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Meet Our New Executive Director

Updated: May 20, 2020

We’re excited to announce that Maureen Wendling is our new Executive Director!

Denise Veres, Shanthi Project’s founding executive director, will continue to serve on the Board of Directors and stay involved with outcome research.

“2018 was truly Shanthi Project’s break-out year, and I’m excited to continue this momentum throughout 2019 and beyond,” said Maureen. “I look forward to working with our many supporters and partners to bring trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness to even more members of our community.”

Maureen has extensive experience in government, non-profit organizations and higher-education. Prior to joining Shanthi Project, she served as a nonprofit consultant, working with organizations of varying sizes to develop and implement strategies around fundraising, special events and management.

“There is an increased demand throughout the region for Shanthi Project’s yoga and mindfulness classes, and Maureen’s deep nonprofit experience and strong community connections will certainly be instrumental in guiding the organization through this next phase of growth,” said Michael Harrington, president of Shanthi Project’s Board of Directors.

Maureen previously held senior development positions at Allentown Art Museum, Lehigh University and Zoellner Arts Center. She also serves on the Board of Associates of the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation and Muhlenberg College.

A mindfulness meditation teacher, Maureen completed her teaching training at the Myrna Brind Mindfulness Institute at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Center for Mindfulness at Lehigh Valley Health Network. She holds a bachelor’s degree from DeSales University. She lives in Allentown with her husband.

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