About BodyWise Foundation

 

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This is Our Mission.

BodyWise Foundation offers trauma-informed yoga programs, professional trainings, and international aid to facilitate healing trauma.

We provide trauma recovery through trauma-informed yoga, and we recognize the body's unique role in healing.

Our Baltimore-based nonprofit organization is dedicated to a larger conversation, recognize the body’s unique role in healing.

In our first year:

We launched three professional trainings: a 50 hour Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training, a Professional Development training for school teachers, and a CEU training for Mental Health Providers.

We partnered with agencies to provide free trauma informed yoga programs.

We implemented a pilot program for our research study in conjunction with the VA.

In our second year:

We expanded to 10 more cities.

We continued building professional trainings.

We our implemented a second panel of the research study.

In our third year we will:

Employ our international aid program.

Partner with the BodyWise Institute to create a 1,200 hr Trauma Informed Yoga Therapy Program and 3 year intensive Body Centered Psychotherapy Program for Clinicians.


 

 

 
 
 

This is Our Story.

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These Are Our Core Values.

A candle loses nothing by lighting another candle.

We don’t believe in NDAs, non-competes, or other tactics that stem from fear versus inspiration. 

We focus instead on what we are doing and how we are contributing. Lighting one another up. A candle loses nothing by lighting another flame- there is just more light in the world.

 

You are the seed.

We support and foster self-development and self-care. We understand the innate possibility in our facilitators, clients, students, and teammates. 

When there is water and sunshine they can grow into trees that make a difference in the world.

 

Healing doesn’t happen alone.

We now understand that exposure to adverse events affects brain development, as well as a person’s health projections. We take stock in the research that demonstrates building trusting relationships improves health outcomes and brain function.

 We are tirelessly dedicated to growing the size and intimacy of our community.

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This is Our Team.

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 ELEANOR BRAMWELL: CCTSI, BCSI, E-RYT 500, SEPiT - Executive Director

Dedicated to honoring the body's inherent wisdom and impulse towards wholeness- Eleanor, is a trauma specialist known for powerful facilitation and creating sacred space.

She completed a graduate program with Kensis, trained under Dr. David Bersseli, trained with Dr. Bessel Van der Kolk and Joe Emerson of the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Center. Eleanor is a Certified Trauma Specialist through the Trauma Institute International and is a TRE (trauma releasing) provider. Currently, Eleanor is completing a three-year trauma residency with Dr. Peter Levine in Somatic Experiencing.

Eleanor’s training as a Board Certified Structural Integrator, nutritionist, and trauma specialist gives her a unique view of trauma theory and how it impacts the body, specifically the fascial system, endocrine system, and digestive system. 

Committed to contributing to a larger conversation, she founded the BodyWise Foundation, and the BodyWise Institute.

 
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Veronica Robertso: MSc, MA - Managing Director

Wrenna has a diverse educational background, with five degrees spanning the social and natural sciences, including a Masters in Sociology and a Masters in Plant Chemistry.

Wrenna has worked in diverse settings, leading action in support of marginalized populations, undertaking research on the linkages between human and ecosystem health, teaching research methodologies to university and college students, and is currently leading Gender-Based Analysis for Natural Resources Canada. She is also leading an innovative HR project aimed at increasing diversity and inclusion in the recruitment and development of policy analysts and research scientists into the Department.

Wrenna has been an attentive student of her own body’s wisdom since she was a child. As a dancer, she learned of her body’s extraordinary ability to heal emotional wounds through conscious movement. She has made yoga and meditation a dedicated practice for the past two decades. Wrenna is currently on the path to being a registered 5 Rhythms dance instructor.

 
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Ericka Leonard - DIRECTOR OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD

Ericka Leonard is a clinical therapist, and certified yoga teacher. She currently works with women and children to address trauma caused by domestic violence, abuse, and human trafficking. Ericka is also a trained educator, and has worked with diverse populations in various school settings. Ericka serves as a training facilitator and oversees our Energy Exchange Program.

