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 Trainer & Certified Koru Teacher, MSW, LCSW, E-RYT
Jennie is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with 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 for 5 years as a counselor at Duke University’s Counseling and Psychological Services, and has a 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 mindfulness and somatic-based therapies, with a specialization in trauma and its impact on nervous system regulation.
She 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.
Director of Brand & Digital Technology
Gigi ends up wearing many hats at the Center for Koru Mindfulness®. From designing and building the brand, to developing and managing the technology that makes our program so special. And if you end up needing technology support, most likely you’ll be talking directly with Gigi.
Outside of work, Gigi is learning how to be a mindful parent with guidance from baby Santi.
Devin does all the heavy lifting when it comes to programming for Koru. He helps make the magic happen for the Teacher Dashboard and our mobile apps.
His business, NacreData, provides Mobile, Full-Stack Web Development, Unix and Cloud resource management, and Data Analysis and Visualization for a variety of non-profit and small business clients.
Social Media Manager
Dylan is a Koru teacher in training enthusiastically searching for opportunities to bring the curriculum to emerging adults in the Philadelphia area. He received his B.S. in Exercise Science and Sports Psychology in 2015 from Ithaca College, where he first discovered mindfulness practice.
Outside of taking the lead on Koru’s mission to create an engaging and inclusive social media presence, Dylan is a contracted mindfulness teacher at the Myrna Brind Center for Mindfulness within the Marcus Institute of Integrative Health at Jefferson and facilitates weekly drop-in sessions for the boys cross country and track teams at his old high school.
Homemade matcha lattes, outdoor adventures, and time spent playing guitar and producing music are a few of Dylan’s favorite things.
Co-author of Koru Mindfulness curriculum, M.D.
Margaret is one of the developers of Koru, a program for teaching mindfulness and meditation to emerging adults. She is a clinical associate in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center, and she has a general psychiatry practice, where she also specializes in treating cancer patients. She is a graduate of the Advanced Training Program in mind-body skills at the Center for Mind-Body Medicine in Washington, DC, and has facilitated mind-body skills groups for residents and faculty at Duke University Medical Center. She has practiced mindfulness meditation for 20 years and integrates her practice into her clinical work. She is the co-author of Mindfulness for the Next Generation: Helping Emerging Adults Manage Stress and Lead Healthier Lives.