Meet The Team
“The power of Mindfulness is that in each moment we can choose our response, and in that choice is an opportunity to begin again.”
~ Catherine Krame
Catherine, along with her husband Bill, founded The Krame Center for Mindful Living, a global non-profit organization in 2019. A lifelong Mindfulness advocate and practitioner, Catherine’s goal is to help people become more resilient and live better lives through evidence-based programming.
Prior to establishing the Krame Center for Mindful Living, she co-founded the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies & Mindful Living at Ramapo College in 2014 with her husband Bill where she served on various leadership boards and spearheaded the growth and development of the center. Catherine lectures on the benefits of Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Positive Psychology and is the author of Living in Flow: The Key to Unlocking Your Greatest Potential.
Catherine leads weekly meditations, workshops, retreats, and teaches the 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) Course as well as the 8-Week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) Course.
Catherine enjoys hiking, spending time in Arizona, and cherishes family time with her husband, two daughters, their spouses, and her grandson.
“We created The Krame Center for Mindful Living to support a mission that has the power to positively impact the life of each and every one of us,”
~ Bill Krame
Bill has been a successful Real Estate Developer and entrepreneur for over 40 years and has always believed in the importance of giving back and helping others through philanthropy and mentoring.
Having discovered the benefits of meditation and Mindfulness over 20 years ago, Bill has focused on developing research-based programs in the fields of Mindfulness, Self-Compassion and Positive Psychology. It is his mission to help improve mental health and overall well-being by making these programs accessible to as many people as possible across a wide variety of specific populations – from the classroom to the boardroom and beyond.
Bill’s goal is to create a kinder, more compassionate world one person at a time. To Bill, the Krame Center for Mindful Living is not just another project, it’s a mission.
Bill enjoys a regular meditation practice, finding humor in daily life and not taking himself too seriously.
Prior to becoming Director of Programming at The Krame Center for Mindful Living, Sarah Gouveia earned her Master’s in Counseling Psychology and soon became interested in Spirituality and Mind-Body practices.
Sarah lectures on the benefits of Mindfulness to many diverse populations, teaches a variety of meditation series, leads workshops centered on Mindfulness practices to the community at large, and co-designs a variety of Mindfulness-Based educational programs.
Sarah loves walking in nature with her dog Nala, spending time with her husband and visiting family in Cape Cod. When not meditating, Sarah can be found curled up with a good book or dancing to her favorite music.
With over 15 years as an integrated marketing professional, Vanessa brings a wealth of experience developing results-driven omni-channel campaigns for iconic brands. She is a Mindfulness practitioner and a graduate of the 8-Week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Program.
Outside of creating meaningful marketing, a few of Vanessa’s favorite things are spending time with family, volunteering, gardening, skiing, playing Scrabble, and going for long walks with her precocious French Bulldog, Bijou.
Simone’s professional journey began at Canyon Ranch, a premier Health & Wellness Resort in Tucson, AZ where she held various positions ranging from Operations Manager of Health, Healing & Spiritual Wellness to Director of Guest Experience. After a wonderful four years, she founded Conscious Living & Lifestyle, a coaching practice to support individuals in achieving physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.
Simone lives in Tucson, Arizona with her husband, Isaac, and dog, Diesel, and has a passion for traveling, being active, hiking, and spending quality time with family and friends.
She is a lecturer and published author of Put It In Perspective: A Teen’s Guide to Sanity (AuthorHouse, 2014), a book offering Mindfulness and stress-management tools for teenagers and young adults.
Kailen graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Florida in under three years, and received her M.A. in Clinical Psychology with a Concentration in Spirituality and Mind Body Practices from Teachers College, Columbia University. Additionally, she has completed an advanced certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution from the Morton Deutsch International Center for Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia.
Key Contributors & Core Instructors
Sharon is co-founder of The Insight Meditation Society in Barre, MA, and the author of eleven books, including the New York Times bestseller, Real Happiness, now in its second edition, her seminal work, Lovingkindness, and her newest book, Real Change: Mindfulness To Heal Ourselves and the World, released in September of 2020 from Flatiron Books. Sharon’s secular, modern approach to Buddhist teachings is sought after at schools, conferences, and retreat centers worldwide. Her podcast, The Metta Hour, has amassed over 3 million downloads and features interviews with the top leaders and thinkers of the mindfulness movement and beyond.
Sharon’s writing can be found on Medium, On Being, the Maria Shriver blog, and Huffington Post. Learn more at www.sharonsalzberg.com
Chris spends most of his time lecturing and leading workshops around the world on mindfulness and self-compassion. He is also the author of The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion: Freeing Yourself from Destructive Thoughts and Emotions, and he has co-edited two influential volumes on therapy, Mindfulness and Psychotherapy, and Wisdom and Compassion in Psychotherapy; and he maintains a small private practice in Arlington, Massachusetts, USA.
Trustees & Advisory Board
An advisor to the Krame Center from it’s inception five years ago, she has attended many instructional workshops including the MBSR course, 3 silent retreats and is qualified to teach the .b curriculum. Next on her agenda is a retreat on Mindful Self-Compassion and then attending requisite teacher training components.
Although retired from her professional career, her days are filled with passions…tennis, yoga, traveling, photography, to mention a few. Paramount in all of those activities is to be kind and help make the world a better place each day.
Having a strong commitment to her community, she has served on the Board of West Bergen Mental Health and founded Friends of Hackensack UMC, an organization she volunteers for that is focused on building a bridge to the region it serves. Cathy is also a member of the committee forming the Center for Healthy Brain and Dementia at Hackensack University Medical Center to bring together researchers, clinical practitioners, neurological specialists and community members to address brain health across the lifespan.
Cathy has a Ph.D. in Social and Organizational Psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Columbia University, an M.A. in General-Theoretical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and a B.A. in Education from Newton College of the Sacred Heart. She has a long-time meditation practice and focuses much energy on making the world a kinder, better place.
Judith received a bachelor’s degree from Syracuse University and a master’s degree from Columbia University, and attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Throughout her career, she has devoted her time to various organizations and has been honored for her work. At Syracuse, Judith serves on the Board of Trustees and has established several endowments and scholarships for students.
Judith is involved in the preservation of nature and of history, with a particular interest in the history of the American Indian. She is dedicated to economic sustainability, education for all, harmony and grace to reconnect people with kindness, an emphasis on compassion and community involvement while fostering global solidarity, and promoting social ethics with a reverence for the earth in which we live.
Judith is mother to two sons, Jeffrey who lives in New York, and Steven who lives in New Jersey with his wife, Sheila, and their daughter, Serena.
Michael completed his undergraduate degree at Fordham University and went on to earn his graduate degree and training at Columbia University.
His professional focus has been a combination of clinical practice as well as leadership and management in the non-profit sector.
He currently sits on the Professional Advisory Council, the New Jersey Association of Mental Health Agencies Public Policy Committee, and is the Vice Chair of the Bergen County LGBTQ+ Advisory Board.
Michael believes strongly in the importance of Mindfulness, life balance and has a particular interest in the intersection of Mindfulness and clinical practice.