Accreditation Committee
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Committee Members (2015-2016)

Hansa Knox, LMT, ERYT, Accreditation Committee Chair
Hansa is an ongoing student of Kripalu yoga, and, she has integrated work from other teachers who have offered insights on the path of yoga. She utilizes yoga, yoga cikitsa, ayurveda and massage in her practice. She owns the PranaYoga and Ayurveda Mandala in Denver where she teaches yoga classes, yoga teacher and yoga therapy trainings. Hansa is president of Sanga, past president of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers Of Colorado. She has served on the Board of Kripalu Center, International Yoga College and is an advisor to International Association of Yoga Therapy.

Susan Steiger Tebb, PhD, LSW, RYT, Accreditation Committee Vice-Chair
Sue, Professor, School of Social Work Saint Louis University, has centered her research around family caregiving. As a social worker for more than forty-five years she has worked with diverse family configurations and lately her research , knowledge and skill training has taken her into bringing yoga into the healing process. She is a LifeForce Yoga Practitioner Level Two, holds a Certificate of Completion in Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors from Duke Integrative Medicine and currently is working on her 500 yoga teacher training at the Himalayan Institute. She has offered a number of presentations and workshops on incorporating yoga into health/mental health care.

Danielle Atkinson, BA (Hons), RYT 500, BEd.

Danielle is a yoga teacher and the Director of Education for the Yoga Qigong Academy with several schools throughout Canada and China. As an international educator and curriculum writer for both the public and private education systems in Canada, Australia, and China, she is dedicated to providing innovative, inclusive learning opportunities that promote student growth and success. Danielle mostly works with "at-risk” youth, integrating yoga therapy into education, rehabilitation, resilience training, and healing. Her relationship with yoga philosophy began in 1998 at the University of Toronto, where she discovered the historical and spiritual aspects of sanatana dharma. Her interest continued to grow through her post-graduate studies in Education at the University of Western Sydney, in Australia, where she was introduced to yoga practice and ayurveda.

Eleanor Criswell, EdD
Eleanor is professor emeritus of psychology at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park, California, where in cooperation with Joseph Le Page of Integrative Yoga Therapy she developed one of the first graduate programs in yoga therapy in the United States. She is the author of many publications on yoga and somatics, including How Yoga Works: An Introduction to Somatic Yoga. She also has extensive experience with nonprofit associations and has been the editor of Somatics magazine-journal since 1990.

Robin Gueth
Robin is the owner of the Stress Management Center of Marin in California. Her principal certifications are from the American Yoga College (aka International Yoga College) with Rama Jyoti Vernon. She was also a Board Member of AYC. Robin's teaching experience includes yoga therapy classes at both SMC and Kaiser Permanente, and a large private practice, along with specialty classes at the Brain Injury Network of the Bay Area, sports teams, and private locations, including work with various types of anxiety, mental illness, respiratory illness and orthopedic issues.

Mary Partlow Lauttamus 
Mary is the Interim Academic Director, Health Philosophy and Promotion and former Program Director for the Masters in Science Yoga Therapy at Maryland University of Integrative Health. She is on the Advisory Board for IAYT and serves on the Board member of the Academic Consortium for Complementary and Alternative Health Care. Mary completed her training in yoga therapy with Integrative Yoga Therapy, Functional Yoga Therapy, and  Yoga for Awareness of Cancer  held at Duke Integrative Medicine.  Mary holds a Master in Social Work degree with a concentration in medical social work from the University of Alabama and is a certified coach.

Maggie Reagh,MA in Teaching, E-RYT 500, Certified Yoga Therapist (CYT)

Maggie conducts private and public yoga therapy classes as well as her own IAYT accredited training program in Vancouver, Canada. She regularly teaches therapeutic yoga at Capilano University where she has been faculty since 1997. She started her own yogic studies in the Krishnamacharya lineage in 1995 in Vancouver before going to Mysore, India, in 2000 with BKS Iyengar. She went on to study with the Desikachars in Chennai, India, and the Kraftsows on Maui. In 2003, she started her Iyengar-based training with various senior teachers. She continues her studies in yoga therapy, philosophy, chanting, and ayurveda with DV & Radha Sridhar, Viji Vasu, and Dr. Ganesh in Chennai.

