Faculty Members and Staff

Ann-Marie McKelvey, LPCC, MCC, Founder + Director

Ann-Marie McKelvey, MCC, LPCC

Buddhist Chaplain • Mindfulness, Somatic and Wellness Coach  
Psychotherapist • EMDR Consultant • Artist

Founder & Director of 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 Mindfulness, Wellness & Somatic Coach she has coached 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 2002 vanguard Authentic Happiness 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.

Brittany Wildfong, ACC, LMT, CYT-200

Co-Director & Faculty Member –
Mindful Eating: Mindful Life

Brittany has been working with Mindfulness Coaching School since its birth in 2015. She is the central hub of MCS, keeping myriad parts grounded and organized. Brittany’s background as an independent practitioner and wellness center manager supports all of the works she does here.

Brittany is a certified meditation teacher, yoga instructor, and licensed bodywork practitioner. Brittany graduated from the Scherer Institute’s full-time Massage and Healing Arts program in 2008, and has gone on to study Craniosacral Therapy with multiple teachers. She has been practicing yoga since 2003 and teaching it since 2010, when she completed a 2-year mentorship at Yoga For Health Education.  Brittany lived, practiced, and studied at a Zen monastery for two years. There meditation is the primary practice, and is strongly supported by community and study. Brittany enjoys working with the body-mind to explore our inherent awareness.

Meg Hess, PCC, D. Min.

Faculty Member –
Right Speech: Listening Deeply, Speaking Truth

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 Professional 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.

Philip Joudrey, ACC, D. Min.

Faculty Member –
S-T-R-E-T-C-H ! Becoming The Incredible Coach You Truly Are

Phil loves teaching. Creating communities for learning has been a priority for him throughout his long academic career, and the moments when students’ eyes open wide with the joy of grasping a new skill are more important than anything else for him. He’s had some great teachers along the way; people who’ve had no degree or credentials but have been generous enough to teach him about the reality of their lives. Through that generosity, they have deepened whatever innate capacity Phil had for compassion, and nourished his commitment to be present with others in moments that have been most alive, and often most challenging for them.

In the first twenty years of ministry, Phil has worked as a prison chaplain, and later with people with AIDS in a university teaching hospital where, at the outset of the pandemic, his challenge was to develop a response of spiritual care. He later specialized in spiritual care for those afflicted with ALS.

For the last nineteen years of his career, Phil has served as Principal of a small progressive seminary affiliated with McGill University, a position that has involved everything from overseeing building projects to revamping curriculum, from fundraising, to being up close and way too personal with plumbing that was ancient, and cursed! And always teaching, and always being a student himself.

Phil maintained a private practice in pastoral psychotherapy for almost thirty years. In shifting his practice to coaching, he is finding a whole new sense of vocation, engaging others in the midst of their strength and health and encouraging them to recognize windows of opportunity that are often right before them. Clients in his private practice are most often those on the edge of change, or in the whirlwind of it, and who have sought out the strength of a seasoned coach to help keep them on path, and connected to their values.

Phil makes his home in Montreal with his partner, Martin, and always at least one shedding canine teacher.

Liv Syptak, ACC, M.Ed., MBA

Faculty Member –
Writing, Creativity, and the Mindful Coach

Liv is a coach, facilitator, and writer who creates heart centered sacred and fun space—for individuals, groups, and communities—where awareness expands, vision roots down, and where full expression of pure potentiality becomes real.

Having taught literature and writing in public schools, designed training programs for professionals, and coached leaders and their teams through change adoption, Liv’s coaching is a blend of creativity and practicality. She is passionate about the power of coaching to invite clients to the edge of what could be, to walk with them as they move toward what will be, and to ultimately recognize that they’ve crossed the threshold into a bright new reality.

Liv earned certification through International Coach Federation and launched her coaching practice in 2014. This marked an important return to living by her signature strengths and core values. It also rekindled the flame of her passion for creativity as a way of living…not something that one has or doesn’t. This move further allowed her to reconnect with the wisdom that stories, poems, scriptures, and myths offer us for life in the modern world.

Liv encourages radical curiosity with her clients who often come feeling stuck in the swirl of life. She holds the light while her clients find their way into the dawn of new possibilities for fulfillment and joy.

She is a contemplative, a scratch-cook, and a compulsive writer. She is a cyclist, yogini, and wisdom seeker. She lives in the Colorado Rocky Mountains with husband Brian, and feline soul friend, Uno.


Lydia O’Reilly, MA

Staff Member – Administrative Assistant

Lydia received her M.A. in Art History from Penn State, focusing on spiritual developments in the early modern world, reception theory, and Byzantine iconography. Her thesis explored the intellectual cross-pollination that occurred between Sufi mystics and Eastern Orthodox mystics in Anatolia around the time of the Ottoman conquest and how their respective practices of psycho-somatic meditation were represented in the visual arts.
She has worked a wide variety of jobs in the art world, including curatorial researcher, museum educator, fine art conservator, private painting instructor, floral designer, university art history tutor and teaching assistant, commissioned mural painter, contributing writer at a contemporary arts magazine, and apprentice in a professional mosaic workshop. She is deeply interested in the social role of art and how art institutions can better serve marginalized populations. She is excited to be working at the Mindfulness Coaching School and hopes to learn more about mindfulness and it’s kinship to art-making, in addition to performing her administrative duties.

Lydia is originally from northern Colorado but has found home in the high desert beauty of Santa Fe. She loves to hike, paint, hula-hoop, folk dance, get lost in a good book, and learn as much as she can about as much she can.

David Ponder

Staff Member – Business Manager and Bookkeeper

David Ponder has over 20 years of bookkeeping and office management experience and is a member of The American Institute of Professional Bookkeepers (AIPB). His business acumen comes from the University of Baltimore and Community College of Baltimore County.

David is a person with many diverse interests and skills. Besides his bookkeeping work, David is also a freelance harpist holding a masters degree from the prestigious Peabody Conservatory and is also a pianist with a masters degree from the University of Iowa. He teaches both instruments privately. And if that were not enough to keep him busy, David also tunes pianos, plays the viola and cello, and throws pottery on the wheel.

A regular attendee of the Santa Fe Opera and Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, you might see him volunteering as an usher at chamber music concerts.

David also bikes, hikes, enjoys skiing, plays tennis and most likely holds the record as the world’s tallest competitive gymnast.


Mac Dryden

Staff Member – Systems Administrator

Raised as a Buddhist practitioner, Mac Dryden enjoys being identity-less. This means many identities have been placed on him: Bee Shaman, Celtic and classical violinist, visionary, writer, teacher and a Mr. Nobody-with-a-big-sense-of- humor!

A graduate of the College of Santa Fe in Global Ecology and Politics, Mac has pursued his passion of permaculture and farming to this day. Growing up in the high desert of New Mexico, a multi-cultural land, has given him the experiences needed to integrate and adapt to many landscapes and cultures.

In the summer of 2011 Mac went on a spontaneous vision quest into the Sangre de Christo Mountains for four days and nights. His life has never been the same.

Mac loves to study various structures of reality and the patterns of humanity. He coaches clients to break through old belief systems into lighter joyous ways of living and experiencing the world.