sabine-portrait-2Project Leader Sabine Grunwald earned a Ph.D. in environmental sciences from Giessen University, Germany and is Professor in the Soil and Water Science Department at UF with research expertise in soil-ecosystem modeling, environmental sciences, pedometrics, proximal and remote sensing, environmental quality assessment, and geospatial analysis ( She has published over 145 peer-reviewed publications and is actively engaged in the national and global soil science community. Dr. Grunwald served as Director of Distance Education (Soil and Water Science Department) (2001-2011), she teaches STEM courses in GIS, soil-landscape modeling and Reusable Learning Objects (RLOs), and has provided leadership to develop the EcoLearnIT RLO open-access educational system that is used by a global audience of learners and teachers. She earned a 1-yr. Graduate Certificate in Integral Studies from Fielding Graduate University, Santa Barbara, CA (2013) that focused on integral theory and inter-/trans-disciplinary science inquiry and has taken various leadership courses, among them the Authentic Leadership Certificate Training (2015) (Naropa University, Boulder, CO). Dr. Grunwald has been a practitioner of various mindfulness practices including meditation, qigong and tai chi (Yang style) with interest to link STEM and mindfulness and apply integral theory to wicked environmental-human problems. Her vision is to make the UF campus vast and open embracing mindfulness in teaching, learning, research and daily life activities.
MA wisdom poseMonika Ardelt, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Sociology and a Founding Faculty Member and Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Spirituality and Health at the University of Florida. She is also a 1999 Brookdale National Fellow, a 2005 Positive Psychology Templeton Senior Fellow, and a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America. Her research focuses on successful human development across the life course with particular emphasis on the relations between wisdom, religion, spirituality, aging well, and dying well. Dr. Ardelt has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation for over 25 years and has taught and co-taught university courses incorporating mindfulness and service learning, such as Sociology of Aging and the Life Course, Group-Related Internship Program, which focused on service learning and the meaning of life, and Cosmic Dance: The Integration of Science, Religion, and Compassionate Love.
Ana-Puig-color-2Ana Puig, Ph.D., NCC, LMHC, is a licensed mental health counselor and qualified supervisor in the state of Florida and a National Certified Counselor. She has more than 20 years of clinical experience working with clients using holistic wellness and humanistic frameworks, and holds a Spirituality and Health certificate from the Center for Spirituality and Health at the University of Florida (UF). She has been a Counselor Educator and Research Director of the Office of Educational Research at UF and has conducted research on creativity, counselor burnout and wellness, and mindfulness in counseling and healthcare and published articles focusing on related topics over the last 10 years.


brownAngie Brown is Manager of 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.
may2Nuengruetai (“May”) Dolen is the Project Assistant to Dr. Sabine Grunwald in the Soil and Water Science Department, University of Florida (June 2014 – present). 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.
drakeprofileTeresa 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.
kimKim Holton, Ph.D., is a Health Education Specialist for the Office of Human Resource Services. In her current role, Kim is responsible for planning, implementing, and evaluating health promotion programs for UF employees. She joined HRS Communications and Wellness in 2015, with more than a decade of teaching experience in higher education and several years of experience working with health promotion non-profits. Kim serves as a yoga teacher in the community and has been teaching since 2002. She is also a faculty member with the Florida School of Traditional Midwifery, where she teaches research evaluation.
Integrative MedicineNancy Lasseter received a Masters and Specialist degree from the UF Counselor Ed. Dept. in 1984 and has been a Licensed Mental Health Counselor since 1987. Ms. Lasseter has been an instructor of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Program in the Gville community since 2004 and at UF Health since 2006. As co-founder of the UF Health Arts in Medicine Contemplative Arts Program in 2009 and pioneering the UF Health Integrative Medicine Program in 2013, Nancy has offered stress reduction interventions to patients, families and staff, teaches Mindfulness in Medicine to UF Health med students, is contracted to teach mindfulness to case managers in the statewide Maternal and Infant Care program and the local Partnership for Strong Families program.
Ferdinand LewisFerdinand 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.
4717780Angela Lindner, Ph.D. serves approximately 6500 engineering students as Associate Dean of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the College of Engineering at the University of Florida, and she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Environmental Engineering Sciences. Through her role as Associate Dean, she oversees both academic and student services for undergraduate students, including assessment, programs targeting retention, international study, professional development, student organizations, and advising. 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.
Murphy_MichaelMichael 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.
Riskin-MediumLeonard 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.
web-Ritz-photo-sm_1Lou 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.”
About-Me~~element63Jan 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.
Tannen_TinaTina 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.
Elaine Turner, Associate Dean and Associate Professor, Ph.D., Office of Dean, College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Undergraduate Programs. UF/IFAS Photo: Thomas Wright.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.