About Us

Board

Seane Corn

Seane Corn

Founder, Social Champion, Off the mat, Into the World

Seane Corn is an internationally celebrated yoga teacher known for her impassioned activism, unique self-expression, and inspirational style of teaching. As one of the world’s leading yoga experts, Seane has been featured on Oprah.com as well as  magazine covers like "Origin" and "Yoga Journal" and news programs like "The Today Show," and has utilized this national platform to bring awareness to global humanitarian issues. Engaged in social issues and activism since she was a young adult, Seane went on to co-found Off the Mat, Into the World in 2007, her proudest collaboration to date. Seane has since spent time in the US, India, Cambodia, Haiti and Africa teaching yoga, providing support and aid, and providing HIV/AIDS prevention education. As a strong and articulate voice for social change she was named the National Yoga Ambassador for YouthAIDS,  was honored with the “Conscious Humanitarian” award in 2005, and was given the “Global Green Millennium Award” in 2013 for her outreach efforts. She has several self-authored yoga DVD programs available through Gaiam, Yoga Journal and Sounds True. www.seanecorn.com

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Kerri Kelly

Kerri Kelly

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, OFF THE MAT, INTO THE WORLD

Kerri was drawn to the healing power of yoga in 1999. On her mat, she discovered a new vitality that awakened her purpose and desire to serve. Kerri immediately recognized the opportunity to share this gift and has been teaching for over 7 years. Her purpose is to invest in the greatness of others and use her teaching to help individuals discover themselves and their potential to shine. She has been instrumental in catalyzing the San Francisco community around yoga and service and mentors local leaders on how to be purposeful and effective in their activism.

Kerri has been an active member of Off the Mat, Into the World™ for over 2 years, facilitating local yoga in action groups and building community around yoga and activism. In 2010, she took on the role of National Catalyst and has helped OTM develop a strategy and infrastructure to support its growth. Kerri feels blessed to be a part of this movement and is truly inspired by this growing community of change-makers.

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Marianne Manilov

FOUNDER, The engage Network

Marianne is a founder of The Engage Network.  Engage incubates, researches, and advises on building decentralized, people-led networks.  The practice marries the best online organizing strategies with a unique, small circle approach to build field.  Current partnerships include:  the Organization United for Respect at Walmart and Minnesotans for a Fair Economy/SEIU International. Prior to Engage, Manilov has spent 25 years in organizing.  She has co-founded several c3 and c4 efforts including The Center for Commercial-Free Public Education, which brought the corporate takeover of public schools onto the national agenda and created grassroots networks in 23 states. Marianne writes on social change and been quoted extensively in the media including: The Huffington Post, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Nation, Good Housekeeping, and Business Week.  She has appeared on ABC, CBS, NBC, CNN, and Good Morning America, and on the BBC.

 

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Taj James

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR & Founder, movement strategy center

Taj is the Executive Director of Movement Strategy Center, a group known for its work in building widespread coalitions and developing long-term movement strategies. Before starting the Movement Strategy Center, Taj was the Director of Youth Policy and Development at Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth. Taj also worked as the Western Regional Field Organizer for the Black Student Leadership Network, a project of the Children’s Defense Fund. Taj has served on numerous advisory boards, including that of LISTEN Inc., We Interrupt This Message, The Praxis Project, Youth United for Community Action, the Gay-Straight Alliance Network, and the California Fund for Youth Organizing. Taj was the recipient of a Next Generation Leadership fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and was named a “Local Hero” by the San Francisco Bay Guardian.

 
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Rob McKay

President, mckay foundation

Rob is the President of the McKay Family Foundation, which supports community-based organizations working for long-term social, political, and economic progress. Rob, along with his brother and parents, established the McKay Foundation in 1992 to bring healthcare coverage and a living wage to low-income workers. Rob’s commitment to funding advocacy work has extended beyond philanthropy to include raising awareness around the issue of greater civic engagement and voter participation. Rob is also the managing partner for the McKay Investment Group, which provides venture capital for early-stage technology and consumer product companies. He serves on a number of corporate and non-profit boards, including the Ms. Foundation for Women, Salon Media Group, and Mother Jones magazine.

 
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hala khouri

Hala Khouri, M.A.

Social Champion, Director, Empowered Youth Initiative

Hala Khouri, M.A., E-RYT, has been teaching the movement arts for over 20 years. Her roots are in Ashtanga and Iyengar yoga, dance, Somatic Psychology, and the juicy mystery of Life itself. Creative movement and honest self-exploration has always been a source of tremendous healing for Hala, and her calling to pass this on to others has been clear to her since she began teaching at the age of 16.

Hala earned her B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Religion from Columbia University and has a Master's degree Counseling Psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute. She wrote her thesis on using yoga and other complementary disciplines such as eco-psychology and somatics for self-empowerment to inspire a global shift towards peaceful and sustainable living. She is also a Somatic Experiencing Practitioner and focus on trauma's impact on the body-mind and ways to resolve it.

Hala has taught yoga and the movement arts to a wide variety of people and places ranging from juvenile detention centers, mental health hospital and police stations, to yoga studios, conference halls and jungles. Teaching is her absolute favorite thing to do! She currently lives in Venice, California with her husband Paul and their two sons.

