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.
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 Maurone is a senior here at WCU majoring in Psychology. She is in the Contemplative Studies minor program and working on her yoga teacher certification. She teaches gentle yoga/mindful movement here at the CCS on Wednesdays at 3 and in Goshen 108A Yoga Studio on Mondays at 2.
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.