The Advisory Board is a group of experts in their field who are passionate about what we do and support us by providing mission-based advice and counsel to our Board of Directors. We are very grateful for their support and guidance.
Anna is passionate about her work with children on the autism spectrum and their families. She designs and supervises Applied Behavior Analysis programs to help kids with autism communicate and to improve their social, personal care, and academic skills. Anna is also in the process of completing a Masters in Couples and Family Therapy at Antioch University; upon completion, she will expand her services to address the frequently overshadowed needs of siblings and parents.
Liz has been active in the Tacoma yoga community for almost 10 years. She recently completed her 200 hour CYT under local teacher, Amy Petty. She has served on the YWCA’s RAGS Guild supporting Tacoma’s domestic violence shelter and was active in the Charles Wright Academy Parents Association during her children’s attendance. Liz enjoys community building, laughter, music, and looks forward to supporting SKY’s Vision to empower diverse communities toward lives of joy, peace and purpose.
Carol Kovanda MD has been a busy Obstetrician/Gynecologist in Tacoma since 1983, having had the privilege of providing women's health care here, and participating in the wonders of childbirth for over three decades. Most recently, her focus has been assisting in Robotic surgery. She finally carved out some regular time from her schedule to begin her yoga practice when she saw that SKY was opening on Sixth Avenue five years ago, met Vania and Pamela, and has been a believer in the mission of SKY ever since.
Heather Westfall Kawamoto
Heather has fallen in love with Samdhana-Karana Yoga and yoga/qi gong! Although new to yoga, Heather has had profound nourishing and healing experiences at SKY. Heather works at the Puget Sound Educational Service District advocating anti-racism, anti-oppression, and equity in education. She is a proud board member of the Rainbow Center, an LGBTQ Community Center for the South Sound. SKY’s mission, and belief that “No Body is too old, young, big, small, poor, privileged, immobile, well, or unwell to benefit from this healing practice” aligns beautifully with Heather’s advocacy to increase access and opportunity through anti-oppressive experiences. Heather and her wonderful wife, Kay Westfall Kawamoto, have lived together in Tacoma for 18 years and love T-Town!
Kay Westfall Kawamoto
Kay is a relative newbie to Samdhana-Karana Yoga and loves it! She was introduced to the practice--and to SKY--by her son, Jack, and is so thankful for that! She and her wife Heather (also an Advisory Board member) love being a part of an organization and community that is inclusive in its mission and values. Kay is personally and professionally committed to dismantling racism and other forms of oppression. Kay is the Associate Superintendent of Early Learning at Puget Sound Educational Service District, where she leads the implementation of comprehensive, 2-generational early learning programs to over 5000 children and families across the Puget Sound region. Kay has lived in Tacoma for 26 years. She lives with her amazing wife and partner of 18 years, Heather, and their daughter Kayleigh.
Before her journey down the path of Yoga and Meditation, Sarah served 12 years in the Washington Air National Guard and spent several years working in the non-profit sector with students with disabilities. Suffering from postpartum depression, anxiety, and symptoms of PTSD, She stumbled her way to iRest Mindfulness Meditation and Yoga while seeking a more holistic approach to managing her ailments. iRest made such a significant improvement in Sarah’s life that she HAD to share this passion with others. iRest provides a path to help those who are suffering find the peace and well-being they deserve. She looks forward to sharing the gift of iRest with the diverse citizens of the Puget Sound and beyond who seek, comfort, clarity, resiliency, well-being, and peace.
Jenn is a Tacoma native who recently stumbled upon Samdhana-Karana Yoga while walking to a friend’s shop located next door. Once joining SKY in March of this year (2016), she immediately found refuge in its mission, teachers, and community members. Jenn is a User Experience (UX) consultant who specializes in researching and designing consumer-focused mental health and wellness technologies and services for both the public and private sectors. Her work fuels her passion for increasing mental health resources through outreach, education and advocacy. If she is not taking long walks around Tacoma to work out a design problem stuck in her head, you can find Jenn and her wife, Mia, hanging out at local eateries, farmers’ markets and coffeehouses. Jenn is fiercely loyal to her hometown and believes SKY is an integral part of growth and healing for this community.