PRISON MINDFULNESS INSTITUTE
Founder Fleet Maull, Ph.D., founded Prison Dharma Network (now Prison Mindfulness Institute) in 1989 while serving a 14.5 year sentence at a maximum security federal prison. He is the author of "Dharma In Hell, the Prison Writings of Fleet Maull" and leads prison programs, meditation retreats, bearing witness retreats, and trainings throughout the world.
Executive Director, POF Lead Trainer Vita Pires, Ph.D Candidate, CMT-P, RYT, has been the Executive Director of Prison Mindfulness Institute (formerly Prison Dharma Network) since 1999. Vita has been a meditation practitioner for over 30 years. She graduated from a three-month advanced Buddhist Seminary in 1992. She completed a two-year Meditation Instructor Training Program in 1998 and is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher – Professional Level (CMT-P) through the IMTA.
Program & Development Coordinator Danielle has been working in the fields of mindfulness and emotional intelligence, as well as studying the psychology of the human mind, for over 10 years, and has extensive experiential knowledge of the ways in which both solitary mindfulness practice, and silent, group retreat practice, can transform both physical and mental health.
POF Coordinator Julie is a graduate of our mindfulness teacher training CMTT-P. As a social entrepreneur with diverse professional experience in wellness and business, her natural desire to lead, inspire, and serve communities led her to a passion for creating wellness programs, specifically mindfulness training for organizations and individuals.
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PMI’s Board of Directors
Michael Brady (Board Treasurer), Boulder, Colorado
Mike brings with him 28 years of finance and investment experience. He helped co-found and lead a number of enterprises, including a brokerage firm, public mutual fund, registered investment advisory firm, and various private placement investments. He is the founder and president of Generosity Wealth Management.
Vita Pires, Ph.D. (Vice President), Deerfield, Massachusetts
Vita is the Executive Director of Prison Mindfulness Institute.
Parker Krasney, New York, New York
Parker is Associate Director of Programs and Partnerships at the New York City Mayor’s Office for Economic Opportunity. In this role, he works collaboratively with City agencies and human service providers to design, implement, oversee, and evaluate programs and systems change initiatives designed to reduce poverty and increase equity in New York City and beyond.
Fleet Maull, PhD (Board President), Hatfield, Massachusetts
Dr. Maull is the Founder of Prison Dharma Network and the National Prison Hospice Association, a senior meditation teacher/trainer, and an ordained dharma holder in the Zen Peacemaker Order.
Brad Bogue, MA, Boulder, Colorado
Brad is a semi-retired criminal justice system researcher and trainer, who founded Justice Systems Assessment & Training (J-SAT), a premier training and research agency providing evidenced-based assessments and training in the criminal justice field. Brad is one of the world’s leading experts in training corrections and probation and parole professionals in Motivational Interviewing (MI). He was the lead facilitator and research analyst for a ten-year think tank for the National Institute of Corrections on criminal justice reform.
Michael Christie, PhD, Monroe, Connecticut
Michael is a full-time chaplain with the Connecticut Department of Corrections and an assistant pastor at the Union Baptist Church in Stamford, CT. He is an EMI-certified mindfulness teacher and MBWR trainer-in-training. Dr. Christie teaches mindfulness to both prisoners and prison staff. He has been working with kids and at-risk youth, coaching mindfulness in youth sports programs. He has a passion to teach mindfulness and meditation to Christians and created a curriculum for Faith-based meditation.
Pamela served as a board member of PDN/PMI for over 20 years. She was also a Buddhist Peace Fellowship Prison Program volunteer, on the Naropa University Board of Trustees, as well as a member of the Shambhala Trust, and a senior meditation instructor. She is deeply missed.