Who are we?

Staff

Jamie Reygle Jamie Reygle (Executive Director) has been involved in the nonprofit sector for most of his adult life. Originally from Australia, he has served on the boards of The Wilderness Society, the Queensland Music Industry Association, radio station 2NCR, and Blue Mountain School (in Floyd). His work history includes much work with disadvantaged youth, music promotion and management, journalism, teaching, and corporate customer service. He has been practicing mindfulness since 2003. Since then, his interest in mindfulness has led him to run workshops, staff at least a dozen meditation retreats, and teach mindfulness in local public schools. Jamie has a BA in Psychology from Murdoch University.

Teachers

Angela Cardenas
Angela Cardenas

Alan Forrest
Alan Forrest

Joe Klein
Joe Klein

Anna Pittman
Anna Pittman

Jamie Reygle
Jamie Reygle
Sandy Jahmi Burg Sandy Jahmi Burg is a Certified Focusing Professional and runs Floyd Focusing. She is a mother of three young adults with a background as a Medical Technologist, who has spent many years investigating self-care techniques and nutrition. She studied Circles of Trust with Parker Palmer and facilitated her own Wholeness Circles through the nonprofit Circle Toward Wholeness, which she founded and ran. As a partner in the Software Training Institute she created educational content for the cooperative communication computer game, Peace Navigator, coordinating over 30 students to create its audiovisual effects. Sandy is a Sufi initiate, and has studied with Aramaic scholar and Sufi teacher Neil Douglas-Klotz in his Abwoon Interspiritual Leadership Program. She has also taken a 17-Day Immersive Permaculture Design Apprentice Training, and continues to offer Sustainable Landscape Design Consultations.
Mel Crumb Mel Crumb discovered mindfulness and meditation at the Heart of the Blue Ridge Sangha, after working for 25 years as an architect and engineer with General Motors, Phillip Morris, ABB Robotics, Merck Pharmaceuticals, Nuclear Utility Services, and the Pentagon. She has since taught mindfulness in the Western Virginia Regional Jail, and to teens in schools and in the justice system. She has had nearly a decade of mindfulness practice, has sat with Thich Nhat Hahn, Sharon Salzburg, and George Mumford, and has completed the Prison Mindfulness Institute’s Path of Freedom course.
Shimila Keenum Shimila Keenum has dedicated herself to helping others through bridging the mind and body connection as a social worker and registered nurse. She leads a mindfulness meditation group at Horizon Behavioral Health, where she currently works as a Nurse Educator. She received her MSW from Radford University. Her research background is in mindfulness and burnout in the human services field. Shimila has been cultivating her own personal mindfulness practice for many years, which has inspired her passion to help others through teaching and co-facilitating experiential and didactic outpatient groups and public workshops.
Miranda Mauldon Miranda Mauldon is an iBme veteran, who has been teaching meditation classes since she was a teenager, when she ran the meditation club at Blacksburg High School. She is particularly focused on teaching workshops that combine laughter yoga, improvisational acting games, and lovingkindness meditation to bring together children and adults alike. In her free time, she is a community organizer, a ukulele player, and a frequent nap-taker.
Alison Siller Alison Siller is a mother of four and co-owner of Sweetwater Baking Company, who has discovered that children are our greatest mindfulness teachers. Through this realization she has developed Mindful Adventure Summer Camps, providing an opportunity for children to establish growth and mindful boundaries within themselves and with the natural environment.
Nenden Stillman-Runyon Nenden Stillman-Runyon, LCSW, is a mental health therapist who brings mindfulness practices into her work with veterans at the Salem Veterans Affairs Medical Center. With an emphasis on cultivating awareness of the mind-body connection in trauma-informed therapy, she integrates mindfulness into individual and group settings and is continually impressed by its flexibility, effectiveness and expansive quality. Nenden continues to explore ways in which mindfulness can be used in work with chronic pain, and as a modality in combination with her training in EMDR. She also leads online mindfulness groups for brain injury survivors through Brain Injury Services of Southwestern Virginia’s CLiC Forward program. She received her MSW from Radford University, where she learned how to use mindfulness practice for personal and professional growth.

