Meet the Team
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Erin McLeod

Co-founder

Erin is a professional athlete, playing soccer for top teams around the world and closing in on two decades as the goalkeeper for the Canadian Women’s National Team. She was inducted into the Canadian Olympic Hall of Fame in 2019.

A two-time Olympian, Erin competed in the 2008 Beijing Games and won a bronze medal in London in 2012. Just three years later, in her fourth FIFA World Cup appearance, Erin helped lead Canada to a historic quarter-final finish.

Erin’s interest in mindfulness began in the lead-up to the 2012 London Olympics, when she began working with renowned sports psychiatrist Dr. Ceri Evans. While the mental game had always been a part of her training, this helped Erin achieve significant growth that has directly contributed to her success on the soccer pitch. In the years since, Erin has become a certified mental trainer and uses mindfulness in her training regimen and day-to-day life.

Outside of her professional career, Erin is a motivational speaker and outspoken advocate for human rights, women’s empowerment, and LGBTQ+ rights. She is a representative on the Canadian Olympic Committee’s Athletes’ Commission and an active Pro Ambassador for Athlete Ally. Erin is also an avid artist, musician, and tattoo designer.

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Dr. Rachel Lindvall

Co-founder

Rachel is a university professor and women’s soccer coach with a Doctorate in Mindfulness Research. She also holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in sport psychology and a Bachelor’s in Physical Education with an emphasis in athletic training. In January 2019, Rachel was named a Presidential Scholar in recognition for her service to society and dedication to intellectual growth.

Rachel brings decades of experience as a certified mental coach and mental skills consultant for university sports teams since 2010 and an NATABOC-certified athletic trainer since 2000. She has also spent over two decades coaching collegiate women’s soccer at the NCAA and NAIA levels across the United States.

Rachel’s passion for empowering students, athletes, and people of all ages has been the catalyst for her doctoral research in mindfulness. She aims to make mindfulness an approachable, accessible tool that people can use to become the best version of themselves.

When she’s not in the classroom or on the field, Rachel enjoys music, traveling the world, and watching women’s soccer at the highest levels worldwide.

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Lauren Nielsen

Head of Design & Technology

Lauren is a product designer focusing on user experience, design systems, and visual design. She adds her expertise in web design and technology to the team and is passionate about using design practices to solve human issues. When she’s not designing layouts or writing code, Lauren can be found cooking great food or hitting the gym.

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Kelsey Nielsen

Head of Marketing

Kelsey is a marketer specializing in brand strategy, content creation, and project management. She brings years of experience in launching creative campaigns to The Mindful Project and enjoys making complex concepts accessible to every audience. When she’s not brainstorming new taglines or writing copy, Kelsey enjoys reading good books and experiencing life abroad.

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Jamie Lindvall

Business Development

Jamie is a women’s soccer coach and certified athletic trainer. Over two decades of coaching collegiate soccer and running youth sports camps have given him a unique understanding of the needs of athletes at every age and level. When he’s not wearing multiple managerial hats, Jamie enjoys reading and visiting his hometowns in Honduras and Guatemala.

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Cara Lightman

Illustrator

Cara is an artist with an emphasis in illustration. Her professional and educational experience have contributed to many of the animated illustrations in The Mindful Project’s programs. When not in her creative bubble, Cara is mom to two young boys and teaches secondary school Business Education.

Acknowledgments

This project has been a significant undertaking and we could not have completed it without the support of many people around us. We would like to specifically thank and recognize the efforts and contributions of Lisa Karlsson, Tanya Zickefoose, and Betty Dodson. You have all helped to make The Mindful Project a reality.