Our teaching team and staff, individually and collectively, has a commitment to the transformation that is possible through deep mindfulness practice. With acknowledgement of the roots of mindfulness practices, our focus is on the universal. Our teachings center around the core values of authenticity, compassion, presence and awareness. While each teacher has come to the practice of embodying these core principles through various contemplative avenues, what unites us, and what we bring to those we work with, are values that are accessible, available, and inherent in us all.

Caverly Morgan Founder, Executive Director, & Head Teacher Caverly leads the Peace in Schools teaching team, created our mindfulness curricula, and works directly with teens and adults. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1995, including eight years in a monastic setting. Caverly formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages. Caverly speaks publicly at conferences and has been featured in many publications including Mindful Magazine and The New York Times.

Caverly Morgan

Founder, Executive Director, & Head Teacher

Caverly leads the Peace in Schools teaching team, created our mindfulness curricula, and works directly with teens and adults. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1995, including eight years in a monastic setting. Caverly formerly worked for nonprofits serving people with special needs. An artist and educator, she brings insight, passion and humor to her transformative work with students of all ages. Caverly speaks publicly at conferences and has been featured in many publications including Mindful Magazine and The New York Times.

Sam Hendricks Managing Director Sam has been a nonprofit director for more than twenty years with expertise in strategic planning, program development, fundraising, financial management, communications and human resources. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management. Sam is deeply committed to the practice of mindfulness and believes in its power to transform lives.

Sam Hendricks

Managing Director

Sam has been a nonprofit director for more than twenty years with expertise in strategic planning, program development, fundraising, financial management, communications and human resources. He holds a Masters Degree in Public Administration with a focus in Nonprofit Management. Sam is deeply committed to the practice of mindfulness and believes in its power to transform lives.

Barnaby Willett Director of Program Development & Lead Teacher Barnaby works with our innovative team to develop strategy, partnerships, and research. He believes that scaling depth in mindfulness education is essential for creating trauma-informed, equitable schools. His passion is collaborating with health science leaders to expand the vision for well-being in schools. Barnaby teaches in our schools and on our adult educator courses. He began mindfulness practice in 1994 and is a teacher on iBme teen mindfulness retreats. He holds a BA in English from Pomona College.

Barnaby Willett

Director of Program Development & Lead Teacher

Barnaby works with our innovative team to develop strategy, partnerships, and research. He believes that scaling depth in mindfulness education is essential for creating trauma-informed, equitable schools. His passion is collaborating with health science leaders to expand the vision for well-being in schools. Barnaby teaches in our schools and on our adult educator courses. He began mindfulness practice in 1994 and is a teacher on iBme teen mindfulness retreats. He holds a BA in English from Pomona College.

 
Maggie Steele Training Coordinator and Mindfulness Teacher Maggie teaches for Peace in Schools and facilitates trainings for educators and youth-serving professionals. She is a licensed school social worker, certified youth life coach, and published author. She began mindfulness practice in 2003 as a young adult and recognizes firsthand the importance of this work. As an advocate for trauma informed care, Maggie is deeply committed to bringing trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices into schools and organizations that serve adolescents.

Maggie Steele

Training Coordinator and Mindfulness Teacher

Maggie teaches for Peace in Schools and facilitates trainings for educators and youth-serving professionals. She is a licensed school social worker, certified youth life coach, and published author. She began mindfulness practice in 2003 as a young adult and recognizes firsthand the importance of this work. As an advocate for trauma informed care, Maggie is deeply committed to bringing trauma-informed and anti-oppressive practices into schools and organizations that serve adolescents.

Janice Martellucci Program Director & Lead Teacher Committed to serving today's youth, Janice has worked as an outdoor and experiential educator in California, New Zealand, Massachusetts, and New York City. As a mindfulness instructor for Peace in Schools, Janice is passionate about sharing the gifts of mindfulness with teens. She has been a dedicated mindfulness practitioner since 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Janice Martellucci

Program Director & Lead Teacher

Committed to serving today's youth, Janice has worked as an outdoor and experiential educator in California, New Zealand, Massachusetts, and New York City. As a mindfulness instructor for Peace in Schools, Janice is passionate about sharing the gifts of mindfulness with teens. She has been a dedicated mindfulness practitioner since 2010 and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies from UC Santa Barbara.

