Our Committees 

Our committee members are volunteers who advise Yoga Alliance as representatives of the yoga community. Annually, Yoga Alliance staff will reach out to the community to solicit and select members. 
 
 

Conference Committee

The Conference Committee is a standing committee that will assist Yoga Alliance in determining the programmatic direction of the annual conference. Questions about the Conference Committee? Please contact Barb Dobberthien at bdobberthien(at)yogaalliance.org. 

The Conference Committee consists of:

  • Scott Kleinfeld, E-RYT 200, Ridgefield, NJ, committee chair
  • Kellie Adkins, E-RYT 500, Fruitland Park, FL
  • Lynn Bushnell, E-RYT 500, Laguna Niguel, CA, board liaison
  • Dawn Curtis, E-RYT 500, Vienna, VA
  • Joan Dwyer, Providence, RI
  • Jasmine Grace, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Columbus, OH
  • Brandon Hartsell, E-RYT 500, Dallas, TX, board liaison
  • Margie Deutsch Lash, E-RYT 200, Irvine, CA, board liaison
  • Sherry Zak Morris, E-RYT 200, Vista, CA
  • Dave Sims, RYT 200, Indianapolis, IN
  • Andrew Tanner, E-RYT 500, Lenox, MA, board liaison 

 

Compensation Committee

The board-appointed Compensation Committee was formed to develop and provide oversight of the Yoga Alliance staff annual compensation plan. Committee activities include review of annual staff performance appraisals, annual salary increases, and a goal-based annual bonus pool. Questions about the Compensation Committee? Please contact Barbara Dobberthien at bdobberthien(at)yogaalliance.org.

The Compensation Committee consists of: 

  • Brandon Hartsell, E-RYT 500 from Dallas, TX, member
  • Richard Karpel from Oakton, VA, president and CEO, member 
  • Linda Rowe, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Manhattan Beach, CA, member
  • Arun Tilak, E-RYT 500 from Lawton, OK, member
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    Governance Committee

    The board-appointed Governance Committee will recruit new directors with the goal of ensuring that each director possesses the requisite qualifications and experience to carry out his or her responsibilities. Additionally, the Governance Committee shall assess the board’s current composition and identify missing characteristics, draft a recruitment plan and continuously cultivate new prospects, develop job descriptions for directors, orient new directors and continue to educate all directors on their responsibilities, and ensure that the board regularly engages in self-assessment. Questions about the Governance Committee? Please contact Richard Karpel at rkarpel(at)yogaalliance.org.

    The Governance Committee consists of:

    • Andrew Tanner, E-RYT 500 from Boston, MA, committee chair
    • Lynn Bushnell, E-RYT 500 from Laguna Niguel, CA, member
    • Brandon Hartsell, E-RYT 500 from Dallas, TX, member
    • Richard Karpel from Oakton, VA, president and CEO, member

     

    Member Benefits Committee

    The Member Benefits Committee is a standing committee that will support Yoga Alliance by providing comprehensive and critical product and vendor review for associate vendor memberships, partnerships and endorsements. Part of the review process includes evaluating each company for socially conscious business practices. Questions about the Member Benefits Committee? Please contact Barbara Dobberthien at bdobberthien(at)yogaalliance.org.

     

    Member Benefits Committee working group 
    The working group consists of:

    • Dara Susini, E-RYT 200 from Austin, TX, committee chair
    • Margie Deutsch Lash, E-RYT 200 from Irvine, CA, board liaison
    • Irina Cotler, E-RYT 500 from New York, NY
    • Katrina Ford, RYT 200 from Weddington, NC
    • Kim Grether Salloux, RYT 200 from Woodside, CA
    • Corey Johnson, RYT 200 from Burke, VA 
    • Suzanne Leitner-Wise, E-RYT 500 from Alexandria, VA
    • Terri McDermott, RYT 200 from Traverse City, MI
    • Susanne Robinson, RYT 200 from East Longmeadow, MA
    • Erin Thomas, RYT 200 from Blumington, IN
    • Rob Walker, E-RYT 500 from Calgary, AB
     

