The loveyourbrain staff
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 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.
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. 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.
Mary Fay, CYT-200
As the Yoga Program Coordinator, Mary supports the operations of the LoveYourBrain Yoga program. Mary has spent eight years working in nonprofit management leading programs developed for underserved communities. Her recent TBI has given her insight into the everyday effects of a brain injury, and ignited a passion for building community and supporting healing for those also touched by this experience. As a certified yoga instructor, Mary has sought ways to reach audiences who may benefit from yoga outside of traditional studio classes.
elisha bonsignore, RYT-500
Elisha is our Outreach Intern. Elisha has completed 200 hour and 300 hour yoga teacher trainings and she feels being a student to the practice is often more important than teaching it. She has gained experience teaching yoga in diverse settings from abroad in Thailand, to conventional gyms, to patients in substance abuse recovery. She believes in utilizing yoga as a therapeutic tool, allowing one's breath to create stillness in the mind and inner peace. Elisha is excited to use her passion for yoga within the LYB community.
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.
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.
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.
As the Development and Retreat Coordinator, Amber spearheads the implementation 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.
MoLLY (BARRETT) sanchez, RYT-200
As the Development Director for LoveYourBrain, Molly informs the organization's fundraising strategy and oversees all avenues of giving. Most recently, Molly was the Development Officer for Scholar Athletes, a Boston-based organization that supports nearly 5,000 urban high school students on their quest to thrive academically, on the court, and in life. Through this role and her position with several other notable groups, she brings seven years of nonprofit development experience to the LYB team. Molly also completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training in June 2016. As a devoted yogi, volleyball coach and former collegiate athlete, Molly understands the importance of movement and mindfulness for the brain, and is grateful for the opportunity to support people affected by traumatic brain injury.
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 for the past two years contributing to the design and execution of products. She brings expertise in graphic design and project management.