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Suzanne Sterling

Suzanne Sterling

Social Champion, Director, Global Seva Challenge

Suzanne Sterling is a dedicated musician, yogi, activist and social innovator who has been performing and teaching transformational workshops for over 20 years. She is a leading expert in sound and consciousness and her unique style is a passionate, ecstatic journey into the heart of creativity, authentic connection with Source, and joyful service. She has been a featured artist/teacher at numerous festivals and conferences such as, Wanderlust, Omega, Esalen, Kripalu, Yoga Journal, Hanuman, Burning Man, Ecstatic Dance, Bhaktifest, Boomfest, LIB, Earthdance (where she led the worlds largest Spiral Dance for 5000 people) and many more.  She is also part of the nationwide faculty for YogaWorks Teacher Trainings.  She is one of the co-founders of OTM, and is the Director of the Seva Challenge. For many years, she has worked with Starhawk and the international Reclaiming Community, creating ritual and training teachers in eco feminist spirituality.  An award winning musician, she has released 3 solo albums, 5 DVD soundtracks and has 3 new albums being released in 2013.  Her life work is dedicated to inspiring others to find their unique voice and to use self expression as a tool for community building and conscious evolution. Find out more at www.suzannesterling.com.

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claire williams

Claire Williams, M.B.A.

community outreach MANAGER

Claire Williams, M.B.A., found Off the Mat in 2009 through the Teaching Yoga to At-Risk Youth and Adults Training, Esalen Intensive and joined a Yoga in Action group in 2010. Claire graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2005 with a B.A. in Sociology and certificates in Peace and Conflict Studies and Leadership Studies from the INVST Community Leadership Program, earning an Americorps scholarship for over 450 service hours. Prior to joining our team, Claire was the Development Associate at GirlVentures, a San Francisco based non-profit. She is passionate about learning how to successfully build organizational capacity for non-profit organizations which led her to pursue an MBA in Sustainable Management at Presidio Graduate School which she completed in December 2011. In 2008, she became a Certified Yoga Instructor through Yoga Tree SF's 200-hour Program. She has led two seasons of service learning trips for college and high school students both domestically and internationally. She is trained in facilitation, consensus decision-making, grant-writing, and project management and brings strong experience collaborating in teams.

 
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Rebecca Rogers

Global seva MANAGER

Rebecca is originally from Vermont and teaches yoga in San Francisco. She believes in the transformative power of yoga to build leaders and activists, by guiding them through experiences that inspire them to mobilize around a common intention of service. She holds a masters degree in International Peace and Conflict Resolution with a focus on Sustainable Development from American University's School of International Service.

Over the last ten years, Rebecca has taught human rights to inner-city high school students, trained Peace Corps volunteers on cross-cultural communication, volunteered in an indigenous community in the Ecuadorian Amazon, and advised Fortune 500 companies to reduce their environmental impact.

As Global Seva Manager, Rebecca provides daily operations and programmatic support to fundraisers who have taken the Challenge of raising $20,000 through grassroots activism and community mobilization. www.rebeccarogersyooga.com

 
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Jocelyn Corbett

OPERATIONS & DEVELOPMENT

Jocelyn first found yoga at the age of 11 when most pre-teen girls were not spending Saturday mornings with their spandex-laden fathers in downward dog. Since then, Jocelyn has found yoga and running to be important tools to balance her professional life in the nonprofit world. Although not a yoga teacher, she can boast that on her trip to Israel in 2010 she was officially crowned Yoga Jew. 

Jocelyn has worked in the nonprofit field supporting social entrepreneurship, food justice and environmental stewardship. A Coro Fellow, Jocelyn has studied cross-sector leadership and is interested in elevating the efficiency and impact of mission-based work. Jocelyn came to Off the Mat, Into the World after working with OTM's founding organization, The Engage Network, supporting innovations in online to offline progressive movement building. At OTM, Jocelyn works in Operations and Development, and is said to have her feet in the mud and her head in the sky.

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Maureen Miller

Administrative & Finance Manager 

Maureen Miller is a California certified public accountant (C.P.A.) and earned her Master’s degree in Business Administration (M.B.A.) from Golden Gate University in 1999.  Since then, she has been working with non-profit organizations, small businesses and individuals to help them establish and maintain accounting systems.  In 2012, Maureen expanded her scope of work with OTM to include the administrative function as well.  She is a single mother of a 10 year-old son and lives in Oakland.

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Heather Williams

marketing

Welcome to my world. After growing up on the (not so) mean streets of North Phoenix, I studied at both the University of Arizona and UC Berkeley. After living in Spain and Italy, I headed to Boston to write for a start up social media company and eventually made my way to Southern California to lead creative, content marketing and strategy for lifestyle, eco-friendly and technology brands.

Professionally, I am a creative brand strategist with 8+ years of experience. Personally, I’m a 500 hour certified yoga teacher, organic farmer and resident philologist. I strive to spread sustainability and conscious lifestyle globally. I am also a lover of cookies and cookie-related things. Bottom line, I am equal parts determined, creative and playful – but always striving to engage in all of my endeavors with integrity.

 


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