Leadership & Administration

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Yahkeem Howard

Executive Director

Yahkeem is the Executive Director, Youth Mentor, Veteran Advocate, and Life Coach. He’s also currently serving as a Sergeant in the Connecticut Army National Guard, since 2010. Mindfulness has played huge a role in his life and is why he gravitated towards bringing awareness to mental health. His work is bases around his passion for Human and Personal Development. His mission is to help others improve self-awareness, create an empowering identity, unleash latent potential, enhance one’s quality of life, improve social status, increase earning potential, determine one’s primary life purpose, and facilitate the achievement of personal causes and aspirations that will leave behind a personal legacy.

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Cormac Levenson

Chairman of the BoardDirector

Cormac is the Chairman of the Board Director and Co-Founder of Elm Village. He is a graduate of Harvard Divinity School and worked as a hospital chaplain for six years. As a hospital chaplain he had the opportunity to offer meditation to people struggling with addiction and mental health issues. It was in this setting that he first developed a passion for teaching meditation to people struggling with mental health and addiction issues. He has been teaching meditation for almost a decade and is currently a teacher in the New Haven Insight meditation community.

Mindfulness Professionals & Mentors

Vernatha Montoute

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Yoga Instructor

Mindfulness & Movement 

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Amy DiSanto

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Yoga Instructor

Mindfulness & Movement 

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K'la Lawson

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Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurship & Arts

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