Board of Directors

Amy Santullo

Amy joined The Art of Yoga Project board of directors in February 2007. She is actively involved in several organizations in Silicon Valley, including SV2, a philanthropic organization focused on building and scaling social innovations.  She also advises and chairs the college scholarship committee of Downtown College Preparatory High School, a charter high school in San Jose that prepares underachieving students for college success.  Inspired by the work of the Art of Yoga Project, Amy completed the 200+ teacher training program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute in San Francisco in 2011 and now shares her practice as a teacher in several communities in the Bay Area.  Amy has a master’s degree in education policy analysis and evaluation from Stanford University, an undergraduate degree from the University of Virginia, and is the mother of two children.

Rebecca Padnos Altamirano

Rebecca is an entrepreneur, author, and activist.  She has dedicated her professional life to working within underrepresented communities to open up access to the culture of power.  As a biracial woman from a multicultural family, she is primed for building bridges between people, networks, and communities. Her professional path has given her deep hands-on experience on working with the underserved and underrepresented. Many of these experiences she has shared as a co-author of “Be The Change: Reinventing Schools for Student Success” published by Columbia’s Teachers College Press.  Most recently she has been working on Venture Development at Tangelo Technologies, the company she co-founded with her husband in 2007. Rebecca is a partner at Backstage Capital, a venture capital fund that invests in underrepresented entrepreneurs.  Rebecca also serves on several boards and task forces including Stanford Hospital and the Stanford School of Education. She has written for the Huffington Post, Thrive Global, and Ms. Magazine. Rebecca practices yoga daily and loves hiking and spending time with her 4 children and husband.

Jennifer Friedman

Jennifer is a partner in the law firm of Jorgenson, Siegel, McClure & Flegel, LLP, where she concentrates her practice in estate planning, trust, and probate law. She has served on the board of Temple Beth Jacob in Redwood City, California, and as legal counsel for a number of nonprofits, including the Center for Jewish Campus Life and the Community Working Group. Jennifer has a juris doctor from Boalt Hall School of Law and a bachelor of arts degree from Stanford University. She joined The Art of Yoga Project board of directors in February 2007.

Singmay Chou

Singmay is the Director of Kapok Tree Limited, a consulting firm in change management, strategic planning and organizational effectiveness. She is also an Adjunct Professor at the Lucas College and Graduate School of Business at San Jose State University and is an Honorary Institute Associate at The Asia-Pacific Institute of Business, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her prior business experience includes positions as Vice President of Marketing and Product for Luxottica Retail Greater China, General Manager of Marketing for Dragonair, and consultant with Towers Perrin. She earned a BS in Economics from the Wharton School, BA in East Asian Studies from University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Michele Kirsch

Michele brings extensive board and community non profit experience to AYP beginning with the formation of her family foundation in 1993. The Kirsch Foundation focuses on education, environment and science. Along with her husband Steve, they have received numerous national and local awards for their philanthropy work from being named one of Fortune Magazine’s (cover story) top 100 generous couples (2002) to receiving the National Caring Award from President Clinton in 2003. Michele has held numerous trustee and leadership roles with The Children’s Health Council, RAFT, The Tech Museum of San Jose, Cantor Art Museum, Family and Children Services, Castilleja School, Rebuilding Together and El Camino Hospital. She is an advocate and social activist with the Feminist Majority Foundation, advisor to Girls Learning International and honorary advisor and steering committee member to Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital and to the Fundraising Council of the Junior League of Palo Alto mid Peninsula where she was also awarded the prestigious President’s Cup in 2005.  Michele holds degrees from Mills College where she earned her BA and also from Santa Clara University where she earned her JD in 2001.  In her free time, she enjoys practicing yoga, playing golf, traveling and entertaining. Michele and Steve have three daughters and live in Los Altos Hills.

Kelli Tomlinson

Kelli currently serves as the Director and Co-President of the Tomlinson Family Foundation working to support programs and organizations that directly improve the health and wellbeing of families and enable them to live healthy lifestyles.  In addition, she serves as Chair for the Board of Trustees at The Girls’ Middle School; is on the board of the Berkeley Repertory Theatre; and, is a Partner at SV2.  She is a member of the Common Sense Media Bay Area Council and Peninsula Bridge Parent Advisory Board.  Kelli is an active supporter of progressive education, education equality and theatre. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science and Government from Trinity College – Hartford.

Dede Barsotti (Emeritus)

Dede is the administrative partner of Crosspoint Venture Partners, a leading venture capital firm based in Woodside, California. She has 25 years of experience in a wide range of business areas, including finance and accounting, strategic planning, and investor relations. Dede is the vice chair of finance for the board of Silicon Valley Social Ventures (SV2), a venture philanthropy initiative that provides grants and technical assistance to nonprofits. She joined The Art of Yoga Project board of directors in February 2007 and has also served as a volunteer for the Center for a College Education and the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church. Dede has a bachelor of science in business administration from the University of California, Berkeley.

Rebecca Horsley Bara (Emeritus)

Rebecca has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 10 years. Having seen yoga transform her life and the lives of so many around her, Rebecca is devoted not only to her own practice but also to teaching and sharing her knowledge with others. Rebecca has taught yoga to teen girls at the East Palo Alto Academy, a charter school in East Palo Alto, California, and was site director for The Art of Yoga Project for three years in Santa Clara. Rebecca loves teaching at-risk girls and seeing the impact yoga makes on their attitude and their lives. She is especially inspired by seeing girls from rival gangs practicing yoga together. “Yoga has a way of uniting these girls.”

Rebecca has completed Teacher Training Levels I and II with master teacher Baron Baptiste in the power vinyasa yoga style. She also completed a 200-hour Yoga Alliance teacher training at Avalon yoga studio in Palo Alto, where she studied asana, yoga theory, pranayama and meditation.

The Art of Yoga Project

The Art of Yoga Project focuses on early intervention to help marginalized and justice-involved girls prepare for a positive future. We are leaders in the treatment and rehabilitation of justice-involved girls by offering gender-responsive, trauma-informed, culturally-responsive, and strengths-based programming.

Our mission is to lead at-risk, exploited and incarcerated girls toward accountability to self, others, and community by providing practical tools to effect behavioral change. We send specially trained yoga teachers, art therapists, creative arts and writing educators into facilities to deliver our mindfulness-based curriculum.

The Art of Yoga Project is a 501(c)(3) non profit. Tax ID #20-2448697.