Richard rosen, ydf president

-Contributing editor: Yoga Journal magazine 

-Board member: California Yoga Teachers Association, 1990 to present 

-Author: The Yoga of Breath (Shambhala, 2002), Pranayama: Beyond the Fundamentals (Shambhala, 2006), Yoga for 50+ (Ulysses, 2004), Original Yoga (Shambhala, 2012), Yoga FAQ (Shambhala, 2017)

-Yoga practitioner since 1980, teacher since 1987


john abbott, YDF Vice President

-Long-term yoga practitioner 

-Former CEO of Yoga Journal

-20-year career as a senior investment banker at Citicorp Investment Bank 

-Served as chief executive officer of Citicorp's Real Estate Investment Banking division in Paris, France, and as the head of Citicorp's banking operations in Uruguay and New Zealand, and held positions in New York, London, and San Juan, Puerto Rico 

-Graduate of Columbia University and holds graduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley, and Stanford University School of Business Administration

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Edward Baskauskas, YDF Treasurer

-Freelance Legal Writer

-Yoga Teacher (Yoga Alliance RYT 500)

-Member, State Bar of California

-Adjunct Professor of Law, Golden Gate University, San Francisco

-AB, Harvard University 1972; JD, Golden Gate University 1976


Joann Lyons

-Yoga Practitioner since the early 70's

-Legal Secretary prior to being a yoga teacher 

-Yoga Teacher since 1991 

-Bookkeeper for California Yoga Teachers Association and Yoga Dana Foundation since 2008

-Focus is on teaching yoga to people with disabilities since 1996 and Training teachers to work with this population


Karie Brown

-Current position: VP of Grants, Comic Relief USA.

-Previous: Principal, KB Consulting, organizational development consultant for nonprofits and foundations.

-BA in Economics, Stanford; MA in Regional Planning, Massachusetts institute of Technology. 

-Other current board memberships: Hidden Leaf Foundation and Reynolds & Brown Corporation.

-Yoga practitioner and (sometimes) teacher.

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Marty [Martha] Fleetwood

-Executive Director, HomeBase/The Center for Common Concerns

-Civil Rights Attorney focused on ending homelessness

-JD, Harvard Law School; BA University of CA Irvine

-Developed yoga program for homeless populations in temporary housing

-Long-term yoga practitioner; Once and future Yoga teacher 

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Susan Wong

-Physician and yoga student, practitioner and teacher

-Volunteer with multiple organizations providing free, reconstructive surgeries

-Former US Navy Medical Officer

-BS, Yale University 1993; MD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1997


Judith Hanson Lasater, Ph.d., PT, YDF President Emerita

-Yoga teacher around the world and in almost all 50 states of the US since 1971

-One of the founders of Yoga Journal magazine 

-President of the California Yoga Teachers Association

-Serves on the advisory boards of Yoga Journal and the Yoga Research and Education Center.  

-Holds a doctorate in East-West psychology and is a physical therapist. 

-Author of six books:  A Year of Living Your Yoga, Yoga Abs, Yoga for Pregnancy, 30 Essential Yoga Poses, Living Your Yoga and Relax and Renew

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anna proctor, executive director

-Yoga Dana Foundation's first Executive Director, beginning in 2008

-10 years as a yoga teacher in the Bay Area

-Brings yoga into the classroom for school teachers at the end of their workday