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Dorothe Bach

Dorothe Bach

In her role as a faculty/educational developer, she facilitates a variety of events and programs designed to enhance the University’s teaching mission. Intensive multi-day workshops, year-long programs, and learning communities include the TRC’s Course Design Institute, the Excellence in Diversity Fellows Program, and the Contemplative Pedagogy Program, among others. She consults nationally and internationally on higher education teaching and learning. Her research focuses on early and mid-career faculty development, course design, learning portfolios, contemplative pedagogy, using social media for learning, transformational learning, and community engagement. A list of her workshops and publications can be found on her TRC webpage.

Thomas Ball

Thomas Ball

Thomas Ball studied finance and economics at the College of William and Mary and then earned an M.S. in Accounting from the McIntire School of Commerce in 2008. After work experience for an investment banking mergers and acquisitions firm and a large consultancy, he returned to school for a self-directed post baccalaureate pre-med course of study. He volunteered as an EMT for the fire department in his hometown where he meditated on route to respond to 911 calls. During this time, he was fortunate to become a mentee of an Oxford educated minister with knowledge and practice in the contemplative Christian traditions.

Tom Bateman

Tom Bateman

In his courses on leadership—offered through the McIntire School of Commerce, but a minor open to all students of the University—Professor Tom Bateman contextualizes the oft-used term ‘mindfulness’ through discussing how leaders can make decisions which consider long-term consequences for multiple stakeholders. Pausing and being fully aware of the wide array of all of an organization’s goals and opportunities allows leaders to rationally and proactively make decisions without merely reacting instinctively and without thought.

Dorothy  Batten

Dorothy Batten

Ms. Batten is currently the President of the D.N. Batten Foundation and DTMP, LLC, a real estate investment company.

Rosalyn Berne

Rosalyn Berne

In order to combat the overwhelming size of the 350-person Science, Technology, and Contemporary Issues course—as well as the apparent indifference of the majority first-year students—Dr. Berne began introducing contemplative techniques to focus students’ attention on their experience in the here and now. In order to further develop her students’ understanding of how technology is affecting our lives, Dr. Berne combines this contemplative silence with an explicit emphasis on meaning-making which encourages her many engineering students to consider how their work and research can influence the larger society. Dr. Berne explains that this process has helped her to grow as an educator through generating a powerful vulnerability which leaves her open to her students’ particular needs.

Jason Beverage

Jason Beverage

Jason graduated from the University of Virginia in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering. 

Kyle Bowman

Kyle Bowman

Kyle is the Center Administrator and handles matters related to finance, Human Resource, grant applications, donor fund administration, and research administration. 

 
Owsley Brown III

Owsley Brown III

Owsley graduated from the University of Virginia in 1993 with a Bachelor of Arts in Cultural Anthropology.

John Bultman

John Bultman

John Bultman, Contemplative Science Center (CSC) Yoga programs manager at the University of Virginia, has been practicing Ashtanga yoga daily over 12 years and has been studying Science, the Arts, and spiritual practices his entire life.

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James Coan

James Coan

Through training students in the Specific Affect Coding System (the SPAFF), an independently developed research tool for psychologists and neuroscientists—and a tool that functions as a contemplative practice in itself—Dr. Coan is eager to explore the effects of contemplation in a way that is independent of the many cultural trappings associated with it. Although this work is still in its early stages, Dr. Coan especially hopes to analyze how “SPAFF coding”—the focused observation of emotional behavior in others—affects coders themselves in their everyday lives. With this approach, Dr. Coan hopes to broaden common western views of contemplative practice to include concentration, focused attention, and deliberate action—not merely stress reduction.

Elyse Cooner

Elyse Cooner

Elyse offers customized yoga practices that range from restorative to intensive Hatha practices while integrating pranayama and mindfulness techniques.

Geoff Cox

Geoff Cox

Geoff is is an acupuncturist, meditation teacher, and Integral Coach who teaches embodied leadership through meditation, qi gong, and mindful communication. 

Leslie  Craig

Leslie Craig

Leslie Craig joined the University of Virginia in February 2018 as a Development Associate serving the CSC and the Center for Politics. She supports Erin Hall in fundraising, development and administration for the CSC.

