Who We Are

Who We Are

We’re very excited to announce our founding board of directors, a group of esteemed  Philadelphia professionals and educators, without whom our efforts and services would not be possible.


Founder and CEO

Gail Silver, JD, E-RYT, RYT, RCYT, YACEP

Gail Silver founded The School Mindfulness Project® in 2016 after fifteen years as Founder and Director of Philadelphia’s Yoga Child. As director of Yoga Child, Gail develops its school-based yoga and mindfulness curriculum, facilitates training programs, and trains educators to teach yoga and mindfulness in Philadelphia schools. Gail is also the award-winning children’s book author of  Mindful Bea and The Worry Tree (Magination Press, 2019) and the  Anh’s Anger Children’s book trilogy (Parallax Press, 2009, 2011, 2014). Lauded by Publisher’s Weekly as “A Winning Series,” the trilogy teaches children to navigate their stronger emotions through mindfulness and meditation and is enjoyed therapeutically and in classrooms across the country. Learn more about Gail and her mindfulness books for children at gailsilver.com

A contributing writer to Lions Roar, and screenwriter of the animated family film, Planting Seeds of Mindfulness, Gail has traveled nationally and internationally to facilitate yoga and mindfulness based education and trainings. Prior to becoming a yoga and mindfulness educator in 1999, Gail was a child advocate attorney for the Defender Association of Philadelphia.

Gail is humbled to have had her work earn a steady stream of accolades and recognition, including Best of Philadelphia awards, a Parents Choice Award, and a Skipping Stones award for Multicultural Awareness. Mostly, she is excited to bring her experience sharing mind body programming with youth, to The SMP.

Gail Silver, Founder & CEO School Mindfulness Project

Officers and Director

President:   Katayun Jaffari, Esquire

Vice President: Marsha I. Cohen, Esquire
Treasurer:  Marie Gould
Secretary:  Hally Bayer, MS


Board Members

Bidi McSorely, M.D.
Marsha I. Cohen, Esquire
Esther Wyss-Flamm, Ph.D, M.Ed, E-RYT
Katayun Jaffari, Esquire
Hally Bayer, MS
Rachael Katz, MS
Martin Blank
Marie Gould

Advisory Committee

Dr. Christopher Willard

Nakesha V. Moore M.D.





Committees and Teams


Programs & Research  

Jessica Listino, EdS, NCSP, LBS, RYT 

Rachael Katz, M.Ed. 

Martin Blank



Mark Gittleman, Esquire,


John Ramsburgh, Ph.D

Colette Marie McCaine, E-RYT, YACEP
Katy Kopntisky, RYT
Hally Bayer
Marsha  I. Cohen, Esq.
Rachael Katz, M.Ed.
Marie Gould
Esther Wyss-Flamm
Martin Blank
Lindsay Kolakauskas


Marketing and HR
Marie Gould
Kimberly Luig

Strategic Planning
Esther Wyss-Flamm, Ph.D, M.Ed 


SMP Educators and Yoga Teachers

Martin Blank
Kimberly Luig
Amy Perez
Gail Silver
Tiffany Wright

The School Mindfulness Project® is a 501(c)(3) organization.

The School Mindfulness Project®  is located in Philadelphia, PA 19147 and provides services to schools in Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia region.