Our Board is a diverse group of talent, with the same passion for bringing yoga and mindfulness modalities to at-risk, in-crisis, and underserved communities.
— Gina Fennell, Executive Director
 

WENDY ANDERSEN

Wendy is founder and original owner of one of Cincinnati's first yoga studios, Shine Yoga Center in Hyde Park, Wendy left her position as a corporate litigation attorney to open Shine, a "little studio with a big heart." You'll still find her on the schedule at Shine, as well as teaching workshops around town. Wendy also works with parent organizations in the Sycamore School system, where her three boys are students. 


ANNIE BOLLING

Annie Bolling is a 200 E-RYT who is currently completing her 500 RYT. Founder of Clear Conscious Movement in East Walnut Hills, she also teaches at Mint Yoga Studio. Annie received a certification in Pilates in 2006. A graduate of UC's DAAP program with a B.F.A. in Fine Arts, Annie worked with Phyllis Weston for over a decade, coordinating and hosting art openings, fundraisers and event planning.  She also enjoyed success as an art gallery owner, on her own and with Phyllis Weston.  


JULES CAHILL

Jules is a 200 E-RYT who is simultaneously completing an Advanced 350hr YTT locally as well as her 500hr certification through Yoga Medicine. She was introduced to Project Yoga while obtaining her 200hr certification. She found yoga almost a decade ago and these days can be found teaching mat and aerial yoga at Modo Yoga in Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky. She studied business at the University of Cincinnati and formerly worked as a Senior Financial Analyst. She also enjoys donating time working with the local nonprofit OneSight. 


MICHAEL HAWKINS

Michael W. Hawkins is a partner at Dinsmore and community volunteer having served as Chair of the American Red Cross, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Bridges for a Just Community and President of the Cincinnati Bar Association.  Mike is currently on the Board of the World Affairs Council, Immigrant Refugees Law Center and Bridges of Faith Trialogue.  He also serves as a Mediator and Arbitrator.  Mike has been volunteering as a Project Yoga assistant teaching 3 and 4 year olds yoga at a YWCA Day Care.  He started his yoga journey with Lilias Folan.  Mike is now a 200 E RYT with a Reiki certificate and also teaches yoga at the Health and Wellness Program for his colleagues at Dinsmore. Mike is a graduate of University of Kentucky Business and Law School.


ELIZABETH MCGEE MATHER

Elizabeth is a licensed physical therapist and 200 RYT.  She has been teaching intelligent exercise for over 25 years and blends her Western medicine background with Eastern medicine teachings for a cohesive balance. Elizabeth has additional training in the Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction program from University of Massachusetts.  She teaches for Project Yoga at Taft Elementary, The Reds Urban Youth Academy Summer Camp and the Bethany House.  Elizabeth has also owned a company in the environmental sector, was an advocate for children with learning disabilities for 12 years and is a current volunteer and tutor for the Cincinnati Public Schools.


STEPHEN SCHILLING

Steve is new to Project Yoga, and to yoga in general.  Steve's wife, Nicole Schilling, is the Studio Director of Mint Yoga Studio in Fort Thomas since it opened in 2016. So he has seen the positive impact that yoga has on the health and emotional well-being of a community.  In his professional life, Steve is an attorney with the law firm Strauss Troy in Cincinnati, specializing in complex civil litigation and helping clients through contentious legal disputes.  So he also knows that Cincinnati and the world sorely needs a boost of health and emotional well-being.  He brings his years of legal experience to Project Yoga to do just that.

 *The terms 200 E-RYT and 500 E-RYT refer to the designation of an individual as licensed through the Yoga Alliance, a national non-profit association that promotes and sets standards for learning, teaching and best practices in yoga and mindfulness.

 

 

 

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DEB BAGLEY

Deb Bagley has been teaching at Project Yoga's program at Bethany House for the past 5 years. "Teaching at Bethany is the highlight of my week." In 2002, Deb became a student of Ashtanga Yoga, and expanded her understanding of the practices of yoga and meditation by completing yogahOMe's 200 hour teacher training in 2012. Deb can also be found teaching at Dristiq Yoga and co-leads their Teacher Training program. Deb has a degree in Fashion Merchandising from Butler University and has worked in management for department stores in Texas and Ohio, as well as 12 years with the Mason City School District as administrative assistant. A passionate cyclist and yogi, Deb's teaching motto is "Compassion for self, compassion for others." 


BETH BRENDAMOUR

Beth has a long history of work in disease management as well as health promotion. With degrees in Nutrition and an MBA, Beth has worked in Clinical Management and Nutrition Counseling at University Hospital, as a Dietician for Juvenile Diabetes' Camp Korelitz, Assistant Brand Manager for Procter and Gamble, and is an ACE certified Personal Trainer. Beth also serves as a member of the Philanthropic Advisory Council to the Jameson Crane Sports Medicine Institute at the Ohio State University. "I believe in the power of yoga and it's ability to move one towards mental clarity that aligns with intention." 


KAREN GRASS

Karen has been a team member of Project Yoga since 2011 serving as a teacher, interim Executive Director, and current Board Chair. A 500 RYT, and former Special Education teacher, Karen brings experience as an educator to Project Yoga. She earned an M.ED from National Louis University and has taught children with special needs in Ohio, Nebraska, Illinois, and The Netherlands. She has taught Yoga and Mindfulness at various locations in Cincinnati including yogahOMe, various YMCA's, University of Cincinnati, and The Cincinnati Women's Club.


KATY KNOWLES

Katy is Co-Founder of Project Yoga and has dedicated 35+ years to teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness. Former owner of the yogahOMe studios in Cincinnati, Katy brought master teachers in yoga, ayurveda and meditation to Cincinnati, exposing thousands of people to the practices. As a result of her yoga teacher training programs through yogahOMe, many of Greater Cincinnati's instructors received their certifications as teachers under Katy's tutelage. Katy is a certified Yoga Therapist, a 500 E-RYT and certified Level I teacher in Para Yoga, A former modern dancer who studied with masters, including Martha Graham, Katy currently leads 200 hour teacher trainings in the Midwest and wellness retreats in Colorado. 


DEANA PODVIN

Deana has been teaching for Project Yoga at Saint Paul Village since 2011. She began practicing yoga in 2001 and has certifications at the 200 and 500 E-RYT levels and has taught at multiple studios, including yogahOME, Simply Power Yoga, and Elemental OM. Deana has a degree in Interior Design from Miami University and is currently an independent sales rep for multiple furniture manufacturers, with a focus on hospitality, healthcare, restaurant, retail and corporate workplaces. Deana also worked for Loth Inc. for 17 years as an Account Executive, managing multiple Fortune 500 relationships, solving their design needs and overseeing project management. 


HONORARY BOARD MEMBERS

Faith Bryan
Joan Donnelly
David Knowles
Peter Levin
Ken Paley
Missy Tyszkiewicz
Tonya Vachirasomboon