    Standards Committee

    The Standards Committee is a standing committee that will provide recommendations and oversight to the Yoga Alliance credentialing process. The Standards Committee consists of the working group, three subcommittees and the advisory group. Members are expected to represent the broader community’s interest and not one particular school, area of yoga teaching or standards. Questions about the Standards Committee? Please contact Sarah Fishman at sfishman(at)yogaalliance.org

     

    Updates from the Standards Committee:

    Standards Committee Working Group

    The working group provides oversight to Yoga Alliance credentialing system and directs the work of the subcommittees.The working group consists of:

     

    • Gyandev R. McCord, E-RYT 500 from Nevada City, CA, committee chair
    • Roger A. Rippy, E-RYT 200 from Houston, TX, board liaison
    • Deborah T. Bennett, E-RYT 200 from Bowling Green, VA
    • Susan M. Camean, E-RYT 200 from Brentwood, NY
    • Melissa Cooper, RYT 200 from Pittsburgh, PA
    • David Emerson, E-RYT 200 from Cambridge, MA
    • Anne M. Machetto, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Newburg, MD
    • Kerry L. Maiorca, E-RYT 500 from Chicago, IL
    • Sarah E. Manning, E-RYT 200 from Singapore
    • Marion (Mugs) McConnell, E-RYT 500 from Scotch Creek, BC
    • Anita Rangaswami, RYT 200 from Chandler, AZ
    • Mark Stephens, E-RYT 500 from Santa Cruz, CA

    Standards Committee Eligibility Subcommittee 
    The Eligibility Subcommittee will investigate options for alternative pathways to Yoga Alliance registration. The Eligibility Subcommittee consists of: 
    • Melissa Cooper, RYT 200 from Wexford, PA, subcommittee chair
    • Kellie Adkins, E-RYT 500, Fruitland Park, FL 
    • Bea Ammidown, E-RYT 500, Santa Monica, CA 
    • Ilene M. Cohen, RYT 500 from New York, NY 
    • Katrina W. Ford, RYT 200 from Weddington, NC 
    • Anne M. Machetto, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Newburg, MD
    • Maureen Priest, E-RYT 200 from Skippack, PA 
    • Justine Shelton, E-RYT 500 from Oceanside, CA 
    • Antoine Tinawi, E-RYT 500 from Saint-Laurent, PQ 

    Standards Committee Compliance Subcommittee 
    The Compliance Subcommittee will assist in the consistent administration of the standards and assist the Yoga Alliance community in meeting the standards. The Compliance Subcommittee consists of:
    • Susan M. Camean, E-RYT 200 from Brentwood, NY, subcommittee chair
    • Deborah T. Bennett, E-RYT 200 from Bowling Green, VA
    • Christopher J. Courtney, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Albuquerque, NM 
    • Aly Faber, E-RYT 200 from Charlotte, NC 
    • James Kulackoski, E-RYT 500 from Chicago, IL 
    • Linda McGrath, E-RYT 500 from Los Gatos, CA 
    • Tejvinder S. Monga, E-RYT 500 from Dallas, TX
    • Maeve O’Brien from Goa, India
    • Kathleen Grace Santor, E-RYT 500 from Henderson, NV 
    • Cora Wen, E-RYT 500 from San Jose, CA 

    Standards Committee Ethics Development Subcommittee 
    The Ethics Development Subcommittee will review issues relating to principles and ethics in the teaching of yoga and recommend changes to promote ethical behavior in the yoga community. The Ethics Development Subcommittee consists of: 
    • Kerry Maiorca, E-RYT 500 from Chicago, IL, subcommittee chair
    • Kitty L. Blincoe, RYT 200 from Mahwah, NJ 
    • Lori Gaspar, E-RYT 500 from Lisle, IL 
    • Gary Kissiah, RYT 200 from Los Gatos, CA 
    • Catherine (Cassie) A. McClellan, E-RYT 200 from Amelia Island, FL 
    • Hali D.J. McQuillan, E-RYT 200 from Okotoks, AB
    • Victoria McColm, RYT 200 from Savannah, GA
    • Darren Main, E-RYT 500 from San Francisco, CA 
    • Anita Rangaswami, RYT 200 from Chandler, AZ
    • Kim Grether Salloux, RYT 200 from Woodside, CA 

