to know Randolph by checking out this interview between Randolph and Dr. Steve Hickman, CMSC’s Executive Director.
Rainer Beltzner FCPA FCA FCMC ICD.D is a Certified Professional Accountant and Certified Management Consultant. After over 40 years of experience in the business community, Rainer came to the MSC journey in 2012 as a result of personal challenges and has been focused on spreading the MSC benefits to others ever since.
As a Certified Mindful Self Compassion Teacher and Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Rainer has been actively teaching the MSC program since 2014. Rainer is on the faculty of the Centre for Mindfulness Studies in Toronto where he co-teaches the 8-week as well as 5-day intensive MSC programs with his spouse Eileen, a registered social worker, therapist as well as Certified MSC Teacher. He is keenly interested in promoting the benefits of the MSC program for men and has been collaborating with a special interest group within the Center for MSC to deliver and promote this.
Rainer put it best when he said “I am honored and delighted to join the Board of CMSC as Treasurer. My adventure with Mindful Self-Compassion has been truly life changing, sharing the experience of teaching MSC with my spouse, and so rewarding to see the impact on our MSC participants. It has also been a real privilege to connect with and befriend so many in the MSC teacher community around the world. As a business executive with formal financial management background and as an experienced, enthusiastic MSC teacher, I hope to use my knowledge to help the CMSC organization achieve further growth, with stability and sustainability.”
As a Certified Corporate Director and past roles as chairman, president and CEO, he has in-depth first-hand insight into the roles and functions of executive teams and boards of profit and not-for-profit organizations. Rainer develops and delivers courses on governance and communication to business executives across Canada.
Rainer is a proud father of two, active grandfather of four-year-old Samuel and companion to Alphie and Rosebud, the Beltzners’ two West Highland Terriers. In his spare time, Rainer is an avid car enthusiast, race driving instructor, competitive racer and automotive journalist.
For more information about Rainer and his MSC work, go to www.selfcompassionsolutions.com