Zayda Vallejo, MLitt
Zayda Vallejo is an adjunct faculty member and part of the Supervisory Team and Certification Review Board at the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School and has been training professionals who aspire to teach the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program since 2006.
Zayda was born in Colombia, South America and completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology at Loyola University in Chicago and a Master's degree in Political Economics at Oxford University in England. She has been practicing meditation and yoga since 1978.
She co-authored “Treating Co-occurring Adolescent PTSD and Addiction: Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Adolescents with Trauma and Substance-Abuse Disorders,” and “Moment-by-Moment in Women's Recovery: A Mindfulness-Based Relapse Prevention Program”.
Bob Lenhardt, LICSW, CEAP
Bob has worked in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) field for 25 years as a clinician and as a director, where he focuses primarily on substance abuse and on workplace crisis response. He is a Certified Employee Assistance Professional and a U.S. DOT Qualified Substance Abuse Professional. He oversees EAP services provided to organizations following traumas or critical incidents, and manages cases in which safety-sensitive employees test positive for drugs.
Bob’s career was varied from the time he graduated with a BA at Penn State in 1972, until 1988 when he graduated from Boston College Graduate School of Social Work. Much of that time was spent working in restaurants and then learning to build acoustic guitars.
He began studying about meditation while in graduate school to learn how meditation might be used as a tool in recovery from addictions. His interest was boosted after visiting the Kripalu Center in Western Massachusetts for the first time in 1989, and progressed significantly after meeting (and then marrying!) Zayda in 2004. He completed the Practicum for Mindfulness Base Stress Reduction from the UMass Center for Mindfulness in 2005.
He has maintained a part-time private practice in psychotherapy in Worcester since 1998, specializing in addictions.