    Standards Committee advisory group 
    The advisory group consists of:
    • Kellie L. Adkins, E-RYT 500 from Fruitland Park, FL
    • Nancy P. Alder, E-RYT 200 from Manfield, CT 
    • Barbara D. Altshuler-Pacheco, E-RYT 500 from Addison, TX 
    • Bea Ammidown, E-RYT 500 from Santa Monica, CA 
    • Lisa J. Babiuk, E-RYT 500 from St. Albert, AB
    • Lara Benusis, E-RYT 500 from Lic,NY
    • Kitty L. Blincoe, RYT 200 from Mahwah, NJ 
    • Carol S. Bowman, E-RYT 500 from Pomona, NY  
    • Ashley K. Brennan, RYT 200 from Raleigh, NC 
    • Patricia Callahan, E-RYT 200 from Fuquay Varina, NC 
    • Giselle Campagna, RYT 200 from Denver, CO 
    • Francesca Cervero, E-RYT 200 from Brooklyn, NY 
    • Jasmine Chehrazi, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Washington, DC 
    • Ilene M. Cohen, RYT 500 from New York, NY 
    • Justine Cohen from Newton, MA
    • Christopher J. Courtney, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Albuquerque, NM 
    • Dawn A. Curtis, E-RYT 500 from Vienna, VA 
    • Hari-kirtana Das, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Washington, DC 
    • Nicole DeAvilla, E-RYT 500 from Kentfield, CA
    • Leslie J. Denny, E-RYT 500 from Oceanside, CA 
    • Arun Deva, E-RYT 500 from Los Angeles, CA 
    • Jean Di Carlo-Wagner, E-RYT 500 San Diego, CA 
    • Joanna M. Dunn, E-RYT 500 from Leavenworth, WA 
    • Deni' Ehrenberg, RYT 200 from Columbus, OH  
    • Gyl Elliott, E-RYT 500 from Arcadia, CA 
    • Tara Engeran, E-RYT 500 from New Orleans, LA 
    • Aly Faber, E-RYT 200 from Charlotte, NC
    • Irene Flores, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Chicago, IL  
    • Ally L. Ford, E-RYT 200 from Clearwater, FL  
    • Katrina W. Ford, RYT 200 from Weddington, NC 
    • Suzanne Garacochea from Charleston, SC 
    • Lori Gaspar, E-RYT 500 from Glen Ellyn, IL 
    • Cathy Geier from Seattle, WA 
    • Leslie M. Glickman, E-RYT 500, South Boca Raton, FL 
    • Jasmine Grace, E-RYT 200, RYT 500, Columbus, OH
    • Sharon Greenspan, RYT 200 from Virginia Beach, VA
    • Kim Grether Salloux, RYT 200 from Woodside, CA 
    • Britty L. Hamby, RYT 200 Austin, TX 
    • Marianne Hritz, E-RYT 200 from Canfield, OH     
    • Angela L. Hubbs, E-RYT 200 from New York, NY  
    • Jessica Jennings, E-RYT 500 from Los Angeles, CA 
    • Nicole Cyrille Joseph, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Nashville, TN 
    • Alan M. Kaye, RYT 200 from Woodland Hills, CA  
    • Amy Kraft, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Scottsdale, AZ 
    • Carol Krucoff, E-RYT 500 from Chapel Hill, NC  
    • Eduardo Krumholz, RYT 200 from Monument, CO 
    • James A. Kulackoski, E-RYT 500 from Chicago, IL 
    • Claudine LaRochelle, RYT 200 from Mississauga, ON 
    • Suzanne E. Leitner-Wise, E-RYT 500 from Alexandria, VA 
    • Darren Main, E-RYT 500 from San Francisco, CA 
    • Elizabeth K. Mayotte, RYT 200 from Clarksville, MD 
    • Catherine (Cassie) A. McClellan, E-RYT 200 from Amelia Island, FL
    • John (JP) P. McClellan, E-RYT 200 from Amelia Island, FL 
