Meet the Team

Board Members

Our board members guide the vision and operations of Give Back Yoga, empowering us to serve in a sustainable and effective way.

Robert Schware

Co-Founder and Executive Director

Beryl Bender Birch

Co-Founder and Director of The Hard & The Soft Yoga Institute

Chris Bonnaig

Board Member

Isabella de la Houssaye

Board Member

Deborah Flateman

Board Member

Andres Gonzalez

Board Member

Jyothi Schick

Board Member

Legacy Program Directors

Our program directors lead yoga service programs and teacher trainings that support vulnerable and under-resourced populations.

James Fox

Prison Yoga Project

Suzanne Manafort

Mindful Yoga Therapy

Nikki Myers

Yoga of 12-Step Recovery

Tari Prinster


Chelsea Roff

Eat Breathe Thrive

Advisory Board Members

By helping us to give back and spread the word about our mission, these internationally recognized teachers are igniting the flame of yoga service.

Elena Brower

Rev. Jaganath Carrera

Seane Corn

Bo Forbes

Rolf Gates

Amy Ippoliti

Gurmukh Khalsa

Cyndi Lee

Jana Long


Biff Mithoefer

Michael Nancollas, MD

Tao Porchon-Lynch

Desiree Rumbaugh

Matthew Sanford

Sat Bir Singh Khalsa, PhD.

Ann Richardson Stevens

Ali Smith

Rod Stryker

David Swenson

Patty Townsend

Jennifer Webb

Stan Woodman

Team Members

It takes a village to run a successful nonprofit yoga organization. This is our community.

Samantha Christodoulou

Creative Director

Christine Moore

Mat Grants Coordinator

Chelsea Roff

UK Operations Director

Kelly Tienken