IYENGAR YOGA

ASSOCIATION OF GREATER NEW YORK

INSTITUTES OF NEW YORK & BROOKLYN

Staff & Board of Directors

 

STAFF

JAMES MURPHY, Association Director
EDWARD MCKEANEY, Executive Director
TORI MILNER, Faculty Liaison
COOPER CHOU, Business Manager
HECTOR-JAIRO MARTINEZ, Communications & Development Manager
KYLE JOHNSON, Front Desk Manager

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

KEVIN ALLEN, SECRETARY

Kevin Allen has studied Iyengar Yoga since 2006. He’s been a faculty member of IYAGNY since 2014. Kevin enjoys sharing his knowledge of yoga with people outside of the yoga community and has volunteered to teach at schools and summer camps. In 2014, Kevin traveled to Pune, India for the first Yoganusasam. In 2016, he attended his first IYNAUS convention.

Kevin also works at WNYW Fox 5 in Manhattan, where he produces a nightly, local newscast. Kevin graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government and currently serves as an Admissions Ambassador for the College.

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. His film credits include 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, most recently as an Executive Producer of the HBO series, The Young Pope, and as a Producer of HBO’s Succession. He began his yoga practice at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York three 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.

MIKE BRANSON

Mike studied as a linguist then trained in advertising, before moving into branding and design. He co-founded Pearlfisher in 1992 and has since steered the business from a London start-up to global design leader, developing renowned brands such as Jim Beam, Ben & Jerry’s, Wolfgang Puck, B&O, Blue Bottle and Seedlip – and notably the current IYAGNY identity.

In his role as CEO, Mike has led Pearlfisher’s US business since 2009 as well as co-directing the global business. His approach to leadership is based on developing a highly creative and collaborative culture where exceptional people are empowered and inspired to do exceptional work. He is a good listener, thinks positively and his calm demeanor belies a fierce drive to build a ground-breaking creative business.

Mike is also a Trustee of Amantani – an innovative non-profit organization, working with disadvantaged children in the Peruvian Andes. He has been practicing Iyengar Yoga for over a decade and visited Pune in 2013. He lives in downtown NYC with his wife Rose (a CIYT) and their 2 cats, Oolong and Pekoe.

JUDY DENNIS, VICE-PRESIDENT

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; and with writers ranging from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner to Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing. She cast hundreds of plays in classical and contemporary theatre repertories throughout the U.S., and shared a special Emmy Award casting SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. PATRIOTIC, Judy’s first film as a director, was acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art after screening at festivals worldwide. Her THE DANCER FILMS opened to 15,000 viewers in public exhibition in New York. For television, she directed in the final season of HBO’s groundbreaking series OZ. Judy served as a consultant for MEMORY AND HOPE, a permanent installation at New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage. Adjunct Professor at Fordham University and former Adjunct at New York University, Judy traveled to Uganda as a mentor with Maisha, a filmmakers’ laboratory created by Mira Nair to provide professional training to emerging filmmakers from East Africa and South Asia. She has co-created an innovative initiative for the collaboration of artists and scientists as a consultant to DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.)

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.

ANEESH DESHPANDE

Aneesh is a Portfolio Manager in the liquid rates and currencies group of KLS Diversified Asset Management, a global fixed income alternative asset manager. He started his career there as a research associate, and over the past eight years has helped build the firm’s investments in Emerging Markets. Prior to KLS, 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 skiier, 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

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 17 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. His other writing credits include several musicals including Goose! Beyond the Nursery (3 Outer Critic Circle Award nomination including Best Off-Broadway Musical). In 2010, Evans established newTACTics for TACT, a new play development program to discover and foster innovative voices in the theatre. 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 and a magna cum laude graduate of Boston University.

ANNA IACCUCI, TREASURER

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.

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.

KATE KARET

Kate recently received a master’s degree in health advocacy and policy from Sarah Lawrence College. As part of her degree, she has worked in Harlem and Haiti championing food justice issues. She also spent a year consulting with Giffords, a policy, advocacy and research organization focused on the prevention of gun violence, and helped craft a consumer-facing marketing plan.

Simultaneously, Kate has spent the past several years consulting a diverse array of clients on organizational structure, strategic positioning, brand personality, and communications. She is a proven, experienced team leader with expertise in operations, strategic counsel, integrated marketing communications, branding and media relations for consumer, corporate and non-profit clients.

