Staff

Founder and Executive Director
Karuna (Kelly Schwartz) has over a decade of experience in nonprofit management and brings unique insight to Mind Oasis from running nonprofits varying in budget size from 250k - 13 million. Her passion is bringing the timeless benefits of meditation to practitioners worldwide, and her Masters in Nonprofit Management from Northeastern University coupled with many years experience as a Director of Development and Executive Director make for a powerful intersection in leadership of philanthropy and wisdom.
Director of Operations
Stephan Samuel is the guru behind IT and operations at Mind Oasis. He works tirelessly to provide precise technical innovations for the online and operations aspects of the organization because he believes that meditation offers a viable solution to many of society’s most pressing issues. With a background in engineering, statistics and finance he has worked as an analyst and in development leadership roles for Lucent Technologies, Banc of America Securities, Moody’s Investors Service and Bear Stearns along with a variety of startups. Starting as the original website developer for Mind Oasis he built an integrated back-end platform encompassing data connections to partners and service suppliers. Stephan holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Rutgers University and is a Stuyvesant High School alumnus. In his spare time he is a both a competitive athlete and referee in a variety of sporting fields, including being a 9-time Ironman-distance triathlon finisher.
Director of Programs and Communications
Kaleigh began her meditation journey after sustaining an injury during yoga that left her searching for another way to achieve the same clarity of mind. She is now a firm believer in the power of meditation to bring more peace and happiness into the world because of the way it has changed her life. Her greatest wish is to help others feel the utmost happiness in their lives. Kaleigh loves to learn, travel, visit independent bookstores, swim in mountain lakes, garden succulents and connect with friends--both new and old. She graduated from LSU with a BA in English. She was born and raised in Austin, where she lives today with her partner and two rescue pups.