"It is my profound hope that my end could be your beginning."
-- B.K.S Iyengar

Board – Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York

Board of Directors
Senior Staff
Advisory Board
Financial Reports


The Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York was formed by a dedicated and inspired group of teachers and practitioners in 1987 as a regional branch of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.  Our aims are threefold: to support the teaching of Iyengar yoga throughout our region, to establish a central place for study and teaching that would embody the highest standards of a transformational practice of yoga, and to connect our practitioners with others in the United States, throughout the world and to the source of our inspiration, B.K.S. Iyengar, our teacher.


Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors is responsible for setting Association policy in fulfillment of the IYAGNY mission. The Board meets quarterly. Members’ recommendations for Association development are welcomed and should be communicated to board or senior staff members listed below.

Alexander Vreeland, President

Alexander has had an extensive career in the management of luxury goods companies, including Ralph Lauren, Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, and Emanuel Ungaro. His specialty is in communications, marketing, and sales. He has four children and lives with his wife Lisa and their daughter, Olivia, in New York City. Alexander has had a yoga practice since 2004.

Sylvia Kier, Vice President

Sylvia is a former financial planning manager at CBS Television Stations and marketing director for Columbia’s Graduate Engineering Distance Education. Since 2009, Sylvia has mentored Columbia MBA students in the Social Enterprise Program, who consult with IYAGNY’s board on issues of non-profit management. She has practiced yoga since the mid-90′s, completed a certification at Yoga Shanti in 2004, and has practiced Iyengar yoga since 2006.

Joe Talamo, Treasurer

Joe is the current Vice President, Corporate Controller and Chief Accounting Officer at Neostem, Inc. Before that, he worked at OSI Pharmaceuticals for 14 years, serving most recently as Vice President and Corporate Controller. He was also Treasurer of the OSI Pharmaceuticals Foundation. Joe is a Certified Public Accountant in New York.

Adam Vitolo, Secretary

Adam found Iyengar Yoga while searching for rehabilitation after being injured in a cycling accident. He became a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher at age 32. He teaches at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York and PURE Yoga studios in New York City. He spent the month of January 2009 studying at the Ramamani Iyengar Memorial Yoga Institute in Pune, India.

Paul Dougherty

Paul holds an MBA from Columbia Business School, and has 22 years of experience in International Real Estate Finance. Since returning to New York last year, he has been developing a US market for the lighting and home furnishing products of a UK design collective. Paul started practicing Iyengar Yoga in 2009 in London after practicing other yoga disciplines on and off for 15 years.

Nicole M. de Jesús

Nicole has over a decade of experience in cultivating successful relationships with individual and institutional donors. Her skills include special events, proposal development, and membership. She has been practicing Iyengar Yoga since 1999.

Judi Friedman

Judi is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. She teaches full time—in group classes, workshops, and privately—in northern Westchester and Connecticut. Judi is also a corporate attorney, previously serving as Assistant General Counsel at Pitney Bowes, Inc., and Senior Counsel at Mitsubishi International Corporation.

Christopher Lacovara

Chris is a former investment banker and a graduate of Columbia Law School. Chris plans to use his business background and legal training to work with nonprofit organizations. Chris recently began studying Iyengar Yoga at the Institute.

Seth Laderman

Seth has many years of experience in brand management and as an art director of multi-media campaigns for large multi-national businesses and corporations. A longtime student of yoga, he has been studying at the Institute since 2007.

Ginny Shubert

Virginia (Ginny) Shubert is a principal of Shubert Botein Policy Associates, a public policy consulting group. She has 25 years’ experience working as an attorney and policy analyst on housing, health and economic justice issues, and co-founded the nonprofit Housing Works, which works to end the dual crises of homelessness and AIDS through advocacy, services and entrepreneurial businesses to support its efforts. Ginny began her study of Iyengar yoga with Mary Dunn in 1987.

Elizabeth Stanton

Elizabeth has been a longtime fundraiser, working with several New York area not-for-profit organizations. She is passionate about design and has a line of women’s clothing. She has been a longtime Iyengar Yoga practioner, and she attributes the practice with helping her to combat scoliosis-related back pain. Elizabeth is pleased to be able to give back to the Iyengar Yoga community.

Senior Staff

Oliver Luisi, Executive Director

Oliver comes to IYAGNY with a wealth of business and non-profit management experience in fundraising, public relations, marketing and administration. A graduate of Harvard University, Oliver has been a business entrepreneur and a cofounder of non-profit organizations in the fields of education and community development. Most recently, he served as the Director of Development and Public Affairs for the Conservation Center at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts. A student of yoga, Oliver brings to the position his appreciation of and respect for the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar.

James Murphy, Association Director

James has been a tireless worker for the Association since it started. He has taught yoga since 1990, following a ten year career with the Alwin Nikolais Dance Theater. He has made ten extended trips to India to study with the Iyengar family. In addition to teaching full time in New York, he leads cultural yoga tours for Yoga Out There.

Advisory Board

Laura Shapiro Kramer, Advisory Board Chair

Loren Fishman, M.D., B.Phil.

Anna Golfinopolous, Institute Faculty

Donna Karan

Frank Lipman, M.D.

Viren Mehta

Mira Nair

Diane von Furstenberg

Dalia Zwick, P.T., Ph.D.


Financial Reports

The Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. As such, we file an annual Federal Form 990 reporting our finances and our activities. Filed Forms 990 are available from the US Government. For your convenience, you can view the IYAGNY-Annual Report 2011-2012-Final, the most recently filed IYANGNY FORM 990 (2012) and our 2012 & 2011 audited financial report.

You will see that membership dues are essential to further the mission of IYAGNY including sustaining the quality and diversity of Iyengar Institute programs. If you have not already done so, we hope you plan to join or to renew your membership for 2013.

If you have questions about our 2012 financial reports or would like to talk about extending your support of the Association, please call us at 212-691-9642. IYAGNY Executive Director Oliver Luisi will be pleased to talk with you.


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