 
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JESSICA KNOTT - Director of Yoga Programing

Jessica brings a depth of experience to her leadership with BodyWise Foundation.  She draws from her experience working in clinical research at Johns Hopkins University, managing teams within the communications field, and co-creating and managing a donation-based yoga organization to guide the BodyWise team toward growth and sustainability. 
 
Jessica is co-founder of Pop Up Yoga Baltimore, an LLC that provides donation-based yoga to the greater Baltimore area. She is also an experienced writer, editor, yoga teacher, reiki master, meditation teacher, and staff facilitator in 200-hour yoga teacher trainings.

 
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Sara Haas:,RYT 200, PhD - DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH

Over the last 15 years, through yoga, skiing, and scientific research, Sara has sought to understand how the mind and body react to both everyday and extreme stress, as well as how to heal the mind and body from these experiences.  Sara has specialized experience teaching children and adults on the spectrum, visually impaired, amputees, veterans, TBIs, and individuals overcoming PTSD. 

Sara's developmental neuroscience research has examined the neural underpinnings of threat processing in the brain from childhood thru adulthood. Sara has conducted research at the National Institute of Mental Health, University of Maryland College Park, Brown University, and currently works as a Postdoctoral Researcher at Uppsala University Child and Baby Lab in Sweden. 

 
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Katherine Will: LMSW, RYT 200 - Director of Continuing Education

Katherine is a Licensed Master Social Worker and yoga teacher who is passionate about sharing the calming, therapeutic benefits of mind-body-breath connection.

In her role as Director, Continuing Education, Katherine brings experience in non-profit logistics and project management. Along with supporting BWF’s continuing education programs, Katherine is Clinical Care Coordinator at an Employee Assistance Program in Baltimore.  

Married to a police officer and volunteer firefighter/EMT, Katherine is personally invested in BWF’s mission to bring trauma trainings to professionals on the frontlines of trauma. When she is not in the yoga studio, Katherine enjoys traveling, taking walks, organizing, and spending time with family and friends.

 
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April Elliot: Ed.S, C-IAYT - training DIRECTOR

April is a nationally certified school psychologist, internationally certified yoga therapist, and a somatic experiencing practitioner in training. April currently works as a school psychologist in New Jersey, teaches trauma-informed yoga classes, and runs a private yoga therapy practice for individuals recovering from trauma.

She is a contributor to our Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Training and our Trauma Sensitive Training for School Teachers. April facilitates both trainings and sits on our Board of Directors.

 
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Summer Carlyle - PROGRAM MANAGER

Summer brings over 13 years managing, building, training, and empowering team members to our organization. She is committed to living with deep integrity, in alignment with her moral compass, and responding to all living beings with kindness.

Summer felt an immediate resonance with BodyWise because our company was founded with service and growth as core values. She has worked in the non profit sector for over 15 years. Her dedication to supporting the journey of growth is palpable simply being in her presence.

 
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Kirsten (Kaye) Wilkinson - PROGRAM DIRECTOR/INTERNATIONAL HUMANITARIAN AID PROGRAM

Kirsten considers herself a child of the Universe, calling home wherever her teddy bear happens to be. She holds a Masters Degree in Dance and Research from American University in Washington, DC. Kirsten also is the Executive Director of the cultural heritage non profit, Dance Legacies Worldwide/Legacy Motion Yoga, which specializes in dance preservation as well as exploring the connection between movement, trauma recovery, non-violent solutions, and community building both internationally and locally. Her professional dance career spans over 10 years during which she performed with such companies as The San Francisco Ballet, David Dorfman and Heidelberg Ballet. She has held positions at The Library of Congress, Dance Heritage Coalition, and various adjunct professorships at American University Cairo, University of Oregon, University of Hawaii and many more. After much physical trauma sustained in a car accident she has found sanctuary in her yoga practice and teaching. She is a certified yoga instructor currently teaching Hot Yoga, Vinyasa, Yoga Nidra and Trauma Informed Yoga.

