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 developed its school-based yoga and mindfulness curriculum, training programs and trained educators to teach yoga and mindfulness in Philadelphia schools. Gail is also the author of  Mindful Bea and The Worry Tree (Magination Press, 2019) and the award winning Anh’s Anger Children’s book trilogy (Parallax Press, 2009, 2011 and 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. Gail has been teaching yoga and mindfulness to children and adults since 1999, providing students with the knowledge and skills to integrate mindfulness and yoga into their lives, both on and off the mat.

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 mindfulness educator, 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, though 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 Directors

President:  Bidi McSorely, M.D.
Vice President:  Katayun Jaffari, Esquire
Treasurer:  Bidi McSorely, M.D.
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
Laura P. Heacock, Esquire
Garrett Snider
Rachael Katz, MS
Jonathan Segal

Committees  And Teams


Programs & Research
Chair: Bidi McSorely, MD,
Jessica Listino, EdS, NCSP, LBS, RYT
Jennie Huang
Rachael Katz, M.Ed.


Mark Gittleman, Esquire,
Bidi McSorely, M.D.



Chairs: Laura Heacock, Esq and Bidi McSorely, MD
Colette Marie McCaine, E-RYT, YACEP
Jessica Listino, EdS, NCSP, LBS, RYT
Jennie Huang
Katy Kopntisky, RYT
Brandon Everett
Hally Bayer
Marsha  I. Cohen, Esq.
Garrett Snider
Rachael Katz, M.Ed.
Katie McClure
Marie Gould

Chair: Jonathan Segal
Trisha Javayulas
Sarah Feinberg
Marie Gould

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


SMP Educators and Yoga Teachers

 Coming Soon

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.