KYLLC ADVISORY BOARD & KYT GLOBAL AMBASSADORS
COMPASSIONATELY EMPOWERING TRAUMA SURVIVORS
ACROSS THE GLOBE WITH MIND-BODY TOOLS.
The Kintla Yoga, LLC Advisory Board consists of thoughtful community and global leaders who have an interest in furthering the organization’s mission and the advancement of Kintla Yoga Therapy® (KYT) as a preeminent, evidence-based trauma treatment.
The board meets quarterly to advise the CEO of Kintla Yoga, LLC on aspects of growth, development, health and safety standards, technology, neuroscience, research, educational training, and service. Advisory Board members are specifically selected for their expertise in leadership, social work, clinical psychology, medicine, neuroscience, yoga, business, technology, law, vulnerable and at-risk populations, as well as their reputable standing within their community or field.
The Board is currently comprised of eight members. Appointments are made by the CEO.
Jennifer Buergermeister, MA, MBA
Jenny Buergermeister is the founder of Jennyoga Studios, Breathe the Cure, and the Texas Yoga Conference and Association, which she also directs. In 2015, she helped program and open The Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, a $2.4 Million project in downtown Houston affiliated with Christ Church Cathedral.
Jenny is also an alumna with honors from the University of Houston holding a double degree in Psychology and Journalism. She was awarded a Doctor of Divinity Degree from Spiritis Seminary in 2005 and later graduated from Sofia University’s Institute of Transpersonal Psychology with a Masters in Transpersonal Psychology in 2010; completed a one-year program from 2013-2014 in Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership in the Executive LINE Program at Rice University; and in 2019 completed an MBA from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). She is currently completing the MS in Strategic Brand Communication specialization at UIUC. Since 1992, she has studied Hatha, Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, Anusara, Forrest and Ayurveda + South Indian marital arts yoga with Swami Vidyadhishananda Giri, David Williams, Robert Boustany, Jonny Kest, Shiva Rea, John Friend, Ana Forrest and Scott Blossom respectfully.
Jenny is the Senior Vice President in Strategic Brand Communication/People and Culture Management at My GHealth, a lecturer and teaches three undergraduate LPAP courses on campus at Rice University, four psychology courses at College of Healthcare Professions. She previously taught two online courses in Neurobiology/Psych and Biomechanics for graduate students in design at Boston Architectural College and has also taught at Emery Weiner Upper School and consulted HISD for the Sonima Foundation.
Katie Hensley-Minks, LMSW, RYT, TSY
Katie Hensley-Minks received a BSW in Social Work with a minor in Psychology from Illinois State University and an MSW in Social Work from Aurora University.
She has worked in a variety of hospital settings, from rural to inner city, some of which have included Henry Ford Hospital, Loyola Medical Center, Holy Cross Hospital and Breese Hospital. As part of a multi-disciplinary team she has worked with diverse patient populations including psychiatric and medical/surgical in both inpatient and outpatient settings. This included phases of life-span planning, birth to end-of-life issues, abuse, neglect, advocacy, support groups, crisis intervention and coordination of biopsychosocial needs.
Although her experience has primarily been in the field of medical social work, she has also been active in various community efforts and charitable initiatives with fundraising and advocacy with Catholic Charities, Habitat for Humanity, Kids Food Basket as well as other non-profit organizations.
A desire to deepen her own yoga practice led her to complete a 200-hour RYT, 100-TSY Yoga Training with Grand Rapids Healing Yoga in 2018. Currently she facilitates a Trauma Sensitive Yoga group at Wedgwood Christian Services with high risk residential teen trauma survivors. Katie focuses on creating a space for empowerment and body mind centered approach with the intention of helping individuals find healthy tools as they navigate life experiences. Most recently she founded Katie Hensley-Minks Therapy-PLLC, a clinical therapy and yoga therapeutics practice in Grand Rapids.
Sharon Lo, PhD
Sharon Lo, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and research fellow at the University of Michigan. In the fall of 2020, Dr. Lo will be joining the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at Pacific University as an Assistant Professor. Ever interdisciplinary, her work weaves together methods and approaches from the fields of cognitive neuroscience, developmental and clinical psychology, medicine, public health, and implementation science. As such, this has led her to experiences working with a diverse range of patient populations and settings.
