team


Jayne Ashenfelter 

Rehabilitation Outreach DIRECTOR

Jayne brings more than 25 years’ experience in health care marketing, sales and management. Recently retired, she is now focusing on opportunities to serve the community of recovering addicts and their difficult journey of overcoming the disease. Jayne is also a dedicated student of yoga and mindfulness and has also worked in various yoga studios where she has witnessed first hand how transforming a yoga practice can be for troubled youth and addicts in recovery. 

Colleen Devirgiliis 

TEACHER and adviser

Colleen has been teaching yoga for twelve years in gyms, schools, homes, corporations and studios. She is the Director at Seva Power Yoga, a vinyasa studio in West Chester, PA where she leads classes and teacher trainings. Colleen has completed many teacher training programs and has been certified to work with breast cancer patients, at risk youth, prisoners and people recovering from addiction and trauma.  Her work continues to be a source of inspiration, joy and growth. She is honored to be affiliated with the Transformation Yoga Project.

Brianne Murphy 

Director of criminal justice & Reentry services

Brianne first began studying yoga and mindfulness at Temple University through an undergraduate degree in Buddhism and Eastern Philosophy. Her deep love for philosophy and commitment to radical social justice brought her to pursue yoga teacher training so that she could build a life of connection and service. Since completing her 200 hr certification, she has focused primarily on continuing education in trauma sensitivity for youth and adults, yoga service and activism, and is a trained facilitator in the Inside Out: Prison Exchange Program Methodology out of Temple University. Yoga service has been a catalyst for her own personal growth and transformation and she is ever grateful for the opportunity to connect with and learn from each individual who comes to yoga!

Blakey Elkhart Kornfeld

Quality Assurance and Training Manager, Yoga for Recovery

Blakey’s mother took her to her first yoga class in 1987, as a troubled teen, the peace that she found on the mat had a profound impact on her life. In 2006 Blakey returned to a regular practice of Yoga as a way to improve her physical health and deepen her recovery from drug addiction; she knew then that she wanted to share the healing power of yoga with others seeking recovery. Since completing her first yoga teacher training, Blakey has been leading classes focused on the therapeutic value of yoga on the body and mind. She has completed several trainings in trauma sensitive yoga as well as 500hrs of yoga therapeutics. Blakey continues to deepen her understanding of the spirit/body connection through regular trainings and self study. She is delighted and honored to be a part of the Transformation Yoga Project.

LYNN ROSENSTOCK

DIRECTOR OF DEVELOPMENT

 Lynn’s career centers on collaboratively engaging, evidence-based practices that help people returning from incarceration to find and follow their life’s path.  She was drawn to TYP as a way to help people restore the connection between mind, body and soul, to have more peaceful, productive and meaningful relationships with their family, employers and community.  Previously Lynn served as Director of Reentry Strategy & Outreach for the City of Philadelphia Office of Public Safety.  She also she founded and led the Philadelphia Reentry Coalition, a diverse network of government agencies, non-profits and returning citizens working to improve reentry.

Alexis workman Donahue 

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digital media marketing director

Alexis completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training at The Light Within Yoga Studio and continues her yogic education by regularly attending classes, workshops, and specialized training sessions. As an avid writer and social media guru, Alexis offers a unique perspective on the cultural, emotional, and philosophical aspects of mindfulness. Her passion for teaching yoga to at-risk teens and adolescents in recovery from trauma and/or addiction keeps her busy with classes at Delaware County Detention Center and Montgomery County Youth Center. In addition to being the Digital Media Marketing Director for Transformation Yoga Project, Alexis also teaches private clients, chair yoga for seniors, and several classes per week at her home studio, The Light Within.  

CHERYL SPERA

Instructor Coordinator

Cheryl has gratefully served in the field of addictions for over ten years.  In addition to her professional work, she is committed to working with those in recovery and struggling with addiction.  Her undergraduate degree from Penn State University is in Human Development and Family Studies.  She has completed the TYP Teacher Training Yoga for Trauma and Addiction, and is beginning her 200-hour yoga certification in November.   Having experienced a personal transformation through mindfulness and yoga, Cheryl’s passion is to lead others down the path of wellness of mind, body and spirit.


BOARD OF DIRECTORS


MIKE HUGGINS

Founder, Executive Director; RYT, CFT, MBA

Mike Huggins is the founder and Executive Director of Transformation Yoga Project.  He is specially trained in applying yoga practices for addiction recovery and trauma-related issues. Mike is a registered yoga instructor (200 RYT) who has been practicing yoga since 2002.  He is also a certified fitness trainer. He left the corporate world to focus on a variety of community based outreach programs and to further develop his yoga practice.  Mike has dedicated his time and passion towards demystifying yoga by breaking down the powerful and positive aspects of the practice in a direct straight forward manner which these at-risk populations can relate to. Mike has been on the board of several non-profits in the greater Philadelphia area. He has a Bachelor of Science degree from Villanova University and a Masters of Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.

BEVERLY STEWART

M.ED.

In 1985, Beverly Stewart began Back to Basics as its sole employee.  Today the company employs 150+ professionals, offers 60+ subjects for children and adults, has taught 16,500+ students, and contracts with 10 school districts and the gov. for a variety of services.  Back to Basics also offers Delaware’s only Department of Education-approved 1-on-1 K-12 Private School.

 As an industry expert for both business and education, Beverly’s successes have been featured in publications such as Entrepreneur, The New York Times, and Consumers Digest.

 Her pioneering approach to education and her business acumen have consistently been recognized with numerous awards. including the 2014 Brava! Award from Philadelphia’ SmartCEO and the 2012 Award of Excellence from Delaware State Chamber of Commerce.

BRUCE E. RISLER

CFP®

Bruce is the President/Owner of Risler Financial Management, LLC in Plymouth Meeting, Pennsylvania, with professional expertise spanning more than 2 decades.  He is a Pennsylvania Freemason and an Eagle Scout. Community-minded, Bruce has served as Men’s Club President of Beth Tikvah B’nai Jeshurun in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania, and remains an active member of his Synagogue. A proud supporter of Susan G. Komen for the Cure, The American Cancer Society, National MS Society, and Laurel House, amongst others.

VIKTOR OHNJEC

Viktor has almost 30 years of experience as a technology strategist and executive advisor. He is President and CEO of M2VP - a company that multiplies the effectiveness of business leaders.  He is president of the board for Collegium Charter School and has served on boards for the YMCA, local hospitals, regional networking groups and numerous other non-profit and for-profit boards. 

DEAN BEER, ESQUIRE

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Chief Public Defender, Montgomery County.  Mr. Beer previously held the position of Deputy Chief Public Defender.  Mr. Beer is also an associate with McAndrews Law Offices, P.C. Before joining McAndrews Law Offices, P.C., Mr. Beer was an Assistant Public Defender in the appeals division of the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He has extensive trial experience and has argued before both the Pennsylvania Superior and Supreme Courts. In addition to having extensive trial experience, Mr. Beer also co-founded the immigration project in the Philadelphia Defender Association.  He is a frequent lecturer both locally and at the national level on the immigration consequences of criminal convictions.