Mindfulness Without Borders is led by an eclectic team of educators, practitioners and professionals from around the world dedicated to advancing knowledge and the practice of mindfulness and social and emotional learning in all walks of life. In 2005, The Huffington Post recognized Mindfulness Without Borders as one of the next ten generational organizations that are changing the world.


Theo Koffler

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Executive Director & Lead Trainer

Leah Gardiner

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Music Advisor and Global Facilitator

Gary Diggins

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Strategic Initiatives Lead

Charles Hargobind

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Senior Facilitator

Amber McAuley

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Lead Facilitator & Latin America Program Manager

Ronit Jinich

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Lead trainer, Corporate programs

Moustafa Abdelrahman

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Artistic & Marketing Lead

Rachelle Maynard

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Program Facilitator

Nova Browning Rutherford

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Natalie Matias

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Rwanda Associate

Patrick Iregura

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Nigeria Associate

Dr. Emmanuel Ivorgba

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Founding Curriculum Advisor

Soren Gordhamer

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Editorial Consultant

Emily Baraf

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UK Associate

Wendy Sage

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USA Associate

Andrew Roach

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Mexico Associate

Amira Valle

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Team Mascot & Therapy Dog

Stanley Gardiner

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Curriculum Advisor

Daniel Rechtscaffen

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US Office Manager

Kathy Kleinhans

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Board of Directors

From the onset, Mindfulness Without Borders engaged a trusted Board of Directors and advisors that are passionate about education, mental health and well-being to lend their expertise and perspective on the direction of our work, including:

Dale Baumann
Certified Public Accountant

Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds
Vice Provost for Global Affairs and International Studies, Professor of Health Sciences and Professions, Ohio University

Adam Engle
Co-Founder, past Chairman & CEO, Mind and Life Institute

Cyd Jenefsky
Independent Consultant, Educational Innovations,and Special Advisor to the Provost, University of the Pacific

Theo Koffler
Founder and Executive Director, Mindfulness Without Borders

John Garrow
Independent Financial Consultant

Lisa Rogers
CEO, Lisa Rogers Lifestyles & Design Enterprises

Advisory Council

Gina Biegel
Psychotherapist, Founder, Stressed Teens. Author: The Stress Reduction Workbook for Teens (2009)

Peter Block
Consultant and Author: Community: The Structure of Belonging (2008)

Deepak Chopra, M.D.
Endocrinologist, Co-founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, and Author: Quantum Healing: Exploring the Frontiers of Mind/Body Medicine (1989)

Daniel Goleman
Psychologist, Lecturer, Journalist and Author: Social Intelligence: The New Science of Human Relationships (2006)

Susan Kaiser Greenland
Founder, The InnerKids Program and Mindfulness Together. Author: The Mindful Child (2010)

Charles Holmes
Founder, Connecting for Change, Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education

Raphael Ogar Oko
International Coordinator, Global Educators for All Initiative (GEFAI)

Risa Ryger
Clinical Psychologist, Consultant

Zindel Segal
Chair of Psychotherapy, Morgan Firestone; Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, University of Toronto; Author: The Mindful Way Through Depression (2007)

Ralph Wolff
Former President and Executive Director of Accrediting, Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of School and Colleges.

Betsy Zeger
Certified Coach, Mediator and Consultant