USA Yoga Board of Directors

Rajashree Choudhury, Founder

Born in Kolkata, India in 1965, Rajashree started her yoga training at the urging of her parents at age four. She was a five-time winner of the National Indian Yoga Championship from 1979 to 1983 and holds certification in Hatha Yoga Therapy for chronic diseases and disorders.

With over 15 years in the East and 25 years in the West, Rajashree’s special focus has been on the emotional side of yoga and how yoga balances the energy of the human body and impacts not only disease, but also affects the body/mind/soul connection which constitutes vibrant health. She conducts seminars on yoga and personal development worldwide. She also teaches her highly-acclaimed Pregnancy Yoga Classes.

Rajashree has appeared on many national television programs in the United States and abroad doing seminars worldwide promoting the countless benefits of yoga. She is the founder of  USA Yoga. Most recently her mission is to help women in crisis of all ages and nationalities. She has been active in many charitable organizations over the years including Karma for Kids, dedicated to helping children with cancer, Uprising yoga, helping child victims of sex trafficking, and Parikrama, educating slum children in India. She is a member of the Yogin'it Family.

Jennifer Vanderhart, PhD, President

Jennifer Vanderhart is a PhD Economist with more than 20 years’ experience in the evaluation and quantification of economic damages including claims arising in all manner of intellectual property disputes, contract disputes, employment discrimination, and claims of expropriation by foreign governments. Dr. Vanderhart has testified in federal and state courts and in domestic and international arbitration proceedings.  In addition, she provides economic advice and analyses to companies in non-litigation settings.
Currently, Dr. Vanderhart is a Principal at Analytics Research Group, and was an instructor at Texas A&M University in the departments of Economics and Management. She has published on valuation, damages and intellectual property and is a frequent speaker on these topics at conferences and lectures.
Jennifer has been practicing yoga for eight years. A former runner and college basketball player, she knows first-hand the power of yoga to heal the body.  In addition to a daily practice, she has attended dozens of seminars and workshops, and twice she attended the week-long Advanced Seminar. Jennifer has demonstrated at the USA Yoga Competition seven times.  She placed first in Virginia twice, and placed fifth at the 2017 National competition.  She teaches hot Pilates and loves to help others get strong, play, and discover new ways to enjoy their yoga.

Sarah Gnerre, Vice-President

Sarah Gnerre has been practicing yoga regularly for 15 years under Sara Curry and her team of talented teachers. For the last five she has been competing in the senior division. In 2018, Sarah completed 500-hour training under Craig Villani. She teaches the Bikram method in Portsmouth, NH at Blaze Yoga and Pilates and in Rockland, Maine at Earth Flow + Fire. 
She leads business development as vice president of philanthropy at Five Maples Development Communications. There, she works with nonprofit organizations throughout the Northeast on their messaging to donors in service of raising more money to change and save lives. Prior, she was vice president at a Massachusetts community hospital where she led the completion of its $6.5M capital campaign. She has raised millions in higher ed, the arts and humane organizations. She is a leadership volunteer with Arts in Reach, mentoring teenage girls through the arts, and a board member of the John Greenleaf Whittier Home Museum. She regularly presents development and grant-writing seminars at fundraising conferences and for the University of New Hampshire's professional fundraising certification program. She holds a bachelor of science in business administration from UNH and earned an MBA in 2005.
She is a grandmother and lives in Portsmouth, NH with her husband, Chris Mulligan. 

Jordan Hendler Dorn, Treasurer and Board Member

As the founder of Admin Concepts, Inc. and a second-generation association and conference manager, her passion and focus professionally is for finding administrative solutions, for both associations and small businesses, while also lending time for non-profit work. Personally, she finds family life of utmost importance, with a personal balance of maintaining a yoga practice. She is married to her husband Barry with whom she has three children. She enjoys her family time together; traveling, going to movies or even riding dirt bikes.
Jordan has been practicing yoga for about 8 years with Bikram Yoga Richmond, originally under Garland Hume whom she respects and adores. She was so thrilled to be able to participate at the 2018 Midwest Regionals with her studio team who are so supportive. Competing is such a personally enriching experience, and she hopes that her contributions to USA Yoga will help others to find the same.  She enjoys working with non-profit organizations as a profession, so she is happy to be helping the USA Yoga Marketing Committee to reach their larger world community.

Jordan helps the board with Press Releases and general PR advice.

Erika Kelble - Secretary and Board Member

Erika grew up in Manhattan, then received a combined BA from Tufts University in Biology and Psychology. Out of school, Erika built a consulting business as a nutritionist and physical trainer building a private clientele of predominantly post-menopausal women who needed help keeping strength, mobility and bone density.  Before having children, Erika also designed and organized health retreats, owned and ran a bed and breakfast and built a small gourmet mustard business.

Moving from Manhattan to build and run a bed and breakfast with her husband Jeff in a town of 500 people in rural Virginia was part of Erika’s journey to where she is now.  While having and raising two children she threw herself into town business as chairman of the planning commission and elected member of the town council.

Erika ran into yoga when she was 19 after learning meditation to combat tension-migraine headaches.  She then picked up a physical asana practice, and over 30 odd years has moved fluidly in and out of several different yoga disciplines. She has come to believe they are all worth learning and serve a person differently at different times in their life.  At 43, Erika has found her yoga practice becoming a more important component of her life and is open to find ways to give back. She feels yoga has brought wonderful people, health and balance into her life when she most needed these things and would be honored to help others find their practice through USA Yoga.

Dr. Jean Agress, Board Member

Jean Agress found the hot room in 2010 and has been practicing hot yoga almost daily ever since. She was fascinated by how the deeper calmness and focus she experienced after each class carried throughout her day.

She was inspired to share what she had learned through this wonderful 90-minutes, 26 posture series with others, which led her to pursue Bikram yoga teacher training in 2013.

Jean’s aspiration is to plant as many “yoga seeds” as she can in the hearts of others so they can benefit from the same healing power, both mental and physical, that she experienced.

To advance her skill as a teacher, she decided to become a USA Yoga certified judge and coach in 2015 by participating in USA Yoga judge’s clinic.

Jean hopes to increase awareness of USA Yoga Federation to students and teachers of all disciplines of yoga as well as the general public.

Jean has a PhD in Economics from George Washington University, and will work with the marketing team to increase development for USA Yoga.

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