2023-24 LEADERSHIP TEAM
COSEM's Leadership Team is dedicated to being changemakers within education from diverse experiences and backgrounds. Together, we explore ways to best meet the needs of our COSEM membership, and education as a whole. Board members commit to a three-year term and help drive the decisions of our organization. They provide the voice to our coalition. Please feel free to connect and contact any board member at any time. We are here to serve you.
Board of Directors & Operational Team
President, Board Chair, Operational Team Director
Special Education Teacher and former District SEL Coach in CCSD59
Lindsey Frank, M.Ed., is our 2022-2025 COSEM President. She is a changemaker who discovers creative and accessible ways to share the gift of mindfulness. Lindsey has infused mindfulness-based SEL into classrooms and homes through her children’s books and coaching. She supports education professionals to develop courageous and condifent heart-centered lives within and beyond the classroom through her company, The Butterfly Within, LLC. She has been in education for over 13 years teaching children of all ages and supporting educators through roles ranging from a districtwide climate & SEL coach, special educator, teacher, and interventionist. Her master’s degree is in Educational Leadership and has earned her ELL Endorsement. She is a certified SEL facilitator and yoga instructor through Breathe for Change, a certified children’s yoga teacher, has learned techniques through Mindful Schools, earned a trauma-informed yoga specialty, is a certified mindfulness and meditation teacher, is earning her integrative transformational coaching accreditation, and continues her self-development journey every moment.
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Instagram, & Twitter/X @LindseyFrank88
Vice-President/Treasurer, Operational Team
COSEM Founder in 2018
Tracy Heilers founded COSEM in the summer of 2018 and was Executive Director for 4 years before the Operational Team was created in 2022. For 20+ years, she has taught yoga and mindfulness to a wide range of adult and student groups in the far west Chicagoland area. She is appreciative and eager to serve and has a strong desire to use her unique talents to help the mindful education movement grow in momentum, connecting educators with mentors as well as with all of the great mindfulness-based SEL resources now available. Tracy has an engineering degree and completed her 200hr yoga teacher training in 2003, two of Mindful Schools’ online courses in 2016, and an MBSR training in 2019.
Co-Secretary, Operational Team
Director of Social Emotional Learning, Étoile Academy Charter School, Houston, Texas
Athea Davis is the Director of Social Emotional Learning at Étoile Academy Charter School, a mindfulness educator, creator + host of the podcast, Mindful Living with Athea Davis, and author of Today’s Gonna Be Awesomesauce: Daily Meditations for Youth, Parents, and Families. Join her conversations about the intersections of philosophy, mindfulness, neuroscience, SEL, psychology, and education. She holds a Master’s Degree in Educational Policy and Leadership, is a Texas Certified Educator, an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT 500), and a Children’s Registered Yoga Teacher.
Follow Athea on Twitter, IG, LinkedIn, and Facebook @atheadavis
Co-Secretary, Operational Team
Reading Specialist, Mount Pleasant Elementary School; Mindfulness Facilitator for the Brandywine School District
Dina P. Evans has been a Reading Specialist at Mount Pleasant Elementary School for the past 13 years. Holding a master's degree in reading from East Stroudsburg University, and in active coursework for Mindfulness Certification, Dina’s passion has long been promoting Mindfulness-Based SEL and the love of literacy in children. Most recently, she has been active and engaged in bringing mindfulness to Mount Pleasant and the district, especially focused on its impact on staff and the whole child. She is an active part of helping her school become a Trauma Informed School, helping the mindset change to respond and understand the way trauma impacts a student’s availability to learn. Ms. Evans has also been involved with the school’s family engagement team, building a school-wide MBSEL library for teachers. She is a Mindfulness-Based Social Emotional Micro-Credential graduate and continues to learn and grow in her MBSR certification and further SEL certifications.
Communications, Operational Team
Former French Teacher, Educational Consultant
Carrie Rohrbach, M.Ed., is a lifelong learner who is earning her EdD in Transformative Action in Education through the University of the Pacific. She spent thirteen years teaching French in middle and high school classrooms, and wore many hats throughout her career including administrative assistant, soccer/swimming/softball coach, library assistant, tutor, sustainability coordinator and technology support. Carrie is passionate about supporting teachers in centering their wellness through mental, emotional, physical, relational and spiritual exploration. She is certified as a yoga teacher and social-emotional workshop facilitator through Breathe 4 Change, and has earned COSEM’S Micro-Credential in MBSEL Carrie currently works as an entrepreneur, consulting for schools, coaching educators and supporting those who seek to deepen connection with themselves.
