Gratitude and Appreciation

The Iyengar Yoga National Association of the U.S. (IYNAUS) holds a convention every three years.

It takes the dedication of many volunteers, offering their time, energy and expertise to pull together events like this one. We are hard at work gathering information and making the arrangements to give all participants the time to reflect, observe, to look within in order to penetrate the depths of the Iyengars’ teachings.

With sincere appreciation for their efforts, and acknowledging that this is an incomplete list of people who are helping to create this event, we offer our thanks to the following.


  • Co-Chair: Randy Just
  • Co-Chair: Michelle Pontrelli
  • Co-Chair: Anne-Marie Schultz
  • IYNAUS Events Chair: Sandy Carmellini
  • Advertising: Sheryl Abrams
  • Banners/Signage: Don Gura
  • Goody Bags: Monika Eilerman
  • Hospitality: Jimena Lieb
  • Magazine: Jerri Crowley
  • Operations / Logistics: Michelle Pontrelli
  • Props: Mary Scott
  • Props Kit: Marj Rash
  • Puja/Flowers: Martha Watson
  • Registration / Web: Jeremy Wittenberg
  • Scholarships: Dana Chamblin
  • Vendors: Erika Schneider
  • Sponsors: Susanne Bullington
  • Sponsor Organizer: Kevin Mason
  • T-Shirts: David Slack
  • Banquet: Tatyana Wagner
  • Entertainment: Greg White
  • Volunteers : Gretchen House

IYNAUS Board and Staff


  • David Carpenter (Appointed): President
  • Vacant: Vice President
  • Michele Galen (Appointed): Secretary
  • Stephen Weiss (IYAMN): Treasurer

Members at Large

  • Amita Bhagat (Appointed)
  • Laurie Blakeney (Appointed)
  • Sandy Carmellini (IYANC)
  • Gwendolyn Derk (IYAMW)
  • Gloria Goldberg (IYAC-SR)
  • Don Gura (IYANW)
  • Scott Hobbs (IYALA)
  • Laura Lascoe (Appointed)
  • atti Martin (IYANC)
  • Ann McDermott-Kave (IYAGNY)
  • Paige Noon (IMIYA)
  • Denise Rowe (IYASE)
  • Anne-Marie Schultz (IYASCUS)
  • Jean Stawarz (IYANE)
  • Christine Stein (IYALA)
  • Manju Vachher (Appointed)

Organizers and Volunteers of past IYNAUS Events

  • The Core to the Periphery National Convention: May 26-30, 2016 Boca Raton, Florida
  • Sarvabhauma Yog Convention and Regional Conference: May 10-15, 2013, San Diego, California
  • Maitri Southeast Regional Conference: May 3-6, 2012, Washington DC
  • From the Heartland Midwest Regional Conference: September 15-18, 2011, Chicago, Illinois
  • Reflection: National Certified Teachers’ Convention: May 11-16, 2010, Portland, Oregon
  • Shining Light on New England Regional Conference: October 16-18, 2009, Providence, Rhode Island