In different forms, The Well programs have been nourishing the community since 2005. In 2019 we became the artist-led non-profit, A Mindful Moment.
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A Mindful Moment's mission is to improve the mental and emotional well-being, connectedness, and effectiveness of all citizens through arts integration, mindfulness, music, movement, and healing-centered practices.
Stacy Sims, Founder, and Director
Stacy Sims is a mind-body educator and author. In addition to founding the programs of The Well, Sims is a novelist, playwright, and children's books author. She has produced multiple theatrical works as part of her social practice of gathering stories out of community engagement. She talks about why she started the programs of The Well here.
Rowe Schnure, Associate Director
Rowe joined The Well in 2019 as the communications coordinator to bring our three programs into a single communication stream. In addition to their work with The Well, they are a conceptual weaver, writer, and facilitator. Rowe is fascinated by the weaving process as a metaphor for understanding the relationship between one's internal and external environments.
Bryce Kessler, Music Coordinator
Bryce Kessler (he/him) is a senior double major in Arts Management & Entrepreneurship and Theatre: Acting/Directing at Baldwin Wallace University. A native of Cincinnati, he has been playing piano and cello regionally for ten years and has a deep love and appreciation for classical music. Recently, he was the Administrative Intern for the Canton Symphony Orchestra, spearheading new educational collaborations with local nature centers, art museums, and senior homes.
Isti Toq'ah, January-April 2022 Fellow
Isti Toq’ah is a peace educator who also loves teaching English and writing. She founded a grass-root movement, PANDAI (Indonesia’s Peace Education) Community, which focuses on peace education based on Indonesia’s local wisdoms.
Philanthropy has been a mainstay throughout Maggie's career. She has experience in both traditional and digital fundraising and currently focuses on strategic growth, program development, and client success. A professional enthusiast at heart, Maggie has a passion to connect, engage and support people and organizations with missions that are aligned with music, youth and nature.
Heather is the founder and director of DanceFix and HBDC. She is a choreographer, dancer and an advocate for community connections through dance.
Rana Dotson has worked for over 20 years on labor and human rights, public policy, and international development. She is a senior international affairs officer at the Bureau of International Labor Affairs (ILAB), working to fight labor exploitation around the world. Rana is a co-founder and lead organizer for the international human rights collective Border of Lights. She is a fellow with the International Career Advancement Program (ICAP), and National Security Education Program (NSEP) David L. Boren Graduate Fellowship. She lives in the DC metro with her family.
Jane Fisher, Treasurer
Jane is the Chief Financial Officer of Cavalier Distributing (Ohio), Cavalier Indiana, and Cavalier Florida, distributors of American craft and specialty import beer.
Jane started in public accounting with Grant Thornton and Rohrkemper Ossege and Combs and then moved into the non profit sector as Finance Director of the Contemporary Arts Center before joining Cavalier in 2013. Jane is a CPA.
Kami Lerma, PT, IHC
Kami Lerma is an integrative health coach, physical therapist, and the founder of Wheelwork Integrative Wellness, LLC.
Brian Raphael Nabors
Brian Raphael Nabors is a composer of emotionally enriching music that tells exciting narratives with its vibrant themes and colorful harmonic language. Mr. Nabors has worked with institutions such as the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as performed at many events across the US, including the Texas Music Educators Association Conference (TMEA), the Midwest Composers Symposium, and the International Double Reed Society Conference (IDRS).
Alisa helps regional corporations to easily partner with startups for increased innovation speed and agility. She has over 20 years of experience in translating consumer insights into global new product launches. Alisa is also passionate about helping women entrepreneurs. She’s the host of The Beehive, a podcast she launched nearly six years ago to bring clarity to the product launch process for aspiring women entrepreneurs.
Jill Smith, Secretary
Jill Smith has been the CLCI Resource Coordinator at the Academy of World Language since 2010 after a decade of nonprofit leadership. She was the Executive Director of the Center for Peace Education and then worked for four years for KnowledgeWorks Foundation and its subsidiaries.
Katie Syroney has been an enthusiastic promoter of the Greater Cincinnati arts community for more than two decades. Her love of music took hold early on in childhood, and in the following years, she discovered a passion for working behind the scenes to make the arts accessible and welcoming to all. Katie currently serves as the interim communications director for Cincinnati Opera.
Dr. John Tew
As director of community outreach and philanthropy for integrative medicine at UC Health and UC’s College of Medicine, John Tew lectures frequently about the links among longevity, cognition and the pillars of healthy living.
Susan Tew is a strong supporter of education. She is an emeritus member of the Catholic Inner City Schools board of trustees.
Margy Waller, President
Margy Waller is an advocate for building community through the arts. She is a Senior Fellow at Topos Partnership (a national strategic communications organization), founder and Serendipity Director of Art on the Streets, and was a leader in the transformation of ArtsWave, an arts advocacy and support non-profit.