A spirited group of women…
Elizabeth Mayotte, president
Elizabeth chairs the Executive Committee. An experienced Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT500, she has taught yoga in academic settings such as Howard Community College and in K-12 schools in the region. Betsy is committed to under-served populations and teaches yoga to young people with autism, sponsored by the Howard County Autism Society. After 25 years as a senior administrator in higher education, she retired from The Johns Hopkins University School of Education as associate dean in 2014. She continues to manage targeted projects for the university, including international recruitment for graduate education programs and operational support for the Henderson Hopkins School in east Baltimore. Betsy has served as a director 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 leadership, administrative, and financial experience to the board of Retreat Center of Maryland.
Elizabeth Manne, vice president
Elizabeth is a member of the Executive Committee and of the Budget and Finance Committee. A Yoga Alliance Registered Yoga Teacher, RYT500, she has been teaching yoga for four of the 10 years she has been studying yoga. With a bachelor’s degree in liberal arts from Vermont College of Norwich University, Elizabeth continues her work as executive director of a non-profit postgraduate educational organization and is a consultant to the organization's board. As vice-president of Retreat Center of Maryland, Elizabeth contributes her expertise in communications, non-profit organization and board management.
Christine McCloskey, secretary
Christine is a member of the Executive Committee, the Program Committee, and the Business Development Committee. She 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 The Johns Hopkins University, she did 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. Chris 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.
Kelly Fisher, treasurer
Kelly serves on the Executive, Board Development, and Program committees. She is an International Association of Yoga Therapists Certified Yoga Therapist, C-IAYT; Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT500; and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider, YACEP. She is an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist, AYS, trained by the Himalayan Institute. Kelly has been studying yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda for 25 years; and she has been teaching alignment-based hatha yoga with emphasis on stress and anxiety reduction for 15 years. 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. Kelly graduated from Virginia Tech with a BA in Communication Studies and worked at National Public Radio. She has seven 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.
Kathy Donnelly, immediate past president
Kathy is a member of the Executive Committee and chairs the Program Committee. She is a Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher, E-RYT500, with over 20 years of practice, study and training in yoga and meditation. Kathy 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, Kathy 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. Kathy’s previous experience includes nine years of leading spiritual retreats. Enthusiastic and visionary, she enjoys building community.
Linda Botek, director
Linda has been a dedicated yoga student since 2004 and completed yoga teacher training at the Yoga Center of Columbia. Linda is admitted to practice law in Maryland, has worked previously in private practice, and is now Managing Counsel for The Travelers Companies, Inc. She is a lifelong volunteer committed to improving the lives of others. Linda served on the board of Maryland Volunteer Lawyers, an organization providing legal representation for under-served populations, for many years. She is a Navy veteran and is a volunteer mentor for service members transitioning to civilian employment. As a member of the board of Retreat Center of Maryland, she brings risk management, insurance and legal knowledge as well as her prior non-profit experience.
Mimi Cuddy-Mierzwa, director
Mimi is a life-long yoga student with a passion for learning and volunteerism. Mimi has an extensive 35+ year career in finance and as an executive overseeing the administration and operations functions in a variety of for-profit corporate and non-profit organizations. Over the course of the last 25 years, Mimi has served as a member on six boards of directors/governors and was recently nominated for participation in the 2019 Leadership Howard County program. She has traveled with Global Village International (the international arm of Habitat for Humanity) in support of building affordable housing in critically under-served populations. She enthusiastically shares her commitment to excellence in leadership as well as her operational and finance expertise with the board of Retreat Center of Maryland.
Wynne Hayes, director
Wynne serves on the Resource Development committee, focusing on establishing partnerships and strategic direction. She started yoga when she was 53 and values its physical and mindful benefits. After four years’ work-related travel as an executive director at Quest Diagnostics, Wynne returned to Howard County to serve as the Chief Information Officer of Howard County Government and looks forward to reengaging with the community. Prior to joining Quest Diagnostics, she served in a number of leadership roles during a 24-year career with Constellation Energy Group. In addition to volunteering, Wynne has served on a number of boards, including Leadership Howard County and Glenelg Country School. She contributes organizational, strategic planning, and technology expertise to the board.
Nancy Kochuk, director
Nancy is the editor of Moving Forward Together, Retreat Center of Maryland’s newsletter, and serves on the Program Committee. She is registered with the Yoga Alliance at the 500-hour level. She is also a certified Relax and Renew® teacher (restorative yoga), and she completed the Yoga for Seniors professional training at Duke Integrative Medicine. In addition to teaching breath-focused yoga classes in various locations in Howard County, Nancy serves as the volunteer coordinator for the Prison Yoga Project of Maryland, working with justice system administrators to bring yoga into area correctional facilities and also teaching trauma-sensitive yoga classes for men and for women. Nancy enjoyed a lengthy career in communications for public education and health care organizations and is now a freelance writer and editor. 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
Lucy former director of the Business Development Committee. She is an International Association of Yoga Therapists Certified Yoga Therapist (C-IAYT), Yoga Alliance Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT500), Registered Pregnancy Yoga Teacher (RPYT) and Yoga Alliance Continuing Education Provider (YACEP). She has been practicing yoga for 20 years and teaching yoga for 19 years. In her prior career, she was a Certified Government Financial Manager and federal financial policy analyst. Lucy has a BS in Organizational Development and a master’s degree in Public Financial Management. She focuses on teaching therapeutically oriented alignment-based yoga as well as trauma-sensitive yoga and meditation. Lucy is a Certified Warriors at Ease teacher (C-WAE) and WAE Regional Program Coordinator, Certified iRest® Yoga Nidra Meditation teacher (C-iRest®), Cancer Exercise Specialist (CES), and Yoga for Amputees Y4A Master Trainer. She contributes organizational and financial expertise along with creativity in program planning and marketing to the board.
Linda Lovell, director
Linda is an enthusiastic, albeit novice yoga practitioner and the current director of the Business Development Committee. With a BA in English and a Master of Liberal Arts degree, she began as a high school teacher before switching to being a stay-at-home mom and children’s book writer/editor. Eventually, she returned to work as communications coordinator for a large group of churches in Delaware and Maryland, where she developed skills in the areas of web design and development, social media, marketing and public relations. It wasn’t until retirement, however, that Linda became a convert to yoga and meditation. After being sedentary most of her life, she is now an ardent proponent of the benefits of both practices for people of all ages and ability levels. She is especially interested in the Board’s commitment to under-served populations. Her contributions to the board include working on marketing, publications, the Internet and social media.