Board

Steve Weber Steve Weber (Chair) retired from electrical power generation after thirty years working at generating stations in North Carolina, Utah, Colorado, and Washington. He is past chair of the board of trustees for Ocean View United Methodist Church in Oak Island, NC, and was the founding chair, and later secretary, for the Springhouse Community School Board. In past years Steve attended various workshops with Miguel Ruiz, author of The Four Agreements. He attended a three-year guided meditative practice traveling to Connecticut monthly to participate in what Ruiz calls the Art of Dreaming. Steve continues to meditate on a regular basis. He has a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management from Virginia Tech.
Billy Ludtke Billy Ludtke (Treasurer) is a semi-retired veteran of the Marine Corps, who has owned and run several businesses, including Medical Professional Staffing Services, a truck farming business, and as a Class A Contractor (in which he built much of the infrastructure for the Bhavana Society, under Bhante Gunaratana). He acquired certification as a Registered Nurse from Sheppard University, and continues to work as a travel Nurse. Billy also attended the New England Conservatory of Music.
Alan Forrest Dr. Alan Forrest, Ed.D. (Secretary) is a Professor in the Department of Counselor Education at Radford University. Alan is a Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist who has extensive clinical experience in the areas of individual, couples, family, and group counseling. In addition to his personal mindfulness meditation practice, Alan leads, and co-leads, mindfulness retreats for college and graduate students, medical students, human service and mental health professionals, educators, young adults and others. He is actively involved in infusing mindfulness into both his counseling practice and into the college classroom. Alan is interested in contemplative pedagogy and facilitates weekly mindfulness practice groups at Radford University for faculty, staff, and students. He has served as a conference committee member for various mindfulness-based conferences in Southwest Virginia. Alan has been a consultant and trainer for various mental health centers, school districts, hospices, businesses, and organizations. Alan is affiliated with a private practice, Life in Balance: Counseling & Wellness Center in Christiansburg.
Jessica Cromer Jessica Cromer is the Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Innovation at Floyd County Public Schools. Formerly the Principal of Check Elementary School, she has been inspired by the impact mindfulness training has had on her students. She has a passion for education and hard work, and is committed to make every effort to use her talents for the greater good.
Swede McBroom Swede McBroom is a long-term mindfulness practitioner, who has led the Blue Mountain Center of Meditation Satsang in Floyd for many years. He also leads a community meditation group, and both are held at Shanti on Deer Park Farm—a beautiful meditation hall that is open to the public, which he built on his property. He has plans to build a retreat center at the same location. He is the former owner of The Natural Woodworking Co., which produced quality hand-made furniture pieces using traditional means of joinery.
Lori Marsh Lori Marsh earned a Ph.D. from Cornell University in Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and served on the faculty of the Biological Systems Engineering Department at Virginia Tech for 15 years before becoming a Research Associate Professor in the university’s Food Science and Technology Department. She is now as an Adjunct Professor in the Math and Statistics Department at Radford University. She became interested in yoga and eastern philosophy after hiking the Appalachian Trail in 2000, and has completed a Yoga Alliance Certified yoga teacher training and taught yoga for several years. Yoga led her to meditation, and she is a member of a New River Valley Sangha and attends meditation retreats annually. Her daughter is an ordained Buddhist nun in Myanmar, where they have spent months together in retreat, immersing themselves in a wide range of teachings in the Theravada tradition.
Anna Pittman Dr. Anna Pittman began her career as a modern dancer, studying the Limón style of modern dance from a practicing Zen teacher; and studied Hatha and Raja Yoga with Carla Sgroi of the European Yoga Alliance in Milan, Italy. She acquired certification as a 500-hour Advanced teacher of Hatha Yoga, Meditation, Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, Shiatsu bodywork, Massage, Transpersonal Barratt Breathwork, and the studies of Dharma Ocean. Anna holds a PhD in Consciousness Studies and a Masters degree in Transpersonal Psychology. She now works as a Life Transformation Consultant, where she combines these various modalities into an experience of resolution and integration.
Elizabeth Spellman Elizabeth Spellman, JD, is a Virginia native who is building a sustainable farm and homestead, Singing Spring Farm, with her husband in the Sinking Creek Valley. She is a nonprofit consultant and works with organizations and cooperatives in Appalachia, the Chesapeake region, and New England, with a focus on sliding scale models and food systems. Elizabeth completed an alignment-based yoga teacher training at New River Yoga in West Virginia, and taught there before moving to southwest Virginia.  She has a Mental Health First Aid certification and attends Jung Tao School of Classical Chinese Medicine part-time. Elizabeth is committed to affordable and holistic medicine in central Appalachia, as well as making opportunities for personal cultivation and mental and spiritual well-being more accessible in rural places.

Advisory Team

Tommy Bailey Tommy Bailey has an extensive background in project management and marketing, and is currently the Marketing Manager for Inflow. He is the founder of the Floyd Silent Meditation Group, and has been practicing mindfulness for several years. Tommy has also completed the Appalachian Trail, and is the author of The Appalachian Trail, Step by Step. He also compiled and edited Floyd Folks: Collective Wisdom from a (One Stoplight) Mountain Community.
Cheryl Burrell-Graves Cheryl Burrell-Graves is an Assistant Principal at Christiansburg Middle School. She has been an avid mindfulness and meditation supporter for students and educators, and an advocate for how they increase focus and retention. She has years of experience in the medical insurance and engineering fields and holds a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Angela Cardenas Angela Cardenas’ passion is to help individuals achieve personal growth and maintain balance in their lives. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling and Human Development from Radford University. Her undergraduate studies include psychology and the biological sciences. Angela believes that good mental health is a vital part of wellness and that a practice of mindfulness plays a key role, providing means to both help individual and to help build healthy communities. Angela is currently a resident counselor at Life in Balance Counseling and Wellness Center, and an Adjunct Instructor at Radford University where she teaches the undergraduate course The Concepts, Process, and Practices of Mindfulness. Angela also facilitates mindfulness retreats, groups, and classes.
Woody Crenshaw Woody Crenshaw was the owner and founder of Crenshaw Lighting, a nationally-known custom chandelier studio; owner of the Floyd Country Store; and a restorer of historic buildings. For many years, he has been an advocate for the creative economy of southwest Virginia. He is the founding president of ’Round the Mountain, Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Network, and SustainFloyd; vice-president of The Crooked Road, Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail; and vice-chairman of the Southwest Virginia Cultural Heritage Commission. A long-term resident of Floyd County, he lives with his wife, Jackie, in a passive solar cabin he built near the Blue Ridge Parkway.
Jason Dilg Jason Dilg recently relocated to southwest Virginia from the Front Range of Colorado. He is a mindfulness practitioner who has been working with the nonprofit BeMindful in Denver. He has completed their teacher training, including a mental health first aid certification. He was also a TEDx producer in Denver for 5 years, and a respected musician and interpreter of Appalachian dance tunes and ballads.
Angie Ellis Angie Ellis is a southwest Virginia native who was introduced to mindfulness about five years ago. She is consistently working to cultivate and expand her own daily practices. She continues to be amazed at how mindfulness has transformed her own spiritual, mental, and physical well-being.
Will Griffin Will Griffin is a certified CPA with decades of experience. Although not claiming to personally have a mindfulness practice, he is an avid golfer, which is perhaps the most mindful sport of all. He has been the Mayor of Floyd since 2010.
Joe Klein Joe Klein, LPC, CSAC, is the founder of iBme. He holds a vision of a new paradigm in education where individuals are supported in cultivating their birthright capacities for joy & love, wonder & curiosity, wisdom & inner genius. Joe brings playfulness, Earth connection and whole brain/whole body/whole-heartedness to his work as a counselor and meditation teacher. He teaches graduate courses, retreats and workshops on mindfulness at Radford University and provides mindfulness-infused counseling for people who struggle with depression, anxiety, trauma, and addictions in southwest Virginia. In 2014, Joe helped to co-found Springhouse Community School, which fosters connection to self, community and Earth through mentoring and project-based learning for teens in grades 7-12.
Nate Kretzschmar Nate Kretzschmar served as the general manager of the Southeast Vipassana Meditation Center, and was a trustee on the Vipassana Prison Trust, helping to initiate and run silent meditation retreats within the prison systems of North America. He is trained as a children’s and teen course teacher of Anapana (mindfulness of the in-and-out breath) meditation, and has been involved in conducting multiple courses for kids. He is also trained as an Assistant Teacher in the S.N. Goenka Vipassana Meditation tradition. Nate is currently working for National Counseling Group as a Therapeutic Day Treatment counselor at Floyd Elementary School, serving a caseload of kids with severe mental health and behavioral issues, and has been working to incorporate mindfulness into his daily work with these children.
Ric Kuhlbars Ric Kuhlbars is an ordained Elder of the United Methodist Church and decorated military veteran. He has over 30 years of human service experience, including work as a Senior Pastor, Sunday School Teacher, Trainer , Youth Minister, and Youth Counselor. As a Colonel in the US Army, Ric has 15 years of Senior Level Assignments in the US Army Chaplain Corps, 18 years of experience in senior executive and managerial level positions, and 15 years of experience in force management, force integration, policy development, combat developments and training development. After leaving the Army, Ric created multi-media company, Virtual Life Solutions, which developed interactive resources for religious education, spiritual renewal, and faith formation, and then became Director of the Army Substance Program at Fort Bragg. He has a Master of Strategic Studies, a Master of Theology, a Bachelor of Arts in Social Psychology, and an Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts, and has written several publications.
Parrish Lee Parrish Lee is a graphic designer and marketer. Born and raised in North Carolina, he has worked with large and small companies from Madonna to Crafty Quilting (a small quilting company created by a stay-at-home mother), and genuinely enjoys helping others succeed. Parrish has been practicing mindfulness for three years and until now has been entirely self taught. He enjoys guiding friends and family who are ready to experience mindfulness with him.
