About Us

Who we are

The Joy & Wisdom Center is part of a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt interfaith ministry organization founded in 1996. Our stated mission is “to educate, mentor and coach those seeking new levels of personal and spiritual development … helping individuals increase their optimism, self-confidence, courage and faith in life.” Our projects are designed to have practical, measurable positive impacts on people in business, education, media and in local communities. We plan celebratory events at our New Mexico campus, which is now in the planning stages. 

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Leilani Darling and Richard Linfield, co-founders of the Center, have decades of experience as teachers and mentors, together and separately. Both are committed to positivity as the most important issue of our time. Leilani holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Virginia where she studied under Antonin Scalia. She is licensed to practice law in New Mexico, and is also a licensed real estate broker. She taught courses for the Edgar Cayce Institute in Virginia Beach, Virginia, and worked as a crisis counselor for the city’s Social Services department. Leilani was ordained as an Interfaith Minister by the New Seminary at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City. She mentors individuals and organizations on the art of the positive worldview. Her Amazon page is at https://www.amazon.com/Leilani-Darling/e/B00HXIP9HG. Her philosophical articles can be read at www.TheLoveWins.com, and her mentoring is available through www.MorePositiveMoreProductive.com.


Richard Linfield, Ph.D., Joy & Wisdom Center manager, is a writer, professor, publisher/editor and public relations manager who has taught at nine colleges and universities. He co-founded the innovative New College of California in San Francisco. In Boulder, Colorado, he edited and published New Colorado, an arts and entertainment monthly. His work for student and instructor success can be seen at www.collegestudentsuccess.us and www.personalizedcollegeteaching.com.