 
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Leandra Caprini Rosica - Director of videography

Leandra is a passionate filmmaker, photographer and creativity enthusiast. Her drive to be a filmmaker developed while living in Belgium - this love for traveling has brought her to creating visual narratives that tell an authentic story about our human connection.

Having worked in commercial to finance sectors of video production, she offers a diverse understanding of the visual storytelling world.

She is eager to dive into working with Bodywise Foundation and helping grow this mission though storytelling in an evocative and creative way!

 
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Livia Budry - Director of Therapeutic Programing


 
Lauren Going: MSW LCSW-C, RYT   TRAINING FACILITATOR  Lauren is the owner and director of Going to Thrive, a Baltimore based holistic outpatient mental health practice that incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies. She also teachers workshops and trainings on trauma and the body, mindfulness, and yoga nidra. Lauren is trained as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute, a Yoga Nidra facilitator through the Amrit School of Yoga Nidra, and a Lifeforce Yoga instructor. Lauren specializes in trauma sensitive yoga as well as yoga for depression and anxiety. Lauren holds an advanced trauma certification through the Ferentz Institute. Lauren believes that to truly heal talking about one’s experiences is not enough. One has to address the entire being-body and mind.

Lauren Going: MSW LCSW-C, RYT

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Lauren is the owner and director of Going to Thrive, a Baltimore based holistic outpatient mental health practice that incorporates yoga, mindfulness, and other somatic therapies. She also teachers workshops and trainings on trauma and the body, mindfulness, and yoga nidra.
Lauren is trained as an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist through the Himalayan Institute, a Yoga Nidra facilitator through the Amrit School of Yoga Nidra, and a Lifeforce Yoga instructor. Lauren specializes in trauma sensitive yoga as well as yoga for depression and anxiety. Lauren holds an advanced trauma certification through the Ferentz Institute. Lauren believes that to truly heal talking about one’s experiences is not enough. One has to address the entire being-body and mind.

Alana Greenberg: MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT   TRAINING FACILITATOR  Alana Layne Greenberg, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist specializing in relieving the mental/emotional impacts and physiological imprints of traumatic stress. Being a life-long observer of the wisdom that animates the body, Alana's interest in "movement as medicine" led her to become an internationally certified Yoga Therapist and trainer of teachers. Through decades of learning, navigating and experimenting in her own soma and psyche, she has developed a body of work that reflects her quest to understand the essence of full-spectrum wellness. Through somatic awakening, neurological remapping and the poetic technology of several healing methods, Alana offers as many tools as possible to inspire, empower and help people articulate their fullest potential.

Alana Greenberg: MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Alana Layne Greenberg, MA, E-RYT 500, C-IAYT, is a Transpersonal Psychotherapist specializing in relieving the mental/emotional impacts and physiological imprints of traumatic stress. Being a life-long observer of the wisdom that animates the body, Alana's interest in "movement as medicine" led her to become an internationally certified Yoga Therapist and trainer of teachers. Through decades of learning, navigating and experimenting in her own soma and psyche, she has developed a body of work that reflects her quest to understand the essence of full-spectrum wellness. Through somatic awakening, neurological remapping and the poetic technology of several healing methods, Alana offers as many tools as possible to inspire, empower and help people articulate their fullest potential.

Christine Dance   TRAINING FACILITATOR  Christine K. Dance, MSEd/E-RYT 500/YACEP, focuses in yoga for special populations, including School-Based Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, and Adaptive Yoga. With advanced degrees in psychology and education, Christine focused her early career years teaching in public and non-public settings and working with families in crisis. In her first year teaching at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Christine discovered the immense power yoga had in regulating emotions of children with developmental and emotional disabilities. Christine went on to pursue yoga teacher training programs while continuing to work with children and families in crisis through local and state funded organizations. Owner of Resilience Yoga, LLC, Christine provides trainings to schools, mental health professionals, and special centers on trauma and trauma informed tools for regulating emotions and managing behaviors in center-based settings, creates customized yoga programs for special centers, and provides direct and indirect services to those organizations. In addition, Christine teaches psychology at Howard Community College, and is inspired to continue working in the field of trauma and special populations.

