Kathy Donnelly, president, director, and member of the Executive Committee, is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT500 with over 20 years of practice, study and training in yoga and meditation. Ms. Donnelly has been owner/director of the Yoga Center of Columbia since 2005, and director of teacher training programs there for 11 years. Additionally, her studio leads numerous community outreach and support efforts, such as ongoing donations from water sales, community yoga classes, and food bank donations, donations of studio space for ongoing autism classes, community mindfulness groups, and an annual fundraiser to support victims of domestic abuse. Further, Ms. Donnelly donated the studio's yoga teacher training curriculum to the local women's correctional institute, donated props for resiliency yoga at a local military base, and co-sponsored the Smithsonian Institution's initial Yoga and Medicine program. Ms. Donnelly's previous experience includes nine years of leading spiritual retreats. Enthusiastic and visionary, she enjoys building community.
Elizabeth Manne, vice president, director, member of the Executive Committee and the Budget and Finance Committee, is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT200, and is deepening her yoga practice in the Yoga Center’s RYT300 program. She has studied yoga since 2008. With a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Vermont College of Norwich University, Ms. Manne has worked as executive director of the non-profit postgraduate educational organization, Baltimore Washington Center for Psychotherapy and Psychoanalysis, Inc., since 1991, and is a consultant to the Center’s board. As vice-president of Retreat Center of Maryland, she spends approximately six hours per month working on the development of the retreat center, contributing her expertise in communications, non-profit organization and board management.
Christine McCloskey, secretary, director and member of the Executive Committee, Program Committee, and Business Development Committee, is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT500. The Government Practice Director at Dale Carnegie Training, she is also a yoga teacher at the Yoga Center of Columbia. A graduate of Ohio State University with graduate studies at Johns Hopkins University, her training includes undergraduate work in Industrial Design and Visual Communications, with graduate work in Organizational Development. Having practiced yoga since 2008, she is a graduate of the Yoga Center of Columbia teacher training programs and has been teaching yoga since 2012. Ms. McCloskey also is a graduate of the Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) program and shares with students methods for reducing stress, enhancing well-being, and bringing peace into their daily lives.
Elizabeth Mayotte, treasurer, director, member of the Executive Committee, and chair of the Budget and Finance Committee, is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT500, as well as a certified fitness trainer. In addition to teaching yoga in studios and gyms in the region, Ms. Mayotte is committed to under-served populations, teaching yoga to young people with autism and also to teachers and students in challenged urban school settings. She was elected to Phi Beta Kappa as an undergraduate and completed the MS in Administration at the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School. After 25 years as a senior administrator in higher education, she retired from the JHU School of Education as associate dean in 2013. Ms. Mayotte has worked on corporate and non-profit boards, including the Howard County Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Howard County, and the United Way of Howard County. She contributes her administrative expertise and experience with non-profits to the board of Retreat Center of Maryland.
Kelly Fisher, director, serves on the Program Committee. She is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT500, and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). Ms. Fisher graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Communication Studies, eventually locating in the Washington, D.C., area for her work at National Public Radio. She has been studying yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda for 25 years, and teaching yoga full time for 12 years. An International Association of Yoga Therapists Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT, she incorporates therapeutic aspects of meditation and Ayurveda into her workshops, retreats, group and private classes in and around the Washington, D.C., metro area, including Cheverly, Silver Spring, and Columbia, Md. She has six years of non-profit experience as treasurer for her local farmer’s market and contributes her expertise in media and communications, non-profit management, and yoga therapy to the board of Retreat Center of Maryland.
Kimberly Flyr, director, serves on the Program Committee. A Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT200, she is currently is taking the RYT 500 training. She spent her early career in the Howard County Public School System, serving as a teacher, counselor, and resource counselor. She resigned in 2016 to focus on her passions of wellness and mind/body connection. In addition to teaching yoga, Ms. Flyr currently serves as a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC). She also writes, and her reflections have been published in several local and national publications. Ms. Flyr has served on the Howard County Commission for Women and as a board member of the Howard County Women’s Giving Circle, where she ran the Response Network. She contributes her expertise as a writer as well as her work in non-profit initiatives for the benefit of Retreat Center of Maryland.
Bita Faezi-Jenkins, director, is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT 500, and is director of the Yoga Teacher Training program at the 300 level (YTT300) at the Yoga Center of Columbia. Based on her knowledge and expertise as a yoga and meditation teacher, she draws students from beyond the region for yoga retreat vacations which she plans and offers in various locations around the world and. A medical doctor, she earned a BS in Microbiology and Chemistry. She worked in the Scientific Research Labs at the University of Utah Medical Center and Veteran’s Hospital. Ms. Faezi-Jenkins is a volunteer in many non-profit organizations. Her knowledge and talent as a yoga teacher will attract others to Retreat Center of Maryland.
Nancy Kochuk, director, serves on the Program Committee and Business Development Committee. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT500 teacher, and a certified Relax and Renew® trainer; she has completed the Yoga for Seniors professional training at Duke Integrative Medicine. In addition to teaching alignment-based classes in yoga studios, a hospital wellness center, health clubs and other locations, Ms. Kochuk is the volunteer coordinator for the Prison Yoga Project of Maryland and teaches trauma-sensitive yoga in three area correctional facilities. Following a lengthy career in communications and public relations that focused primarily on public education and health care, Ms. Kochuk shifted to freelance writing and editing for nonprofits. She earned an MA in Communications Research from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a BA in Journalism from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
Lucy Lomax, director, chairs the Business Development Committee. She is an International Association of Yoga Therapists Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), a Registered Pregnancy Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and a Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching yoga for 18 years. In her prior career, she was a Certified Government Financial Manager and federal financial policy analyst. Ms. Lomax has a BS in Organizational Development and a Master’s degree in Public Financial Management. She focuses on teaching therapeutically oriented alignment-based yoga and meditation as well as trauma-sensitive yoga. Ms. Lomax is a Certified Warriors at Ease teacher (C-WAE), a Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation teacher (C-iREST), and a Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES). Currently she is co-program director of the Ft. Meade Resiliency Yoga Program. She contributes organizational and financial expertise along with creativity in program planning and marketing to the board.
Linda Stevens, director, serves on the Operations, Logistics and Sustainability Committee. She is a Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT 200. She also is a Certified Reflexologist and third-level Reiki Practitioner. Ms. Stevens serves as facilities manager at Slayton House in Columbia, Md., and as office assistant at the Yoga Center of Columbia. She worked for five years as special events coordinator at Antrim 1844 in Taneytown, Md., and assisted in the development and design of two catering facilities in Carroll County. As vice president, secretary, and treasurer of Stevens Homes, Inc., she assisted in the design and construction of 75 single-family homes from building permit through use and occupancy permit stages. Ms. Stevens processed four housing developments from land purchase, planning and zoning approval, permits, infrastructure construction and final home completion in Carroll and Garrett counties, Md. She contributes years of expertise in facilities planning as well as management and event planning/facilitation.