About the Mindfulness Project Our Team
It takes a village to grow a kinder world. Meet some of the team behind the MMP mission and vision.
President + Co-Founder Margaret Kachadurian
Margaret is a licensed clinical social worker with a background in psychology, health and spirituality. She specializes in teaching meditation and mindfulness offering the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction 8-week course and customizing training for caregivers, social service and healthcare providers, businesses, community groups and the public since 2010. Margaret's vision of vibrant, resilient people and communities is rooted in her own continual learning and mindfulness practice. Today's evidence-based scientific research is proving how ancient practices of meditation and living mindfully strengthen resilience and joy in living the good life. The MBSR course she teaches, which has been taught internationally for almost fifty years, has been the leader in public education in secular mindfulness because of its fidelity and rigor in gold-standard research. Neuroscientific findings have shown that mindfulness is a skill that can be learned, allowing us to face obstacles such as uncertainty and fear with courage as we learn how to trust our own basic goodness to live authentic beneficial lives. "May it be so" is Margaret's pledge and commitment to contribute to MMP's educational mission.
Project Manager Ashley Schwader
Ashley holds a Masters Degree in Organizational Leadership with a Specialization in Change Management and Innovation from Colorado State University. She also has a Bachelor's Degree in Health and Exercise Science with a Specialization in Health Promotion from Colorado State University and is a first generation college graduate. Ashley currently lives in Gallatin Gateway Montana with her husband and two kids. She started Two Suns Consulting as a dedication to her two sons as a way to continue to serve others and also have the flexibility to invest in the positive development of her own children as a mother. She is a self-proclaimed adventurist who enjoys hiking, travel, reading, wine, running, yoga, and anything that brings a smile to her children's faces.
Program Manager Emily Hook
Empathy, adaptability and adventure are close to Emily’s heart. In helping found Bozeman’s BZN International Film Festival, Emily developed her commitment to fostering cultures of cooperation, diligence and imagination. Emily is currently leading web development projects for non-profits and startups, driven both by her knack for design & digital strategy and her passion to celebrate others’ stories. Emily has been a student of mindfulness since high school, where she learned that a strong connection to wilderness, and prioritizing solitude and reflection, are key components to living a life of gratitude and meaning.
Whether on skis, soccer cleats or bare feet, Emily loves to explore her natural environment — though digging into music & movies, doing crossword puzzles and playing board games will always bring her great joy.
Lead Teacher + Co-Founder Sara Friedman
Sara has been an educator her entire professional life. She received a BA from University of Wisconsin, Madison and an M.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Bank Street College of Education in New York City. Her experiential teaching experience includes working as an instructor for the Glacier Institute in Columbia Falls, Montana, Project U.S.E. in Redbank, New Jersey, and the Hurricane Island Outward Bound School in Newry, Maine. Sara’s classroom teaching experience includes schools in both the private and public sector: The Hole Montessori in Jackson, Wyoming, City and Country School, The Packer Collegiate Institute, Trevor Day School, and P.S. 41, all in New York. Since moving to Bozeman in 2016, Sara has received her Montana Educator License and has been working as a paraprofessional educator at Morning Star Elementary School, supporting literacy instruction and teaching Mindfulness to students grades 1 – 5. Sara loves the opportunity to offer Mindfulness training to students throughout the Bozeman School District. In addition, Sara is the mother of three children. Sara’s experience as a parent continues to offer the truest, most profound teachings, informing her work and vision as an educator.
Koru Teacher | Mindfulness for Young Adults Danielle Nicholas
Danielle Nicholas is a mindfulness and meditation practitioner with over 20 years’ experience. She has a Master’s in Education with a focus on Secondary Science and an undergraduate degree in Religious Studies. This interdisciplinary background enables her to work with students from a deep understanding of both the science and practice of mindfulness. Her instruction inherently seeks to create an environment for critical thought and reflection. Danielle has been non-tenure track faculty with MSU for over 6 years (and a professional educator for two decades) and has a proven record of student engagement. Her classes and teachings aim to create a community of student wellness. Danielle is a certified Koru Mindfulness teacher and registered yoga teacher. She has called Bozeman home since 2000. With daughter and Aussie dog in tow, Danielle can frequently be found rambling around the wild spaces of SW Montana.
Interested in getting involved with the Montana Mindfulness Project?
The Montana Mindfulness Project offers mindfulness teaching
through classes, workshops, and programming in schools and the broader
community. To learn more about how the Montana Mindfulness Project might be of service to your child’s school or organization, contact us!