Christine Dance

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Christine K. Dance, MSEd/E-RYT 500/YACEP, focuses in yoga for special populations, including School-Based Yoga, Trauma Informed Yoga, and Adaptive Yoga. With advanced degrees in psychology and education, Christine focused her early career years teaching in public and non-public settings and working with families in crisis. In her first year teaching at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Christine discovered the immense power yoga had in regulating emotions of children with developmental and emotional disabilities. Christine went on to pursue yoga teacher training programs while continuing to work with children and families in crisis through local and state funded organizations. Owner of Resilience Yoga, LLC, Christine provides trainings to schools, mental health professionals, and special centers on trauma and trauma informed tools for regulating emotions and managing behaviors in center-based settings, creates customized yoga programs for special centers, and provides direct and indirect services to those organizations. In addition, Christine teaches psychology at Howard Community College, and is inspired to continue working in the field of trauma and special populations.

 
Laura Durkin   TRAINING FACILITATOR

Laura Durkin

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Elisabeth Gambino   TRAINING FACILITATOR

Elisabeth Gambino

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Alexandra Gastelum (victim advocacy)   TRAINING FACILITATOR  Alexandra Gastelum is a nationally credentialed Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist. She is currently a Survivor Advocate for Homicide Survivors, Inc., a nonprofit located in southern Arizona serving family and friends of murder victims. She served two years as a Victim Advocate with the Pima County Attorneys Office, Victim Services Division in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to Victim Services, Alexandra served as the Humanitarian Action Fellow for the McCain Institute for International leadership in Washington, D.C. Alexandra is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) and leads trauma-informed yoga sessions along with supporting survivors through the criminal justice process. She recently earned her Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Certification in Costa Rica with Passion Yoga School and BodyWise Institute. Alexandra graduated Summa Cum Laude with concurrent degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Barrett, The Honors College, at Arizona State University.

Alexandra Gastelum (victim advocacy)

TRAINING FACILITATOR

Alexandra Gastelum is a nationally credentialed Comprehensive Victim Intervention Specialist. She is currently a Survivor Advocate for Homicide Survivors, Inc., a nonprofit located in southern Arizona serving family and friends of murder victims. She served two years as a Victim Advocate with the Pima County Attorneys Office, Victim Services Division in Tucson, Arizona. Prior to Victim Services, Alexandra served as the Humanitarian Action Fellow for the McCain Institute for International leadership in Washington, D.C. Alexandra is also a certified yoga instructor (RYT 200) and leads trauma-informed yoga sessions along with supporting survivors through the criminal justice process. She recently earned her Trauma Informed Yoga Teacher Certification in Costa Rica with Passion Yoga School and BodyWise Institute. Alexandra graduated Summa Cum Laude with concurrent degrees in Political Science and Criminal Justice from Barrett, The Honors College, at Arizona State University.

Tamara Vodoves   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE  Tamara has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since she was 17 years old. Yoga has shaped her life and the way she cares for her body, bringing mindfulness, loving attention and joy to her actions. Tamara is very passionate about sharing yoga, helping and supporting others to find peace, comfort and loving acceptance of their own bodies and inner worlds.  Tamara discovered AcroYoga in 2009, stepping out of her own mat, coming into kind contact with others and exploring the infinite possibilities presented in partner work.  AcroYoga is a partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of Thai Massage. It cultivates trust, playfulness, kind communication and community, while building strength, balance and flexibility. Typically practiced in teams of three where each one takes turns basing, flying and spotting; empowering each other to reach new heights and celebrate the joy of embodiment.  Tamara has been trained by the best Yoga teachers in the Bay area, including Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Kia Meaux, and Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer from AcroYoga.org.

Tamara Vodoves

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Tamara has been a dedicated yoga practitioner since she was 17 years old. Yoga has shaped her life and the way she cares for her body, bringing mindfulness, loving attention and joy to her actions. Tamara is very passionate about sharing yoga, helping and supporting others to find peace, comfort and loving acceptance of their own bodies and inner worlds.

