Anne Marie Rossi, Founder & Executive Director, Board Member
AnneMarie Rossi founded Be Mindful in 2011, after discovering Dialectical Behavior Therapy and its impact with PTSD. She is passionate about sharing the science behind the mindfulness assertions. In 2013, she completed Institutional Review Board qualified research with the University of Colorado Denver and Denver Public Schools on the impacts of mindfulness instruction on 4th grade students. She has since conducted a similar study on runaway homeless youth with partner University of Colorado Anschutz Medical School. She has completed the Mindful Schools curriculum training and is a certified Mindfulness in Schools (.b) instructor. AnneMarie has taught mindfulness instruction to thousands of people from school age to adults. Earlier in her career, she was an award-winning stock trader and financial advisor. She received the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Grant in 2013. Anne Marie holds a Bachelor of Arts in history (minor in sociology and education) from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is the mother of two and lives in Denver.
Robyn Winters, Vice Executive Director
Robyn Winters is the Vice Executive Director of Be Mindful. She has been practicing mindfulness since 1999 and has personally seen the physical and psychological benefits of living a more mindful life after years of suffering from debilitating anxiety, depression and panic attacks. She began teaching the practice in 2005, working with businesses, schools and recreational centers. Robyn is passionate about teaching mindfulness to all ages and particularly enjoys teaching the science behind the practice. She is devoted to supporting individuals that aspire to teach the practice. Robyn has a Bachelor of Science degree in environmental design from the University of Missouri and a background in marketing, design, sales, and project management. She is trained in Mindful Schools, MindUP, In Focus and other social and emotional learning curricula and has an Associate Lecturer Certification with Ki-Aikido International. She lives in Denver with her husband and two children.
Jason Dilg, Managing Director
Jason Dilg brings more than a decade of experience in organizational leadership, program management, and presentation coaching in thought-leadership domains that include global business, public health, climate change, and technology. He worked with hundreds of speakers as a producer of TEDxMileHigh. He previously served as a public-relations expert, district leadership team member, and political counsel, and served as a member of the staff of the US Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish and political science from James Madison University.
Jason's mindfulness practice dates back nearly a decade, when he became interested in the potential benefits of the practice as a tool beyond cognitive therapy and pharmacological remedies to confront depression and anxiety. His is certified in Mental Health First Aid for both youth and adults.
Jason lives with his wife in Virginia's New River Valley and is also an award-winning musician and an amateur medical botanist.
Chris Mindenhall, Board President
Chris Mindenhall serves as president of the board and corporate advisor. He brings a wealth of experience from a broad set of disciplines, including organizational design and excellence, innovation and strategy consulting, design thinking/human-centered design, enterprise architecture, systems engineering, big data analytics, AI/machine Learning, kaizen/continuous improvement, behavioral economics, human cognition, human potential/mentoring, and mindfulness practice.
Chris has spent the last 15 years as a solutions consultant for more than 50 of the top retailers on the Forbes 500. In the 90’s, he co-founded a B2B e-commerce startup in the pioneer days of the Internet. Before that, he was a composer, bandleader, studio player, and instructor in New York City while studying jazz guitar at the Manhattan School of Music and The New School.
He has formal training in Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Interpersonal Mindfulness (Insight Dialogue), Mindfulness-Based Habit Change, Transcendental Meditation (TM), and Sōtō Zen. His mindfulness practice began over a decade ago with studies in the spiritual tradition of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tibetan Buddhist Center for Universal Peace (Do Ngak Kunphen Ling) in Redding, Conn., where he served as treasurer and member of the board of directors.
Chris lives in Grand Rapids, Mich., with his wife, three step-daughters, and dog, Louie.
Trey Cole, Ph.D., Board Member
Trey Cole received his doctoral degree in clinical psychology from the University of Denver. He began his mental health training and career in the United States Army and has worked in numerous clinical settings, thereafter, including community mental health, hospice care, inpatient psychiatric facilities. Currently, Trey works full-time as a psychologist in the Denver County Jail, owns a small private practice, and serves as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Denver's counseling psychology program.
Luis Perez, Advisory Board Member
Luis Perez has been in the air since he was 13 years old when he began hanggliding in his native Argentina. His desire to become a pilot brought him to the United States and in 1995 he fulfilled a life dream when he joined United Airlines as a pilot. In 1999, he became an instructor for the Boeing 767 fleet for United and he has been living his two passions ever since.
At United, he has helped develop several training programs for his fleet as well as all United pilots. In 2005, he was diagnosed with depression and successfully underwent cognitive therapy treatment. Soon after, he discovered mindfulness which allowed him to apply what he leaned during cognitive therapy to treat his depression. After being introduced to mindfulness, he realized that mindfulness is the highest level of situational awareness and he began to introduce it to pilots. In 2009, he used mindfulness to help him recover from a tragic accident in which he had a traumatic spinal cord injury. Seeing the power of the practice to tolerate what most will consider intolerable levels of pain, he realized that mindfulness practice was far reaching, both in and out of the flight deck -- it connected with everything we do! During the process, he discovered that Professionalism alone was not enough to reach the highest level of performance in his profession as a pilot. When it came to achieving the highest level of safety, self-control – the ability to maintain focus and regulate one’s emotions – was the absolute pre-requisite. Luis made it his life journey to bring mindfulness to the flightdecks worldwide.
Erin Stearns, Advisory Board Member
Erin H. Stearns is an Assistant Professor of the practice of tax law at the University of Denver’s Sturm College of Law. She is the director of the Low Income Taxpayer Clinic, which assists low income residents of Colorado to resolve their federal and state tax problems. She has taught tax research and writing, estate and gift taxation, and estate planning in the graduate tax program. Erin graduated cum laude from Colorado College with a bachelor’s degree in neuroscience. She went on to earn a Juris Doctor from Northeastern University, a Master of Public Health from Tufts University, and an LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver’s graduate tax program. Prior to joining the faculty at the Sturm College of Law, Erin clerked at the New Hampshire Supreme Court and worked as an associate attorney at firms in New Hampshire and Colorado, advising clients on complex estate planning matters, estate and trust administration issues, and the management of tax-exempt organizations. She has had articles published in the New Hampshire Bar Journal and New Hampshire Bar News and presented at the 2015 Conference of Low Income Taxpayer Clinics in Washington D.C. She regularly teaches continuing education to tax professional through CPE4U in Denver, Colo. Erin has been involved with non-profit boards including the Queen City Rotary and CrimeStoppers of Manchester, N.H.; and the Women’s Bar Association of New Hampshire. She is currently a member of the Colorado and New Hampshire Bar Associations. Erin and her husband have two children and they enjoy spending time with them and traveling to new places.