Follow Carrie on Instagram @Empowering.Educator
DARREN "DEE" DUBOSE
K-12 Educator, Researcher, and Community Organizer
Darren "dee" Dubose is a K-12 educator, researcher and community organizer. Born in the rural Black Belt of Alabama, his journey was impacted by federalism that limited his opportunity to the American dream. A graduate of Alabama State University and Texas A&M University, he started his educational career at The Calhoun High School as a physical education teacher before relocating to KIPP Texas Public Schools as a middle school reading teacher. As an antiracist teacher leader, he witnessed many marginalized students' dreams deferred by similar inequities of his educational experience. With that at the center of his work, he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Education Policy at Michigan State University, where his research interests are interconnected with the race and space of Black populations. In particular, he's interested in the functionalities of social emotional learning, SEL, as space of torture for Black boys. To that end, he hopes to use his scholarly research and experiences to understand schooling for Black boys while developing an inclusive SEL framework and curriculum to support Black male students across the United States of America.
CAMELIA (MIMI) FELTON
Yoga Professional (Mimi’s Yoga Kids)
Camelia (Mimi) Felton is a BYTA (Black Yoga Teacher Alliance) and a Yoga Alliance RYT500, E-RYT200, YACEP, a KAY (Kidding Around Yoga) Certified Kids Yoga Teacher, a Certified Meditation Instructor, a YBB (Yoga Behind Bars) certified Trauma-Informed Yoga Instructor & a Reiki ll Practitioner. She is also currently enrolled at Prema Yoga Institute to become a certified Yoga Therapist. Mimi started Mimi's Yoga Kids in 2018 after realizing the many benefits of doing yoga with her young grandson. She knew that this was something that kids and their families needed. She couldn't find what she wanted so she decided to create it! She currently has a community yoga/wellness space in Peoplestown, a community in Atlanta, Georgia. She offers free yoga/wellness practices to the community and surrounding areas. She is very excited to share all these wonderful practices with children and their families. She wants to share her knowledge with the world to cultivate awareness on how these wonderful practices can teach all of us, especially our children, MINDFULNESS, INNER PEACE, MEDITATION & IMAGINATION!
Follow Mimi on Instagram: @MimisYogaKids
International Educational Consultant
Kailyn Fullerton is an educational consultant passionate about supporting teachers, schools and families with the integration of mindfulness-based SEL into their systems of practice. Coming from a background in teaching young children in international schools, Kailyn values play, curiosity, and presence in teaching and learning. On her journey to develop her own mindfulness-based SEL competencies, she completed multiple courses from Mindful Schools and a graduate certificate in Positive Education. Kailyn holds a Master's in Mindfulness for Educators and is currently completing her EdD with a specialization in SEL from Antioch University, where her research focuses on the influence of MBSEL practices for educators. She is a certified mindfulness meditation teacher, and also holds SEL facilitator certifications from the organizations SEE Learning and 6 Seconds. She recently published a book chapter called Integrating SEL into Online Learning for Lower Elementary Learners in an International Context in the book “Exploring SEL in Diverse Academic Settings” and has also written for Edutopia. Born in Canada, Kailyn currently lives as an expatriate in Jakarta, Indonesia with her partner and four bonus children.
Follow Kailyn on Twitter or LinkedIn @kaifull
Instructional Technology Coach, The Learning Technology Center
Anne Kasa has been a 2nd, 5th, and 6th grade classroom teacher, PK-5 reading specialist/literacy coach, and a PK-4 instructional coach. She is currently a PK-8 instructional technology coach in southern Cook County with The Learning Technology Center in Illinois. Anne creates trauma sensitive professional development opportunities that embed mindfulness based SEL experiences for adults and children alike. She was fortunate to be introduced to SEL while teaching fifth grade in a Tribes school where she was provided the Basic and Artistry Tribes TLC Training. Anne is a facilitator for the Character Education Certification program with North Central College and brings mindfulness based social and emotional learning insight to the program. She is a certified SEL educator through Mindful Practices, a certified SEL facilitator through Breathe for Change, and Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher.
Follow Anne on Twitter/X @kasaan05
Award-Winning Teacher & Leader, Founder & CEO of CCM Education Group
Craig Martin, Founder & CEO of CCM Education Group, is an award-winning teacher & school leader with 20+ years of experience in urban education serving as a mentor, instructional coach, teacher developer, and professional learning facilitator. Martin also works with groups, individuals, and organizations to create bold and joyful solutions that amplify equity and belonging. Craig is also the co-host of SELinEDU, The Podcast. Craig is also a part of the Transformative Educational Leadership (TEL) Fellowship.
To learn more about Craig, visit: craigcmartinleads.com
YUSRA (SARAH) SAID
ELL English Teacher in U46
Sarah Said is an educator who has served in various roles: teacher, assistant principal, dean, curriculum coordinator and multilingual coordinator. Sarah is an advocate for the students she serves and is a strong voice in education. She currently works in Elgin School District U-46 as an ELL English teacher at the district's Alternative High School- Dream Academy. Sarah started her mindfulness journey years ago when we served as a district administrator- she saw she needed to work on herself and began practicing yoga. During the pandemic, Sarah wanted to support students and families in their mindfulness journey and became a 200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor through Breathe for Change. She is currently working on her 500 Hour Certification. Sarah runs Yoga, Tea and Justice, an organization she has just begun to support women, particularly Muslim Women in their Mindfulness and Yoga practice. She has been published in various publications such as Edutopia, Learning for Justice, EdWeek, Teaching Channel, and Confianza.