Dr. Lo specializes in working with children and their families, with expertise using mind-body interventions (e.g., biofeedback, mindfulness, breathing) for treatment of anxiety and pediatric pain. She recently obtained funding from the National Institutes of Health to test the role of early stress physiology in the relationship between early adversity, self-regulation, and emotional well-being in a sample of children with a history of living in poverty. During her clinical residency at Stanford Children’s Health/Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Dr. Lo began consulting for start-ups and non-profit organizations dedicated to innovative digital solutions to tackling mental and behavioral health issues. She’s particularly excited about opportunities that leverage her collaborations across industry, academia, clinical practice, and community partners.
Additionally, Dr. Lo is a yoga practitioner. Her practice developed in full force during her doctoral training at Michigan State University. Currently, she’s completing her 200-hour RYT yoga teacher training, which has synergistically aligned with the opportunity to serve on the Board of Advisors of Kintla Yoga, LLC.
Kelly R. McClintock, JD
Kelly R. McClintock joined Grewal Law in 2019 to help establish a human trafficking litigation division and to assist Grewal’s already successful practices, including sexual assault litigation, and family law. After graduating from Michigan State University of Law Cum Laude in 2018, Kelly worked for Ingham County Probate Judge Shauna Dunnings and Chief Judge of Probate and Circuit Court, Richard J. Garcia. While working for the Court, Kelly gained invaluable experience working side by side with the Judges and Court staff to assist clients in the areas of probate and family law. In her role, Kelly worked closely with the Personal Protection Order office to keep victims of domestic violence and their families safe.
During law school, Kelly learned of the devastation and widespread impact human trafficking causes in communities large and small. Since 2015, Kelly has been an active member of the anti-trafficking movement in Michigan and beyond. In 2016, Kelly worked with the internationally-recognized Advocates for Human Rights, headquartered in Minneapolis, Minnesota, to help launch anti-trafficking trainings for lawyers and prosecutors. She is also a member and certified trainer from the Michigan Human Trafficking Task Force.
Prior to attending law school, Kelly worked in the non-profit community development finance industry for 5 years. Rising from intern to Assistant Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations, Kelly helped position Cinnaire Corporation to expand and provide equity and lending services to developers of affordable housing and other high-impact economic development projects, from the Midwest region to the Atlantic seaboard.
Although she holds a law degree from MSU, Kelly still cheers for her boys and girls in blue, as she attended the University of Michigan for her double bachelor’s degree in history and political science. Kelly also attended the University of Cape Town in South Africa for one year of her undergraduate studies. When she has time, Kelly enjoys traveling, cooking, practicing yoga, and spending time with loved ones.
Andrea McSwain, DO
Dr. Andrea McSwain is the owner of the Michigan Center for Functional Medicine and offers an array of skills and expertise to assist her patients in their inherent ability to heal. She has completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecologic Surgery. After serving a high-risk community, Dr. McSwain transitioned her practice to focus on reversing chronic disease including such disorders as diabetes type 2, Alzheimer’s, and chronic pelvic pain, each of which have been found to have correlates with chronic or traumatic stress. She has extensive training in advanced cranial manipulation as well as functional medicine and is a registered yoga teacher.
Additionally, Dr. McSwain is educated and experienced in non-profit management having worked for the Arizona Opera, Girl Scouts.
Tessa Paneth-Pollak, PhD
Dr. Tessa Paneth-Pollak is a historian and critic of modern and contemporary European and American art and Director of the LookOut Gallery and other Exhibition Spaces in the Residential College in Arts & Humanities at Michigan State University (MSU), where she is also a Core Faculty Member in the Center for Gender in a Global Context. Tessa’s research concerns modern and contemporary art and theory, with a focus on European modernist art before World War II. She is currently working on a book titled Definite Means: Modernism’s Cut-Outs, which focuses on the work of Auguste Rodin, Hans/Jean Arp, and Henri Matisse. The book tells the story of the under-acknowledged device of the cut-out in the European twentieth century, which it distinguishes from collage. Tessa argues that artists turned to the cut-out (as opposed to collage) as a form of abstraction that could negotiate some of the key challenges facing organic life and human subjectivity amidst the violence and traumas of twentieth century. She is also a co-founder of the Feminist Art-Architecture Collaborative (FAAC).
