The Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York was formed by a dedicated and inspired group of teachers and practitioners in 1987 as a regional branch of the Iyengar Yoga National Association of the United States.
Our aims are threefold: to inspire and enable progressive lifetime learning and practice in the art, science, and philosophy of Iyengar Yoga; develop, nurture, and offer teaching of the highest standards; and build and support a community of practitioners within the three-state area of our charter: New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania.
JAMES MURPHY, Association Director
EDWARD MCKEANEY, Executive Director
TORI MILNER, Faculty Liaison
COOPER CHOU, Business Manager
HECTOR-JAIRO MARTINEZ, Communications & Development Manager
KYLE JOHNSON, Front Desk Manager
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Kevin Allen has studied Iyengar Yoga since 2006. He’s been a faculty member of IYAGNY since 2014. Kevin enjoys sharing his knowledge of yoga with people outside of the yoga community and has volunteered to teach at schools and summer camps. In 2014, Kevin traveled to Pune, India for the first Yoganusasam. In 2016, he attended his first IYNAUS convention.
Kevin also works at WNYW Fox 5 in Manhattan, where he produces a nightly, local newscast. Kevin graduated from Dartmouth College with a BA in Government and currently serves as an Admissions Ambassador for the College.
MIKE BRANSON, President
Mike trained as a linguist, spending the early part of his career in advertising, before moving into the world of branding & design in the late 80s joining the Michael Peters Group, one of the pioneers of the global design business.
He established Pearlfisher in 1992 and, as one of 3 founding partners, has steered Pearlfisher from fledgling start-up in London to global design leader over the past 20 years, developing some of the leading challenger and iconic brands such as Absolut, Ben & Jerry’s, Wolfgang Puck, Blue Bottle, Help Remedies – and most recently the development of the new IYAGNY identity.
As CEO of Pearlfisher New York since 2009, Mike leads Pearlfisher’s US business as well as continuing to work closely with his partners on the overall leadership and development of Pearlfisher as a whole.
Mike’s approach to leadership has been based on developing a highly creative and collaborative culture where exceptional people are empowered and inspired to do exceptional work. He is a good listener, thinks positively and his calm demeanor belies a fierce drive and determination to build a ground-breaking creative business and industry leader.
Mike is also a Trustee of Amantani – an innovative non-profit organization, working with disadvantaged children in the Peruvian Andes.
Mike has been a student of Iyengar Yoga for the past 10 years, visited Pune in December 2013 and lives in downtown NYC with his wife Rose (a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher) and their 2 cats, PM and Oolong.
Ron Bozman is a longtime Producer in film and television, and hopes to use his budgeting, organizational and project management skills to assure a positive future for the Iyengar Yoga Association of Greater New York. His film credits include Paterson, Changing Lanes, The Human Stain, Beloved, Philadelphia, and The Silence of the Lambs, for which he earned the 1991 Academy Award for Best Picture. Ron has also worked on numerous TV projects, most recently as an Executive Producer of the HBO series, The Young Pope, and as a Producer of HBO’s Succession. He began his yoga practice at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of New York three years ago and has been fortunate to experience classes at several other Iyengar Yoga Studios around the world. Ron is married to Kyle McCarthy; their son Regan lives and works in San Francisco.
JUDY DENNIS, Vice-President
Judy Dennis has enjoyed four decades as a director, producer and casting director in the mainstream of American and international theater, film, and television, contributing to Oscar, Emmy, Obie and Peabody award winning projects. In casting locales from Greenwich Village to mountain villages in Thailand, she worked with film directors including Alan J. Pakula, Michael Cimino, Terrence Malick, Brian DePalma, Julie Taymor, Andrzej Wajda and Ang Lee on pictures starring Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Sidney Poitier and Meryl Streep; and with writers ranging from Pulitzer Prize winner Tony Kushner to Nobel Laureate Doris Lessing. She cast hundreds of plays in classical and contemporary theatre repertories throughout the U.S., and shared a special Emmy Award casting SEPARATE BUT EQUAL. PATRIOTIC, Judy’s first film as a director, was acquired by New York’s Museum of Modern Art after screening at festivals worldwide. Her THE DANCER FILMS opened to 15,000 viewers in public exhibition in New York. For television, she directed in the final season of HBO’s groundbreaking series OZ. Judy served as a consultant for MEMORY AND HOPE, a permanent installation at New York's Museum of Jewish Heritage. Adjunct Professor at Fordham University and former Adjunct at New York University, Judy traveled to Uganda as a mentor with Maisha, a filmmakers' laboratory created by Mira Nair to provide professional training to emerging filmmakers from East Africa and South Asia. She has co-created an innovative initiative for the collaboration of artists and scientists as a consultant to DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.)
A perennial student and longtime friend of the Iyengar Yoga community in New York, Judy and her slightly younger sister Ellen had the pleasure of working closely with Mary Dunn and James Murphy to produce Live: Light on Life! at New York’s City Center.
Anna Iaccuci, Treasurer
Anna Iacucci works at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York where she is a supervisory officer focusing on relationship management and risk analytics within the global systemically important bank portfolio. She leverages years of experience in the private sector where she worked for financial institutions in both New York and London in credit and trading risk management as well as in rating agency advisory. In addition, Anna has provided technical assistance on a pro-bono basis to banking and insurance clients in emerging markets for the Financial Services Volunteer Corps. Anna holds a B.S. in management and international business and an M.B.A in finance from New York University.