Tamara discovered AcroYoga in 2009, stepping out of her own mat, coming into kind contact with others and exploring the infinite possibilities presented in partner work.

AcroYoga is a partner practice that blends the wisdom of yoga, the dynamic power of acrobatics, and the loving kindness of Thai Massage. It cultivates trust, playfulness, kind communication and community, while building strength, balance and flexibility. Typically practiced in teams of three where each one takes turns basing, flying and spotting; empowering each other to reach new heights and celebrate the joy of embodiment.

Tamara has been trained by the best Yoga teachers in the Bay area, including Janet Stone, Sianna Sherman, Kia Meaux, and Jenny Sauer-Klein and Jason Nemer from AcroYoga.org.

Chad Hayes   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Chad Hayes

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Doireann Renzi  RESEARCH ASSOCIATE  Originally from Ireland, Doireann Renzi earned her PhD in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Specializing in interpersonal interactions and the importance of communication, Doireann lends her research and measurement experience to Bodywise Foundation's efforts to lend evidence-based support for the importance of Trauma Informed Yoga as part of the healing process. Doireann has been a domestic violence volunteer since her time in college back in Ireland and is a deeply passionate yogi, which played a part in her own journey of healing, growth, and self-acceptance. By helping Bodywise, Doireann hopes to fuse her passions and skills to aid others in discovering the power of healing practices for recovery, facing trauma, and renewing self-trust. When not yoga-ing, researching, or working with Bodywise, you can find Doireann baking, drinking tea, and hiking in and around Washington DC with her husband and 2 cats!

Doireann Renzi

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Originally from Ireland, Doireann Renzi earned her PhD in Human Development from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018. Specializing in interpersonal interactions and the importance of communication, Doireann lends her research and measurement experience to Bodywise Foundation's efforts to lend evidence-based support for the importance of Trauma Informed Yoga as part of the healing process. Doireann has been a domestic violence volunteer since her time in college back in Ireland and is a deeply passionate yogi, which played a part in her own journey of healing, growth, and self-acceptance. By helping Bodywise, Doireann hopes to fuse her passions and skills to aid others in discovering the power of healing practices for recovery, facing trauma, and renewing self-trust. When not yoga-ing, researching, or working with Bodywise, you can find Doireann baking, drinking tea, and hiking in and around Washington DC with her husband and 2 cats!

Phillip Ludwig: PhD, LPC-Supervisor   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE  Phillip R. Ludwig, PhD, LPC-Supervisor is a caring professional of the healing arts. His studies and interests are in the experiences of human spirit, body, thinking, behaving, and the consequences of human experiences. The building and maintenance of Karma shapes human experiences. He uses this knowledge in his role of shaman and scientist.  Dr. Ludwig lives in Central Texas with his wife and child. He enjoys engaging spirit through Yoga, Aikido, and communing with nature (e.g. camping, hiking, rock-climbing). He lives his practices and practices his awakenings. He takes these experiences into his roles as husband, parent, and shaman. Currently, he is working with veterans and their families in public mental health and through his yoga non-profit From Wounded 2 Warrior.

Phillip Ludwig: PhD, LPC-Supervisor

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Phillip R. Ludwig, PhD, LPC-Supervisor is a caring professional of the healing arts. His studies and interests are in the experiences of human spirit, body, thinking, behaving, and the consequences of human experiences. The building and maintenance of Karma shapes human experiences. He uses this knowledge in his role of shaman and scientist.

Dr. Ludwig lives in Central Texas with his wife and child. He enjoys engaging spirit through Yoga, Aikido, and communing with nature (e.g. camping, hiking, rock-climbing). He lives his practices and practices his awakenings. He takes these experiences into his roles as husband, parent, and shaman. Currently, he is working with veterans and their families in public mental health and through his yoga non-profit From Wounded 2 Warrior.

