Mindfulness Matters

The Daystar Awareness Project
Transformation of Incarcerated Men

Transformation of Incarcerated Men by Mindfulness Training

Transformation of Incarcerated Men by Mindfulness Training

Transformation of Incarcerated Men by Mindfulness TrainingTransformation of Incarcerated Men by Mindfulness TrainingTransformation of Incarcerated Men by Mindfulness Training

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Our Board

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                      Dr. Doug Villella, OD 


Douglas J. Villella, O.D. currently sees patients at Community Health Net’s Vision Clinic, Bayfront Eyecare and Health South Rehabilitation Hospital.  He is a member of the American Optometry Association and serves as the Executive Director for Vision for the Poor, founding eye clinics in third world countries to combat eye diseases  Doug has a mean golf game and enjoys spending time with his family, too.

http://visionforthepoor.org/ 

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             Deacon Tom and Pam McAraw


Tom and Pam are college sweethearts and both are former school teachers in the Fort Leboeuf school district, Tom currently serves as Deacon for the Erie Diocese in the Department of Corrections and Pam volunteers within the Corrections dept providing over a combined 40 years of service to prison ministry.  Pam enjoys cooking and babysitting little people and the occasional dog.  Tom enjoys cooking when he isn't busy. 

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                           Chris Sofranko


Chris is an avid Notre Dame fan and has a long history of success with men in addiction recovery.  He has served as mentor to many men and is currently a house monitor at Gaudenzia of Erie.  Chris helps re-entrants find support meetings, employment and safe and affordable housing.  




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                            Dennis Martin                 


Dennis has been the Chaplain at St. Vincent Hospital in Erie, PA. for over 20 years and works tirelessly for the poor, sick and imprisoned.  Dennis enjoys quiet time, reading and a Salmon dinner. Dennis served at various correctional facilities over his 40 years of service.

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                         Robert Lopez


Robert has been working within the Department of Corrections for nearly 15 years and in the past three years has brought the silence of meditation and mindfulness to the residents, Robert currently visits residents 4 days a week.  Robert likes spending time in nature with his dog Elssy, meeting family and friends