FACULTY MEMBERS & STAFF
Looking for stellar coaches and teachers?
We have the best! All of our teachers have received their coaching credentials through Mindfulness Coaching School. Not only are we staff and faculty…we are family!
- Ann-Marie McKelvey, MCC, LPCC
- Meg Hess, PCC, D. Min.
- Philip Joudrey, ACC, D. Min.
- Kristin Moody, ACC, EdD
- Matthew Rezac, MPS
- Srdjan Vukcevic, PCC, MSc Econ, Exec Coach
- Liv Syptak, PCC, M.Ed., MBA
- Sherri Felton, ACC, LPCC, Performance Coach
- S. Yael Dennis, MD, PhD, ACC pending
- Mac Dryden, ACC, BS
- Krista Vaught, Ed.D.
- Jonathan Gutierrez, ACC
- Mary Ann Iyer, M.D.
- David Ponder
- Travis Fife
- Canton Becker
- Rhonda Simpson, ACC, M.D.
Ann-Marie McKelvey, MCC, LPCC
Founder & Director of Mindfulness Coaching School
Buddhist Chaplain • Mindfulness, Somatic and Wellness Coach
Psychotherapist • EMDR Consultant • Artist
The Dynamic Trio: EMDR, Positive Psychology & Somatic Coaching
Mentor Coach Group with Individual Sessions
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.
Meg Hess, PCC, D. Min.
Right Speech: Listening Deeply, Speaking Truth
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 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.
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.
Checkout Phil’s website: http://livingintochange.com
Kristin Moody, ACC, EdD
Adjunct Faculty Member
Business Alchemy: Create Abundance and Live Your Vision
S-T-R-E-T-C-H! Becoming The Incredible Coach You Truly Are
Kristin Moody is a proud graduate of the Mindfulness Coaching School and an enthusiastic member of the International Coaching Federation. She joined the MCS family after a 20+ year career in education, during which she served as a high school English teacher, peer counseling director, principal, school founder, board member, and consultant. She has dedicated the last decade to supporting public education institutions and non-profits with start-up, replication, and improvement planning and implementation support, and has worked with organizations ranging from the US Department of Education, to the National Council for La Raza, to independent charter schools on reservations across the southwest. In this role, she has helped to open more than 50 schools nationally and has coached nearly 100 board chairs, principals, department chairs, and executive directors through the leadership of their organizations.
Her areas of scholarship and practice are focused on the role of empathy in effective leadership and diversity in effective organizational cultures. She holds a BA in English and Urban Secondary Education from Hunter College, an MS in Educational Leadership from Pepperdine University, and an EdD from University of Southern California in Organizational Leadership and Change. She serves as adjunct faculty in the USC Rossier School of Education’s online MAT program and in Morehouse College’s Leadership Studies Program. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she is active in her local PTA and volunteers as a youth boxing coach.
Checkout Kristin’s website: http://empathyatwork.net
Matthew Rezac, MPS
Adjunct Faculty Member working toward PCC
Group Coaching: Unleashing the Transformative Potential of Community
Srdjan Vukcevic, PCC, MSc Econ, Exec Coach
Adjunct Faculty Member
Deeper than Words: Compassionate Communication for Today’s Leaders
For over 20 years Srdjan has been practicing and teaching mindfulness through leadership and coach training. His background in teaching at University of Montenegro in Economics, Psychology, Entrepreneurial Economy and Philosophy of Business enhances the training he does with executive and management teams worldwide.
Through practicing Kendo and Aikido for more than 20 years he also has an extensive Zen meditation practice.
For the last 15 years Srdjan has been working with executives, business owners and their teams to measurably improve their leadership and organizational effectiveness through various mindfulness-based interventions integrating with coaching. Srdjan has trained and coached various age groups, sports coaches and professional players, executives and senior managers.
He is a Marshall Goldsmith certified executive coach, Nonviolent Communication (NVC) certification candidate, and is Hogan Assessments Certified.
Srdjan is passionate about sharing NVC to build prosperous and continuous relationships in organizations and businesses. Throughout his classes he draws on his extensive experience as a business trainer and executive coach.
Check out his website: https://bluecoach.me/
Liv Syptak, PCC, M.Ed., MBA
Admissions Coach, Adjunct 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.
Check out Liv’s website: https://www.livsyptak.com/
Sherri Felton, ACC, LPCC, Performance Coach
Adjunct Faculty Member
Sherri’s experience as an elite athlete sparked a passion in her that has become her life work. She genuinely believes this is why she is on earth. Her mission is to work with high-achievers who want to shine bright and realize their highest potential.
Sherri’s path is not a typical one for an athlete. She began her athletic career in the 1970’s, retired once at age 20, then returned at age 31 as a mother of 3 to complete her undergraduate degree in psychology on scholarship in women’s basketball at the University of Alaska Anchorage. She knows perseverance!
Sherri is a life-long learner with a love of teaching. She has specialized in clinical practice with performers in the field of trauma while becoming a Certified EMDR practitioner. In graduate program, she completed a case study using the EMDR Performance Protocol. She is also trained in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and is a recent very proud graduate of the Mindfulness Coaching School. She has numerous post-graduate trainings in the field of performance. She maintains memberships in many institutions, including the International Coaching Federation, EMDRIA, SPI, ACA and is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Arizona where she resides now after living 26 years in Alaska.
