Dr. Nika Gueci serves as Executive Director at the Arizona State University Center for Mindfulness, Compassion and Resilience where she advances an environment of well-being through the promotion of skills such as mindfulness and compassion to support lifelong resilience. Creating a culture where wellness is of vital importance to human thriving is her daily call to action. She develops curricula for Selective classes for Mayo Clinic medical students; mindfulness leadership workshops; and silent retreats. She was invited to develop, write and present curricula as the content expert and talent manager for a Health and Wellness: Mind and Body online series, an institutional-priority initiative for marketing and distribution across national markets as well as a nanocourse mindfulness series for the Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College at ASU. During the Covid-19 pandemic, she established the Caring and Connection Midday Mindfulness Initiative in an effort to build a virtual community and provide compassionate support.
In her previous role, Dr. Gueci served as Associate Director of the ASU Health Services Executive Team. Her duties included directing ASU’s first Collegiate Recovery Program, Recovery Rising, and scaling an innovative, outcomes-driven model to advance a university culture consistent with the ASU Charter, one that is inclusive of students in recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. She has served on multiple task forces and was invited to provide policy recommendations on collegiate recovery to the Acting Director of National Drug Control Policy.
Dr. Gueci holds a doctorate of education (EdD) from ASU’s Mary Lou Fulton Teacher’s College Educational Leadership and Innovation program (an internationally award-winning program through the Carnegie Project on the Education Doctorate). Her action research dissertation examined peer-to-peer training innovations to support students in recovery. Her master’s degree is in Communication with an emphasis on religious identity from New Mexico State University and her bachelor’s degree is in Russian from Columbia University in the City of New York. She is a 200-hour Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance. In 2021, she completed the ASU Leadership Institute, a competitive professional development program. An ardent advocate for animal rights, Dr. Gueci fosters dogs, serves on the Arizona Veterinary Medical Association (AZVMA) Wellness Task Force, and organizes events with the Humane Society such as “Puppies in the Park.”