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.
former MiEN President
Katie is the former MiEN Board President, the Baldwin Program Director in the Center for Learning and Teaching at Bowdoin College, and faculty at the Teachings in Mindful Education (TiME) Institute in Maine. She teaches in-person and online courses on Mindful Education at Lesley University and Bowdoin College, and facilitates professional development for educators in mindful education and the science of learning. Her scholarship and professional development work focuses on the integration of contemplative pedagogy in educational contexts. 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.
Michelle is a cultural anthropologist and Assistant Professor in the Crime, Justice, and Security Studies Program at The University of the District of Columbia (UDC), where she teaches courses on restorative justice, urban ethnography, and youth development. As a contemplative educator, she weaves meditation, music, and introspective practices into her teaching to help deepen learning, and develop community. She is particularity interested in implementing culturally relevant, contemplative practices that foster critical inquiry and inspire justice activism. In her inspiring TEDx talk, “How Africa Changed My Life,” Michelle links her contemplative journey to her volunteerism in The Gambia, West Africa. Her research examines how gentrification and urban inequality impacts the social well-being and cultural expression of African American communities. Her article, “At Eshu’s Crossroad: Pan African Identity in a Changing City” is featured in the Capital Dilemma: Growth and Inequality in Washington, DC, edited by Derek Hyra and Sabiyha Prince (Routledge 2016). Michelle sits on the Board of the Center for Contemplative Mind in Society and AHEAD, Incorporated, which sponsors self-help projects in The Gambia, and Tanzania.
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
Julie has been teaching K-12 science in a variety of school settings—public, private, charter, urban, suburban, and even international—since 2008. Throughout this time, mindfulness practices have helped her reconnect with the intentions that support her work, continually revitalizing her relationship with teaching and learning. As a neurobiology teacher at Belmont High School in Massachusetts, she brings mindfulness into the classroom, driven by her intention to bring more awareness and personal connection to the learning process. She has collaborated with colleagues to practice mindfulness with teachers through professional development workshops and presentations on the district, state, and national level.
As a first year doctoral student in Boston College’s Curriculum and Instruction program, Julie is researching the role of mindfulness in teacher education programs across the world with Dr. Dennis Shirley. She holds degrees from Amherst College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education as well as a graduate certificate in Mindfulness from Lesley University.
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.
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.