Delta Merner: Ph.d.   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE  Delta has ten years of experience working on interdisciplinary research teams and with local non-profits, with expertise in community-based research. She has experience working in the context of natural disasters and emergency management from multiple perspectives, including experiences as a disaster preparedness trainer, medical first responder, emergency shelter manager, disaster social worker, recovery professional, and researcher. She has a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Systems with a focus on hydroclimatic variability and community resilience.

Delta Merner: Ph.d.

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Delta has ten years of experience working on interdisciplinary research teams and with local non-profits, with expertise in community-based research. She has experience working in the context of natural disasters and emergency management from multiple perspectives, including experiences as a disaster preparedness trainer, medical first responder, emergency shelter manager, disaster social worker, recovery professional, and researcher. She has a Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Systems with a focus on hydroclimatic variability and community resilience.

Alex Smyth: MPH   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Alex Smyth: MPH

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Mark Rosenburg   RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Mark Rosenburg

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan:   LMSW   OUTREACH TEAM  Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan is a social worker and has focused her work on healing trauma. She has worked extensively with survivors of forced migration including refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking. She is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma Certificate program.  Elizabeth has also worked extensively with survivors of gender-based violence and has facilitated support groups for immigrant women that have experienced intimate partner violence, as well as other forms of gender-based violence.  Elizabeth is passionate about utilizing mind body approaches in work with her clients, particularly mindfulness, trauma-sensitive yoga, and integrating nature into her work.

Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan: LMSW

OUTREACH TEAM

Elizabeth Ringler-Jayanthan is a social worker and has focused her work on healing trauma. She has worked extensively with survivors of forced migration including refugees, asylum seekers and survivors of human trafficking. She is a graduate of the Harvard Program in Refugee Trauma Certificate program.

Elizabeth has also worked extensively with survivors of gender-based violence and has facilitated support groups for immigrant women that have experienced intimate partner violence, as well as other forms of gender-based violence.

Elizabeth is passionate about utilizing mind body approaches in work with her clients, particularly mindfulness, trauma-sensitive yoga, and integrating nature into her work.

Shira Cavaliri: MA, LCPC, DMT   OUTREACH TEAM  Shira has always been committed to the arts, conflict resolution, and social justice. In her career as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor she incorporates trauma informed practices, resiliency work, and dance/movement therapy with children, adolescents, and families.  She understands the power of movement and how it can lead individuals through expression, and healing.  She is a current candidate for the Trauma Studies Certificate from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.

Shira Cavaliri: MA, LCPC, DMT

OUTREACH TEAM

Shira has always been committed to the arts, conflict resolution, and social justice. In her career as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor she incorporates trauma informed practices, resiliency work, and dance/movement therapy with children, adolescents, and families.

She understands the power of movement and how it can lead individuals through expression, and healing.

She is a current candidate for the Trauma Studies Certificate from the Trauma Center at the Justice Resource Institute.

 
Brainne Hahn: LCSW-C   OUTREACH TEAM  Bri is a Co-owner of 4 local Outpatient Mental Health Clinics in Maryland. She received her trauma certificate from University of Maryland in 2013 and uses trauma informed therapy when practicing. She believes in resiliency and that healing comes from the work we put into ourselves. Through the use of therapy, yoga, and meditation, Bri believes that one can improve their mind, body, and spirit.

Brainne Hahn: LCSW-C

OUTREACH TEAM

Bri is a Co-owner of 4 local Outpatient Mental Health Clinics in Maryland. She received her trauma certificate from University of Maryland in 2013 and uses trauma informed therapy when practicing. She believes in resiliency and that healing comes from the work we put into ourselves. Through the use of therapy, yoga, and meditation, Bri believes that one can improve their mind, body, and spirit.

Keeley Kane   GRAPHIC DESIGNER  Keeley is a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art and will be getting her bachelors in graphic design this spring. Her work mainly deals with bringing to light problems most veterans encounter, like homelessness and education. She is inspired by her brother who is a United States Marine. She is also inspired by the natural world, which brings an organic feel to her artistic works.

