Mayu Meditation Co-op is member-owned, member-operated, member-supported.
Board officers are elected from within Mayu Co-op membership. Practicing and Professional members have voting rights.
Board Chair: Deb Brackney
Board Officer since 2019
“In 2015 I saw an email invitation to become a member of the Mayu Meditation Cooperative. Immediately I joined. I recognized this was an opportunity to bridge my wonderful, chaotic external world to the internal sanctuary found inside the walls of Mayu Meditation Cooperative. The Mayu bridge serves as my link between Action and Contemplation. It is the reason I am honored to be the Chair for the Mayu cooperative.
“I have a strong belief in, and commitment to, the mission and vision of the Mayu. One of my career passions is to work with organizations whose mission and vision are what drives their success. Mayu certainly has a mission and vision that is not only important to our community; it is what powers Mayu’s operations.”
Board Secretary: A.C. Hill
Board Officer since 2019
“My meditation journey began in an earlier stage of my life. During high school my Chinese language teacher guided our class through meditative breathing before his instruction. I did not realize at the time, but a seed was planted, a seed that laid dormant for years, and fully bloomed once I joined the Mayu community. I joined Mayu in June 2018, and since that time my mind has been opened to the transformative nature of self reflection. I now meditate several times a week, and make a conscious effort to embrace drop-in meditation sessions.
“My collegiate journey provided me with the opportunity to hold various executive board positions. As a brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Incorporated, I served as my chapter’s Secretary, Historian, and Treasurer. These positions sharpened my communications and recording skills. I was personally responsible for recording minutes, creating budgets, and facilitating correspondence between my chapter and the school community. I look forward to serving you as Mayu’s Board Secretary.”
Board Treasurer: Cierra McNamara
Board Officer since 2015
“As the founder of Mayu I am continually amazed at the community which has formed to support this unique drop-in meditation center. From Day One the center has drawn in staff, visitors, co-op members and team leaders who enthusiastically carry the original vision forward.
“As manager of Mayu and as Board Treasurer, I have a 360 degree view of the co-op, a perspective I wish I could share with every member. Behind every dollar Mayu earns there is fellow seeker with a story – a person doing their best to navigate life, and who is grateful to have this community for support. It fills me with gratitude to watch the center evolve, witness friendships being made, and to be in service to our membership.”
Member-at-Large: Zhalisa Clarke
Board Officer since 2020
“The first time I entered Mayu Sanctuary, I felt the love and warmth of the space, and I knew there was magic here.
I’ve been teaching guided meditation and sound healing classes for the last year and half at Mayu, since I moved to Denver from the Bay area.
“I studied in India, and I have trained in Tibetan Singing Bowl sound healing, Vipassana meditation, Yoga, Breathwork, Ayurveda, and Reiki.
“While I bring the perspective of both a teacher and a student, I also come equipped with a business background that could help support the economic longevity of the organization. With an MBA from the Harvard Business School, I have over 20 years of experience ranging from financial services to strategy consulting to Silicon Valley tech startups.
“I also have consulted for several non-profit boards as well. I see a lot of opportunities to increase awareness of Mayu among Denver residents, booster class attendance, expand our offerings, and create an even stronger sense of community.
“In addition, given my multicultural background which spans from Jamaica, Panama, and the Philippines, I see an opportunity for intentional outreach and inclusion to people of color in the Denver area.”
Member-at-Large: Andrew Forlines
Board Officer since 2020
“I’ve been a Mayu member for a few years and I recently took on the role of Director of Program Development at Mayu Sanctuary. I’m very excited to be working with Cierra and the current board on expanding services, increasing membership and strengthening our community by creating more ways for people to get involved in what we do.
“By implementing protocols and communication structures we can build a more self-sufficient and sustainable organization with shifting needs and expectations while engaging more meaningfully with existing members and attracting new members to join for a more vibrant Mayu community. I have benefited greatly from being a member of Mayu and want to make sure it is available to others to benefit from for a long time to come.
“My background is as a chef and event coordinator. I trained and worked at the Broadmoor Hotel for many years. That experience instilled in me an appreciation for having high standards and an organized task management system to achieve them. I am used to taking on large projects and implementing the necessary structure and itemized procedure lists for success. “