BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Chair of the Board
Pauline has over 10 years of experience in the corporate for profit world and has spent the last 3 years co-founding Canada's first Baptiste Affiliate Studio, Power Yoga Canada. Her love for yoga began with Baron In 2006, she found her way to Baptiste Yoga and now works closely with Baron Baptiste designing and delivering programs. She began participating with the AYP organization in 2011 at AYP's first Seva Safari challenge. Pauline fell in love with the project, the people and the mission, and now serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors. Fulfilling her personal vision of empowering people across the planet.
Co-Founder and Executive Director
Paige lives and breathes the creed of service and self-empowerment that she teaches. A native New Yorker, graduate of New York University, and former Wall Street consultant, Paige has been teaching yoga for over a decade in the dynamic Baptiste, AcroYoga, and Jivamukti methods. As a Senior Baptiste and AcroYoga Teacher, Paige teaches in Yoga Journal Conferences across the United States, and is a featured presenter at the Evolution Asia Yoga Conference, the Barcelona Yoga Conference, the AcroYoga Festival, the Baptiste Power Flow Immersion, and the Yoga Teacher Telesummit.
Paige’s incisive skills as a businesswoman, spiritual activist, and yogini inspired her work with the Africa Yoga Project organization. In 2007, Paige moved to Africa and co-founded the AYP organization, a movement that empowers the youth and women of Kenya to learn, contribute, and change their lives through the transformative power of yoga. With the support of Baron Baptiste and his community, the AYP organization facilitated the first yoga teacher training in Kenya and now employs local youth to teach full-time in their own communities. AYP programs offer free classes to over 3,000 students per week, simultaneously building schools and funding education, critical operations, and environmental endeavors.
Since 2007, Paige has partnered with leaders in politics, philanthropy, design, and entertainment to broaden the AYP organization’s empowering reach. Whether working alongside Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation, Christy Turlington, or Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Initiative, Paige creates unique opportunities for community involvement and transformation. At home in Nairobi or reaching students around the world, Paige’s dedication to positive global change is infectious and inspiring.
Founder and CEO of Gina Din Corporate Communications
Gina Din-Kariuki is the founder and CEO of Gina Din Corporate Communications (GDCC) based in Nairobi, Kenya. The company founded in 1997 offers innovative communication solutions across the region. Its mission is Excellence. Before departing from Barclays Bank, in October 1997 to establish this venture, Gina served in the international bank in a number of capacities and rose to be head of Corporate Affairs where she led the “Connecting with the People” agenda and firmly put Barclays Bank on the map in Corporate Kenya.
Gina has over 24 years of service and experience providing state of the art media and communications to corporate, governmental and non-governmental sectors in Kenya and abroad. GDCC has filled a market niche by providing comprehensive corporate communications strategy as well as major events organizing for many blue chip and international companies.
Bonnie Vozar comes from a family that has taught duty to community sinceshe was a child. She began her adventure in philanthropy in 2000 when her family formed a foundation. The Topfer Family Foundation is committed to helping people connect to the tools and resources needed to build self-sufficient and fulfilling lives. In 2001 she left a 17 year career in sales, marketing and program management at Motorola, Inc to shift her focus to community full time.
A lifelong student of meditation, in 2000 Bonnie began to study energy healing. She later became a Reiki Master. In 2007, seeking resources to handle the stress of being a single mom of a 1 year old and 2 year old, Bonnie found yoga. In 2010 she began her studies with Deepak Chopra, Dr. David Simon and Davidji at the Chopra Center University in Carlsbad, CA and is certified to teach Primordial Sound Mediation, Seven Spiritual Laws of Yoga, and Perfect Health, The Chopra Center Ayurveda Lifestyle Program.
Nan Herron is a psychiatrist with 25 years of experience working with adults and children. She fell in love with Baptiste Yoga in 2005, and joined AYP as a Mentor and Ambassador in 2011 when she first met Paige Elenson and knew that AYP had to be a part of her life. In the summer of 2013, Nan went to Kenya for the first time to do research on how yoga leads to mental health and life-changing benefits that transform the lives of AYP teachers and students.
Nan became a yoga teacher in 2012. She incorporates techniques adapted from Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy into her yoga classes. Her passion is to incorporate yoga and mindfulness into the world of medicine and mental health, blending Eastern and Western healing techniques that can be accessible to everyone.