Mindful Meditation Australia is a not for profit organisation established by Australian philanthropist and meditation advocate, Kerry Harmanis.
Kerry is driven by a lifelong commitment to improve the lives of all Australians. He believes that the wellbeing and self-awareness achieved through mindfulness and meditation will lead to a healthier and more cohesive society.
Central to Kerry’s ambition for Australia-wide wellbeing are young people, because of their ability to bring about lasting change. The Dalai Lama affirmed this vision, counselling Kerry to follow through with his ambition during their conversation in 2011.
Formerly a lawyer, Kerry was also Founder of successful exploration and mining company, Jubilee Mines.
Kerry has practised meditation most of his adult life and is a dedicated philanthropist.
Kerry established Mindful Meditation Australia to give others an opportunity to experience the benefits that he himself has gained through an enduring connection with meditation and related practices.
Neale Fong has over 30 years’ experience in medical and health care delivery and leadership roles. Dr Fong was a former Director General of the WA Department of Health and CEO of St John of God Hospital Subiaco.
He is professor of health care leadership at Curtin University and has qualifications in medicine and surgery, and masters degrees in theology and business administration.
Neale has over 40 years of direct involvement with leading in youth and sporting organisations and is a committed meditator.
He is an experienced company director, sits on the board of many community and philanthropic organisations and conducts his own corporate advisory firm.
Karen has been a professional Chair/Non Executive Director for 17 years. She originally qualified as a Chartered Accountant with Price Waterhouse Coopers and then worked as a senior executive with North Limited for 13 years, in various roles across the areas of finance, commercial, risk, IT and human resources.
Karen has held directorships across the publicly listed, private, government and not-for-profit sectors in both Western Australia and Victoria.
She currently holds or has held directorships with Talisman Mining Ltd, Strategen Environmental Consulting Pty Ltd, Landgate, Forest Products Commission, Community First International Limited and Perth Home Care Services (now Avivo) in Western Australia.
Karen has practiced various forms of meditation for over 30 years and considers it integral to her health and wellbeing.
Shannon is a school psychologist and registered teacher for over 15 years, working across the Department of Education, Catholic Education and Anglican/ Independent school systems. She is currently a Well-being Consultant for Catholic Education WA, working to assist Catholic schools to promote well-being across the state.
Shannon is passionate about education, and the promotion of the wellbeing of young people in schools and the wider community.
She is a past President of the School Psychologists Association of Western Australia (SPAWA) and has been a board member of the Australian Psychologists and Counsellors in Schools Association (APACS) twice in the past and is feeling excited and very fortunate to be back for a third time, stepping into the President’s role.
I do all the operational things that keep the wheels turning and the lights on but I also help define and drive the strategic direction of the organisation. Most importantly, I work with the Board of Directors and our team to deliver services that help improve the well-being of our community. It’s really easy to come into work every day.
As GM, no two days are the same. Ultimately, I ensure we're aligned with our mission, purpose and goals.
It’s been a fascinating journey from Western Missouri to Western Australia. Along the way I’ve accumulated experience across the private and public sectors in several countries and picked up a comprehensive set of personal and professional skills. After many years in local government I’m excited to bring my experience in senior management and program delivery to the not-for-profit sector.
I know what we do here at MMA makes a difference, and I’m proud to be a part of it. Sometimes I can even bring my dog.
20 or more minutes of breathing and meditation as soon as I wake up in the morning. Then straight into the coldest water I can find. Love it.
I build connections with schools and non-education organisations and help them implement mindfulness practices.
A key part of what I do is to inspire a workplace that brings about improved culture, relationships and personal well-being.
My career journey has travelled across the education, government, independent and international sectors as a Principal and Education Advisor. I’ve spent nearly a decade working for not-for-profit, professional, educational associations and have picked up a Master’s Degree in Educational Administration along the way.
I get to help our clients and community discover a greater self-awareness when it comes to mental, emotional, physical, intellectual, social and environmental health. It's a chance to make a meaningful difference to people's lives.
In the early morning, at my happy place - the beach. I enjoy the simplicity of contemplative silence, the use of a mantra, music or a guided meditation.
I play a big part in developing and delivering MMA’s training programs to teachers, not-for-profit organisations, health workers and parents. I am also the author of MMA's Teacher Resources.
My background in secondary teaching has led me to developing resources and training teachers around the country in areas of drug and resilience education for young people, which I was lucky enough to do for 19 years. I now run my own leadership development and cultural change company, working with schools, private, government and not-for-profit sectors across Australia.
Teaching people life-long mindfulness skills to manage their stress is really rewarding.
Working with such a positive bunch of people!
As a regular meditator for over 16 years, I love a walking meditation at my local beach most mornings.
My job involves holding whole school mindfulness sessions and providing additional coaching for teaching staff.
I’ve been working on a unique program for MMA called Mindful Me where I facilitate supportive small group sessions for students with mild anxiety.
I'm curious about aspects of child psychology, especially the need for cohesive and thorough understanding of childrens’ behaviour. After graduating with an Early Childhood Education degree, I’ve spent the past 12 years teaching across metropolitan and regional areas. I’m currently the Mindfulness Curriculum Leader at Lake Gwelup Primary School, as well as the whole school leader of Positive Behaviour Support.
Helping children and young people with anxiety and giving them the tools, strategies and understandings to help them thrive.
Using five senses and doing weekly guided meditations. The Insight Timer app helps me maintain a sense of calm and focus.
I help bring out the best in people by facilitating workshops for teachers, not-for-profit organisations and health workers, and workplaces. I also run workshops with parents to help them bring mindfulness into their homes and everyday family life.
Ultimately, my job is to enhance the wellbeing of our community through the benefits of mindfulness.
I initially spent 17 years as a school psychologist running evidence-based wellbeing programs to support students and heading up professional learning/wellbeing initiatives for staff. More recently, I've come onboard MMA as a Lead Facilitator, and an Associate Senior Trainer with the Institute of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School. I really enjoy co-running my own business which empowers school communities and families to flourish using science and skills of positive psychology and education. I have also enjoyed being the Chair of School Board for an independent public school for six years.
I get to do what I love - diving deep into my passion for positive psychology, mindfulness and positive education.
I try to set aside moments of deep breathing throughout the day. As a meditation practitioner for over 18 years, I also regularly share moments of mindfulness and meditation with my own children.