Board of Directors

Molly M. Schreiber
Founder
CEO, Challenge to Change, Inc.

Molly is the owner of Challenge To Change Inc. She is the mother of four beautiful children; Sydney, Maggie, Jacob, and Maria and wife to tom. Through Molly's life experiences she came to love the practice of yoga.

 

Weaving together her background in education, her love for yoga and passion for creating peace and kindness in the world, Molly developed Challenge To Change—a place of health, wellness, yoga and peace for people of all ages.

Mae Hingtgen
Board President
Social Worker & Yoga Teacher

As a social worker and yoga teacher, it's a natural fit for me to be involved in the Mindful Minutes for Schools board.  Our mission brings together my two biggest passions - yoga and mindfulness with the well-being of children.  Through my own practice, teaching others, and observing children practicing yoga, I know more than ever that the benefits of self-regulation, acceptance and kindness will be beneficial life-long skills for the children. 

 

As parents, teachers and citizens, I know we all want this for the children in our lives, and I am grateful for the support already received. I am honored to serve as the board President, and I am committed to making these practices accessible to all children in our community.  

Katie Wiedemann
Board Vice President
Director of External Relations, NICC

For 14 years I was a television news reporter in Dubuque, Iowa. I covered everything from fairs and festivals to natural disasters, tragic deaths and  violent crimes. Through that experience, I routinely became involved with people who were experiencing the worst moments of their life.  I became keenly aware of what happens to human beings when they don't  practice mindfulness and self-care. The practices I have learned through Challenge to Change have helped me become a more centered person. ​ As a mother of two young children, I want every kid to have the opportunity to learn self-regulation and mindfulness the way my own children have. 

 

As a board member, I am honored to help promote the Mindful Minutes for Schools  mission. 

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Naomi Weidman
Board Treasurer
Executive Manager, National Sales

My entire career I have worked in the education space and know the impact of learning and it’s ability to change lives. Mindful Minutes for Schools is so in line with my passion for helping students grow and learn. Starting children out with a foundation of mindfulness is a wonderful gift. 

 

Personally, the benefit of yoga and mindfulness has helped me throughout my life. I am honored to be Treasurer of the board.

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Corrie DeMuth
Board Secretary
Educator, Alternative Learning

Learning Mindfulness with Molly at Challenge to Change has given me the tools to practice with Students at the Alternative Learning Center.

 

I have watched our students embrace mindfulness from weekly meditations in a large group on site activities, and small group practicing.

 

Seeing students learning to self-regulate their emotions has been impactful.

Stephanie Grutz
Board Member
Family Nurse Practitioner
Integrative Medicine

I am honored to be a member of Mindful Minutes. As a nurse practitioner, I see what stress does to myself and to my patients on a daily basis. There are so many acute and chronic problems associated with ineffective coping skills, which are often developed at a young age.

 

This board is bridging the gap between mindfulness, effective emotional response and our youth. I see the large potential for Mindful Minutes, helping bring meditation and mindfulness to every student of all ages and all economic levels. I'm proud to be a member.

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Kristina Castañeda
Board Member
Art Educator, Dubuque CSD

As a middle school teacher, health coach, and mother of two, Mindful Minutes for Schools aligns with my need to advocate for equity, brain health, and celebration of the whole child.

 

An alarming 1 in 4 children has experienced trauma by age 4, and this number increases to over 2/3 of kids by age 16. 40% of children nationwide live within the instability of poverty. More than 1 in 3 children reports being emotionally bullied by peers, and school violence is on the rise, the roots of which are feelings of isolation, alienation, and exclusion. Suicide rates are escalating, and 70% of youth with diagnosable anxiety and depression are not getting treatment...

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Jessica Reimer
Board Member
OFP Supply Management Specialist

I am originally from rural Sparland, Illinois just north of Peoria.  I have been practicing Qigong exercises since I was a small child alongside my grandmother, who taught her own classes for many years and took me to workshops with her teachers.  In addition, I am a certified Yoga, Pilates and Zumba instructor and have been teaching fitness classes since 2010. 

 

After moving to Dubuque in 2013, I was fortunate to join John Deere and put my degree in Agricultural Economics to use.  I also had the opportunity to teach fitness classes at the factory fitness center. Our Wellness committee chair asked me if I would be interested in creating a program to help employees develop greater resiliency...

Bobby & Taylor Koneru
Board Members
President, Founder (Bobby)
Dosimetrist (Taylor)
Paramount Oncology Group

We are proud and honored to be on the board of Mindful Minutes.  Our medical careers with cancer patients have shown us not only how important your physical health is, but also your emotional health as well. Mindfulness techniques have been proven to greatly benefit cancer patients.  The same applies for our youth.  Children, who are just learning to manage their internal noise, can benefit significantly from instruction on how to self regulate their mind and emotions, rather than having to stumble through it on their own.  It is very challenging to navigate through this distracting age of technology.   Students who engage in mindfulness demonstrate significant increase in both global and long-term self-regulation compared to students who didn’t have the opportunity to do so. 

 

We are excited to help bring this to the children and students of Dubuque.

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Katy Wethel
Board Member
Nurse Practitioner

As a nurse practitioner, I have been witness to the transformative experience that mindful practices can bring to my patients. I am grateful to have personally found peace, serenity and joy in my own daily meditation and yoga practice.

As the mother of three children who each practice yoga routinely, I have seen first hand how emotional regulation, self awareness and self love can be cultivated early in our children’s lives.

I am proud to serve on the board of Mindful Minutes and believe promotion of these practices in our youth will change the lives of generations to come.

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Dr. Tom Ottavi, PHD
Board Member
Psychologist, Mercy Medical Center

The Mindful Minutes Board involvement is a positive connection opportunity both personally and with my career as a psychologist.  It has been inspiring to see the many benefits of mindfulness practices and yoga for people of many ages over years of psychology work.  I have personally felt the benefits of mindfulness practices and yoga and appreciate my teachers and opportunities to learn and practice.  Advancing present moment connections and creative activities truly assists youth to move toward rich and meaningful experiences and directions in their lives. 

 

I feel proud to be part of a board helping advance these practices in the schools and to further promote community and personal growth. 

Christina Nugent
Board Member
Principal, Fulton Elementary School

Bringing yoga and mindfulness to schools is important to me because it builds life long skills.  Just as it is important for students to learn basic skills like reading and math, it is just as important for students to learn to recognize and regulate their emotions.

 

Yoga and mindfulness practices are critical for students to navigate their future life.

Andrea (Andi) Parrett, CPA
Board Member
Associate President Finance

Andi is the Associate Vice President Finance at University of Dubuque. She has been practicing yoga regularly for more than three years.

Andi is an accounting professional
with 29 years’ experience in a variety of financial roles including financial reporting and analysis, budgeting, cash flow, banking and insurance, internal control and risk
assessment.

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