John R. F. Lewis John R. F. Lewis is the Executive Director of Apple Ridge Farm. He is a Roanoke native, with more than 15 years of experience working with inner-city youth and communities in Richmond and Roanoke, in the fields of public education and nonprofit management. He is the Founder and former Executive Director of the urban agricultural education nonprofit Renew Richmond. He is also an educator, Certified Prevention Specialist and Qualified Mental Health Professional, engaging communities in evidence-based prevention and enrichment programs.
Douglas K. Lindner Dr. Douglas K. Lindner has been a faculty member in Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering since 1982. His past research interests include control theory and smart materials. He has organized several conferences including “Contemplative Practices for a Technological Society” at Virginia Tech in April, 2013 and “Contemplative Practices for the 21st Century University” in March of 2016. In the 2013-14 academic year he was the Fredrick Lenz Fellow at Naropa University. His current research interests include the development of ethics instruction for STEM incorporating mindfulness. He practices meditation and qigong.
Andy Morikawa Andrew J. Morikawa served as executive director of the Community Foundation of the New River Valley (CFNRV), from 1997-2010, leaving a legacy of community-based philanthropy. He has served as a founding board member for a number of community-based nonprofits including the New Mountain Climbers Giving Circle, Free Clinic of the New River Valley, and New River Valley Habitat for Humanity. He served as CEO of New River Community Action (1981-1988) and World SHARE (1988-1996). Andy currently is Senior Fellow at the Virginia Tech School of Public and International Affairs’ Institute for Policy and Governance, where he produces the Community Voices program and the Trustees Without Borders podcast. He is a founder and steering group member of the Dialogue on Race, a community-based initiative now in its fifth year working to end racial injustice in Virginia’s Montgomery County. He is Chairman of the Board for Community Housing Partners and board member for Via International, SustainFloyd Foundation, and The Community Group. He does consulting work specializing in nonprofit governance and board development.
Kim O'Donnell Kim O’Donnell is a retired Juvenile and Domestic Relations District Court Judge. Prior to becoming a judge, she served as both a public defender and a prosecutor in Richmond, Virginia. During her legal career, she served on the boards of various non-profits, including the Richmond CASA program, the Prison Visitation Project, and the YWCA of Greater Richmond. She has also served on the Advisory Board of Visitors for Mary Baldwin College and was a member of the McArthur Foundation Research Network on Adolescent Development and Juvenile Justice. In addition to her undergraduate and law degrees, she has a Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. Her interest in mindfulness-based practices began over a decade ago when she served as a full-time caregiver for her mother and began searching for ways to deal with the stress associated with end of life transitions. Her life has been profoundly enriched by these practices as well as other disciplines that support greater awareness and consciousness in daily life.
Courtney Pace Courtney Pace is a Certified Massage Therapist and yoga teacher, and the owner of Studio 221 and Blume Botanicals, and co-owner and vice president of GreenWoods, Inc. Prior to being a businesswoman, Courtney served as a Senior Consultant in Corporate Responsibility for Peacework Development Fund. She studied Forestry and Environmental Science at Virginia Tech.
Emily Redding Emily Redding is a High School Math Teacher at Christiansburg High School. She has a BS in Mathematics Education from Kansas State University and a MS in Educational Leadership from Radford University. Emily has been helping students in math for the past 18 years through private tutoring and teaching in high schools in the United States and Dominican Republic. Her graduate research project examined how mindfulness could be incorporated in schools to help ease anxiety in both students and teachers. Emily uses parts of the MindUp Curriculum and resources from ClassDojo in her teaching to help students learn about their brains, their emotions, and ways to cope with anxiety and stress in the classroom setting.
Dr. Pat Shoemaker Dr. Pat Shoemaker taught in elementary, music, early childhood, and gifted education programs for twenty years. She has worked in post-secondary education for over thirty years. Dr. Shoemaker served as the Dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Radford University from 2006 to 2015, where she fostered the overarching theme of Mind, Body, Spirit, incorporating faculty development activities and campus workshops on mindfulness and socio-emotional development, and mindfulness in education, leadership, and organizational development. She now serves as the Director of Peace Studies at Radford, and is Co-Coordinator of the Roots and Branches Commission, where she continues to teach classes in peace studies and mindfulness. Dr. Shoemaker’s research interests are in socio-emotional learning and developmentally-based education, and in contemplative practices in higher education, leadership, and organizational development.
Susanna Smith Susanna Smith is a Reading Specialist, with over 20 years’ experience, at Belview Elementary School. She has an MA in Elementary Education from Virginia Tech, and a Reading Specialist Degree from UVA. Smith taught at Blue Mountain School in Floyd before moving to Arlington, where she was a Reading Specialist for Arlington Public Schools for 14 years. She has attended many workshops through the Kennedy Center’s Changing Education Through the Arts Program (CETA), which gives teachers skills to help students understand and maintain a calm mind and body during learning.