As Chief Mindfulness Officer of Mastermind Meditation, Dorsey Standish brings research-backed mindfulness and mindful movement to clients throughout the state of Texas. A lifelong learner and scientist, Dorsey has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania and is enrolled in the UT Dallas Applied Cognition and Neuroscience Master’s Program. After mindfulness transformed her own work, health and relationships, Dorsey left her corporate role at Texas Instruments to share the power of mindfulness with others full-time. Dorsey’s teachings combine neuroscience research with her experiences in Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program and multiple weekend and 10-day silent meditation retreats. Join Dorsey for one of Mastermind’s upcoming applied mindfulness programs at mastermindmeditate.com/programs.
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.
Melissa Marks teaches Mindfulness to business professionals and athletes. She helps clients get that “edge” through mental focusing and relaxation techniques. Melissa started her Mindfulness practice 20 years ago as a 24-year-old burned out Real Estate agent in New York City. A Licensed Professional Counselor by trade, she has been teaching Mindfulness since 2005 and has worked with thousands of people, from CEOs to trauma survivors to professional athletes. She is also a frequent presenter at many executive meetings and conferences.
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 is offered on a regular basis at Mastermind.
Genie Johnson draws on years of experience in sound healing and spiritual coaching to facilitate her relaxing and restorative mindfulness classes. In addition to healing vibrations from the gong, singing bowls, and other song elements, Genie regularly includes A Capella Poetry and song in her Sound sessions. Genie’s students often share that her classes offer them deep relaxation and emotional healing. Genie is a mother of three college students and continues to pursue further education while engaging in a daily mindfulness practice, experiencing it as a path of wholeness. “It’s my job to weave a tapestry of sound that surrounds, comforts, and supports you while you make those transformative inward journeys.” – Genie J
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 knowledge. 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.
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.
Dr. 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.
Denae Richards is a certified sound practitioner focusing on sound healing therapy and vibroacoustic therapy. Her sound healing sessions include gongs, crystal bowls, Tibetan healing bowls and many more therapeutic instruments. She is drawn to the power of different sounds & frequencies because of their power for healing the body on many levels: emotional, spiritual and physical. As the owner of her own Holistic Sounds practice, Denae is an expert in marrying the art and science of sound meditation. Come experience Denae’s rejuvenating and restorative Sound sessions at upcoming Mastermind events.
Amy Lewis Hofland is the Senior Director of the Crow Museum of Asian Art in Dallas, Texas, the preeminent museum dedicated to the arts and cultures of Asia in the southern United States. In addition to her work at the Crow Museum, Amy is a noted author, speaker and community leader serving on various board leadership positions in the Dallas-Fort Worth community. Amy is a 200-hour certified yoga teacher and a soon-to-be graduate of the two-year Sounds True Mindfulness Meditation Teacher Training Program with Jack Kornfield and Tara Brach.
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, mindful meditation resource 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 is a member of UT Dallas Development Board and coaches YMCA youth basketball.
Dr. John Gasko is the Chief Well-Being Officer at Uplift Education, the DFW Metroplex’s largest and highest performing public charter school district. Dr. Gasko has traveled the country and the globe to study mindful leadership techniques with a variety of physicians, scientists, and wisdom teachers—including the Chief of Primary Care at UChicago Medicine, UMASS Medical School’s Jon Kabat-Zinn, and the Boston Trauma Center’s Bessel Van Der Kolk. Dr. Gasko currently is only one of 15 global, certified Be Well Lead Well Pulse coaches and has recently been selected to participate in one of the world’s most prestigious and rigorous human performance coaching programs, the Flow Genome Project. For Dr. Gasko, to BE WELL is to LEAD WELL.
Veleisa Patton Burrell values the relationship between breath and body. As a certified meditation and mindfulness leader, Veleisa leverages her knowledge of the science and principles of wellness to inspire her students to reduce mental clutter and find more space to ‘be' instead of ‘do.’ A longtime meditation practitioner and advocate, she received her certification for science-based mindfulness from Mastermind in 2020. When she’s not leading mindfulness and yoga classes, Veleisa advises DFW businesses as the founder and CEO of Narrative Evolution Communications.