Our Organization

Mindful Schools was founded in 2007 as a program of a single school in Oakland CA. Today, it is a not-for-profit training organization with online and in-person courses, content, and a network of mindful educators spanning all 50 U.S. states and 100+ countries.

Milestones

  • milestone-1

    Inaugural Mindful Schools in-class program

  • milestone-2

    Mindful Schools gains significant presence in Bay Area, serving more than 50 schools

  • milestone-3

    Mindful Schools achieves non-profit status and becomes an independent organization

  • milestone-4

    Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn offers benefit talk for Mindful Schools, speaking to 1300 people

  • milestone-5

    Room to Breathe – first professional documentary on mindfulness in education

  • milestone-6

    Mindful Schools conducts RCT involving 937 students

  • milestone-7

    Mindful Schools transitions to full-time training of educators and other professionals who work with youth

  • milestone-8

    Launched first significant online training for mindfulness in education

  • milestone-9

    Our team doubles to meet demand and launches Year-Long Certification

  • milestone-10

    Documentary Healthy Habits of Mind features Mindful Schools

  • milestone-11

    Through direct service and adult training, Mindful Schools curricula has reached more than 300,000 youth

  • milestone-12

    Mindful Schools rebrands, launching new identity and website

Our People

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Randima Fernando

Executive Director
Mindful Schools

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Megan Cowan

Co-Founder
and Program Director

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Chris McKenna

Program
Director

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Program Team & Guiding Teachers

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Vinny Ferraro

Senior
Trainer

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Matthew Brensilver

Senior Program
Developer

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Pam Dunn

Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Argos Gonzalez

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Educator Essentials

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Kevin Griffin

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Eric Lopez-Maya

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Gene Lushtak

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Bonnie Mioduchski

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Peter Montiminy

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Educator Essentials

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Heather Prete

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Devon Rath

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Sara Schedler

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Cheryl Slean

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Oren J. Sofer

Senior Program Developer & Guiding Teacher, Mindful Communication

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Sarah M. Waxman

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Educator Essentials

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Staff

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Amy Allum-Poon

Course Admissions
Specialist

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Billy Bicket

Director of
Strategic Development

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Martha Brown

Business
Manager

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Christina Costelo

Certification Program and
Leadership Network Manager

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Eden Feil

Director of Finance
and Operations

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David Rogers

Director of
Technology

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Vanessa Ross

Director of
Course Admissions

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Kevin Sandness

Salesforce and
Web Developer

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Stephanie Smith

Course Admissions
Specialist

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Aaron Soffin

Product Manager

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Camille Whitney

Director of Research

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Advisory Board

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Dr. Eve Ekman

UCSF Oscher Center for Integrative
Medicine

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Adi Flesher

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Michelle Gale

Wisdom 2.0

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Jim Gimian

Mindful Magazine

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Soren Gordhamer

Wisdom 2.0

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Dr. Charlie Halpern

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Dr. Tish Jennings

University of Virginia

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Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

MBSR Founder

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Dr. Dacher Keltner

Greater Good Science Center

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Tim Ryan

U.S Congressman

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Ila Sarley

1440 Foundation

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Dr. Nicole Shectman

Senior Educational Researcher
SRI International

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Denis Udall

Hewlett Foundation

Board of Directors

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Anu Cairo

SF Bay Area Director, Partnerships & Strategy
New Teacher Center

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Ken Doane

Program Director, Education
S.H. Cowell Foundation

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Randima Fernando

Executive Director
Mindful Schools

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Michael Hagerty

Professor Emeritus
University of California, Davis

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Richard Shankman

Co-Founder
Mindful Schools

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Dr. Nicole Shectman

Senior Educational Researcher
SRI International

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Jeff Snipes

Former CEO & Co-Founder
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