Meet Our Team
We have a wonderful board and group of teachers helping to make it all happen!
Chaucey Perreault, ms, ryt500, iayt/cyt
Founder and Executive Director
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:)
Nanette Tummers, Ed d.
Nanette Tummers, Ed d.
Dr. Nanette Tummers is a full tenured professor of health and physical education at Eastern Connecticut State University. She received her doctorate in Kinesiology and Health Promotion from the University of Northern Colorado. She teaches health education pedagogy classes, stress management and personal health.
She has written and presented, provided extensive pro bono service, student community engagement opportunities, and conducted research with at risk populations: Windham public schools, incarcerated youth, the recovery community and recently with Veterans. Her research interest lies in motivating individuals to embrace lifelong holistic health choices that are meaningful and enjoyable.
She teaches, writes and lectures extensively in whole food based nutrition, yoga for emotional health and growth, mindfulness, and holistic stress management. She is the author of "Teaching Yoga for Life. Preparing Children and Teens for Healthy, Balanced Living; Teaching Stress Management; Activities for Children and Young Adults; and Stress Management: A Wellness Approach. Nanette volunteers at “Hole in the Wall Gang Camp” and for “Our Companions Animal Sanctuary”.
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.
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!
Board Member, RYT200
Mike Bennett first discovered the benefits of yoga in the Marine Corps. A military veteran and all around good guy with a love of yoga, he started as a student at Yoga4Change, before joining our Board of Directors, where he brings his much-welcomed marketing and business background. In 2016, Mike attended Kripalu Yoga Teacher Training and has been teaching Yoga4Change classes in the community ever since. Along with senior and school-based yoga programs, Mike has a special gift for working with teens. He teaches regular weekly classes with at-risk youth, including teens struggling with chronic mental health and addiction throughout Central, CT.
Amy Loree, PHD.
Board Member, 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.
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.
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.