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Ryan Kenny, LCSW
Ryan founded Pause in 2015 with his partner Rena with a simple mission: to help people make space for what matters most. After years of struggling with social anxiety and ADHD, Ryan discovered the power of mindfulness to create the space he needed to transform his relationship with anxiety and work compassionately with his distracted mind.
Ryan brings his background in social work, experience supporting people in diverse settings – from crisis centers to executive board rooms – and 17 years of personal practice to his teaching. He is a qualified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction (MBSR) teacher and trained professionally with the Mindfulness Centers at Brown and UMASS. Ryan currently guides classes and courses for the Pause Studio® based in Portland, Oregon, and facilitates Pause at Work® programs and resilience trainings for corporations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and hospitals worldwide.
Beyond his work with Pause, Ryan loves a good cup of coffee, body surfing in the ocean, and spending quality time with his friends and family. His favorite place to meditate, hands down, is in a hot tub.
Rena Satre Meloy
Rena founded Pause with her partner Ryan in 2015 to help people find a greater sense of peace within themselves. As a striving A-type and a lifelong overachiever, Rena leaned into meditation as a source of healing and a way to find greater balance and ease. Her practice continues to have a profound impact in every sphere of her life.
She brings 16 years of personal practice, a degree in business, and health coaching experience to her teaching. She is a qualified Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction teacher and trained professionally with the Mindfulness Centers at Brown and UMASS. Through work with thousands of meditators, she is amazed and inspired by the depth of support these practices offer. Rena currently guides classes for the Pause Studio® based in Portland, Oregon, and facilitates Pause at Work® programs and resilience trainings for corporations, nonprofit organizations, schools, and hospitals worldwide.
Beyond her work with Pause, Rena enjoys camping, Irish + hip-hop dancing, and loving her amazing family. Her favorite place to meditate is in the sunshine.
Rena and Ryan bring positive energy to any room and have the patience to help people discover their own strengths.
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