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.
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.
Tom Wales was an options trader on the floors of the American and New York Stock Exchanges for many years. He continues to trade and raise chickens in Saint Johnsbury, Vermont. As a member of the board of Nurturing Minds in Africa, he is helping build the SEGA School, a secondary school for vulnerable girls in Morogoro, Tanzania. He also serves on the board of trustees of the Saint Johnsbury Athenaeum.