|Angie Brown is Assistant Director for Communications and Wellness for UF’s Office of Human Resource Services. In addition to facilitating strategic administrative communications designed for university faculty and staff, Angie works to forge partnerships and collaborations among UF and UF Health units and individuals in order to develop and provide employee wellness programming and information. She has co-chaired the University of Florida-UF Health Wellness Committee since 2013 and serves on the board of directors of the National Consortium for Building Healthy Academic Communities. Prior to joining UF, she held positions in university public relations at Penn State University and Oregon Health & Science University. Angie has a deep interest in contemplative practices, including mindfulness meditation, and is a seasoned practitioner of “beginner’s” Yoga.|
|Nuengruetai (“May”) Dolen was the Project Assistant to Dr. Sabine Grunwald in the Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida (June 2014 – May 2018). She coordinates activities and events related to the UF Mindfulness Program. She transferred to the Fisher School of Accounting at University of Florida in spring 2014 after her graduation from Santa Fe College with her AA Degree in Accounting and with a Business Operations Accounting certification. In 2015 she was in her 3rd year of the Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting. She is planning to receive her Masters in Accounting here at the Fisher School as well and would like to pursue to a career as a Certified Public Accountant after her graduation. Her personal experience in mindfulness and practice of meditation brings a spark to UF Mindfulness.|
|Teresa Drake is Director of the Intimate Partner Violence Assistance Clinic (IPVAC) as well as Visiting Legal Skills Professor in UF’s College of Law. She has expertise in domestic violence and is a national lecturer on domestic violence and the use of children as witnesses, former prosecutor and division chief of domestic violence unit, former Child Welfare Legal attorney, former director of Guardian ad Litem Dissolution and Custody Division. She is a yoga teacher and advocate for mindful education.|
|Kim Holton, Ph.D., is Lecturer in the Department of Health Education & Behavior, UF College of Health & Human Performance and previously served as Health Promotion Specialist for UF’s Office of Human Resource Services. Kim has been a practitioner of mindfulness since 1998 and began leading yoga classes and workshops in 2002. She offers yoga and meditation for the UF and Gainesville area community at various locations. Visit kimholtonyoga.com for current offerings.|
|Emi Lenes, LMHC, LMFT, Ph.D. She is an approved supervisor for both Mental Health and Marriage and Family Therapy Registered Interns. Emi deeply enjoys facilitating experiential activities in graduate/undergraduate courses related to healthcare and mental health. She has completed the MBSR Teacher Training, as well as 2 years of the Somatic Experiencing Trauma Resolution training, and 2 years of Gestalt Training. Emi is currently employed as a counselor and supervisor at an alternative school for underprivileged adolescents. Additionally, for 8 years, Emi implemented creativity and healing group activities at an inpatient psychiatric hospital. Furthermore, she has developed a 12-hour training curriculum for professionals called Color-Conscious Multicultural Mindfulness (CCMM). Emi loves being a member of the UF Mindfulness Team!|
|Carol Lewis, Ph.D.,MPH, CPH, is a clinical psychologist with 30 years of clinical experience. She is currently a Clinical Associate Professor in the University of Florida College of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry, where she is involved in professional training, research, clinical practice, and community behavioral health. Dr. Lewis’ expertise includes the treatment of chronically suicidal, self-injurious individuals, using skills-based methods. She is trained in three mindfulness-based treatment protocols, which she uses extensively in her clinical work. Dr. Lewis has a personal mindfulness practice including sitting with a local meditation group and retreating yearly.In 2014, Dr. Lewis earned a Masters of Public Health (MPH) degree and is board certified in public health (CPH). She has particular interest in evidence-based treatment for behavioral health problems, and the dissemination of best behavioral health practices to underserved populations using low-intensity and brief treatment models. Dr. Lewis is one of the founding members of Peace4Gainesville, a trauma-responsive resilience-building community initiative. She has recently completed training to be a Community Resiliency Model© (CRM) trainer.|
Ferdinand Lewis, Ph.D., is on the faculty of the University of Florida School of Landscape Architecture and Planning, where he leads service-learning projects teaches research design, and ethics. He also serves as Graduate Coordinator for the online Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning. He holds a Ph.D. in Policy, Planning and Development from the University of Southern California Sol Price School of Public Policy. He taught in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning at the University at Buffalo. He was on the faculty of the Public Art Studies program at the University of Southern California’s School of Fine Arts, and taught in USC’s Neighborhood Studies Program and in the Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He served the Interdisciplinary Studies and Theater faculties at the California Institute of the Arts. As a life-long meditator and secular humanist he is interested how mindfulness as an evidence-based practice is integrated into various spiritual traditions.
