Susan & Brandon Nappi
Susan and Brandon have been married since 2000. They are the grateful parents of their two daughters, Sophia and Ellie. Susan holds a Master's degree in Public Health from the Yale School of Public Health. She is currently the director of Grants and Evaluation at United Way of Greater New Haven where she manages community investment strategies. She is certified as a parent educator in Circle of Security Parenting and has studied non-violent communication with Marshall Rosenberg. Susan is influenced by the teachings of Thich Nhat Hanh – which were introduced to her through her mentor, Patricia Plouffe St. Onge, founder of the Center for Growth and co-founder of the Transfiguration Zendo. She is currently studying Ki Aikido under Mort Melman Sensei, fourth-degree black belt (Yondan) in Shin Shin Toitsu Aikido and chief instructor at Middlebury Ki Aikido. Dr. Brandon Nappi, founder and executive director at the Copper Beech Institute and the Associate Director at Holy Family Passionist Retreat Center, is a spiritual teacher, speaker, and writer who passionately believes in the capacity of the human spirit to awaken. Inspired by the common wisdom of the world’s spiritual traditions, he has dedicated his life’s work to sharing the transformative power of mindfulness practice. Brandon is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame and has a Master of Divinity degree from Yale University and a Doctor of Ministry degree from Aquinas Institute of Theology. He has received extensive mindfulness training from the University of Massachusetts Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness founded by Jon Kabat-Zinn.