Teacher & MFD Founder
Sumi Loundon Kim is the primary teacher for and founder of the Mindful Families of Durham, as well as the Buddhist chaplain at Duke University. She recently published Sitting Together: A Family-Centered Curriculum on Mindfulness, Meditation & Buddhist Teachings (2017), and she has previously published two anthologies about young Buddhists: Blue Jean Buddha (2001) and The Buddha’s Apprentices (2005), among other articles and chapters. After receiving a master’s degree in Buddhist studies and Sanskrit from the Harvard Divinity School, she was the associate director for the Barre Center for Buddhist Studies. Originally brought up in a Soto Zen community in the 70s, she has been following the Theravada lineage since her teens. Sumi and her husband, a native of Korea and professor of Korean Buddhism and culture at Duke, have two children and live in Durham.
Adam Schultz is the board President and head of the Membership committee. He has 3 children ages 6, 9 and 12 and has been a practicing meditator for 5 years. Adam has been an entrepreneur and active member of the Downtown Durham community for 11 years. He also sits on the board for Durham's Housing for New Hope, a local nonprofit that serves those experiencing housing crisis.
Laura Qualls is the board Vice President and head of the Sati School. She has lived in the Triangle area since college and is married with a 7 year old son. Laura works in healthcare research and enjoys reading, being outside, and practicing how to live in the present.
Brandon lived in Durham, NC from 2006-2007 to attend graduate school and moved back in 2010. He loves riding his bike to work, cooking, running, and being outside. He works with three companies that help engaged couples register for experiences, activities, and local items for their wedding. His two young kids keep he and his wife on their toes. Otherwise you might find them napping in their backyard hammocks.
Josh facilitates MFD's adult programming and service work. He moved to the Triangle from Washington, DC in 2013 and has happily called Durham home ever since. He currently works as a freelance writer and editor. Josh is married and has one 5-year-old daughter. He has practiced meditation for over ten years. In his spare time he likes to bike, hike, read, and play guitar.