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.

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.

 

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.