Carin Winter — CEO

Carin Winter founded Mission Be, Mindful Education in 2014. In the past two years, Carin and Mission Be have brought their mindfulness program to 52 schools in New York and California, measurably reducing stress and improving performance and self-regulation for over 40,000 students and 1,000 teachers. Carin is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) with a master’s degree graduating, Summa Cum Laude from Adelphi University. She has extensive clinical experience working with youth in schools, foster care and the juvenile justice system. Carin maintained a private counseling and healing practice for over a decade and spent nine years as a social worker at Islip Public Schools in New York specializing in substance abuse.

Carin founded Embrace Yoga Center in New York in 2007 where she directed a team teaching yoga, mindfulness, children’s yoga, movement and dance until 2014. In 2015, she was appointed to the advisory board of the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Social Movement in Sandy Hook, CT.  She is also an advisory member to Sam Beard’s organization GIFT. Carin is also a member of the advisory board at Global Mana, global Investment Foundation for Tomorrow, with a goal to bring mindfulness to the millions of people around the world. In her free time Carin can be found meditating, gardening, riding her bike and practicing yoga.

Osy Harrison, East Coast — Director of Community Outreach 

Osy Harrison spent the first part of her career in Financial Services, primarily focused on global operational risk sales, marketing, and project management for large corporate accounts. After her time in banking and corporate finance, Osy shifted her focus to the not-for-profit world. She worked part-time as the Business Manager for iRobinHood, Inc., an internet company whose mission is to create the world’s largest online giving community, and most recently, Osy focused her energy on volunteering at her daughters’ school in various leadership capacities.

She is proud to join the team and bring Mission Be’s mission to New York City’s wonderful community of parents and children. She is particularly interested in having her children become more mindful so they can increase focus, concentration, and be more present, and also develop self-regulation skills to manage stress and cultivate an outer expression of empathy.

In her free time, Osy enjoys biking, weight training, reading and spending time with her family and friends. Osy is married and lives with her husband and three children in New York City’s Upper West Side. She holds an M.B.A from Fordham Graduate School and a B.A. from the University of Miami.

Praveen Dayananda — CFO, Advisory

Praveen has studied mindfulness with Thich Nhat Hanh and the Plum Village community and is a Certified Mindfulness Facilitator through University of California Los Angeles’s Mindful Awareness Research Center. He co-founded a residential mindfulness practice center in Austin, TX and has led mindfulness-based leadership programs at Dun & Bradstreet, National Wildlife Federation, Stanford University and a number of national and regional conferences. Praveen is currently Managing Director for YSP Ventures supporting startups with strategy and fundraising. Praveen holds an MA in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies from Stanford University, and a BA in Economics from Pomona College.