​​Lynne Lockie, MSW

Lynne Lockie, a clinical social worker and artist has been practicing meditation for 55 years, starting practice with her teacher Shunryu Suzuki, Roshi at San Francisco Center until his death. She founded the Minnesota Zen Center with others, and was a founding Board Member of the Chattanooga Center for Mindful Living. 

Brian Upholz
Brian teaches music to grades K-8 at Manatee Charter School.  He previously taught middle school science in Sarasota for 9 years.

He was introduced to mindfulness meditation in 2004 at Bowling Green University in Ohio and 
began taking courses on teaching mindfulness to children and adolescents in 2013. He was certified as a mindfulness instructor after completing his year-long certification program with Mindful Schools in 2016. 
Between 2015 and 2018, Brian has taught over 100 middle school and elementary students mindfulness lessons and practices primarily using the Mindful Schools curricula. 

When not working or teaching mindfulness, Brian enjoys being with his wife and 3 dogs, traveling and listening to music.   Brian continues to seek spiritual growth through contemplative studies and retreats.

In the mid-1990s as a stressed nurse and mom, she completed an MBSR course in her community hospital in the San Francisco Bay Area, continued training to become an MBSR teacher, and then began teaching MBSR in 2000.  As a long-term yoga practitioner, Nancy has always been drawn to mindful movement practices.  In 2004 she discovered Qigong (Chinese Yoga), completed a 200-hour teacher certification and has been teaching Qigong ever since.  Now, retired from “bedside” nursing, Nancy promotes health and wellness by sharing these mindfulness practices in her new community. 

She is a Play Attention Provider  as well as a Laughter Yoga Leader. She is presently completing the year-long certification program through Mindful Schools and hold a current certification in CPR/First-Aid. 

Lily is a licensed mental health counselor.  She specializes in mindfulness-based psychotherapy and you can read more about her private practice by visiting her website,  www.lilymyerstherapy.com.

With SMI collaborators he started a mindfulness meditation program at 5 Sarasota schools.  In January - May of 2014, about 250 elementary and middle school children participated in this program.​

Kimberly Long

Kimberly is a mom to a 6th grader at Sarasota Military Academy Prep. Her son is her inspiration to offer Social Emotional Learning programs as she wanted to teach him life skills that go beyond the academic classrooms.  She holds a degree in Social Sciences where she concentrated on Communication Disorders and Special Education. Her previous job roles include both working as a substitute teacher and child welfare case manager. 

​​Lily Myers, MA, LMHC
Lily was introduced to mindfulness in 1989 when she attended an MBSR teacher training with Jon Kabat-Zinn at the Center for Mindfulness in Worcester, MA.  Since then she has been teaching mindfulness-based programs, including MBSR and Mindfulness, Food, and Body Image, a program for women that focuses on mindful eating.

Peg Tams 
​Peg moved to Sarasota in 1998 after retiring from the State Department, where she served overseas as a foreign service officer. 

She has explored meditation/contemplative traditions finding useful commonalities and has recently been teaching in the Vipassana tradition for the Chattanooga Insight Meditation group.  She has spent three-month sessions at the Zen monastery and attends regular 10-day silent retreats. 

She is familiar with the financial operation of nonprofit organizations, having spent 12 years in a nonprofit human service agency, and she has also served  as the treasurer of a local organization. 

At SMI she is a regular participant in the Friday meditation group and MBSR. She is a member of the mindful kids group. ​

Roxanne Williamson
Roxanne has been meditating with Betsy and SMI since 2010 after hearing a lecture by Betsy titled “Are You Out of Your Mind."  Having an interest in self development, she has found this practice to be very beneficial.

Roxanne is originally from Ohio and moved to Sarasota in 1979. She retired from Sarasota County Parks and Recreation as a Parks Naturalist.  She continues to enjoy outdoor activities and currently keeps ties by volunteering and serving on the Friends of S.C. Parks Board.

Kurt Maurer, Ph.D. 
Kurt started doing yoga in 1997 and practicing insight meditation in 2001. He is a past president of the Insight Meditation Community of Washington and founded their Good Works Program. ​​

Betsy Nelson, LCSW

Betsy is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has recently retired from her private practice as a mindfulness-focused therapist and plans to continue applying her love of mindfulness to benefit the community.

Gretchen White, LCSW, PhD, LLC

Gretchen was introduced to formal mindfulness practice and MBSR by two leaders in the field, Jon Kabat-Zinn and Saki Santorelli, in 2002 at the Omega Institute. She found their teaching transformative, and has been attending retreats and practicing on and off the cushion ever since.  For 10 years Gretchen facilitated a form of MBSR, affectionately renamed “Club Med” by her students - adolescents living in boarding schools.  She has presented at local and national conferences about "Club Med" and mindfulness in education.  

Nancy Saum, RN
Nancy found  SMI during the 2012 Chalk Festival — having just retired from nursing to settle in Sarasota the year before.  “I do believe I’ve been preparing to be here for the last 15 years,” she said.  ​​

Teachers at SMI