Mindful Kids Peace Summit Speaker Info
Daniel Siegel • drdansiegel.com
Session Title: Me and Who You Are
Dr. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. He is also the Executive Director of the Mindsight Institute which focuses on the development of mindsight, which teaches insight, empathy, and integration in individuals, families and communities.
Dr. Siegel has published extensively for both the professional and lay audiences. His five New York Times bestsellers are:
Aware: The Science and Practice of Presence, Mind: A Journey to the Heart of Being Human, Brainstorm: The Power and
Purpose of the Teenage Brain, and two books with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D:The Whole-Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline.
His other books include: The Developing Mind (2nd Ed.), The Pocket Guide to Interpersonal Neurobiology, Mindsight, The
Mindful Brain, The Mindful Therapist, and The Yes Brain (also with Tina Payne Bryson, Ph.D). Dr. Siegel also serves as the
Founding Editor for the Norton Professional Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology which contains over seventy textbooks.
Argos Gonzalez • www.littlefloweryoga.com,
Session Title: Yoga and the Mindful Teen
Argos Gonzalez is a teacher, lecturer, and mindfulness and yoga instructor. He has 14
years of experience teaching high school in the Bronx and teaches pre-service and in-
service teachers at Hunter College School of Education in NY. Argos is certified through
both Mindful Schools and Little Flower Yoga (LFY), and currently serves as the director of
professional development for The School Yoga Project, a program of LFY and Lead Teacher
for Mindful School’s Mindful Teacher yearlong certification program.
Argos was a contributing editor to Best Practices for Yoga in Schools, and his work has been
featured in national media including NPR and The Atlantic. As a frequent speaker at
conferences including the Kripalu Yoga in Schools Symposium, Bridging the Hearts and
Minds of Youth, the Omega Mindfulness in Education Conference and the Yoga Service
Conference, Argos is an important member of the yoga in schools community and a trusted
expert with a foot in both the yoga, mindfulness, and education worlds.
His deep passion for empowering children and adolescents, and supporting other education
professionals to do the same, is clearly evident in all aspects of his work.
Cory A. Jones • Followedthebook.com
Session Title: Social Media and Communication Mindfulness
Cory Alexander is an educator, author, serial dreamer and entrepreneur who holds a
Bachelor Degree in Criminal Justice from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and a
Masters Degree in Education, School Counseling from Liberty University. With this
combination of talents and passion to encourage youth to make better decisions to the road
to success, it's no wonder that he has chosen to write books and curriculum to accomplish
On a more personal note, Cory is a big movie fan, loves to exercise, recently turned
vegetarian'ish and is totally fascinated by food documentaries and the benefits of healthy
eating. Cory’s philanthropic efforts are serving his church as an Usher and serving the
Paterson NJ community as a fatherhood curriculum program facilitator. Additionally, and
most importantly, he is a father of three, grandfather of one and devoted husband to his wife
of 16 years.
Dave Trachtenberg • www.walkthemiddleway.com
Session Title: Honoring Our Differences: The Courage to Ask Questions
Dave Trachtenberg is a mindfulness and peace-circle facilitator who has dedicated his
life to creating communities of empathy, and inspiring others to discover their innate
strength, wisdom and kindness. In addition to his 20 years of experience in mind-body
practices, Dave is an outspoken champion for racial justice, gender equality, and LGBTQ
& immigrant rights. He believes that a mindfulness-circle’s ability to provide deep
listening, inquiry, and an accepting space for people to share their stories, is a vehicle
for racial healing on an individual and societal level.
Dave currently facilitates and coaches with his private practice Walk the Middle Way, is a
Board Member for the Institute of African American Mindfulness, founded Mind-Body
Basketball, and formerly served for five years as Program Director for Minds
Incorporated, which facilitated mindfulness to 18,000 youth, educators and parents in
Washington DC schools. He has trained with The Engaged Mindfulness Institute, MBSR,
Mindful Schools, The Academy of Guided Imagery, and two Tai-Chi teachers in the
Cheng Man-Ching lineage..
Dr Dzung Vo • http://mindfulnessforteens.com
Session Title: The Mindful Teen’s Physical and Mental Health
Dzung X. Vo, MD, FAAP, is a pediatrician specializing in adolescent medicine. His medical practice, teaching, and research emphasize promoting resilience in young people to help them thrive in the face of stress and adversity. He co-developed a mindfulness training program called MARS-A, or Mindful Awareness and Resilience Skills for Adolescents. Dr. Vo is the author of The Mindful Teen: Powerful Skills to Help You Handle Stress One Moment at a Time (New Harbinger, 2015). Dr. Vo also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mindfulness in Education Network (MiEN).
Maureik Robison • innerexplorer.org
Session Title: Mindfulness is for Everyone
Maureik Robison is the Director of Program Development and Outreach for Inner Explorer. As a
former educator in the public school system, he has experience implementing mindfulness
practices and culturally responsive pedagogy in the classroom. Maureik often refers to
mindfulness as “the tool I wish I would’ve had.” He is dedicated to bringing the transformative
power of the breath to as many students as possible
Regina Washington, DRPH • https://www.lgbtcenters.org/
Session Title: Diversity and Inclusion among Mindful Teens
Dr. Washington, Director of LGBT HealthLink, a program of CenterLink, working toward
eliminating health disparities within LGBTQ communities. She provides high-level
consulting on best practices to transform health systems related to community
engagement. She has provided LGBTQ cultural competency trainings for allies,
healthcare systems, departments of health, and other community-based organizations.
Dr. Washington recently accepted a new role with CenterLink as their first Development
Officer. She will be leading the effort to build sustainable fundraising systems to support
CenterLink and the national network of more than 200 LGBTQ community centers. Dr.
Washington has over 15 years of combined experience in community, governmental, and
academic institutional leadership related to strategic planning, program development,
implementation, and evaluation. Her presentations, projects, and writings have focused
on health disparities, health education, and health policy, specifically related to tobacco
cessation and cancer control.
Dr. Washington obtained her BA in biology from Berea College, a MA in education from
Eastern Kentucky University, and a Doctor of Public Health degree from the University of
Kentucky. She has also achieved leadership and service awards, completed a National
Cancer Institute health policy CERTA Fellowship, and is a University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill Public Health Leadership Scholar.
Dr. Lee-Ann Gray • www.the-connect-group.org
Session Title: Taking in the Good: Mindfulness for Teens
Dr. Lee-Ann Gray is a Psyschologist, author, educator, and National Speaker.
She’s trained thousands of mental health professionals & educators in self-compassion for Teens, LGBT & Youth, compassion, and more.
Her forhtcoming book on Educational Trauma is the first of its kind. Dr. gray passionate about training because she believes the world needs more empathy, compassion, kindness & respect.
Self-Compassion for Teens: 129 Activities & Practices to Cultivate Kindness
LGBTQ+ Youth: A Guided Workbook to Support Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity