Board of Directors

Carol S Hyman became Executive Director of Applied Mindfulness Training, Inc., in December of 2016. In addition to her new role, Carol is a writer, teacher, and consultant. She has also been a partner in a renovations company, a project manager, and the director of a non-sectarian meditation program. A practitioner and teacher of mindfulness and other contemplative disciplines for more than three decades, Carol recently finished work as editorial project manager for a previously unpublished collection of the writings of Anne Morrow Lindbergh, and is presently working on her own book, Salvaging Sanity. She lives in Vermont with her husband Patton.



Patton Hyman is the President of Applied Mindfulness Training, Inc., previously known as Tail of the Tiger, Inc., a position he has held since 2005, designing, promoting and presenting programs introducing mindfulness to secular audiences. A practitioner and teacher of meditation for more than 30 years, Patton practiced law in Atlanta, Georgia, for 28 years before moving to Vermont where he is now a member of the bar practicing in the areas of estate planning and business and property transactions. Active in civic affairs, he serves on the board of trustees of the St. Johnsbury (Vermont) Athenaeum and the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce as well as being a member of the St. Johnsbury Rotary Club. A classical pianist and an intermittent and ever hopeful golfer, Patton lives in Barnet with his wife Carol.



Bill Brauer was a consulting partner in Chicago based Redirections, Inc., working with Fortune 500 multinationals as well as small family-owned enterprises. He provides corporate team-building seminars, conflict resolution, and mid-level and senior executive career coaching. He is also a senior teacher in the international Shambhala organization presenting meditation seminars throughout North America and Eastern Europe and training and certifying teachers and meditation instructors in Shambhala. Most recently Bill was Executive Director of Karmê Chöling, a residential meditation and retreat center located in northeast Vermont.



Michael Carroll is the author of several books, most recently Fearless at Work. Over his 30-year business career he has held executive positions with such companies as Shearson Lehman/American Express, Simon & Schuster and The Walt Disney Company, and is presently the COO of Global Coaching Alliance. Michael has been studying Tibetan Buddhism since 1976 and is an authorized teacher in Kagyu-Nyingma lineage of Tibetan Buddhism. Michael received his bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy from the University of Dayton and his master’s degree in adult education from Hunter College. He has lectured and taught throughout the US, Canada, Europe, and Australia.



Caroline DeMaio is a recently retired School Library Media Specialist. She lives in the woods of Barnet, Vermont, with her husband, Sal, and their black lab, Pepper. She is a longtime meditator in the Shambhala Buddhist tradition and serves as a meditation instructor and program leader within the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. Caroline started and operated a bookstore/cafe called Northern Lights for 27 years in St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and is passionately interested in books of all kinds. She has served on several boards in her community, including the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, Catamount Arts, The Barnet School Board, the Northeast Kingdom Chamber of Commerce and the St. Johnsbury Shambhala Center.


Bernard Flynn is owner and founder of Trident Booksellers & Cafe in Boston Ma since 1984. Student of Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche since 1976. Formerly on the Board of Directors of Karmê Chöling Retreat Center in Barnet Vt. Most recently the President of Charles River Wheelers a 1600 member cycling club in Massachusetts. Divides his time between homes in Cambridge Ma and Barnet Vt. Married to long time Buddhist practitioner,Teacher and Artist Gail Flynn. Avid cyclist and outdoor aficionado. Father of two accomplished children and so far one delightful grandchild.



Barbara Heffernan, LCSW, LADC, has a private psychotherapy practice in Norwalk, CT, which focuses on trauma, addiction, anxiety, and life transitions.  Barbara utilizes Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, meditation and visualization in her practice.  Barbara has studied meditation in Buddhist, Hindu, and Shamanic traditions, and has practiced meditation for over fifteen years.  She is a member of the Shambhala community at Sky Lake Lodge, Rosendale, NY.   In her first career, Barbara spent sixteen years in investment banking, primarily in mergers & acquisitions for Salomon Brothers and Merrill Lynch.  Barbara has a BA from Yale University, an MBA from Columbia University, and an MSW from Southern Connecticut State University.



Reeve Lindbergh, a daughter of aviator-authors Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh, is the author of more than two dozen books for children and adults. Her work has also appeared in a number of periodicals and magazines including the New York Times Book Review, the New Yorker and the Washington Post. Reeve has served on the boards of local, state, and national organizations including the St. Johnsbury Athenaeum board of trustees, the Vermont State Library Board, the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. She lives in Barnet, Vermont, with her husband, writer Nat Tripp, and enjoys visits from their children and grandchildren.



Greg McNally owns a Christmas tree farm on 65 acres in Wheelock Vermont. He has lived in Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom since 1973. He has been a practitioner of mindfulness meditation for 24 years and an instructor for 18 years. He has recently been part of a small group working with the local methadone clinic teaching mindfulness meditation to people navigating the pathway to recovery from substance use disorder. He was a participant in a state wide roundtable discussion exploring alternative modalities that can be used in the prevention, treatment and recovery from SUD.