IYANC is guided by a Board of Trustees who bring a wealth of business, marketing, yoga, and leadership experience to the organization. Our Board is responsible for setting Association policies in alignment with IYANC’s tri-fold mission. The Board meets monthly. If you are interested in serving on the Board of Trustees please email excom@iyanc.org.


IMG_2251 (1)Athena Pappas, Board President
Athena discovered yoga in 1990 during a year-long trip backpacking through India and other parts of Asia. She began studying Iyengar Yoga in 1991 while living in Berkeley and has been devoted to the method ever since, she has traveled to India on numerous occasions to study with the Iyengar Family. She has taught full time since 2000 in locations throughout the Bay Area. Athena is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher and holds a Senior Intermediate I certificate. She joined the IYANC/IYISF Board of Directors in the fall of 2015, chaired the programming committee in 2016, and has served as Board President since June of 2016. As President of IYISF, Athena hopes to facilitate the growth of Iyengar Yoga through out the region and to ensure that the Institute continues to thrive for many years to come. Athena holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of Arts and Crafts; she studied and lived at Tassajara Zen Center after college. From 1995 – 2000 Athena managed all aspects of operations for Kerri Linden Design, a San Francisco based design company producing fashion-forward jewelry that was sold in shops and boutiques around the world. In addition to practicing yoga, Athena enjoys exploring the bounty of the Bay Area’s food scene and cooking meals for her friends.

Karen Woods, Vice-Chair
Karen discovered Iyengar yoga in 2008 and has been an ardent yoga practitioner and IYANC member ever since. Karen joined the IYANC Board in Spring, 2015, initially serving as Secretary to the Board before assuming the role of Vice President. Karen has 30 years of work experience in the fields of banking, healthcare administration, and teaching. Karen grew up on the East Coast and her first job out of college was as a commercial banking lender in Boston. During graduate school in North Carolina she made the transition to Healthcare Administration, and then went on to work for Children’s Medical Center of Dallas before moving to the Bay area to work for Kaiser Permanente. Karen has also spent time teaching and tutoring children grades 4th through 8th, in math, reading, writing, and SSAT preparation. Karen holds a BA in Mathematics and English from Amherst College, and an MBA from The Kenan-Flager School of Business at the University of North Carolina. Karen enjoys lending her skills and time to help IYANC grow and flourish.


Lauren Fogel, Secretary
Lauren is VP, Production & Digital Studio for Pearson, focusing on STEM disciplines in Higher Education. She has a track record of success in defining strategic vision and taking products from concept to commercialization in hyper-competitive markets. Lauren embraced the transformative power and potential of educational technology early on and has been at the forefront of educational technology product development. Lauren is dedicated to professional mentoring and coaching; she is a co-founder of the Linda Davis Society, a cross-functional mentoring relationships group at Pearson and she serves as an Everwise Mentor. She is also the executive sponsor of Pearson’s Women in Learning and Leadership initiative in California. Lauren lived in Asia for most of her 20’s when she started practicing Iyengar Yoga in India. She continues to be an intrepid world traveler and active Iyengar Yoga practitioner.



Karen Tercho
Karen Tercho works as a Public Services Librarian at Sacramento City College. She regularly teaches students about the nuances of college-level research and technology. She also designs, schedules, and coordinates library instruction, works on student equity initiatives, and serves on college committees. Karen has practiced Iyengar yoga since 1999 and believes that in fostering strength, symmetry, and self-awareness, Iyengar yoga results in more joy and less worry in the mind and the body. She has completed 350 hours of teacher training at IYISF and is studying to become a certified Iyengar yoga teacher. Karen holds a BA from McGill University and a Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of Rhode Island.



Brian Hogencamp
Brian Hogencamp is a dedicated yoga practitioner and certified Iyengar yoga teacher. He has devoted his life to sharing the art, science and philosophy of yoga according to the teachings of B.K.S. Iyengar. He’s been teaching full-time since 2004 and travels annually to India for study with the Iyengar family. Prior to the gravity of Iyengar Yoga, Brian earned an MS in Electrical Computer Engineering and explored the software engineering realm for 15 years through research, product development, and leadership positions – balancing solution elegance, stakeholder needs, and sustainable business models. www.iybrian.com


Dan Pelsinger
I was born in 1959 in Long Beach, California. My parents were both educators- my mother was a special needs elementary school teacher teacher and later a Marriage and Family counselor, my father was a junior college professor, a lifeguard and a surfer- he just passed a little over two years ago. I dropped out of high school when I was 15 years old and moved to Maui to surf- I ended up graduating from High School in Maui. I spent two years traveling around the world (mostly Europe, North Africa, and the South Pacific) before returning to California to get a Construction Engineering Degree from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. I moved to San Francisco and soon met Dan Matarozzi, a general contractor, and we have been partners ever since building high end residential and small commercial projects, we are in the 30th year of our partnership. I met my wife Regina Villalba while traveling and we have been married for 24 years. She is Chilean and spends a lot of time in Chile now that our daughters are older. My eldest daughter, Gabriela, will be graduation from Columbia University in May- she is an activist. My youngest, Camila, will graduate from high school in May and start at Brown University in the Fall. I started doing yoga after my father died (I was his primary caretaker) in February, 2013. I was guided to David Sirgany by Sharon Hawley, and David has been my primary teacher ever since. I also attend Cynthia Bates’ classes whenever I can. I started yoga primarily to help me deal with my lower back issues, and I have seen a marked improvement in both the physical state of my back and my mental and emotional state also. I helped out with the renovation of the Institute by aiding John Hayden with the scheduling of the project, coordinated volunteer work dates with our carpenter employees, provided equipment as needed, and helped John contact our subcontractors to keep the job moving and on schedule. It was my pleasure to provide these services pro bono to the Institute as I am committed to helping any way that I can to the success of the organization.


Jeff Sikand
Jeff Sikand has been involved with IYANC and the Iyengar community at large for several years and became more intimately involved during the construction and relocation efforts of IYISF led by John Hayden. At that time John principally called on Jeff for his demolition abilities and through the process he found himself increasingly interested in our future here. Additionally, in recent years he has been increasingly present at many of the visiting teacher workshops and has generally felt embraced by this community and seeking more opportunities to give back. He has been practicing yoga since 2003 and initially came to yoga for nothing more than a stretch after long hours at his then day job in economic consulting. He first came to Iyengar Yoga around that same time while experimenting with different methods and found the focus on holding asana and using the body as a vehicle for raising awareness something very unique amongst the different methods. Today he places great value on the diversity of Iyengar yoga and the different flavors that different teachers bring to this system of learning. He holds a Masters in Economics and and has spent years in the technology industry in roles focused on alliance strategy and development. He is currently a Sr. Director – Cloud Alliances with ADP for their marketplace platform. His professional experience includes working with many different businesses and specifically finding where people and business can collaborate in a mutually beneficial way. Perhaps most importantly however, is the drive that he shares with many of you to give back to this system of yoga which has had such a profound impact on on life in so many different ways.



Richard Weinapple
Richard Weinapple is a Certified Iyengar Yoga Teacher. He has practiced yoga since 1974, and has studied extensively at the California Yoga Center with Elise Miller and Larry Hatlett. He’s a graduate of the 500-hour Advance Studies/Teacher Training Program at the Iyengar Yoga Institute of San Francisco, and is fortunate to have studied with Geeta Iyengar in Pune, India in 2014.  He also continues to study with Marla Apt and Jito Yumibe at Iyengar South Bay. He’s committed to making yoga accessible, beneficial and enjoyable for everyone — no matter one’s age or physical condition. Richard is also an ardent mountaineer and wilderness guide.