Meet Our Team
We have a wonderful board and group of teachers helping to make it all happen!
Founder and Executive Director, MS, RYT500, IAYT/CYT
After 10+ years as a special education teacher in a mindfulness-based program, Chaucey decided to pair her love of yoga with her love of teaching. She completed her 200-hour RYT at the Kripalu Center for Health and Wellness, her 500-hour RYT at the Yogalife Institute in PA, and recently completed an IAYT-accredited program to become a Comprehensive Yoga Therapist. Along the way, she's completed trainings in Trauma-Sensitive Yoga through the Trauma Center / Bessel vanderKolk, Yoga for 12 Step Recovery with Nikki Meyers, the evidence-based Kripalu Yoga in the Schools curriculum, and Silver Age Yoga for seniors. She is an active teacher and the founder and Executive Director of Yoga4Change. And she really loves her job:)
Director of Senior Yoga Programs, RYT200
Suzanne received her MSW in 1980 with a concentration in Gerontology . She was the first social worker at the West Haven Adult Day Center and held the positions of Planner and Assistant Director of the Southwestern CT Agency on Aging. Suzanne worked for 28 years as a high school social worker. Suzanne received her yoga teacher training (YTT) at the Breathing Room in New Haven and completed the evidence-based Silver Age Yoga training in 2018. She is thrilled to be working with Yoga4Change, especially with senior citizens, where she first began her social work after college. She is passionate about building strength and mobility training into her teaching and promoting healthy longevity for everyone.
Board Member, MPA
David is an experienced non-profit administrator, with nearly three decades of experience ranging from community organizing to philanthropic development, with a special gift for leadership development. As the CT Director of the Federal Reserve’s Working Cities Program, David works with CT partners from both the public and private sectors to facilitate positive change for CT’s most challenged cities. Through his work at Director of the Meriden Children First Initiative (CFI) he 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 prompted and promoted creations of the Parent Trust Fund, the first public-private partnership in the country that funds parent leadership training. In 2011, he spearheaded CFI’s successful creation of the Meriden Family Zone. This initiative 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. 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. He has a love of all programs designed to empower and believes Yoga4Change programming has that potential.
Megan is a passionate and caring yogi that is excited to get involved in the local community through Y4C. She brings with her several years of volunteering in Alabama, Tennessee and North Carolina communities. Her concentration has been working with children, helping families in need and bringing joy to the local community. Megan has worked in the pharmaceutical and nutraceutical manufacturing industries and most recently joined the aerospace industry. In her roles, she has lead teams to solve challenging problems while building enduring relationships with colleagues. She graduated with honors from Auburn University with a Bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering, and she received her Lean Six Sigma Black Belt from the Six Sigma Academy in 2016. She loves meeting new people, yoga, swimming and being outside.
Board Member, RN
Alex moved to CT from Boston in 2017. She was involved in the homeless and burn survivor community in Boston and was an avid yogi. When moving to CT she wanted to get involved with the community and loved the vision of Yoga4Change! Alex is a Registered Nurse in Hartford and a practicing yogi and has plans to become a yoga teacher in the future. She is passionate about promoting yoga for mind/body connection and enjoys assisting the underserved. Alex enjoys reading and backpacking around the world!
Board Member, LMSW
Emilie Held, LMSW is a gifted social worker specializing in trauma and adolescents. She currently works at HHC Rushford. She is a dedicated Y4C Board member who has been “privileged to see the amazing impact Yoga4Change has had on clients at Rushford, and is thrilled to be a part of the board to share in the incorporation of yoga into behavioral health services.” It is her hope that “all people can join in the benefits of yoga!” We are blessed to have her talents and energy.
“He who has health, has hope; and he who has hope has everything”- Thomas Carlyle.
Gabriella (Bella) Miceli
Board Member, RYT200
Bella serves as the Assistant Director of Campus Recreation and Wellness at the University of New Haven. Her journey into wellness and mindfulness started after the sudden passing of her father in 2014. Struggling with grief and the stresses of graduate studies, she sought out a donation-based group meditation class and was hooked. She is working on her Ph.D. in Recreation, with a focus on Youth Development. She hopes to use her talents to aid youth in relieving anxiety and negative behaviors. She is also also enrolled in the
Hartford FamiIy Institute's Body-Centered Psychotherapy Training Program focusing on somatic approaches in therapy. She completed yoga teacher training at the Kripalu Center for Health and Wellness and is a graduate of the Kripalu Mindful Outdoor Leadership program. .
Board Member, RYT200
Karla Miller, RYT200 is a long time member of the New Haven Community with a passion for promoting healing in the lives of those impacted by life’s challenges. Her commitment to that mission is shown by her trainings, including: Yoga for 12 Step Recovery, a variety of mindfulness and meditation trainings, Ashley Turner’s Mind / Body / Soul training, Eckhart Tolle’s School of Awakening. She is an Emancipated Community Healer and has many years of experience facilitating yoga research. She’s also a wife, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother and wonderfully authentic human being.
Board Member, RYT200
Haley believes that everyone’s body and mind can benefit from the yoga journey. She began her own journey in 2002, when she signed up for Yoga 101 as part of a gym requirement for college. It was there that she was introduced to the various styles of yoga and learned basic postures as well as breathing exercises. She enjoyed the increased flexibility, strength, and the clarity of a calm mind; and immediately fell in love!
Haley loves learning and sharing what she has learned with others. She enjoys teaching mixed-level hatha, vinyasa flow and restorative classes that offer an introduction for students new to yoga while encouraging experienced students to deepen their awareness of technique, breath and movement.
Haley would love to tie her passion for yoga with her business degree and work on the back end of the yoga business as well as being one of the many shinning faces. Haley feels if she can help the business end of yoga, it can help expand the overall reach of the practice she loves!
Amy Loree, PHD.
Advisor to Board, RYT200
Amy received her PhD in clinical psychology in 2015 from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. As a psychologist, she has integrated her interest in yoga and mindfulness meditation with research and clinical work, particularly for treating addiction and other mental health issues. She completed her 200 hour teacher training in 2013 at House of Yoga in Berkley, MI and Prenatal Yoga TT through Mindful Mamas Yoga in Detroit, MI in 2015, as well as Mindful Resilience Training with the Veterans Yoga Project in 2016. Inspired by a commitment to sharing contemplative practices with a wider community, Amy was delighted to join the Yoga4Change CT Board in 2016.
Advisor to Board
Born in Nigeria and raised in Maryland, Ganiyat moved to CT in 2016 after graduating from University of Maryland where she discovered her yoga practice. In addition to yoga, she is in a supply chain rotational program for an aerospace engineering firm and is interested in pursuing her MBA in the next year. Outside of work, she likes to travel and try new things. She's also involved in organizations such as INROADS and Pratt & Whitney Emerging Professionals. Ganiyat is excited to bring her business background to help develop Yoga4Change operations at all levels.