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The loveyourbrain staff

We are a growing family of like-minded individuals who believe that the brain is our most important piece of equipment.


YOGA

Kyla Pearce Kyla has been a part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, has played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. As the Lead Yoga and Meditation Teacher, she combines her knowledge of yoga and meditation with her passion for enabling TBI survivors to explore the benefits of these practices. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes. 

Kyla Pearce

Kyla has been a part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, has played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. As the Lead Yoga and Meditation Teacher, she combines her knowledge of yoga and meditation with her passion for enabling TBI survivors to explore the benefits of these practices. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes. 

 
Kim Baker As the Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga & Meditation Program, Kim is spearheading the expansion of our flagship program.  Most recently, Kim held a leadership role with lululemon athletica.  She also brings several years of experience working for various nonprofit organizations and the United Nations, as well as an MPA in nonprofit management from NYU.  Kim is committed to helping others love their brain through yoga and meditation.
 

KYLA PEARCE, mph, CBIS, RYT-200, PhD candidate 

Kyla serves as the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program on a national level. She has been part of the Pearce family for years, and, following Kevin's accident, played an integral role in the launch of LoveYourBrain. Kyla has blended her expertise as a yoga teacher and researcher to develop a TBI-centered yoga curriculum, which she trains yoga teachers and clinicians to deliver through workshops across the country. She is also pursuing a doctorate from Dartmouth College with research interests in the application of yoga and meditation for therapeutic purposes. 

 

KIM BAKER, mpa, RYT-200

As the Director of Implementation for the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, Kim is spearheading the expansion of our flagship program.  Most recently, Kim held a leadership role with lululemon athletica.  She also brings several years of experience working for various nonprofit organizations and the United Nations, as well as an MPA in nonprofit management from NYU.  Kim is committed to helping others love their brain through yoga and meditation.

 
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Ramsay Pierce E-RYT 200, YACEP

As the Yoga Program Manager for LoveYourBrain, Ramsay supports the expansion of the LYB Yoga program. She has spent nearly six years working for mission-minded nonprofits, leading fundraising efforts and supporting programmatic offerings. She is also an E-RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and has been teaching since 2012. Ramsay believes that yoga is a practice of coming to know ourselves - physically, emotionally, and spiritually - and in doing so, we grow to love ourselves more deeply. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to contribute her nonprofit experience combined with her passion for yoga and mindfulness in order to expand the community of people who love their brains, their bodies, and themselves.

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Asa Angel, RYT-200

As the Yoga Program Coordinator for LoveYourBrain, Asa supports the operations of the LYB Yoga program. She has spent eight years working in the public sector, leading the development and coordination of education programs around the country. Asa is also an RYT 200 certified yoga instructor and practicing meditation teacher, with a focus on helping people who have suffered from trauma. After almost 10 years of studying the impact of yoga and meditation through the lens of modern science, Asa is deeply committed to sharing these methods to help heal our communities. 

 
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Abby Humphrey, Ed.M., RYT-200

As the Yoga Program Intern, Abby is thrilled to support LYB's mission and the sustainability and growth of the yoga program. With an academic background in human development, psychology, prevention science, and counseling from Boston College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and hatha-based yoga teacher training from India, Abby is passionate about combining the best of eastern and western philosophies around mental health and healing. She completed LYB's teacher training in 2016 and strongly believes in the therapeutic power of yoga and meditation not only for TBI survivors, but for everyone. While practicing and teaching, she likes to remember and share the word’s of her yoga teacher, “appreciate yourself & love yourself".

 

EDUCATION CURRICULUM

 
 

ARI Havusha

Ari serves as the Outreach Coordinator for LoveYourBrain. As a former elite soccer player, Ari was drawn to the LYB mission after sustaining several severe concussions. Ari now uses his first-hand experience with head trauma to educate and empower youth to make brain-healthy choices. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Social Work at McGill University and brings passion and dedication to the LYB family.

 

Shilo Zeller, BSc. Neuroscience, RYT-200

As the educational curriculum Coordinator , Shilo works on strengthening and expanding the programmatic efforts of the curriculum while spreading the message of LoveYourBrain. Shilo holds a Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience from the University of Lethbridge and complemented her education with research experience with Dr. Gerlinde Metz. Most recently, Shilo completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in November 2016. This, combined with her education, has made Shilo passionate about educating individuals on brain injury prevention and she hopes to impart wisdom on how a regular, mindfulness practice can be used as a therapeutic tool.

RETREAT

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DEVELOPMENT

Marianna Frame Marianna has been a part of the LoveYourBrain Family for over 2 years. After completing a masters in fundraising management in 2012, Marianna applied her skills and passions by working with dynamic and young nonprofits with a focus on program execution and problem solving. Marianna soon found herself working with Kevin and Adam Pearce supporting them as they developed the LoveYourBrain mission and message. Marianna is inspired every day to further the work of the organization, seeing the benefits of LYB programs in the lives of survivors and caregivers. 
 

SOCIAL MEDIA

Megan Whiteside Megan leads and manages our social media to spread the LoveYourBrain message online. She has significant experience in leveraging diverse social media platforms to effectively engage our community.

Megan Whiteside

Megan leads and manages our social media to spread the LoveYourBrain message online. She has significant experience in leveraging diverse social media platforms to effectively engage our community.

 

DESIGN

Courtney Ruoff Courtney has been part of the LoveYourBrain family for the past 2 years contributing to the design and execution of products. She brings expertise in graphic design and project management.

Courtney Ruoff

Courtney has been part of the LoveYourBrain family for the past 2 years contributing to the design and execution of products. She brings expertise in graphic design and project management.

 

Abbie Eldridge MS, CCC-SLP

As the the Retreat Manager, Abbie works to coordinate the annual LYB Retreat in Vermont, and to expand the program to make this meaningful experience available to more people in the LYB community.  As a Speech Therapist with over a decade of experience in the rehab setting, Abbie is continuously amazed by the brain’s ability to change and improve, and has witnessed the positive impacts of family and community support, understanding, acceptance, and LOVE. She is grateful for the opportunity to integrate her clinical background with LYB’s mission to bring whole-person care to people affected by brain injury along their healing journey.

 

 

MoLLY Barrett, RYT-200

Molly guides and supports LoveYourBrain's fundraising strategy. Most recently, Molly was the Development Officer for Scholar Athletes and she brings nearly six years of nonprofit development experience to the team. Molly also completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in June 2016. As a devoted yogi, volleyball coach and former college athlete, Molly understands the importance of movement and mindfulness for the brain and is excited to share this knowledge with others.

 

 

MEGAN WHITESIDE

Megan leads and manages our social media to spread the LoveYourBrain message online. She has significant experience in leveraging diverse social media platforms to effectively engage our community.

 

COURTNEY RUOFF

Courtney has been part of the LoveYourBrain family for the past two years contributing to the design and execution of products. She brings expertise in graphic design and project management.