About Mindful Awareness Connection

The Mindful Awareness Connection is a Santa Cruz based mindfulness education organization founded by mindfulness teachers Bernice Moore, PhD, Deborah Pembrook, and Hannah Tunkel, MA. The MAC offers mindfulness programs to enhance well-being and peak performance of women in business. All three women have extensive professional experience as businesswomen and entrepreneurs, with a focus on organizational development, education and learning, and mind-body wellness.


Bernice Moore, Ph.D. in Organizational Systems, has over 25 years of meditation experience in Mindfulness, Zen, Tibetan Vajrayana, and in the Diamond Approach. An organizational and leadership development consultant, Bernice evolves collaborative leaders and organizations. Bernice has knowledge and experience resolving conflict, improving collaborative communications, increasing leadership capability, and creating organizational effectiveness. She is an MBSR teacher-in-training, and is certified in Medical Qi Gong.


Deborah Pembrook, Director of Educational Products at the Sleeter Group, has 14 years experience in adult education. She has a long-standing background in community organizer and is co-founder of UU Abolitionists, a national nonprofit group raising awareness about modern slavery. She is a meditator, a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner-in-training and an Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction  teacher-in-training.

Hannah Renee Tunkel, MA, LMFT, is a holistic therapist and wellness consultant with a focus on body centered approaches to stress reduction, pain management, and peak performance.  Hannah’s teaching and individual services are drawn from over 25 years of personal and professional practice of mindfulness skills that facilitate self regulation, self soothing, and self compassion.  Hannah’s work in the non-profit sector and ongoing development as an entrepreneur over the past 10 years informs her perspective of the unique challenges faced by women business owners.

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