Meet Our Team

Executive Team

Seewan Eng

Executive Director

Seewan is a lifelong learner and educator with experience leading for equity in education non-profits, start-up charters and urban public schools. Seewan initially joined Mindful Schools as...

Martha Brown

Senior Director, People & Operations

Martha has been with Mindful Schools since 2013. She brings over 20 years of experience in operations and human resources management from an eclectic career spanning hospitality...

Megan Sweet

Senior Director, Program & Impact

Megan Sweet is an experienced Network Lead with a demonstrated history of working in the education management industry. She is skilled in Educational Consulting, Lesson Planning, Educational...

Staff

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...

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...

Beck Engwerda

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Beck brings more than 10 years of non-profit communications and development experience to the Mindful Schools team. She is passionate about creating positive change in the world...

Betsy Hanger

Social Media Consultant

Betsy works as the principal writer across our social media channels, providing resources, research, and inspiration to practice for educators, parents, and new mindfulness practitioners. Long interested...

Darius Ingram

IT Manager

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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...

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 Care 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...

Lacey Segal

Development Manager

Lacey’s mindfulness practice began thanks to an elective class offered in high school. This inconceivably influenced her life’s trajectory—she became a high school teacher herself, for ten...

David Selsky

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

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...

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...

Lead Faculty

Alan Brown

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,...

Argos Gonzalez

Argos Gonzalez is a teacher, lecturer, mindfulness teacher and yoga instructor.  He has 14 years of experience teaching high school in the Bronx and teaches pre-service and...

Em Morrison

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...

Patti Ward

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...

Erin Woo

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...

Faculty

Neena Barreto

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...

April Frazier

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...

Ali Miller

Ali Miller is a psychotherapist in private practice, where she integrates mindfulness and Nonviolent Communication into individual, couple, and group therapy. She is the creator of the...

Nathalie Monin Voelker

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...

Angela Newport

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

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

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,...

Course Instructors

Lisa Baylis

Course Trainer

Lisa Baylis is a High School Counselor and leader in positive education and mindfulness in schools. Lisa has been sharing wellbeing strategies for the last 20 years...

Matthew Brensilver

Course Trainer

Matthew Brensilver, PhD, holds a master’s degree in clinical social work and has done psychotherapy with adolescents, adults and groups. He received a PhD from USC, where...

Megan Cowan

Co-Founder and
Course Trainer

Megan Cowan is a co-founder of Mindful Schools and comes to this work with over 15 years of formal and intensive mindfulness training, a background in teaching...

Vinny Ferraro

Course Trainer

Vinny Ferraro is a long-time mindfulness practitioner and instructor and a nationally recognized leader in designing and implementing interventions for at-risk adolescents. The child of an incarcerated...

Christopher Germer

Course Trainer

Christopher Germer, PhD, is a co-developer of the Mindful Self-Compassion program and a co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion. He is the author of the popular...

Chris McKenna

Course Trainer

Chris McKenna has served as Program Director at Mindful Schools and was Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project, a nonprofit that pioneered the development of...

Kristin Neff

Course Trainer

Kristin Neff, PhD, is co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion and co-developer of Mindful Self-Compassion. She is Associate Professor in the Educational Psychology Dept. at the...

Kory O’Rourke

Course Trainer

Kory is our has been a public high school teacher and school leader for over a decade, and sees her work in education as an opportunity to...

Oren Jay Sofer

Course Trainer

Oren Jay Sofer has had a dedicated mindfulness practice since 1997, and has taught classes, workshops and retreats for youth and adults nationally since 2007.  He has...

Board of Directors

Anu Cairo, Board Chair

S.H. Cowell Foundation, Program Director

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

Program Director, Spirit Rock Meditation Center

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

GD Bowling Meditation

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

Mindful Schools, Co-Founder, and Author

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

Stanford University, Director of Evaluation, Vice Provost for Graduate Education

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

Abacus, Founder and Adviser

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

George Lucas Education Foundation, Senior Program Officer

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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