Board and Staff

Officers
  • David Carpenter (Appointed): President

    David Carpenter became IYNAUS’s President on April 1, 2017, after serving as Treasurer the preceding five and half years. He formerly was a litigation partner and member of the Executive Committee of a large corporate law firm (Sidley Austin LLP). He took up yoga in 2000 thinking that it would help him deal with the stress of his legal career, but yoga literally saved his life when Guruji and Lois Steinberg helped David overcome a life threatening circulatory problem in his brain. David became a certified teacher after he retired from his law firm in 2014, and he recently passed Junior Intermediate I. He has had leadership roles in several other not-for-profit corporations, including an opera company, a children’s museum, and a civil rights organization. In addition to weekly classes with Lois, he studies with Chicago’s wonderful CIYTs and regularly takes workshops with Manouso Manos, Laurie Blakeney, Joan White, Mary Reilly, and Chris Saudek.

  • Vacant: Vice President
  • Michele Galen (Appointed): Secretary
  • Stephen Weiss (IYAMN): Treasurer

    Stephen Weiss began practicing yoga in 1998. After purchasing a copy of “Light on Yoga”, and heeding advice of friends, attended his first class in April 1999 with Lee Sverkerson at the BKS Iyengar Yoga Center in Minneapolis. Steve continues to study at the Center with Kristin Chirhart, and Lee, in as often as opportunity permits. He is grateful to those two instructors for introducing the Iyengar method and yoga philosophy -through class recitation of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, which has now taken root in his life, every day. Inspired by his teachers and fellow students in the Twin Cities, Steve travelled to India, and studied for a month at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in June of 2011.

    Steve has served on the IYAMN board since 2008, and happy to have helped with planning events and workshops which bring together the IYAMN community, and sponsors several amazing Iyengar Yoga Instructors to the visit and teach in the region, from as near as Wisconsin and as far as India.

    Steve is Concert Promoter, Event Producer and Theatre Manager, based in Minneapolis, and entering his thirtieth year in the music and event business. Steve is also a fully certified PSIA-Rocky Mountain Ski Instructor and in the winter, works as a Coordinator in the Aspen Snowmass Ski School.

Members at Large
  • Amita Bhagat (Appointed)
  • Laurie Blakeney (Appointed)
  • Sandy Carmellini (IYANC)
  • Gwendolyn Derk (IYAMW)
  • Gloria Goldberg (IYAC-SR)

    Gloria Goldberg has taught Iyengar Yoga since 1980 and has been a Certified Iyengar Yoga teacher since 1987. While director of the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute in Los Angeles, she recognized the need for a formal teacher training program. With the approval and guidance of B.K.S. Iyengar, she founded the program in 1992. Gloria is director and co-curriculum coordinator of the program.

    She is the director/instructor at the B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Institute of La Mesa, California. Gloria has served as President of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States (IYNAUS) and as a board member of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Southern California (IYASC). Gloria serves on the board and as faculty for the Iyengar Yoga Therapeutics program in LA. For all of her service to the Iyengar Yoga community, Gloria was awarded the Lighting the Way award in 2014.

  • Don Gura (IYANW)
  • Scott Hobbs (IYALA)
  • Laura Lascoe (Appointed)
  • Patti Martin (IYANC)

    Patti Martin is a certified Iyengar yoga teacher certified at the Introductory II level. Patti served on the board of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Northern California as secretary from 2011-2014 and helped lead the move to a new and improved location for the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco. Patti has 30 years of experience as a Human Resources Manager working in both the private and public sector including start-ups and large multi-national corporations.

  • Ann McDermott-Kave (IYAGNY)

    Ann McDermott-Kave began her practice of yoga in 1994. She was mentored by Jeff Logan, sponsored by Mary Dunn and certified to teach Iyengar Yoga in 2006. Ann is currently at the Intermediate Junior II level. Because of her previous corporate experience in Human Resources, Community Relations and Foundations, coupled with her commitment to Iyengar Yoga, Ann was invited to join the IYAGNY Board of Directors in 2008. In 2011, she was appointed as IYAGNY’s first Executive Director, working along side James Murphy for two years.

    Ann currently teaches yoga on Long Island, NY and studies with Jeff Logan, Rebecca Lerner, Dean Lerner and Gabriel Halpern. Ann has traveled to Pune four times and continues to further her studies with the Iyengar family.

  • Paige Noon (IMIYA)
  • Denise Rowe (IYASE)
  • Anne-Marie Schultz (IYASCUS)

    Anne-Marie Schultz holds a Junior Intermediate I teaching certificate. She has practiced yoga since 1994 and has taught yoga since 1997. Anne-Marie regularly attends workshops and teacher training sessions with senior instructors in the Iyengar tradition. She studies most closely with her mentor, Laurie Blakeney, Patricia Walden, Eddy Marks, Mary Obendorfer, and George Purvis. She and her husband, Jeff, just completed a two month stay at the Iyengar Institute in Pune, India (June-July 2014). They own Texas Tall Chairs, a small company that makes sells yoga chairs of all sizes.

    Anne-Marie maintains two popular yoga blogs: TeachingPhilosophyandYoga.blogspot.com and IyengarYogainAustin.blogspot.com. She teaches at several venues in Austin and studies locally with Devon Dederich and Peggy Kelley. In her life outside of the Iyengar yoga world, Anne-Marie is a Professor of Philosophy at Baylor University and directs the Baylor Interdisciplinary Core. She is the author of Plato’s Socrates as Narrator and many scholarly articles on topics that range from ancient philosophy to philosophical pedagogy. She also has a golden retriever, Milo, and spends a great deal of time looking at puppy videos on Facebook.

