Our award-winning team includes chaplains, educators, and international leaders from over twenty faith traditions committed to furthering students’ ability to find their spiritual home at New York University.
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Yael Shy, Senior Director
Global Spiritual Life
Yael Shy is Senior Director of Global Spiritual Life and the Of Many Institute for Multifaith Leadership. She is also the Founder and Director of MindfulNYU, one of the largest campus-wide mindfulness initiatives in the country. She is the author of "What Now? Meditation for Your Twenties and Beyond" (Parallax Press, November, 2017). Yael has been teaching and lecturing on mindfulness, meditation, and multifaith engagement at universities, community centers, and organizations across the globe for the past seven years. In 2010, Yael was named one of the “36 under 36” changemakers transforming the Jewish world by The Jewish Week newspaper. Yael has been published in the Buddhist journal, Inquiring Minds, Harvard Business Review, The Clinical Journal of Social Work, The NYU Review of Law and Social Change, Sports Lawyers Journal, Huffington Post, and elsewhere. She is an alumna of New York University (CAS) and Northeastern University School of Law.
Melissa Carter, Head of Mindfulness Education and Innovation
Global Spiritual Life
Melissa Carter is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Innovation for New York University. After a decade long career as a music business executive in a number of roles including Hip Hop management to digital marketing and sales for the number one music company in the world, Melissa embarked on a spiritual journey that inspired transformations in both her career and daily life. For the last ten years, Melissa has served as a meditation teacher, holistic, wellness and intuitive lifestyle coach. While Miami served as home base for the last three years, her private practice brought her to 16 different countries to facilitate online group programs, workshops, and seminars focused on intuitive intelligence and mindfulness. Her work in Miami was devoted to serving as a mindfulness consultant for various companies, colleges and C+ executives to identify gaps and needs within those cultures to foster stronger mindfulness foundations, tools and leadership.
Chanelle Adams is our new Facilitation and Engagement Administrator at Global Spiritual Life at MindfulNYU. As a multidisciplinary researcher, essayist, translator, editor, and facilitator, Chanelle privileges experience as a way of knowing. During her undergraduate studies at Brown University, she completed the Science Studies program with a self-designed focus in “ecologies of knowledge” and the “how of healing." After serving as Managing Editor at Black Girl Dangerous, she accepted a Fulbright award to research Madagascar plant medicine in French colonial natural history archives while completing a Master’s in Social Science Research at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales.
Her professional practice across contexts of academic, journalism, and healing work always center bridging connections across scales of the body, time, and space. Chanelle’s research, essays, translations, and reviews have recurrently appeared in The Funambulist, NPR, Feministing, and Bitch Media. Chanelle has had the honor to accept invitations to present and collaborate internationally in Benin, Canada, France, Greece, Madagascar, South Africa, and the US.
Emily Mervosh, Office Manager
Emily Mervosh is the Office Manager at the NYU Office of Global Spiritual Life. She is a graduate of Boston College, where she worked in the Theology Department and served as a Kairos retreat leader. She also worked as an Undergraduate Research Fellow for the Arts and Social Responsibility Project at BC, an organization committed to exploring the intersection of art and social activism. Before joining GSL, Emily worked in Production at BBDO New York, producing digital content for a variety of clients and serving as a department coordinator.