Lynne Crotts

Lynne Crotts

After working as an elementary administrator for 12 years, she decided to once again return to the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia, where she earned her Ed.D. In the Fall of 2016, Lynne opened her own school, Orion Academy, with a mindfulness foundation in Charlottesville, Virginia. She also teaches “Introduction to Mindfulness” to U.Va. undergraduate and graduate students.

Tim Cunningham

Tim Cunningham

Tim Cunningham, DrPH, MSN, RN is the director of the Compassionate Care Initiative, an assistant professor of nursing, and an assistant professor in the drama department.
 
Sandra Bain Cushman

Sandra Bain Cushman

Sandra specializes in creative mind-body strategies for groups.

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Bryan Garey

Bryan Garey

He is the Assistant Vice President responsible for both HR Consulting Services and Employee Development. With nearly 20 years of human resources experience, he has worked in higher education as well as in nonprofit and corporate sectors. As a consultant and facilitator, he has worked with individuals and organizations all over the country on strategic planning, assessments, team building, change-management, and other development efforts.

He incorporates mindfulness and yoga into his daily life and has introduced contemplative practices into Employee Development programming available to all U.Va. faculty and staff through the Human Resources Leadership Development Center.

David Germano

David Germano

While teaching in the Department of Religious Studies, where he has advised many doctoral students, Germano is the Executive Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center, the Faculty director of the Tibet Center, and SHANTI (Sciences, Humanities, and the Arts Network of Technological Initiatives) at the University of Virginia. He has lived for many years in Tibetan communities in Tibet, where he has also worked extensively on programs of scholarly engagement, community service, participatory knowledge, and digital technology initiatives. He is currently focused on the exploration of contemplative ideas, values, and practices involving scientific methodologies and new applications in diverse fields in the professional schools, and in higher education overall.

Than Grove

Than Grove

Than Grove is the web programmer for the Contemplative Sciences Center. 

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Erin Hall

Erin Hall

Erin Hall is the Director for Development for the Contemplative Sciences Center at U.Va. 

Alexis Harris

Alexis Harris

Compassionate Schools Project Director, Research Assistant  Professor, Curry School of Education

Ira Harris

Ira Harris

Dr. Harris brings a passion for understanding a single issue’s multiple perspectives to his self-designed course Critical Thinking on Business Issues—an undergraduate seminar which uses detailed discussions on complex topics to give students practice in the process of thinking deeply and critically. While the belief in the value of critical thinking skills is becoming increasingly evident throughout the business world, universities are not responding quickly to train their students; Dr. Harris and the University of Virginia, therefore, are forerunners in providing students the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the skills of critical thinking.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Currently teaching a doctoral seminar this semester entitled: "Being and God: Contemplation" and is also writing a book on contemplation.

Wendy Hasenkamp

Wendy Hasenkamp

Neuroscientist, teaches Meditation, Brain, and Body: Understanding Contemplative Science to UVA undergrads

Madison Hecht

Madison Hecht

Madison is a third year student from Cincinnati, Ohio majoring in Neuroscience and English at the University of Virginia. She is a student intern at the CSC, allowing her to gain and spread knowledge concerning contemplative practices. In addition to her position at the center, Madison also serves as the Financial Officer of the CIO, Contemplation at UVA. 

Holly Heilberg

Holly Heilberg

Her personal quiet and reflective experience in re-examining her own life has led her to want to create similar experiences for others at U.Va. Thanks to the continuing support of Human Resources, she offers multiple retreats throughout the year. Employees spend the day at a beautiful and restorative setting (The International Center) and soak in various rejuvenating and reflective “tastings”. These include meditation, journaling, laughter yoga, Nia, guided imagery, music and a creative project. Most recently one participant stated that this experience left her “totally stress free, focused and ready to face the world again”.

Erin Lee Henshaw

Erin Lee Henshaw

Erin Lee Henshaw is an entrepreneur and mindfulness facilitator specializing in trauma-informed yoga, breath work and mindset programs.

Leslie  Hubbard

Leslie Hubbard

Leslie Hubbard is the Program Director for Student Learning and Initiatives for CSC.  

Jinyoung Hwang

Jinyoung Hwang

Jinyoung Hwang is the Admin Assistant of Contemplative Sciences Center at UVa, and she handles general administrative tasks relating to the Center’s activities.

