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Maya Breuer

Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement

Maya supports the advancement of diversity, inclusion, and cross-cultural competency across all Yoga Alliance activities. She helps build relationships with community leaders across sectors and lead in the evaluation of incoming grant requests to Yoga Alliance Foundation. Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise magazine, Maya Breuer is a preeminent yoga instructor, practitioner, author, community activist and consultant with a career spanning over three decades. Maya is the president and co-founder of the national Black Yoga Teachers Alliance. She has been training and certifying yoga teachers throughout the United States since 2001, and she offers a bi-annual Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health; she is also an Emeritus Trustee of Kripalu. Her mission and dharma has been to teach yoga and empower individuals to renew body, mind, and spirit to achieve health and well-being.


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David Lipsius

President and CEO

David is the President and CEO of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation. He has been a yoga teacher since 2006 and has practiced yoga for nearly twenty years. As the CEO of Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, he led the development of a five-year strategic plan resulting in record enrollment for educational programs, developed a 1,000-hour Yoga Teacher Training (YTT), and championed the first Spanish language YTT in the U.S. He previously held leadership and creative positions at NBC Universal.


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Catherine S. Marquette

Vice President of Marketing & Communications

Catherine joins Yoga Alliance with twenty years of marketing experience from the likes of D.C. United, PepsiCo, New Balance, the New York Mets and New York Road Runners, spanning community, grassroots, brand, partnership and experiential marketing. She and the MarComm team are responsible for all marketing and communications efforts on behalf of Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation. Catherine holds a BA in Economics & Communications from the University of North Carolina, where she ran varsity track and cross country, and an MBA from Georgetown University. An Iyengar student for more than 15 years, Catherine is a registered yoga teacher at the 500 hour level (RYT-500), a Level 1 Certified YogaWorks instructor and an assistant teacher trainer within the YogaWorks system. She teaches classes and workshops in and around Washington, D.C.


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Erin Peck

Vice President of Credentialing

As the Vice President of Credentialing, Erin leads the team responsible for overseeing the evaluation of membership applications and helping ensure members receive outstanding service in doing so. Erin is a mission-driven and strengths-based leader who thrives on building and encouraging successful teams through positive collaboration and big picture focus on service. Prior to joining Yoga Alliance, Erin served for nine years in various leadership positions at Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health in the Berkshires, MA, most recently as Executive Vice President. Erin’s professional background is in non-profit management, organizational behavior & development, wellness, hospitality, and performing arts.


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Jocelyn Prudencio

Vice President of Finance

Jocelyn Prudencio is a nonprofit leader with a track record for achieving superior performance through effective management of finances, people, information, and technology. Certified as a CPA in 2003 after graduating from American University in 1999, Jocelyn brings her experience and knowledge working with all levels of contributors in a wide spectrum of nonprofits, which include trade associations, charities, and private and public foundations. As an innovative leader who blends passion, integrity, entrepreneurial strategies, fiscal acumen, and results-oriented change, Jocelyn prides herself on maintaining an open mind and learning from all experiences that life presents to her.


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Shannon Roche

Chief Operating Officer

Shannon brings extensive experience developing and running large-scale community- and coalition-building efforts to Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation. Most recently, Shannon led the U.S. Department of Commerce’s stakeholder engagement around the Obama Administration’s top economic policy priorities. She spent ten years starting and growing organizations to fill critical capacity gaps in the progressive movement, including the Democracy Alliance, which she helped build from inception into one of the country’s largest drivers of activist progressive philanthropy. Shannon has been practicing yoga since 2000, is a proud Duke Blue Devil, and lives in Washington DC with her husband and two children.


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Christa Schwind

Vice President of Standards

Dr. Christa Schwind comes to Yoga Alliance as a yoga teacher, teacher trainer, student, and scholar. She received her PhD in 2015 and has been practicing asana for over fifteen years. Christa currently serves on the steering committee for the Yoga Theory and Practice Group at the American Academy of Religion, and has most recently been a Professor of Yoga, Comparative Religions, Ethics and Wellness at the University of Denver and the University of Colorado. She also has extensive experience in public speaking and corporate wellness as a nationally recognized educator who is frequently asked to speak and teach at workshops and events around the United States.


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Andrew Tanner

Chief Yoga Advancement Officer

Andrew began teaching yoga in 2003, opened a chain of studios in NY in 2007, and has built and sold yoga studios in both cities and suburbs. From 2011–2013 he was the director of the Kripalu Schools of Yoga and Ayurveda and his book, So You Want to Open a Yoga Studio, has become a de-facto business plan for thousands of studios around the world. Andrew’s yoga advocacy roots began in 2008 as one of the founding members of Yoga For NY, an organization that fought state regulation in 2008. While working at Kripalu in 2012 Andrew became a board member for Yoga Alliance and has been a part of all Yoga Alliance’s state advocacy campaigns ever since. In 2017 Andrew was officially hired by Yoga Alliance to focus on advancing the field of yoga.


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Marcus Wade

Vice President of People + Culture

Marcus Wade is a certified Human Resources professional with expertise in both operational and strategic HR business practices including talent acquisition, employee training, performance management, employee relations, benefits and payroll. Marcus has a passion for service with a constant commitment in helping others achieve their goals. He holds a BA from Glenville State College and has worked in the HR field for 14 years with proven success in creating cultures of collaboration and implementing change to achieve workplace excellence.


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Krishna Yendluri

Vice President of Technology

Krishna oversees the Information Technology team at Yoga Alliance and Yoga Alliance Foundation. He brings extensive experience developing and deploying scalable technology solutions that tightly align with organizational goals and enable strategic transformation. Most recently, as CIO at Microfinance Information Exchange, he led the transformation of disparate, manual data collection systems and maps into dynamic reporting and visualization platforms that enable industry actors make timely and effective decisions toward betterment of the global financial inclusion landscape. He previously held leadership, program management and technology development positions at Discovery Communications and University of Michigan.

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