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Darlene T. Pina is a multifaceted individual with a variety of business and personal interest experience. She has over 20 years of combined administrative experience in the fields of education, banking, real estate trusts, mutual fund investing, life sciences and human resources. During her career path in corporate America, it became evident that working with people and helping them to navigate through their work and personal lives was a natural talent. This led Darlene to the path of teaching and coaching. Her love of business and personal growth has now been combined.
She is the founder Om Enterprises Solutions. Her mission is to provide services that will increase efficiency in any business operation by teaching strategies and tools for those who want to reduce stress and anxiety in their business and personal lives. She is an expert at teaching the art of balance.
An avid community volunteer, Darlene is currently a volunteer board member for Lil’ Iguana Children’s Safety Foundation’s (LICSF). Their mission is to save children from child predators and serious accidental injuries in a non-threatening, kid-friendly way. LICSF's unique early childhood prevention programs have become the leader in this field and continue to grow and save children.
Currently, Darlene organizes and facilitates what she calls a “Power Yoga Journey.” This is a transformative three-hour heated power yoga workshop that brings the student through many physical, spiritual and mental challenges. She encourages her students to find joy and to rediscover themselves as they navigate through many obstacles that arise when embarking on this extraordinary experience. She also teaches power yoga classes at a variety of yoga studios and well-known fitness gyms.
In 2016, Darlene got involved with community walks to STOP Heroin, a crises that is killing many young adults. On October 24, 2015 she organized a walk from Greeley Park to Main Street in Nashua. Approximately 60 people showed up in support. Inspired to do another walk, Darlene organized another on March 19, 2016 and 800 Warrior Walkers showed up to support community healing and to bring awareness to the public about this epidemic. The walks received a lot of media coverage including WMUR news, NH1 News and the Nashua Telegraph. She was the highlight of an article titled "Making a Real Difference" written by Chris Williams, a former mayoral candidate and currently a partner with Velocity Performance.
In 2010, Darlene volunteered to participate in a 10 week program at an all-male maximum security prison in Concord, MA to help facilitate an emotional awareness program to the inmates seeking personal transformation. Darlene sat on the junior board of associates for the New Hampshire Philharmonic. She was a board member for the Youth Enhancement Services (YES) a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with emotional, developmental or behavioral challenges (ADHD, Pervasive Developmental Disorder, Post Traumatic Stress and other disorders). She taught yoga weekly to the children in the YES program for two years.
In 2009, Darlene was a guest on WSMN Nashua, NH local radio (1590 on your a.m. radio) with guest host Dennis C. Hogan, sole practitioner of Dennis C. Hogan, PLLC, where she discussed her path into yoga and teaching. Darlene was also active in the local and regional arts scene in Nashua, NH and in 2006 was a co-producer of the First Annual FIREfest, a street festival celebrating the visual, performing and culinary arts which brought in approximately 2500 people to East Pearl Street in downtown Nashua, NH. In 2007, FIREfest was mentioned in the magazine "Gateway To Greater Nashua, New Hampshire" published by the Greater Nashua Chamber of Commerce, issue #19 under the article titled, What Makes Greater Nashua a Community. In 2006, she was interviewed by the Hippo Magazine and the Nashua Telegraph for her involvement with FIREfest, one of the most original and fascinating events held in Nashua, NH. In 2005, she was interviewed by the New Hampshire Business Review and appeared as a guest on the TV 13’s show Rivier Means Business hosted by Eric Drouart, then chair of the business department at Rivier University, for her leadership and strategic efforts to increase the visibility of the New Hampshire Philharmonic.
Darlene graduated from Rivier University, MBA with high distinction in 2005 and earned her B.S., Magna Cum Laude from Daniel Webster College. She was the recipient of the Faculty Commendation award at Daniel Webster for her extraordinary academic performance in 2000. She is a Certified Yoga Instructor and a Certified Soul Therapy Practitioner.
Darlene T. Pina
Entrepreneur - Yogi - Peak Performance Coach
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October 21, 2017, Awareness is Healing Walk to STOP Heroin/Opioid Abuse is at Greely Park, Nashua, NH. The heaving event is from 11-2 pm. See Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/138644163422434
On October 24, 2015, I organized a community walk that brought 62 people to Concord Street in Nashua. Our Walk made the evening news
On March 19, 2016 I organized another walk. We have 800 people participating in the Awareness is Healing Walk to STOP Heroin.
On March 20, 2016 I taught a 2 hour hot yoga bootcamp class to raise money for Amber's Place in Manchester, NH. WMUR decided to just show up spontaneously and the yogi's showed their
flexibility and patience by letting the camera crew in which results in starting the class 30 minutes late. Yogi's are the best people on the planet!
One of the Warrior Walkers wore a Go Pro and I think this gives you the best view of what this healing walk experience was like:
Check out the Awareness is Healing Walk to STOP Heroin Photo Album (it's open for the Public to view)
Making a Real Difference article published in the Nashua Telegraph regarding this community movement to STOP Heroin. Thank you Chris Williams!
I get the opportunity each month through this column to shine a spotlight on instances of leadership being demonstrated "under the radar" within our community. It's within this context that I invite you to read about a really neat example of leadership happening here in our community to positively counter the rising heroin epidemic.
We can't open a Web browser or a newspaper any day of the week without being confronted by yet another heroin-related death within our community. Nashua is but one of many small cities and towns across our country that are struggling against this ever-increasing battle - and too often seeing ourselves on the losing side of that fight.
