Jennifer Vanderhart, PhD, President
Jennifer Vanderhart started practicing yoga after a string of running injuries. Having been a 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 since 2010 and has placed in her state of Virginia, the USA Yoga National competitions, and has competed internationally. She teaches hot Pilates and loves to help others get strong, play, and discover new ways to enjoy their yoga. She has been a member of the USA Yoga Board of Directors since 2017.
Jennifer is a PhD Economist who has been consulting and testifying for more than 25 years. She is a Principal at Analytics Research Group, and was an instructor at Texas A&M University in the departments of Economics and Management.
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.
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 helps the board with Press Releases and general PR advice.
Erika Kelble - Secretary and Board Member
Erika ran into yoga when she was 19 after learning meditation as a means of combating 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. Erika has found her yoga practice becoming a more important component of her life and strives 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.
Erika graduated from Tufts University with a combined BA in Biology and Psychology. She co-owns Ashby Gap Adventures with her husband Jeff and has experience running small businesses, with town management, and with non-profits. Erika currently lives in rural Virginia with her two daughters and her husband.
Jean Agress, Ph.D., Board Chair of Judges Committee
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.
Glenn Brown, Board Member
Glenn Brown moved with his family to New Albany, Indiana when he was 6 years old, and it is still his home. As the last of 6 kids he attributes sibling rivalry to his competitive edge. He began practicing yoga as a 17 year old as a complementary practice for meditation & kung fu. Finding his way through depression in high school he shifted his focus from swimming & wrestling to art, music, movement art, and meditation. He decided then he wanted to work toward being a Kung fu & Yoga teacher, and an artist & author. His search for a school, teacher, and work was difficult, but full of great life lessons. He finally met his Kung fu teacher, Sifu Keith Dwan of the Red Dragon School of Martial Arts, while Keith was visiting Louisville from England with his school for a Martial arts tournament. Glenn expressed his interest in form over fighting, and was invited to a Hsing-i Kung Fu, Qigong, and Acupressure training, which he attended in England in 2001.
In the spring of 2002 he went to his first Bikram Yoga class at Bikram Yoga Indiana where he met the woman who would become his wife, Ayanna. She was the only teacher at the time, and the co owner. She believed in his potential, and the studio sponsored him to go to Bikram Yoga teacher training the same year in the Fall. Glenn has taught at Bikram Yoga Indiana from 2002 to the present. He fell in love with yoga because of its similarities to kung fu & qigong, and its amazing diversity of postures & styles.
The day of his Teacher Training graduation he & Ayanna were invited to be competitors in a mock yoga championship at a judging & coaching clinic for the Bishnu Ghosh Cup International Yoga Asana Championship to be held in 2003. That experience lit the competitive fire for Glenn, and he has competed every year except for one, taking a year off to focus on coaching. He is the 14 time Indiana menâ€™s Regional Yoga Champion. He also continues his work as an artist & author, and self published his first book of poetry & art â€œ Four in the Fire â€œ in 2007. More work is coming soon.
After 8 years of teaching primarily Bikram Yoga he started teaching more private lessons based on his private practice. His kung fu teacher had encouraged him to continue developing his home practice so he could lead a personalized warm up & warm down for Kung fu students. Over the years this developed into his own method of qigong & yoga blended together. In 2010 Glenn founded Lionflow Progressive Yoga & Arts LLC , and has focused the past 8 years on practicing, teaching, and training teachers in Lionflow Yoga.
He feels Lionflow Yoga benefited his championship routine by teaching him to express where he is in the moment without heat, extra time in the pose, or intense breathing for body heat. The style focuses on calm intentional motion, breathing, and short holds in stillness. Learning to accept where you are today, and to have a conversation with your body instead of an argument.
Cat Levine, Board Member
Cat Levine’s mission is to help people create positive change in their lives, mind, body, spirit in a warm and welcoming environment. She believes that through a high level of dedication to yoga, people can discover their strengths, build confidence and change their own lives through practice and discipline.
Clara McGrail, Board Member
Clara McGrail is a communications professional in Washington, DC. In her early career, she headed a digital marketing team for a large philanthropy in the Washington, DC area. She currently works in public affairs for a consulting firm, counseling clients in highly-regulated industries.
Clara began practicing yoga during high school to complement her classical ballet training. She turned exclusively to yoga in 2012 and has been an athlete for USA Yoga since 2017.
Clara received bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from Fordham University and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.
Beth Navarro Board Member
Beth’s yoga adventure was the result of her desire to get back into shape after giving birth to her first child. In 2010 while working on a demanding communications migration project for a major bank, one of her fellow engineers suffered a stroke. That year she decided she needed to bring more balance to her life and took a short break from her technical career to earn her Bikram Yoga teacher certification. In addition to regular and advanced practice, teaching, and attending seminars, she participated in the Central/Southeast Regional Yoga Asana Championship as a yoga athlete. She enjoyed that experience along with her older son who participated in demonstration, as he was too young to compete. Beth’s passion for the yoga has been enriched with her continuous pursuit of knowledge with the desire to assist others who are on a path to physical, mental, and emotional transformation and progression.
Since 1998, she has enjoyed working in the Unified Communications industry where her job roles have encompassed designing, project managing, programming, and training on various communications systems, as well as supporting the communications infrastructure for her company’s agencies worldwide. She enjoys supporting her professional colleagues as well as the yoga community in her spare time with administering, and hosting small to large scale web-based classes and seminars, utilizing tools such as Webinar, Zoom, Skype for Business, Teams, and Slack. Some of her recent achievements have been in supporting yoga teachers to connect with their students via project managing and hosting various worldwide virtual yoga classes, seminars, and festivals via Zoom.
Beth’s yoga practice has afforded her to balance work-life demands and passions, and to continually evolve with the ever-changing demands of technology as well as our ever-changing world, and she looks forward to other ways she can help others on their journeys.
Thomas Forbang, Ph.D., Board Member
Serendipitously introduced to yoga for the first time ever in 2012, Thomas Forbang today practices yoga daily for the ninth year in a row and has been teaching, training and competing since 2015. He is a certified yoga instructor (RYT-200) and teaches Bikram Yoga Hot 90/75/60 and Pilates. He was a USA Yoga board member from 2017 – 2018. He is also a current USA Yoga coach.
Thomas Forbang has a PhD in Computational Sciences from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia (USA) and is a father of 5 and married for more than 29+ years. He is the Founder and President of CompInsTech – a leading IT company. Thomas Forbang speaks, reads and writes proficiently in English, French and Russian.
“To me, yoga is more than just a hobby, it is a true panacea and should become a lifestyle for all.”
USA Yoga staff