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.

Jamie Francis – Board President

Jamie is a mind, body, and soul healer who uses guided meditation and hypnotherapy to help her clients heal from trauma. She is licensed as a Physical Therapist, and holds specialty certifications in neurological bodywork and several forms of hypnotherapy. Her mission is to help all of her clients to take full responsibility for their experience, to become fully empowered, and to recognize their own divinity.

Jamie is thrilled to be a part of Mind Oasis, as it’s mission is closely connected to hers, and hopes to serve the community for many years to come.

Al Rudnitzki – Treasurer

“Most importantly, I have an interest in people, social justice, and working for a better world.

I have 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. I spent 10 years teaching mathematics and computer science in West Bend, Wisconsin. For the last 30 years of my professional career, I was an IT professional for Northwestern Mutual Life, eventually raising to the level of Division Head. In retirement, I write 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.

My wife Joan and I have been married for 47 years and have three adult sons who we are very proud of. We have a great life on Big Cedar Lake in Wisconsin where we enjoy hosting our many friends including fellow Mind Oasis friends.”

Denise Deniger – Senior Staff & Board Member

Certified Yoga Therapist * Certified iRest Yoga Nidra Teacher * Meditation Teacher * Biodynamic Craniosacral Therapist in-Training * Co-founder of Inner Jewel Dharma

Through her own life and practice, Denise has developed a robust toolbelt of skills and practice. Her 20+ years of study spans a wide range of modalities, from Western anatomical models to Eastern esoteric practices. She is certified in multiple yoga asana methods and is a graduate of the Asian Classics Institute’s Advanced Buddhist Studies Course, focused onTibetan Buddhism, meditation and yoga.

Denise’s dive into meditation and yoga began in 1998 and her practice has been guided by her remarkable spiritual teachers, Lama Sumati Marut, Cindy Lee, and Richard Miller, PhD. She is motivated to share these practices in a practical, grounded way. Denise’s inspired, fiery, and clear-sighted presence invites students to see their own potential for more joy and power in their lives.

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.

Stephan Samuel – Board Member

Stephan  brings decades of IT experience to MO as well as a penchant for trouble-shooting and offering a business-minded perspective.

Joan Rudnitzki – Board Member

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

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.