Yoga4Change is a 501c3 collaborative effort of the Women and Families Center and Yoga4Change Teachers.
Chaucey Perreault – Director and Lead Instructor, MS, RYT500, Therapeutic Yoga Instructor
After working as a classroom teacher for over a decade, Chaucey decided to combine her love of yoga with her love of teaching. She holds a MS in Education, is a 500- hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and has special training in trauma-sensitive techniques through the Justice Resource Center in MA. She is currently enrolled in a Certified Yoga Therapy program with the Yogalife Institute in PA. She shares her home with her 3 sons, husband, mother, and their dogs – Curtis, Bodhi and Lila.
“Being a student of yoga helps me to meet life’s challenges both on and off the mat. My mission is to share that gift – in my studio and in the community.”
David Radcliffe – Local Advisory Board Member
David’s most recent work was as Director of the Meriden Children First Initiative (CFI) for fourteen years. CFI has led numerous successful campaigns, including hard-fought efforts to add a school breakfast program to all Meriden elementary schools and to expand a full-day kindergarten program to all Meriden children. David and others also helped create the Parent Trust Fund, the first public-private partnership in the country that funds parent leadership training. In 2011, CFI’s Meriden Family Zone was one of 15 communities nationally awarded a U.S. Department of Education ‘Promise Neighborhood’ planning grant to help improve educational and life success for young people and their families. The Family Zone work is also featured as part of Meriden’s 2013 US Department of Housing and Urban Development Choice Neighborhood planning grant – just one of nine in America. Previously, David served as lead community organizer for the well-known community organizing group Hartford Areas Rally Together (HART) in Hartford, CT. There, David worked with neighborhood leaders to address issues related to property taxes, public safety, park improvements and public housing. The $50 million revitalization of the formerly notorious Charter Oak Terrace public housing project benefited from David’s leadership. David graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in economics and marketing. In 2008 he completed a Masters of Public Administration from the University of Connecticut. The proud father of three boys, David and his wife live in Meriden, CT.
Robyn Jay Bage – Local Advisory Board Member
Robyn Jay Bage is the CEO of the Women and Families Center and has over 20 years of experience in the management and administration of nonprofit organizations, with a particular interest and expertise in organizational development and quality assurance. She has offered her expertise to numerous organizations, as a consultant and a volunteer on various nonprofit boards of directors, and currently teaches management courses at Naugatuck Valley Community College.
Ms.Bage is a member of the American Society for Public Administrators and the National Business Education Association. In 2012, Robyn was recognized with a NISOD (National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development) Excellence Award.
B.A. in Behavioral Science, National University, San Diego
M.P.A., State University of New York at Albany
Robyn Jay Bage is a blogger for the American Society for Public Administration.
Marilyn Calderón – Local Advisory Board Member
Marilyn Calderón, Executive Director of CT Parent Power, is a passionate bilingual leader with strong organizational and interpersonal skills, who believes in a life-long commitment to building “Unity in Community” across our state. Ms. Calderón has an extraordinary record serving our most vulnerable children and families throughout the state with increasing organizational structures, building diverse community constituents, board members and financial competencies in areas of early childhood, school systems Cradle to College, community and statewide political arenas. Ms. Calderón has a high energy approach and passion for social justice through a mindset of earned excellence that is what continues to drive her vision in fostering the growth of a “new Connecticut” by developing parent leaders that embrace diverse solution based thinking with a “shared vision” that enhances family achievement in life long social, emotional, physical and academic success. She believes in making things happen versus waiting for things to happen with a collective approach with diverse partners to cultivate a better future for all children and families to enhance the quality of creating an equatable and transparent system of change collectively!
Lisa Kramer – Kripalu Advisory Board Member
Lisa Kramer PCC is a leadership coach, coach trainer and mentor-coach. Since transitioning to full time coaching in 2002, Lisa has successfully coached business leaders and managers from a variety of industries, and she has served as a mentor-coach and coach trainer for hundreds of coaches worldwide. Her passion for coaching emerged from a successful career in clinical social work and social work education. Lisa’s clients describe her as an intuitive listener who combines gentle directness and powerful questions that generate new insight and growth. She is currently on the faculty of the University of Texas at Dallas Master’s Program in Organizational Behavior and Executive Coaching where she teaches, supervises and assesses both internal and external coaches. She also serves as a leadership coach for MBA students at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Lisa received her master’s degree in social work from the University of Pennsylvania and her coaching certification from the Coaches Training Institute. She is a certified Kripalu yoga instructor, an avid cyclist, and she loves all
kinds of dancing.
Linda C. Platt – Kripalu Advisory Board Member
Linda is a Kripalu-trained RYT200 and an experienced executive coach. For over a decade, she has worked to provide leadership development and curriculum design services to corporations across the country, spanning a wide-range of industries. She is a dedicated student of yoga and meditation with a sincere desire to expand its benefits to those that traditionally lack access.