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Maya Breuer

Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement | E-RYT 500, YACEP

Maya Breuer (RYT 200, E-RYT 500, YACEP) is the Vice President of Cross-Cultural Advancement for Yoga Alliance and supports the advancement of cross-cultural competency across all Yoga Alliance activities. Celebrated as one of America’s distinguished Black Yogis by Black Enterprise magazine, Maya is the co-founder and Emeritus President of the national Black Yoga Teachers Alliance (BYTA) and is a preeminent yoga teacher, practitioner, author, and community activist. Maya has been training and certifying yoga teachers throughout the United States since 2001 and offers a bi-annual Yoga Retreat for Women of Color at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health where she is an Emeritus Trustee. Her mission and dharma have been to teach yoga, promote inclusivity and empower individuals to renew body, mind, and spirit to achieve health and well-being.


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Kristina Graff

Managing Director, Yoga Alliance Foundation

Yoga Alliance Foundation Managing Director Kristina Graff is a global public health professional focused on the pursuit of social justice. Over the past 20 years, Kristina has worked both locally and globally to combat inequities and to contribute to a healthier, more compassionate world. She has pioneered initiatives to provide health services to high-need communities, increasing program engagement and funding. As head of the Yoga Alliance Foundation, Kristina draws on her body of work in the nonprofit, city government, and academic sectors to identify, measure, and scale innovative platforms that expand both yoga’s reach and impact among underserved communities. Kristina earned a Master of Public Affairs Degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School and a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duke University. She appreciates yoga’s gifts of mindfulness and centering, and she finds her greatest inspiration through her journey as a parent to her two daughters and as a partner to her husband.


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Dr. Christa Kuberry

Vice President of Standards | E-RYT 500

Dr. Christa Kuberry leads Yoga Alliance’s ongoing efforts to help evaluate and evolve yoga teacher training standards. A yoga teacher, yoga student, and yoga scholar, Christa has been practicing asana for more than 15 years and received her PhD in 2015. 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 has extensive experience in corporate wellness and is a nationally recognized educator who is frequently asked to speak and teach at workshops and events around the United States.


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Erin Vennie

Chief Operating Officer

Erin Vennie brings extensive leadership skills to her role as Chief Operating Officer of Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation. Prior to joining Yoga Alliance, Erin Vennie served in executive roles at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA, most recently as Executive Vice President. During her nine-year tenure at Kripalu, she oversaw the schools of yoga, Ayurveda, and integrative yoga therapy as well as the presenter programming, R&R, healing arts, and the Institute for Extraordinary Living. Erin’s early career was in the theatre, where she specialized in Shakespeare, and it was there that she was introduced to yoga and meditation as a means to combat performance anxiety and to cultivate focus and grounding through a daily practice. Erin’s business background combines management with positive psychology and appreciative inquiry through a lens of the yamas and niyamas of yoga. Today, she is inspired by her three young daughters to continue to serve yoga and hold a vision of elevating consciousness for the present and future generations.


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Catherine S. Marquette

Vice President of Marketing & Communications | E-RYT 500

Catherine Marquette is responsible for all of the marketing and communications efforts on behalf of Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation. In addition, she leads Yoga Alliance’s efforts in public relations, member education, and member benefits as well as government relations and advocacy. She has 20 years of marketing experience with organizations including Pepsi, New Balance, D.C. United, the New York Mets, and New York Road Runners. Her expertise spans community, grassroots, brand, partnership, and experiential marketing. Catherine holds Bachelor of Arts Degrees in both Economics and 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 has been a member of Yoga Alliance for 10 years as a Registered Yoga Teacher (currently E-RYT 500), became a Level 1 Certified YogaWorks instructor in 2016, and took part in her first YogaWorks teacher training program as an Assistant Teacher Trainer in 2018. She teaches classes and workshops in and around Washington, D.C.


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Jocelyn Prudencio

Vice President of Finance

Vice President of Finance of Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation, 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 with her experience and knowledge working with all levels of contributors in a wide spectrum of nonprofits, which includes trade associations, charities, and both 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

President & Chief Executive Officer

A yoga student for nearly 20 years, Shannon Roche’s career has centered around driving social impact by bringing mainstream institutions’ strengths to bear in support of initiatives that bring communities and coalitions together for the greater good. Prior to joining Yoga Alliance and the Yoga Alliance Foundation as Chief Operating Officer in 2017, Shannon led stakeholder engagement for the U.S. Commerce Secretary to forward the Obama Administration’s top economic policy priorities. She also served on the founding leadership teams of three innovative non-profits, including the Democracy Alliance. Shannon has Bachelor of Arts Degrees in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Duke University and a Masters in Public Policy from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. She lives in Washington, D.C. with her husband and her most enlightening and humbling teachers of all, their two children.


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Quentin Vennie

Vice President, Yoga Alliance Foundation | E-RYT 200

As Vice President of the Yoga Alliance Foundation, Quentin Vennie spearheads initiatives that make yoga accessible among communities and populations that don’t ordinarily have access to this practice. Quentin’s best-selling memoir, Strong in the Broken Places: A Memoir of Addiction and Redemption Through Wellness, chronicles his personal journey of overcoming addiction, anxiety, and depression through yoga, which entered his life at a critical juncture. His work has been featured in the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, Entrepreneur, Fox News, MindBodyGreen, and others. Quentin has been recognized as one of Black Enterprise magazine’s 100 Modern Men of Distinction and by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for his contribution in raising awareness for mental health and suicide prevention. He recently served as the wellness keynote speaker for Colin Kaepernick’s “Know My Rights” Camp in his hometown of Baltimore. Quentin aims to continue to work with youth in underserved communities, helping them understand their traumas and turn them into triumphs.


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Marcus Wade

Vice President of People & Culture

Marcus Wade is a SHRM 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 to helping others achieve their goals. He holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree 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 Yendluri oversees the Information Technology team at Yoga Alliance and the 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, Krishna led the transformation of disparate, manual data collection systems and maps into dynamic reporting and visualization platforms that enabled industry actors to 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. Krishna received his Bachelor of Science Degree and Diploma in Computer Applications from ANGRAU & APEL, India, a Masters from Kansas State University, and an MBA from The University of Michigan - Ross School of Business.

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