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

  • Inaugural Mindful Schools in-class program

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

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

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

  • Room to Breathe – first professional documentary on mindfulness in education

  • Mindful Schools conducts study involving 937 students

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

  • Launched first significant online training for mindfulness in education

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

  • Documentary Healthy Habits of Mind features Mindful Schools

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

  • Mindful Schools rebrands, launching new identity and website

Our People

Staff

Richard Shankman

Interim
Executive Director

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Amy Allum-Poon

Group Enrollment
Specialist

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Lief Andre

Senior IT
Manager

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Billy Bicket

Director of
Strategic Development

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Matthew Brensilver

Director of
Programs

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Martha Brown

Human Resources
Manager

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Ruben Cortez

Course Operations
Coordinator

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Christina Costelo

Community Program Manager

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Eden Feil

Director of Finance
and Administration

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Betsy Hanger

Community and
Content Specialist

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Corinne Lamata

Development
Associate

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Alison Lee

Product Marketing
Manager

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Nicole Naffaa

Director of Course Enrollment
and Customer Care

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Linda Newman

Senior Accountant

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Kevin Sandness

Salesforce and
Web Developer

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David Selsky

Group Enrollment
Specialist

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Oren J. Sofer

Senior Program
Developer

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Guiding Teachers

Megan Cowan

Co-Founder and
Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Chris McKenna

Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Vinny Ferraro

Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Alan Brown

Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Daniel Yoel Cohen

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Communication

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Devon Cresci

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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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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Nicole Libin

Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Eric López-Maya

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Gene Lushtak

Guiding Teacher,
Difficult Emotions

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Ali Miller

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Communication

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Peter Montiminy

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Educator Essentials

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Keri Pederson

Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Heather Prete

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Sara Schedler

Guiding Teacher,
Mindfulness Fundamentals

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Cheryl Slean

Guiding Teacher,
Difficult Emotions

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Bart van Melnik

Guiding Teacher,
Year-Long Certification

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Sarah M. Waxman

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Educator Essentials

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Advisory Board

Dr. Eve Ekman

UCSF Oscher Center for Integrative
Medicine

Adi Flesher

Michelle Gale

Wisdom 2.0

Jim Gimian

Mindful Magazine

Soren Gordhamer

Wisdom 2.0

Dr. Charlie Halpern

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

MBSR Founder

Dr. Dacher Keltner

Greater Good Science Center

Tim Ryan

U.S Congressman

Ila Sarley

1440 Foundation

Denis Udall

Hewlett Foundation

Board of Directors

Anu Cairo

SF Bay Area Director, Partnerships & Strategy
New Teacher Center

Michael Hagerty

Professor Emeritus
University of California, Davis

Richard Shankman

Co-Founder
Mindful Schools

Dr. Nicole Shectman

Senior Educational Researcher
SRI International

Jeff Snipes

Former CEO & Co-Founder
Ninth House