Kelly Schwartz – Founder and Executive Director

Kelly Schwartz

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.

Sheena Brockington-Taylor – Treasurer

Sheena believes meditation offers a pathway to a deeper understanding of yourself and the world around you. Whether you’re a child or CEO, meditation can enhance your compassion, creativity, awareness, resilience and discipline.

She believes Mind Oasis offers practitioners a safe online community to grow their practice, build relationships and pour positivity into the world. As a Mind Oasis board member, Sheena brings a passion for sprinkling mindfulness in homes and corporate offices and a dedication to justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.

Sheena is a Baltimore-based marketing executive with over ten years of experience in brand engagement and marketing strategy. She has a Marketing Strategy Certificate from Cornell SC Johnson College of Business and a B.A. in Business Administration/Marketing from Towson University. When she’s off the cushion and out of the office, she enjoys yoga, sips of champagne, redecorating random corners of her house and playing with her adorable dogs, Ellington and Braxton.

Justine believes meditation can bring an awareness of the stress and beauty in life and offer a space of peace, ease, and intimacy for personal and interpersonal relationships.

She believes Mind Oasis can create and support a community of practitioners in sharing wisdom, compassion, peace, and ease within the individual and collective consciousness. Justine brings an understanding of legal and business issues that impact spiritual community, and more than two decades of personal practice and teaching to the Mind Oasis community.

Justine’s work as a yoga and mindfulness teacher is grounded in a lifetime of intellectual inquiry, social justice activism, and community service. Her spiritual practices have supported her through the arduous process of becoming and being an adult. The thread of her spiritual practice runs concurrent to her practice of higher education and her personal work has been to understand how the two practices coalesce. Justine’s range of life experiences, from being a lawyer, working with undocumented children, producing news, living abroad, speaking Spanish, and working on legislative issues, to studying, practicing, and teaching embodied physical and spiritual practices yield her specific gifts as a teacher. A teacher of yoga and mindfulness since 2004 and a practicing lawyer with a Masters in Public Health, Justine is a creative, thoughtful, and ethical teacher. Justine is the Owner and Founder of Fanarof Law and Justine Yoga and the creator of Mindful Law Firm™, Mindfulness Based Mediation™, and Yogi Know Thyself™. With deep gratitude and joy she brings her range of practices and teachings to her community. Born in Johannesburg and raised in Texas, Justine speaks Spanish, loves road trips, camping and hiking, swimming (particularly in the ocean and at Barton Springs), and adventures with her rescue dog Lulu-Jai.

Anne Heinen – Vice-President

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.

Kelly Ann Lindsey – Senior Staff & Board Member

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.

Caitlin McIntosh – Board Member

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.

Al Rudnitzki – Secretary

“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.

Joan Rudnitzki – President

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!

Joseph Schwartz – Board Member

Joseph Schwartz

Joseph feels meditation can heal the world — especially considering the aspiration of world peace starts with ourselves. When we find peace within then we can radiate out to each person with whom we interact.

Joseph believes that Mind Oasis creates the opportunity for more people to discover the inner potential of self-discovery. Self-discovery and becoming the observer is a process by which to heal ourselves and our world.

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.

Jim Sears – Board Member

Jim believes that Mind Oasis’ Zoom-based meditation will help bring peace and daily effectiveness to populations across the world. Populations that include regular folks up and down a timezone before work or exercise in both city and rural locations. Jim believes everyone longs for peaceful and authentic community and MO promises to provide a way for a gentle sangha to come to the user.

Jim enjoys new business models and new technology in the same way he loves the outdoors, water, hiking and his family. He has a background in hardware system engineering for the naval, military and aerospace worlds as well as the National Institutes of Health and a score of his own entrepreneurial research and development initiatives. Jim learned TM in 1972 when it immediately improved his college grade point and set him off with a professional respect for the mystic. In Boulder he co-organizes its 1 Million Cups business mentoring program and has curated and ushered more than 175 young companies through the 1MC process.

Jim is excited to join the board and Karuna in bringing the timeless benefits of meditation to the world.

Karen Soltes – Board Member

Karen believes that meditation can help settle the mind and body, help folks to heal from many types of trauma, and help people to better respond rather than react to the world they live in.

She loves that Mind Oasis is a platform that can bring meditation to people of all backgrounds and life experiences, and can allow them to access it without having to travel or leave home. Karen feels this is especially important for people who might not live near urban cities where there are more offerings, or for folks that have limitations on their time, or their ability to access these offerings.

Karen is a Clinical Social Worker (LCSW), Certified iRest Yoga Nidra teacher and senior trainer, Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT). She has lived in Durango Colorado for the past 5 years and holds a MSW and MA ED from Washington University. She loves the outdoors and finds great peace in the solitude and beauty of the mountains that surround her home. Karen also loves movies, documentaries, and finding more space and time to enjoy life in the luxury of semi-retirement.

Garry White – Board Member

Garry feels that meditation provides a tool to uncover the true meaning of things and allow us to lead a good life.

He believes Mind Oasis offers a unique opportunity to embrace technology to share ancient spiritual wisdom, connect people, preserve knowledge and create a global community of mindful practitioners.

Garry’s work is as an international tourism consultant specialising in strategies and planning for Cities, Regions and Nations. He likes to joke that his teacher, Lama Marut, ‘ruined his corporate career and dead end job!’

Dana Wills – Board Member

Dana feels that meditation slows her down so that she can be more present and accepting of how things are. She dreams of a world where everyone can experience this.

She believes Mind Oasis offers a unique opportunity for people to not only experience meditation, but to be offered community and consistency so that it can actually change their lives.

Dana’s work and practice is teaching meditation. She also works at a tiny family owned retail business in the tiny mountain town of Buena Vista, Colorado. She’s between there and Divide, Colorado. Dana manages two short term rental homes in Austin and Buena Vista. She has a masters in Public Policy from the LBJ School of Public Affairs, and is 500-hour yoga and 300-hour meditation teacher certified. Her early career was on the program side in non-profits. Dana loves the outdoors and has rafted raging rivers and trekked high in the mountains.