Amanda recently joined Mindful as the director of operations and business development. She has an eclectic background, with graduate degrees in both political science and criminology. She has worked as a freelance editor, writer, and has over a decade of experience teaching both high school students and undergrads. She has worked for a variety of non-profits, typically in areas of security and conflict resolution, and is a second-generation Buddhist who has been practicing mindfulness and meditation since childhood.
What Is Mindful?
Mindful is a mission-driven non-profit. We’re dedicated to inspiring, guiding, and connecting anyone who wants to explore mindfulness—to enjoy better health, more caring relationships, and a compassionate society.
Mindful is the voice of the emerging mindfulness community. We’re the place to go for insight, information, and inspiration to help us all live more mindfully.
From our flagship Mindful magazine and mindful.org to our
We offer personal stories, news-you-can-use, practical advice, and insights that speak to anyone from novice meditators looking for guidance to corporate managers exploring new ways to cultivate workplace engagement and fulfillment. Our audience learns from leaders in the field about effective techniques for mindful living, and the science that points to their benefits.
We’re All Mindful
We all have the innate ability to be present, composed, and to pause before we overreact to the challenges of our busy lives—and that’s the ground of mindfulness. With some guidance and training, mindfulness can develop into a way of living that brings greater focus and effectiveness as well as kindness and caring into everything we do. Both science and experience demonstrate how being mindful brings positive benefits for our health, happiness, work, and relationships.
Mindfulness and Social Innovation — How You Can Help
We see mindfulness as a unique and profound approach to social change, and our work as a social innovation initiative. Mindfulness is entering the mainstream and it presents an historic opportunity to transform society. It is accessible and everyone can benefit from its potential for promoting individual wellness, healthy relationships, and a more mindful and caring world.
Mindful seeks to help connect the emergent elements in the mindfulness community, from the heroic efforts of the leaders in the field to all those new to mindfulness who seek to learn more. The result will be greater personal benefit as mindfulness practices become more mainstream, and greater benefit to society as the underlying values of kindness and compassion permeate our culture.
who we are
Amber has honed her skills as an editor in many contexts, from academia to entrepreneur development to creative writing. During her yoga-filled teenage years she encountered mindfulness, a journey she’s grateful to continue as part of the Mindful team. She enjoys vegan cooking and omnivorous reading, and her favorite place to meditate is outside, surrounded by living green things.
Anne Alexander is a dynamic, entrepreneurial leader driven by a passion for helping to empower people to realize their full potential.A two-time New York Times best-selling author, twice Editor-in-Chief of Prevention and Editorial Director at National Geographic, Anne has been creating consumer-centric content for decades, fueled, in part, by an awareness and aliveness gained through mindfulness. Anne is a yogi with 17 years of practice. She is studying for her 200-hour yoga teacher training, and enjoys spending time with her three teenage children (as well as her dog Coco, two cats) in Pennsylvania.
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 books, A Mindful Nation and The Real Food Revolution. From 2008 to 2012, he wrote for the “Mindful Society” department of Shambhala Sun magazine. He is also coauthor of The Rules of Victory, an extended commentary on Sun Tzu’s Art of War.
Bryan Welch is a veteran media executive, writer, rancher, and entrepreneur with unique expertise in businesses that improve the world. He’s the former CEO of Ogden Publications (Mother Earth News, Utne Reader), B The Change Media (B Magazine), and Foster Care Technologies. Bryan has served on the boards of the Magazine Publishers Association, the Social Venture Network, Down Home Ranch Foundation, and several other nonprofits. He also has served on corporate boards of directors and advisory boards of companies involved in natural foods, e-commerce, and the media. He and his wife, Carolyn, raise organic, grass-fed cattle, sheep and goats on their farm near Lawrence, Kansas.
Born and raised in Florida, Chelsea began her career in the fast-paced industry of entertainment with companies like Universal Studios, Disney, Norwegian Cruise Line, Royal Caribbean, DreamWorks, and Nickelodeon. Having the opportunity to travel the world with her career, as of 2017 she is an American transplant in Halifax. She is the backbone of all things advertising at Mindful, where she lets her creativity and out-of-the-box thinking take on new heights.
Born and raised in the Bahamas, Chris brings his sunny personality to Mindful. With a background in art, marketing, and sales, he has always enjoyed the human aspect of these fields. Whether it be capturing the human spirit in art, observing how to market to others, or interacting face to face with people at their door. Recently by coincidence, he had started applying mindfulness in his own life and found Mindful as the perfect fit to apply his talents, bringing his unique perspective to the advertising team as he connects with others in the mindfulness space.
Chris previously served as the program director of Mindful Schools, a leading organization integrating mindfulness into education and youth mental health, and as Executive Director of the Mind Body Awareness Project, which pioneered the development of mindfulness-based interventions for high-risk adolescents with complex trauma. His Gen. X soul longs for 90s music, art and culture even as he feebly attempts to live the life of a family man and islander in rural British Columbia.
