We are a group of passionate, hard-working members dedicated to the mission of bringing about change in the world through the teachings and practices of mindfulness. We are deeply committed to embodying the messages ourselves and continue to learn and grow our personal mindfulness practices through ongoing study and inner work.

Ramaa Krishnan,

President

Grow Through Mindfulness

Ramaa Krishnan has spent most of her adult life learning and developing approaches and techniques to calm the mind and train it to be a fit companion for the journey. In 2000, she began teaching others her unique practices. The studio she founded, Full Bloomed Lotus Center for Self-Awareness, can be found in Wilmette, IL where she works with groups and individuals, and collaborates with like-minded teachers. Her latest endeavor, Grow Through Mindfulness, furthers her dream to bring mindfulness into every household.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lori Laser

Mindfulness Facilitator

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As a devoted mindfulness practitioner, Lori is excited to share the methods she has found to be life changing. Her personal practice has deepened her belief that self-awareness holds the key to fostering healthy relationships and promotes greater wellbeing. Lori’s strength as a curious lifelong learner, inspired her to further her studies with the Engaged Mindfulness Institute where she studied with renowned mindfulness educators through a two year teacher training. As an IMTA Certified Mindfulness Teacher, Lori shares mindfulness in schools, non-profits and with at risk individuals and their families. She completed the Kabat-Zinn Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program (MBSR) in 2016. Lori is excited to work with Grow Through Mindfulness to develop programming that promotes social change by building bridges of diversity and inclusion to inspire compassionate action in our world.

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Lori Muller

Mindfulness Facilitator

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Lori earned her BA from UW-Whitewater in Advertising and Marketing and began her career life as a creative director in advertising. As a mother of two young women growing up on the North Shore, Lori is well aware of the pressures girls face as they enter into adulthood. Her work with children through Girls on the Run, Girls Scouts and Brownies deepened her commitment to bring Mindfulness programs to communities so as to help build a healthy relationship with oneself. She is certified by The Carolyn Costin Institute as a family and individual eating disorder coach where she teaches mindful eating to her clients. She has served on the Board of Directors and as Fundraising Chair for Random Acts of Flowers, Writers’ Theatre, and Dare2Tri. Lori has successfully implemented an art program for Alzheimer’s patients at an assisted living facility. She is excited to continue to develop and grow programming that promotes mindfulness practices in schools and other settings.

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Lisa Cohen

Mindfulness Facilitator

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After graduating from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Lisa built a career as an independent communications consultant. Lisa has been philanthropically active in her local community serving as a Court Appointed Special Advocate for abused children and sitting on various boards including the Lake County Illinois Health Center and the USC Keck Leadership Medicine Board. Lisa has studied with Ramaa Krishnan for the past five years. She has completed Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction training, the Mindful Educator training and is a certified Integrative Health Coach. Her desire to bring mindfulness to the health care community comes from her own experience as a cancer patient. As a recent survivor, Lisa understands firsthand the numerous benefits of a mindfulness practice and credits this practice in helping her decrease stress, remain positive and reduce pain throughout her journey.

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MANAGEMENT

Jane Pasin

Strategic Advisor

Jane graduated Magna Cum Laude from Lake Forest College majoring in Business and Creative Writing. She graduated with honors from Notre Dame Law School. As Executive Director of a legal aid office, Jane supervised a team providing free legal services to individuals, small businesses, and nonprofits. She worked in the legal-tax department at PWC then at the international consulting firm, Hewitt Associates in their technical executive compensation department servicing clients including Coca-Cola, Philip Morris, and Tootsie Roll. She interpreted tax and securities law and published journal articles on behalf of the company. Her now inexhaustible interest in Mindfulness was first prompted over 30 years ago by her health struggles. The science and research speak to her brain, while a Mindfulness practice speaks to her heart. Mindfulness and her relationship to Ramaa have transformed her life, her career, her relationships and she is passionately dedicated to sharing it with others.

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Prabha Sridhar

Secretary Treasurer

Prabha’s professional life spans across two countries – India and the United States where she has worked as a creative director and strategic planner on the advertising agency side, leveraging consumer insights to build major brands including Wrigley, Motorola, KitchenAid, Ziploc, and Glade. She has since transitioned to guiding non-profits and small businesses as they navigate the digital marketing world.

As an empathizer, who loves to understand more about human behavior, Prabha trained to become a certified professional coach and ELI (Energy Leadership Index) master practitioner from iPEC Coaching. As one of Ramaa’s long-term students, Prabha began to experience and appreciate how the practices of meditation and mindfulness can transform lives, families and communities.  Prabha’s deep commitment to an NFP based in India, that supports underprivileged children suffering from congenital heart disease inspired her to give to organizations like Grow Through Mindfulness, that are passionate, and promote growth and healing. 

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Sharon Bussell

L.C.S.W. Advisor

Sharon Bussell received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Northwestern University and a Master of Social Work degree from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois.  She has been a practicing psychotherapist since 1982. With a friendship of many years, and as a student of Full Bloomed Lotus since it opened its doors, Sharon has spent countless hours with Ramaa delving deeply into Eastern and Western philosophy, comparing mindfulness and psychological practices.  Sharon is honored to serve on the leadership team of Grow Through Mindfulness in a consultative capacity.

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Andrea White
Senior Adviser

Andrea White’s career spans sales management, educational leadership, and non-profit management roles. She began as a public-school teacher, moved on to an executive sales and marketing position, then became president of a Catholic High School in Chicago and Board Chair of a multi-campus Charter School. Most recently, Andrea has served as CEO of Felician Services, providing support to thirty non-profit ministries throughout North America in the areas of education, senior living, and social services. She founded People Focus, Inc. a consultancy in strategic planning, organizational development, and career coaching. Andrea also founded the non-profit Pathways for Grief, which helps children suffering from the loss of a parent or sibling.
Andrea is honored to join Ramaa and GTM in seeking to develop ways we might live more wisely together in our world through mindfulness education.
Andrea has a BS in Elementary Education from the University of Illinois, Champaign; an M.Ed in Administration from the University of Virginia Charlottesville; and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy from Loyola University Chicago.

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Christine Colvin Casper

Communications Director

Christine worked in government and politics before embarking on a twenty-five year long career in network television news, including eleven years writing anchor copy for Tom Brokaw at NBC Nightly News. She won National News and Documentary Emmy Awards for her work on NBC’s Election Night team and for breaking news coverage of the 2008 financial crisis. She is honored to have the opportunity to help the Grow Through Mindfulness team communicate teachings that have enriched her life and relationships. Raising a teenage son, she has seen the pressures young people face up-close, and recognizes the tremendous value of these practices in a stressful world. She also has a special interest in applying mindfulness principles in end-of-life care settings. Christine is an avid student of Ramaa’s teachings at Full Bloomed Lotus, and has a BA in Political Science from Merrimack College, and an MA in Public Policy from Tufts University.

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