Tessa grew up in East Lansing and in the MSU Community. She has been practicing yoga in various forms since 2003, but her practice deepened and moved in new directions when she began working with Kintla in 2015. Since Fall 2017, she has been volunteering as support assistant in Kintla’s Monday night Survivor class. Serving in this role has proven incredibly meaningful and educational work, which requires her to draw on and strengthen her own internal resources while also supporting the healing of others and allows her to put her feminism into embodied action. In light of recent events in the MSU community, Tessa is currently working with Kintla on the exhibition “We Can Begin Again: Moving through Trauma,” which opens October 7, 2019 in the LookOut Gallery, and has invited Kintla to MSU’s campus for a one-week residency, to work with students and faculty, in late October.
Hon. Michelle M. Rick
Hon. Michelle M. Rick was appointed to the circuit court, which encompasses Clinton and Gratiot counties, Michigan, in 2007. As chief judge pro tem, she hears family, criminal, and civil cases. Prior to taking the bench, and following a brief time in private practice, Judge Rick worked as a public employee, first as an assistant prosecutor in Livingston County, followed by service to the state of Michigan as an assistant attorney general and then as deputy legal counsel to Governor Granholm. Judge Rick is a district director for the National Association of Women Judges, overseeing NAWJ activities in Michigan, Ohio, and West Virginia. She is an executive member of the Michigan Judges Association and cochairs the outreach and planning committee. In 2015 Judge Rick was appointed by Governor Snyder to the Human Trafficking Commission. She is an active member of the Clinton County Community Corrections Board; emeritus board member for SafeCenter; and member of the Michigan Bar Association limited scope representation work group. Judge Rick teaches at the University of Detroit Mercy Law School and previously served as an adjunct law professor at MSU Law and Cooley Law School. She is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer at various statewide and local law-related events. Judge Rick is a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and American Bar Foundation as well as the founder of the trauma-informed Journey Court for addicted, non-violent offenders.
Maria Vieweger, MA
Maria Vieweger obtained her BSc in Psychology from the UK and recently finalised her MA in Psychological Research in South Africa, where she studied women rape survivors’ journeys towards psychological healing and their consequent experiences with NGO based counselling.
Maria is currently working as a resilience advisor, around gender and disability inclusion, in Rwanda. She is passionately working for social justice and committed to contribute to the body of knowledge, which aids in reforming, and improving unequal and unjust social relations. Her work and research focuses on gender equality, women empowerment, and trauma management and she has previously worked around protection issues in diverse environments including vulnerable youth in South Africa and refugees on the Greek islands.
Additionally, Maria is a devoted dancer and yogi, which have played a crucial part in her daily routine for many years, as well as influencing her stance on mind-body orientated trauma therapy, aligning her with Kintla Yoga Therapy. Her vision is to be part of creating a community which is shaped by equality, unity, passion and compassion, as well as education and innovation.
Gulwali Passarlay, MPA
Gulwali Passarlay is a dedicated advocate and spokesperson for refugees and asylum seekers across the U.K and is the Co-Founder of the not-for-profit organization, “My Bright Kite CIC”.
Since arriving in the UK in 2007, after being forced to leave Afghanistan as a 12-year-old boy, Gulwali has achieved beyond all odds to become a well-respected and sought-after public speaker, influencer and political campaigner for refugee’s rights, social justice and education. The experience of his journey to the UK shaped his future and inspired an insatiable determination and commitment to raise awareness and make a difference for other refugees.
Among his many achievements, Gulwali graduated with a Politics degree from The University of Manchester and recently completed his MPA at Coventry University. Gulwali is the esteemed author of his best-selling autobiography, “The Lightless Sky: A Twelve-Year-Old Refugee’s Harrowing Escape from Afghanistan and His Extraordinary Journey Across Half the World”.
In his talks, Gulwali shares his captivating story of struggle, danger and resilience and how he miraculously survived the harrowing year-long journey from Afghanistan to the UK, on his own, after being separated from his brother. Through his talks, audience’s young and old, are able to achieve an understanding of the extent of adversity that refugees face and thus be inspired to instigate positive change in their environments. https://www.mybrightkite.org