Madeline Harmon Mindfulness Teacher As a mindfulness teacher for Peace in Schools, Madeline’s mission is to assist youth in realizing their personal power and cultivating attitudes of loving kindness towards themselves and others. She began her journey with mindfulness through the practice of yoga in 2008. She has worked with K-12 students in schools across the San Francisco Bay Area to help them develop personal mindfulness practices since 2011. Madeline completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She brings playfulness, loving kindness and openness to her classroom. 

Madeline Harmon

Mindfulness Teacher

As a mindfulness teacher for Peace in Schools, Madeline’s mission is to assist youth in realizing their personal power and cultivating attitudes of loving kindness towards themselves and others. She began her journey with mindfulness through the practice of yoga in 2008. She has worked with K-12 students in schools across the San Francisco Bay Area to help them develop personal mindfulness practices since 2011. Madeline completed her 200 and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings and is currently pursuing her Masters in Social Work. She brings playfulness, loving kindness and openness to her classroom. 

 
Stephanie Edman Mindfulness Teacher Stephanie has been practicing mindfulness since 2011. As a birth doula, parent, and teacher with Peace in Schools, Stephanie is committed to integrating awareness practice into all aspects of life. She has led mindfulness workshops for teens with chronic pain, parents, and adults. She enjoys bringing practice to people of all ages through life and its many transitions. 

Stephanie Edman

Mindfulness Teacher

Stephanie has been practicing mindfulness since 2011. As a birth doula, parent, and teacher with Peace in Schools, Stephanie is committed to integrating awareness practice into all aspects of life. She has led mindfulness workshops for teens with chronic pain, parents, and adults. She enjoys bringing practice to people of all ages through life and its many transitions. 

Jennifer Cai Mindfulness Teacher Jen teaches Mindful Studies for Peace in Schools and is passionate about sharing mindfulness with both youth and adults.  She was fortunate to learn and practice qi gong and meditation as a child and teen, and has been committed to a deeper practice since approximately 2012.  She has a Master’s in Public Health, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and has a background in coordinating health programs and teaching.  

Jennifer Cai

Mindfulness Teacher

Jen teaches Mindful Studies for Peace in Schools and is passionate about sharing mindfulness with both youth and adults.  She was fortunate to learn and practice qi gong and meditation as a child and teen, and has been committed to a deeper practice since approximately 2012.  She has a Master’s in Public Health, is a Certified Health Education Specialist, and has a background in coordinating health programs and teaching.  

Gentiana Loeffler Administrative Coordinator Gentiana has experience with non-profits, community organizing, Spanish interpretation, horticulture, and small-scale agriculture. She has been farming for nearly a decade, and co-owns a micro urban farm. She formerly established and managed the St. Johns Farmers Market. Gentiana has been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 2001 and mindfulness meditation since 2012. She holds a BA in Spanish from Portland State University.

Gentiana Loeffler

Administrative Coordinator

Gentiana has experience with non-profits, community organizing, Spanish interpretation, horticulture, and small-scale agriculture. She has been farming for nearly a decade, and co-owns a micro urban farm. She formerly established and managed the St. Johns Farmers Market. Gentiana has been a dedicated practitioner of yoga since 2001 and mindfulness meditation since 2012. She holds a BA in Spanish from Portland State University.

 
Sera Lindsey Communications Coordinator Born in Morocco, Sera spent the majority of her youth in motion across North America. She is an avid traveler, and continues to pursue her desire to understand humanity and life through cultural and topographic means. As a published writer and photographer, her personal interests are primarily within the relationship between humans and the natural world, as well as culture, spirit, and the international influences of style, cinema, and art. Sera's central motivation is to bridge communication through a vast web of resources rooted in artistic insight and creativity.   

