Meet Our Team

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...

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...

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....

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

Darius Ingram is an IT professional with more than 15 years of experience in systems administration and database management. He has worked almost exclusively in education-based nonprofit...

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 more than 15 years of...

Sarah Rudell Beach

Curriculum & Research Manager

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

COURSE OPS & GROUP ENROLLMENT 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...

Laura Schrier

Schoolwide Implementation Manager

Before joining Mindful Schools, Laura taught mindfulness, SEL, and social justice in K-12 schools and supported schools on projects to foster equity and holistic well-being. Laura 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...

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...

Neena Barreto

Program Facilitator

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

Alan Brown

Program Facilitator

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,...

Fontashia Johnson

Program Facilitator

Fontashia is an educator and a founder of a nonprofit where she develops and leads CTE courses and mindfulness programs for under-served communities. She holds a Master’s...

Dia Joyce Penning

Program Facilitator

Dia Penning is a connector. She has served in government, nonprofit, higher education, and K-12 as a curriculum developer, teacher trainer, arts specialist, mindfulness coach, Diversity, Equity,...

Solissa Franco-McKay

Program Facilitator

Solissa has dedicated her career to mission driven work. As a champion for education, Solissa spent the last decade supporting and investing in the growth of adolescents...

April Frazier

Program Facilitator

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...

Kelli Love

Program Facilitator

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...

Anthony “T” Maes

Program Facilitator

Anthony “T” Maesa has been a teacher at Spirit Rock, East Bay Meditation Center, and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education, where he teaches retreats for people of all...

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,...

Rachel Lewin

Guiding Teacher

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...

Lucy MacGregor

Program Facilitator

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...

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

Program Facilitator

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...

Jelena Popovic

Program Facilitator

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,...

Devon Sangster Rath

Program Facilitator

Devon is a queer woman who cares deeply about the power of mindfulness practice to increase peace and freedom. She has practiced meditation since 1997 and has...

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...

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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