As Co-founder of the Center for Mindfulness & Justice, Maureen serves as its Operations Director, blending her extensive business experience with her long-time mindfulness vocation.
Maureen spent much of her career in marketing and sales, working in Minneapolis, Chicago and Boston before returning to her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin. She also worked in the non-profit sector for close to a decade, serving most recently as Director of Development for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Foundation. It was here that she more fully integrated her deepening mindfulness practice into her professional environment. She found that adopting the principles of mindfulness and compassion in her interactions with co-workers and clients/alumni made her much more effective at her job – and considerably more peaceful and happy.
Passionate about the benefits of mindfulness and meditation, Maureen was inspired to co-found the Center for Mindfulness & Justice, wishing to share this wisdom with as many people as possible. Having traveled the world extensively, she has experienced first-hand the rich diversity of many cultures, people and practices. This international exposure, and 20-year meditation practice, has enriched and informed her understanding of our profound interconnection with one another – and sparked a commitment to studying the great wisdom traditions of the world. Maureen credits many dharma teachers – and meditation retreats – with helping her live a more authentic life, dwelling in greater kindness and joy: Sharon Salzberg, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ram Dass, His Holiness The Dalai Lama, Sogyal Rinpoche, Pema Chodron and Thich Nhat Hanh.
Maureen is a member of Madison's SnowFlower Meditation Sangha, whose root dharma teacher is Thich Nhat Hanh. She is particularly inspired by his simple, powerful teachings of finding happiness in the present moment. Maureen participates in leading weekly mindfulness gatherings at SnowFlower Sangha, including giving dharma talks. She has also taught mindfulness classes in various settings, including her places of employment.
Maureen received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from University of Wisconsin-Madison.