Holly B. Rogers
Co-Founder of Koru Mindfulness, co-author of Koru Mindfulness curriculum & Koru Trainer, M.D.
Holly is one of the developers of the Koru Mindfulness program and a co-founder of the Center for Koru Mindfulness. She is a psychiatrist at Counseling and Psychological Services, the student counseling center at Duke University where she has worked for years to help students incorporate the practice of mindfulness into their lives in a meaningful way.
Holly’s own mindfulness practice began almost 20 years ago when she had the good fortune to be taught and mentored by Dr. Jeff Brantley. Since that time, she has integrated the principles and practice of mindfulness into her clinical work with students and been continually inspired by the profound growth she has witnessed.
Holly is a Clinical Associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, and the co-author of Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives. Her newest book, The Mindful Twenty-Something, is a handbook for young adults who wish to learn about mindfulness and meditation. She lives in Durham, NC with her husband, daughter, Great Dane, three chickens, two cats and Peaches the rabbit.
Co-Founder of Koru Mindfulness & Koru Trainer, MSW
Libby is a co-founder of the Center for Koru Mindfulness. Before retiring in 2016, she was a licensed clinical social worker at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Service, and a Clinical Associate on the faculty of the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center.
She has been working with emerging adults for the past twenty-eight years and finds great significance in helping them explore the question of meaning at a time of life filled with such ambiguity.
Libby came to the practice of mindfulness through her early participation in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program. Her interest in mindfulness expanded to include the integration of present moment awareness skills taught in the practice of Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
In addition to her interest in mindfulness, she also has a strong belief in the restorative benefits of small group work to illuminate the humanness of struggle. Libby lives with her family in Durham, NC and loves her adopted hometown.
Koru Faculty & Director of Training, MSW, LCSW, SEP, E-RYT 200
Jennie is a psychotherapist and yoga/meditation teacher living and working in the Triangle area of North Carolina. She has over a decade of experience working in higher education, and thousands of hours of experience teaching yoga and mindfulness to people from a wide range of backgrounds. She worked as a counselor at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services prior to opening her private practice in Chapel Hill, NC.
Jennie finds great joy helping emerging adults discover and develop a mind-body connection, and nurture their ability to observe their thoughts, feelings, body sensations, and experiences with greater awareness and self compassion. Her clinical practice focuses on delivering mindfulness and somatic-based therapies through an anti-oppression lens, with a specialized certification in Somatic Experiencing, a model that addresses trauma and its impact on nervous system regulation.
Jennie is skilled at bringing mindfulness concepts to life through the expression of body movement and breath, and particularly excited to help young people develop yoga programs that will enhance and complement their mindfulness and meditation practices. Jennie developed the yoga curriculum for the Center for Koru Mindfulness and continues to explore the intersection of yoga and mental health through her work as a counselor and teacher. For more information about Jennie, check out her website at jenniedicksonmills.com.
Director of Brand & Digital Technology
Gigi is a queer, white, Latinx, first-generation child of an immigrant. They enjoy wearing many hats at the Center for Koru Mindfulness including designing and building the brand as well as developing and managing the technology that makes our program so special. If you end up needing technology support, you’ll most likely be talking directly with them.
Outside of work, Gigi is learning how to be a mindful parent with guidance from baby Santi.
Director of Operations
Alex Brown developed his passion for practicing and sharing mindfulness in 2012 after participating in a guided meditation and having a transformative experience. Since then, he has sought to strengthen his love and compassion for himself and others through daily meditation, reading, and courses. He has an immense desire to help others do the same.
Alex is a native of Detroit, Michigan, loves spending time with his sons, family, and friends, and finds utter delight in dancing. He thoroughly enjoys helping people learn about the different ways in which they improve their overall health and wellbeing and his motto is “I live to serve.”
Outreach & Teacher Development Coordinator
Vivien Roman-Hampton is a LICSW in Massachusetts who trained to be a Koru teacher in New York in 2018. She uses Koru in her clinical practice where she focuses on emerging adults from marginalized communities. The transformation she has seen as she introduces Koru to these young people has motivated her to be part of Koru’s first Train-the-Trainer program.
She believes that her skills in meditation and mindfulness have enhanced her clients’ well-being as well as her own.
She has enjoyed facilitating Koru’s Social Justice circles online and looks forward to creating connections with more Koru teachers in her role as a Koru Trainer.
Suit Fong Chan
Regional Representative – Asia Pacific
Suit Fong’s interest in mindfulness began more than twenty years ago when she attended her first meditation retreat in Nepal. In 2012, she made a life-changing decision to leave a global corporate career to pursue her passion, embarking on a continuous learning and teaching journey on evidence-based mindfulness programs.She finds the journey meaningful, transformative and also nurturing.
Suit Fong is trained to teach mindfulness and compassion cultivation programs for children, young adults and adults. She also facilitates and curates mindfulness programs to support families and individuals with additional needs in Singapore, where she lives with her family. It is now her life passion and learning, to serve and support others of different diversities, cultures and (dis)abilities to learn to sit with ease with life’s discomforts, build mental resilience whilst practicing kindness to oneself and to others. Her current work involves working with women, youth and teenagers-at-risk and those with special needs. As a Koru train-the-trainer, she is very keen to help establish a cadre of professional mindfulness teachers in Asia Pacific, so more emerging adults and youths in Asia Pacific may benefit from the Koru for Mindfulness program.
Suit Fong is an accredited professional coach, chartered accountant, holding a Master in Business Administration and a Master Degree in Counseling.
Our Koru Trainers teach and facilitate our Teacher Workshops as well as mentor new Koru teachers, review portfolios for certification, and facilitate online teacher consultations.