Accreditation Committee
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Committee Members (2018-2019)

Molly McManus, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, PYT, CSE, AYS,
Accreditation Committee Chair

Molly is co-owner of Yoga North International SomaYoga Institute. She enjoys her work teaching specialized group therapeutic classes and trainings, individual yoga therapy and Ayurveda sessions, as well as being core faculty for the Institute’s teacher training and yoga therapy certification programs. Molly is sought out for her special areas of interest in chronic pain and the diseases of stress in programs she has designed such as SomaYoga & Somatics Intensives, SomaYoga for Chronic Pain, Making a Change for Good – 30 Days to Compassionate Self Discipline, The Chemistry of Joy, and Yoga for Stress, Anxiety and Depression. Molly participates in continuous training and active engagement in her field. Her current journey includes a product line with Nourish Ayurveda, developing a not for profit yoga therapy arm of the International SomaYoga Institute, service on the Accreditation Board for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and engagement with international teaching and speaking promoting the efficacy of yoga therapy. 


Kathleen Pringle, C-IAYT, Senior Iyengar Teacher, Vice Chair - Accreditation Committee

Kathleen is the Director of Stillwater Yoga studio. She has been a student of Iyengar yoga since 1979 and since 1990 has studied annually with the Iyengars in Pune India. She was invited by Sri BKS Iyengar in 1992 to assist in his Medical Classes, and she continues to participate in these classes, learning how to work with many serious conditions. He later selected her to be an assessor of teachers. She served on the National board IYNAUS for 10 years, chairing the certification program for four of those. She is currently workingwith the Iyengar Association of Mexico, helping them develop their certification program. She is very interested in research and has authored several articles in national and international journals on subjects such as yoga for children with asthma, treatment options for chronic musculoskeletal pain, post-therapeutic neuralgia, post-polio syndrome and bronchitis.(She developed an ongoing teacher training program for the Casey Health Institute where she continues to teach with other senior teachers.

Robin Gueth, C-IAYT, Secretary - Accreditation Committee

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.

JJ Gormley, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

JJ is the Executive Director of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School, which runs yoga and yoga therapy training programs. JJ acts as the main curriculum designer and participates at each training location as the main faculty and co-leader of the program. She holds a B.S. in Mathematics and taught high school math for several years in Fairfax County, VA. She also holds a Master's in Complementary and Alternative Medicine with a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition, which serve her well in her teachings in the yoga programs as well as in her private practice as a Holistic Nutritionist and Yoga Therapist. She has been and continues to be a student of yoga (since 1979), teaching since 1989, and running teacher training programs since 1994.

Lisa Kaley-Isley, PhD, C-IAYT, E-RYT-500

Lisa Kaley-Isley is a clinical psychologist, yoga teacher, IAYT certified yoga therapist, and yoga educator. Lisa draws deeply on the wisdom and practices of both yoga and psychology, integrating her experience in the two disciplines to provide personalised yoga therapy and to educate yoga therapists.  Lisa is a long-term yoga student of Yogarupa Rod Stryker of Para Yoga, and Pandit Rajmani Tigunait of the Himalayan Institute.  She studied yoga therapy with Gary Kraftsow of the American Viniyoga Institute.  These traditions all influence her personal practice, teaching, and therapy.  Lisa is initiated into the Sri Vidya tradition and is empowered to impart personalised practices to individuals who want to use yoga to promote their own growth, healing, and personal transformation.  Lisa currently serves as a board member, tutor, supervisor, and mentor on the London based Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Diploma course.  She is the Director of the Yogacampus Yoga Therapy Clinic, a student-training clinic providing affordable access to yoga therapy in London.  Lisa provides specialist training to yoga teachers and yoga therapists on adapting yoga to foster mental health and establishment of a therapeutic relationship. 

Jaime Stover Schmitt, Ed.D., C.M.A., C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Jaime is the creator of Spanda® Yoga Movement Therapy, a multi-dimensional educational and therapeutic method. This method is rooted in authentic yoga, informed by scientific research, and grounded in direct experience of yoga’s empathic practice. The school of SYMT offers yoga therapy and classes, yoga teacher trainings at the 200 and 500-hour levels, and a unique 800-hr IAYT accredited professional yoga therapist training that strives to foster each individual’s inner guidance while providing a vast repertoire of therapeutics measures. After studying throughout her childhood with a student of Krishnamurti, Dr. Schmitt continued yoga study in the U.S. and in India with H.H. Sri Swami Rama, Sri Swami Veda, and as a Himalayan Institute resident under Pandit Rajmani Tigunait, all of Shankaracharya’s 1,200-year-old Bharati order. She is also a student of H.H. Sri Swami Chandrasekaranand Sarasvati of the Traditional Kundalini Vidya lineage. Jaime has served on the board and standards committee of the Yoga Alliance and is the editor-in-chief of The Journal of Authentic Movement and Somatic Inquiry. Her book, Every Woman’s Yoga, has been translated into nine languages.


