Kathy has trained over 20,000 individuals on how to integrate yoga-based movement, breathing techniques, and social/emotional skills into classroom and therapeutic settings. She holds a master’s degree in social work with more than twenty years of experience in regular and special education settings. Kathy is adjunct faculty for St. Mary’s University and is ACE (American Council on Exercise), Yoga Alliance (E-RYT 200), and Yoga Calm certified.
As the Director of Operations I am passionate about creating a space that is both welcoming and safe for our participants. My expertise lies in organization and human relations. I see my job as making sure our trainers are supported to do their work and our participants are in a beautiful space to learn and take in the teachings of mindfulness and movement. Over 32 years as a realtor and residential home specialist. I live and work by the philosophy that it’s not what you say but how you make people feel.
Chrissy Mignogna, ERYT 200
Chrissy Mignogna, E-RYT (Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher), is a Certified Yoga Calm Trainer and Teacher. She has trained hundreds of staff, parents and counselors to use the Yoga Calm® and Move Mindfully® curriculums in daycares, schools, hospitals and therapeutic environments. Chrissy currently teaches in preschools/daycares, elementary schools, and middle schools. She also provides trauma responsive yoga for the child/adolescent mental health unit and dual diagnosis units at University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and United Hospital.. In addition to teaching children and teens, Chrissy teaches community-based yoga classes to adults and seniors. Chrissy is a frequent presenter locally including Minnesota Education Association,(MEA), Autism Minnesota, Minnesota Association of Community Mental Health Programs (MACMHP), Minnesota Association for Family and Early Education (MNAFEE) Evangelical Lutheran Educational Association (ELEA)and was keynote for Division for Early Childhood (DECC).
Stephanie Kennelly, MA Ed.
Stephanie Kennelly comes to 1000 Petals after spending 10 years in the Elementary School classroom. After experiencing life changing results with Move Mindfully, she joined the team as social media coordinator and membership facilitator. Her passion lies in providing this valuable information to educators and anyone else working with children. In her free time, Stephanie enjoys playing outside with her two young sons and husband.
Allison serves as the accountant for 1000 Petals. With over 20 years experience in accounting she brings her financial expertise to the team. In her freetime she loves spending time exercising and having fun with family and friends.
Lynn has worked in public education for over 22 years as an elementary teacher, assistant principal, and is a retired principal from the Rosemount, Apple Valley, Eagan school district. She has a bachelor degree in Business Administration-Management from the University of Texas at Arlington, a teaching license from Concordia University-Oregon, and a master’s in Education and an Administrative license from Hamline University. She is also a certified Yoga Calm instructor and is certified at the 200 hour level in Soma Yoga. Lynn is committed to educating adults and youth about the transformative and healing power of yoga.
Katie Thune, MA Ed., RYT
Katie has had over 20 years experience working with students with and without disabilities. For the past 6 years she has had experience with yoga-based interventions and mindfulness for people with disabilities. She has her Teaching License in Health Education, and Special Education K – 12, as well as her MA in Education: Developmental Disabilities. She received her RYT-200 training through Devanadi Yoga in Minneapolis and Yoga Calm training with 1000-Petals in Saint Paul.
Samantha Moe, M.A. SLP
Samantha Moe is a certified Parent and Life Coach who is passionate about uncovering the gifts of children with intense behaviors. She quickly learned that in order to truly improve outcomes it was critical to explore outside-the-box strategies. Combining a strong passion for brain science, mindfulness, and transformation Samantha pioneered a new path for gaining children’s cooperation and helping the toughest children develop self-control. She coined this new path the Mad2Glad Blueprint and it is grounded in Samantha’s strong background of direct services to families. Her work has evolved into coaching parents of all types of children to dramatically reduce defiance and disrespect and re-establish confidence and authority. Inspired by caring professionals who are devoted to children’s well-being, Samantha Moe is the creator of the leading Parent Coach Certification program that equips industry professionals with the tools and resources they need to transform their clients lives and find joy in their work.
Josephine collaborates with 1000 Petals as an advocate for continuing mindfulness work with parent education. With twenty plus years working with children and families Josephine is committed to transforming the lives of children and their families. Her passion lies in prevention and education around the ideas of mindfulness.
Laura is a school psychologist that has served as a researcher for 1000 Petals. Laura investigated the impact of staff trained in Yoga Calm and fidelity of implementation within the Moving and Learning Residency. Laura is passionate about creating and researching prevention programs that continue social emotional learning.
Wendy Schemmel is a Wife, Mother, Nurse Anesthetist, Yoga Calm teacher, and Essential Oil Educator. She is passionate about not only creating the best life for her family but helping others create their best life. Wendy uses essential oil in her home daily with her own family and is excited to help integrate doTERRA’s pure therapeutic grade essential oils into both yoga calm and her practice as a Nurse Anesthetist.
Johanna McGough-Pose and Katie Novak
Johanna and Katie are the OTR/L collaborators with 1000 Petals. After completing their Yoga Calm certification, they launched Finding the Calm. They believe in addressing the needs of individuals with sensory processing difficulties and assisting regulation using mindful movement.
Nimi Singh, M.D., M.P.H., M.A.
Nimi is an Assistant professor and Division Head of Adolescent Health and Medicine in the Department of Pediatrics. She received her medical degree at Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York City, did a residency in Pediatrics and International Child Health at Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland Ohio. She holds two Masters degrees, one in Medical Anthropology from Case Western Reserve University and one in Public Health from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she completed her training with a fellowship in Adolescent medicine. Since completing her medical training, she has pursued training in a number of Integrative medicine therapies, including in Functional Medicine, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction, Health Realization, Yoga Calm, and Food as Medicine. In 2006, she received board certification in Integrative Medicine.
Rudolph John Rousseau III
Empowering African American youth and their families is truly Rudy Rousseau’s life work. His community involvement reflects this commitment. Rudy is currently Director of School Success Programs, Children and Family Services at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation. In addition, for the past 23 years, Rudy has led the development and implementation of Wilder’s Kofi Services, a culturally specific, school and home-based program developed to increase the positive functioning of African-American and Hmong youth. Rudy has been providing therapy to families and individuals for over 30 years, through his private practice with J. Taborn & Associates. Rudy Rousseau is a leader, a community-builder, a compassionate advocate, and a lover of life.
Jackie Levin, M.A.
Working in business and public education settings over the past 42 years, Jackie Levin has designed a wealth of products and programs that inspire individuals and teams to bring their full expression into “work life” and “life work.” In 1985 Jackie co-founded AbleNet, Inc. and led the development of assistive technology products and curriculum that has provided a means of independence and fulfillment for individuals with disabilities worldwide. In 2004 Jackie co designed The Butterfly Peace Path labyrinth with William Grace Frost. Jackie’s Butterfly Peace Path curricular resources and collaborative partnerships with public schools and non-profit organizations have created a powerful context for educators, families, social service providers, and clients to foster learning and wellness through stress reduction, conflict resolution, life balance and healing. Jackie’s work to engage urban and suburban youth (elementary through high school age) and young adults in transition is evident through programs she has designed and implemented with hundreds of individuals since 2007.
Creating healthy schools and therapeutic environments by rooting mindfulness and movement into the heart of our families and communities.