Ryan Redman M.A.
At an early age, Ryan developed an interest for contemplative based practices and eventually traveled to India to pursue his interests in meditation and Yoga. Upon his return, Ryan began teaching and studying contemplative based practices while at the University of California in Santa Barbara (UCSB). In addition to completing an undergraduate degree in Environmental Studies at UCSB, Ryan met his primary meditation teacher Dr. Alan Wallace.
After graduation Ryan traveled back to India several times and spent three years deepening his personal practice and furthering his understanding of various contemplative traditions. As a result of these early life experiences, Ryan has dedicated his adult life to exploring the interrelationship of mind transformation and personal and planetary well-being.
Ryan has been teaching in Sun Valley, Idaho for the past 15 years and has completed a Masters degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University in Boulder, Colorado. In addition, Ryan is a Teacher Trainer for Cultivating Emotional Balance (CEB) and has served a pivotal role in developing curriculum for both CEB teachers and students. Ryan is also a co-founder and the Executive Director of the Flourish Foundation, a social-profit dedicated to inspiring systemic change through cultivation of healthy habits of mind that promote personal well-being, benevolent social action, and environmental stewardship.
Through his work at Flourish and CEB, Ryan continues to create and facilitate programs that teach life skills through ethics and values, meditation, and emotional awareness. Ryan is actively involved in local community service as a Rotarian and a Hospice volunteer. Along with his love for teaching and philanthropy, Ryan is a devoted husband and father of two growing boys. With his family he enjoys gardening, camping, hiking, biking, skiing, soccer, and surfing.
operations / Educational Programs Coordinator
Paige Redman earned her Bachelors Degree in Communications from the University of California at Santa Barbara. With a love for exploring other cultures, she then spent time traveling around the world and was eventually swept away by the contemplative culture of India for two years.
Deeply affected by these experiences abroad, Paige returned back to the Wood River Valley and began to pursue her passion of supporting women during the childbearing years through Mindfulness-Based Childbirth and Parenting (MBCP). In addition to teaching MBCP she continues to support women and couples as a birth and postpartum doula.
Through her own evolution into motherhood and parenting, Paige continues to realize the immense benefits of contemplative practices for her own and others well being and is committed to sharing these practices with the next generation.
Paige cherishes her time teaching the Mindful Awareness Program to children and embraces all of their wisdom.
Paige is honored and humbled by the opportunity to support Flourish Foundation as Education Programs Coordinator and continues to be motivated by her strong desire to inspire personal growth and help make the world a better place.
Paige strives to be a mindful mother, a loving wife, and a compassionate global citizen.
Compassionate Leaders Program Director
Noah grew up in Sun Valley, Idaho and attended Community School K-12. After graduating, he took a year off to explore and during that adventure fell in love with the world. Working in between travel at Iconoclast Books, he has hitch hiked around New Zealand, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and India. He continues to return to these wonderful places.
Noah has a deep passion for travel, and experiencing the wonders both of the natural and inner world. With a deep commitment to mindfulness, compassion, nature, and connection, he loves nothing more than to delight in others company. He is honored to be guiding this growing group of high school Compassionate Leaders in their own journey and hopes to help inspire a more sustainable and virtuous world.
Tibby Plasse Development Director
Tibby Plasse holds her MFA in Poetry and Translation from UNLV and a BA in English and Political Science from Bucknell University. She has taught undergraduate english and has worked in communication and marketing for fifteen years including passing the Food Freedom Act of WY, the DAAD, The Community School, Marymount of Santa Barbara, Jackson Whole Grocer, Demeter USA and Kate's Real Food. From certification agencies to writer to independent schools to having been the dairy wife at the top ranked organic dairy in the country, integrity and outcome have driven Tibby's professional career, and at the center of it, a strong personal practice in contemplative discipline. Tibby is excited to bring her work in anthroposophy and biodynamics to Flourish as Development Director.
Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Emilie feels lucky to say she was born and raised in the beautiful mountains of Sun Valley Idaho. She attended The Community School K-12th, and went to College at Loyola Marymont in Los Angeles where she studied Theater and Psychology. After that she journeyed to New Zealand where she lived for a year WOOFING (working on organic farms) and sharpening her skills in embarking on crazy adventures. She is proud to say that she has volunteered her time teaching English and giving love to orphans in Southern India, along with educating and giving hope to young women in the sex slavery industry in Cambodia.
She completed 200 hours of Yoga Teacher Training at Sonic Yoga in New York City and is a member of Yoga Alliance. She has completed the Inner Kids training program founded by Susan Kaiser Greenland, who wrote The Mindful Child. Behind her smile lays a deep passion for spreading compassion and teaching awareness through contemplative practices to kids and teens.
She truly believes that if we want to achieve peace in the world we must start with the children. Emilie secretly likes to call herself an explorer, and with a deep sigh, she admits her wanderlust continues to grow with each trip she takes. Lately, the most interesting place that she has visited has been along the path of self-discovery.
Mary Ann Chubb
Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Mary Ann studied art at Cal State Long Beach and first came to the Valley to ski. One thing led to another and soon she moved to the Wood River Valley. That was 30 years ago. She is a ceramic artist, with two lovely grown children, two dogs and an incredibly warm-hearted husband. Mary Ann has been practicing meditation and studying Buddhist teachings since 1994 with a number of distinguished lamas, including Anam Thubten and Tsoknyi Rinpoche. In 2007 she was invited by Anam Thubten to train as a dharma teacher and was ordained to teach in 2009. In addition to teaching adults meditation, she now facilitates Mindful Awareness at Community School and Hemingway Elementary.
Mary Ann describes, “I absolutely love working with young children. They are so spontaneous and fun to be with. Their basic goodness is always shining beneath the surface. You can see it when you look into their eyes. I feel like such a kid when I am working with them.” She goes on to explain, “When I look around at what is happening in our world, the fast pace, the competitiveness; I see a real need for giving children and adults tools that will help them navigate in the world. One of the many benefits of mindfulness is that we begin to see how we are all connected to each other. When we have that realization, we become more kind and compassionate to ourselves and others. What a wonderful world it could be…”
Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Beth Citron received her undergraduate degree in Psychology and English from Rutgers College/Rutgers University in 1983 and then attended the Master’s program at the University of Maryland in Family Studies/Marriage and Family Therapy. Beth received her Masters Degree in Social Work from Rutgers School Of Social Work in 1988. Beth is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and has been with Blaine County School District, at Bellevue Elementary School since 2000.
Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Katie moved to the Wood River Valley in 1999 from Denver, Colorado where she supported adult students with disabilities attending college. She holds a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from University of Colorado and worked as a school counselor at Wood River Middle School prior to starting a family. During her time with Blaine County School District, she saw firsthand the need for local food resources for families who are struggling. Katie jumped in to help establish The Hunger Coalition and served on the Board of Directors.
After four years with The Hunger Coalition, Katie was part of the initial team that established Flourish Foundation and is honored to continue to serve as Operations Coordinator. She was drawn to Flourish by her commitment to nurture and support children, families, and people of all ages. As a young parent, Katie recognized the need to develop inner resources through contemplative practices to support her in being and enjoying the present moment as well as developing self-awareness and keeping an open heart. She continues this journey today, on a path of daily practice and continual growth and learning. She is a forever student of life. It is her hope that Flourish programs cultivate and engage individual and community insight, awareness, and compassion. Katie and her family, Scott, Madelaine and George can be found enjoying and playing together in the mountains of sunny Idaho.
Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Kerrin McCall is an artist, children’s art educator, writer, naturalist and advocate for the Earth. She has an undergraduate degree in Cultural and Intellectual History from University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her work with Flourish Foundation she serves as Chair of the Ketchum Energy Advisory Committee. A 36 year contemplative practice has informed a visceral interconnection between personal and planetary well being. Kerrin believes when children learn skills to calm the mind, to care for one another and the Earth, and to nourish compassion and respect for all beings they are more able to successfully navigate the ever-increasing complexity of the world.
