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Jennifer Oetting, Program Director

I am proud to join TCME as Program Director and look forward to being part of the future of the organization. I come to the position with a wide variety of experience having held leadership positions at the University of Missouri including Cardiovascular Medicine Division Administrator and Wellness Program Coordinator.  I developed an interest in population health while working in healthcare but fell in love with seeing the deep and meaningful impact on individuals while working in the wellness program. I went on to run my own baking business where I focused on creative flavor profiles and working with local ingredients. I count myself fortunate to be passionate about my work whether it's in the kitchen or helping others. 

I hold a Bachelor of Science in Business & Human Resources from William Woods University and am a long-time resident of Columbia, Missouri in the USA. Columbia is home and where I have raised my son who has achieved his dream of proudly serving as a United States Marine. I now enjoy spending time with my loved ones, friends, and fur children. You'll find me savoring beautiful farm-to-table meals at local restaurants or experiencing live music in the local area and beyond.

Kristen Beard, Events Manager

I’ve done a lot of things. I started with a degree in classical music composition, and free lanced as a jazz and rock recording engineer. I built recording studios for a while, then settled at a high-end audio company and got my Master’s in Electrical Engineering. I had a long career working in high tech as anengineer and project manager, designing products, managing teams, and running big, high stress projects with tight schedules.

Along the way I’ve picked up some tools for living. I’ve practiced meditation and Iyengar Yoga for over 25 years. I trained in the healing arts of Reiki and Jin Shin Jyutsu. And I have followed my love of meditation by teaching Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) after qualifying at the Center for Mindfulness at University of Massachusetts Medical. 

I left the corporate world two years ago because I wanted to spend my time doing things that brought joy to my life and peace to the world. I now teach Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction and work with clients as a Jin Shin Jyutsu practitioner. The Center for Mindful Eating is joyously in alignment with the principles and ideas I try to live by and I am honored to be of service managing events along with the website, social media and other marketing that they require.




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