Donald McCown, PhD, MAMS, MSS, LSW is an Associate Professor of health, director of the minor in contemplative studies, and director of the center for contemplative studies at West Chester University of Pennsylvania. He holds a Master of Applied Meditation Studies degree from the Won Institute of Graduate Studies, a Master of Social Service from Bryn Mawr College, and a PhD in Social Science from Tilburg University. He trained as an MBSR teacher through the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts and at Thomas Jefferson University. His primary research interests include the pedagogy of mindfulness in clinical applications and higher education, applications of complementary and integrative medicine in the community, and the contemplative dimensions of the health humanities. He is author of The Ethical Space of Mindfulness in Clinical Practice, primary author of Teaching Mindfulness: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Educators, New World Mindfulness: From the Founding Fathers, Emerson, and Thoreau to your Personal Practice, and primary editor of Resources for Teaching Mindfulness: An International Handbook.
Alexis Bocelli is a senior Studio Art major and a Literature and Diverse Cultures minor. Her concentration is in 2D art, so the mindful art classes she teaches are inspired by what she does in her current work. Outside of her primary art practice, she also enjoys creating short films and making music with her best friend in their band.
King Frayneld is a first year graduate student at WCU, majoring in Public Health. King is one of the interns at the Center for Contemplative Studies, with an anticipated graduation date of spring 2018. Born and raised in Brooklyn New York, King enjoys hanging with family and friends. He also enjoys listening to his cultural music of Haitian and Jamaican background.
Victoria is a graduate assistant for the Center for Contemplative Studies. She graduated from WCU with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Contemplative Studies, and is currently a masters student in the Clinical Mental Heath Counseling program. She is a register yoga teacher(RYT200) and teaches free yoga and meditation classes here at the Center.
Upasna Singh is a certified yoga teacher and a meditation instructor. She is a pre-medical student, studying to achieve a Spanish Language and Cultures Major and a Latin American and Latino Studies Minor. Upasna's meditation classes focus on different types of breathing (pranayama) and meditation. She is a researcher as well, and some of her interests include investigating the effects of specific mindfulness interventions in diverse populations. Upasna has a passion to become a physician one day, bringing a more holistic view to patient care. In addition to guiding yoga and meditation practices, she enjoys teaching an MMA-based workout, Les Mills BodyCombat, and Zumba classe.
Cheri Turnquest is a yoga instructor here at the Center of Contemplative Studies. She is currently in her third year of the Yoga Teacher Training program at WCU. Cheri is originally from Yeadon, Pennsylvania, and she enjoys gardening and photography during her free time.