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For Health and Performance

We believe in a proactive approach to mental health. Through teaching mindfulness we seek to meet all people where they are with scientifically proven tools to enhance one’s health,  daily performance and how they show up for others.

Our Mission

Teaching mindfulness as a tool to enhance
personal health, performance
and the communities we serve.​


Legendary human, father, mentor and mindfulness coach, Alex Peavey, has been given days, weeks and months to live over his five year battle with two stage-four cancers. His approach has been simple and inspiring, FIGHT AND SMILE. In the face of competition and challenge, exhaust yourself for a purpose or community that is greater than you and choose joy every step of the way. The Peavey Project, a Richmond based non-profit, seeks to amplify the lessons and legacy of Alex Peavey and positively impact the trajectory of our community by teaching mindfulness and mental performance skills.

Who We Are

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Collin McConaghy, Co-Founder, Mindfulness Coach

Collin McConaghy graduated from the University of Richmond in 2010, where he played football, was a team captain, member of the 2008 National Championship team and majored in Business Administration. In 2012, he received his Master’s of Education. He has worked in the education field as a director, teacher, advisor and coach. He is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator, a Certified Koru Mindfulness Instructor and a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He and his wife Trisha have three children, Porter, Libby and Cam, and as a family enjoy playing sports, being outside and hanging out with their friends and family.

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Jake McDonald, Co-Founder, Mindfulness Coach

Jake McDonald graduated from Hampden-Sydney in 2011, where he played lacrosse for four years, served as team captain his senior year, majored in History and minored in Creative Writing. In 2014, he graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Master’s of Education in Sport Leadership. He has held various roles in education since 2012 and has dedicated his career to teaching practical and applicable skills. He is a Certified Mindfulness Teacher, a Certified Koru Mindfulness Instructor and a Certified Workplace Mindfulness Facilitator. He loves spending time with his wife Molly, his two sons Ned and Seiler and their dogs and enjoys being active, cooking and music of all kinds.


"Working with Jake and Collin has had a profound impact on my life.  Although powerful and transformative, the information they present in each session is easily understood and digestible.  With practice, I have been able to build a toolbox of meaningful knowledge that has impacted every relationship and heightened my awareness of needing to pause before I react in almost every situation, encounter, and decision I make.  Mindfulness is something you can read about on your own, but to have Jake and Collin's guidance to shepherd the process, as well as field questions as they arise, builds into the practice a humanness and compassion that would be missed.  When you're ready to take the next step into your full potential, this is a pivotal stepping stone."  
"Mindfulness for Health and Performance was the best professional development my firm has gone through. It brought us closer together as a team and gave us tools to thrive at work and at home."
“The instructors were excellent-- enthusiastic, down to earth and  knowledgeable”
“I loved the class discussions because we shared insights that were helpful to our practice - I often heard questions that I had not thought of and I benefited greatly from hearing the responses.”
“Collin and Jake were so patient with all of us!”





Mindfulness for Health and Performance

Evidence-based and relationship-centric, our four-week course provides participants with the foundational tools to develop their own mindfulness practice as a proactive tool for mental health, elevated performance and ultimately an expanded capacity to positively impact others. Participants will leave with access to the Koru Mindfulness application.

Individual Presentation

We will align the needs of your team with our mindfulness curriculum to maximize the application of this scientifically proven practice within your organization. 

Individual Sessions

Through Summit Emotional Health, we offer individual sessions for clients interested in developing a mindfulness practice as a life skill for stress management, enhanced well-being and peak performance. Through formal and informal practices, we provide an individualized plan to meet each client’s needs and life circumstances.

To schedule a session, please contact Amanda Brichta at 804-562-6557 x 708, or email

Group Sessions

Want to continue the momentum you’ve gained thus far? Building on the relationships founded in our 1.0 and 2.0 courses, these group sessions can be an invaluable means of affirming one’s individual mindfulness practice, or further embedding mindfulness into your organization's culture. We will offer a check in period to answer any questions, offer insights, as well as, take the group through a guided meditation. These sessions usually last 30 minutes but can be customized to your needs.

For booking and pricing, please contact us at



Helping the Helper

Throughout his battle with cancer, Alex’s wife, Sarah, has exemplified what it means to be a helper and a hero! Alex is passionate about making sure these selfless champions have someone to support them. Throughout 2020 and into 2021 a staggering number of ordinary people (healthcare workers, social workers, teachers, parents, first responders, etc.) have stepped up and performed extraordinary acts of kindness, generosity and selflessness. Through the generosity of our ambassadors and donors, we are able to offer our programs to those who give everything of themselves for others.


To make a donation to help the helpers, please access this link:

For more information about our community partnerships, please contact us at

Fight & Smile!

"Fight with a smile because you love what you are doing and good things will happen."

            -Alex Peavey, March 2017, one month after his stage 4 cancer diagnosis

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During the time of Alex’s diagnosis, he was coaching the Collegiate School’s Boys’ Lacrosse Team and upon receiving these insightful words, this sentiment of ‘Fight and Smile’ became our rallying cry. Since then, this approach has gotten a life of its own - making its way from VCU and Christopher Newport University, all the way up to Frederick Douglass Academy in Harlem, NY.

Our goal is to bring this message, along with our mindfulness curriculum, to every team in Richmond.

To make a donation to our Fight and Smile Initiative, please access this link

For more information about our team partnerships, please contact us at

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