Sarah Cruse is a Certified Sound Voice and Music Healer from the California Institute of Integral Studies. She has worked as a Behavioral Therapist with the Los Angeles School District, and as an Educational Specialist with the Foster Care department of Los Angeles Trade Tech College. She had the fortune of partnering with the Reverence Project in Watts CA, a non-profit organization that was modeled after the Truth and Reconciliation work of South Africa’s Apartheid. There she served as a Truth and Restorative Justice Advocate, leading workshops and conversations around forgiveness and accessing our inherent gifts. Sarah has worked as a Curriculum Developer and Workshop Facilitator for the Transformational Art Therapy (TAT) Center in Santa Monica CA, and Currently as a Special Curriculum Educator for the Santa Cruz School District.
Sarah has over 10 years of experience as a Singer/Songwriter, Poet, Performing Artist and Public Speaker. She believes in the power of sound, voice and freedom of expression. It is her desire to participate in the discovery, awakening and sharing of the individual and communal gift. She is grateful for the opportunity to be a Mindful Educator for Mission Be as and to be able to share the gifts of Mindful Education.
Meghan Lambert embodies a combination of professional school counseling experience, community mindfulness activism, and a deep commitment to yoga practice and wellness. Co-creator and organizer of Be the Peace Long Island, Meghan initiated and organized a meditation event that took place on the Fire Island National Seashore on the International Day of Peace this past September. Academically, Meghan holds a degree in Communications from Fairfield University and a Master of Science in school counseling from Long Island University where she graduated with high honors. Passionate about health, wellness and education, Meghan has studied and practice mindfulness. She is enthusiastic about Mission Be, and committed to its vision.
As a counselor Meghan provided academic, emotional and social guidance for students at the middle and high school levels. Her focus and specialty is social emotional literacy (SEL), a course of action aligned with the vision of Mission Be, which empowers young people to be able to handle emotions in a way that increases their personal power and improves the quality of life around them as they move through the toils and triumphs of adolescence.
Part of Meghan’s creative side finds its outlet in designing and creating jewelry inspired by the shells and other natural materials that surface on her beach combing expeditions. The most fulfilling creative aspect of Meghan’s life lies in the daily nurture and care of her two young children, and the delight she and her husband derive from bearing privileged witness to the miracle of young minds blossoming.
Meghan is a Mission Be Mindful Educator and editor of our written materials.
Erin McManus earned her Body Centered/Somatic Psychology master’s degree from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado and her undergraduate degree in Exercise Physiology from Arizona State University. She specializes in promoting body-centered practices that integrate awareness and mindfulness, as well as intrapersonal and interpersonal connections. Erin taught Mindful Movement and Mediation at Cornell University. She is a Nutrition and Wellness Consultant. Erin received her yoga certification from Shoshoni Eldorado Mountain Ashram and adores teaching yoga for the last 10 years to all ages.
Erin is a Mindful Educator with Mission Be.
Stephanie Tolino received her Masters degree in School Counseling and her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology. Upon receiving the Masters in Education in 2013, Stephanie completed the Mindful Educator training and began educating students in Long Island school districts. She has taught in Islip, Fire Island, West Islip, Herricks, as well as the Bronx.
Since joining the Mission Be team, Stephanie has become a certified yoga teacher and a holistic health coach. She regularly visits office buildings and yoga studios, teaching yoga and mindful meditation. In the early mornings, you can find Stephanie at home teaching one-on-one virtual English lessons to students in China.
Some of Stephanie’s personal interests include singing, playing the guitar, and cooking vegan food. Stephanie is passionate about Mission Be, its curriculum, and its impact. She sees through student feedback and participation in both the need and desire for this work. Not only does it benefit the children, but Stephanie says it also serves as her own personal reminder and daily inspiration to live mindfully.
Makana is a singer/songwriter based in the Santa Cruz area. She is currently working on her debut album, which is set to be released in the summer of 2017. Her music is about personal growth and the strength of the human spirit. She is also a member of Mission Be’s mindful music program and will be bringing original music to schools throughout Northern California in 2017.
She has danced semi-professionally in Santa Cruz for the last five years and helps to coordinate events at reputable venues such as the Mah Museum, The Tannery World Arts Center and The Kumbwa Jazz Center. She is currently study theater arts at UCSC in the Fall of 2017. Makana is passionate about children, music, and meditation, which is the reasons why Mission Be is the perfect avenue for her to share her gifts and to be of service in the world.
John is a multiracial New Yorker who has been practicing mindfulness for years, and savors the unique opportunity to share what he is learning with Mission Be’s students. He practices with the New York Insight Meditation Center’s people of color meditation group in Manhattan and Brooklyn, and has received training in the Lineage Project’s trauma-sensitive, resiliency-based mindfulness program. John gained invaluable experience in group facilitation by volunteering at Rikers Island. There, John taught inmates and corrections officers meditation using awareness-of-breath, visualization, and breath-counting exercises, and facilitated open discussions where participants were safe to explore the challenges of being at Rikers. John has a Dual B.A. in Clinical Psychology & Child Development from Tufts University, as well as an MA in Politics & Education from Columbia University Teachers College.
As a P.S. 279 (Brooklyn) alumni, he especially enjoys working with children and teenagers in the NYC public schools, and looks forward to spreading our programming – and its benefits – throughout the city. John has already taught Mission Be’s program from Kindergarten through High School around the Tri-State area, and has already seen the powerful impact of teaching mindfulness to young people.
Susan Neuberger holds NYS certifications to teach childhood education and students with disabilities in grades one through six and has a masters degree in teaching literacy. Sue has been working with children since the late nineties. Her experience includes early intervention, applied behavior analysis, academic intervention and teaching life skills. Sue has worked with students from age 2 though 21. Sue worked in the beginning stages of SOAR; a social program for students with autism and their peers. Throughout her various placements Sue has mainstreamed students with their typical peers fostering acceptance, understanding and patients for students with special needs. After the birth of her first daughter, Sue took a break from full time teaching and is currently working as a substitute teacher in the elementary and middle schools for the East Islip and Half Hollow Hills school districts.
Sue’s personal mindful meditation practice began in her yoga practice. She was trained as a mindful educator with Mission Be in 2014. Since then Sue has facilitated and co-facilitated workshops for parents, students and staff for Mission Be. Sue taught Mission Be’s eight week curriculum to third, forth, and fifth graders in Bayshore Long Island and sixth grade at Riverdale County School in Bronx, NY.
Sue is honored to be a part of the Mission Be community and is eager to continue sharing mindfulness with students and staff in schools throughout New York and Long Island.