Throughout her professional career, Anna has made time for yoga. She discovered Iyengar yoga in the late 1980s at the YWCA and realized that the practice resonated with her. She has been continuously practicing yoga since the late 1990s. If not on the mat or enjoying the rich cultural offerings of NYC, she can be found traveling and hiking mountain ranges throughout the world.
Anna’s connection to the Iyengar community and the Association has grown over the years as she has studied with a group of wonderfully talented teachers. She realized it was time to get more involved when Lisa Rotell asked her whether she would consider becoming a board member. Not only is she following through on this request but she never misses an opportunity to go up into adho mukha vrksasana.
Kate is currently a graduate student studying for a master’s degree in health advocacy and policy from Sarah Lawrence College. Simultaneously, she has spent the past several years consulting a diverse array of clients on organizational structure, strategic positioning, brand personality, and communications. She is a proven, experienced team leader with expertise in operations, strategic counsel, integrated marketing communications, branding and media relations for consumer, corporate and non-profit clients.
Previously, Kate ran the New York office of Zeno Group as Managing Director, overseeing operations for New York and its growing roster of clients across consumer, health, corporate and technology. During her nearly 20-year PR career, Kate has counseled clients across diverse disciplines from the tourism industry including Expedia, Hyatt Hotels and the State of Illinois, to foundations and councils from The Wine Market Council, the Allstate and Sara Lee Foundations, to law firm Baker & McKenzie and healthcare giant Johnson & Johnson. Kate’s sweet spot is consumer marketing communications and she has worked with myriad consumer brands including Dixie, Quilted Northern, Quaker Rice Cakes, Life Cereal, Saran Wrap, Windex and Ziploc. She developed a program for Quaker Oats to do good for families via a partnership with Share Our Strength, which delivered thousands of Quaker Oats breakfasts to families in need. She helped Pepsi develop a multi-channel, consumer engagement to “refresh” its customer experience, helped OFF! position itself as a leader around West Nile Virus and SARS, and worked with Kelly Ripa to identify real-life child angels for Angel Soft bath tissue’s Angels in Action program.
Kate holds a degree in Economics from Barnard College, Columbia University. She is passionate about Iyengar Yoga, swimming, spinning, and travel. She lives in New York City with her husband, Jeff and importantly is mother to daughter, Lily, 11 and son Oliver, 9, and their bulldog Lady Legs Magoo.
Michael Ketring has been General Counsel to the Alliance for Downtown New York, the non-profit corporation that manages the Downtown-Lower Manhattan Business Improvement District, since 2006. Mr. Ketring represents the Downtown Alliance on a broad range of legal areas including leases for office and field operations, contracts, agreements with various governmental entities, litigation, intellectual property matters, advice concerning legislative issues, and general corporate matters.
Prior to joining the Downtown Alliance, Mr. Ketring was Senior Development Counsel to the Battery Park City Authority where he specialized in real estate development, land use and environmental law, and public finance. Mr. Ketring was involved in a number of major development projects in Battery Park City including the New York Mercantile Exchange Headquarters, the Embassy Suites Hotel/Regal Cinemas complex, the Ritz-Carlton Hotel and Residences and the new headquarters for Goldman Sachs.
SHARIB KHAN, SECRETARY
Sharib Khan is a technology entrepreneur. He is the Co-founder and CEO of Applied Informatics and TrialX, two Healthcare Informatics companies based in New York City. He also co-founded Future Today, a leading Smart TV media company, which launched as iFood.tv, one of the first online video recipe websites. Sharib holds a Masters in Biomedical Informatics and a Masters in Public Health from Columbia University. Before dabbling in technology startups, he completed his medical training at the University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. .
When not working with technology solutions, he can be seen taking Iyengar Yoga classes or doing headstands at business conferences. He is passionate about supporting initiatives to increase availability and access to Iyengar Yoga via the Yoga Anywhere Fund. And somewhere in between, he supports work on the American Sufi Project, an initiative he founded to promote works of art, music and literature being produced by the Sufi community in the USA. His next secret project in the making involves Indian mangoes.
Tzahi discovered yoga between rehearsals early in his acting career. A friend urged him to take an Iyengar class and he was struck by its effects on his body and mind — it was a perfect fit. After completing the two-year Iyengar teacher training program at the NYC Iyengar Institute, Tzahi passed the Introductory 2 Assessment in 2012. He spent the month of July 2012 with the Iyengar family in Pune, India, and is now a certified Iyengar teacher. His primary teachers are Mary Dunn, James Murphy and Carrie Owerko. Renowned for his clarity and humor, he loves sharing yoga and enjoys observing his students make their own discoveries. Tzahi joined the Faculty of the Institute in June 2013.
LAURA SHAPIRO KRAMER, Advisory Board Chair
LOREN FISHMAN, M.D., B.PHIL.
ANNA GOLFINOPOLOUS, Institute Faculty
FRANK LIPMAN, M.D.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
DALIA ZWICK, P.T., PH.D.