Founder and President
Deborah Norris, Ph.D. – Founder of The Mindfulness Center™, based in Washington, D.C., & author of In the Flow: Bridging the Science and Practice of Mindfulness, and Editor-in-Chief of MindBodyJournal.com. Dr Norris is Psychologist-in-Residence and Director of the Psychobiology of Healing Program at American University, and past professor at Georgetown University Medical School. Renowned for her online meditation teacher training program, SOMA, The Science of Mindful Awareness, Dr. Norris is an internationally recognized speaker and educator on mindfulness, yoga, and integrative mind-body medicine. A health scientist with over 40 years of experience ranging from traditional medical and psychotherapeutic practices to integrative therapies and lifestyle practices, she teaches and conducts research in mindfulness, behavioral medicine and other holistic approaches to happiness and well-being.
Dr. Norris is a registered yoga therapist (C-IAYT) with the International Alliance of Yoga Therapists and a 500-hr E-RYT with Yoga Alliance. She has been a certified instructor for the Arthritis Foundation. She has trained with the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is also certified by the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies in the theory and practice of Gestalt Psychotherapy and meditation. Dr. Norris is also an accomplished dancer, having apprenticed with the New York City Ballet. She studied ballet and modern dance with principles from the Royal Danish Ballet, Harkness Ballet, and Broadway star Honya Holme; and has studied Spanish, African, Jazz and Hindu dance. She taught modern dance with Erica Thimey in the 1970's, and has since taught modern, ballet and ballroom dance. Dr. Norris is a Clinical Exercise Physiologist, certified in exercise physiology by the American College of Sports Medicine and other certifying organizations.
In her practice, Dr. Norris draws on both her scientific research and ancient wisdom to integrate lifestyle elements of meditation, physical exercise, spiritual development, relaxation therapy, nutrition and herbalism for maximal health and happiness! Working with you and your physicians, Dr. Norris and the team members of The Mindfulness Center can help you formulate an integrative approach to your health care.
Deborah Norris speaks with HPR Radio and Neal Howard on Mindfulness and Science. Link below.
Co-Founder and business Director
Jacqueline Hernandez is Co-Founder and Business Director of The Mindfulness Center. She is a graduate of Frostburg State University, where she majored in Business with a concentration in General Management. During her studies at Frostburg, Jacqueline became Vice President of the Society for Advancement of Management, and attended the Sloop Institute for Excellence in Leadership. At TMC Jacqueline oversees all aspects of business development, marketing and staff training, integrating TMC's mission of mindfulness into its functioning and outreach. Jacqueline is 200-Hour certified Yoga Teacher.
Co-Founder and Director of Education
Jessie Taylor is Co-Founder and Director of Education at The Mindfulness Center (TMC) as well as a yoga and meditation instructor. She is 200-Hour ERYT with Yoga Alliance and for over a decade has studied a number of yoga and meditation traditions including, Hatha, vinyasa, Iyengar and therapeutic yoga and meditation at the Washington Center for Consciousness Studies and the Gestalt Psychotherapy Center of Washington, DC and Trauma-Informed Mind-Body practices with the YogaHOPE organization. Jessie has developed and conducted wellness programs for numerous area corporations, hospitals, schools, and government agencies. Jessie is Director of The Mindfulness Center's Yoga Teacher Training program and oversees program and staff development. Jessie recognizes the ability of yoga and meditation to balance and enhance all aspects of our lives and to cultivate optimal wellness of mind, body and spirit. Her background includes training in the arts, sustainable design and feng shui, which brings a unique awareness of the flow of energy in and around us to her work. Through her work and teachings at TMC Jessie hopes to create an environment of healing and wellness from the moment you step in the door, and which you take with you throughout life.
Roxanne Lerner, Development Director
Roxanne Lerner is the Development Director at The Mindfulness Center. Roxanne's own healing journey from an autoimmune disease through the use of mind-body practices such as yoga, meditation, acupuncture and qi gong has inspired her work at The Mindfulness Center. It has led her to become certified to teach yoga and share what she has learned with others. She believes strongly in all that The Mindfulness Center has to offer, including a strong sense of community for all of the different groups that The Mindfulness Center supports. Roxanne is also an experienced event management professional with years of success in fundraising and development. Roxanne began her professional career working in Development at a large non-profit organization in New York City and has experience with all areas of event planning, from small fundraisers to large upscale galas. She is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where she majored in Women's Studies. Roxanne hopes to continue to spread awareness of the importance of these self-care therapies, through her work at The Mindfulness Center. Roxanne is 200-Hour RYT with Yoga Alliance.
Mindfulness Programs Director
Aurora Hutchinson, M.A. is the Mindfulness Programs Director at The Mindfulness Center, and serves as a faculty member of SOMA, The Science of Mindful Awareness: Meditation Teacher Certification resident and online training. She teaches group classes, conducts corporate seminars and works with individual clients seeking to learn meditation for stress management, improved health, career and family support. Aurora is certified as a SOMA meditation teacher, an iRest Yoga Nidra Level 1 Teacher-in-Training as well as a certified Usui Shiki Ryoho Reiki Master and Jikiden Reiki Shoden practitioner. She is also trained in Clinical Hypnosis through the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis, and is a yoga teacher in training. Aurora has a professional background in DoD and scientific program management, with an emphasis on research, policy interpretation, and technical and scientific writing. Her passion as a scientist, teacher and practitioner is in promoting and practicing evidence-based, best practices of self-care in hospitals, wellness centers, educational and corporate settings, to empower and serve others.
Dr. Skowron specializes in mindfulness based interventions and stress management. She has a special interest in women’s health and working with college students. At TMC, Dr. Skowron oversees community and corporate programming for those interested in learning about mindfulness meditation and stress reduction. Dr. Skowron also sees individual clients and offers telehealth visits, in order to increase accessibility to meditation training.
For the last four years, Dr. Skowron has taught mindfulness and lifestyle interventions at Casey Health Institute, an integrative medical center that emphasizes mind-body interventions. Dr. Skowron graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelors of Science degree in psychology and sociology. She received both her Masters and Doctoral degree from the APA-Accredited clinical psychology program at La Salle University in Philadelphia where she served as Chief Extern. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh where her training focused on stress management techniques. Dr. Skowron has extensive specialized training in mindfulness-based therapeutic techniques. She has conducted research on mindfulness and published articles on postpartum depression. Her passion is to work with a clinical focus on prevention and wellness.
Board of Directors
Deborah Norris, Ph.D.
Founder and President, The Mindfulness Center
Adjunct Professor & Director of The Psychobiology of Healing Program,
Jessie Norris Taylor
Co-Founder & Secretary of the Board, The Mindfulness Center
Timothy Schwartz, J.D.
General Counsel, The Mindfulness Center
Principle, Bregman, Berbert, Schwartz and Gilday, LLC
Rebecca Pettengill, M.A.
Strategic Planning Committee Chair, The Mindfulness Center
Disaster Relief Operations & Program Evaluation, American Red Cross
Jeffrey Schwartz, CPA
Board of Directors, The Mindfulness Center
Board of Directors, Washington Area Music Association
Treasurer, Montgomery College Chapter of AAUP
Theresa A. Stone, M.D.
Chairperson of Medicine, The Mindfulness Center
Internal Medicine Specialist, George Washington University Hospital