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.

Founder & Senior Facilitator

Theo Koffler

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Executive Director & Lead Trainer

Leah Gardiner

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Music Advisor & Program Facilitator

Gary Diggins

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Program Facilitator, Corporate Programs

Moustafa Abdelrahman

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Artistic & Marketing Lead

Rachelle Maynard

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Community Engagement Lead & Facilitator

Natalie Matias

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Head of Research & Innovation & Facilitator

Sarah Hunter

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Program Facilitator

Nova Browning Rutherford

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Mexico Associate & Lead Facilitator

Amira Valle

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UK Associate

Wendy Sage

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USA Associate

Andrew Roach

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US Office Manager

Kathy Kleinhans

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Nigeria Associate

Dr. Emmanuel Ivorgba

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Rwanda Associate

Patrick Iregura

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Curriculum Advisor

Daniel Rechtscaffen

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Founding Curriculum Advisor

Soren Gordhamer

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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:

Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds
Former 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, 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, Founder of the Chopra Center for Wellbeing. Chopra is a prolific author, teacher and healer, serving as an adjunct professor at Columbia Business School and the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Daniel Goleman
Psychologist, Lecturer, Journalist and author of internationally best-selling books on Emotional Intelligence including Working with Emotional Intelligence and The Emotionally Intelligent Leader. Goleman co-founded the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning at Yale University's Child Studies Center, which then moved to the University of Illinois at Chicago

Susan Kaiser Greenland
Susan is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. Through her books and the Inner Kids program, she played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness.

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


"The Mindfulness Without Borders curriculum and resource team offers educators of every level a unique opportunity to raise students who are well-educated spiritually, intellectually, and with core skills to function in our ever-changing society."

Jon Kabat-Zinn, Founding Director, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction HealthCare and Society, University of Massachusetts Medical School

"The extraordinary work of Mindfulness Without Borders to bring mindfulness and positive character development to conflict and post-conflict communities is inspiring and so important in our world today where the capacity to cultivate compassion in our daily lives can help to bring about a more peaceful world."

Richard Davidson, PhD., Vilas Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, founder Center for Healthy Minds