Executive Director - Tita Ang-angco, M.Ed BA Psych.
Tita worked with the Ontario Public sector for many years as a senior manager in several ministries, including the Health, Housing and Management Board. She has been an active volunteer in the area of social housing having organized the funding and development of two not-for-profit housing developments in the GTA. She was Chair of the Homes First Society from 1995 to 2001 where she stabilized the operational and financial standing of the organization and created the Homes First Foundation, a fund-raising agency arm of the Society. Since then, she has been involved in several volunteer start-up ventures. She has received extensive training in mindfulness, Buddhist psychology and yoga.
Director of Education and Clinical Services - Patricia Rockman, MD CCFP FCFP
Patricia is a Family Physician with a focused practice in mental health. She is an associate professor at the University of Toronto, department of Family and Community Medicine, cross appointed to Psychiatry. She initiated and chaired the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Collaborative Mental Health Care Network for a decade and continues to act as a mentor to Family Physicians delivering mental health care. She has extensive experience training healthcare providers in Stress Reduction, CBT, Mindfulness-based practices and other related areas. She maintains a private clinical practice and runs Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy groups. She maintains both a personal meditation and yoga practice.
Director of Research - Patricia Baranek, PhD MA BSc
Patricia is an independent health policy and research consultant and is an adjunct assistant professor in the department of health policy, management and evaluation at the University of Toronto. Her background includes research, planning, evaluation, and administration in both the academic and the provincial and federal government sectors. Her areas of expertise include policy development and evaluation in health services delivery, mental health, health human resources, home care and long-term care. She is widely published in health care and criminal justice. Her volunteer work includes homelessness in Canada, post-secondary education in developing countries, and abandoned children in Africa.
Director of Finance and Development - Laurie Arron, JD MBA B.Comm
Laurie is a former real estate developer and lawyer, was the Director of Advocacy for national LGBT advocacy group Egale Canada and National Director of Canadians for Equal Marriage, as well as the Executive Director of the Green Party of Canada and the Program Director for the Community Power Fund. He founded Discover Mindfulness, a non-profit supporting mindfulness in schools. Laurie is responsible for the Centre’s finance and development.
Director of Client Services - Karen Sutherland MSW RSW
Karen Sutherland is the Director of Client Services with the Centre for Mindfulness Studies. Karen’s mindfulness practice began when she took an 8-week MBCT program on offer at Carleton University while she was in graduate school in 2012. Her interest had been primarily professional – what happens in a program and would it be helpful in a clinical context? – and secondarily personal – how might it be beneficial? What she found, and it was transformationally helpful, was that the MBCT program and related home practice dramatically reduced her deep-rutted tendency to ruminate. Additionally, mindfulness practice seemed to add a depth of hue to life that she really appreciated. So, while she was intending on clinical practice when she went into social work, she found herself drawn deeply to contemplative traditions. firstname.lastname@example.org
Operations Manager - Jennifer Jeffery
Contact for inquiries regarding: program scheduling, course feedback, custom workshops, and certificate programs.
Operations Coordinator - Jeremy Finkelstein
Contact for inquiries regarding: program registration (including bursary registrations), workshop setup, course materials preparation, and room bookings.
Program Coordinator - Mylène Séguin
Contact for inquiries regarding: program registration and logistics, course materials preparation, and general inquiries.
Communications Coordinator - Patricia S. Baron
Contact for inquiries regarding: media relations, partnerships, core organizational documents and marketing collateral (print material and digital content: website, social media, videos, and newsletters), website comments and questions.
Finance Coordinator - Kat Estacio
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Community Program Consultant - Leysa Cerswell
Program Manager, Community Program - Marija D. Miskovic
Contact for inquiries regarding: our community program offerings, non-profit program collaborations, and grant applications.