Chelsey is Mastermind’s Chief Mindfulness Officer. With a deep commitment to science-driven, brain health-focused mindfulness, Chelsey leads the curriculum development and evolution for Mastermind, working to ensure that our classes evolve and capture the latest research in brain health and mindfulness. With over a decade of experience as meditation coach and therapeutic yoga therapist, Chelsey’s passion is helping people become happier and healthier through a daily practice of mindfulness and meditative therapies. A respected speaker on mindfulness and yoga therapy, Chelsey has appeared on FOX, NBC and Eye Opener Television, and her work has been circulated globally.
Dr. Martin Lumpkin is our Mindfulness Godfather, bringing four decades of mindfulness expertise, which provides a rich history of how mindfulness can impact and improve our mental and physical health. Dr. Lumpkin has served as a professor at UT Southwestern Medical Center, teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction as part of the Clinical Psychology curriculum, and he has incorporated mindfulness based approaches into is own psychology practice since 2002. Regarded as one of our region’s top mindfulness experts, Dr. Lumpkin began learning mindfulness practices in 1982 with Joseph Goldstein in a retreat hosted by the Insight Meditation Society (one of the premiere organizations teaching mindfulness meditation). He also studied MBSR over several training periods provided by Jon Kabat-Zinn, the founder of Mindfulness Based Stress-Reduction and the Center for Mindfulness staff. Dr. Lumpkin is the author of Into The Music of The World: Living Life Mindfully, published in 2015. For decades, Dr. Lumpkin has taught an Introduction to Mindfulness Seminar for the public which will be offered on a regular basis at Mastermind.
Dr. John Gasko has been engaged in mindfulness and other meditation practices for two decades and currently serves as dean and professor of the school of education at the University of North Texas at Dallas, and Founder of the Emerging Teacher Institute™. As a Strategic Advisor to Mastermind, Dr. Gasko helps guide the curriculum for training in-service and pre-service teachers, and the curriculum for introducing mindfulness to schoolchildren. As a thought leader in using mindfulness to address broader social challenges, Dr. Gasko’s mission is to help teachers to thrive in diverse, challenging classrooms through a holistic approach that addresses intellectual, social and emotional needs, including a regular mindfulness practice – thus, improving public education in at-risk communities.
Mari Woodlief is a founder of Mastermind. Mari decided to learn meditation as a New Year’s resolution in 2015. After a short time working one-on-one with a coach, she discovered the life-changing effects of mindfulness and meditation and wanted to find a way to not only deepen her own practice, but also make mindfulness more accessible in a science-driven, secular environment. The Mastermind concept was created to fit the needs of mindfulness practitioners like Mari, who want a structured, data based mindfulness program in a convenient class environment. In addition to her commitment to Mastermind, Mari also works as CEO of Allyn Media, one of our region’s largest public relations and public affairs firms. She is recognized as one of the “Top 25 Most Influential Women in Business” by the Dallas Business Journal, the has been named in the Dallas 500 most powerful business leaders in DFW by D CEO and has been profiled on KERA's CEO with Lee Cullum.
Jennifer Pascal is co-founder of Mastermind. She believes mindfulness-meditation can cultivate self-awareness and compassion, which makes for stronger leaders, and that mindfulness-meditation stress reduction can help people with illnesses like cancer and heart disease manage depression, anxiety, anger and other mood disturbances. She is proud to bring an accessible, science-driven, meditation studio to her hometown of Dallas. Jennifer also is co-owner and chief operating office of Allyn Media, one of our region’s largest, locally-based public relations and public affairs firms. She serves as vice chair for Friends of Wednesday's Child, a nonprofit helping children in foster care receive the education they need to be successful in life, is a member of UT Dallas Development Board and coaches YMCA youth basketball.
