Our Board

Brandon Hartsell, Chair

E-RYT 500 from Texas
Brandon is the founder and CEO of Sunstone Yoga; he sits on the board of Sunstone Franchising and is the Trustee of Sunstone Yoga Academy. He has been teaching yoga for over 10 years and has nonprofit experience serving on the board of Open Source Yoga Unity. He has a passion for all things yoga and has been practicing meditation for over 14 years.
Elected on February 7, 2011, expires May 11, 2016

Linda Rowe, Vice-Chair

DC, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from California
Linda has been a licensed health and fitness professional since 1995. She is a chiropractic physician and holds several fitness certifications. Linda is a devoted student and teacher of yoga. She has authored and taught teacher trainings nationwide. Linda is actively involved with Yoga Training Skills, an educational outreach program located in Dallas, Texas. Linda is also a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Elected on February 7, 2011, expires May 11, 2016

Lynn Bushnell, Secretary

E-RYT 500 from California
Lynn Bushnell is the regional manager and teacher manager for YogaWorks Orange County, CA, which includes overseeing more than 100 yoga instructors at five different studio locations.In addition, she has taught for YogaWorks for over ten years; has an extensive background in meditation, restorative yoga, yoga philosophy and vinyasa yoga; and is a Level 2 Ananda Yoga Instructor.Lynn's passion as an advocate for yoga teachers drives her to work towards improving yoga teacher trainings, increasing and enhancing benefits for yoga teachers, and expanding public awareness of yoga and its benefits.Lynn has served on the Yoga Alliance Board of Directors for the last six years, as governance chair, board chair and as the current board secretary.
Elected on January 24, 2011, expires May 11, 2016

Arun Tilak

E-RYT 500 from Oklahoma
Arun did his yoga teacher training at the Yoga Institute in Mumbai, India, one of the world’s oldest organized yoga institutions. He has been a life-long student of yoga and has taught yoga at various venues and institutions including an adolescent behavioral center and a university. With an engineering degree from I.I.T. India and an M.B.A., Arun has worked internationally in the corporate sector.He currently serves as the director of the Center for Emerging Technology and Entrepreneurial Studies at Cameron University in Oklahoma.
Elected on March 12, 2010, expires May 11, 2016

Margie Deutsch Lash

MSED, IBCLC, E-RYT 200 from California

Margie has been involved in the yoga community since 2007, when she completed a 200-hour training and therapeutic training at the White Lotus Foundation, taught by Cheri Clampett and Arturo Peal. Margie has a background in bodywork modalities including Reiki and craniosacral therapy. She has also worked with women during their mothering years as an International Board Certified Lactation Consultant (IBCLC) since 1989. Margie received a Master’s Degree in Education and has been involved in teaching since 1975. She now teaches a program for aspiring lactation consultants along with conscious nutrition cooking classes.
Elected on February 7, 2011, expires May 11, 2016


Kerry Maiorca

E-RYT 500, RPYT from Illinois
Kerry is the founder and director of Bloom Yoga Studio and its teacher training program. In her 15 years of teaching, Kerry has completed over 700 hours of yoga teacher training and has explored the intersection of yoga and daily life on her Thinking Yogi blog. Having served on the board of her local chamber of commerce, the Yoga Alliance Standards Committee, and as the chairperson of its Ethics subcommittee, Kerry is delighted to serve on the Board of Directors as it moves into the Next Generation of Yoga Alliance.
Elected on August 14, 2013, expires August 14, 2017

Nayaswami Gyandev McCord

E-RYT 500 from California
Gyandev is the director of Ananda Yoga and its teacher training program. A graduate of Stanford University with a Ph.D. and author of numerous books, articles, DVDs and CDs, he has over 25 years of experience teaching yoga, meditation and spiritual growth workshops throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and India. He has also served as a presenter to various professional organizations including the International Association of Yoga Therapists (IAYT).
Elected on January 24, 2011, expires May 11, 2016





Roger Rippy

E-RYT 200 from Texas 

Roger is the co-owner and founder of YogaOne Studios in Houston, Texas. He is a Certified Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga teacher as well as an attorney who has supported and served on the boards of many yoga and arts-based nonprofit organizations in Texas including: Texas Yoga Association, Breathecure, Fodice Foundation, Expedition Balance, In-Powered and One Significant Act. He loves sharing the gift of yoga and to see his students grow, connect and become empowered through it. 
Elected on August 17, 2012, expires August 17, 2016


Andrew Tanner

E-RYT 500 from Massachusetts
Andrew is a yoga teacher and wellness entrepreneur whose experience includes consulting on hundreds of fitness business websites, opening and operating over 10 class- and appointment-based wellness businesses, licensing a yoga brand, running the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda and sitting on executive boards for groups like Yoga Alliance and the New York University School of Arts and Science. He is also a co-author of “So You Want to Open a Yoga Studio.”has overseen the opening and operation of more than 10 successful yoga and wellness centers and served as regional director of Dahn Yoga in New York City from 2005-2007. He founded the studio Bamboomoves Yoga and spearheaded the opening of the flagship location for Dharma Yoga in New York City. In 2009, he was involved in the formation of Yoga for New York, which successfully defeated a bill to regulate yoga teacher training in NY.Andrew has a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and psychology from New York University (NYU).
Elected on August 17, 2012, expires August 17, 2016

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