Staff

Our Team

Fleet Maull
Training Director

Fleet Maull, Ph.D., is a trainer, coach, educator, prison reform activist, and peace worker with over 25 years experience. He taught engaged spirituality and contemplative approaches to social action and peacemaking at Naropa University. He is a certified trainer with the Center for Council Training, Peacemaker Circle International, and HeartStream Education. Fleet is a senior meditation teacher in both the Zen Peacemaker and Shambhala Buddhist communities.

Kate Crisp
Executive Director

Kate Crisp, CMT-P, RYT, is the Executive Director of the Prison Mindfulness Institute and EMI. She teaches in our yearlong Mindfulness Teacher Training program. She also co-designed the Integral Peacemaker Training™, a mindfulness-based emotional intelligence (MBEI) leadership development program completed by over 500 community leaders and activists. She is the author of the Path of Freedom™ Workbook for Prisoners.
Kate is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher-Professional Level (CMT_P) through the International Mindfulness Teachers Association. She is also a certified Yoga Teacher (RYT) through IKYTA.

Ben Van Arnam
Ben Van Arnam
Program Coordinator

Ben is a native of New England and has lived around the world, in China, South America, and as a Peace Corps volunteer in Mozambique. They studied Buddhism and Social Ethics at Harvard Divinity School. They are a Zen Buddhist practitioner and enjoy dancing and hiking around Western Mass.

Ariel Pliskin
Ariel Pliskin
Program Assistant

Ariel is an ordained Minister in the Zen Peacemaker Order and holds certifications in nonprofit management, yoga instruction and mindfulness facilitation. He facilitates the Path of Freedom at the Franklin County Jail. He founded the Stone Soup Café and Unity Tables. He is currently running the Awake Tuesdays sitting group in Deerfield with Fleet Maull and pursuing a Masters of Social Work at Westfield State University. He is also an active member in the local Contact Improvisation dance community.