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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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.

Bryce Kessler, Program Manager for Mindful Music Moments

Bryce Kessler (he/him) is the full-time Program Manager for Mindful Music Moments. Born into a family of educators, Bryce has personally experienced the impact of amazing music and arts education. He's been playing piano and cello in the area for ten years and has a deep love and appreciation for classical music. In this role, he combines his passions for music, education, and arts administration to deepen The Well's impact with Mindful Music Moments. He is a proud graduate of Baldwin Wallace University's (Cleveland, OH) Arts Management & Entrepreneurship program and Princeton High School (Cincinnati, OH). He is also fascinated with growing plants and is the designated office gardener. 

Kami Lerma, Program Manager for True Body Project

Kami Lerma transitioned from the Board to The Well staff in 2022. Kami is a National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach and the founder of Wheelwork Integrative Wellness, LLC. Her work weaves coaching strategies, energy medicine, and body-mind-spirit practices to bring clients to a deeper understanding and connection with their true selves which leads to healing and authentic, lasting, positive change throughout their lives.


You can read more about the Founding Board of Trustees for A Mindful Moment here. They are:

Maggie Brennan

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 Britt

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

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.

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 Smith, President

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

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

Susan Tew is a strong supporter of education. She is an emeritus member of the Catholic Inner City Schools board of trustees. 

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