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 yomo@pacific.net.

Cathy Monroe, President

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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.

Phyllis Webb, Vice-President

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Phyllis Webb has been on the Board of Yoga Mendocino since 2002 when Yoga Mendocino became a 501-3c organization and the Board was formed.  Yoga had become a major source of inspiration and healthy living for her, and she was moved to help keep this organization thriving.  Over the past 12 years, she has helped it become an organization with a wide range of supporters and a broad mission that includes yoga and other activities that promote physical and mental health.

 

Linda Malone, Treasurer

Linda Malone has lived in Mendocino County for decades and raised her children here. In retirement, her yoga practice has become critical to maintaining health, vitality and well-being. She feels that Yoga Mendocino creates a spiritual anchor and home for many in the community, offering opportunities to learn, grow, expand and heal. As a member of the board, she appreciates helping to support the nurturing role of YoMo in our community and helping to sustain the organization.

Kathy Brigham, Secretary

Kathy Brigham has lived in the Ukiah Valley for over 40 years but is new to yoga and the Yoga Mendocino Board. She has found the practice of yoga to be an important complement to weight-bearing and aerobic exercise, especially for those of us with back and joint issues. And she loves the Yoga Mendocino studio and instructors.

Stephanie Piekarski

We welcome our newest member of the board. Description and photo to come!

Susan Baird Kanaan

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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 20xx until 2013??

Maggie Norton

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Maggie Norton, Co-Founder and Director 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.

Margot Winters

Margot Winters grew up in NorCal and a few years ago decided to move back to the area. She and her husband considered their options and Ukiah got their vote in part because of Yoga Mendocino. Margot had attended a few ‘YoMo’ classes as a guest and was impressed with the beauty of the studio and the skills of the teachers. Yoga’s been an invaluable part of Margot’s life for several decades as it helps bring physical and mental balance to her life. Margot is grateful for being asked to join the board and hopes that she can help YoMo continue their offerings to our community into the future.

Iris Padgett

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Iris’ background is a combination of administrative management, yoga teaching and studying, and counseling psychology. After years of coordinating a research project in early rural literacy for the University of North Carolina, she left to pursue a career more closely aligned with healing and serving the well-being of other people and the planet as a whole. Iris has been a yoga teacher since 2008 and is a psychotherapist in the transpersonal field – which is the integration of western psychotherapy with spiritual and transcendent aspects of human experience. She works to incorporate emotional well-being into her yoga classes and yoga into her mental health practice. Foundational to Iris’ philosophy and teaching style is that yoga is a path for everyone, and not only for those who are very flexible. Yoga is a practice for building well-rounded health and for living an inspirational and satisfying life. Iris believes that in addition to its many physical benefits, yoga is heart-opening, mind-expanding, and emotionally freeing. Iris was originally drawn to Yoga Mendocino because of the studio’s thriving community. She envisions growing our “kulu” (community of the heart) and invites you to reach out with ideas, questions, and comments, or simply to say hi. She is profoundly grateful and excited to have arrived “home” in Ukiah and at Yoga Mendocino.

Robin Cottrell, Bookkeeper

Our bookkeeper, Robin Cottrell, is also a singer/songwriter, guitarist, Threshold Singer, and Death Midwife. “I’m so happy to be able to lend my bookkeeping skills to Yoga Mendocino. I feel this organization is a spiritual and cultural hub of our community, staffed and supported by loving, conscious individuals. It’s an honor to be part of it.”

Ashley Weatherspoon, Manager

After growing up in Los Angeles, Ashley moved to Mendocino county in the summer of 2017. She is very excited to get to know our community and join the Yomo family. She has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Southern California. This, combined with years of administrative experience in a fitness setting will help her to bring a fresh perspective to our studio.