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  • Jeannette McDonald - Development Committee
    Jeannette McDonald - Development Committee

    Jeannette has been practicing yoga for more than 1o years. Her practice has helped her through illness and personal challenges. “Yoga provides a space for me to seek a deeper understanding of what is being placed before me and how to live with grace.” Jeannette joined the Board of Directors in January 2022 and is exploring where her skills can best be utilized. She is also currently enrolled in yoga teacher training at Prasada Yoga Studio.

  • Jill Capobianco - Development Committee
    Jill Capobianco - Development Committee

    Jill earned a bachelors degree in psychology before becoming a nurse.  She worked as a family nurse practitioner serving high risk populations in Chicago and Portsmouth, NH.  While serving as the medical director for the homeless program at Families First Health & Support Center, she looked for a better way to help treat stress-induced medical conditions.  After discovering the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction program at UMass Medical Center, she completed their certification course for providers.  She has taught stress reduction to many audiences over the past ten years, including 9 week courses at Families First, Cross Roads House shelter and in the Portsmouth public schools.  Jill was the Director of Patient Centered Medical Home at Families First until August 2018.  She is a 200 hr registered yoga teacher and level 2 Reiki practitioner.  Jill is thrilled to be a part of the Yoga in Action board, since yoga is so important for the health of our community. 

  • Jody Breneman - DEI Committee
    Jody Breneman - DEI Committee

    Jody received her M.Ed in school counseling at the University of Southern Maine and worked for York Middle and High School as a counselor through York Hospital’s Student Assistance Program. In 1999 she returned to her family business, G.Willikers! Books & Toys, and delights in being the children’s book buyer and co-owner along alongside her mother and brother. In 2021 she completed her 200 hour Illumina Yoga Teacher Training at 3 Bridges Yoga. In each of these communities, Jody has found a path and passion for facilitating personal growth, and meaningful connections. Practicing Yoga has expanded and enriched her own life in countless ways and she is honored to be now serving on the board of Yoga in Action.

  • Lisa Fredette - Treasurer, Finance Committee
    Lisa Fredette - Treasurer, Finance Committee

    Lisa completed her RYT-200 hour teacher training through Seacoast Power Yoga in Exeter, NH in 2015 and has been practicing yoga since 2003. She is the Senior Director of Treasury and Cash Operations at Kronos located in Lowell, MA managing the banking for the company’s payroll services division. Lisa lives in Hampton Falls, NH with her husband, young daughter who arrived in 2016 and son arriving in November 2018. Yoga has been an important part of Lisa’s life ever since her first class receiving the
    benefits of feeling grounded, balanced and mindful. As a full-time working mother, she has found finding the space for yoga in her life more important than ever! Lisa joined the Board of Yoga in Action in May 2018.

  • Maria Cousins - Development Committee
    Maria Cousins - Development Committee

    Maria is a wife and mother of two grown daughters, one with a developmental disability. She is a former educator, avid volunteer and a RYT200. After the birth of her youngest daughter, Maria served on the Board of Directors of the ARC of Union County, NJ, and received an Outstanding Volunteer Service Award in 2000, prior to moving to NH. Maria was a Girl Scout leader for 10 years and currently is a member of the Exeter Area General Federation of Women's Clubs where in 2004 she founded the Girls in Action to help guide high school girls to give back through community service. Maria's yoga classes are by donation, for donation, allowing local residents to practice yoga without financial constraints. Maria joined Yoga in Action in 2014, became a board member in 2015 and chairs the Scholarship and Development Committees. Maria feels extremely grateful to be able to help others access and benefit from a yoga practice.

  • Meredith Kolodze - Governance Committee

    Meredith Kolodze - Governance CommitteeMeredith Kolodze, MSW, LICSW, RYT (she/her) received her Masters in Social Work from the University of New Hampshire in 2008. She received a post-graduate certificate in Palliative and End of Life Care at Smith College in 2018 and is a Doctor of Social Work candidate at Simmons University. Meredith is a private practice clinician located in South Berwick, ME, specializing in grief and loss, cancer, chronic illness, and anxiety. Meredith has been a medical social worker for most of her career working in primary care and oncology. Meredith is a Registered Yoga Teacher and previously taught classes to individuals with cancer and their caregivers through Yoga in Action. She joined the board of Yoga in Action in August of 2021 after years of supporting Yoga in Action as both an instructor and a community member.

  • Michelle Couture - President, Program Committee
    Michelle Couture - President, Program Committee

    Michelle has been a student and teacher of yoga for nearly two decades and is the Director of Yoga and Cancer a program she founded in 2012. She currently serves as Board President and previously served as Program Director. She oversees the Yoga and Cancer program which now expands across the seacoast of NH and southern Maine and provides continuous mentoring for teachers who teach in the program. Michelle conducts presentations and speaks to support groups in a variety of settings on the benefits of yoga for cancer patients and survivors that is supported by science and research. Michelle believes that yoga is a personal path for growth and healing and that there should be no barriers for people to access yoga.

  • Michelle Plante - Finance Committee
    Michelle Plante - Finance Committee

    Michelle is the owner of Prasada Yoga Center in North Hampton, NH, a
    yoga teacher and a freelance bookkeeper. She has been a member of
    Yoga in Action’s board since 2013. She believes in the healing power of yoga
    and knows that there are huge benefits for people with stress and anxiety
    in their lives. She is happy that she can bring a practical skill like
    bookkeeping to Yoga in Action.

  • Sue Durkin
    Sue Durkin

    Sue is the Chief of Clinical Services at Lamprey Health Care, a federally qualified health center. She is a Registered Nurse with 25 years of experience in nursing and administration, focusing primarily in community health. Sue leads teams in program development, operations, quality, and risk management, and has a particular interest in developing services for vulnerable populations. She is a RYT-200 and a dedicated practitioner of yoga. She joins Yoga in Action board to work to reduce barriers so that all can access yoga, feel a sense of community, and experience its many benefits.

  • Terri Harrington - Secretary, Governance Committee
    Terri Harrington - Secretary, Governance Committee

    Terri is the Executive Director of the New Hampshire Lawyers Assistance Program, a non-profit that assists NH judges, lawyers and law students with issues of substance misuse, mental health and wellness.  She was a felony prosecutor in Rockingham County as well as the prosecutor assigned to the Drug, Mental Health and Veterans Courts. She raises four sons with her husband, Tim, in Durham, NH. She is a Bikram Yoga practitioner and has experienced first hand the physical and emotional healing power of all types of yoga. Her interest is in both aiding those addicted to opioids and to spread the benefits of yoga to the larger seacoast community drew her to serve as a Board Member for Yoga in Action.

  • Tim Gibb (he/him) - Vice President, DEI Committee
    Tim Gibb (he/him) - Vice President, DEI Committee

    Tim joined Yoga In Action in July 2020 having been introduced to the organization in his community. Having lost multiple friends to the opioid epidemic, having a parent with cancer, and a general passion to bring the benefits of yoga to as many people as possible, Yoga In Action was a natural fit. Tim is the Co-Founder and COO of TIDAL New York, a New York-based flip flop manufacturing company and direct-to-consumer brand that is in the process of B Corp certification. 

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