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Our dedicated volunteer board of directors provides the overall strategic direction and purpose to develop programs and services that serve our mission to promote and support the integrity and diversity of the teaching of yoga.

Kerry Maiorca

Kerry Maiorca, Chair

E-RYT 500, RPYT, YACEP; Illinois
Kerry is the founder of Bloom Yoga Studio in Chicago and is proud to direct its RYS 200 and RPYS teacher training programs. A yoga teacher for 20 years, Kerry is passionate about making yoga unintimidating and accessible for each unique student. Her writing has been featured on The Huffington Post, Elephant Journal, and Mindbodygreen, among others, and she explores the intersection of yoga and daily life on her Thinking Yogi blog. She has served on the board of her local chamber of commerce and has been a member of Yoga Alliance's Standards Committee since 2012.
Elected on August 14, 2013; term expires December 31, 2018

 

Terri McDermott

Terri McDermott, Vice Chair

E-RYT 200, YACEP, CMA; Michigan
Terri’s interest in yoga began as a seed planted in her childhood that slowly blossomed as time allowed her to pursue her passion. She completed her 200-hour teacher training at Yen Yoga & Fitness in Traverse City, MI in 2012 and currently enjoys sharing her yoga and meditation practice with members of her teacher training community. Her love of serving others is shown through her work in the education industry, including her service for the past 25 years on the Executive Board of the Michigan Education Association’s Educational Support Professionals program. Terri currently serves as the Co-Chair of Yoga Alliance’s Member Benefits Committee, and looks forward to this opportunity to continue in the growth with Yoga Alliance by serving as a board member.
Elected on April 14, 2015; term expires April 1, 2019

 

Marion 'Mugs' McConnell

Marion "Mugs" McConnell, Secretary

E-RYT 500, YACEP; British Columbia, Canada
Marion "Mugs" McConnell is the co-owner of the South Okanagan Yoga Academy (SOYA), RYS 200, RYS 300, with her husband, Bob. Mugs’ early training began in 1978 under Swami Vishnudevananda and Sri Yogiraj Dr. Hari Dickman. Later, training under Namadeva Acharya played a huge role in her love for and understanding of mantra. In 2012 she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in recognition of her lifetime contribution to the yoga community in Canada and abroad. Mugs is the author of “Letters from the Yoga Masters: Teachings Revealed through Correspondence from Paramhansa Yogananda, Ramana Maharishi, Swami Sivananda and Others."
Elected on April 14, 2015; term expires April 1, 2019

 

Swami Asokananda

Swami Asokananda

E-RYT 500, YACEP; New York
Swami Asokananda, a monk since 1973, is one of Integral Yoga's foremost teachers, having absorbed the wisdom of his guru, Sri Swami Satchidananda, since the age of 19. He is the president of the New York Integral Yoga Institute and the primary instructor for Intermediate and Advanced Hatha Yoga Teacher Training programs taught around the world. He is writing a translation and commentary of the great Indian scripture, the Bhagavad Gita. He previously served as the president of Satchidananda Ashram – Yogaville and Integral Yoga International.
Elected on October 27, 2014; term expires October 27, 2018

 

Staffan Elgelid

Staffan Elgelid

RYT 500, YACEP, PT, Ph.D., GCFP; New York
Staffan Elgelid has been a physical therapist for over 20 years. A native of Sweden and graduate of the University of Central Arkansas, Staffan has worked in a wide variety of settings, including owning his own clinics, and has presented at conferences in the US and in Europe about topics such as guided imagery, healthy aging, mentoring, awareness, core strengthening and Feldenkrais. He has produced DVDs about core strengthening, foam roller use and yoga for volleyball and basketball, and produces the “On Your Authority” podcasts. Dr. Elgelid is currently on the faculty at YogaLife Institute in Devon, Pennsylvania, and is an Associate Professor of Physical Therapy at Nazareth College.
Elected on December 1, 2015; term expires November 30, 2018

 

David Pryor Jr.

David Pryor Jr.

Professional from Washington D.C.
David Pryor Jr. is D.C.-based government affairs professional who works for Microsoft where he manages all relationships with Senate Democrats. He served as Deputy Chief of Protocol in the Clinton Administration and has worked on numerous presidential campaigns including those for Bill Clinton, John Kerry and Barack Obama. David also owned a small consulting business focused on special events, campaigns and government affairs. He enjoys yoga 3 times a week and started eight years ago to help with his chronic back pain. David hopes his background in politics, advocacy, campaigns and event management will bring value to the YA Board.
Elected on December 1, 2015; term expires November 30, 2018




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