Board members do not receive any type of compensation from MYKC
Kerry is a Gulf War Veteran who spent eight years in the Air Force. He has a BS in Business Management, is a 500hr Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT) with Yoga Alliance and has been retired since 2014. Suffering from chronic pain and PTSD since his military days, Kerry understands first hand the numerous benefits of yoga and meditation for pain reduction and mental clarity. He is a yoga instructor that recognizes and believes that yoga can cause both physical and mental transformations that result in less pain, reduced PTSD symptoms and a reduction in stress. He provides a variety of classes that serve those looking for a physical challenge as well as a complete mindfulness/meditation practice. He realizes that people come to the mat at all different levels with different intentions and he welcomes everyone to come and make the class their unique yoga experience.
His personal objective is to make yoga available and affordable to everyone in the Community by providing a variety of yoga classes, workshops and teacher training in a space that is comprised of unconditional love and acceptance.
He is available for private or corporate yoga, mindfulness, meditation as well as health and wellness classes. He provides mindfulness, meditation, yoga, health and wellness instructor that applies real life experiences associated with PTSD and Gulf War Syndrome into all class offerings. Provides a unique guided meditation with yin style yoga that gives students the ability to transform mentally, physically and spiritually. Conveys relevant theming that correlates with daily intentions.
Kate Edell, MOT, OTR/L
Kate is a healthcare professional with a passion for community. She earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from the University of Kansas, then Master of Occupational Therapy from Rockhurst University, and has spent her career working in urban hospital systems assisting neurologically impaired individuals regain independence. A midwest native, now Colorado resident, she enjoys all the opportunities a mountain lifestyle has to offer including hiking, camping, and skiing! In addition to her involvement with MYKC, she is a team captain for Community Bucket volunteering in Denver, sings with the Denver Choir League, and travels frequently with her fur friend, Charley.
Born in Kansas City, KS and raised in rural Missouri, she moved back to Kansas City in 2009 with a passion for more. With almost 15 years experience in public and community health, she enjoys reaching out to the underserved and local community. She believes wholeheartedly in the “It takes a village” approach. Mother, linguist, aspiring author, blogger, spiritual guide, natural healing advocate and provisionally patented inventor, she provides a “thinking outside the box” perspective and is also currently learning how to write grants. Juanita was a keynote speaker for Whittier High School graduating class of 2014 and awarded Employee of the Year at Katy Trail Community Health in 2008. She is excited to be apart of the MYKC journey and looks forward to bringing communities closer together through journey of the heart.
Chairman of the Board
Kate is drawn to helping others and to uplifting those she comes in contact with to help them reach their full potential. Kate has been a registered nurse in the surgical setting for 9 years. She also developed a passion for yoga while in nursing school because it created a huge shift for her mental and physical energy. In 2017 she completed her 200hr yoga teacher training in the beautiful mountains of Peru. Her nursing knowledge combined with her yoga practice has taught her a lot about human anatomy and proper alignment in yoga poses. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado and when she isn’t working in the hospital helping patients or teaching yoga she loves to hike, paddle board, ski and help with community outreach. Kate is really looking forward to being part of the MYKC mission and making yoga accessible to all communities no matter your race, gender, physical ability or sexual orientation.
Tawny is on a mission to understand the human experience and how we relate to our environment. She resides in Sonoma County, CA where she studies Transformational NLP (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) and practices cultivating connection through movement, cooking, and interaction with the coastal landscape. Her yoga and spiritual practices have deepened through MYKC’s offerings and she is honored to contribute as a member of the board.