Meet the Admin Team

Aminta Pootaraksa

Aminta Pootaraksa is the Program Director of Developing Mindful Lives (DML). She has over twenty years of experience working in the field of Early Childhood Education and working with families. She earned her Master of Arts Degree in Psychology from Phillip’s Graduate Institute in 2012 and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Child Development. Throughout her career, Aminta has served as an Early Childhood Educator, Preschool Director, and Early Intervention Director. She is devoted to combining her knowledge in behavior and child development to promote healthy family relationships and connections through DML’s DOT principles (Dedication, Observation, Thoughtfulness).

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, practicing meditation being outdoors, and cook.

Susie Buffa

Susie Buffa is the Supervisor of our Center-Based Program. She has more than 25 years of experience working with young children. Her philosophy in Child Development is based on child-initiated play provided within a nurturing environment. Her approach in early intervention is to strengthen and extend each child’s skills and abilities in collaboration with parents and families.  

Susie has held different positions in her career as an Early Childhood Educator that includes being a program coordinator, child development specialist and center-based supervisor. She has coordinated curriculum and mentored Child Development Specialists along with facilitating Parent Education.  

In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and traveling along with practicing Zumba.