Follow Sarah on Twitter/X @MrsSaid17.
Former Assistant Superintendent, NYC Department of Education
Founder and Educator, Wellness Education
New York, USA
Denise Schira is a former New York City Department of Education Assistant Superintendent that served over 1,000 schools and thousands of staff, students, and families in over 30 districts across four boroughs for over 30 years as teacher, school administrator, central director, and master trainer. She is an Executive Board Director for the New York Academy of Public Education and continues to support and impact communities and promote mental and physical wellbeing and positive culture and climate as a mindfulness, yoga, somatic movement, restorative practices, social emotional learning, and crisis de-escalation specialist, practitioner, and master trainer offering culturally responsive trauma informed professional and personal learning opportunities and wellness sessions to schools, districts, institutions, teams, and communities. Ms. Schira has served as Board Director and Chair on multiple renowned city, state, and national Executive Boards- including the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators and the New York State Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents which she co-founded and served as the lone Latina Executive Officer- and was the first lifetime member of the national Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents. Denise graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from Cornell University as a Cornell Tradition Fellow and obtained a Master of Science in Education for Early Childhood Leadership at Bank Street College of Education. She is a published author and has been recognized and honored by various organizations for her excellence in educational leadership and outstanding service and impact.
Coordinator for Mindfulness Education, Roanoke City Public Schools
Laurie Seidel is a mindfulness-based SEL specialist and serves Roanoke City Public Schools as the Coordinator for Mindfulness Education. She leads professional learning in the district for Adult SEL, mindfulness-based SEL, and co-creates SEL communities of practice for educators. Topics addressed include the trauma-sensitive classroom, the RULER Framework (SEL), mindfulness in the classroom, health and wellbeing workshops, and Cultivating Awareness & Resilience in Education (CARE). She is also utilized to facilitate team building practices including mindful listening and the development of emotional intelligence competencies. Laurie is happiest when supporting teacher leaders in their schools. At Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, she is Course Director for The Foundations of Mindfulness Practice, offered to first and second year medical students. She is certified with Koru Mindfulness and CARE through CREATE for Education.
Director of Innovation & Technology, Area 5 Regional Offices of Education
Matt Weld is the SEL Coach for the Regional Office of Education #40 in Illinois, and the Director of Technology and Innovation for the ROEs of Area 5 (Southwestern IL by St. Louis). He manages TeachIllinois.org and DirectionsConference.com after being a 7th-grade science and ELA teacher, JH assistant principal, and K-8 tech coach. Matt is a Google Trainer and a Registered Yoga Teacher who makes things, reads, and goes outside. He facilitates workshops on finding balance as an educator, including an online Mindful Monday series that incorporates breathwork, intention setting, meditation, mindfulness, and yoga.
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Advisor of Equity and Inclusion
Tovi Scruggs-Hussein, Past COSEM President, CEO Tici'ess Inc, Former Principal, Oakland, CA
Advisory Team (alphabetical order; contact us to join):
Laura Bakosh, Inner Explorer
Khayree Bey, Former COSEM Board Member, Middle School Health Teacher, Colonial School District, DE
Kristie Brendel, Assistant Professor of Social Work at Aurora University
Gina Beigel, Stressed Teens
Annmarie Chereso, Conscious Leadership Advisor, BringIt! Home
Jennifer Cohen Harper, Little Flower Yoga
Matt Dewar, Past COSEM President
Cheryl Dodwell, Peace of Mind
Mike Fauteux, GiveThx
Kathy Flaminio, MoveMindfully
Lisa Flynn, Yoga 4 Classrooms
Mary Furbush, Executive Director, CASE DuPage
Jim Gillen, Yoga Calm
Ashley Green, Senior Program Manager, Action for Healthy Kids
Ohilda Holguin, Former COSEM Board Member, Educational Consultant and Trainer, NYC, NY
Michele Kane, Former COSEM Board Member, professor, Northeastern Illinois University
Theo Koffler, Mindfulness Without Borders
Barbara Larrivee, Former COSEM Board Member, former professor, Rhode Island College & California State University
Meghan LeBorious, Former COSEM Board Member, High School SEL Coach & Mindfulness Teacher, Brooklyn, NY
Jill Apperson Manly, JabuMind
Renee Metty, With Pause
Miriam Ojaghi, Former COSEM Board Member, SEL Consultant, Dekalb Regional Office of Education, IL
Brendan Ozawa-de Silva, Associate Director for SEE Learning, Emory University
Amy Saltzman M.D., Association for Mindfulness in Education, The Still Quiet Place
Deb Smolensky, Mindful City Project
Barnaby Spring, Former Director of Mindfulness in Education, New York City Department of Education