Christel LeBlanc is an interdisciplinary designer, artist and teacher. Her works spans the physical and ephemeral—graphics, identity and branding, websites and interface/UX design. Her process is iterative and flexible, meshing fine arts with new technology and unusual inspiration. Since 2011, Christel has worked under her own brand, Forest Friend Creative Projects (see her work at https://forestfriend.ca)
Heather is a seasoned editor with a proven track record for growing audiences, creating digital products, and building strategic partnerships. She started her career as a health editor for Rodale, honing her service journalism and digital management skills. She’s since been hired by top brands, like Men’s Health, Prevention, Fitness, and Self, to create engaging content. She balances her career with a healthy dose of family life and a few weekends a month fronting an indie folk/barnrock band.
James is the founding publisher of Mindful and Mindful.org, and has spearheaded Mindful’s community-building efforts within the mindfulness movement since 2011. He has worked in book and magazine publishing his entire adult life. James is co-author of two books on the leadership lessons from Sun Tzu’s Art of War, and has taught about mindfulness and leadership since the late 1970s.
Janice joined Mindful’s marketing team in 2019, bringing with her a range of experience in communications, non-profits, and qualitative research. As an active participant for over a decade in yoga classes, guided meditation, and mind-body therapy, she is grateful for the chance to integrate her personal connection to mindfulness into the work she does every day. Janice grew up in Cape Breton, loves all cats, and has an incredibly persuasive sweet tooth.
Jen wears many hats at Mindful, including administrative ninja, editorial support, and customer service. As a joy seeker/sharer, made mostly of heart, she is a believer in the power of gratitude and lover of the (extra)ordinary. Jen is a community choir enthusiast & songleader who is particularly passionate about people, connection, words, and song—and how they can change the world when combined. You’ll often find Jen correcting grammar in things publicly displayed, pointing out lyric references in everyday conversation, hanging out with her Tortie cat named Melody, and using far too many commas.
Jessica joined Mindful in 2012 as one of its founding team members. She brings a wealth of experience to her position as art director, including almost 15 years designing for print publications. Trained in graphic design, English literature, and journalism, Jessica was born into a family where meditation was practiced on a daily basis. Mindfulness has infused every aspect of her life, and she considers her work at Mindful to be a natural extension of her lifelong mindfulness practice.
Julia joined Mindful in 2017 to help expand business development and partnership efforts. She brings skills from an eclectic career journey, which has included journalism, international development, administration at a meditation retreat centre, and development of government grant programs. Mindfulness practice has been a central part of her life since childhood, and she has been teaching meditation for the past decade.
With a diverse marketing background, Leslie is responsible for continuing to develop the Mindful audience through executing digital marketing plans, growth analysis and leading various digital projects. Leslie began her mindfulness journey as a varsity athlete. Through strengthening the mind-body connection, she learned to stay focused on the present moment and perform at a high level in competitive situations. When she’s not digging into web data you can find her exploring nature, practicing yoga or cheering on her favorite sports teams.
Sharon has supported many initiatives in the mindfulness field over the past 10 years. She worked with the British Association of Mindfulness-Based Approaches, the Bangor University Centre for Mindfulness, and the UK Mindfulness Network. Now she holds the position of CEO at the Oxford Mindfulness Centre and has been working with Zindel Segal to build and manage ACCESS MBCT. Sharon established the Mindful Directory to support the mindfulness community by building a global register of teachers, events, and organizations in the mindfulness field.
Before joining the Mindful team, Spencer worked as an independent designer and brand consultant with clients across North America in the not-for-profit and arts sectors. Having honed his skills in print shops across Canada, Spencer brings his passion for print design to every aspect of his life, hosting events in his free time just so he can design the poster. He also speaks French and is a black-light enthusiast.
Stephanie Domet is Mindful’s managing editor. A writer, editor, and sometimes-podcaster she lives in Halifax, where she cooks, gardens, and sews her own clothes. She’s the author of two novels, Homing and Fallsy Downsies, with a third in the works.
Board of Advisors
Susan Bauer-Wu, Ph.D., R.N.
Mind and Life Institute
Jeffrey Brantley, M.D.
Duke Integrative Medicine
Center for Contemplative Mind in Society
Richard J. Davidson, Ph.D.
Center for Investigating Healthy Minds at the Waisman Center, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rich Fernandez, Ph.D.
Founded by Richard J. Davidson, PhD, this world-renowned research center, located within the Waisman Center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, is dedicated to creating a world in which healthy qualities of mind flourish. A global leader in the emerging field of contemplative neuroscience, the Center conducts rigorous scientific study of healthy qualities of mind in pursuit of research findings that could help relieve human suffering and increase happiness.
MARC was created to bring to a renowned mental health research institution the ancient art of mindful awareness, in a scientifically supported and rigorous form.
The Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University is striving to create a community of scholars and researchers who will advance our knowledge of the human capacity for compassion and altruism.
The Center for Contemplative Mind in Society works to integrate contemplative awareness into contemporary life in order to help create a more just, compassionate, reflective, and sustainable society.
The Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School has pioneered the integration of mindfulness meditation and other mindfulness-based approaches into mainstream medicine and healthcare.
The Garrison Institute is a not-for-profit, non-sectarian organization that explores the intersection of contemplation and engaged action in the world.
The Greater Good Science Center (GGSC) studies the psychology, sociology, and neuroscience of well-being, and teaches skills that foster a thriving, resilient, and compassionate society.