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Mon 18

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

December 18 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 20

Free Weekly Evening Meditation Sessions

December 20 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
Thu 21

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

December 21 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 03

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 3, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 04

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 4, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Fri 05
Mon 08

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 8, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Wed 10

Free Weekly Wednesday Evening Meditation Sessions

January 10, 2018 @ 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Thu 11

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 11, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm
Mon 15

Free Weekly Day Meditation Sessions

January 15, 2018 @ 1:10 pm - 1:45 pm

The Krame Center Director’s Council is composed of faculty and academic staff who oversee the academic standards  and the mindfulness mission of Krame Center offerings.



James Morley, Faculty Liaison

James Morley received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Duquesne University and is a certified yoga instructor. He has held teaching positions in Connecticut, India, and England and is presently Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ramapo College where he has served as Faculty President and is teaching courses in Psychology of Yoga, Abnormal Psychology, Phenomenological Psychology, and Contemplative Psychology. He was instrumental in the development of Ramapo’s study abroad program in India and has a longstanding interest in mindfulness pedagogy. Morley’s publications are in the philosophical foundations of psychology as a science, descriptive phenomenological research methodology, and the application of phenomenological and contemplative thought to topics such as imagination, mental health, and education. He is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Phenomenological Psychology, Consulting Editor for the Humanistic Psychologist and serves as Faculty Liaison for the Krame Center of Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living. For sample publications see:

Carol Bowman, Faculty Advisor, Coordinator of the Faculty Mindful Fellows Program

Carol Bonilla Bowman, Ed.D., Associate Professor of Education at Ramapo College of New Jersey, holds a doctorate in Applied Linguistics from Teachers College, Columbia University. Her specialties include elementary education, portfolio assessment, bilingual education, and mindful education. She is the Faculty Advisor of the Krame Center for Contemplative Studies and Mindful Living and Director of Yoga Programs at Ramapo. She was trained at the Center for Mindfulness at the University of Massachusetts Medical School to teach Mind Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Her training to teach .b mindfulness curriculum to middle and high school students was completed in July 2015. A yoga practitioner most of her life and a yoga teacher for the last 10 years, her practice has expanded to include a variety of contemplative practices of Zen and Tibetan Buddhism.

She is also the Coordinator for the Mindfulness Fellows Program of the Krame Center. Through this program, faculty receive support to bring mindful practices into their classrooms and their lives. The mindfulness based courses she teaches include Contemplative Practices in Education, Yoga, and MBSR.  It is her greatest pleasure to introduce mindfulness practice to future teachers. Her publications include an article on Yoga for students suspended from school and she continues to work on mindfulness based research projects that examine Yoga teaching, assessment, and elementary education. She is dedicated to engaging the Ramapo community in mindful interactions across the curriculum and culture of our institution.

Catherine Magner, Program Coordinator

Catherine is a Graduate of Villanova University with a BS in Economics, and is a Certified Holistic Health Coach from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Before joining the Krame Center in 2015, she was the Program and Marketing Coordinator at the Chambers Center for Well Being at Morristown Medical Center; and was a major part of the team instrumental in opening this new 20,000 square foot wellness center. Her past experience includes management in NYC and Boston Advertising Agencies; pioneering the health and wellness committee at one of the elementary schools in Glen Rock, NJ; and offering coaching services and education as a Holistic Health Coach and a writer for an online newsletter and her local Her own personal journey has been focused around healthy living and the practice of vinyasa yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

Carolyn Tucci, Program Assistant

Graduate of University of Illinois BS Business/Marketing. Market Researcher, Marketing Consultant, Founding Member and President of Mahwah Schools Foundation, Fundraiser Thomas C. Giordano Memorial Educational Fund. Certified Children’s Yoga Instructor for ages 3-17, Yoga and Meditation practices

Peter Shalit, Krame Assistant

Peter Shalit, a Graduate of Syracuse University with a BA in Psychology, studied Eastern Philosophy and Practices in Asia for several years. He is a qualified Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Teacher and is a Certified Yoga Instructor. Peter leads meditations and mindfulness practices, and develops talks and programs for the Krame Center.