(Participated in UF Mindfulness 2015-2016. Dr. Lewis accepted a position in the Netherlands)
Angela Lindner, Ph.D., is the Associate Provost for Undergraduate Affairs at the University of Florida. Previously she served approximately 6500 engineering students as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences, UF. She earned a B.S. degree in chemistry from The College of Charleston (S.C.), an M.S. degree in chemical engineering from Texas A&M University, and a Ph.D. degree in environmental engineering from the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the University of Florida faculty in 1998, she worked as a chemical engineer at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and at General Motors Corporation. Dr. Lindner is committed to a student-centered approach in her leadership at UF and has shown support to create a mindful campus culture at UF.
|Michael Murphy, Ph.D., is a clinical associate professor and psychologist at the University of Florida counseling and wellness center where he specializes in the use of mindfulness meditation in treating anxiety disorders and other mental health issues. He also teaches numerous non-Western psychology classes, including teaching therapists how to use mindfulness techniques in psychotherapy. Dr. Murphy has had his own mindfulness meditation practice for the past 20 years. He started the highly successful Taming the Anxious Mind group mindfulness program at the University of Florida counseling and wellness center 12 years ago. Dr. Murphy has published articles on the topic of mindfulness.
|Leonard Riskin is Chesterfield Smith Professor of Law and Director of the Initiative on Mindfulness in Law and Dispute Resolution at UF’s Levin College of Law. Since 1999, he has been teaching mindfulness to law students, lawyers, mediators, and other professional students and practitioners and well as playing a national leadership role in promoting the integration of mindfulness into law schools and professional practice. He has published 11 articles on mindfulness in law or conflict resolution and is finishing a book on that topic. Before his work on mindfulness, he led an award-winning effort to integrate alternative dispute resolution into law school curricula.|
|Lou Ritz, Ph.D., serves as course director for Medical Neuroscience, taken by first year medical students, and for Functional Human Neuroanatomy, taken by a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students. Dr. Ritz’s research interests centered on injury to the central nervous system, as he investigated new techniques that hold promise in alleviating the devastating consequences of injury to the spinal cord. As Director of the University of Florida Center for Spirituality and Health, he has special interests in teaching the relationships between the brain, health, meditation, and spirituality in his Honors courses called “Spirituality and Health” and “Neurotheology.”|
|Jan Snyder received her B.A summa cum laude in Classics and Psychology from Tufts University in 1977, and her M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. (1983) in clinical psychology from Boston University. She has been in the private practice of psychotherapy since 1983, focusing in particular on relational issues for both men and women throughout the lifecycle. Dr. Snyder was a Clinical Fellow in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School from 1981 until 1990, when she moved to Florida. Since 1995, she has been a courtesy clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Florida College of Medicine. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and the Florida Psychological Association, and past president of the North Central Florida Chapter of the Florida Psychological Association. In December 2014, Dr. Snyder was awarded the Harry Grater Award for Distinguished Service to Psychology by the North Central Florida chapter of the Florida Psychological Association. Dr. Snyder has a particular interest in meditation and mindfulness practices in psychotherapy. She is the coordinator of the Gainesville Shambhala Meditation Group, and is a certified Shambhala teacher and guide.
|Tina Tannen received her Ph.D. in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Florida after earlier careers in arts management and education. She is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor at the University of Florida Counseling and Wellness Center. Over the last six years she has instructed students in basic mindfulness meditation practice as a therapeutic intervention in the Taming the Anxious Mind group at the Counseling and Wellness Center. She began her meditation practice in a Buddhist tradition over thirty years ago and in the last six years shifted to more secular practice of mindfulness through training in MBSR (John Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli) and in psychospiritual work with John Welwood.
|R. Elaine Turner, Ph.D., is Dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences (CALS) at the University of Florida (UF) where she provides leadership for academic programs across the 16 departments and schools that comprise UF’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS). Serving more than 5,000 students in 22 undergraduate and 22 graduate majors, CALS is one of the largest colleges of its kind in the nation. Dr. Turner has a strong commitment to promoting excellence in teaching and academic advising and holds a faculty appointment in the Food Science and Human Nutrition Department. Dr. Turner earned her undergraduate degree in dietetics from Kansas State University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in nutrition from Purdue University. She served as a faculty member at Clemson University for 10 years before joining the UF faculty in 1996. Prior to her appointment as Dean in April 2014, Dr. Turner served CALS as Associate Dean and Senior Associate Dean.