Meet Our 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...

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...

Martha Brown

Director of Operations

Martha Brown is a Bay Area native and received her BA in Communications and Ethnic Studies from U.C. Berkeley. She brings over fifteen years of experience in...

Beck Engwerda

Director of Growth

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

Community and
Content Specialist

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

Bio coming soon …

Alison Lee

Head of Marketing

Alison brings 15 years of marketing expertise and a passion for growing brands across a wide range of industries. Her early career included many years in marketing...

Linda Newman


Linda has a long history in the financial management of social service non-profits including a 11 years as controller for a child welfare organization, 8 years as...

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...

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 Guidance

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

Guidance Support

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...

Megan Sweet

Director of Training

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...

Beth Williams


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 Teachers

Alan Brown

Lead Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

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

Lead Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

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...

Patti Ward

Lead Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

Patricia Ward has over 35 years of experience working in schools with students, teachers and school leaders.  She has a Masters degree in the area of Learning...

Training Team Members

Neena Barreto

Online Course Guide

Neena comes to this work with over 16 years as a classroom teacher in public elementary schools and a degree in English from Saint Mary’s College. She...

Devon Cresci

Guiding Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

Devon Cresci has been practicing mindfulness since 1997. She graduated with her Master’s in Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002. Currently she works part...

Valerie Cusson

Guiding Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

Valerie came to mindfulness through the door of yoga and has been practicing since 2002. She is an Education Specialist and has worked with K-12 students with...

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...

Kelli Love

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

After over 15 years of experience in classroom and therapeutic settings working with children and youth from three years old to 16 years old, Lucy co-founded Design...

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

Online Course Guide

Erica Marcus, MAT, founded Wise Minds. Big Hearts. to bring mindfulness programming to students, families, and schools around New England. This work is the culmination of nearly...

Ali Miller

Online Course Guide

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

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

Guiding Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

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...

Jelena Popovic

Guiding Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

Jelena is a trained school psychologist, mom, and peace-builder by heart. A Teaching Peace in Schools Leadership Council Lead for The Peace Alliance, Jelena aspires to educate,...

David Trachtenberg

Guiding Teacher, Mindful Teacher Certification Program

Dave Trachtenberg is a certified mindfulness circle-facilitator, wellness coach and restorative justice educator who has dedicated his life to creating communities of trust, and inspiring others to discover...

Erin Woo

Guiding Teacher,
Mindful Teacher Certification Program

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...

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...

Oren Jay Sofer

Author, Meditation Teacher

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...

Advisory Board

Eve Ekman

Adi Flesher

Michelle Gale

Jim Gimian

Soren Gordhamer

Dr. Charlie Halpern

Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn

Dr. Dacher Keltner

Tim Ryan

Ila Sarley

Board of Directors

Daniel Bowling

GD Bowling Meditation

Daniel is mediator and conflict resolution trainer. He is a former staff attorney, mediator, and trainer for the US District Court for Northern California. Daniel began mediating...

Anu Cairo

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

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...

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 Shectman

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

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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