Beth Barnett


Karen Booth


Kathy Burke

Kathleen Burke presently serves as the Assistant Dean in Charge of Nursing at Ramapo College of NJ. In this position, she is the chief administrator of a 550 student program with pre-licensure, RN to BSN and MSN programs. She has been in this position since 2007. In this role she has created academic/clinical partnerships between the college and The Valley Hospital, Ridgewood, NJ, The University of Sierra Leone in West Africa and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology in Kumasi, Ghana. Additionally, she serves as research advisor to three large Magnet Hospitals in NJ (Hackensack University Medical Center, St Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, and The Valley Hospital).   Prior to that, she was the Assistant Dean of the UMDNJ (the State’s health sciences university) School of Nursing, in charge of the Northern Region since 1996.   As a nurse, she has a long history of applying the principles of mindfulness in patient care. She was one of the first nurses in the area trained in therapeutic touch.

Kathleen had served as a member of Quality New Jersey as an examiner, trainer, senior examiner and Member of The Board of Judges from 1995-2003. She has been a member of the Baldrige Board of Examiners since 2004, serving as a senior examiner and presently an Alumni Examiner. She has also facilitated training and served on writing panels and scorebook review panels. She has participated in and led numerous site visits both on a state and national level. She led the first of the new Baldrige Collaborative Assessment Teams.

Kathleen is presently serving on the Board of Trustees of The Valley Home Care System in Ridgewood NJ. She previously served on the Board of The Mountainside Hospital in Glen Ridge, NJ. She is the sole academic representative to the NJ Council of Magnet Organizations and the Northern NJ Council of Magnet Organizations.

She holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Rutgers-The State University of NJ, College of Nursing. Her MA is from New York University, Division of Nursing and she holds a PhD in Nursing Theory and Research from New York University.   She has completed the Six Sigma Green Belt certification from Villanova University.  Recently she was awarded an AACN/Wharton Executive Leadership Fellowship.

Jill Brown

Jill Brown joined the staff of Ramapo College in 2000 as the Benefits Manager in the Human Resources Department. She received a BA in English from SUNY/Plattsburgh and a Masters in Counseling from the College of New Jersey. She has coordinated wellness initiatives for the employee population.

Angela Cristini

Angela Cristini received her Ph.D. in Biology from the City University of New York. She is a Professor of Biology at Ramapo College of New Jersey and is the Assistant Vice President for the Office of Grants and Sponsored Programs.

Dr. Cristini’s credentials in grant seeking range from grants for her biological research to securing funding from the National Science Foundation for a $1.2 million biology laboratory renovation project in the science building in 2010. She has a national reputation as an expert in STEM education for students, educators and the community including being the Co-PI on a NJDOE funded – Math Science Partnership grant from 2010-2013. She has been invited by the National Science Foundation to present her work at national meetings and by the National Academies of Sciences to serve on the Committee on Informal STEM Learning.

Angela and her team deliver STEM learning to over 30,000 students from K-12 schools in NJ at the Meadowlands and Wayne Environment Centers. The team has developed partnerships with more than 30 school districts that involve working with educators and administrators on STEM curriculum development.

Cathy Davey

Cathleen Davey is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement and executive director of Ramapo College Foundation. The scope of this position, which she has held since 1993, encompasses fundraising, communications, and   external relations. Ms. Davey creates partnerships between the College and the community to obtain funds for scholarships, faculty development, and campus projects. She cultivates, solicits, and receives funds from alumni, friends, parents, corporations, and foundations. She is a member of the New Jersey Association of Fund Raising Professionals and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. She is past President of the Greater Mahwah Regional Chamber of Commerce (GMRCC).   She serves on the University Advisory Council at Seton Hall University and previously served on the Campus Ministry Board for the Archdiocesan of Newark. She is president of the school board for her children’s school. Ms. Davey was part of the first M.A. class in Public and Corporate Communication at Seton Hall University where she also earned her B.A. She worked for nine years at her alma mater, serving as director of development.

Brittany A. Goldstein

Brittany joined Ramapo College in 2010. As Chief of Staff, she serves as the primary liaison of the Director’s Council to the College President. Brittany is currently enrolled in a doctoral program and is exploring the connections between mindfulness and leadership. Brittany’s personal contemplative practice includes Sudarshan Kriya and Kai Chi Do.

Anthony T. Padovano

Anthony T. Padovano, Distinguished Professor of Literature and Philosophy, is a founder of Ramapo College and the author of 29 books and 250 articles, including 3 plays, translated into nine languages.  He has two doctorates and three masters degrees and is the Director of the graduate program in Liberal Studies.  He was a decisive influence in creating the Padovano Peace Pavilion, the Spiritual Center and the Padovano College Commons.