Faculty and Staff

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

Ann-Marie McKelvey, MCC, LPCC

Buddhist Chaplain • 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 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, Assistant Director, ACC

Faculty –
Where Mind Goes, Qi Goes: Somatic Coaching with Qigong
Mindful Eating: Mindful Life

Often, Ann-Marie refers to Brittany as the “Go-To Goddess” of Mindfulness Coaching School, because her role is dynamic and foundational. She draws on her background as an independent practitioner and wellness center manager to offer you guidance along your path. She has been working with Mindfulness Coaching School since its birth in 2015.

For almost a year, Brittany has been living, practicing, and studying at SokukoJi Buddhist Temple Monastery, under the guidance of head teacher Kyoun Sokuzan, in the Soto Zen lineage. Here, meditation is the primary practice. Community and study are also of great importance. Her practice as a Sangha member informs everything she does.

Brittany is a certified meditation and yoga instructor. She has been practicing yoga for over 12 years, and has been teaching yoga since 2010, when she completed a 2-year mentorship with Libby Robold, MA, E-RYT 500, AHC, at Yoga for Health Education. Brittany is also a bodywork practitioner who attended the Scherer Institute’s full-time 780+ hour program, graduating in 2008. She’s gone on to study Craniosacral Therapy with the Upledger Institute and Etienne Piersman. Brittany loves working through the body-mind to strengthen awareness and guide students to discover their inherent wisdom.


Kelly Gupta, MD Psychiatrist, ACC

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Faculty –
Becoming A Mindfulness, Wellness & Somatic Coach: You at Your Best 
Becoming A Mindfulness, Wellness & Somatic Coach: You and Your Clients
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.


Leak Kinsella, ACC

Admissions Coach

Friend, sister, teacher, and coach.  Leah has been teaching since 2007; a student of yoga since 2000.  She teaches from a place of dedication to the practice and has been fortunate enough to have amazing teachers like Rod Stryker, Brent Anderson, and Sally Kempton.

Leah is inspired to guide her clients in finding independence and clarity through the practices of yoga, Pilates, GYROKINESIS®, coaching, and meditation. Her capacity to take years of dedicated learning, and translate it for her clients makes Leah’s approach both accessible and functional. She is one of 80 nationally certified Para Yoga instructors, is Polestar® Pilates trained, and is a licensed GYROKINESIS® instructor. Leah completed the ICF University of Miami Life Coaching Certification program, and is credentialed via ICF at the ACC level. She combines all of her healing techniques for transformation.

Leah is the Admissions Coach with Mindfulness Coaching School. You can contact her with questions about admissions at AdmissionsCoach@MindfulnessCoachingSchool.com!


Mary Riley, ACCMary Riley

Faculty –
S-T-R-E-T-C-H! Becoming The Incredible Coach You Truly Are
And If Steve Jobs Were Your Coach…

My current coaching practice 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.


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Meg Hess, ACC, D. Min.

Practice Group Facilitator
Faculty –
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.


Dr. Rhonda Simpson, MD, ACC

Faculty –
Mindful Eating: Mindful Life
Coaching Mindful Weight Loss

After receiving her undergraduate degree in biology from Harvard University and her MD from University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, Dr. Rhonda Simpson completed her internal medicine residency training at University of California, San Diego. Her 25+ years in traditional internal medicine were marked by a thriving practice and rich, long-term relationships with her patients. In addition to maintaining her internal medicine practice, she became the medical director of a clinic focusing on weight loss. In this role, she has assisted thousands of people in exploring their personal path to losing weight.

In 2004, challenges with her own health led her to explore integrative medicine – a holistic healing system that cares for the mind, body, and spirit. Recognizing the power of also integrating ancient healing traditions in caring for her patients, she transformed her traditional practice by adding expertise in botanical medicine, mind-body-spirit medicine and ultimately, a board certification in integrative medicine to her list of credentials.

In 2014, Dr. Simpson founded HeartSong Enterprises, LLC, an organization providing life and professional coaching. As a Certified Professional Coach, she now integrates her experience and expertise in medicine with proven coaching techniques to work with those seeking a more fulfilling and accomplished life. Through one-to-one coaching, group coaching and intimate retreats, she assists professionals in creating lives in alignment with their deepest desires and values. She has spoken nationally on topics such as building personal resilience, emotional eating, integrative approaches to health, and physician wellness. Visit Dr. Simpson’s website to learn more.