  • Jean Stawarz (IYANE)
  • Christine Stein (IYALA)
  • Manju Vachher (Appointed)
Archives Committee
  • Scott Hobbs, Co-Chair
  • Christine Stein, Co-Chair
  • Lindsey Clennell
  • Elaine Hall
  • Linda Nishio
  • Deborah Wallach
Certification Committee
  • Laurie Blakeney, Chair
  • Marla Apt
  • Cathy Rogers-Evans
  • Steve Hornbacher
  • Peggy Kelley
  • Rebecca Lerner
  • Ray Madigan
  • Nina Pileggi
  • Sue Salaniuk
  • Jayne Satter
  • Nancy Stechert
  • Lois Steinberg
Continuing Education Committee
  • Patti Matin, Chair
  • Peggy Gwi-Seok Hong
  • Julie Lawrence
  • Octavia Morgan
  • Leanne Cusumano Roque
  • Shaw-Jiun Wang
Ethics Committee
  • Manju Vachher, Chair
  • Robyn Harrison
  • Faith Russell
  • Jito Yumibe

Contact Ethics at ethics@iynaus.org

Events Committee
  • Sandy Carmellini, Chair
  • Gloria Goldberg
  • Don Gura
  • Randy Just
  • Suzie Muchnick
  • Nancy Watson
Finance Committee
  • Stephen Weiss, Chair
  • Gloria Goldberg
  • David Carpenter
Governance and Elections Committee
  • David Carpenter, Chair
  • Michele Galen
  • David Larsen
  • Patti Martin
Membership Committee
  • Paige Noon, Chair
  • IYACSR - Edith Rosenberg
  • IMIYA - Stefania Szostak
  • IYAGNY - Ed McKeaney
  • IYAMN - Mary Jo Nissan
  • IYAMW - Donna Furmanek
  • IYANC - Richard Weinapple
  • IYANE - Christine Miyachi
  • IYANW - Gwen Heisterkamp
  • IYALA - Laura Baker
  • IYASCUS - Jerrilyn Crowley
  • IYASE - Samuel Cooper
  • IYASW - Laura Bowden
Next Generation Committee
  • Amita Bhagat, Co-Chair
  • Gwendolyn Derk, Co-Chair
  • Ferlicious Martinez- Marketing sub-committee Chair
  • Nathan Blum
  • Skyler Christensen
  • Daniel Khalaf
  • Matthew Lurie
  • Alison Lintal- Community Outreach sub-committee Chair
  • Anthony Lorenzano
  • Casie Newhard
  • Danielle Reich
  • Dorris Scott
  • Amita Bhagat- Preserving Yogic Tradition sub-commitee Chair
  • Kirsten Brooks
  • Sara Arends Haggith
  • Sarah Hull
  • Daniel (Dan) Mistak
Outreach Committee
  • Denise Rowe, Chair
  • Leanne Cusumano-Roque
  • Leah Diquollo
  • Alison Lintal
  • Anthony Lorenzano
  • Casie Newhard
  • Danielle Reich
  • Dorris Scott
Publications Committee
  • Anne-Marie Schultz, Chair
  • Don Gura
  • Rachel Frazee
  • Renee Razzano
  • Denise Weeks
  • Michelle D. Williams
Public Relations and Marketing Committee
  • Amita Bhagat, Co-Chair
  • Laura Lascoe, Co-Chair
  • Nathan Blum
  • Deidra Demens
  • Michael Galvin
  • Daniel Khalaf
  • Matthew Lurie
  • Ferlicius Martinez
  • Rachel Mathenia
  • Barb Sato
  • Koos Schrijen
Regional Support Committee
  • Patti Martin, Chair
  • IMIYA - Cathy Wright
  • IYACSR - Suneel Sundar
  • IYAGNY - Caren Rabbino
  • IYAMN - Joy Laine
  • IYAMW - David Larsen
  • IYANC - Athena Pappas
  • IYANE - Jarvis Chen
  • IYANW - Janet Langley
  • IYALA - Mary Ann Kellogg
  • IYASCUS - Randy Just
  • IYASE - Lisa Waas
  • IYASW - Jill Ellis
Scholarship and Awards Committee
  • Patti Martin, Chair
  • Lesley Freyberg
  • Richard Jonas
  • Lisa Jo Landsberg
  • Pat Musburger
  • Nina Pileggi
  • John Schumacher
Service Mark & Certification Mark Committee
  • Gloria Goldberg, Attorney in Fact for B.K.S. Iyengar
Systems & Technology Committee
  • Jean Stawarz, Chair
  • Ed Horneij
  • William McKee
  • David Weiner
Yoga Research Committee
  • Gwendolyn Derk, Chair
  • Alexia Anavim
  • Kimberley Kaiserman
  • JR Lill
  • Jacqueline Erwin Lonning
  • Francesca Nicosia
  • Eleanor (Ellie) Phillips
  • Selene Ramirez
  • David and Shirley Shapiro
  • Erin Shawgo
  • Leslie Temme
  • Stacey Touhy
  • Angelique (Angie) Varela
  • Lisa Waas
IYNAUS Senior Council
  • Kristin Chirhart
  • Manouso Manos
  • Patricia Walden
  • Joan White

As of May 2018.