Bonnie M Butler RN, BSN, MA
Bonnie’s interest in meditation began 15 years ago when a combination of health issues and life stress lead her to mindfulness meditation. Bonnie has been a Registered Nurse for over 35 years. She has a passion for teaching and facilitation, and her career has included wellness and rehabilitation programs as well as nursing education. After many years of personal experience with meditation, Bonnie decided it was time to share these gifts with others. She entered into the MBSR teacher training at Jefferson University Hospital’s Mindfulness Institute where she continues to study. She has also received training through Mindful Schools, believing that it is critical to begin introducing mindfulness skills as early as possible, giving children and young adults tools that can enable coping and even thriving in our complex world. Mindfulness practice is central to her life, and she is passionate in her belief in the potential benefits that learning mindfulness practice at any age can bring in alleviating struggle and enhancing life.
Julie Coopersmith, MBA
Julie Coopersmith holds an MBA in Health Care Administration and has pursued her passion in mindfulness and yoga for over 15 years. She is a graduate of the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program offered by Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Julie has been mentored by Jenny Mills, founder of Roots and Wings, an organization dedicated to offering mindfulness strategies to children and schools, and has studied with Patricia Broderick, author of Learning to Breathe, a mindfulness curriculum for adolescents. In her practice, Julie regularly partners with therapists and offers general training as well as focused programs supporting those with anxiety and attentional concerns, chronic illness, sensory processing issues, and special needs. Her experience in teaching mindfulness to middle-school and high-school students to support anxiety reduction and increased focus aligns with the mission of Minding Your Mind.
Deb Cyb, MA
With a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Deborah Cyb was a classroom teacher for many years. She started practicing mindfulness in 2005 and was inspired by how it can be used to develop a toolbox of coping strategies to reduce stress and increase mental wellbeing. Deborah recognized how valuable the skills developed from mindfulness would be in a classroom and merged her passion for mindfulness with her passion for teaching. This inspired her to move beyond a practitioner of mindfulness and become an instructor. Deborah has completed several Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Programs from the Mindfulness Institute of Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia. She is a student of Mindful Schools, having graduated from the Fundamentals and Educator Curriculum courses, and is in the process of completing the Mindful Schools’ year-long certification program.
Sheila Gillin, LCSW
Sheila is a licensed social worker and a certified child and adolescent psychotherapist with over fifteen years of experience in the mental health field. In addition to her work with Minding Your Mind, she has a clinical counseling practice where she provides individual, family and group counseling to a broad range of clients including adults, adolescents and children. She also serves as the Senior Assistant Director of Admissions for Graduate and Undergraduate degrees at Bryn Mawr College.
Melissa Harrison, MA, LPC
Melissa is a licensed professional counselor with extensive experience in the treatment of eating disorders. She began her career at The Renfrew Center and worked both at the residential facility as a counselor as well as the outpatient facility where she worked in all levels of care and acted as a manager of the Intensive Outpatient unit. Melissa utilizes evidence-based therapy which includes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Enhanced for Eating Disorders, Response-Prevention, and Prolonged Exposure to provide the gold standard treatments for all the psychiatric disorders that she treats.
Dana Kaspereen, PhD, LPC, LCADC
Dr. Dana Kaspereen has a PhD in Clinical Psychology and an MA in Counseling, Human Services and Educational Leadership. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Clinical Alcohol Drug Counselor. She is also a National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor, and Student Assistance Counselor. In addition, she has a private practice in Florham Park, New Jersey where she offers mental health and substance abuse therapy to children, adolescents, and adults through individual, couples, and family therapy, as well as clinical supervision. Dr. Kaspereen founded Family, Adult & Youth Life Awareness (FAYLA) whose mission is to help communities become mindful of various topics that individuals and families face on a daily basis. She is also an adjunct professor and serves as a board member on the New Jersey Professional Counselors Examiners Committee.
Mollye Readinger-Scott, MA
Mollye has been facilitating retreats and workshops for over 20 years. She holds a B.A in Communications from Temple University and an M.S. in Pastoral Counseling from Neumann University . Mollye is also a certified co-active coach and a Facilitator of the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator. In addition to her work with Minding Your Mind, Mollye has a private Coaching practice and works to create and facilitate leadership development and personal growth programs from both adults and young people.
Jasmin McCloud, MA, LAC
Jasmin McCloud has an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Fairleigh Dickinson University and is a Program Facilitator with Minding Your Mind. In addition, Jasmin works with children and families doing individual and family counseling and specializes in adoption-related issues as well as working with at-risk children and adolescents. Additionally, Jasmin has worked in local school districts presenting to faculty and students on topics related to social-emotional wellness, peer conflict resolution and substance abuse.
Michele Pacher, MS Ed
Michele Pacher holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Pathology and Audiology, a Master’s degree in Education and an Advanced Certificate in Educational Leadership. After teaching special education for eleven years, Michele was a high school assistant principal for the next ten. Prior to relocating from Westchester County, New York, Michele earned a Kripalu 200 hour yoga certification, as well as certifications to teach Kripalu Yoga in the Schools and a Y12SR certification to teach yoga for recovery from addiction. When Michele brought yoga to her staff and faculty on staff development days, the individuals who participated reported a positive impact on their work with students and on their interpersonal relationships. Michele received additional training in Mindfulness through Mindfulschools.org. and taught the tools of Mindfulness to students who were struggling to graduate due to anxiety and the inability to consistently regulate their emotions and behavioral responses. Most recently, Michele taught yoga and Mindfulness to middle and high school students in Sarasota County, Florida and is currently a teacher in the It’s YoUR Choice Program, a pregnancy prevention initiative in Manatee County, Florida aimed at educating middle school students about setting boundaries and making positive and healthy choices about sex, drugs, alcohol, tobacco, risk-taking and relationships.