Melissa began meditating in 1997 after feeling the burnout of being a New York City Real Estate Agent. Powerfully moved by her own transformation, she decided to make a career shift and turn her goal to helping others reduce stress, and improve overall health and wellness. After earning her Master’s degree and working in various social services organizations, Melissa began integrating mindfulness meditation into her professional work as a licensed therapist. In addition to working with individuals, Melissa works as a corporate wellness consultant, helping businesses find ways to improve employees’ health and boost overall productivity, efficiency and employee retention.
Amanda had her first encounter with mindfulness through her family business, Integrity Martial Arts. Growing up in the Dojo and taking karate, she learned the power of stillness and concentration. She still uses these skills today as a teacher in a South Dallas elementary school, and as a mindfulness and stress-management coach with more than 8 years of experience. Amanda holds a Bachelors Degree from The University of Kansas in Management & Leadership with a Concentration in Human Resources and a Masters Degree from Baker University in Organizational Leadership. She is the co-founder of A Peace of Yoga, which serves as an Ambassador for The Niroga Institute, a non-profit organization, which strives to foster health and well being for individuals, families, and communities through the practice of Mindful Yoga.
Cheryl King first encountered meditation in 1990 as an undergraduate student at SMU and she was hooked. Not long after that she made her first trip to Thailand for a cultural immersion. A lifelong student and longtime teacher, Cheryl holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies and a Masters in British Literature from Southern Methodist University. She teaches Literature at Richland College and is working on her MBSR certification. She finds passion and purpose in practicing ways to greater sustain a connection to self and each another.
Dorsey discovered yoga and mindfulness in college, when she relied on these practices to stay mentally and physically fit while obtaining a mechanical engineering degree. Her mindfulness practice has helped her succeed at a Fortune 500 tech company, overcome mental illness, and ultimately connect more deeply with those around her. An avid learner, Dorsey routinely grows her practice and her teaching by participating in mindfulness workshops, silent retreats, and conferences like Wisdom 2.0 in San Francisco. Her mission is to share her passions for science-based yoga and mindfulness with a broader audience.
Genie Johnson is known as The Sound Masseuse. Her work as a spiritual care innovator, specializing in interfaith affirmative prayer and Sacred Sound for Sacred Times: christenings, hospice vigils, and memorials, builds upon training and expertise in sound healing, spiritual coaching, and more traditional studies in The Humanities. She began formal studies in Sound Healing in 2009, in order to gain a more mechanical understanding of sound as a healing modality, when audience members at her A Cappella Poetry performances were regularly experiencing spontaneous healing and emotional release. Genie is a mother of three college students and continues to pursue her education and engages in a daily mindfulness practice - experiencing it as a path of Wholeness.
For more than a decade, Andy has been teaching mindfulness and meditation techniques to students ranging from age 7 to 93, as well as special needs groups including Parkinson's and cancer patients. He is an experienced registered yoga teacher (ERYT 500 with Yoga Alliance) who integrates his training in meditation, metaphysics, and breathwork, along with his deep understanding of nature to help people realize deeper levels of personal wellness. With a Bachelor of Science from Texas A&M in Wildlife and Ecology Management, and a Masters in Animal Science, Andy draws on our connection with the natural environment in his mindfulness teaching.
While living overseas 4 years ago, Michelle began practicing mindfulness as a way to deal with stress and difficult emotions and be more focused on the present moment. Curious by nature, she began attending classes and reading as much as she could about mindfulness and meditation. With more than 15 years teaching experience, Michelle brings a classroom teacher’s perspective to Mastermind. She believes that it is important to educate the whole child and that teaching mindfulness is an integral component of this. Michelle recently completed Mindfulness Fundamentals training through Mindful Schools. She holds a Bachelors of Science in Early Childhood Education from Texas Christian University and a Masters in Special Education from the University of North Texas. She is also a technology integration specialist at The Hockaday School working with students in grades PreK-4.
