foundation staff

Executive director

Meriam Good

mgood@mindscience.org

For the last 20+ years, Meriam has held leadership positions with several non-profit organizations; she joined the Mind Science Foundation in 2008 as director of programs and development. With a degree in nonprofit management, she has specialized in operations, program development and donor relations. She is passionate about the role of both institutional and personal philanthropy in effecting meaningful social change. She and her husband of 32 years are the proud parents of a young-adult son and an energetic Jack Russell terrier. A native of San Francisco, she adores her adopted home state of Texas.

program AND COMMUNICATIONS director

MINDY COHEN

mcohen@mindscience.org

Mindy returned to the Alamo City in 2015 after 15 adventurous years in New York City. A graduate of Texas A&M University, Mindy has worked in radio, television, and theater, as a writer, director, and producer, often tasked with taking shows from concept to completion. Her return to San Antonio saw her first foray into the nonprofit world as a freelance Communications Consultant, then as a full time Program Director who also handled communications for the organization. In her spare time, Mindy enjoys photography, comedy writing, and being the co-chair and director of The Nonprofit Council’s The Big Gig 2019: Nonprofit SNL.

Communications and Outreach Coordinator

jennifer adams

jadams@mindscience.org

Jennifer was born in the Northeastern part of New Jersey and grew up in Dallas, Texas. She moved to San Antonio to pursue her Communication Arts degree (with a concentration in Convergent Media) at the University of the Incarnate Word and the countdown city won her over. Jennifer loves anything and everything to do with music, design and photography. When she isn’t geeking out over all things digital and communications related, you can find her exploring the great city of San Antonio with her camera and a giant coffee in hand.

consulting bookkeeper

valarie gatti

vgatti@mindscience.org

Valarie has been in the bookkeeping/accounting profession in one area or another since 1978. She has owned her bookkeeping business in Texas since 2008 and specializes in helping local, small to medium size businesses, and non-profit organizations with their QuickBooks and bookkeeping needs. She has been assisting Mind Science Foundation for the past 4+ years and is looking forward to learning more about the mind and helping others for years to come. Valarie and her husband homeschooled their only daughter who graduated from UT-Austin. They reside in the beautiful Hill Country of Bulverde, Texas.

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Sofiia Semyrenko 

Sofiia was born in Ukraine and moved to San Antonio, Texas in 2015. She is currently attending Northwest Vista College where she’s pursuing an associate’s degree in biology. She is planning on transferring to UT Austin where she is going to pursue a master’s in neuroscience. Her future plans include doing research on the human brain while solving the eternal mystery of consciousness and dreams. Besides science, Sofiia enjoys playing piano, reading books and travelling. Her biggest dream is to make a scientific discovery that would benefit others. 

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denise walker

Denise Walker is a Psychology major, and a 200 hour registered yoga teacher. “I hope to help my future clients both mentally and physically, by combining psychology and yoga. I hope to forever be a student, as well as a professional worth listening to. My real goal is to have the freedom to travel the world, and work around my family life. “

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