Project Yoga Cincinnati

Board Members

Katy Knowles
Katy Knowles is Project Yoga’s Board President, a 200 RYT and 500 ERYT Para Yoga Level I Certified Teacher and former owner of yogahOMe in Cincinnati. She has dedicated 25+ years to teaching yoga, meditation and dance. Yogiraj Rod Stryker, Laura Jane Mellencamp Murphy, Lilias Folan, Karina Ayn Mirsky and many others continue to be her teachers. Katy has also completed the Himalayan Institute’s Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist Training, studying with Kathryn Templeton. Katy co-founded yogahOMe in Cincinnati in 2004, and after selling the studios in 2012, is dedicating her boundless energy to Project Yoga. “It is my dharma to create communities around the practice of yoga.” Katy is forever grateful to her husband David and three sons for their support in her journey.

Missy Tyszkiewicz
Owner of Move Your Hyde, Missy has taught for Project Yoga for the past six years, most recently at Saint Aloysuis and Dohn High School. “The kids absolutely blow me away. Going to teach every week is such a joy. I feel so much love for them.” A practitioner who found yoga relieved her chronic back pain twelve years ago, Missy enjoys teaching yoga as a part of living life to the fullest. Missy completed her teacher training with Baron Baptiste in 2007 and has never looked back.

Ken Paley
Ken is Vice President Marketing & Public Relation for Episcopal Retirement Homes, a nonprofit with a wide range of retirement communities, geriatric care services and wellness programs. Ken’s professional experience includes 10 years in Asia where he worked as the Country Marketing Manager in Thailand for Chesebrough Ponds and the VP of Marketing for Citibank in Hong Kong. Because of his work with Episcopal Retirement Homes, Ken brings a breadth of knowledge about what it takes to meet the needs of older adults. He also has a soft spot for every living animal, and has been known to bring a rescued turtle to a meeting on it’s way to finding it a safe new home.

Tonya Vachirasomboon
An attorney with Bingham, Greenebaum & Doll LLP, Tonya focuses her practice (her WORK practice, that is!) on mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters.  As an attorney, Tonya frequently serves as corporate counsel to a number of businesses and advises them on a wide range of matters including corporate governance, ownership and stockholders issues, business restructuring, and commercial contracting.  While attending law school at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana, she became a certified yoga instructor through CITYOGA’s 200 hour teacher training.  Tonya teaches for Project Yoga at Bethany House.

Wendy Anderson
Wendy Andersen has been dedicated to the practice of yoga since 1995. She received her original certification in Anusara Yoga and is a registered yoga teacher with the Yoga Alliance at the eRYT500 level. Wendy founded Shine Yoga Center in 2002 and continues to teach at Shine and for the City of Montgomery. As a former attorney and small business owner, Wendy now brings her skills in yoga and the business world to the Project Yoga board.

Deb Bagley
Deb began her yoga journey in 2005 looking for a way to reduce the stress level in her body and life. After practicing several years, she decided to enter teacher training to more fully understand why this practice had resonated with her so deeply. She completed her RYT-200 through Yoga Home and it was during this experience that she began teaching at the Bethany House in 2011. She credits her teacher, Katy Knowles with introducing her to Project Yoga and has been a member of the Bethany Team for 4 years.

Executive Director: Gina Fennell
Having worked for both Starbucks Coffee Company and lululemon athletica in leadership positions, Gina comes to Project Yoga with 20+ years experience in operations and human resource management.A former local yoga studio owner, 200 RYT, and long time student of Buddhist psychology, her leadership is a balance of driving for results and mindful decision making. Gina’s journey through motherhood, the corporate world and thousands of yoga classes taught and taken, brings experience, vision, and a little bit of fire to the Project Yoga collective. How did Gina get to today? “The universe was speaking in a million different ways, yoga and mindfulness taught me to listen. I am very pleased that I get to spend my days in service.”

Honorary Board Members
Faith Bryan
Joan Donnelly
David Knowles
Peter Levin – Project Yoga Co-Founder