Faculty and Staff

AMM-head-shotAnn-Marie McKelvey, MCC, LPCC

Buddhist Chaplain • Wellness Coach • Psychotherapist
EMDR Consultant • Artist

Founder & Director of The Mindfulness Coaching School
Ann-Marie lives and breathes George Eliot’s quote, “It’s never too late to be what you might have been.” As a result, she leads a rich and colorful life pursuing her interests and passions in her coaching and psychotherapy practice in Santa Fe, New Mexico. As a Buddhist Chaplain, Artist, and Wellness Coach she coaches TedFellows individually and in groups, as well as retreatants at Upaya Zen Center.

In the 1970′s Ann-Marie traveled nationally with the legendary Ken Keyes, author of Handbook to Higher Consciousness, facilitating workshops and conferences residentially and throughout the country.

In 1979 she moved to Santa Fe and began working as a fiber artist. When her work was discovered by Lord & Taylor, her small studio grew into Santa Fe Yarns aka CMD, Inc. – an international texture and textile business with 40 full-time employees and distribution to over 600 US retail outlets.

Later, as Marketing Director for New Mexico Magazine, an affiliate of the New Mexico Department of Tourism, she developed tourism initiatives which were implemented by the State of New Mexico in cities and communities throughout the state.

Ann-Marie has a rich and rewarding coaching business. Her classes, groups and coaching sessions are mindful, skillful, playful, and steeped in positive psychology. She is a graduate of Marty Seligman’s Authentic Happiness vanguard program. She is a gifted, intuitive teacher who also uses her background in marketing and business development to help her students create thriving coaching practices.

Ann-Marie lives in the high desert country surrounded by pinons and junipers at the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo mountains, outside of Santa Fe. She enjoys writing, painting, hiking the arroyos and mountains, practicing Qi Gung, Tai Chi and yoga, and talking to the ravens and great horned owls. She is ready once again to be a BeeKeeper and garden tender this coming growing season.

Brittany color portraitBrittany Wildfong, CMT, CYT, ACC pending

Program Coordinator
Faculty – Where Mind Goes, Qi Goes: Somatic Coaching with Qigong

Often, Ann-Marie refers to Brittany as the “Go-To Goddess” of Mindfulness Coaching School, where her contribution is dynamic and varied. She draws on her background as an independent practitioner and wellness center manager to offer you guidance along your path.

Brittany is currently living, practicing, and studying as a student at SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery in southern Michigan, under the guidance of head teacher Kyoun Sokuzan, in the Soto Zen lineage. Here, meditation is the primary practice. Study and community are also of great importance on the path to helping all beings awaken to fundamental truth.

Kelly Gupta, MD Psychiatrist, ACC


Faculty – Becoming A Mindfulness, Wellness & Somatic Coach: You at Your Best 
As a practicing psychiatrist for the past eleven years, I’ve had the privilege of helping many patients experience relief from suffering. While psychiatry offers many rewards, I’ve discovered that my truest calling is empowering psychologically healthy individuals to achieve greater joy and satisfaction in life.

Coaching enables me to do just that!

As a coach, I have a passion for ‘going deep’ with my clients, as they accomplish the most rewarding outcomes when we coach from the inside out. We identify core values, explore ideas of spirituality and/or meaning, and go beyond self-limiting paradigms. As a result, clients realize their tangible goals while more broadly discovering lives of purpose, contentment, and service to the world.

My coaching style mirrors my personality. I am known for my depth, warmth, humor, and irreverence. I therefore approach coaching as a process that is substantive yet fun, practical yet playful, and serious yet filled with laughter. Visit Kelly’s website.

Mary Ann Iyer, MD Internist 

Faculty – Mindful Eating: Mindful Life and Body Electric
Mary Ann Iyer, MD specializes in MindBody Medicine. She moved to North Carolina from Oregon, where she was the Medical Director for a 2-clinic Integrative Medicine Program at Samaritan Health Services. Dr. Iyer’s training and experience includes Internal Medicine, Jin Shin Do Acupressure, Vipassana (“Mindfulness”) Meditation and many other MindBody-related topics.

Her books and CD’s (under author name Mary Ann Wallace, MD) are available at any bookstore by demand, as well as through Amazon or the Mindfulness Coaching School bookstore, and include Mindful Eating: Mindful Life and The Heart of Healing, as well as numerous guided imagery and meditation CDs.

See www.MaryAnnIyer.com for more information.

Mary Riley, ACCMary Riley

Practice Group Facilitator: And If Steve Jobs Were Your Coach…
My current practice of coaching emerged from a long career as a “flaming generalist” who has worked behind-the-scenes as an advocate for education, human services and animal welfare on the West and East coasts of the United States. All my previous jobs as a public relations practitioner and grant writer cast me in the role of moving energy forward to help make things happen, particularly when it came to strengthening leadership and service. Coaching seemed the next natural step.

My coach training journey has included certifications from New York University in 2008, the Center for Transformational Presence in 2011, and the Mindfulness Coaching School in 2016. In 2010, I founded the Center for Non-Profit Coaching (CNPC), a collective of 10 coaches from throughout the US and Western Europe. A 501(c)(3) organization, CNPC serves mission-driven leaders who want to make positive change in the world.

I recently have begun working on a book that explores the gift of coaching. I am a best practice writer for Being at Full Potential, a global network of coaches and change agents committed to support and equip leaders who want transformation within their organizations. I serve as a volunteer coach for Coach Approach LLC, the Humanitarian Coaching Network, and One to One: Women Coaching Women. I practice mindfulness with the Vermont Zen Center’s sangha.

My husband, Max, and I live in Adirondack Park in Northern New York with two dogs and two turtles. We seem to have “landed” after living in four states on two US coasts during the past 20 years.

Meg Hess Portrait

Meg Hess, ACC, D. Min.

Practice Group Facilitator: Skillful Means: The Coaching Skill Set

Meg feels called to support people in their efforts to “make gladness” in their lives, no matter what their circumstances. Helping people build on strengths, nurture creativity, identify and live into meaningful life goals, and contribute to the world from a place of well-being is work that Meg loves.

Meg’s training and experience as a Pastoral Psychotherapist, Ordained Minister, Pastor, Teacher, and Leadership Coach gives her a deep well of personal and professional resources to draw on for coaching. In addition to her Masters of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees, Meg is also a trained Labyrinth Facilitator, Certified Zentangle Teacher, and has a certificate in Homiletic Peer Coaching from Vanderbilt Divinity School. She coaches Ministers to be more effective leaders using Bowen Family Systems Theory.

Meg has trained with the Mindfulness Coaching School and is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation. She is committed to the professional and ethical standards of the ICF, and is constantly adding to her coaching knowledge and experience. As a Life Coach, Meg is especially interested in how mindfulness practices and positive psychology contribute to people’s personal and professional well being.


Check out Meg’s website at www.makegladness.com.