Andres has been the Co-Founder and Marketing Director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001. For sixteen years, Andres has taught yoga to diverse populations throughout the world, including Baltimore City Public School students, drug treatment centers, mental crisis facilities, homeless shelters, wellness centers, colleges, private schools and other various venues throughout the nation and throughout the world. He has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and the Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study and is a published author in the Journal of Children’s Services. His work with the Holistic Life Foundation has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News, CNN, and CBS, as well as O the Oprah Magazine, The Washington Post, Upworthy, Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, Shambala Sun, and many other publications. He is a certified Health Coach through the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, maintains a B.S. in Marketing from University of Maryland, College Park and an MBA from the University of Maryland, University College.
Bonnie is the Buddhist Chaplain at Syracuse University. Coming from The Zen Center of Syracuse, she has coordinated and helped run the on-campus sitting meditations located in Hendricks Chapel for many years. Bonnie originally worked for SU’s Center on Human Policy beginning in 1996, but, after retiring in 2005, she rejoined Syracuse University as the Buddhist Chaplain.
Her work, in addition to leading and coordinating sitting meditations, focuses on developing health and wellness initiatives at Syracuse University. Bonnie’s leadership, vision, and initiative have helped to create the Contemplative Collaborative, a group that gives Syracuse students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to integrate contemplative practice into their daily lives.
Diane Grimes, PhD
Diane is an associate professor in the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies at Syracuse University. Interested in the relationship between mindfulness and communication theory, she teaches courses on Mindful Communication Skills, Mindful Communication Theory and a contemplative version of Communication and Organizational Diversity. Trained in critical organizational communication, her research includes work on race (including whiteness) and gender in relation to communication, identity, change, and power in organizations. In 2014, she developed and presented (with three others) a workshop on Contemplative Pedagogy at the National Communication Association conference. She leads meditation for the Syracuse Veterans’ Writing Group. She is President of the Contemplative Collaborative.