Christine Allen served as a volunteer and co-facilitator in the program from 2001 through 2003, and began teaching MBSR in 2004. Christine has practiced mindfulness meditation since 1994. She received training in MBSR for health care professionals from Jon Kabat-Zinn, Saki Santorelli, and staff at the Center for Mindfulness. She regularly participates in extended mindfulness meditation, metta (loving kindness), and yoga retreats. Christine helped develop and teach an undergraduate course on mindfulness at the University of Iowa for several years. She has taught mindfulness in a variety of settings including teaching school personnel and parents. She has a variety of volunteer and professional experiences and worked as a social worker at Grant Wood Area Education.