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IYAGNY Board of Director Election Biographies – 2021

Kevin Allen

Kevin Allen has studied Iyengar Yoga since 2006. He’s been a faculty member at the Institutes of New York and Brooklyn since 2014. Kevin enjoys teaching adults and children about the art and science of yoga.

In 2014, Kevin traveled to Pune, India for the Iyengars’ first Yoganusasam. He attended the IYNAUS National Convention in 2016 and 2019.

In 2020, Kevin served as Secretary of IYAGNY’s Board of Directors.

He’s also an actor, writer, model and a native New Yorker… not necessarily in that order.

Kevin graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government and currently serves as an Admissions Ambassador for the College.

In 2019, Kevin moved into an elevator building, fulfilling a lifelong dream of not having to haul laundry up and down the stairs.

Ron Bozman

Ron Bozman is a longtime Producer in film and television, and hopes to use his budgeting, organizational and project management skills to assure a positive future for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York. Among his many film credits are Paterson, Changing Lanes, The Human Stain, Beloved, Philadelphia, and The Silence of the Lambs, for which he earned the 1991 Academy Award for Best Picture. Ron has also worked on numerous TV projects, recently as an Executive Producer of the HBO series, The Young Pope, as a Producer of We are Who We Are, and earlier, as a Producer of HBO’s Succession.  He began his yoga practice at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York four years ago and has been fortunate to experience classes at several other Iyengar Yoga Studios around the world.  Ron is married to Kyle McCarthy; their son Regan lives and works in San Francisco.

Judy Dennis

Judy Dennis has enjoyed four decades as a director, producer and casting director in the mainstream of American and international theater, film, and television, contributing to Oscar, Emmy, Obie and Peabody award winning projects. In casting locales from Greenwich Village to mountain villages in Thailand, she worked with film directors including Alan J. Pakula, Michael Cimino, Terrence Malick, Brian DePalma, Julie Taymor, Andrzej Wajda and Ang Lee on pictures starring Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Sidney Poitier and Meryl Streep. Judy traveled to Uganda as a mentor with Maisha, a filmmakers’ laboratory created by Iyengar Yoga Practitioner Mira Nair to provide professional training to emerging filmmakers from East Africa and South Asia. Judy co-created an innovative initiative for the collaboration of artists and scientists as a consultant to DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). Adjunct Theater Professor at Fordham University.

A perennial student and longtime friend of the Iyengar Yoga community in New York, Judy and her slightly younger sister Ellen had the pleasure of working closely with Mary Dunn and James Murphy to produce Live: Light on Life! at New York’s City Center.

Anna Iacucci

Anna Iacucci works at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she is a supervisory officer focusing on relationship management and risk analytics within the global systemically important bank portfolio.   She leverages years of experience in the private sector where she worked for financial institutions in both New York and London in credit and trading risk management as well as in rating agency advisory.  In addition, Anna has provided technical assistance on a pro-bono basis to banking and insurance clients in emerging markets for the Financial Services Volunteer Corps. Anna holds a B.S. in management and international business and an M.B.A in finance from New York University.

Throughout her professional career, Anna has made time for yoga.  She discovered Iyengar yoga in the late 1980s at the YWCA and realized that the practice resonated with her.  She has been continuously practicing yoga since the late 1990s.  If not on the mat or enjoying the rich cultural offerings of NYC, she can be found traveling and hiking mountain ranges throughout the world.  And like many during COVD, she has embraced virtual performances, outdoor dining, and planning future journeys.

Anna’s connection to the Iyengar community and the Association has grown over the years as she has studied with a group of wonderfully talented teachers. She realized it was time to get more involved when Lisa Rotell asked her whether she would consider becoming a board member.  Not only is she following through on this request but she never misses an opportunity to go up into adho mukha vrksasana.

Stephanie Perry-Bush

Stephanie is a long time yoga student and teacher.  She began studying yoga in 1995 and teaching in 2001.  She has a broad yoga background and began studying Iyengar Yoga in 2008 and became a CIYT in 2019 .  Stephanie is deeply inspired by the power of precise alignment to experience freedom in the body and clarity of the mind.

In 2011, Stephanie founded Black Girls Do Yoga, an online community to reflect and encourage diversity in the yoga community and to promote yoga as practice for a healthy and joy filled life.

Stephanie also practiced as a Civil Engineer and currently lives in Morristown, NJ.

Peggy Wallace

Peggy Wallace is a Managing Partner of Golden Seeds.  She also helped raise and serves as a General Partner of Golden Seeds Funds I and II and, as a result, is one of the few female venture partners in the US focused on seed and early stage investing.

Peggy has been a leader in the growth of Golden Seeds from 5 members when she joined in 2005 to one of the nation’s largest angel networks with 300 members today.  Widely recognized for its best practices and expertise, Golden Seeds was the first angel group formed to focus on the immense opportunity of investing in women leaders with a keen focus on educating investors to join the early stage investment asset class. 

To date, Golden Seeds has invested $120 million into 150+ companies in enterprise, healthcare and B to C, which have gone on to raise over $1 billion.  Golden Seeds members have held over 100 board seats and observer seats.  Peggy was an original instructor for all Golden Seeds courses and continues to teach the class on board service and governance. 

An experienced Board member herself, Peggy currently serves on the Boards of four privately held companies, Cognition Therapeutics, Chromis Technologies , Bergen Medical, and ShipperBee  and as a Board Observer on Cadenza Innovation and Paradigm4.  In these and other involvements, Peggy has served on Nominating and Governance, Audit, and Finance Committees and as a Board Chair.  Additionally, as a General Partner of two funds that have collectively invested in over 40 companies, Peggy has had direct fiduciary contact with numerous other Boards and the issues faced by their respective companies. 

Peggy has a deep understanding of the pace of innovation from early to late stage, broad exposure to the trends and ideas that entrepreneurs are identifying, and significant networks in the world of innovation and in women’s leadership circles.  Because of the sector diversity and geographic breadth of Golden Seeds coupled with her passion for following disruptive technologies, she remains current on industry, economic, and global trends while possessing finely honed financial skills.  She has reviewed over 4000 companies over the past 14 years and has deep expertise in innovation and what it takes to grow and lead a company.

Peggy is quoted in the media for her expertise on angel and venture investing and has been featured on Bloomberg News and in Entrepreneur Magazine.  She has served as a juror on the International Cartier Women’s Initiative Award and served as a Judge for the NY EY Entrepreneur of the Year Award.  Before Golden Seeds, Peggy was on Wall Street as a Managing Director in the Structured Finance/financial institutions arena giving her substantial financial and market expertise.  She spent a significant portion of her prior career at JP Morgan/Chase.

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