Board – Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York
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.
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.
Judi Friedman, Vice-President
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.
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.
Neil Stevenson, Treasurer
Neil is a Senior Staff Attorney for the Lawyers Alliance’s Economic Development program area. He uses his wealth of experience in corporate and real estate law to assist community development and nonprofit organizations that are bringing investment capital and credit services, pursuing earned revenue activities, stimulating and revitalizing commercial activity, and sponsoring job training and job placement programs in New York City. Prior to joining Lawyers Alliance in 2004, Mr. Stevenson was a staff attorney at The Legal Aid Society and partner at Eaton & Van Winkle. He received an L.L.M. from Columbia University School of Law in 1982 and L.L.B. joint honors from the University Of Glasgow School Of Law in 1980. Neil has been a long time practitioner of Iyengar yoga and the former President of the IYAGNY Board of Directors.
Marc is a fundraising and development professional, currently serving as the Director of Development of the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at Long Island University. He has more than ten years of experience in many areas of fundraising including major gifts, annual giving, direct mail, membership groups, and strategic planning. An active drummer and percussionist, Marc holds a Bachelors of Music from the Berklee College of Music and a Master of Public Administration in Public and Nonprofit Management and Policy from the Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service at NYU. Marc has practiced at the Iyengar Yoga Institute for nearly a decade.
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.
Gailanne is a creative director/brand strategist specializing in all manner of communications, which she practices through her company Grossoworks for a variety of clients–in all practice areas–healthcare, NFP, financial, consumer, issues, employee engagement and crisis management. Before starting her own firm she served as Executive Vice President, US Creative Director at Edelman, as President, Chief Creative Officer at Publicis, and EVP Group Creative Director at Saatchi and Saatchi. She is the author of the novel The Other Side of Nice. She is a dedicated yoga student and blogger and has been advising IYAGNY in marketing and communications this past year.
Tzahi discovered yoga between rehearsals early in his acting career. A friend urged him to take an Iyengar class and he was struck by its effects on his body and mind — it was a perfect fit. After completing the two-year Iyengar teacher training program at the NYC Iyengar Institute, Tzahi passed the Introductory 2 Assessment in 2012. He spent the month of July 2012 with the Iyengar family in Pune, India, and is now a certified Iyengar teacher. His primary teachers are Mary Dunn, James Murphy and Carrie Owerko. Renowned for his clarity and humor, he loves sharing yoga and enjoys observing his students make their own discoveries. Tzahi joined the Faculty of the Institute in June 2013.
Mitchell is owner of Consolidated Design Studios, LTD, a NYC-based design firm specializing in residential, commercial, and retail design. He is also an part-time Assistant Professor of Architecture and Interior Design at Parsons the New School for Design. Mitch has been a student of Iyengar yoga, practicing and studying at the Institute of New York since 2008 and now at the Institute of Brooklyn as well. Mitch was instrumental in helping IYAGNY envision and design the new Institute of Brooklyn as well as the new Institute of New York and continues to offer his expertise and services in design and architecture to the organization.
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.
Oliver Luisi, Executive Director
Oliver comes to IYAGNY with a strong background in business and non-profit management and experience in operations, fundraising, public relations and marketing. A graduate of Harvard University, Oliver helped found 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.
Laura Shapiro Kramer, Advisory Board Chair
Loren Fishman, M.D., B.Phil.
Anna Golfinopolous, Institute Faculty
Frank Lipman, M.D.
Diane von Furstenberg
Dalia Zwick, P.T., Ph.D.
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 the most recently filed IYAGNY FORM 990 (2013) and our 2013 audited financial report.
If you have questions about our 2013 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.