Keeley Kane

GRAPHIC DESIGNER

Keeley is a student at the Maryland Institute College of Art and will be getting her bachelors in graphic design this spring. Her work mainly deals with bringing to light problems most veterans encounter, like homelessness and education. She is inspired by her brother who is a United States Marine. She is also inspired by the natural world, which brings an organic feel to her artistic works.

Fredrick   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Fred is a veteran, having served with the USMC and retired from the USCG in 2013 after 22 years of honorable service, and yoga instructor who is committed to being of service helping empower others find a sense of inner peace and stillness and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s own body. His experience with body-based healing modalities began with yoga in 2008, 2 years into his own recovery from trauma and alcoholism. Fred has since completed a 200hr yoga teacher training and a 300hr training in Prana Vinyasa. His specialized trainings include; Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, Yoga for Trauma & PTSD, Mindful Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, and Thai Bodywork. Fred is currently completing the  300hr Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator Certification Program  and is the MD Area Manager for the Veterans Yoga Project, a national non-profit organization.

Fredrick

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Fred is a veteran, having served with the USMC and retired from the USCG in 2013 after 22 years of honorable service, and yoga instructor who is committed to being of service helping empower others find a sense of inner peace and stillness and cultivate a more positive relationship to one’s own body. His experience with body-based healing modalities began with yoga in 2008, 2 years into his own recovery from trauma and alcoholism. Fred has since completed a 200hr yoga teacher training and a 300hr training in Prana Vinyasa. His specialized trainings include; Yoga of 12-Step Recovery, Yoga for Trauma & PTSD, Mindful Yoga Therapy, Yin Yoga, and Thai Bodywork. Fred is currently completing the 300hr Trauma Center Trauma-Sensitive Yoga Facilitator Certification Program and is the MD Area Manager for the Veterans Yoga Project, a national non-profit organization.

 
Bill Tipper   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Bill is one of the top yoga photographers in the world, his images can be seen in a diverse collection of print and online publications including Travel & Leisure, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Traveler Magazine, as well as the coffee table book he authored.  Bill recognizes the power of yoga in his own life and is an active student of yoga philosophy and meditation. His dedication to be of service in the world has guided him to support others in their healing journey through yoga.

Bill Tipper

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Bill is one of the top yoga photographers in the world, his images can be seen in a diverse collection of print and online publications including Travel & Leisure, Yoga Journal, Yoga International, and Traveler Magazine, as well as the coffee table book he authored.

Bill recognizes the power of yoga in his own life and is an active student of yoga philosophy and meditation. His dedication to be of service in the world has guided him to support others in their healing journey through yoga.

Daphne Herling: MSW   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Daphne was director of Montana KIDS COUNT at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Although semi-retired, she still writes research papers and policy briefs on issues important to children and families in Montana. Her fundraising experience encompasses raising funds for national and statewide groups.  She developed coalitions and trained community leaders to work with poverty, hunger, disabilities, and homelessness. Her work in Montana included conducting process and qualitative evaluation of diverse projects on early childhood, substance abuse and transition to work programs.

Daphne Herling: MSW

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Daphne was director of Montana KIDS COUNT at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana. Although semi-retired, she still writes research papers and policy briefs on issues important to children and families in Montana. Her fundraising experience encompasses raising funds for national and statewide groups.

She developed coalitions and trained community leaders to work with poverty, hunger, disabilities, and homelessness. Her work in Montana included conducting process and qualitative evaluation of diverse projects on early childhood, substance abuse and transition to work programs.

Jane Fryer: E-RYT 500   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Jane Fryer E-RYT 500, progressively and passionately recognizes the profound power of restorative yoga to heal trauma. Her trainings weave scientific study into the restorative journey, more deeply empowering future teachers. In her 35 years teaching yoga, she has become known as an elder, wise woman, and guide. In that time she has trained hundreds of teachers, mentored upcoming leaders, and shifted many paradigms.

Jane Fryer: E-RYT 500

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Jane Fryer E-RYT 500, progressively and passionately recognizes the profound power of restorative yoga to heal trauma. Her trainings weave scientific study into the restorative journey, more deeply empowering future teachers. In her 35 years teaching yoga, she has become known as an elder, wise woman, and guide. In that time she has trained hundreds of teachers, mentored upcoming leaders, and shifted many paradigms.

