The Lenses Group Executive Team

Michael Sylvester

Michael Sylvester

Robin VanderWerf

Robin VanderWerf

Matthew Melendrez

Matthew Melendrez

Emma Tautolo

Emma Tautolo

Lynne Shenk

Lynne Shenk

Bret Nathaniel

Bret Nathaniel

Who we are

Founded and led by Executive Director Michael Sylvester, the Lenses Institute is a cultural fluency development platform designed to facilitate oneness in communities and organizations.

We believe that our ethnically and culturally diverse world has inherent dignity, beauty, and value. Each individual is a reflection of this beauty. This belief supports the training and development platforms we provide for leaders in the public square.


Our Vision

We see a day when the world’s ethnically and culturally diverse people see, understand, and act in ways that reveal the truth: that we are meant to be together…that we are better as one.


Our Mission

We exist to help people and organizations fight for oneness by influencing the way people see, understand, and act in our ethnically and culturally diverse world.