Marc Anderson, Founder and Executive Director
Marc has a long and distinguished career as an artist, educator and spiritual leader.
The combination of his unique talents, education and passion to bring the benefits of mindfulness to a larger community led to the creation of M2 in 2011.
Marc’s interest in meditation began 30 years ago when he started practicing transcendental meditation. In 1993 he began studying Zen Buddhism with Dosho Mike Port at Clouds In Water Zen Center. Marc went on to practice in the that community for 18 years serving as a teacher, temple coordinator, board member, cook and board chair. In 2007 Marc was ordained as a priest in the Soto Zen tradition by Reverend Togen Moss. In his many years of Zen practice Marc has participated in dozens of intensive retreats and trainings in a variety of related fields.
Over the past 35 years he has earned an international reputation as a world-class percussionist, stalwart sideman, composer and record producer. He has appeared on more than 250 recordings, including two solo recordings, Time Fish and Ruby. He has performed all over the world in concerts venues ranging from the Beijing Conservatory of Music to the stage of A Prairie Home Companion. Notable among Marc’s many artistic associations is his long time collaborative work with ECM guitarist and music pioneer, Steve Tibbetts and appearances or recordings with Robert Fripp, Peter Ostroushko, Altan, Don Cherry, Max Roach, Greg Brown, The Minnesota Orchestra, Peter Mayer and Taj Mahal. Marc has also worked in theater, dance and film, including productions with the Guthrie Theater, The Children’s Theater, Minnesota Dance Theater and Ragamala Dance. His studies of percussion traditions have taken him to Ghana, Brazil, China and New York City.
In support of his work, Marc has received grants fellowships and commissions from The Minnesota State Arts Board, The McKnight Foundation, The West Bank School of Music, The American Composers Forum, The Trust For Meditation, The McNeely Foundation and The Jerome Foundation.
Marc is an adjunct professor at Hamline University in St. Paul and a well-established lecturer, clinician and facilitator.
Drew Miller, Operations Manager
Drew is a technology consultant and "digital coach." He's helped produce the graphics on over a hundred music projects for his own label Omnium Records as well as ESD, NorthSide and other clients. He also develops and maintains the web presence for a number of clients from musicians to medical clinics.
As a musician, he's the bass player and founder of pioneering punk-folk group Boiled In Lead and can also be heard with Nordic roots artist Kari Tauring. He lives in Minneapolis a few blocks from the mighty Mississippi. More info at Omnium Design.
Theresa Glaser, Facilitator and Educational Program Consultant
Theresa Glaser, Ph.D., L.P. received her doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the University of Minnesota. Theresa’s research and clinical specialties are in the areas of Health Psychology, Posttraumatic Stress, and Career/Vocational Counseling. Theresa’s passion lies in creating and delivering mindfulness- and acceptance-based programs for individuals, couples, families, children, and groups (e.g., employee wellness, Mindfulness-based Stress Reduction). She has taught college- and graduate-level psychology courses at the University of Minnesota, St. Olaf College, and the University of St. Thomas. She currently holds an adjunct faculty position at Normandale Community College and teaches courses such as the Psychology of Death and Dying, Social Psychology, Psychology of Gender, Psychology in Modern Life, and Introduction to Psychology.
Mike Groth, Facilitator and Educational Program Consultant
Mike started noticing his mindfulness journey about five years ago taking a MBSR course and has been trying to pay attention ever since. He taught middle school literature, writing and math for 16 years and started incorporating some mindfulness methods in the classroom when the chance to join M2 and have a bigger effect on the education community came up.
In his spare time he enjoys with his family, watching his two daughters in their activities, reading, music (is getting back into guitar playing), camping, playing poker with the guys or anything that involves hanging out at the lake.
Beth Barron, Events
Beth Barron can be described as an all around team player and cheerleader. She ties up loose ends, makes tea and tells everyone she meets about M2 Foundation. She makes art and has always viewed her process as a "practice" and a meditation. She embroiders one stitch at a time, just as she takes one breath at a time. She took up a serious mindfulness practice (sitting meditation and intensive retreats) right around the time her last child had moved on and headed for college. She started hanging out with Marc Anderson, taking drum lessons and the stars aligned. Her investment and devotion to M2 Foundation's mission was natural, easy and seamless.
Patti Walsh, Communications
Patti has found her joy in a second career as a communicator and public relations specialist after a brief 30-year stint as a legal secretary. She is a lifetime learner, and loves both the peace that yoga brings and the power that punk rock imparts. She joins M2 with extreme gratitude and the knowledge that she's tumbling down her path with a little bit of grace and a lot of soul.