Program Director – Sarah Sullivan

Over the past decade, Sarah has supported community health and wellness in leadership roles in the public education, public health, and nonprofit sectors. She has served as a Youth Development Faculty with Washington State University Extension, a Program Supervisor for the Coordinated School Health Initiative in Washington State funded by the Centers for Disease Control, and the Director of a Mentoring and Tutoring Program with Communities in Schools.  She is a graduate of Kalamazoo College and received her masters from Seattle University in Organizational Change and Systems Thinking, with a focus on the public education system. In 2017, she returned to her home state of Michigan to lead this Mindfulness Initiative with the Crim Fitness Foundation.  She has trained and studied mindfulness techniques with Mindful Schools, Inner Explorer, Yoga Ed., Yoga Calm, and Mind Up.  When she is not at work, Sarah loves spending time outdoors with her husband and 3-year old twin daughters.

Program Manager – Tom Hauer

Tom came to the Crim in late 2009 after a thirty year career as an elementary school teacher.  His diverse sports background, which included track, baseball, ultra-marathoning, martial arts, and coaching; combined with his classroom experience, created a perfect fit at an educational fitness foundation such as the Crim.  He serves as program manager.

Tom has trained and studied mindfulness techniques with Thich Nhat Hanh, Mindful Schools, the Holistic Life Foundation, Mindful Education Institute, and the world-renowned University of Massachusetts Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Program.  He is a nationally certified yoga teacher (RYT) and is trained in multiple styles including working with children (Yoga Ed. and ChildLight Yoga).  Tom was born in Cleveland, Ohio and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.  He currently lives in Fenton with his wife Susan and two cats.

Program Coordinator and Mindfulness Coach – Lisa Malinowski

Lisa was born in Flint, Michigan and grew up in Fenton. She graduated from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s in Hospitality Business where her passion was creating positive, memorable experiences for others.  Lisa learned the practice of yoga while studying abroad for a semester in the Netherlands, and she fell in love with the art of mindful movement. She became a Certified Yoga Instructor in 2015, and had the opportunity to practice with Shiva Rea in Kerala, India.  As an avid runner, yogi and mindfulness advocate, Lisa began volunteering with the Crim Fitness Foundation in April 2016 through teaching kids yoga at Eisenhower Elementary and leading community yoga classes. Lisa joined our team officially as a Mindfulness Coordinator in May 2017.

Program Coordinator and Mindfulness Coach – Canisha Norris

Canisha graduated from the University of Michigan- Flint with a Bachelor of Science in Health Education with particular interest in health disparities in minority and low-income populations. While interning for a non-profit organization that focused on preventing intergenerational incarceration for at-risk families, she was introduced to Mindfulness and began incorporating Mindfulness in her everyday life. In 2017, Canisha began coaching for a Crim Youth Summer Running Club where she learned more about the Crim Mindfulness Initiative, and was eager to support it. Canisha is a graduate of Flint Community Schools and is excited to join the Crim Mindfulness team to promote Mindfulness to Flint area teachers and students. Outside of work, Canisha has 3 children that keep her active and culturally aware of all things youth related.

Mindfulness Coach and Program Coordinator – Elizabeth Wise

Elizabeth grew up in Flint and is proud to call Genesee County her home.  She graduated from the University of Michigan – Ann Arbor with a bachelors in education and went on to the University of Chicago where she received her masters in clinical social work.  Elizabeth taught seventh and eighth grade language arts at Flushing Middle Schools and is truly grateful for her time in the Flushing community.  Elizabeth has been co-chair of the Genesee County Human Trafficking Taskforce and is an active board member for the YWCA of Greater Flint. As an advocate for those in need, Elizabeth believes in empowering women and youth through education and supportive resources. Elizabeth is a certified yoga instructor, with training in trauma informed yoga. She is excited to help bring the power of mindfulness and mindful movement to the Flint Community.  Elizabeth lives in Fenton with her husband and two children.