Previously, Kate ran the New York office of Zeno Group as Managing Director, overseeing operations for New York and its growing roster of clients across consumer, health, corporate and technology. During her nearly 20-year PR career, Kate has counseled clients across diverse disciplines from the tourism industry including Expedia, Hyatt Hotels and the State of Illinois, to foundations and councils from The Wine Market Council, the Allstate and Sara Lee Foundations, to law firm Baker & McKenzie and healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. Kate’s sweet spot is consumer marketing communications and she has worked with myriad consumer brands including Pepsi, GE, Quaker Oats, and consumer brands from parent companies Unilever, SC Johnson, and Georgia Pacific.

Kate holds an undergraduate degree in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is passionate about Iyengar Yoga, swimming, spinning, and travel. She lives in New York City with her husband, Jeff and importantly is mother to daughter, Lily, 16 and son Oliver, 13, and their bulldog Lady Legs Magoo.

MICHAEL KETRING

Michael Ketring has been General Counsel to the Alliance for Downtown New York, the non-profit corporation that manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District, since 2006. Mr. Ketring represents the Downtown Alliance on a broad range of legal areas including leases for office and field operations, contracts, agreements with various governmental entities, litigation, intellectual property matters, advice concerning legislative issues, and general corporate matters.

Prior to joining the Downtown Alliance, Mr. Ketring was Senior Development Counsel to the Battery Park City Authority where he specialized in real estate development, land use and environmental law, and public finance. Mr. Ketring was involved in a number of major development projects in Battery Park City including the New York Mercantile Exchange Headquarters, the Embassy Suites Hotel/Regal Cinemas complex, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences and the new headquarters for Goldman Sachs.

SHARIB KHAN, PRESIDENT

Sharib Khan is a technology entrepreneur. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Applied Informatics and TrialX, two Healthcare Informatics companies based in New York City. He also co-founded Future Today, a leading Smart TV media company, which launched as iFood.tv, one of the first online video recipe websites. Sharib holds a Masters in Biomedical Informatics and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Before dabbling in technology startups, he completed his medical training at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. .

When not working with technology solutions, he can be seen taking Iyengar Yoga classes or doing headstands at business conferences. He is passionate about supporting initiatives to increase availability and access to Iyengar Yoga via the Yoga Anywhere Fund. And somewhere in between, he supports work on the American Sufi Project, an initiative he founded to promote works of art, music and literature being produced by the Sufi community in the USA. His next secret project in the making involves Indian mangoes.

BARBARA MANN

Barbara Mann is Professor of Hebrew literature and cultural studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary on the Upper West Side. She completed her doctoral work in Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley, and was a member of the faculty at Princeton University before joining JTS. She is the author of two books and has lectured widely in the US and abroad. As part of her professional service, Barbara serves as a Core Member of the Association of Jewish Studies Committee on Sexual Misconduct. A native New Yorker, Barbara lives with her daughter in the Bronx, where she is active in her neighborhood synagogue and a member of the PTA Executive at her daughter’s public high school.

Barbara started practicing Iyengar Yoga as a graduate student and never looked back. She first attended classes at the Institute in New York in the late ‘90s, and is grateful to have learned with senior teachers there and in Berkeley, Ann Arbor and Tel Aviv. Whenever she travels, she searches out the local Iyengar Yoga studio, and has taken classes in Warsaw, Paris, Venice, Berlin and Cape Town. She continues to abide by the wise words of her first teacher, Mary Lou Weprin, from The Yoga Room in Berkeley: “It doesn’t matter why you do yoga, just so long as you do it.” She is grateful for this opportunity to become more involved with a community and practice that mean so much to her.

LIZA TOFT

Liza has been studying yoga since 1991, and teaching yoga since 1999. She was first introduced to yoga when she was a student at The School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she was studying fine arts. She explored many styles of yoga before committing to study Iyengar Yoga in 2003. The intelligence of its system of learning asana, the fact that its philosophy is not separated from the physical practice, and the way that it serves as a foundation that deepens with practice, has always been a source of mystery and wonder to her.

Liza is also a licensed Creative Arts Therapist, graduating from Pratt University with a Masters Degree in 2000. Other major appeals of Iyengar Yoga are the psychological and emotional benefits she gets from the practice and the science and creativity of sequencing asanas, observing how it affects the deeper layers of our being. As an art therapist who focuses on the body in therapy, Liza has a unique insight and sensitivity into what her students’ bodies are communicating about themselves and what would be beneficial.

Liza deepened her commitment to Iyengar Yoga by completing the teacher training at the New York Institute with James Murphy, Lara Warren, Tori Milner (her mentor) and Naghmeh Ahi, whom she has been assisting for the last few years. She recently received her Introductory Level I/II certification and traveled to Pune, India for the 2018 Centennial Celebration.

Liza continues to paint and draw and has been a long-time practitioner of mindfulness meditation, which has had a deep impact on her life and work.

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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