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.
Kurt Maurer, Ph.D., SMI Board Member
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.
Linda Lee, CAP, CRC, RYT-200, counselor, yoga & mindfulness meditation teacher
Linda is a Certified Addiction Professional, Certified Recovery Coach and Yoga Alliance Registered Teacher with extensive experience in the addictions field. She has integrated yoga and meditation into her personal journey of sobriety for more than 27 years. Additionally, she has expertise in disordered eating, depression and anxiety.
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.
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.
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.
Betsy Nelson, LCSW, Vice Chair (SMI)
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 is currently a psychotherapist in private practice in Osprey, where she works with individuals, couples and facilitates mindfulness-based groups. More information about Gretchen and her practice is available on her website at gretchenwhitetherapy.com.
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.
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.