Board of Directors

Our board of directors meets regularly to assess how we are executing our vision, as well as to plan for the future of The Art of Yoga Project. We are grateful for their service.

Rebecca Horsley Bara
Co-Chair

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.

Amy Santullo
Co-Chair

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.

Dede Barsotti
Treasurer

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.

Jennifer Friedman
Secretary

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.

Angela McConnell

With more than 20 years of senior leadership experience at a diverse group of Silicon Valley nonprofit organizations, Angela McConnell was named Executive Director of the Montalvo Arts Center in May 2009. In this role, she has forged mutually beneficial local collaborations in the visual and performing arts, doubled the audience and earned income, expanded education programs, stabilized the institution’s budget, and built one of the strongest nonprofit boards in Silicon Valley.  Prior to arriving at Montalvo, McConnell served the Executive Director of the Community School of Music and Arts, McConnell spearheaded a $12.4 million capital campaign, which led to the construction of CSMA’s first permanent facility and established it as one of the 10 largest community schools of its kind in the nation. Before this, she was the Chief Development Officer at the San Jose Museum of Art, where she managed a $3.5 million annual giving program and established the museum’s first endowment.  McConnell was recognized as the 2005 Fundraiser of the Year by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, the 2006 Athena Business Woman of the Year from the Mountain View Chamber of Commerce, and as one of the Valley’s 100 Women of Influence for 2012 by the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal. She holds a B.A. in Music from Manhattanville College and an M.A. in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco.

Traci Mason

Traci is an attorney, specializing in criminal defense law.  She started practicing yoga two years ago as a way to de-stress and gain positive energy.  She found yoga to be transcendent.  As a criminal defense attorney, she witnessed the struggles and challenges faced by many of her clients and the limited programming offered by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation to incarcerated individuals.  When she was introduced to the Art of Yoga program and its incredible curriculum, she immediately appreciated the importance of the organization and the positive impact it was having on female juveniles.  Traci has a J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of California at Santa Barbara.  She is a certified rape crisis counselor and has been active in organizations benefiting underprivileged women.

Nicole Keshishian Modic

Nicole is an attorney, specializing in employment law.  She began practicing yoga many years ago as a complement to her other athletic endeavors. However, the more she practiced yoga, the more yoga healed her from the inside out; yoga was the main vehicle that helped Nicole overcome an eating disorder that plagued her for most of her adolescent and teenage years. Most recently, she began a deeper study of yoga (through asana, philosophy, meditation, and pranayama) under the guidance of her teacher, Stephanie Snyder, and Nicole became inspired to share her story with others and the healing benefits of yoga. When Nicole discovered The Art of Yoga Project (AYP), she was immediately drawn to its goal of ending the cycles of violence and victimization that girls in the juvenile system face, and strongly believes that one of the keys to self-empowerment and healing of these girls is through the gift of yoga. Nicole joined the AYP Board of Directors in 2013. Nicole earned her J.D. from UCLA School of Law and a B.A. from New York University, magna cum laude. She recently completed advanced yoga teacher training under Stephanie Snyder and is currently apprenticing under her guidance at Urban Flow Yoga in San Francisco.

Michele Kirsch

Bio coming soon!

 

The Art of Yoga Project

The Art of Yoga Project is designed to help at-risk girls by focusing on early intervention and preparing girls for a positive future. We are leaders in revolutionizing the rehabilitation of girls by offering trauma-informed, strength-based, gender-responsive services.

Our mission is to lead teenage girls in the California juvenile justice system toward accountability to self, others and community by providing practical tools to affect behavioral change.