It's gratifying, therefore, to witness efforts that are being organized on a grassroots level to counter the stigma of heroin addiction and bring awareness to how prevalent this issue is across Greater Nashua.
Many of you have likely never heard of a woman named Darlene Pina. Like many of us, Darlene lives right here in Nashua. Darlene grew up not too far from Nashua, in the town of Scituate, Mass., before coming here to attend Daniel Webster College. After getting her bachelor's degree, she went on to eventually get her MBA at Rivier University and now splits her career between a company in Concord, Mass., and a job as a yoga instructor here in Nashua.
But it's what Darlene does outside of her jobs that I want to highlight. Last fall, I experienced a touching moment when I participated in a special awareness walk that Darlene organized at Greeley Park in an effort to get Nashua people talking about our heroin epidemic. I was but one of the more than 60 people who gathered on that crisp fall morning and walked as a group down Concord Street toward downtown. We carried homemade signs and wore T-shirts - all decorated with personalized messages relating to a family member, a friend or a work colleague who had fallen victim to heroin abuse. I particularly remember walking with two women that morning - both of whom were mothers of heroin victims. One of the mothers had already lost her son, while the other shared with me a story about her son being so far gone that she was now going through court proceedings to adopt his son - her grandson - so that his child would at least be saved.
Darlene's leadership, and her commitment to bringing so many disparate people together - all united by this epidemic despite their diverse backgrounds and life situations - resulted in a powerful moment for me as I heard the stories of those two mothers and so many others that morning.
Darlene just organized a second walk here in Nashua, which took place yesterday. I wrote this piece prior to yesterday, so I can't tell you how many participated. But I can tell you that the Facebook event page promoting the event had almost 700 people planning to attend. That is powerful. And it's a clear indication of just how many lives in our city are impacted by this epidemic. Furthermore, it's evidence of the significant impact Darlene is having upon our community, far outside of her job and her own family.
Darlene will be the first person to tell you that she hasn't done this alone. Others are pitching in and making this effort successful.
Meg Doucette created lanyards that people at yesterday's walk were able to take and insert a photo of a loved one who has fallen victim to heroin before wearing that lanyard during the walk. Others, like Laurie and Tracey, are helping out in other ways like making sure those without cars can get to the event, or making homemade shirts and leggings for people who want to memorialize someone through their attire.
It's sad knowing that this epidemic has its claws have wrapped around so many of our families. But, Nashua is fortunate to have residents like Darlene who have stepped up when they didn't have to, and who are inspiring others to do the same. Darlene, thank you for your leadership.
Chris Williams is a former mayoral candidate and currently a partner with Velocity Performance
Article in the Nashua Telegraph
Monday, February 29, 2016
Opioid awareness walk coming
By KATHRYN MARCHOCKI
If you go
What: Awareness is Healing: A Walk to Stop Heroin
When: Sat., March 19, 11 a.m. - noon
Where: Greeley Park, Concord Street to Main Street, Nashua
For more information:
NASHUA - Darlene Pina can't forget the emaciated young woman who came knocking on her car window in Manchester last summer.
The woman claimed her car had run out of gas with her baby inside, and she told Pina she needed money.
Pina saw the haunted face, desperate eyes shrouded in dark circles, and handed over $20.
She then watched the woman, who appeared to be in her early 20s, bypass the gas station across the street. Instead, she grabbed a friend and disappeared from sight.
Disturbed, Pina went into the gas station and told the clerk what happened. The clerk explained there was a heroin and opioid epidemic in the city.
"People are dying all over Manchester," she said.
"That was the tipping point for me," Pina explained in an interview last week.
She decided to organize a walk in Nashua last October.
More than 60 people marched along Concord Street - from Greeley Park to Main Street - carrying placards bearing the names and photos of loved ones who died from heroin. Other signs said, "Honk if you hate heroin."
"People were opening their windows, cheering us on. All the cars were honking in support of us," said Pina, who lives in Nashua and works as an executive assistant at Lexia Learning in Concord, Mass.
Pina will host a second "Awareness is Healing: A Walk to Stop Heroin" in Nashua on March 19.
What a difference five months makes.
"This has grown beyond anything I would have imagined," said Pina, who also is a part-time hot power yoga instructor.
She hoped to get another 60 or so people for this latest walk. She posted the event on Facebook about two weeks ago and more than 400 have said they will walk, while another 748 signed on as a maybe.
"We created a big movement of power in the community," Pina wrote on the event's Facebook page.
"People are tired of sitting on the sidelines and reading about it and seeing it on the news. People want to take action," she said.
"They're watching their family members die. Their friends, their neighbors, their parents, their aunts, uncles, brothers - they're dropping like flies," she added.
Everyone is invited to participate in the walk, which begins at 11 a.m. in Greeley Park and continues along Concord Street to Main Street. The walk ends at noon.
Pina's hope is for every community in the state to hold a walk against heroin.
"Every town in New Hampshire should have a walk like this. That should make a big difference in how young adults are accessing these drugs," Pina said.
She also hopes those who have lost loved ones to heroin and other opioids join the walk and find in it a place to heal and bond with others who have suffered similar losses. Those struggling with addiction are invited as well.
"We walk together to heal and to show the public we are not playing around anymore," Pina said.
Kathryn Marchocki can be reached at 594-6589, email@example.com, or @Telegraph_KMar.
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