IYENGAR YOGA

ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW YORK

INSTITUTE OF NEW YORK

Staff & Board of Directors

 

STAFF

JAMES MURPHY, Association Director
Sharib Khan, Interim Executive Director
TORI MILNER, Faculty Liaison
HECTOR-JAIRO MARTINEZ, Communications & Development Manager
KASUN PERERA, Finance & Reporting Specialist

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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.

ANEESH DESHPANDE, PRESIDENT

Aneesh is a Portfolio Manager at Capstone Investment Advisors, where he manages an investment strategy focused on interest rates and currencies in Emerging Markets. Prior to becoming an investor, Aneesh started his career at Goldman Sachs in India, where he spent three years facilitating investments by US institutional asset managers into India’s public equity markets. He graduated from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service, where he majored in International Economics with a special focus on Asia. 

Outside of his professional endeavors, Aneesh is actively involved with fundraising efforts for Georgetown University’s Dharmic Life Program, which facilitates the study and practice of Dharmic spiritual traditions on Georgetown’s campus. Aneesh is also an avid skier, pianist, and music aficionado; he loves to travel, especially to remote corners of the world that have their own Iyengar Yoga studios.   

Though he was introduced to the Iyengar method seven years ago, more recently, a workshop with Jawahar Bangera at the Institute in New York sparked his more serious dedication to the practice. He looks forward to synthesizing his passion for Iyengar Yoga with his professional and personal experiences to help IYAGNY further its mission in the years to come. 

SCOTT ALAN EVANS, VICE-PRESIDENT

Scott Alan Evans is a director, writer, and producer in New York City.  Yoga became an integral part of his life in 2001 shortly after 9/11, and his interest and dedication to the practice has grown steadily ever since. His early yogic explorations led him to the Iyengar Institute in New York City, where he has been studying continuously for the past 18 years under such teachers as Mary Dunn, Carrie Owerko, and, currently, Hugh Millard.  

For 25 years Evans served as the Executive Artistic Director of the award-winning Off-Broadway Company TACT/The Actors Company Theatre. With TACT, Evans unearthed, produced, and/or directed over 200 plays. Throughout his tenure with TACT, he led the company through significant and sustained growth and continued artistic excellence. His Off-Broadway directing credits include acclaimed productions of works by Arthur Miller, T.S. Eliot, A.R. Gurney, David Storey, Edward Bond,a World premiere of a lost work by Sir Noël Coward, and the first New York City revival of Beyond Therapy by Christopher Durang, among others. He conceived, co-wrote and directed the world premiere of The Triangle Factory Project about the historic fire in New York City in 1911, and Three Wise Guys based on short stories by Damon Runyon.  

For 10 years, Evans served as Artistic Director of the American Musicals Project, an innovative educational program created by the New York Historical Society in conjunction with the NYC Board of Education. For AMP, Evans created a highly regarded annual concert series featuring great writers for the musical stage and Broadway headliners.  

He is a member of SDC and the Dramatist Guild.

ANNA IACCUCI

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.

SURESH NAIR

Suresh Nair is a dedicated student of yoga for the last twelve years. He found Iyengar yoga more recently, and finds it to be a powerful method by which yogic concepts can be taught. A Program Manager here at Google in NY, he is heavily involved with his company’s yoga community. He recently hosted an iyengar yoga demonstration there, and is committed to making yoga available to those who seek it.

STEPHANIE PERRY-BUSH

Stephanie is a long-time yoga student and teacher.

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 Civil Engineering and serves on the IYNAUS board as the Equity and Inclusion Officer. 

GINNY SHUBERT

Virginia (Ginny) Shubert is a principal of SBPA, a public policy consulting group. She has over 30 years’ experience working as an attorney and policy analyst on housing, health and economic justice issues, and co-founded and acts as Senior Advisor on Policy and Research for 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 and is proud to have participated in the creation of the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York. 

PEGGY WALLACE, TREASURER

Peggy has been an Iyengar student for over 16 years and has attended numerous US conferences and had the honor to attend a one week class in Pune before the pandemic that was taught by Prashant.

Peggy Wallace served as Co-CEO of investment firm Golden Seeds through December 2021 and is a Managing Partner of Golden Seeds Funds. She was on Wall Street as a Managing Director in the Structured Finance/Financial Institutions arena giving her substantial financial and market expertise. Widely recognized for its best practices, expertise, and brand, 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.

Peggy is an  experienced Board member and NACD Certified Director.  She currently serves on a Public board, a private board and two not- for- profit boards. Peggy has served on Nominating and Governance, Audit committees, and as a Board Chair of multiple private companies.  Peggy is currently the Treasurer of the Iyengar Association of NY Board.  

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.

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