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, and teaching and speaking internationally to educate on yoga therapy's efficacy. 

 

 

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

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 B.K.S. 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 4 of those. She is currently helping the Iyengar Association of Mexico to develop their certification program. Keenly interested in research, Kathleen has authored several journal articles 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
Accreditation Committee Secretary

Robin owns the Stress Management Center of Marin in California. Her principal certifications are from the American Yoga College (International Yoga College) with Rama Jyoti Vernon. She was also an AYC board member. 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.



J.J. Gormley, MS, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

J.J. is the Executive Director of Surya Chandra Healing Yoga School, which runs yoga and yoga therapy training programs. J.J. 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 BS in Mathematics and taught high school math for several years in Fairfax County, Virginia. She also holds a Master's Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine with a Graduate Certificate in Nutrition, qualifications that serve her well 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, 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 personalized yoga therapy and to educate yoga therapists. Lisa is a long-term 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 personalized 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 for 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 on establishment of the therapeutic relationship. 


Jaime Stover Schmitt, EdD, CMA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500

Jaime is the creator of Spanda Yoga Movement Therapy, a multidimensional educational and therapeutic method 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 an IAYT-accredited professional yoga therapist training program that strives to foster each individual’s inner guidance while providing a vast repertoire of therapeutic measures. After studying throughout her childhood with a student of Krishnamurti, Dr. Schmitt continued yoga study in the United States and 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 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, MEd, CRC, CCM, C-IAYT, E-RYT 200

Emily is Director of Yoga Yoga School of Yoga Therapy and Wellness Programs. As a graduate of Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy, she has extensive training in advanced yoga therapeutics, teaching, meditation, and pranayama. In addition, 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. She has 23 years of experience 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 changes. Before coming to Yoga Yoga, Emily was a wellness specialist for United Healthcare, stationed at General Dynamics.  She holds an MEd in Rehabilitation Counseling and is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor and Certified Case Manager. Additional certifications include Plant Based Nutrition through Cornell, certification as a Main Street Vegan Lifestyle Coach, Certified Wellness Program Coordinator, Certified Y12SR, Love Your Brain, and iRest levels I and II.

 

Committee Support and Staff

 

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

 

Susan Steiger Tebb, PhD, LSW, C-IAYT, RYT 500
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 50 years, she has worked with diverse family configurations, and lately her research, knowledge, and training has led her to bringing yoga into the healing process. She has offered a number of presentations and workshops on incorporating yoga into health/mental healthcare and brings yoga into her research with older adults with dementia, those with breast cancer, and adults and children dealing with trauma and stress.

 

 

 



Annette Watson, RN-BC, MBA, CCM, CYN, RYT 500
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, D.C. 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 in 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 IAYT as the amalgamation of her experience and education and feels fortunate to be able to make a contribution with meaning and value as the capstone of her career. Annette is based near Concord, N.H., but frequently travels 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, 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 more than 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 IAYT's Accreditation Committee and looks forward to continuing to support the growth of yoga therapy in Canada.


Lisa Cavallaro, PsyD, C-IAYT
Accreditation Support

Dr. Lisa Cavallaro is a licensed psychologist and holds a doctorate 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, Lisa has taught masters- and doctoral-level graduate courses in psychology and facilitated many educational and support groups.

Lisa is trained in Prime of Life Yoga as well as the Yoga Therapy Rx training program at Loyola Marymount University. A native of New Jersey, she 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 IAYT, she currently works for clients in the veterinary, chiropractic, real estate, building, and mortgage businesses. By managing their time-consuming, business-critical tasks, Marilyn allows owners and workers to focus on the big picture.  

A Jersey girl at heart, Marilyn resides in the Hudson Valley of New York, where she hikes, practices yoga, misses the beach, and tries to maintain her sanity raising two teenagers.