Encouraging Compassion, Understanding, and Resilence in Education
Board of Directors
Richard is a founding member and past President of MiEN. He retired in 2007 after teaching high school math for 37 years and is currently a mindfulness consultant, writer on mindfulness in education, and workshop leader for schools and universities. He is co-editor of Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning. Other writing of Richard's and information about his e-newsletter are available on his Minding Your Life website.
Katie is the former MiEN Board President, lives in Bend, Oregon, and is a mom to a spirited one-year old. She designs professional development courses and workshops for Pre-K-12, university, and pre-service educators to integrate mindfulness practices and principles into teaching and learning. Her research focuses on contemplative pedagogy in higher education and PK-12 education and has been published in several journals and edited books. She taught Education and Mindfulness courses at Lesley University, Bowdoin College, the University of Colorado at Boulder, and Colorado College and earned her PhD in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She served as the Education Program Officer at the Mind & Life Institute in Hadley, MA developing a “Call to Care” program for educators and students, worked as a Curriculum Coordinator at a contemplative K-5 elementary school in Boulder, CO, taught high school Psychology in Charlotte, NC, trained as a facilitator for the Cultivating Emotional Balance project in Phuket, Thailand, and is a certified yoga instructor.
Tim has been in public education since 1988, and currently teaches art and humanities at Highview Middle School in Minnesota. After training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), he began sharing mindfulness with teachers and students in his district. In addition, he has presented at the Minnesota Middle School Association conference, The Mindfulness in Education Network conference, as well as offering mindfulness for adults through NAMI Minnesota
WynneKinder, BA Ed
Wynne was a classroom teacher for 17 years and from this she began creating and conducting mindful awareness-based Wellness Works in Schools™ in 2004. As a partner in Kinder Associates LLC, she is their lead instructor, curriculum writer, and teacher trainer. Wynne's work focuses on assessing/addressing student needs, building relationships, guiding behavior and teaching attention, social engagement, emotional regulation and executive function skills. Her training includes: Mindful Yoga, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, CASEL, Trauma-Informed Somatic Practices and Mindfulness-based Mind Fitness Institute. Most recently she helped develop and is the voice for mindful, digital Brain Breaks (FLOW) on GoNoodle.com and is pursuing a MA in Education through Eastern Mennonite University (emphasis: working with at-risk populations).
ElizabethKriynovich, MA, CALP
Elizabeth has more than a decade of experience working and teaching in independent schools. Since 2009, she has been passionate about bringing mindfulness practices into the classroom, and specifically supporting the needs of students with learning disabilities using mindfulness. Her primary mindfulness trainings have been in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition, and she is a member of Wake Up Schools, a worldwide community of educators in the Plum Village tradition. Elizabeth is also a certified yoga teacher. She has led workshops and presentations on using mindfulness in the classroom nationwide, and has trained in both yoga and mindfulness meditation around the world.
David is a professor in the University of Washington Information School. A computer scientist by training, he has worked to understand contemporary challenges such as information overload and the acceleration of everyday life as the loss of “contemplative balance.” He is the author of Scrolling Forward: Making Sense of Documents in the Digital Age (Arcade, 2001) and is currently working on a book with the working title “No Time to Think.”
Dzung X.Vo, MD, FAAP
Dzung is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine at British Columbia Children’s Hospital, and Clinical Associate Professor at the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine, Vancouver, Canada. He co-developed a program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen. Dr. Vo also serves on the Board of Directors for the BC Association for Living Mindfully (BCALM) and the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN). Dr. Vo’s root mindfulness teacher is the Vietnamese Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh, and he hopes to share the benefits of mindfulness to diverse youth in a universal, secular way.
Robert works as both a board certified Family Nurse Practitioner (NP) in Boston, Mass where he serves a marginalized geriatric population, and a Mental Health Psychiatric NP in Lynn, Mass where he serves a large Khmer population in a Team setting. He specializes in trauma. In this capacity he teaches mindfulness practices to augment his practice of traditional Western pharmacotherapy. Rob is also a co-investigator in mindfulness studies at Dana Farber with cancer patients; Boston University School of Public Health with geriatric caregivers; and The Harvard Medical School Osher Institute in Complementary and Integrative Medicine focus on mindfulness in memory loss. He is the author of Tai chi and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction in a Boston Public Middle School (J. Ped Healthcare, 2005).
Chris is a psychologist and educational consultant specializing in mindfulness with adolescents and young adults. He has been practicing meditation for over 15 years, leading workshops and trainings locally and internationally on the topic of mindfulness with young people. He teaches at Harvard Medical School and Lesley University. Chris also serves on the board of directors at the Institute for Meditation and Psychotherapy. He is the author of Child’s Mind (2010), Growing Up Mindful (2016) and other books on mindfulness with children, teens and families.
Former Board Member
Irene is a psychologist, school consultant, author/editor of numerous publications including the 2009 Tuning In: Mindfulness in Teaching and Learning. She consults with organizations nationwide providing professional development and teaching mindfulness for administrators, faculty, trustees and aspiring leaders. Irene is a founder of several schools and initiated the founding of the Friends Council’s SPARC program – Spirited Practice and Renewed Courage, based on Parker Palmer’s teacher formation principles. She is the Executive Director of the Friends Council on Education and Board President for the Council for American Private Education.
Former MiEN Secretary
Emily is a former high school English teacher. Emily left the classroom for the yoga studio in 2010 and quickly found a way to bring the two together. After attending a Mindfulness in Education conference and training at the Omega Institute, bringing mindfulness into schools became her passion. She is currently working as the mindfulness and yoga teacher at Mountaintop Montessori (K-8) for both faculty and student body, and she leads mindfulness and yoga workshops, summer camps, and enrichment activities for children throughout the Charlottesville, Virginia area. Emily is also a member of the Mindfulness steering committee at the University of Virginia, a cross-disciplinary group engaged in dialogue about encouraging mindful teaching and learning at the university level. She is currently writing a curriculum for using mindfulness to inspire creativity in children.
Former Board Member
Amy is a holistic physician, mindfulness teacher, wife and mother. She has been teaching mindfulness for over 14 years. She is the founder and director of the Association for Mindfulness in Education. Her passion supporting children and adults in discovering the Still Quiet Place within. She has two research studies through the Stanford Department of Psychology: evaluating the benefits of teaching mindfulness to child-parent pairs and to children in elementary school. Dr. Saltzman offers lectures and courses for schools, parenting organizations, and education and medical conferences. She also provides individual mindfulness instruction and holistic medical care to children and adults.
MeenaSrinivasan, MA, NBCT
Former Board Member
Meena is an international educator passionate about bringing mindfulness into education and was involved in the creation of Thich Nhat Hanh’s, Planting Seeds: Practicing Mindfulness with Children. She has experience teaching grades 6-12 in humanities, health and special needs, and has taught at some of the world’s leading International and Independent Schools in Brazil, India and California. Meena currently teaches 6th grade at Park Day School in Oakland, California where she integrates mindfulness into her Humanities curriculum.