Meet Our Team

Leadership

Seewan Eng

Executive Director

Seewan is a lifelong learner and educator with a deep commitment to and experience in leading for equity in education non-profits, start-up charters, and urban public schools....

Mia Arakaki

Head of Program

Before joining Mindful Schools, Mia was the Chief Program Officer for the national nonprofit, Girls Leadership. As Chief Program Officer, Mia led the organization in developing culturally...

Martha Brown

Senior Director, People & Operations

Martha is a heart-centered and pragmatic leader with more than 20 years of experience in operations, communications, and human resources management. As the Senior Director of People...

Beck Engwerda

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Beck brings more than 15 years of non-profit communications and development experience to the Mindful Schools team. She is passionate about creating positive change in the world...

Argos Gonzalez

Head of Instruction

Argos is an equity-driven educator and thought-leader who leverages his lived experience and mindfulness practice to engage communities in creating positive systems change. Argos became part of...

Darius Ingram

Head of Technology

Bio coming soon …

Alison Lee

Head of Marketing & Project Management

Alison is a Bay Area native and passionate about sharing the Mindful Schools story with the global community of educators. She brings over fifteen years of marketing...

Megan Sweet

Senior Director, Programs & Impact

Dr. Megan Sweet is a systems-thinker who has been in education for more than 25 years as a teacher, school administrator, and school district leader. As the...

Staff

Neena Barreto

Guiding Teacher & Online Course Guide

Neena comes to this work with 20 years as a classroom teacher and teacher leader. She has taught mindfulness in over 30 classrooms from transitional kindergarten through...

John Bowman

Accounting Associate

John is our kind-hearted Accounting Associate. He’s a Bay Area local and UC Berkeley graduate who brings over 30 years experience in accounting and finance. He first...

Alan Brown

Lead Teacher, SWIP

Alan Brown is Director of Integrative & Co-curricular Learning at Grace Church School in New York City, where he leads mindfulness & positive education programs for students,...

April Frazier

Online Course Guide

April Frazier considers herself a lifelong learner of yoga and mindfulness as a tool for self-empowerment and social justice in diverse, resilient communities. In 2010, she completed...

Aáron B. Heard

Guiding Teacher

A’aron B. Heard is an artist, learner, and educator rooted in love, curiosity, and community. Described as the ‘heart of the team,’ she is grounded in purpose,...

Megan Hook

Online Course Guide

In addition to working at Mindful Schools Megan is a Teaching Artist teaching vocal music K-12 in multiple schools in the greater Los Angeles area. Megan also...

Stefanie Lachenauer

Online Course Guide

Stefanie brings 14 years of experience as a middle school educator in Montgomery Township School District, NJ.  Specializing in global leadership and character education, she brings Mindful...

Rachel Lewin

Mindfulness Educator

Rachel is a school administrator and she creates and teaches mindfulness classes, workshops and retreats. She provides information, coaching and mentoring for organizations and schools seeking to...

Kelli Love

Guiding Teacher & Online Course Guide

Kelli Love, M.Ed brings 15 years experience to the field of contemplative education since receiving her degree in Early Childhood Education from Naropa University in 2001, where...

Lucy MacGregor

Online Course Guide Lead Teacher

For over 20 years, Lucy has taught children and youth in a variety of classroom and therapeutic settings from instructing teens at North Outward Bound School to...

Renee Metty

Online Course Guide

Before joining Mindful Schools, Renee was an Executive Coach and Leadership Development Consultant as well as the Founder of The Cove School, the first mindfulness-based preschool in...

Erica Marcus

Guiding Teacher & Online Course Guide

Erica Marcus has over fifteen years of experience in formal and informal educational settings, serving as a mindfulness educator, middle school English teacher, outdoor educator, and wilderness...

Crystal McCreary

Guiding Teacher

Crystal is registered with Yoga Alliance at the E-RYT-500 level, with a specialty RCYT for children’s yoga. She leads Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher trainings, facilitates professional...

Nathalie Monin Voelker

Online Course Guide

Before joining Mindful Schools Nathalie worked for 15 years for non-for-profits providing continuing education, and arts for all programs for low income and immigrant families. She also...

Em Morrison

Sr. Guiding Teacher, SWIP

Em has taught mindfulness and served as a youth worker at after-school programs, summer camps, and on adult, young adult and teen retreats for the past 16...

Angela Newport

Online Course Guide

Angela is a long time high school teacher of language arts, drama, speech, and leadership in Oregon. She has also served as a district-wide instructional coach and...

Elizabeth Perryman

Online Course Guide

Elizabeth is playful, practical, and precise in her teaching of mindfulness to people of all ages. Her long experience, both as an educator and a parent, inform...

Jelena Popovic

Guiding Teacher & Online Course Guide

Jelena is a school psychologist by training and a peacebuilder by heart. As a mom and Teaching Peace in Schools Leadership Council Lead for The Peace Alliance,...

Sarah Rudell Beach

Coordinator of Course Development

Sarah Rudell Beach taught high school social studies for 17 years before founding Brilliant Mindfulness, LLC. She holds a Master’s Degree in Education from the University of...

Matthew Schmookler

Customer Experience Specialist

Matthew is a Bay Area native and brings over two decades of customer service to the Mindful Schools team. His experience spans a wide range of sectors...

David Selsky

Course Ops & Group Enrollment Specialist

David Selsky joined Mindful Schools in May 2017 as a Group Enrollment Specialist, working with groups of educators to provide mindfulness trainings to youth K-12. He has...

Brooke Sever

Course Ops & Group Enrollment Specialist

Brooke brings over twelve years of customer service and membership management background to her role as Guidance Support Specialist for Mindful Schools. After receiving her BA in...

Patti Ward

Online Course Lead Teacher

Patti has been teaching the Mindful Schools Curriculum since 2013. She has taught PS/K–12th graders in both private and public school settings. She has mentored Mindful Schools...

Beth Williams

Accountant

Beth has spent her career in nonprofits administration and public accounting. As a parent and volunteer PTA board member, she’s worked closely with teachers, parents, and children...

Erin Woo

Sr. Guiding Teacher, MTCP

Erin Woo is a teacher at the Mindfulness Center at Brown University where she develops and leads mindfulness programs for K-12 educators and students. She is also...

Board of Directors

Anu Cairo, Board Chair

Anu is the Director of Programs at the Cowell Foundation. Previously, she served as Bay Area Director at the New Teacher Center, a national non-profit organization that...

Anne Roise, Board Vice-Chair

Anne oversees planning for retreats and classes at Spirit Rock. Earlier, Anne was an instructor of Urban Studies and Planning at Savannah State University, and the CEO...

Dani Bowling, Treasurer

Dani is a mediator, conflict resolution trainer, and meditation teacher. They also identify as non-binary and given their childhood in South Carolina in the forties and fifties...

Richard Shankman

Richard is the co-founder of Mindful Schools. He has practiced mindfulness for 46 years, and has been a mindfulness teacher for more than 25 years. Richard brings...

Dr. Nicole Shechtman, Secretary

As an education researcher for over 18 years, Nicole leads multidisciplinary teams to create innovative solutions to complex educational problems, building deep understandings of educational systems from...

Spencer Sherman, MBA

Spencer is a certified Search Inside Yourself teacher (founded at Google), the author of The Cure for Money Madness, and the Money and Spirit Workshop. Through his 30-year meditation he helps...

Denis Udall

Denis is a senior program officer with the George Lucas Education Foundation where he manages the strategic direction of the Foundation’s research related to project based-learning in...

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