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.

  Andrew Archer    Mindfulness Teacher   Archer comes to Peace in Schools with an extensive background working with youth as an outdoor and experiential educator. Through mentoring and guiding in wilderness settings, mindfulness has often played a supporting role in sharing adventure and connecting with young and old. He has supported teen mindfulness education since 2013 through volunteer work on retreats and other teen programs. Archer is excited to be offering mindfulness to teens as a part of the Peace in Schools team.

Andrew Archer

Mindfulness Teacher

Archer comes to Peace in Schools with an extensive background working with youth as an outdoor and experiential educator. Through mentoring and guiding in wilderness settings, mindfulness has often played a supporting role in sharing adventure and connecting with young and old. He has supported teen mindfulness education since 2013 through volunteer work on retreats and other teen programs. Archer is excited to be offering mindfulness to teens as a part of the Peace in Schools team.

  Michael Bode    Youth Programs Coordinator & Mindfulness Teacher   Michael teaches for Peace in Schools and serves as the Youth Program Coordinator. As a dedicated mindfulness practitioner since 2011, Michael is an enthusiastic teacher and loving mentor to teens. Trained as a civil engineer, Michael began teaching mindfulness as a volunteer, but soon became clear that sharing mindfulness practice was the most important thing in his life. Michael has since left the engineering industry and is fully committed to offering mindfulness practices to youth. Michael spent 4 years as a foster parent and has experience mentoring and managing teen mindfulness retreats with iBme.

Michael Bode

Youth Programs Coordinator & Mindfulness Teacher

Michael teaches for Peace in Schools and serves as the Youth Program Coordinator. As a dedicated mindfulness practitioner since 2011, Michael is an enthusiastic teacher and loving mentor to teens. Trained as a civil engineer, Michael began teaching mindfulness as a volunteer, but soon became clear that sharing mindfulness practice was the most important thing in his life. Michael has since left the engineering industry and is fully committed to offering mindfulness practices to youth. Michael spent 4 years as a foster parent and has experience mentoring and managing teen mindfulness retreats with iBme.

  Jennifer Cai    Mindfulness Teacher   Jen co-facilitates mindfulness trainings and teen nights for Peace in Schools, and is passionate about supporting both youth and adults in starting or deepening their mindfulness practice. 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 co-facilitates mindfulness trainings and teen nights for Peace in Schools, and is passionate about supporting both youth and adults in starting or deepening their mindfulness practice. 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.

 
  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.

  Erin Edmonds    Mindfulness Teacher   Erin has maintained an active mindfulness practice since 2013. Prior to teaching with Peace in Schools, Erin lived in Austin Texas, working as a Case Manager for an immigration shelter and as a companion for an adult with Down syndrome. Committed to creating dynamic and inclusive spaces, Erin brings a playful and connective energy to their work. They hold a BA from Pitzer College in International and Intercultural Studies.

Erin Edmonds

Mindfulness Teacher

Erin has maintained an active mindfulness practice since 2013. Prior to teaching with Peace in Schools, Erin lived in Austin Texas, working as a Case Manager for an immigration shelter and as a companion for an adult with Down syndrome. Committed to creating dynamic and inclusive spaces, Erin brings a playful and connective energy to their work. They hold a BA from Pitzer College in International and Intercultural Studies.

  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.

 
  Sam Hendricks    Executive 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

Executive 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.

  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.

  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.

 
  Caverly Morgan    Founder & Guiding 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 & Guiding 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.

  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.

  Sarah Rarick    Mindfulness Teacher   As a parent, certified yoga therapist, and Peace in Schools instructor, Sarah is invested in supporting teens, children, and parents in fostering a deeper connection to themselves and others. Sarah has been practicing mindfulness since 2005. She is passionate about co-creating spaces for exploration and movement that honor the range of human experiences and invite playfulness, curiosity, and self-acceptance. Sarah holds an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Costa Rica and worked for ten years in crisis and transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Sarah Rarick

Mindfulness Teacher

As a parent, certified yoga therapist, and Peace in Schools instructor, Sarah is invested in supporting teens, children, and parents in fostering a deeper connection to themselves and others. Sarah has been practicing mindfulness since 2005. She is passionate about co-creating spaces for exploration and movement that honor the range of human experiences and invite playfulness, curiosity, and self-acceptance. Sarah holds an MA in Gender Studies from the University of Costa Rica and worked for ten years in crisis and transitional housing services for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault.

 
  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.

  Bora Sims    Mindfulness Teacher   As someone who struggled through the world and educational system, Bora has dived into community social work, completing an intensive, five-month facilitation training with the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI). During high school and after, she also worked with a team of students, teachers, parents, and college professors to establish the Early College Access Advocacy Project, a youth-led participatory action research project which evolved into the Mobilizing for College program serving over 3,000 Portland Public School students in the district’s most diverse schools. Now working for Peace in Schools, Bora brings a focused racial equity lens to the mindfulness practice, and sees the work as a tool of radical, collective transformation.

Bora Sims

Mindfulness Teacher

As someone who struggled through the world and educational system, Bora has dived into community social work, completing an intensive, five-month facilitation training with the Center for Equity and Inclusion (CEI). During high school and after, she also worked with a team of students, teachers, parents, and college professors to establish the Early College Access Advocacy Project, a youth-led participatory action research project which evolved into the Mobilizing for College program serving over 3,000 Portland Public School students in the district’s most diverse schools. Now working for Peace in Schools, Bora brings a focused racial equity lens to the mindfulness practice, and sees the work as a tool of radical, collective transformation.

  Maggie Steele    Training Coordinator & 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 & 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.

 
  Dréa Tyler    Communications Coordinator & Executive Assistant   Dréa Tyler serves the team as Communications Coordinator and Executive Assistant. She aspires to be more present than not, more often than not. She was first introduced to her breath through a mindfulness practice in 2007, and in 2017 became a Certified Mindfulness Instructor (CMI). She’s lived and expanded her practice in the non-profit, small business, and start-up technology professional worlds. When not meditating she enjoys being with her family, hikes with Cooper the adventure dog, and sharing tea with good company.

Dréa Tyler

Communications Coordinator & Executive Assistant

Dréa Tyler serves the team as Communications Coordinator and Executive Assistant. She aspires to be more present than not, more often than not. She was first introduced to her breath through a mindfulness practice in 2007, and in 2017 became a Certified Mindfulness Instructor (CMI). She’s lived and expanded her practice in the non-profit, small business, and start-up technology professional worlds. When not meditating she enjoys being with her family, hikes with Cooper the adventure dog, and sharing tea with good company.

  Barnaby Willett    Director of Innovation & Partnerships, & 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 trainings. He is British-American, 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 Innovation & Partnerships, & 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 trainings. He is British-American, began mindfulness practice in 1994, and is a teacher on iBme teen mindfulness retreats. He holds a BA in English from Pomona College.

 

Our Board

Sonali Sangeeta Balajee Senior Fellow at the Haas Institute, UC Berkeley. Lead Author of Equity & Empowerment Lens for Multnomah County, Oregon

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

Meg Dryer VP Consumer Experience, Cambia Health Solutions

Ann Kafoury LPC, Certified Clinical Therapist

Carl Reinhold Principal and Director of Education, Rosemary Anderson High School East

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 High School Principal

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