The Mindful Team
Each of us came to mindfulness in different ways. Meet the team behind the title.
A longtime professional writer, editor, and trainer specializing in applications of mindfulness and awareness to everyday life, Barry is editor of The Mindfulness Revolution and served as developmental editor for Congressman Tim Ryan’s book, A Mindful Nation. From 2008 to 2012, he wrote for the Mindful Society department of the Shambhala Sun magazine. He is also co-author of The Rules of Victory, an extended commentary on Sun Tzu’s Art of War.
Tracy brings to Mindful a rich magazine and print background. She was copy editor and page designer in her former position as production journalist for The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi, and as managing editor of Flare magazine, Tracy spent five fast-paced years exploring the fashion world. Perhaps not as fast-paced as her position at the Canadian News Desk in Winnipeg, where deadlines were not measured in months but minutes.
Former film and special issues editor for The Coast, Halifax’s award-winning alternative weekly, Carsten has covered subjects ranging from film reviews to preparing summer guides and writing pieces on well-being. He has freelanced for the Globe and Mail, the Ottawa Citizen, and the National Post, and written strictly Hollywood-based fare for Movie Entertainment. Carsten is an aspiring fiction writer and is co-editor of Salt Lines, a collection of stories from 55 local writers discussing their writing process and inspiration.
Jessica von Handorf
Jessica joins us from Shambhala Sun, where she was Associate Art Director for over a decade. (In truth her journey started at age 15, when she realized her dream was to work at the Sun.) In the Art Department, Jessica was responsible for the visual storytelling of everything published in the magazine, from how text should be organized on the page to photo shoots and commissioning artists. She will be employing many of her skills from the Sun in her new position here at Mindful, which she accepts as an interesting challenge: moving from a publication that draws on the richness of Eastern art to putting into visual form the feelings and thoughts associated with mindfulness.
Associate Art Director
At age five, she was interior decorating her doll house rather than playing with it. At age thirteen, she was designing her personal stationery and 'zines using letraset and photocopies. Megumi is a graphic designer who worked with a range of clients, from a leading telecommunication company and automotive dealership, to universities and various small businesses. Working with design firm Breakhouse, she came upon work that was more in line with her interests, including for clients promoting eco- and people-friendly business practices. Megumi is now incorporating the tenets of mindfulness into her design discipline.
Assistant Editor, Digital
Stephany joins us after completing the thesis for her journalism master’s degree on the shifting focus to digital in major news organizations. Her advanced study of journalism included research into structural changes to media organizations and the social, political, and economic determinants that inform those changes, making her a valuable member of the team launching Mindful’s digital initiative. She has worked as a broadcast journalist for CBC Radio and News 95.7, and as a reporter for the Nova Scotia Business Journal.
Line has been with Mindful since the creation of mindful.org in late 2010. She brings a decade of experience with several publications, including most recently Saltscapes magazine (associate editor) and the Halifax Daily News (features and specialty publications editor). She’s the mother of three school-age daughters, and is therefore a qualified parenting and early-childhood expert.
James has been a magazine and trade book publishing professional since 1973. He has spearheaded Mindful’s community-building efforts within the mindfulness movement for the past five years, and is currently on the Advisory Board of the Center for Mindfulness at UMass, and the Boards of Directors of the Mind Fitness Training Institute (MFTI) and the Institute for Mindful Leadership. He has taught leadership training programs and mindfulness in North America and Europe since 1978.
Beth has over 20 years of experience in the fields of technology and education, primarily with start-ups and growing organizations. She has worked across North America helping organizations launch and grow. After beginning a meditation practice five years ago, Beth began integrating mindfulness principles into her consultation strategy, focusing on working with non-profits and small businesses looking to articulate new offerings for the market. She has a keen interest in the authentic leadership movement and participates in weekend retreats with a foundation that helps those on the cancer journey work with their challenges through mindfulness.
Jamie Proctor Boyce
Assistant to the Publisher
Prior to joining Mindful, Jamie worked as a New York-based film and video producer and production supervisor. Select projects include the short film Ten for Grandpa (co-producer, 2009 Sundance Film Festival), broadcast commercials for Unilever and music videos for Universal Music. As an actress, Jamie appeared in Mad Men and the award-winning independent feature The Project, along with numerous other TV shows, plays, and commercials.