Our Team

Tanuka Gordon – Founder

family-photos-2016-4“My children are my greatest teachers and my greatest source of inspiration.  They are the reason I first journeyed into mindfulness and the reason I am inspired to integrate mindfulness and compassion into our daily lives as a family.  They are the reason I started Mindful Littles. I want my children to thrive in a community where kids are more conscious and aware of themselves and others; where they are kind, and where they can safely, freely and confidently express their authentic selves.  As I continue my own mindfulness journey as a parent, as an adult, and we continue to learn as a family, I want to share what I learn on our Mindful Littles blog, where I’ll continue to post reflections.  The 3 Cs of Mindful Littles are at the core of everything we do: Children, Community and Compassion.  I hope that we can create a community where littles are inspired to be compassionate and feel empowered to make a positive difference in this world.”

Tanuka spent her career working in business and in technology, specifically in product management and consulting with a focus on user experience design.  As a long-time volunteer she always had an itch to do more to give back to the community in some meaningful way.  It is through Mindful Littles that she feels she has found this purpose.  Tanuka oversees the organization’s vision and strategy, designs the programs and events, and loves connecting with youth. Tanuka is also a certified yoga instructor, facilitates design thinking workshops and is trained through Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to youth.  Her daily mindfulness practice is also an important way for her to stay grounded.

Mary Patel 

“I want my kids to grow up in a community where we spread compassion and help each other. My hope is that when my kids grow up they never think twice about being inclusive and helping others.”

Mary is passionate about the Mindful Littles mission and has been with Mindful Littles since the inception piloting the first project in Tanuka’s backyard.  Mary is at the heart of Mindful Littles’ event operations. She is known as “Martha Stewart” on our team overseeing the finest details of our custom events- from managing the arts, crafts and activities to designing our brochures, programs and banners.  Mary can be found spray-painting and stenciling crates for our firefighter event to cutting out 400+ random acts of kindness to hand out to kids.  Our events have a “Pinterest-able” quality because of Mary’s thoughtfulness and dedication.  Mary has been trained through Mindful Schools to teach mindfulness to youth and has a daily mindfulness practice.

 

Molly Hanahan

Molly joined the Mindful Littles crew after attending our inaugural event. Since then Molly has been an incredible member of our team always bringing positive enthusiasm, creativity and willingness to help out in whatever way she can.  She and Mary make a dynamic duo ensuring that the event experiences we create are filled with a lot of love.  Molly has completed training through Mindful Schools and loves spending time with her beautiful family outdoors.

 

Sarah Bennett 

“Teaching our children awareness of and compassion for themselves and others is one of the most important things we can do for them and our community.”

Sarah joined the Mindful Littles team after attending our first Haiti event.  Sarah brings a wealth of knowledge on the topic of mindfulness as she has been a dedicated practitioner for over ten years.  She infuses our team with her authentic energy and is always thinking of creative ways to engage young kids with mindfulness through fun mindfulness games and activities.  In addition to helping Mindful Littles and facilitating a Mindful Parenting Book Club, Sarah works in nonprofit lending at Wells Fargo.  Sarah has been trained through Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program and has a daily mindfulness practice.

 

Maya Vasudevan

“In recent years, mindfulness has been an important tool and valuable skill for my family to help find calm, focus, and balance in our hectic lives. I was excited to join Mindful Littles to be able to take part in a local, community-based activity that teaches children about both mindfulness and service. In addition, I have had the opportunity to work with a fabulous team and meet wonderful people from the community!”

Maya joined the Mindful Littles team after attending our first Haiti event, and brings an infectious giggle and genuine warmth to the team.  Whether its providing optical illusion games or creating parent resources, Maya is full of ideas on how to engage our families in creative ways.  Maya has completed coursework through Mindful Schools, and she has participated in various kid-friendly meditation and mindfulness programs  Since her children were toddlers, her family has enjoyed meditating together as part of their nightly bedtime routine.

Join our Team

We are looking for volunteers and leaders to help out at our events, find new partners and help grow our organization. If you are interested in volunteering with our team, then please contact us at: info@mindfullittles.org or submit an inquiry on our Contact Us form.