Chopra Certified Instructor Health and
Chopra Certified Instructor, Yoga, Health and Wellness, Author of Do Your Ommwork!, Cognitive Active
Wellness Practitioner, Professional Development for Educators, Continuing Education Provider for Social
Workers & Clinicians,. Yoga Alliance ERTY 300, Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider YACEP,
I have always been very passionate about our youth and wellness. Through my work with kids and families I
have lived and worked with diverse populations culturally, socioeconomically and education levels and feel
deeply connected with all. I recognize when kids connect with vision, purpose, and others, they feel a sense
of success and enthusiasm toward learning and life. My first company, Power Tots founded in 1985, taught
dance, gymnastics, yoga and the power of a positive attitude to children in daycares and schools. It was
sold and is still a thriving business today. I have combined all my teachings from my Mom Agnes, Gary Pate,
my dance teacher, world meditation and mindfulness expert Deepak Chopra and The Chopra Center with my
professional dance background and 30+ years of working with families and children to live my true purpose in
life through creating powerful, positive programs that inspire and teach. I currently live happily in
Northern California with my husband, 4 kids and dog Brucey. I enjoy spending time with family & friends,
connecting with others and being at the beach.
Director of Services & Products
Growing up in Southern Maryland Michelle enjoyed gymnastics, cheerleading and competitive dance. She
received her BA in Psychology with a Minor in Child Development from East Carolina University. She has
enjoyed coaching, teaching, and working with children for as long as she can remember and currently enjoys
volunteering for a local Teen Court program to help children make better choices. One of Michelle’s greatest
joys is being a wife and Mother. She loves spending time in nature hiking with her family. Michelle is
Co-Owner of Dharma Kids which implements OmmWorks into her classes. Being a part of OmmWorks has been an
amazing journey; her favorite part of teaching OmmWorks is watching children learn and grow in ways that
help them navigate their world with peace and kindness.
Mimi Wells, M.S. Ed.
Curriculum Writer & Managing Instructor
Mimi Is currently a special education teacher for students with Autism Spectrum Disorder and other
disabilities. Mimi is a Co-Owner for Dharma Kids which is a youth yoga program that implements OmmWorks into
its classes. Mimi also writes curriculum for OmmWorks and adds her specialized knowledge for special
populations groups. Mimi provides individualized training and feedback to parents, educators, therapists,
and administrators in the world of Special Populations. Mimi received her undergraduate degree in Elementary
Education and Special Education from Notre Dame of Maryland University and has a Masters Degree in
Curriculum and Instruction from McDaniel College.
Editor and Certified Instructor
Hi, my name is Alex Toribio, I graduated from Towson University in 2017 with a Public Relations degree. I started
dancing when I was 5, and did competitive dancing at the age of 8. I was the choreographer leader for my
Show Choir for two years, and joined the Filipinos Cultural of Towson’s Dance crew in college. I loved being
a yoga, dance, and Barre instructor from 2013 to and passionate about infusing those trainings into teaching
OmmWorks. In college, I was also the Social Media and Communications Assistant for our Campus Recreation. My
hobbies include dancing, practicing yoga, singing, writing and playing music.
Deanna has had a passion for performing since she started walking. She has been choreographing since grade
school when she formed a performance team at just the age of 8. Deanna discovered her love for Hip-Hop
culture at the age of 12 when she joined the “Somewhere To Turn” Break Dance crew. Throughout high-school,
she continued her dance training with the award-winning competitive youth team; "Young Skull Club". Since
then, Deanna has taught in many dance studios and schools all throughout the Bay Area. She has also managed
multiple dance summer camps at Community Street Jam. Since 2013, she has directed her own award-winning
youth dance company, "Juvenescence". In 2015, she became the lead choreographer of the Heels performance
team "Fierce Nation”. Deanna teaches many different dance styles such as: Hip Hop, Jazz, Contemporary,
Bollywood, Ballroom, Heels, and Zumba. Deanna began training with the Ommworks in early 2019 and is now an
Ommworks certified instructor and loves helping kids to Be OmmAzing!.
Originally from Maryland, Jennifer started dancing at 3 years old. She studied under some of the best
instructors, one of them being Ms. Kathi Donnelly who has had a positive impact on her life and career.
Throughout her youth, she performed nationally and internationally. She attended Towson University where she
continued her dance training and received a BFA in Dance Performance, a minor in Business Administration,
and a Masters in Education. She later went on to live and perform in Tokyo, Japan for the Tokyo Disney
Resort. Now residing in Los Angeles, she has performed with numerous companies in the Los Angeles area,
appeared on television shows and national commercials, and performs daily in the stage show "Mickey and the
Magical Map" at the Disneyland Resort. In addition to her passion for performing, she shares a great love
for teaching and coaching. Ms. Maletto is most recently the coach of the Sunny Hills High School Dance Team
and Pep Squad and finds great fulfillment in sharing her knowledge and love for dance with her students. She
is thrilled to join the OmmWorks team to encourage others to find purpose through their own unique gifts and
talents in order to spread joy and positivity into the world!
Yumie was born and raised in Japan. She has a BA of Visual Communication Design from Tsukuba University. She
worked at Sony HQ in Tokyo from 1992 as a User Experience Designer. She was transferred to Sony America in
'96. After Sony, she worked at Excite@Home '99 - 2001, at Danger, Inc in 2001 - 2006 & Microsoft in 2007.
She met her husband, Joe Britt, co-founder of Danger, and got married in 2003. After her retirement, she
enjoys skateboarding & playing piano with her sons. She teaches Yoga & Zumba; she has her RYT 200 and is a
Zumba Instructor. She loves cooking & traveling. She created logo, graphics and design for OmmWorks and
started a company called Smoothie Designs in 2019.
Margaret Gaestel (Peggy)
Clinician Consultant & Trauma Specialist
Peggy is the founder of Synergy Behavioral Health Group locates in a Lewes Delaware. She is a Clinical Social Worker in Delaware
and Maryland. Peggy has worked in multiple settings learning the importance of respecting people for who they are and recognizing
and building on their strengths. She has extensive training and experience working with children, adults, and families.
Throughout her career, Peggy has participated in ongoing skill development in the areas of Family Centered Practice, the use of Family
Team Meetings, Family Group Decision Making, Mediation Training, and Custody Mediation Training. She has developed curriculum
and provided training through the University of Maryland School Of Social Work Training Department on the use of Family Centered
Practice in Child Welfare. Peggy participated in the development and implementation of an in-patient adolescent addiction facility in
Southern Maryland, where she was employed as an addictions counselor.
Other specialized training includes: Girls Circle Certified Facilitator, Critical Incident Stress Management, Forensic Interviewing of Child
Sexual Abuse Victims, evaluations and treatment of sexually abused children and adolescents, Attachment Based Family Therapy,
Clinical Intensive Training in Family Injustice, fully trained in Trauma Informed EMDR, provider of Neurofeedback, OETAS Addiction
Training, and Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies through The Trauma Center at JRI, Boston Massachusetts.
Keri Mona is a Math Interventionist at Piccowaxen Middle School and has worked for the Charles County Board of Education for the past 11 years.
Keri was born and raised in Southern Maryland and graduated from Towson State University with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Psychology and is currently
pursuing her Master’s Degree in Special Education. Keri has coached many teams and organizations in Charles County and at Piccowaxen. She is a wife
and proud mother of three children and is adjusting to her new empty nester life!.