Headstand's board & staff members all come from very diverse backgrounds. But we share the same passion to provide disadvantaged K-12 students with the tools to combat toxic stress through mindfulness, yoga and character education.
KATHERINE PRIORE is the founder and executive director of Headstand. Directing the yoga-in-schools movement, she oversees school programming, fundraising, strategic partnerships, and organizational sustainability. Katherine leads workshops training teachers around the country, and strategizes with school leaders to develop cultural shifts for greater wellness in K-12 settings. She began her studies in yoga nine years ago as a way to relieve stress as a public school teacher. Since then, Katherine has cultivated a profound appreciation for the calming, therapeutic, and grounding aspects of yoga. She is an educator and yoga teacher, with more than a decade’s experience leading a wide range of K-12 learners. Katherine holds a Master’s degree in Education from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
KATY MOONEY is an entrepreneur, branding consultant and executive coach. Even more, she is an activator of potential. Working with executives, leaders and teams, Katy helps her clients unlock untapped potential, overcome internal barriers, and see new possibilities to activate their best. Today, her clients include Procter & Gamble, Gap Inc., Peet’s Coffee & Tea and more. Earlier in her 19-year career, Katy was a marketing leader for Banana Republic, a brand director for Landor Associates and a tired, unhappy lawyer at a fancy law firm. In 1998, Katy discovered yoga and noticed that as her body became stronger, her heart softened and mind expanded. Her painful running injuries also subsided. She was hooked and now incorporates yogic principles into her holistic, pragmatic business approach. In addition to Headstand, Katy is actively involved as a volunteer and mentor for College Track, a non-profit geared towards helping kids get to college in under-resourced communities. Katy is originally from Ohio and was born ninth in a family of ten children.
ANNIE WEINBERGERour marketing committee chair utilizes her expertise in development and execution of marketing strategies, branding, and customer advocacy, as well as mobile, web, social and rich media technologies. Her passion for improving the well-being of at-risk youth has led her to work with many community and youth-oriented non-profit organizations - including Youth-to-Youth in Sun Valley, ID and Taproot and Youth Speaks in San Francisco, CA.
MARTIN SCOTT is a San Francisco-based yoga teacher who believes in the transformative powers of yoga – not just Asana practice but yoga as a lifestyle. Martin honors the traditions of yoga learned from his teachers, Sri Dharma Mittra based in New York City and Stephanie Snyder in San Francisco. Martin teaches a Vinyasa-based yoga practice that focuses on health and wellness for the body and the mind. His attentive teaching style is accessible to students of all levels. His classes build strength and flexibility and Martin encourages students to always maintain a sense of humor and lightheartedness while inspiring them to further their practice through dedication. He recently opened a studio in San Francisco, Union Yoga (www.unionyogasf.com) and donates 100% of the proceeds from his Saturday morning classes to Headstand.
DAVID SAWAYA is a partner in the San Francisco office of Ernst & Young. He has served the San Francisco Bay Area business community for over 30 years advising large and emerging growth domestic and multi-national clients in areas related to advisory and assurance matters. Dave spends a significant amount of his time advising companies undergoing business transformation. For example, his clients have executed acquisitions and mergers, completed public offerings, expanded globally, restructured their capital, and downsized their operations. Dave is a member of the AICPA, the California Society of CPA’s, and several trade organizations. He graduated from the University of San Francisco in 1975 with honors.
MOLLY WHITLOCK DEL BALSO enjoyed 14 years of diverse work experience going from Wall Street to Microfinance projects in India to various educational and charitable endeavors in Latin America. Molly brings a wealth of corporate and cultural experience to Headstand. A graduate of Purdue University, Molly is a life long yoga enthusiast and has studied yoga at Yoga Works and has had the opportunity to practice all over India. Currently a fan of prenatal yoga, Molly is awaiting the birth of her first child.
MEREDYTH LACY currently works at the University of California Office of the President supporting the Chief Financial Officer in strategic planning, financial analysis, and project management of system-wide strategic initiatives for UC’s 10 campuses and 5 academic medical centers. Prior to joining UC, Meredyth worked for Bain & Company and the Bridgespan Group. Meredyth has worked with a variety of youth-oriented nonprofits, including StandUp for Kids, Inspire, and multiple charter management organizations. Meredyth's passion for yoga began over a decade ago, and her practice has become a mental and physical foundation. Meredyth has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Pomona College in Claremont, California.
JAMIE HANNA combines a strong business discipline with a passionate commitment to education, wellness and yoga. She currently teaches yoga to elementary school children and has been a dedicated Ashtanga yoga student for 10 years. In 2008 she founded Zobha, a fitness and lifestyle apparel company and served as CEO from inception to 2012. Jamie holds a BA from Emerson College and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her husband and their two children.