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Board of Directors

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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.

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Jordan Turner
Executive Director
Yoga in the Schools Director, Challenge to Change, Inc.

Jordan previously worked as an Elementary Teacher for 6 years in a title one building. Within those years she saw the need for social and emotional learning for students and teachers. She brought this into her school through yoga and mindfulness which then led her to Mindful Minutes for Schools. Besides her passion for yoga and mindfulness she is also a mother and wife to a Principal, who also shares the same passion with social and emotional learning. 

She can not wait to bring all her passions together to continue to grow this wonderful non-profit and continue to spread their mission within our community and further. 

Mae Hingtgen
Board President 
School 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
United Way of Dubuque Area Tri-States, Vice President of Development.

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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Corrie DeMuth
Board Member
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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Nicole Carr
Board Treasurer
Special Services Tech at Heartland Financial (HTLF)

I have been in the bank industry for almost 30 years. I am a mom of three. I have been fortunate enough to work part time so I could focus on being a mom. As a mom I believe in this program and how much it helps children with their emotions. It can also help them with their mind, body and balance. I believe in what yoga can do for everyone. I too enjoy the practice of yoga at least once per week. I am honored to be on the board and help spread this wonderful program to so many schools with children that really need it.

Naomi Weidman
Board Member
Director of Demand Center Operations, McGraw Hill

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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Kristina Castañeda
Board Secretary
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...

Ben Layer
Board Member
Wellbeing Coordinator, MBAEA

For the past eighteen years, Ben has creatively served and progressively helped to transform student behavior and learning across multiple schools within the Chicagoland and Quad City areas.  In addition to managing day to day specialty school psychologist roles in the schools, Ben has served in leadership and coaching capacities at the district level, as well as, with state, regional, and national organizations.  Ben was most recently appointed as the Wellbeing Coordinator for the Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency (MBAEA), where he works hard to oversee and align appropriate Social, Emotional, Behavioral, & Mental Health services and supports to school districts across Eastern Iowa.  Ben is recognized as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist and is the founder of Purpose Psychoeducational Coaching, LLC.  He is also in the process of completing his 95 hour youth yoga and mindfulness teacher training through Challenge to Change.  

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Krissy Mueller
Board Member
Yoga Instructor + Owner, B1 Yoga Studio

Krissy is a certified 95-hour kids yoga instructor through Challenge to Change and an E-RYT 500 hour certified adult yoga instructor. She has been a personal trainer and taught group fitness classes for over 17 years and loves bringing health and wellness into the lives of everyone she can. Kids yoga has been a part of her life for about 8 years now and she currently runs the junior yoga teacher training program at C2C. 

Yoga became a more regular part of her own practice over 10 years ago and it changed every aspect of her life. Knowing what yoga did for her own well-being and seeing what it has done for her kids, made Krissy passionate about wanting to share it with others on a more regular basis. After a few years of being studio manager and instructing many classes at B1, she had the privilege of purchasing B1 Yoga in Dubuque, IA. 

When not teaching kids yoga with Challenge to Change or hanging at her yoga studio, you will find her with her 3 kids, husband, and many pets, spending time with friends, saving animals and enjoying the outdoors. 

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 Tabitha DeShane
Board Member
Therapist/Supervisor, Workforce Accommodations

I have been a helping professional for over 15 years. I have worked in inpatient, outpatient, and collegiate settings. I now work in the corporate world, assisting individuals with disabilities get the accommodations needed to be successful in the workplace.

I have found that mindfulness is an excellent tool for growth and recovery. Teaching mindfulness to my clients that are experiencing mental health struggles has been a rewarding experience for them and myself.

I have seen firsthand with my three children, the impact mindfulness practice can have on their ability to do hard things.I believe mindfulness is a key component of emotional intelligence. As we develop emotional intelligence, academic success is sure to follow.

 

I am excited to serve on the board and be an agent of change in the lives of so many.

Nicole Thor
Board Member
English Teacher, Alternative Learning Center, Dubuque, IA

For over 13 years, I have served as an alternative educator, witnessing the positive impact of yoga and mindfulness with our students. Through partnerships with various entities I have been instrumental in introducing mindfulness to our students. My aim is to cultivate community engagement among students and equip them with skills of self regulation and mindfulness, enabling their success as they transition into post secondary life. 

 

I earned my bachelor's degree in English and Secondary Education from Clarke University in 2007. With prior teaching experiences at Hempstead High School, Washington and Roosevelt Middle School, I am currently an English educator at the Alternative Learning Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Before transitioning to education, I served as an account executive at Woodward Media.

I am deeply passionate about empowering youth to reach their fullest potential. 

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