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Harriett Jameson

Harriett Jameson

Harriett’s design and research interests include understanding how place works synthetically to foster well-being and incorporating holistic ideas of health—including spiritual, mental, and non-Western concepts—into design and planning. Her current MLA thesis is using the Landscapes of Longevity research to cultivate design strategies for public places that can support healthy aging. She is also a researcher for the Biophilic Cities Project.

Tish Jennings

Tish Jennings

Jennings is an Associate Professor of Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Hiromi Johnson

Hiromi Johnson

Hiromi believes that one of her missions is to help increase awareness of the health benefits of T’ai Chi and Ch’i Kung. 

Moira Johnson

Moira Johnson

Moira Johnson is the project manager for the Student Flourishing Initiative.

Jason Jones

Jason Jones

Jason Jones is Assistant Director of the Office of Diversity and Engagement at the University of Virginia School of Engineering and Applied Science. 

Paul Tudor Jones

Paul Tudor Jones

Mr. Jones is founder, Co-Chairman, Chief Investment Officer and the controlling principal of Tudor Investment Corporation. Mr. Jones formed Tudor in 1980 and serves as its principal risk taker. Mr. Jones is a global macro discretionary trader and the primary risk taker for the firm’s flagship fund, Tudor BVI Global Fund, and the sole risk taker for Tudor Futures Fund.

Sonia Jones

Sonia Jones

Sonia Jones is a wellness advocate, impact philanthropist, and co-founder of Sonima Wellness and the Sonima Foundation. Her passion is achieving meaningful change in global communities through best practices in health & wellness.

Harry Harding, Jr.

Harry Harding, Jr.

He is Dean of the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, where he has taught advanced courses on leadership theory and global leadership. He is interested in exploring the application of contemplative principles and practices to leadership, particularly in the public sphere.

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Neelum Patel

Neelum Patel

Neelum Patel is a student intern at the CSC working to help fellow students learn more about the contemplative sciences.

Kim Penberthy

Kim Penberthy

Dr. Jennifer “Kim” Penberthy holds the Chester F. Carlson Professorship Chair in Psychiatry & Neurobehavioral Sciences at the UVA School of Medicine. She is clinician, researcher, teacher and innovator using contemplative practices to help people who suffer from deep mental suffering, addiction, and chronic medical conditions, such as cancer and lupus.

Sabrina Peng

Sabrina Peng

Sabrina is a student worker at CSC. She is a second-year student from Shanghai, China studying math and economics at the University of Virginia's College of Arts and Sciences.

Bob Pianta

Bob Pianta

Robert C. Pianta is Dean of the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. He also holds positions as the Novartis Professor of Education, Founding Director of the Curry School’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), Professor of Psychology at the UVa College of Arts & Sciences, and Director of the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education.

Jason Pickard

Jason Pickard

Jason Pickard joined Tudor Investment Corp. in June 2006.  He is a partner and portfolio manager focusing on discretionary commodity trading. 

Margaret  Plews-Ogan

Margaret Plews-Ogan

Dr. Plews-Ogan is an internal medicine physician.  Her area of interest is wisdom, in particular how people develop wisdom.

Evie Powell

Evie Powell

Evie is a fourth-year student in the Curry School of Education's B/MT Master of Teaching Program. She is a student intern at the CSC, as well as an officer for the CIO Contemplation@UVA.

Lili Powell

Lili Powell

After teaching the course Management Communication for several years, Dr. Elizabeth Powell of the Darden School of Business became interested in a topic called Leadership Presence, leading her to “wonder if I could develop a course that goes at public speaking and presentation of self in a different way.” Combining techniques from yoga, Jon Kabat-Zinn’s Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction program, and theater techniques, Dr. Powell created the course Communicating through Leadership Presence for Darden’s Executive MBA program.

Brian Pusser

Brian Pusser

Brian Pusser is Associate Professor of Higher Education at the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia. 

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Reuben Rainey

Reuben Rainey

His present courses focus on the design of various types of healthcare facilities and is also engaged in a number of research projects centering on the design of patient-centered medical facilities and healthy neighborhoods and cities. He is especially interested in the use of meditation in medical facilities and the design of the spaces that accommodate it. He has recently completed a study of the design features of an innovative cancer hospital at the University of Florida, Gainesville.

Georgianna Reid

Georgianna Reid

Georgianna is a 4-th year student studying English and sustainability. She serves as the president of Contemplation at UVA, teaches mindfulness, and is happy to meet with anyone in the community who is curious about meditation or contemplation.

Sara Rimm-Kaufman

Sara Rimm-Kaufman

She has spent the last two decades conducting research on elementary school classrooms with the goal of developing roadmaps for administrators and teachers making decisions for teachers and children. Her research examines the interactions between teachers and children and among the students’ themselves. The work pays close attention to school and classroom experiences that support students’ interest in learning, development of self-control, and social and emotional skills. In particular, she has had a steadfast commitment to examining ways of improving school experiences for students most at risk for school failure.

Ed Rivers

Ed Rivers

As a former cross-country coach and current sports administrator for over thirty years at the Universities of Virginia, North Alabama and Mississippi, Mr. Rivers has long been a practitioner of integrating contemplative practices which develop the link between the mind and the body for improved performance in wellness, athletics and management. Now as the special assistant to the Athletics Director, Mr. Rivers is continuing his work to bring University of Virginia students the opportunity to explore mind-body practices. For Ed Rivers, supporting contemplative activities at UVa does not only help students while on Grounds, but also provides them with practical life balance and stress coping skills to succeed after their academic careers.

Jenny Roe

Jenny Roe

Jenny Roe is the Mary Irene DeShong Professor of Design and Health and the Director of the Center of Design and Health in the School of Architecture, University of Virginia (UVa).

Christopher Ruhm

Christopher Ruhm

Professor Ruhm’s recent research has focused on examining how various aspects of health are produced – including the rise in obesity and relationship between macroeconomic conditions and health – and on the role of government policies in helping parents with young children balance the competing needs of work and family life.

Nicole Ruzek

Nicole Ruzek

For the past 10 years Dr. Ruzek has provided psychological care for emerging adults at universities in California and Virginia. She joined UVa’s Student Health Services (SHS) in August 2012 and is currently a Staff Psychologist and Group Services Coordinator for the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) division of SHS. Dr. Ruzek received her PhD from Sofia University (formerly the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology) in 2004.

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Kurtis R. Schaeffer

Kurtis R. Schaeffer

A graduate of Harvard University's Department of Sanskrit and Indian Studies (2000), Kurtis Schaeffer is Professor in the History of Religions section of the Department of Religious Studies, and currently serves as Associate Chairman of the Department.

John Schorling

John Schorling

Dr. Schorling is eager to integrate mindfulness practices into his life and work as a physician and educator. He is involved with the Mindfulness Center course Mindfulness for Healthcare Providers.  Paired with this course, Dr. Schorling also teaches the course Mindfulness and Motivational Interviewing for students in the University of Virginia School of Medicine, which utilizes mindfulness and contemplative practices.  He also teaches the course Mindfulness and the Brain which combines learning about the mechanisms within the brain that are impacted by meditation, and actually practicing meditation and mindfulness in order to experience them.

Sandra Seidel

Sandra Seidel

Sandy Seidel has served as an Association Dean in the Undergraduate Advising Office in the College of Arts and Sciences since 2005. As Director of Studies for the International Residential College, Sandy works with the Principal, the IRC Professorial and Community Fellows and the IRC Council to build a caring and mindful residential community.

Kelly Slatery

Kelly Slatery

Kelly is a fourth-year student at the University of Virginia majoring in Cognitive Science and East Asian Studies. Kelly works as a student intern at CSC and serves on the board of the student CIO, Contemplation at UVA with the goal of creating a community and culture of contemplation within the undergraduate space.

Kara Snapp

Kara Snapp

Kara Snapp is a yoga instructor for CSC.

Andy Starr

Andy Starr

Andy Starr is currently a third year medical student at the UVa School of Medicine. Before returning to school, to pursue his MD he received a Master of Acupuncture degree from the Tai Sophia Institute for the Healing Arts in Laurel, MD in 2008 and then ran a private practice in New York City.

Brad Stoller

Brad Stoller

Brad focuses on the playfullness in mindfullness, his classes and workshops have people laughing, hugging, (sometimes crying), and always smiling with the realization that innate health is discovered and we all yearn to share with each other.

