Co-Founders and Directors
Julia is a certified yoga instructor who specializes in teaching yoga and mindfulness in school settings. As a former elementary school classroom teacher with a Masters in Education from Teachers College at Columbia University, she knows the importance of supporting students' social-emotional growth. Julia writes yoga curriculum that supports the developmental needs of students, as well as promotes curiosity and joy within the classroom. When she is not teaching yoga, Julia enjoys reading, playing with her dogs, and traveling.
M.A., E-RYT-200, RCYT
Lauren is a certified yoga instructor and licensed school counselor with professional experience working with children in elementary, middle and high school settings. She specializes in yoga for children, teens, families, and educators and incorporating yoga into academic and community settings. Combining her experience as a yoga instructor and educator, Lauren teaches evidence-based yoga practices that are grounded in brain-based learning and child development theories. When she is not teaching yoga, Lauren continues to deepen her personal yoga practice and also enjoys fueling her curiosity about the world by traveling where ever and whenever possible.
Erin is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher from Give Yoga in 2016 and a licensed massage therapist since 2012. She also completed Baptiste Kids Yoga teacher training in 2017. She began practicing yoga 12 years ago, and it has changed her life for the better. Through her teaching, she hopes to inspire and support others, and spread the joy that yoga has brought to her life.
Mary Hill, RN, MSN, PNP-BC
Mary is a Board Certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner with experience in Primary Care, Otolaryngology, and Perioperative Clinics. Through her practice in the hospital, she has provided care to children of all ages and developmental stages. Deeply passionate about children's health and wellness education, she loves incorporating yoga and mindfulness tools in her work. As an instructor with the Youth Yoga Project, she enjoys helping kids develop self-management skills and watching their confidence grow as they feel empowered by new abilities.
Board of Directors
Rodney Harrelson, Ph.D.
Dr. Rodney Harrelson is an educational strategist for RTH Strategic Planning and Consulting, LLC. Dr. Harrelson previously served in a variety of roles during his sixteen years in Columbus City Schools, including most recently as a district administrator supporting school improvement efforts in the district's lowest performing schools that resulted in the movement of several schools out of Priority Status. He is a skilled facilitator who brings a high level of expertise and experience in urban education, collaboration, school improvement and innovation. Dr. Harrelson also serves on the board for City Year Columbus and Youth Yoga Project.
Amy Borntrager, M.P.A., RYT-200
Amy Borntrager is an advocate for women, girls, and gender issues. She is the Chief Development Officer at Columbus School for Girls. Amy found her passion for yoga while living in NC and was certified at Yoga District in Washington, DC. Amy is a Columbus native. She and her husband live in Clintonville and are raising two wild, sun loving children.
Board treasurer Eric Conrad brings five years of prior experience as the treasurer of a condominium association. New to the yoga community, Eric was drawn to the Youth Yoga Project as a vehicle for community involvement distinct from his career in IT. His own involvement in youth development began with summers spent as a camp counselor in his high school & college years, and Eric understands the value of providing positive activities and curriculum for children as they grow and develop. An Ohio native, Eric holds a Master of Business Administration from Capital University and a Bachelor of Business Administration from Bowling Green State University. When not working, you may find him in Mexico, spending time outdoors, or cheering for the Cincinnati Bengals.
Erica holds a degree in Psychology from Arizona State University and has earned certificates and licenses in Esthetics, Second Degree Reiki, Lymphatic Drainage, Acupressure, Chakra Balancing and numerous product lines. Holistic healing is her passion and she travels extensively to retreat centers hosting private trunk shows, teaching mala making classes and as a guest esthetician/healer. Erica resides in the Columbus, Ohio area with her husband, 3 daughters and 2 dogs.
Mary Jo Kilroy, J.D.
Mary Jo Kilroy is an attorney, former two-term County Commissioner of Franklin County, and former U.S. Representative for Ohio's 15th congressional district. She began her career in politics as a Columbus School Board member, and is passionate about providing central Ohio students with quality, equitable education. As Youth Yoga Project's board member, she works to promote wellness programming for Columbus City school children.
Sara McCain is a collaborator to her core. She believes in people, their stories, and the power of telling our narratives. With nearly a decade of communications experience in companies ranging from nonprofit to corporate and retail, she strives to place herself in roles that allow her communication skills to further generate change and grow organizations. As a storyteller she knows how to inspire towards change. Her skills extend beyond communications as she acts as a catalyst; a creative strategist that develops more by growing relationships and connecting communities, fundraising, and program development. At the end of the day, ultimately Sara hopes that by putting words to use she can generate more. She also loves her puns intended, being near water, and prioritizing family above all else. Sara feels fortunate to live in Columbus (by water!) with her incredible husband and dog (who happens to be incredible too).
Jocelyn Reynolds is a board certified and licensed occupational therapist in the school setting. She works with children in elementary, middle and high school. Jocelyn loves to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into her occupational therapy sessions with students to help them improve their physical, emotional and mental states. She is inspired by holistically supporting children’s development of self-worth and the creation of positive lifelong strategies. Jocelyn has been practicing yoga herself since she was in high school, but continues to be challenged and humbled by its impact. When she is not working with children in schools or on her own yoga mat, you will find her playing with her two kids, running, skiing, camping, traveling or listening to music.
Chad is co-owner and founder of Modo Yoga Columbus, a Grandview Heights hot yoga studio rooted in the hatha tradition. Modo Yoga Columbus is a community of inspired students, joined together by a love of yoga, a commitment to protecting the earth, and a drive to bring more peace into the world. A teacher at Modo, Chad has a 500 Hour YTT certification in Hatha and a 100 Hour YTT certification in Vinyasa. Previously a practicing attorney trying to figure out his path in life, he only wishes he discovered the transformative power of yoga earlier in life, leading to his involvement with the Yoga Yoga Project. He holds a B.S. in Sport Management from The University of Dayton and a J.D. from the University of Cincinnati College of Law. A Columbus native, Chad, his wife Carrie, and their Rhodesian Ridgeback Midge live in Upper Arlington. If he's not at the studio, you can find him at a local sporting event, on the golf course, or exploring all the food and drink Columbus has to offer.