About Our Leadership Team
Karyn Sandelman is founder and principal of A Mindful Choice, LLC, which creates and delivers secular mindfulness programs to foster positive transformation in organizations, schools, and community settings. A former long-time leader at Freddie Mac, she has had first-hand experience integrating mindfulness in high-stress environments to cultivate thriving teams and achieve success. Karyn has over 25 years of experience coaching staff, building collaborative relationships, and facilitating learning programs (including seminars, webinars, and conferences of all sizes). From 2015 to 2017, she developed and managed mindfulness curricula as Director of Adult and Elementary Programs for Minds Incorporated, a nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.
A highly trained, seasoned mindfulness educator, Karyn is Qualified by the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center to teach the preeminent, evidence-based Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program, as well as Certified by the internationally established Mindful Schools organization. She earned her Master of Science degree from Columbia University and Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University. In sharing mindfulness with others, she draws upon 20+ years of personal mindfulness practice, along with her training, professional experience, and passion about the positive, transformative potential mindfulness offers to all.
Laura Feagans Gould, Ph.D., head of research and principal, is interested in helping foster a greater understanding of how contemplative practices may be helpful for individuals, organizations, and society. She helps organizations use theory-building, scientific methods, and data collection coupled with a mindset of curiosity and openness to engage in an ongoing learning cycle of program development and evaluation. Her peer-reviewed research has focused on understanding the essential components of mindfulness-based programs in school settings as well as their potential impact on the development of relevant youth outcomes. She holds a Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and completed her post-doctoral training at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.
Laura’s personal mindfulness practice has allowed her to more authentically connect with her own experiences and with others. As a co-parent of two young children, she finds various contemplative practices essential for cultivating self-compassion and acceptance and for nurturing her intention to be fully present with them.