Co-founder of Calm Connections since 2018 and serves as the Executive Director. Originally from Queens, NY, she attended Queens College (City University of New York) where she earned her B.A. in psychology. She also has her M.S. in clinical mental health counseling from Long Island University Post. Stacey is currently a PhD Candidate in human development and family science at Syracuse University where her research focuses on mindfulness, self-compassion and self-regulation in children and teens. She also has her own mindfulness and yoga practice that helps her keep her life in balance.
Co-founder of Calm Connections since July 2018 and serves as the Fundraising Director. She is from Los Angeles, California where she received her B.A. in psychology with a minor in child and adolescent development from California State University, Fullerton. She came to Syracuse for a PhD in human development and family science at Syracuse University (SU) where her research focuses on teen dating violence and prevention. With her career goals in program development and evaluation for community development she helped create Calm Connections. In the years prior to moving to Syracuse, Aysha found her inner peace from mindfulness and yoga practices. She wants to share these skills to help others cope with life stressors.
Brandon has been the co-founder of Calm Connections since July 2018 and currently serves as the Marketing Director. He is originally from Chicago, IL, but spent much of his life in the state of Iowa. He received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Iowa, and a M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Mount Mercy University. Currently, he is a PhD student in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program at Syracuse University. While completing his Master’s Degree Brandon co-founded “Recess”, a group focused on relieving stress and anxiety of undergraduate students through mindfulness, positive psychology, and diffusion. Brandon practices mindfulness in his free time and is passionate about culturally relevant interventions for stress reduction and emotion regulation.