Edward Strickler, Jr.

Edward Strickler, Jr.

Elevates uses of contemplative practices for individuals, groups, and communities struggling together for social change.  

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Kim Tanzer

Kim Tanzer

As Dean of the University of Virginia School of Architecture, Kim Tanzer believes that the environment around people—the building, the landscape, and the community—can have a profound influence on their physical and psychological health. In order to better support creating mindful environments which promote health, Dean Tanzer has been central in establishing the Center for Design and Health—an organization within the architecture school whose purpose is to coordinate students’ study of therapeutic environments. In this move, she has been an innovator in the field, extending the art of building healing environments beyond the more traditionally therapeutic buildings like hospitals.

Athreya  Tata

Athreya Tata

Athreya is currently the Co-President of Compassionate Awareness and Living Mindfully (CALM)

Ann Gill Taylor

Ann Gill Taylor

Professor Taylor has been a faculty member and clinical researcher for more than four decades at the University of Virginia.

Judith Thomas

Judith Thomas

Judith Thomas is the director of Arts and Media Services for the University of Virginia Library.

Juliet Trail

Juliet Trail

Juliet Trail is the Managing Director of the Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC). In this role, she helps to manage the projects and initiatives of the center, which constitute a wide variety of efforts that span the 11 schools of UVA and involve research, learning and practice. She has a particular focus on faculty engagement programs that help to connect faculty and classrooms with contemplative and mindfulness pedagogies, as well as social and emotional intelligence pedagogies. Finally, Juliet assists CSC Director David Germano in translating the visions and ideas of the center into successful programs that positively impact undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs, staff and faculty, as well as the broader world beyond grounds.

Nicholas Trautz

Nicholas Trautz

Trained as a meditation instructor in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition, Nicholas Trautz has had a central role in leading the contemplative labs for the course Buddhist Meditation where students experiment with a variety of meditation traditions originating in Buddhism, but secularized for a modern context. In addition to weekly practice in the contemplative labs, students are asked to do brief calm-abiding meditations three times a week, while also keeping a journal outlining their experiences and reactions to meditating. Demonstrating the links between creative production and contemplation, these journals have deeply impressed Nicholas and validated the importance of broadening the traditional academic definition of what it means to learn and to know.

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Peter Waldman

Peter Waldman

Jeffrey Walker

Jeffrey Walker

For twenty five years Jeff was CEO and Co-Founder of CCMP Capital, the $12 billion successor to JPMorgan Partners, JPMorgan Chase & Co’s global private equity, Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Chairman of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation. He has an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School and a B.S. from the University of Virginia, is a Certified Management Accountant and a Certified Public Accountant.

Jeff Walker currently serves on the Boards of New Profit, Berklee College of Music, Morgan Library, Lincoln Center Film Society, Millennium Development Goals Health Alliance where he Chairs the Community Health Worker Pillar, The Miller Center and University of Virginia’s Undergraduate Business School, where he was President for ten years

Zoë Ward

Zoë Ward

Zoë grew up in Charlottesville and graduate from U.Va. in 2005 with a degree in History and Religious Studies.

Lauren Welch

Lauren Welch

Lauren is a fourth-year research assistant for the Student Flourishing Initiative.

Sarah White

Sarah White

Sarah recently received her 200 hour yoga teacher certification from Mosaic Yoga in Charlottesville and continues to study and practice the Ashtanga series with her teacher, Jennifer Elliot.

Susanna Williams

Susanna Williams

Susanna Williams, PhD is Associate Director of the U.Va. Mindfulness Center, where she is a faculty member and teaches several courses.  She has a background in health care, and has worked both internationally and domestically in the area of designing and implementing health systems with a focus on full wellbeing, and sees mindfulness as both an entryway and a prerequisite for global development.

Naomi Worth

Naomi Worth

A current Masters Student in Religion, she studies under several of the Contemplative Science Center's faculty board members, works for the CSC's Ashtanga Yoga program, and teaches yoga at UVa.

Her research interests include Dream Yoga, physical yogic practices that aim at healing and personal development, and philosophy. She hopes to help foster increased communication between Religion, Psychology, Neuroscience, Medicine and Education.

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