As a mindfulness and psychotherapeutic yoga teacher, Laura is committed to supporting mental health and overall wellness to those she teaches. Her dedication to study and practice keeps her evolving and deepening the journey to self-realization through yoga, mindfulness meditation and Ayurveda. She aims to bring a truly authentic classical approach to her teachings and to everyday life. Currently Laura is studying with Mindful Schools in mindfulness meditation, difficult emotions, and K-12 curriculum. Her joyful nature brings ease and comfort to her clients, adults and children alike.
Barney Lane learned Transcendental Meditation in 1971 and Mindfulness Meditation in 1996. He received a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts and a Masters Degree in TV-Radio, both from Syracuse University. Barney had three high stress careers: broadcasting, real estate management and middle school teaching and his meditation practice kept him in balance. His interest in brain development initially grew out of his teaching experience. More recently, he has been examining how addiction affects our brains. Barney has demonstrated mindfulness practices to young students and offers regular guided sessions to adults wherever there is interest.
Chloe Brown began her journey with mindfulness 6 years ago. Her practice started inconsistently, with weeks or months between sitting. Through journaling and self reflection in 2016, she awakened to the astounding difference a mindfulness practice had on all areas of her life. From then she committed to a daily meditation practice and pursued trainings and workshops to deepen her understanding. Chloe approaches life with a holistic view. She also teaches movement + yoga, and leads vision and goals coaching. Chloe inherently believes that possibility is limitless for anyone, we just need to uncover the right tools and commit to the work of our lives.
Nicole Payseur was an attorney who took her practice off the mat and into the court room. She began to breathe with her opponents to tip the scales of justice and win settlements for the City of New York. Nicole has since retired from her law days and has dedicated her time to teaching mindfulness. For the past 10 years, she has been teaching for humanity. Doing her due diligence, she meticulously amassed over 1,500 hours of independent study all over Manhattan, Dallas, New Orleans and San Francisco from the Iyengar Institute to Integral Yoga Center before completing Yoga Works’ 500 hour teacher training program. Her latest yoga certification adds 500 hours of Yoga Therapy to a wealth of know. Her teachings provide innovative solutions to stress and reframing life challenges. Her students discover untapped resources in their bodies and minds. Mischief inspires her. Laughter, better than anything else, coaxes the body into radiant health, strength and grace.
Noel began her love affair with mindfulness when she stumbled upon Jon Kabat-Zinn’s work “Wherever You Go, There You Are” in college. This opened up an entirely new way of living in the present and using the mind-body approach to reduce stress and find balance. She has dedicated her life to helping others discover their own path to wellness, free from the negative impact of stress on our mind and body. Noel holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas and a Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from University of North Texas. She is a Licensed Professional Counseling Intern and Psychotherapeutic Yoga Teacher who works with clients living with anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and chronic illness.
Kristin Bemis is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Registered Play Therapist who specializes in providing play therapy for children and pre-teens with emotional and behavioral difficulties. She received her Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of North Texas, and her Bachelor's in Psychology from Texas A&M University. Kristin provides parent consultation in her work with families and believes strongly in empowering the parents and caregivers in a child’s system. Having provided therapeutic services at Children's Medical Center Dallas for over 10 years, Kristin has extensive experience treating children and adolescents with medical needs. This is where she developed her passion and skills to integrate mindfulness practices into her work. Additionally, she served on the Texas Association for Play Therapy executive board of directors and is active in presenting at the local, state, national, and international levels. Kristin has published several scholarly works in related fields, and believes strongly in the power of meditation and mindfulness to improve client outcomes.
Megan Lindsey's mission is to help you find your passion in life by creating internal love and external wellness. Learn to live a holistic, healthy, authentic life style without sacrificing taste and glamour. Megan Lindsey is a talented and experienced yoga instructor, makeup artist, airbrush technician and soul searcher with more than 11 years experience in the beauty and wellness industry. She has worked with international brands like Clarins, YSL Beauty, Nordstrom, Jimmy Choo, and Bloomingdales. While living in New York City, Megan worked with the top beauty editors in the country teaching the latest scientific breakthroughs in natural skincare, makeup, and wellness routines. Later, she moved to Los Angeles where she continued her search of holistic health and help launched skin spas teaching women and men the importance of holistic rituals to help you connect the mind, body and spirit. She has returned to Texas to continue her work to teach individuals how to live a holistic, healthy, authentic life style without sacrificing Texas taste and glamour!
