Rasur Foundation International (RFI) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to teaching a social and emotional skill for a more connected world. By carrying out this mission, RFI will realize its vision of a world where every person practices the art of connection and passes this gift to the next generation.

Through coaches and trainers certified by RFI, the Connection Practice is spreading rapidly in schools, businesses, nonprofits and in faith-based communities in the United States.

In Costa Rica, more than 1,500 teachers have been trained in the Connection Practice, building the social and emotional intelligence of over 40,000 students. Annual evaluations revealed that bullying, intolerance, conflicts, violence and misconduct reports decreased after the Connection Practice training.

RFI gratefully acknowledges the work of the Institute of HeartMath® and the Center for Nonviolent Communication for inspiring the Connection Practice.


Board of Directors



Rita Marie Johnson is the founder, CEO and board president of Rasur Foundation International and Rasur Foundation of Costa Rica. She lives in Gilroy, California.




Leigh Files, the board’s Chairman, has been a board member since 2014. She has retired as program manager at Texas Instruments Incorporated and is also on the board of directors for the Dallas Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. She lives in Texas.




Shari Holland is a founding board member and the Parliamentarian and current Secretary of the Board. She has a master’s in Public Administration and lives in Missouri.



Philip M. Hellmich is a thought leader in creating a new narrative of peace, from inner peace to international peacebuilding.  As the Director of Peace at The Shift Network, Philip is the chief architect of the Summer of Peace, Yoga Day Summit and World Peace Library – online global forums that seek to inspire, inform and involve people in the many ways that peace is emerging around the world. He also is the co-lead faculty of the Peace Ambassador Training.


Lynne Dowler


Lynne Dowler has been on the board since 2013. She is a retired educator and serves on the board of Empower American Children. She lives in Texas.



Barbara Jones has been a board member since 2011. She helped sponsor the first Connection Practice project in Costa Rica in 2003. She retired as president and CEO of a business college and is a former teacher. She lives in Alabama.

For more information, please contact info@rasurinternational.org.