Karuna (Kelly Schwartz) has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and brings unique insight to Mind Oasis from running nonprofits varying in budget size from 250k – 13 million. Her passion is bringing the timeless benefits of meditation to practitioners worldwide, and her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University coupled with many years experience as a Director of Development and Executive Director make for a powerful intersection in leadership of philanthropy and wisdom.
His Holiness the Dalai Lama says, “If every 8-year-old in the world is taught meditation, we will eliminate violence from the world within one generation.” Anne believes that meditation has this power for good for our planet and sentient beings everywhere.
In fulfilling its mission to bring meditation to as many people as possible, Mind Oasis is contributing to the world’s just, compassionate, and verdant future.
As a volunteer leader, Anne brings experience and an established practice as meditator. She is a meditation teacher and writer/editor, living in the happening city of Austin, Texas.
Caitlin believes meditation can allow people to be present with each other; eventually dissolving the labels. As she heard her teacher say, Love meeting Love, meeting Love.
She believes that Mind Oasis removes barriers of access and provides timeless teachings and methods for living in this world from our natural state of being.
Caitlin works as an art director for Keller Williams headquarter in Austin, Texas.
Jim believes that meditation brings a feeling of peaceful unity with other sisters and brothers.
Mind Oasis is a kind of tele-presence that brings sangha to practitioners. Jim believes that Mind Oasis can reach around the world to the rural and alone, the troubled and the business creatives alike - all who long for community. A scaled Mind Oasis stretching across borders can help bring measures of peace and prosperity to those who most need it.
Jim was trained to dive by Navy SEALs so he could invent underwater communications and navigation tools. He learned TM in 1972 and it greatly helped his grade point in school and solidified his bond with the mystic.
Jim holds reverent the opportunity to join and make something important for the world. He has studied tele-presence as an engineer. He's a Boulderite and runs its 1 Million Cups business mentoring program.
"Most importantly, I have an interest in people, social justice, and working for a better world."
Al has a bachelors degree in mathematics and computer science from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee, as well as a masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from that same institution. He spent 10 years teaching mathematics and computer science in West Bend, Wisconsin. For the last 30 years of his professional career, he was an IT professional for Northwestern Mutual Life, eventually raising to the level of Division Head. In retirement, he writes a bi-weekly op-ed for a local daily newspaper while holding the position of Executive Vice-president for Rudnitzki & Associates — a nonprofit consulting firm.
He and his wife Joan and have been married for 48 years and have three adult sons who they are very proud of. They have a great life on Big Cedar Lake in Wisconsin where they enjoy hosting many friends -- including fellow Mind Oasis friends.
Mind-Body Therapist, Meditation Teacher, Co-founder of Dakini Meditative
Kelly’s deep love for meditation began 20 years ago and her practice has been guided by many remarkable spiritual teachers. She feels passionate about helping to facilitate a meditative journey for others and sharing the practice of meditation in an informed and inspired way. Kelly’s warm, open-hearted presence invites students to more deeply explore their own path of awakening.
Joan has been accredited as a Certified Fund Raising Executive (CFRE) since 1996. The CRFE accreditation is considered to be a premier designation in the fundraising and development fields. Joan has achieved and maintained this status by combining 30 years of philanthropic experience with formal education in business management in order to utilize the best practices from both fields.
Throughout her long career, Joan has worked with not-for-profit organizations in furthering their missions while ensuring the public trust. As a development executive, Joan has raised millions of philanthropic dollars for not-for-profits whose areas of focus include the environment, social service, higher education, and arts and culture.
When she lays down her “making the world a better place” cape, she takes up books, toys, and imaginative play with her grandbabies!
Kinesiologist Joseph Schwartz, Founder of Movement Mantra, is the Developer of The 5 Primary Kinetic Chains, the Applied Anatomy Blog, Dynamic Neuromuscular Assessment Seminars, and The Spiral Engine of Locomotion™.
He is a kinesthetic visual learner whose exploration and study in the somatic field has led him on a 30+ year journey of finding joy being in the body. His passion is to give people a movement experience that creates a shift in perception. His inquisitive nature continually asks him to look deeper at why different practices have different physiological effects, such as how the tangible and the non-tangible interface with this vehicle we call the body.
Joseph's meditation modality of choice is walking meditation complemented with sitting and lying.