Our pool of associate coaches and support personnel are hand-picked for their professional expertise, their personal dedication to ongoing practice and growth, and their ability to embody the perspectives and tools they utilize in helping Mindful Life, Mindful Work, Inc. and other companies achieve their goals. For those interested in joining our pool of associate coaches, you can begin the assessment process here.
Biographies and areas of specialization can be viewed below.
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Madeleine Pizey has over 500 hours of teacher training from all over the world, and currently practices and teaches in Boston, MA. Madeleine is a candidate for her Masters in Mindfulness at Lesley University, and also teaches yoga in school systems. Her goal is to help bring mindfulness to people of all ages and create a welcoming and secure environment for all of her clients.
Albert Flynn DeSilver is a writer, speaker, master mindfulness meditation instructor, coach, business and workshop leader. As a coach and trainer Albert is devoted to reminding people (and their organizations) of their innate creative wisdom, insight, and hidden potential and how to reconnect to this inner brilliance in order to experience positive desired results in work and in life.
Albert was the owner and CEO of Visiting Angels Senior Homecare from 2007-2014, where he excelled in Marketing, PR, Sales, Employee Wellness, Customer Service, and Community Engagement. Albert is also an author of several books of poems and the memoir Beamish Boy, which was named a “Best Book of 2012” by Kirkus Reviews. His nonfiction book, Writing as a Path to Awakening: A Year to Becoming an Excellent Writer and Living an Awakened Life, based on his popular mindfulness and creativity workshops by the same name, was published by Sounds True in 2017. Writing as a Path to Awakening was called "A must read!" by Bustle magazine. Albert is also a speaker and trainer having spoken at TEDx as well as shared the stage with bestselling authors’ Cheryl Strayed, Elizabeth Gilbert, Maxine Hong Kingston, and many others. He teaches communications, creativity, and mindfulness workshops at 1440 Multiversity, The Omega Institute, The Esalen Institute, Spirit Rock Meditation Center and creativity conferences nationally.
Casey Onder, PhD is a workplace psychologist and success coach for professionals and entrepreneurs. As a coach she empowers clients to pursue success authentically and in harmony with themselves rather than through guilt and grinding. Prior to launching her coaching practice, Clairvoyage, Casey worked in Fortune 500 talent management and external leadership consulting, with a focus on executive leadership assessment and employee surveys. She is an affiliate of Accomplishment Coaching with a M.S. in Counseling and a PhD in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from Colorado State University. Her background in mindfulness practice and yoga has a strong influence on her approach with clients.
Craig Fischer is an executive and leadership coach, facilitator, and teacher of leadership and reflective practice. He has had the opportunity to teach, consult, coach, and lead teams for over 15 years. He has a passionate interest in mindfulness in leadership, and mindfulness in teams. Craig loves working with leaders to explore values, meaning, and personal, lifelong growth.
Kari Sulenes has a passion for facilitating the development of workplaces and life designs that allow people to be their most authentic selves. Her experience in Organizational Behavior and mindfulness practice make her an intuitive and attentive partner for leaders, employees, teams, and organizations. Kari believes that showing up as your full self is a holistic endeavor and she strives to integrate the mind, body, community, and transcendent aspects of life in all of her work.
Megan Barnett works as an educator and coach facilitating the incorporation of healthy behaviors into her clients’ daily lives using nutrition, lifestyle, and mindful eating to promote overall wellness and optimal functioning. Megan has a BS in Dietetics from Kansas State University, is a certified yoga instructor and is currently completing a Master's degree in Nutrition and Functional Medicine at University of Western States in Portland, Oregon.
Michael Velzo enjoys helping organizations and individuals develop comprehensive financial strategies. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he began his career on the trading floors and clearing house of the Chicago Mercantile Exchange. Building upon this foundational experience, his career has included roles within the areas of Financial Operations, Trading, and Risk Management.
Michael resides in San Anselmo and has a passion for the outdoors. He is an avid trail runner, counting completion of two marathon distance events among his most significant personal achievements. Additionally, he serves on the board of the Felidae Conservation Fund, a Mill Valley based non-profit dedicated to preserving wild cats and their habitats.
CA Insurance License #OL74916. Michael Velzo is a LPL Registered Representative with, and securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a Registered Investment Advisor, Member FINRA/SIPC. Jackson Square Financial, Mindful Life Mindful Work Inc., and LPL Financial are separate entities.
Mindfulness Trainer, facilitator and coach, Nichole Proffitt, has worked with small and large groups facilitating mindfulness based programs and transformation processes for over 10 years. Her passion for her work and her own personal growth are founded in the belief that mindfulness brings us closer to the truth. She sees her work with clients as a shared journey of personal exploration and inner cultivation. Nichole works with clients in private practice, teaches workshops, daylong and weeklong retreats and offers mindfulness-based programs at various institutions and organizations throughout the Bay Area. She has degrees in psychology and education, and is a graduate of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center/Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior as a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator (CMF). Nichole is also currently in training as a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner (SEP).
Pete Chandonnet brings over 13 years of experience as a leadership coach, yoga and mindfulness instructor. He assists individuals
to be their best selves and to do their best work, thus thriving in all areas of their life including their work. Prior to coaching, Pete spent 12 years working in leadership development and
experiential education. Pete has advanced Falling Awake coaching training, as well as an MS from University of Michigan and a BA in Economics and Political Science from University of