Carin Winter – CEO, Founder & President
Carin Winter founded Mission Be, Mindful Education in 2014 and had brought their program to 72 schools in New York and California, trained thousands of educators and impacted over 52,500 students. Carin is a Licensed Master Social Worker, completing graduate school with the highest honors, Summa Cum Laude from Adelphi University. She has extensive clinical experience working with youth in schools, foster care and the juvenile justice system. Carin founded and maintained Healing Arts of the South Shore, a private counseling and healing practice for over a decade, as well as Embrace Yoga Studio in NY for eight years. She also spent ten years as a school social worker in New York specializing in substance abuse. Carin co-chaired the Islip Drug Education and Awareness Task Force for 10 years combatting substance abuse and the heroin epidemic on Long Island.
Since 2015, she has been a committee leader with the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Social Movement in Sandy Hook, CT. She is also an advisory member to GIFT, the Global Investment Foundation for Tomorrow and a member of the advisory board at Global Mana. She is a speaker for Safe and Sound Schools founded in Sandy Hook, CT.
Carin has presented at: The White House, The Palo Alto VA Hospital, Singularity, Facebook, Tiger 21, Americorp, CIIS, The NY Open Center, The Omega Institute, Wisdom 2.0, the Assemblage, Santa Clara University, Menlo College, St. Joseph’s College and Long Island University.
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.