Robin Rothenberg
Robin is the Director of Essential Yoga Therapy offering quality teacher and therapist training programs grounded in the Viniyoga approach and influenced by her years of study in the Iyengar method. She teaches at Swedish and Evergreen Hospitals, offering group therapeutic classes, yoga for MS and parkinson’s and has a private yoga therapy practice at Rehab Options of Issaquah. Robin has been highly involved in yoga research, working with Group Health Research Institute on various studies including, "Comparison of Yoga, Exercise, and Education for the Treatment of Chronic Low Back Pain.” She has served on the Advisory Council for IAYT for many years and helped launch the Therapist Training Program at Mt. Royal University in Calgary, where she was adjunct faculty for four years. Robin is the author of The Essential Low Back Program: Relieve Pain and Restore Health, and Soothing the Spirit: Yoga Nidra to Reduce Anxiety. She teaches regularly at Bastyr University offering therapeutic clinics, has a 5-day training in addressing lower back conditions for certified teachers and offers workshops and retreats internationally. Robin has been deeply influenced by many teachers in the field of yoga therapy including: Gary Kraftsow, Sonia Nelson, Nischala Joy Devi, Judith Lasater and Richard Miller.

Sandra (SAM) Sather
SAM serves as Vice-President and Clinical Research Consultant of Clinical Pathways, LLC, a Clinical Research Small Corporation based in Cary, NC. In addition to practicing as a yoga therapist for the past 10 years, SAM has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years. She is a graduate of Duke Integrative Medicines’ Therapeutic Yoga for Seniors, and is a Certified Clinical Research Associate (CCRA) and Certified Clinical Research Coordinator (CCRC) through the Association of Clinical Research Professionals (ACRP). SAM is a Trustee on the ACRP Academy Board of Trustees. For nine years, she sat on the ACRP Certification Exam Committee and chaired the committee for two of those years. Sam also served as a certification exam item writer for the ACRP CCRA exam for 10 years.

Jaime Stover Schmitt, Ed.D., C.M.A., ERYT 500
Jaime is the founder and director of Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy, a multi-dimensional educational and therapeutic application of yoga science and philosophy. After studying throughout her childhood with a student of Kirshnamurti, Jaime continued yoga study in the U.S. and in India with H.H. Sri Swami Rama, Sri Swami Veda, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of Shankaracharya’s 1,200-year-old Bharati order. She is also a student of Sri Swami Chandrasekaranand of the Traditional Kundalini Vidya lineage. Jaime has served on the board of the Yoga Alliance and sits on YA’s Standards and Distance Learning Committees.

Committee Support

John Kepner, MA, MBA, CYTh. IAYT Executive Director
John has served as executive director since IAYT's renewal in 2003. He is a practicing yoga teacher and therapist with a professional background in economics, finance, and non-profit management. John holds teacher and therapist certifications from the American Viniyoga Institute and a teaching certification from A.G. Mohan in Chennai, India. His work for IAYT and his writings often have an economic and public policy perspective. In recent years, much of John's work has centered around organizing IAYT's practitioner and research conferences, the development of standards for the training of yoga therapists and, most recently, providing accreditation for programs that meet those standards.


Aggie Stewart, MA, RYT 500, CYT, Accreditation Manager
Aggie is a yoga teacher, yoga therapist, writer, editor, and writing teacher. For most of her editorial career, Aggie has worked in healthcare publishing and for healthcare organizations such as Children's Hospital, Boston, and Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare. As Managing Editor for Accreditation Publications at the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations, she was closely involved with the editorial development of function-based accreditation standards. Aggie has taught writing and communication skills at Loyola University, Chicago, and Johnson and Wales University in Providence, RI. In Spring 2013, she co-taught an advanced nonfiction writing course at Brown University that incorporated yoga practices designed specifically to help student writers achieve academic success.

Daniel Seitz, JD, EdD, Facilitator and Advisor to the Committee
Dan has worked for more than 20 years in the field of complementary and alternative medicine education, accreditation and regulation. He currently serves as the executive director of the Council on Naturopathic Medical Education, consults with alternative medicine colleges and organizations on accreditation, strategic planning, marketing, administration and other matters, and does professional facilitation. Dan previously served as the founding dean for the School of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine at New York Chiropractic College, chair of the Accreditation Commission for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine, president of New England School of Acupuncture, and chief of the Acupuncture Unit for the Massachusetts Board of Medicine.