IYNAUS Board & Staff


Members at Large


Board Bios

DAVID CARPENTER has served as IYNAUS’s treasurer since September 2011.  He has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 2000.  He studies with Chicago’s wonderful certified Iyengar teachers, and he makes weekly trips to Champaign to study with Lois Steinberg whenever she is teaching. David also regularly attends workshops with Manouso Manos, Laurie Blakeney, and Joan White. Between 1982 and 2014, David was a partner in the law firm of Sidley Austin LLP, where he specialized in appellate litigation and in antitrust and regulatory issues in the telecommunications and electric industries, and he now practice law on matters of interest to him.  After retiring from his law firm, David began studying to become a certified Iyengar yoga teacher, and he passed the combined Introductory I and II assessment in 2015.

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.

MICHAEL LUCEY discovered Iyengar yoga in 1982 while he was a student living in England. From his very first class, he has been fascinated by the many ways yoga can transform your relation to your body, mind, and breath. A certified Iyengar teacher (Junior Intermediate III), Michael offers classes at Adeline Yoga in Berkeley, and around the Bay Area. He has been fortunate to be able to study with senior teachers from around the world, and he has made nine trips to study at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune. Joan White has been an important mentor for him, and he currently studies regularly with Manouso Manos. Michael is also a professor of Comparative Literature and French at the University of California, Berkeley. Along with his academic life and yoga, Michael enjoys spending time at the piano.

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 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.

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.

KATHY SIMON began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1997 and has been an Iyengar certified instructor since 2008. She teaches in her St. Louis home studio and has also taught for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society for over a decade. Kathy served on the IYNAUS Ethics Committee from 2009 to 2010, and as the store co-chair for the 2010 National Teacher’s Convention. She is currently pursuing a Bachelors of Science in Nursing.

Kathy lives in St. Louis with her husband and has four wonderful children. She continues to study the discipline of yoga as a way to enrich her life and help others as she aspires to build and serve both the Iyengar and greater community.

NANCY WATSON first studied Iyengar Yoga in 1990 in Miami, FL with Suzie Muchnick Spencer and could travel “about” attending yoga workshops with many teachers---Manouso Manos, Ramanand Patel, George Purvis and many others. The desire to become an Iyengar teacher led her study at RIMYI in 1993 and to pass the Introductory II certification in 1994. She taught Iyengar yoga in Miami and helped with the formation of IYASE and served on the board of that organization in its early years.

Then, Nancy met Tom Ehrman and moved in 1999 to own and run an inn in Castine, Maine, where she has a yoga studio. She is the first to introduce Iyengar yoga to the local community. Many times, her class is the hotel guests’ first exposure to yoga. Since 2006, she has taught yoga as a credited course at Maine Maritime Academy, a local college for maritime studies. Running an inn which specializes in events—weddings, conferences and retreats, curtailed her travelling “about” like before. However, Nancy has attended the Silver Jubilee at RIMYI in 2000, the 2004 convention, 2009 regional conference and the 2010 convention. And, she studies with Patricia Walden at a retreat in Covington, LA each year.

DENISE WEEKS lives in Bellingham, Wash. with her husband, son, and Corgi. She is certified at the Intermediate Jr I level and teaches four levels of classes at Yoga Northwest: Gentle, Beginning, Intermediate, and Somewhat Advanced. She is the copy editor of Yoga Samachar and has been on the IYNAUS board since 2012.

When not conducting business related to yoga, she might be providing care for her mother, walking the dog, practicing the cello, or volunteering for WAHA, a local organization whose goal is to get every resident of the county to prepare and share an advanced directive for end-of-life health care choices. Without much effort, she can link nearly everything back to the blessings and rewards of her Iyengar Yoga practice.

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.