Accreditation Committee
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Committee Members (2018-2019)

Molly McManus, 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 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 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 path toward certification as an Ayurvedic Health Counselor, service on the Accreditation Board for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and engagement with national teaching and speaking engagements promoting the efficacy 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.

Hansa Knox, LMT, ERYT, Accreditation Committee Secretary

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.

Robin Gueth, C-IAYT

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.

Kathleen Pringle, C-IAYT, Senior Iyengar Teacher

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.

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

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

Danielle Atkinson, BA (Hons), RYT 500, BEd - Accreditation Support


Lisa Cavallaro C-IAYT,  Accreditation Support


Marilyn Barlow, Administrative Support