Erin took her first yoga class in college in the early 2000's and what she remembers most is the resting pose at the end of every class. A workout that ended with a nap is exactly what she was looking for. Over the next few years she developed her practice with meditation and yoga. After her mother passed away, the practices became an integral part of her recovery and life. In 2011, Erin became a certified to teach yoga and meditation. She now serves as one of the lead trainers for that same program. This practice has given Erin so many gifts, from physical health to mental peace to spiritual awakening. Erin's mission is to share the gifts of meditation with as many as possible.
Katharine Ottone is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Certified in Clinical Hypnosis. She holds a Master’s of Education in Counseling from Texas Christian University. For just under a decade, she has worked with children and families at Fort Worth landmarks Cook Children’s Medical Center Psychiatry Unit, ACH Child and Family Services, The Art Station, and Texas Christian University. As an undergraduate, she received a Bachelor’s of Science in Communication while on full athletic scholarship at a Division I University. She attends Texas Christian University on fellowship with the Ph.D. Counseling Program. Katharine has developed her interests and experience to become a local expert on solution-focused brief therapy for children and families, developmental trauma, hypnosis, and mindfulness. She currently works with families at her private practice in Southlake, Texas.
Poonam Desai is a Certified Instructor of Mindfulness through Mindful Schools, with more than 300 hours of training completed. She has maintained a personal practice for over 10 years and has completed six 10-day meditation retreats in addition to several other shorter retreats. Dr. Desai is a licensed psychologist and a licensed specialist in school psychology in the state of Texas. She has worked in the fields of education and mental health for the past nine years, with a particular area of interest in mindfulness and social-emotional learning. She is currently a mental health trainer and psychologist at Momentous Institute. She believes mindfulness and compassion are the two things that will change the world, but also that the first revolution is always internal.
Ally Raskin spent 18 years as a telecommunications executive, traveling the globe. The health of her second child turned her world upside down and led her delve into the world of natural health. The results were life altering and after 4 years as an advocate, she left corporate America to pursue her passion of helping others find the natural way to support thriving health. Today, she works with thousands of people to incorporate essential oils into daily life for optimal wellness.
Ryann Hanes-Sloan is a Yoga and Mindfulness teacher in Dallas, Texas. She has dedicated her life to studying the most effective ways to help others move through blockages and increase their presence. Ryann has studied with UCLA's Mindful Awareness Research Program and has been lucky to study and teach across the globe. She considers the culmination of these experiences to be her inspiration for connecting with others and helping them to learn the tools to uncover their true brilliance.
Gary is an internationally acclaimed expert in the science of human excellence and known as the People Mechanic. He has over a 35-year career in designing and integrating the most effective models of psychology-based systems of success in leadership, human behavior, communication, sales and team dynamics. He is the CEO of Peopleistic LLC USA,
Associate Professor at the Business Education Institute, Master Trainer in Humanistic Neuro Linguistic Psychology, and a licensed Executive Coach. His emphasis is upon the importance of leadership, thinking and problem solving strategies, time management, entrepreneurial development, people intelligence, communication, and the investment in human equity. Success comes from understanding the functional dynamics of emotion and behavior and it’s translation to human performance. Gary is a trainer of trainers in awakening and actualizing the human potential.
Kirsten Joy Burch is the founder of Living Yoga Dallas and teaches yoga, meditation, and nutrition throughout the DFW area. Kirsten is certified in ParaYoga and Yoga for Anxiety & Depression. She is also an Ayuredic Lifestyle Counselor & Nutritionist. A longtime practitioner, Kirsten is known for her science-based approach to the teaching of yoga and meditation.