Cara Liberatore Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Cara grew up outside Pittsburgh, PA surrounded by family and forests. As a child and teen, she began consciously experiencing how bringing awareness to and taking ownership of her actions and words gifted her and others an effective sustainable means to navigate life rooted in empathy and compassion. She graduated from Boston University with a BA in Environmental Studies. Following her passion to work, live, and play in the mountains, she moved out West and has called Montana, Wyoming and now Idaho her home for the past two decades.
Professionally, Cara celebrates her life passions as an instructor for Cornell University’s online whole food plant-based nutrition, a Flourish facilitator of mindful awareness classes, and a rock climbing guide in the Teton and Sawtooth Ranges. Personally, she feeds her body, heart, and soul through domestic and international cultural travel, working with children, engaging in daily outdoor pursuits, and interfacing with community as a volunteer. As a devoted mother, she honors and embraces parental challenges in the same light as rewards. She welcomes the essence of interconnectedness and while recognizing the power of positivity says, “Cheers to life”!
michele Meixner Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Michele began working with Flourish in 2016 as an intern. She interned with Ryan, as her mentor, in the 6th grade classes at the Wood River Middle School.
Michele feels honored every time she steps into the classroom to facilitate Mindfulness.
She values working with and building connections to the Kids. One of the things she loves the most about working with Kids is she is constantly learning more about herself and others through this valuable connection.
Monika Schernthanner Mindful Awareness Facilitator
As a Ketchum native and world traveler, Monika has a diverse range of skills and experiences to bring to the Flourish Foundation. With a Bachelor of Science degree in Athletic Training, Monika has formally worked as a massage therapist, cranial sacral practitioner, ski instructor, ski patroller, carpenter, and a clinical assistant to an orthopedic surgeon. Currently, outside of working for Flourish Foundation Monika is a private Pilates instructor, property manager, active volunteer, and mother. Monika feels parenting has brought some of the most challenging aspects to life’s journey. She is committed to developing more mindfulness both personally and within her family structure. She has long been assisting clientele on a one-on-one basis, and wants to expand helping and healing to a broader population. Working in our schools is one of the best avenues to this end. She believes that the world would be a better place if we could all retrain our brains to be calm, contentedly present, and conscious of where we are and what we’re doing. To not be excessively reactive or overawed by circumstances around us is a valuable skill that needs development and practice. Teaching our children to effectively deal with the stresses of modern environments will have benefits in our families, communities, and wider world.
Heidi Schernthanner Mindful Awareness Facilitator
Being a child with ant in her pants, sitting still is not something Heidi often gets credit for attaining. None the less, she continues her lessons in the art of mindfulness, sitting still and breathing. Heidi's journey has taken her to and from the Valley many times. She has traveled, worked and studied on six continents. The biggest and wonderful Africa is next. Yet, for Heidi, what adventure and travel has encouraged is becoming a life long learner and sitting still is easier.
In 2013, as a yoga instructor, Heidi was introduced to the Flourish Foundation. She watched the program grow and create change in the Wood River community. She knows, as a resident and graduate of Hemingway Elementary and Blaine Co Schools, that the Wood River Valley is a constant teacher in her life. Consequently, in 2016, when the opportunity to facilitate life lessons in the local schools was known, Heidi was hooked on the Flourish Foundation.
Her life experiences give value to mindfulness and stillness, and she finds the skills worth honing along with math and reading. Heidi loves being in the Flourish classrooms practicing, reflecting, sharing, and watching ah ha moments. Her love for teaching has a deep resonance with learning and experiencing the World with excited anticipation. Today the ants sit with her; more of her favorite past times include puzzles, reading, studing, hiking, ski-ride-gliding, SCUBA diving, BodyTalk, yoga, lifting weights, travel, sharing, and quietude.