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The IAYT Certification Committee

Charge to the Certification Committee

Bylaws of the Certification Committee


Committee Members (2020–2021)


Kelli M. Bethel, PT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500
Kelli is a practicing physical therapist with over 25 years of experience, a certified yoga therapist, and a registered, experienced 500-hour yoga instructor. She is the owner of Tafiya Yoga and Wellness and the Director of Yoga Programming at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine.  Kelli designed and operates the Yoga for Stroke/Brain Injury Program. The program is offered at The University of Maryland - Baltimore Washington Medical Center and the Greater Baltimore Medical Center. Also, she offers therapeutic yoga classes for cancer and sees patients privately as well at University of Maryland Baltimore Washington Medical Center.  As the Director of Yoga Programming, she oversees and teaches in their yoga teacher training programs, introduction to yoga therapy in the medical students elective and integrative medicine certification at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Integrative Medicine.



Leanne Davis, C-IAYT
Leanne is the current President of Yoga Australia, the peak professional body for setting standards and advocating for Yoga teachers and Yoga Therapists in Australia. She holds a strong commitment to preserving the high standards of traditional teachings of Yoga whilst ensuring they are applicable and accessible to modern communities.

Leanne completed her first Yoga Teacher training with Sivananda Yoga and Vedanta Forest Academy in South India in 1988 and she has taught Yoga consistently from that time. Since 1996 Leanne has studied extensively in Yoga teaching, Yoga therapy and Vedic Chanting in India and Australia in the tradition Sri T. Krishnamacharya. She is the founder and Principal teacher at Viniyoga Australia. Leanne has worked in Complementary Medicine for 35 years and has a Bachelor of Health Science in Acupuncture. She is a practicing Yoga teacher, Yoga teacher trainer, Yoga Therapist and Acupuncturist residing in Brisbane, Australia.



Bev Johnson, MBA, PRYT, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, YACEP
Bev is a Yoga Therapist certified by the
International Association of Yoga Therapy (C-IAYT) and the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy (PRYT) and is registered with the Yoga Alliance as an Experienced/Advanced Yoga Instructor (E-RYT 500) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP).  Bev is a senior faculty member at the Phoenix Rising School of Yoga Therapy and serves on the Certification Committee of the IAYT helping to promote standards and credentialing for the yoga therapy field. 

Bev is owner, director and therapist at Bev Johnson Yoga Therapy in Denver, Colorado where she helps her clients find relief from suffering of stress and stress related conditions through private and small group yoga therapy.  She holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in business and has 25 years of corporate experience managing people, processes, communications, results… and stress.  Bev has successfully and happily rehabilitated from a state of chronic, debilitating life and health stress through yoga and yoga therapy and now helps others do the same.



Jeri Jorgenson, MA, MBA, C-IAYT
Jeri has been studying and teaching yoga for over 20 years, and is a graduate of Loyola Marymount University’s Yoga Therapy program. She has a Master’s degree in Yoga Studies from Loyola Marymount, which is the first graduate-level yoga studies program in North America. She has been in the fitness industry as an instructor and personal trainer for over 25 years and is also a licensed massage therapist.  Previously, Jeri worked in the corporate world for 28 years as a genetic specialist with a large genetic testing company, most recently in the regulatory, compliance, and quality departments.  Born in Canada, Jeri lived for 30 years in southern California and recently returned to Canada where she is practicing and teaching in Victoria, BC.



Stephanie Lopez, LISW-S, C-IAYT
Stephanie is the Director of Operations, Senior iRest® Trainer and retreat leader for the iRest Institute. She also serves as a research consultant studying the benefits of iRest yoga nidra meditation on such issues as PTSD, insomnia, chronic pain, and resilience. Stephanie’s offerings are informed by 25 years of immersion in the nondual teachings of yoga. Stephanie obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology at Ohio University and Master of Social Work at Loyola University -Chicago with post-graduate training as a Gestalt therapist at the Gestalt Institute of Ohio. As a psychotherapist, yoga therapist, and meditation teacher she bridges eastern wisdom with western psychology and neuroscience to support healing and transformation. Stephanie lives in San Rafael, California where she enjoys hiking in the redwoods with her husband, Francisco, and basking in sun spots with their two cats, Juniper and Luna.

Committee Support

John Kepner, MA, MBA, 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, developing standards for the training of yoga therapists, providing accreditation for programs that meet those standards, and now, certifying individuals who meet IAYT standards.


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.


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 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.

Beth Whitney-Teeple, PhD, C-IAYT, Certification Management Staff

Beth holds a PhD in Health Policy and Bioethics and an MHSA in Health Services and Medical Informatics from the George Washington University in Washington DC. She served 26 years in the USAF and USAFR and has operated an independent consulting firm specializing in information systems and policy development since 1996. She is a graduate of the American Viniyoga Institute's Teacher and Therapist training programs and shares yoga in small classes and private settings. Before much of this she spent years working in wild animal medicine raising lions, tigers, and bears, oh my! She is a talented communicator, facilitating successful exchanges across disciplines with positive outcomes. Beth lives in Steilacoom, WA, with her husband, Bob Whitney, and their dog, LuTwo.



Nancy Sinton, MBA, C-IAYT, E-RYT 500, Certification Manager

Nancy, founder of Breathlink Yoga Therapy, is a yoga therapist and yoga educator. She is internationally trained through The Minded Institute in London, England and the Yogamatrix Studio in Orlando, Florida.  In addition to managing her own yoga therapy business she is a member of an Integrative Medicine Research Team at the UF Health Cancer Center, a hospital in Orlando (formerly MD Anderson Cancer Center), assessing yoga therapy for cancer patients who are experiencing clinical anxiety and depression.  Nancy’s education includes an MBA from Babson College in Wellesley, MA and a BS in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA.  Her earlier work experience includes VP of Managed Healthcare Customer Service with the Travelers Insurance Company and Industrial Engineer with the Westinghouse Electric Company.  Nancy has two grown sons and lives near Sarasota, FL with her husband Bill.



Marilyn Peppers-Citizen, PhD, NBC-HWC, C-IAYT, Membership Manager

Marilyn is a certified yoga therapist, holistic health and wellness coach, aromatherapist and the founder of Dimensions of Wellness.  She holds a PhD in public policy, specializing in interdisciplinary policy and Master’s degrees in business and national resource strategy. She served 26 years active duty in the Air Force and is experienced in strategic planning, international and interagency collaboration, logistics planning and integration, and program management. She was introduced to yoga in 1997.  Marilyn provides private and small group yoga therapy, group and private yoga and meditation classes, and teaches yoga to veterans and their families.  Marilyn lives in northern Virginia with her husband, Jesse Citizen.


Kelly Froio, C-IAYT, Certification Staff
Kelly stumbled into yoga asana and philosophy through a college course at Indiana University, and continued her study at home and in yoga centers throughout her career as a hair stylist in downtown Boston. She has completed yoga programs through Back Bay Yoga (which has since become YogaWorks) and Triyoga Boston, among others.  In 2014, she left the salon to focus on raising a family while continuing to teach and study yoga and philosophy.

Kelly is pleased to help shape the future of yoga therapy in any way she can as a member of the Certification Staff. In addition, Kelly serves as Parent Education Chair at Narrows Cooperative Preschool, and enjoys volunteering in the classroom. She finds joy in music, cooking, travel, and hiking. Kelly lives in the beautiful Pacific Northwest with her husband and two sons.