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.

Kathy Brigham, President

Kathy Brigham has lived in the Ukiah Valley for over 40 years and President of 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.

Susan Baird Kanaan, Secretary

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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 2010 until 2013

Cathy Monroe

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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.

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.

Ellen Morris, Treasurer

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

Stephanie Piekarski

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

Iris Padgett

We welcome one of our newest members of the board and former studio director. Description and photo to come!

Betsy Mercer, Executive Director

Betsy moved to Mendocino County on New Years Eve, 2017, after retiring from The Walt Disney Company. Her sister and family had moved to Willits and whenever she visited, she hated to return to Southern California. She finally made the leap and intended to be a happy retiree. After a short time, though, having done as much housework and gardening as she could tolerate, Betsy began to search for a non-profit that would benefit from her experience. She found YoMo when looking for a Yoga Studio at which to practice – the studio is stunning and its beauty and vibe drew her in. YoMo just happened to be looking for an Exec Director.  Synchronicity, whimsy, dharma?  Without asking why or how, she said “YES, please!” She is overjoyed to have found YoMo and is plotting new and exciting offerings.  Please stop by or call to say hello!

Yemi Conolley, Bookkeeper

Description and photo to come!