Joshua Berkowitz, Curriculum Development
Joshua Berkowitz teaches Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Mindful Leadership, and other mindfulness classes through his business, Enter the Stream Mindfulness, and is on the teaching faculty of the Cascadia Mindfulness Institute, a collaborative of mindfulness teachers in the Pacific Northwest. Joshua also serves as director of development and communications for S3IDF, a non-profit which promotes equitable economic and social development in developing countries. His expertise includes organizational management, development, and communications, mediation and conflict resolution, and environmental policy and planning. Joshua served on the board of directors of Be Mindful from 2014 – 2015, and continues to advise on strategic planning and business development. He holds an MA from Tufts University, a BA from Wesleyan University, and completed the MBSR teacher training program through the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. Joshua lives on Whidbey Island in Washington's Puget Sound.
Michael Boudreaux (goes by Boudreaux) is a clinical therapist who uses two mindfulness-based treatment modalities, the Hakomi Method and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). With these, he helps clients be attentive to the present moment, allow subconscious habits to become conscious, and helps them exist more gracefully with life's inevitable pain. Boudreaux has been studying and practicing meditation since 2010 and spent 10 challenging years in corporate America before joining the Peace Corps and traveling through the Middle East and Africa with his wife. He is a Certified Hakomi therapist, Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Addictions Counselor and graduated summa cum laude from Regis University with a masters in counseling psychology. Before starting his private practice, Boudreaux served as a clinical therapist in the Jefferson County Jail for two years, specializing in the treatment of PTSD and substance abuse.
Grace Estripeaut, Instructor
Grace teaches experiential mindfulness workshops, Mindful Leadership and other contemplative practices to corporate employees in Denver and Boulder with a focus on boosting employee productivity, focus and wellbeing. After 10 years in operational roles at corporate and fast growth business environments, she is no stranger to workload pressures and the effects of high stress. In 2012, her CEO asked her to lead a stress reduction mindfulness session for a group of executives and investors. The experience was so well received, it sparked a career change and fueled her passion to help professionals find and keep their center through mindfulness. A long-term committed meditator, Grace has trained globally under various teachers and meditation styles. Grace holds a master’s degree in organizational development, as well as a certification in mindfulnesstraining from UC San Diego.
Charles Freligh, Instructor
Charles Freligh is a doctoral student at the Virginia Consortium program in clinical psychology and an adjunct professor at Norfolk State University. He began his personal mindfulness practice in 2010 while earning his master’s in clinical psychology from New York University, and has since then cultivated a career focus dedicated to articulating the benefits of mindfulness and meditation and their mechanisms of action. Charles has experience working in elementary schools, residential group homes, homeless youth shelters, psychiatric hospitals, private practices, and cognitive skills training contexts, and is passionate about delivering mindfulness interventions that are tailored to and meet the needs of specific populations. Currently, Charles is involved with research projects investigating the benefits of mindfulness with police officers, medical students, undergraduate athletes, and the historically black university population. Each year, he trains for two weeks at a Zen monastery in the Catskill Mountains in order to step outside of the digital world and galvanize his meditation practice.
Sierra Frost, Instructor
Sierra Frost is an educator and facilitator of health and wellness based in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her background is rooted in teaching, with four years experience in early childhood education and child development, and four years in special education for kindergarten through middle school grades in Homer, Alaska. While there, she integrated mindfulness practices into a wellness curriculum with students of all abilities. She received her massage therapy training with the Healing Arts Institute and her 200-hr level yoga teacher certification with Passion Yoga School. Sierra has earned certifications in Yoga of 12-step Recovery, Mental Health First Aid for both Adults and Youth, and has over a decade of both personal and professional experience implementing trauma informed practices. She is currently developing and delivering a yoga curriculum for recovery from trauma, substance abuse, and mental health illnesses to low-income behavioral health clients in Northern Colorado. Sierra enjoys sports, poetry, travel, and improving her fluency of Spanish and Italian languages in her free time and is guided by the belief that anytime we connect from ourselves to another, we have the potential to change each other's lives, and our world.
Anne Heerdt, Instructor
Anne Heerdt started practicing mindfulness at 19 while in college. She maintains a daily practice with regular longer practice periods. She earned her BA in Humanities with a minor in Philosophy from CU Boulder and a Masters in Elementary Education from University of Phoenix. She has been studying with Amma Thanansanti Bikkhuni in the Theravadan tradition for 3 years. She completed the Mindful Schools curriculum and uses that as a volunteer in her school in Denver Public Schools. She has been working in out of school time programs for 6 years now. She runs a Neighborhood Center in DPS providing before and after school care and enrichment clubs. She works with students and staff on mindfulness in her programs and has started a training for staff to develop their own mindfulness practice as they work with youth in after school programs. One of the biggest rewards and challenges has been raising her own children while practicing mindfulness.
Sharon Hepburn, Instructor
In 1999, Sharon Hepburn began using mindfulness practices with her PTSD clients to help change their neurology and response to the environment in her physical therapy practice. Sharon is trained in adult and pediatric mindfulness techniques and has training/ experience in MBSR, Learn 2 Breath, Mindful Schools, and MindUp. Sharon teaches in a variety of setting from private PTSD clients and high end corporate executives to teenage homeless shelter and trauma informed schools. As a former board of education member for a large Missouri school districts, Sharon knows the ins and outs of politics, collaboration, funding, and trauma informed initiatives. In 2012 Sharon published Mothering…Your Inner Connection. In the book, she explores how mindful parenting affects the child and how being mindful on any situation is a win-win. Sharon has lectured on her book for thousands of people, in University settings and in small classrooms. She joined Be Mindful in 2014 to help spread mindfulness .
