We are a diverse group of veterans and civilians united by the call to serve and give back. From the board room to the battle field, each member of our team draws upon their unique experiences to teach, guide and inform you on your journey.

About Us

Melissa Love – Founder of MOSAIC


Melissa Love is an advisor, entrepreneur, healer and proud mother of three children, ages 11, 8 and 6. Guided by the principles of service, creativity and curiosity, Melissa enjoys assisting clients in discovering their purpose and realizing their potential. Her most rewarding professional relationships are with nonprofit educational organizations and the US Special Operations community.


Melissa earned a B.A. from James Madison University in 2000. After spending ten years in various HR roles for global defense consulting firms, Melissa co-founded MOSAIC Institute, a strategic services firm, in 2010. In that same year she became a Certified Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance as well as a Certified Energy Healer and opened two bicoastal yoga studios. In 2019, she founded The MOSAIC Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission blends the practices of mindfulness and resilience to help active duty and veteran warriors release stress and revitalize their soul.


Over the past two decades, Melissa has advised a diverse range of corporate and military clients, accumulated 4,000 hours of lifetime meditation practice, taught over 500 yoga classes to people from all over the world and facilitated over 300 energy healings.  She is grateful to live in alignment with her life’s purpose and enjoy an active lifestyle in San Diego, CA.


Dave Cooper – USN SEAL (Retired)

Dave Cooper was born and raised in Manheim, PA. In 1987 he earned a BS (emphasis in Molecular Biology) and entered the military that same year specifically to become a US Navy SEAL. During his 25-year career, Dave spent nearly nineteen of those at the prestigious Naval Special Warfare Development Group, conducting combat operations throughout Eastern Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.

From September 2009 to September 2011, Dave served as the Command Master Chief (the senior SEAL Operator and principal advisor to the Commanding Officer) of the Naval Special Warfare Development Group. During his tenure, the Naval Special Warfare Development Group successfully executed some of the most significant Special Operations missions in the history of the U.S. Military. In a role that took him from the battlefield one minute to the interagency boardroom the next, Dave’s influence, interpersonal skills and leadership were instrumental to the unparalleled success of this elite unit.

For his distinguished service, Dave was awarded numerous unit and personal awards, to include a Silver Star, 6 Bronze Stars with “V” devices, 2 Distinguished Meritorious Service Medal, 2 Meritorious Service Medals, 4 Presidential Unit Citations and numerous other joint and individual awards. But as he proudly notes: Every medal we wear on our chests belongs in no small part to our teammates, because it’s from our teammates—and for them—that we draw our measure of courage.

After successfully selling his first company, the Karakoram Group, Dave founded Verge, a boutique coaching and consulting company whose mission blends the profound experiences and lessons learned from the special operations arena with complex systems science to form a unique brand of organizational health consulting and coaching. Dave earned his master’s degree at the University of Oxford and HEC (Paris). He is featured in the best-selling book The Culture Code along with some of the most innovative business leaders and researchers in the U.S and has consulted on organizational health initiatives with Fortune 100 and 500 clients, from major oil and gas companies to nimble startups and tech firms. He is married to the inimitable Ms. Sonia Cooper, the Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer of Sentara Princess Anne Hospital. The couple has 3 boys, ages 16, 13, and 9.



Mark Shafer – Former Marine


Born in Baltimore, MD grew up in Fort Collins, CO.  Mark enlisted in the Marine Corps right out of High School.  July 29, 2002 he set foot on the yellow foot prints of Paris Island, SC.   Mark was assigned to 2D Amphibious Assault Battalion, Camp Lejeune, NC, The Basic School, Quantico, VA and Amphibious Assault Schools Battalion, Camp Pendleton, CA.    During his time in the Fleet Marine Force he attended many secondary schools to include Marine Combat Instructor of Water Survival and Airborne Jump School.  Mark has multiple deployments to Iraq, one in which he was wounded and received a Purple Heart for his injuries.   After serving 12 years, Mark now resides in his home town of Fort Collins with his family.  He is pursuing a job in the Fire Service to fulfill his passion to serve his community and help others as well as continuing to assist his fellow service members as being a part of the MOSAIC team.  


Phil Sussman – Army (Retired)

Phil’s yoga journey started on the floor of an armored military vehicle as he reeled from two soon to be discovered broken vertebrae. As an active duty Soldier, he had never considered yoga an option until he began recovery from the worst injury of his life. After two weeks immobilized, he transitioned from a walker, to a cane, and eventually running again. He rehabbed enough to attend Special Operations Civil Affairs Assessment and Selection, but still dealing with incredible physical pain and the loss of some close friends, Phil’s wife suggested yoga to assist with pain management. 


He took his first yoga class in 2016 and quickly became a studio regular. For the first time in his adult life, Phil had found a powerful tool to fight back against anxiety, depression, and physical pain.


When the Army brought Phil and his family to Fort Bragg, he continued to practice and attended YTT after the workday and on weekends. He taught his first class on a remote firebase in Syria and grew into his own as a yoga teacher among an international group of Soldiers, Airmen, Marines, and civilian contractors during an intensive six month deployment. Phil recently medically retired from the Army after spending a decade on the conventional and SOF sides of the house.


Phil is a RYT 200 and the co-founder of American Yogi, a company rooted in the goal of bringing healing to the veteran community and beyond. He’s worked with MOSAIC for the past year and is truly fulfilled by bringing yoga to our tribe.


Off the mat, you can find Phil on Instagram as @liveamericanyogi or online at






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