Copper Beech Staff

We are grateful to our staff whose hard work, commitment and diligence make our vision for Copper Beech Institute a reality. 

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Peter Callahan

Peter Callahan is a leadership & life coach, teacher, facilitator, and community builder. His passion is to teach and empower leaders, students, and professionals to discover and act on their values, pursue work they enjoy and the world needs, and bring deep connection and meaning to their lives. He has a private coaching practice and is the Leadership & Engagement Director at Copper Beech. 


Dr. Brandon Nappi

Dr. Brandon Nappi 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. He founded Copper Beech Institute in 2014 and is the institute’s executive director.  Learn  more about Brandon.


Karen Sevenoff

Karen Sevenoff is the weekend retreat coordinator at Copper Beech and is honored to collaborate with our beloved volunteer staff in cultivating loving support during overnight retreats. Karen teaches yoga at Copper Beech and throughout the area, and works at It’s Only Natural, a vegan restaurant in Middletown. She lives in Middletown with her husband, KindYoga teacher Jamie Wright. Learn more about Karen.


Kathy Simpson

Kathy supports marketing communications at Copper Beech Institute and is the editor for the Institute’s blog, Awaken Everyday. She is a freelance writer with published articles on a range of topics. She is also a long-time student of meditation, mindfulness and the Buddha Dharma. Kathy teaches mindfulness-related programs at Copper Beech and elsewhere.  Learn more about Kathy.

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Alexis Vatteroni

Alexis is Copper Beech Institute’s program administrator. She’s the go-to person and manager for program registrations, preparation, and production, and coordinates the Institute’s fellowship, scholarship, and volunteer programs. Alexis believes in the power of community and life-long learning. She is honored to facilitate the process for students and volunteers alike. In addition to working for Copper Beech, Alexis teaches yoga and meditation locally and is an avid gardener and home cook.