Sera Lindsey

Communications Coordinator

Born in Morocco, Sera spent the majority of her youth in motion across North America. She is an avid traveler, and continues to pursue her desire to understand humanity and life through cultural and topographic means. As a published writer and photographer, her personal interests are primarily within the relationship between humans and the natural world, as well as culture, spirit, and the international influences of style, cinema, and art. Sera's central motivation is to bridge communication through a vast web of resources rooted in artistic insight and creativity. 
 

Amanda Morse Bookkeeper Amanda keeps the finances in order for Peace in Schools. She has worked in nonprofit accounting since 2013. She also has owned and co-managed an urban farm in the heart of Portland since 2010. Previously, Amanda worked on the program side for a number of nonprofits relating to food and education. She holds a bachelors degree from Appalachian State University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in sustainable food systems and minor in dance. Amanda began her meditation practice with Caverly through a mindful eating workshop in 2012, and continues to rededicate herself to practice each day.

Amanda Morse

Bookkeeper

Amanda keeps the finances in order for Peace in Schools. She has worked in nonprofit accounting since 2013. She also has owned and co-managed an urban farm in the heart of Portland since 2010. Previously, Amanda worked on the program side for a number of nonprofits relating to food and education. She holds a bachelors degree from Appalachian State University in Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in sustainable food systems and minor in dance. Amanda began her meditation practice with Caverly through a mindful eating workshop in 2012, and continues to rededicate herself to practice each day.

Michael Bode Mindfulness Teacher Michael is a mindfulness and movement instructor for Peace in Schools.  As a permanent foster parent of two teens, he brings passion and loving attention to his work with youth. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and has had a dedicated mindfulness practice since 2011.

Michael Bode

Mindfulness Teacher

Michael is a mindfulness and movement instructor for Peace in Schools.  As a permanent foster parent of two teens, he brings passion and loving attention to his work with youth. Michael earned a bachelor’s degree from Oregon State University and has had a dedicated mindfulness practice since 2011.

Gia Rivera Research Advisor Gia is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University focusing on adolescent and minority health and mixed methods research. Gia has managed youth programs and worked on human rights initiatives with the UN and Human Rights Watch. She served as a Public Health Analyst at the National Cancer Institute. Gia's passion is developing effective, affordable, evidenced-based programs to improve youth outcomes. She holds an MPA and an MA in International Relations from Syracuse University and a BA from Columbia University.

Gia Rivera

Research Advisor

Gia is a doctoral student at Johns Hopkins University focusing on adolescent and minority health and mixed methods research. Gia has managed youth programs and worked on human rights initiatives with the UN and Human Rights Watch. She served as a Public Health Analyst at the National Cancer Institute. Gia's passion is developing effective, affordable, evidenced-based programs to improve youth outcomes. She holds an MPA and an MA in International Relations from Syracuse University and a BA from Columbia University.


Our Board

Leigh Drake Co-owner, Unfold Studios and Samarya Yoga Therapy

Meg Dryer VP Consumer Experience, Cambia Health Solutions

Ann Kafoury LPC, Certified Clinical Therapist

Molly Silverstein Administrative Director, William James Foundation

Geri Stewart Coach, Radiant Mind

 

Our Advisory Board

Barry Boyce Editor-in-Chief, Mindful and Mindful.org

Brian Chatard Principal, Wilson High School, Portland

Jim Gillen Founder, Yoga Calm

Nic Johnson Educator, Portland Public Schools

Susanne Neckermann Senior Research Associate, Department of Economics, University of Chicago

Robert Roeser, PhD Professor of Care, Compassion and Human Development at Penn State University

Tuere Sala Guiding Teacher, Seattle Insight Meditation Society & Retired Prosecuting Attorney

Diane Steinbrecher Clinical Social Work/Therapist LCSW

Dr. Christopher Willard, PsyD Psychologist, Educational Consultant, President of the Mindfulness in Education Network