 
Karen East: RYT-200, CPT   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Karen is passionate about supporting her clients in long-term wellness. She was drawn to yoga in her own personal journey healing trauma.  She believes that the ability to heal is available to each being, and contained within.  We are lucky to have Karen on our team, she helps us navigate social media, marketing, and out reach strategy.

Karen East: RYT-200, CPT

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Karen is passionate about supporting her clients in long-term wellness. She was drawn to yoga in her own personal journey healing trauma.

She believes that the ability to heal is available to each being, and contained within.

We are lucky to have Karen on our team, she helps us navigate social media, marketing, and out reach strategy.

Laura Cannon   ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER  Laura C. Cannon is a spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, speaker, and author, with a deep passion for the awakening consciousness. Her book,  The Conscious Entrepreneur , is a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and businesspeople to change their relationship with their working life.  Ordained as a nondenominational minister in 2003, she has been ministering and coaching individuals and couples for over a decade. She leads meditations and Satsang as part of her Soul Community Church, in Columbia, MD. Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.  Her blend of practical business management and finance skills, along with her commitment to healing trauma through the body, makes her a perfect fit for the BodyWiseFoundation team!

Laura Cannon

ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

Laura C. Cannon is a spiritual teacher, entrepreneur, speaker, and author, with a deep passion for the awakening consciousness. Her book, The Conscious Entrepreneur, is a collection of practices and perspectives for entrepreneurs and businesspeople to change their relationship with their working life.

Ordained as a nondenominational minister in 2003, she has been ministering and coaching individuals and couples for over a decade. She leads meditations and Satsang as part of her Soul Community Church, in Columbia, MD. Laura holds a B.S. from Towson University and an M.A. in Human Sciences (Psychology) from Hood College with a specialization in Thanatology and Grief Counseling. A lover of all things that blend the practical and the spiritual, Laura is also a 200hr RYT yoga and meditation instructor.

Her blend of practical business management and finance skills, along with her commitment to healing trauma through the body, makes her a perfect fit for the BodyWiseFoundation team!

Kameron Wilson   TREASURER  Kameron Wilson is the VP of Wilson Logistics, one of the largest logistics companies in the US. Kamo thrives on the satisfaction and prosperity of his employees, customers and community. A natural leader, he is charismatic and genuinely cares for those he works alongside. He is gifted at recognizing the strengths in his team and supports them in roles where they can shine.  His background in business management, team leading and building, and fiscal planning; enable him to guide the BodyWise Foundation team as we grow.

Kameron Wilson

TREASURER

Kameron Wilson is the VP of Wilson Logistics, one of the largest logistics companies in the US. Kamo thrives on the satisfaction and prosperity of his employees, customers and community. A natural leader, he is charismatic and genuinely cares for those he works alongside. He is gifted at recognizing the strengths in his team and supports them in roles where they can shine.

His background in business management, team leading and building, and fiscal planning; enable him to guide the BodyWise Foundation team as we grow.

Becca Cerra   SECRETARY  Becca Cerra encourages her students to use yoga as a tool to practice self-love and develop a positive body image. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga and thai bodywork, she is a sculptor and choreographer and her work is a catalyst for body positive revolutions. She has been a guest writer for teen development specialists and body image experts, won the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional’s Art Competition, served as a mentor for the LGBTQIA community, and held community-based programs combating violence against women.

Becca Cerra

SECRETARY

Becca Cerra encourages her students to use yoga as a tool to practice self-love and develop a positive body image. In addition to practicing and teaching yoga and thai bodywork, she is a sculptor and choreographer and her work is a catalyst for body positive revolutions. She has been a guest writer for teen development specialists and body image experts, won the International Association of Eating Disorder Professional’s Art Competition, served as a mentor for the LGBTQIA community, and held community-based programs combating violence against women.

 
 
 

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