our founders

sharing the healing power of mindfulness

Mindfulness has made such an impact in our lives – so much so that we wanted to share this transformative practice with as many people as possible! It has helped us in our relationships, parenting, business and, most importantly, it has changed the way we relate to ourselves and how we choose to live our lives. We have seen an incredible group of like-minded people connect through this practice and are thrilled to create a dedicated space for this growing community to gather and pause together.

Stephanie Falk

Chief Engagement Officer

Stephanie Falk is the Co-Founder and Chief of Engagement Officer at Pause to be Present and oversees the business aspects of this thriving mindfulness and meditation company including corporate wellness, marketing, development, client relations, special events, and community outreach. The practice of mindfulness has had a significant impact on her life by providing necessary balance while juggling a busy career and raising three children in Edgemont, NY.  Learning how to incorporate meditation into her life after the age of 50 by using easy and accessible tools to live a happier and more peaceful life was an incredibly transformational experience – so much so that she wanted to share the benefits and ease of the practice with as many people as possible!

The importance of connection, support, and community is an integral part of the Pause to be Present magic and something that Stephanie is very familiar with from her prior role at Gilda’s Club Westchester (now Cancer Support Community) a non-profit organization that provides free emotional support to individuals and their loved ones impacted by cancer. From 2008 – 2022, Stephanie worked in various development capacities including Director of Development, Director of Special Events, and most recently as Director of Corporate Giving and Strategic Partnerships.

Stephanie also has an extensive background in marketing, special events, communications and public relations and has held leadership roles at Foot Locker, Inc. as Vice President, Retail Brand Director for Lady Foot Locker and as an executive on the Corporate Marketing and Communications team, providing strategic planning and brand development expertise. Stephanie worked at Edelman Public Relations in NYC in the consumer marketing group for five years after graduating Syracuse University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communications.

In her free time you can find Stephanie pausing with her therapy dog Molly, hiking in Vermont, playing golf and canasta, and traveling with her family.

Cheryl Vigder Brause

Chief Mindfulness Officer, Head of Programming and Lead Instructor

As one of the leading experts on mindfulness in Westchester, Cheryl has created and led hundreds of programs and taught mindfulness locally and nationally to thousands of adults, teens and children in schools, businesses and privately. Once a corporate litigator and investment banker, Cheryl now uses her decade of personal practice and training to write, speak and teach about the transformative practice of mindfulness meditation.  

As a busy mother of three, she has expertise in mindful parenting, stress reduction, finding balance and making these ancient practices accessible in our busy, modern lives. Cheryl teaches people from her own personal and relatable experience how everyone can use a few simple tools each day to create a more peaceful, joy-filled, healthier life. She is thrilled to create this incredible space for people to pause and explore the transformative power of meditation.

Cheryl has had extensive training in the fields of meditation and mindfulness. She is a graduate of Mindful Schools Year-Long training, as well as a Mindful Schools Certified Instructor.  She is certified in Learning to BREATHEMBSR for Teens, and Stressed Teens (MBSR-T) and has completed her Level I and Level II Meditation Teacher Training with David Nichtern. Cheryl is a featured expert on the Simple Habit meditation app, which has 2.7 million total signups and an average of 30,000 new users every week, and is a founding teacher for Journey LIVE, an exciting new live-streaming group meditation app.  She is also the creator of www.2bpresent.com and the 2bpTV,online resources that have helped thousands of people discover the true gifts of learning how to slow down and connect inward to their inner strengths, stillness and unlimited potential.