Shannon Lamb, Instructor
Shannon Lamb is a Certified Mindfulness Instructor and an individual and group psychotherapist for children and teens. She is currently working on obtaining her Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) certification through the University of Massachusetts. Shannon has trained with Dr. Jon Kabat-Zinn, Dr. Saki Santorelli, Mindful Schools, Mindfulness in School Project (MISP), MindUP and Mindful Life and has presented for several organizations, including University of Denver, Denver Academy and Gray Matters. She continues to lecture on mindfulness in psychotherapy and brain education. Shannon has a masters in social work, maintains a personal stress-reduction practice at home and enjoys incorporating elements of the outdoors into her work with her children. Her highest priority is to teach youth how to cultivate awareness within.
Andy Malinsky, Instructor
Andy Malinski is an author with publications in Stain'd Magazine, MacaroniKid.com, and his own book, The Last Great Innocent. He joined Be Mindful in 2017 with aspirations to bring mindfulness and its practices to children, families, and adults seeking respite from the stresses of everyday life. He has written for numerous blogs about the challenges and triumphs of parenting under the moniker, "The Dadvocate." He has spoken at the Colorado Doulas Association annual conference, The Family Journey, in Fort Collins, Colo., and strives to inspire others to always do the best they can do--children and adults alike.
Marcie has a B.S. in Community Resources and Children's Issues, she seeks to empower children, teens, and adults with age appropriate life/coping skills so they can help themselves and others reach their full potential thru kindness, mindfulness, and practices in making good prudent decisions. She is the author of a mindfulness curriculum for kids called "The Rocket Project" for grades 3 -8 and has integrated mindfulness practices in classroom management as a long term substitute teacher. In her spare time, she enjoys practicing mindfulness thru movement, music, and writing. With her creative fun spirit she likes to help people understand that mindfulness is much more than meditation... but a healthy functional way of life.
Charisse Minerva, Instructor
Charisse Minerva Spencer has been practicing with the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Buddhist organization since 1996. With a masters in performance studies and dance anthropology from the Tisch School of the Arts in NY, she designed and directed a successful non-profit, inter-generational, performing arts program for 16 years. In a previous career, Charisse earned a BS in medical technology from the Medical College of Virginia/VCU, worked in hospitals, and then went into private practice as a microbiologist. Multiple perspectives helps Charisse approach and investigate contemplative practices with great insight. She has studied Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and taught with the Mindfulness in Schools Project (MiSP) and Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme). Charisse is also a mindfulness coordinator at Friends School of Virginia Beach and teaches a weekly class called Dance, Drum and Meditation with her 23-year old son.
Jody Romero, Instructor
Jody Romero has been practicing mindfulness for more than 8 years, sharing her practice at home and in the community. She is trained in Be Mindful curriculum and Mental Health First Aide (MHFA). Jody designed a successful mindfulness program to bring into schools before joining Be Mindful. She is an entrepreneur and business owner since 2001 and has been actively involved in her community through various volunteer platforms. Her passions include family, writing, hiking, animals, and the outdoors. Jody live in Colorado with her husband, three sons and daughter.
Laido Romero, Instructor
Laido Romero discovered the power of mindfulness through his own experience and practice of over 15 years. His practiced has enabled him to find healing and clarity in his life and pass on this experience to his family while incorporating mindful techniques in all areas of his life. Laido has owned and operated his own business since 1985 and has extensive experience in marketing, sales, management, supervisory positions and human resources. He served for 4 years as a supervisor of security at the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. He holds an Associate Degree in business from the University of Phoenix, is a trained in Mindful Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Be Mindful instructor training and is a certified Reiki instructor. He has a background in teaching mindfulness to children ages 6-13 at CDCM in Morrison, CO. Laido is passionate about the value of mindfulness and its positive impact on the planet and society and is working with others to incorporate the practice into individual lives, businesses and schools in the Denver area.
Julian Royce, Instructor
Julian encountered mindfulness on his first meditation retreat with Thict Nhat Hanh in 2003. He graduated with honors from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill before studying abroad in India and Nepal, then moved to Boulder to study at Naropa University. While there, he completed Mindfulness in Schools and Mindfulness Instructor training and earned his masters in in religious studies. Julian loves teaching and working with people. A long time practitioner of yoga and meditation, he sees mindfulness practice as a key toward the evolution of our world. He is currently back in school working towards a degree in psychotherapy.
Sharon Tessier, Instructor
Sharon has been an educator at a local Denver university for 14 years in the Integrated Health Care Practices. Her areas of study include mindfulness, lifestyle medicine, holistic health education, public health, health care counseling, complementary and alternative medical therapies and wellness coaching. She obtained her Masters in Holistic Health Education and Transpersonal Psychology and is currently two and a half years into her PhD in Transpersonal Psychology. Sharon is an active member in her local community and currently serves on the Broomfield City Council. She is a member of the Health and Human Services board, Public Health’s Be Healthy Committee, Public Art Committee, Affordable Housing Advocacy Task Force and Broomfield’s 2015 Comprehensive Plan Task Force Committee. She is also an active volunteer at her children’s school. Sharon loves every minute of teaching and learning. She is continuously taking classes and workshops as well as attending and speaking at national conferences. Her dedication to the practice of Mindfulness, Yoga, running and biking help her move through her days with a clear heart and mind. Sharon currently resides in Colorado with her two children and husband of over 20 years.