The loveyourbrain team
We are a growing family of like-minded individuals who believe that the brain is our most important piece of equipment.
KYLA PEARCE, mph, phd, CBIS, RYT-200
Kyla serves as the Senior Director of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program, overseeing the design, implementation, and evaluation of the program on a international 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 also completed her doctorate at 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 has been spearheading the expansion of our flagship program on a national level since 2015. She has helped to develop the organization’s TBI-centered model, involving individuals who have sustained a TBI and caregivers in every step of program creation—from planning to implementation and dissemination. In 2019, she was appointed to serve on the California Department of Rehabilitation’s Traumatic Brain Injury Advisory Board. Prior to LoveYourBrain, Kim spent several years working for the United Nations and various nonprofit organizations both in the United States and abroad. She obtained her MPA in international nonprofit management and public policy from NYU.
Ramsay Pierce, E-RYT 200, YACEP
As the Yoga Program Manager, Ramsay supports the expansion of the yoga program and co-leads LYB yoga teacher trainings for teachers and clinicians to offer TBI-centered yoga and meditation. She has spent seven years working for mission-minded nonprofits. Ramsay has over 600 hours of training in various styles of yoga, including restorative, yin, prenatal, and she is certified through the Integrative Amrit (I AM) Method as a yoga nidra instructor. Ramsay believes 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 fortunate 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.
Shilo Zeller, BSc. Neuroscience, RYT-200
As the Yoga Program Coordinator, Shilo supports the operations of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program. 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.
As the Assistant Manager, Alyssa combining her passion for yoga and tech tools in order to cultivate positive change for individuals affected by TBI and the communities that surround them. Alyssa has expertise in marketing, operations, and systems design and innovation that she gained from companies such as Burton Snowboards and Wasserman.
As an Outreach Intern, Karen is excited to share her skills and love for yoga, health promotion, and community reintegration. Karen is an Occupational Therapist in New Hampshire, who specializes in working with people who have experienced brain injury. In her time as an OT, she has noticed a gap and need for programming to help bridge people from the clinic back into the community. Karen has been tremendously impressed by the powerful program and support LoveYourBrain provides to the TBI population and felt motivated to join the team.
As an Outreach Intern, Katie is excited to promote LYB’s mission and raise awareness of LYB programs. She recently earned her MBA with an emphasis in organizational development from Upper Iowa University. She was introduced to yoga while recovering from her own TBI she sustained a couple years ago. Through her own experiences, she has learned how important brain health is and the positive impact that yoga can have. Her TBI ignited a passion to help others who have been impacted by similar experiences and she is looking forward to assisting in the growth of LYB.
As an Outreach Intern, Eliza is passionate about spreading the word about LoveYourBrain and is excited to help grow this amazing community. Eliza completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in April 2018 and studies psychology and studio art at the University of Vermont. Eliza has been involved in nonprofit work since a young age and LoveYourBrain provides the perfect opportunity to combine her love for yoga with her desire to help others and make a positive difference in the world. As a psychology student, Eliza understands the consequences of serious brain injuries and the importance of caring for those who have experienced TBI. Eliza’s love for yoga and her dedication to self-care and mindfulness ignites her enthusiasm to share the empowering message of LoveYourBrain.
Kristine is an Outreach Intern promoting the LoveYourBrain program and helping to expand it into all 50 states. Having personally sustained a TBI, she has first-hand experience with the healing benefits of yoga and meditation, and completed the LYB FUNdamentals series in 2017. She is passionate about helping others with TBI learn about the gift of mindfulness and resilience, and the community connections LYB provides to all that it serves.
By serving as an Outreach Intern, Hanalei is excited to help spread awareness about the importance of loving your brain! Hanalei is a certified yoga instructor and has delivered speech-language therapy for people with traumatic brain injuries since graduating from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014. She is currently pursuing a Master of Arts degree in Strategic Communication at the University of Denver and plans to use her formal education to support the growth of LoveYourBrain’s mission and programs. Hanalei recovered after experiencing a head injury at a young age and has personally seen the valuable improvement a compassionate community and empowering caregiver can provide. She has made it her life’s work to pay it forward and support others on their journey to live a brain healthy lifestyle.
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".
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.
Amber Davey, MSW
As the Retreat Manager, Amber spearheads the implementation and expansion of our Retreat program while supporting organization-wide fundraising efforts. After earning her Master's degree in Social Work, she worked as a Development Coordinator for First Descents, a Denver-Based organization supporting young adults impacted by cancer. Her experience with multiple concussions during her time as a collegiate athlete has given further meaning to joining the LYB team and providing support and resources for others affected by brain injury.
Jenna Nelson, MPH
As the Retreat Intern, Jenna supports the logistics, fundraising, communication, and evaluation efforts of the retreat program. After completing her master’s degree in epidemiology, she joined the Florida Department of Health working to prevent and respond to outbreaks of infectious diseases. After sustaining a TBI in 2018, she has become a wholehearted advocate for loving your brain. Learning through her own healing, she believes strongly in the approach of LoveYourBrain to empower those affected by TBI to find strength, community, and hope. Therefore, she is humbled to have the opportunity to merge her public health training and own experience with TBI to further the impact of LoveYourBrain.
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 has been part of the LoveYourBrain family since its inception, contributing to the design and execution of products. She brings expertise in graphic design and project management.