Board of Directors & Staff

Yoga Mendocino is a nonprofit organization and has a working board that also has tons of fun! If you are interested in serving on our board, please contact us at

Susan Baird Kanaan, Board President


Susan Baird Kanaan, who makes her living as a free-lance writer, moved to Ukiah in late 2001 and was glad to find YoMo soon thereafter. She believes that health involves a combination of body, mind, and spirit, and that a strong community nurtures the health of all its citizens. She joined the Board around 2005 because she sees Yoga Mendocino as a place that nurtures health in all these dimensions and she wanted to be part of that endeavor. Susan was Board President from 2010 until 2013

Cathy Monroe, Board Secretary


Cathy Monroe joined the YoMo board about 3 years ago after retiring from teaching elementary school for over 25 years. A long-time resident of Redwood Valley (graduate of Ukiah), she discovered the yoga here to be invaluable for maintaining her health both mentally, after the stress in the classroom, and physically, after those garden marathon weekends. She supports YoMo in hope that others will discover and receive similar benefits. And it’s such a lovely pause in the day to wish Namaste to those around you.

Carolyn Welch, Board Treasurer

We welcome our new Treasurer. Description and photo to come!

Maggie Norton, Board Member and Studio Co-Founder

Maggie Norton, Co-Founder of Yoga Mendocino, has served on the board for most years of its existence. Maggie has spent over 3 decades in the field of community education and was instrumental in the decision to create ‘YoMo’ as a nonprofit organization. Since moving to Mendocino County she has provided services in yoga, massage therapy, and stress reduction in clinical, community and workplace settings. She continues to feel passionate about ‘YoMo’, our programs and the people we serve.

Iris Padgett, Board Member and Manager

Iris Padgett, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, is the former director of the studio and current programs managing staff member. She has taught yoga for over a decade, and she is in private psychotherapy practice in Ukiah. Having a lifelong fascination with the human experience, her teaching explores the intersection between Eastern philosophy and Western psychology. Iris is particularly influenced by Anusara Yoga and Transpersonal Psychology, and she carries the intention to assist others in opening to the depths of who they really are in life-affirming and mindful ways.

 Welcome also to the board Pauline Hurme and Kathy Brigham.  New staff include Maggie Miller – Marketing Assistant, Deborah Phillips – Administrative Assistant, and Liz Franzen – Bookkeeper.  More info to come!