    • Victoria McColm, RYT 200 from Savannah, GA     
    • Terri McDermott, RYT 200 from Traverse City, MI  
    • Linda S. McGrath, E-RYT 500 from Los Gatos, CA
    • Lisa M. McQuade, E-RYT 500 from Charleston, SC
    • Hali D.J. McQuillan, E-RYT 200 from Okotoks, AB 
    • Barbara Metzdorff, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Santa Fe, NM 
    • Jennifer Kaya  Mindlin, E-RYT 500 from Sacramento, CA 
    • Tejvinder S. Monga, E-RYT 500 from Dallas, TX  
    • Stuart F. Moody, RYT 200 from San Rafael, CA 
    • Karen K. Moss, E-RYT 500 from Memphis, TN 
    • Barbara A. Murray, RYT 500 from Cardiff, CA 
    • Arielle Nash, E-RYT 200, RYT 500 from Glenburnie, ON  
    • David Nelson, E-RYT 200 from San Francisco, CA  
    • Rhonda Hill Nolan, E-RYT 200 from Beacon, NY  
    • Gwen M. O'Hanlon, RYT 200 from West New York, NJ  
    • Jennifer L. O'Sullivan, E-RYT 500 from Alexandria, VA  
    • Annie Okerlin, New Member from Tampa, FL  
    • Darryl Olive, E-RYT 500 from Kansas City, MO 
    • Gene Ore, RYT 200 from Miami, FL 
    • Kymber Owens, RYT 200 from Asheville, NC 
    • Anne Phyfe Palmer, E-RYT 500 from Seattle, WA  
    • Michael Plasha, E-RYT 500 from Erie, PA  
    • Maureen Priest, E-RYT 200 from Skippack, PA 
    • Jennifer S. Prugh, E-RYT 500 from San Jose, CA  
    • Annie Quagliaroli, E-RYT 500 from South Windsor, CT 
    • Mimi Ray, E-RYT 500 from Grand Rapids, MI 
    • Marisa Robinson, RYT 200 from Elgin, IL 
    • Susanne J. Robinson, RYT 200, East Longmeadow, MA 
    • Kathleen G. Santor, E-RYT 500 from Henderson, NV 
    • Linda K. Schlesinger-Gessner, RYT 200 from Folsom, CA 
    • Lillah A. Schwartz, E-RYT 500 from Asheville, NC 
    • Kim Shand, E-RYT 500 from Mountain Lakes, NJ 
    • Sanjeeta K. Sharma, RYT 500 from La Puente, CA 
    • Dave Sims, RYT 200 from Indianapolis, IN     
    • Dara W. Susini, E-RYT 200 from Austin, TX
    • Jessica S. Tague, RYT 200 from Chicago, IL
    • Kaye Temples, E-RYT 200 from Raleigh, NC  
    • Erin Thomas, E-RYT 200 from Bloomington, IN 
    • Laura K. Thompson, E-RYT 200 from Ogden, UT  
    • Therese Tibbits, RYT 200 from Irvine, CA 
    • Antoine Tinawi, E-RYT 500 from Saint-Laurent, PQ 
    • Thalia Tooke, RYT 200 from San Francisco, CA 
    • Kenneth W. Toy, E-RYT 500 from Hampton, NH 
    • Dawn Trapp, RYT 200 from Boise, ID 
    • Noeleen Tyrrell, E-RYT 200 from Co. Leitrim, Ireland  
    • Rob Walker, E-RYT 500 from Calgary, AB 
    • Karen Walsh, RYT 200 from Flemington, NJ
    • Judy Weaver, E-RYT 500 from Lighthouse Point, FL  
    • Marylou Webb, E-RYT 500 from Springfield, MO 
    • Cora Wen, E-RYT 500 from San Jose, CA 
    • Julie M. Whitbeck-Lewinski, RYT 200 from Cranberry Twp, PA  
    • Sue Woodd, E-RYT 200 from Surrey, United Kingdom
    • Debbie L. Woods, RYT 200 from Glenview, IL
    • Sherry Zak Morris, E-RYT 200 from Vista, CA
    • Ganga Devi, E-RYT 500 from London, UK
    • Natalie Seagraves, E-RYT 200 from Santa Rosa, CA
    • Carrie Tyler, E-RYT 500 from Newburyport, MA





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