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Elizabeth (Lili) Powell, PhD, MA

Maria and John Kluge Endowed Chair in Compassionate Care
Interim Director, Compassionate Care Initiative

In healthcare, where the ideal is to provide compassionate and effective care for every patient, how can a leader most effectively influence and inspire a team to achieve this worthy goal? Exploring the answer to this question is at the heart of Dr. Powell’s work with the Compassionate Care Initiative.

Lili has dedicated her academic and consulting career to learning and teaching the practical wisdom required to lead people and organizations. Beginning as a graduate student and continuing since 1994 as a professor at UVA Darden School of Business, she has been fascinated by the intersections of leadership, communication, performance and self-inquiry.

Out of a personal interest, Lili became a certified yoga teacher in 2006. She was surprised to discover that practices and insights from this somatic, contemplative and ethical discipline would inform her academic interests. Since that time, she has developed innovative courses in mindful leadership and leadership presence. She has come to believe that by teaching leaders to train their attention and cultivate goodwill, they can more skillfully exercise a positive influence in their own lives and in their workplaces.

In recognition of this novel work, she was awarded a joint appointment with UVA School of Nursing in 2017 to further her contributions in the context of healthcare. Her new course, Leading with Presence in Healthcare, has attracted a diverse and interprofessional student audience.

Hannah Crosby, BA, RYT

Assistant Director, Compassionate Care Initiative

Ms. Crosby's passion for promoting holistic well-being was first sparked in 2011, as an original member of UVA School of Nursing's award-winning Healthy Work Environment (HWE) team. It was through this work and dialogue with her colleagues that she recognized self-care as an important avenue to nurturing personal and professional resilience.

So when joining the Compassionate Care Initiative (CCI) staff in 2013, there was an immediate synergy with Hannah's passion and CCI's mission. While pursuing her own self-care, Hannah developed a deep yoga practice over the years, which inspired her to complete the 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in 2018 at Opal Yoga (Charlottesville, VA). She now teaches a drop-in yoga class with CCI weekly.

During her tenure with CCI, while supporting the rest of the leadership team and ambassadors, programming has tripled, outside funding for programming has increased, and outreach has grown beyond UVA, both nationally and internationally.


Ebru Cayir, MD, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate, Compassionate Care Initiative

After graduating from Cerrahpasa Medical Faculty in Istanbul, Turkey, Dr. Cayir served as a general practitioner at a primary care clinic in Istanbul. Her experiences as a clinician, and her passion for making an impact on health at the population level brought her to the field of Public Health. She worked and received training as a resident physician in the Department of Public Health at the Hacettepe Medical University in Ankara, Turkey, before receiving a Fulbright fellowship to study in the US. In 2017, she earned her PhD from the Department of Health Promotion, Education and Behavior at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina.

Ebru is interested in understanding how organizations can support self-care and resilience among caregiving professionals so that they can not only maintain their well-being, but also thrive in their work. She also focuses on how social identity categories such as race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, nationality intersect with one another and shape work experiences, well-being, and belongingness among healthcare providers. Her other research interests include mental health disparities that affect ethnic minority and vulnerable populations, intersectional and social justice-based methodologies. Currently, she is working on an intervention study that examines the impact of mindfulness-based practices on health care providers’ well-being, resilience and capacity to provide compassionate care.


CCI team members that work with us to lead our current drop-in programs and retreats. 

Yoga Facilitator

Retreat and Meditation Facilitator

Retreat Facilitator

Retreat Facilitator

Retreat Facilitator

Retreat Facilitator

Meditation Facilitator

T'ai Chi Facilitator

Therapy Dog


Retreat, Meditation and Mindful Movement Facilitator

Retreat Facilitator