Emily Smith

Emily is Director of Yoga Yoga School of Yoga Therapy and Wellness Programs. She currently serves on the Accreditation Committee for IAYT.  As a Certified Yoga Therapist and graduate of Phoenix Rising Yoga, she has extensive training in advanced yoga therapeutic, teacher, meditation and pranayama.  In addition to holding certification in PRYT, Emily has studied yoga therapy under Doug Keller since 2006.  Other influential teachers in her life are Rod Stryker, Tias Little and Sandra Summerfield Kozak.  Emily is a former studio owner, long time teacher and yoga practitioner for more than 20 years.  As a working professional, she has 23 years experience working as a counselor and medical case manager for individuals who have been injured, disabled or who have chronic disease.  This work includes experience as a wellness specialist focusing on the management of chronic disease and addiction through mind body practices, as well as lifestyle change. Before coming to YogaYoga, Emily was a wellness specialist for United Healthcare, stationed at General Dynamics.  She holds an M.Ed. in Rehabilitation Counseling, is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor & Certified Case Manager. Additional certifications include: Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell, certification as a Main Street Vegan Lifestyle Coach, is a Certified Wellness Program Coordinator; and Certified Y12SR, Love Your Brain and iRest levels I & II.


Committee Support and Staff


John Kepner, MA, MBA, CYTh, C-IAYT - 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.


Susan Steiger Tebb, PhD, LSW, C-IAYT, RYT, Board Liaison

Dr. Tebb, Professor Emerita, 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.



Hansa Knox, LMT, ERYT, Standards Committee Volunteer

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, a past president of Yoga Alliance and Yoga Teachers Of Colorado. She has served on the Board of Kripalu Center, International Yoga College in addition to her service as a long term volunteer with International Association of Yoga Therapy.


Annette Watson RN-BC CCM CYN RYT 500 BS MBA - Accreditation Manager

Before joining IAYT, Annette Watson had a distinguished career in accreditation and quality improvement, working in senior positions for two major accrediting bodies based in Washington, DC.  She went on to establish a successful consulting company that assists clients to improve quality of care and services using accreditation and certification combined with yogic principles as tools for transformation.  Annette has also spent many years of volunteer Board and committee service, including for the Commission for Case Manager Certification, helping to establish the Certified Case Manager (CCM) credential as the gold standard for professional case managers in health and human services in the United States.

Annette is a Registered Nurse, Certified Case Manager, and Certified Yoga Nurse. She is also a Reiki Master Teacher and a Registered Yoga Teacher. In addition to her nursing degree, she has a BS in Psychology and Sociology and an MBA with a concentration in Leadership.

She sees her work with the IAYT as the amalgamation of her experience and education, fortunate to be able to make a contribution with meaning and value as the capstone of her career. 

Annette is based near Concord, NH, frequently travelling nationally and internationally for business and pleasure.

Danielle Atkinson, C-IAYT, RYT 500 - Accreditation Support
Danielle is the Education Director of the Yoga Qigong Academy  and currently lives in Toronto, ON, Canada. As a dual citizen of Canada and Australia, she is an international educator with curriculum writing experience in both 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 works mostly with “opportunity youth” in risky situations, integrating yoga therapy into education, rehabilitation, resilience training and healing. She is committed to lifelong learning and developing programs for youth based on her continued yoga therapy and education studies.

With over 20 years of yoga philosophy education and teaching experience, Danielle maintains a commitment to personal practice to support the development and design of engaging, experiential and innovative yoga teacher and yoga therapy curricula. She continues to serve as a teacher and mentor to yoga teachers and yoga therapists. She was a former member of the Accreditation Committee and looks forward to continuing to support the growth of yoga therapy in Canada.

Lisa Cavallaro C-IAYT,  Accreditation Support

Dr. Lisa Cavallaro is a licensed psychologist and holds a doctorate degree in
clinical psychology.  She specializes in health psychology and behavioral medicine.  She is the former program director of the CHANGE Program at Torrance Memorial Medical Center; a comprehensive wellness program incorporating behavior change, exercise, nutrition and lifestyle management. In addition to her 25 years of private practice, she has taught masters and doctoral graduate courses in psychology, and facilitated many educational and support groups.

Lisa is a Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT) through the International Association of Yoga Therapists with additional credentials in Prime of Life® yoga as well as the Yoga Therapy Rx training program at Loyola Marymount University. 

A native of New Jersey, Dr. Cavallaro lived in Southern California for 26 years before recently relocating to western Massachusetts. 


Marilyn Barlow, Administrative Support

After years in national and then local Advertising Sales, Marilyn left to pursue her own business at home as a Consultant for Small Business Operations.  In addition to the IAYT, she currently works for clients in the Veterinary, Chiropractic, Real Estate, Building and Mortgage businesses.  By managing their time-consuming, business critical tasks, owners and workers can focus on the big picture.  

A Jersey girl at heart, Marilyn resides in the Hudson Valley of New York hiking, practicing yoga, missing the beach, and trying to maintain her sanity raising two teenagers.