Sherri offers students who desire success in their craft, helping them find within themselves the confidence, knowledge, intuition and belief necessary to realize their deepest coaching dreams so they can shine bright in the world.
For more information about Sherri: https://sherrifeltonperformancecounselor.com
S. Yael Dennis, MD, PhD, ACC
Adjunct Faculty Member
Coaching Leaders for Today’s Challenges: Moral Leadership, Emotional Intelligence, and Diversity
Yael is a graduate of Mindfulness Coaching School, and a former psychiatrist with a doctorate in theology, and over a decade of experience in higher education. These experiences provide her with a wide variety of knowledge, tools, and spiritual practices to help students and clients alike connect to their own deep wisdom and sense of purpose.
Through all each these career and academic transitions, she has been inspired by a vision of helping people awaken to the divine spark within themselves. It was finally when she took her first course at Mindfulness Coaching School that she felt she had “come home” professionally, recognizing her calling as a mindfulness-based coach.
Yael is passionate about cultivating the highest potential in each student who crosses her path, no matter the subject matter she is teaching. She feels intensely grateful to teach students at Mindfulness Coaching School, with its mission to help others adapt, integrate, and flourish in a world that is reinventing itself on a daily basis. This sort of inspired world-building is a project near and dear to her heart.
Yael now works exclusively as a mindfulness-based coach at her own private coaching practice, Bechira Coaching, where she helps people improve their relationships with their careers, their inner selves, and their romantic partners.
Mac Dryden, ACC, BS
Adjunct Faculty Member - Director of Operations
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.
Krista Vaught, Ed.D.
Practice Group Facilitator
Krista supports early- and mid-career professionals in getting unstuck, cultivating clarity and alignment with their values, and building their way forward in designing their life and career.
The following Brené Brown quote is her goal for each coaching relationship:
“I define connection as the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.”
Several times in her life and career, Krista felt stuck – although successful on paper, it felt like something was missing. She devised many potential career paths, but wasn’t sure which was the “right” one. (Hint: any/all could be!) Leadership development experiences supported Krista in crafting an authentic voice and leadership presence. Designing Your Life led her to discover what truly energized her and aligned with her values. Learning about how to leverage and optimize her unique strengths and talents helped Krista to connect many dots on her educational and professional journeys. Mindfulness guided her in connecting and trusting her intuition. Together with these tools, Krista zoomed out to see the crystallized constellation of her life journey, and she supports her coaching clients in exploring the same.
Krista is passionate about connecting people to resources, sparking new connections, and creating experiences that foster belonging and community. She holds an Ed.D., M.Ed., and B.S. from the University of Florida, a J.D. from the Catholic University of America, and a professional certification in trauma and resilience from Florida State University. She is also a Designing Your Life coach. Her coaching interests include supporting early-career higher education professionals, first generation students, introverts, and those who identify as a Highly Sensitive Person.
Jonathan Gutierrez, ACC - Pending
Practice Group Facilitator
Jonathan Faxas Gutierrez is a Filipino, Cuban, Queer, Male, Meditator, movement and flow enthusiast. He is a Somatic Life Coach and greatly enjoyed training with the Mindfulness Coaching School. His mission is to support people in connecting somatically to their body’s wisdom, to be present with whatever arises, creating flow and clarity in their lives. His own transformation through men’s work has led me to have a passion for helping men connect vulnerability to each other and eventually open up in all aspects of their lives. Jonathan aims to bring joy, warmth and grounding to the spaces he is a part of.
His greatest strength is the deep presence, compassion, and curiosity that he offers to others. He hopes to create containers for growth, movement and clarity.
Jonathan has his BS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida and has worked in this field for 7+ years. He has completed his training for Level 1 (ACC) credential with MCS and is currently accruing coaching hours.
Checkout Jonathan’s website: JFGcoaching.co
Mary Ann Iyer, MD
Adjunct Faculty Member
Mindful Eating, Mindful Life: Emotional Resiliency in Uncertain Times
Board certified in Internal Medicine with a Masters in Psychology, Mary Ann Iyer, MD has taken a uniquely psycho-spiritual approach to healing since 1982. She developed the Integrative Medicine Program for Samaritan Health Services in Oregon and was the Medical Director for 9 years. In 2004, she created a Mindful Eating series to address the burgeoning problem of obesity as a cause of illness, and taught these classes regularly for over a decade.
Dr. Iyer recently retired from practice as an Internal Medicine physician and now travels, lectures and leads workshops in Mindfulness based topics as they relate to health and wellness. She is author (Mary Ann Wallace, MD) of The Heart of Healing and Mindful Eating: Mindful Life. Her most recent book, My Mother’s Daughter: Healing the Pain of not Feeling Good Enough, is currently in the hands of her agent pending publication.
More about Dr. Iyer can be found at www.maryanniyer.com.
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.
Staff Member – Director of Information and Technology
Directs all our systems. He loves technology and is always exploring ways to improve our student’s experience. He also has a background in sales and marketing. He is our technology guru.
Checkout Travis’ website: https://fifelogic.com/
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Rhonda Simpson, ACC, M.D.
Dr. Rhonda passed away on February 9, 2018. We remember and honor who she was as a woman, a teacher and a doctor as well as the many contributions she made to our school and our lives. She is missed…
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.