Ariel Altman

Ariel Altman is dedicated to the growth of Exhale to Inhale through volunteer coordination efforts and other development initiatives. For her, Yoga has transformed from a means of exercise and mind-body wellness to a way to better the community. Ariel is a 200 hour Yoga Alliance certified vinyasa teacher [Sacred Sounds Yoga] and loves to “flow it out” while breaking a sweat. During the week you will find Ariel at her job in the Tech Industry and when she is not at work she is exploring NYC restaurants or trying out the latest fitness craze. She holds a BA from Vanderbilt University and loves all things related to healthy living.

Daniel Leventhal

Daniel Leventhal serves as Development Director for Pajama Program. He oversees all initiatives for development and growth of the organization. Prior to working at Pajama Program, Daniel was involved with fundraising and development at various organizations, including Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America and NY Foundling. He is currently an MBA candidate at NYU Stern.

He became involved with Exhale to Inhale because of his passion to live in a world where no person must endure domestic violence, and because of his belief that yoga is a crucial avenue to empower domestic violence survivors.

Eileen Fruithandler

Eileen Fruithandler is the CEO of Third Eye Yoga Shala.  She was attending a speech by Deepak Chopra when she first met Sarah Finger of ISHTA Yoga, and the ETI Board of Directors.  Eileen is a Brand Ambassador for O, The Oprah Magazine as well as a Partner Studio with Yoga Journal Magazine.  Eileen has attended trauma-based yoga training for Veterans, built philanthropic organizations in her community, and has a BS and MBA from NYU.  She teaches yoga to high school students, sports teams and staff/instructors. Her goal is to create awareness not only for the physical healing benefits of trauma-based yoga, but also for how working together can do so much for our community, country and world.

Jodie Rufty

Jodie Rufty is the Manager of Trainer Development for YogaWorks in New York City. She has been teaching yoga and training teachers worldwide for nearly two decades and is coauthor of The Art of Yoga Sequencing. Jodie has studied with incredible teachers including Alan Finger, Alison West, Ana Forrest, Desikachar, Eric Schifmann, Lisa Walford, Rodney Yee & Shiva Rea. She received her Master level Attunement and Certification to Reiki, is a Prema Birthing Practitioner, as well as a Rising Star and More Truth Will Set You Free teacher. Jodie resides in NYC where she continues to study, practice and teach. She leads workshops and retreats worldwide. Jodie believes these incredible tools and gifts are given to help us access and open the channels within, so we can awaken to the luminous Spirit and Truth that resides in us all.

John Donnelly

John Donnelly is President of the Coalition of Youth & Families of New York.  He serves as Foundation Advisory Board Member for The Resolution Project, and as Advisory Board Member for The Salvation Army.  Previously he served as US representative for UN-HABITAT Resource Mobilization, and as Manager of Development and Communications for The Church of St. Luke in the Fields.  He has led successful fund raising campaigns for many organizations (including Salvation Army WW, United Nations, New England Baptist Hospital, and Harvard University). John brings a diverse background and a wide range of expertise to these advisory posts. John co-founded Fifth Business Consulting, was VP & General Manager of Donnelly Advertising, and served on an FTC Committee for responsibility in advertising.  He was Director of Marketing at Cullinane Database Systems, and VP of Marketing and Networking Sales at Computer Corporation of America. John graduated from Harvard College in 1964.

Kim Gerstman

Kim Gerstman is a non-profit fundraising consultant and a regular yoga practitioner. With more than 25 years of experience in fundraising, Kim has managed small and large fundraising departments in organizations concerned with global health, the arts, research, social justice and social services. She has held senior development positions with at the Population Council, American Civil Liberties Union, and NARAL Pro-choice New York. She currently volunteers as Vice President of Development on the board for NOW-NYC.  Kim has an MBA with a specialization in arts management from Binghamton University.

Lisa Maldonado

Lisa Maldonado brings her creative management solutions to the table –a table populated with renowned musical artists. Her early background was as Press and Public Relations executive for a global roster of International artists before she joined the management team of The Power Station, a premier recording studio. She was tapped as Creative Director of Deniz Productions, spending 5 years at Atlantic Recording Studios at the side of legendary music producer, Arif Mardin. During this period, she was involved in the production process with such Grammy Award winning artists as Bette Midler, Aretha Franklin, Chaka Khan, and others. Following a two year move to Paris, France where she worked with renowned French pop artists, she returned to the US to work closely with famed Broadway composer/producer, Mitch Leigh (“Man of La Mancha”), overseeing operations of a global theatrical production company.

Rena Tucker

Rena Tucker is a social worker, mother of two, and in her spare time, she likes to practice Iyengar yoga.  Rena is dedicated to increasing access and providing options for women and families.  Rena currently works at RHEDI/Reproductive Health Education in Family Medicine to integrate comprehensive reproductive health training into family medicine residencies.  She has also worked on issues of child welfare, immigrant access, adoption, and human rights.  Rena received her MSW from the Columbia University School of Social Work and her BA in Asian Studies from Tufts University.

Robbin Rose

Robbin Rose recently left her corporate career to pursue teaching yoga full time. She teaches vinyasa-style classes that incorporate elements from Kundalini and Katonah practices. (This means you can expect fun flows, lots of hands on adjustments and breath work in her class). Her goal for every class is to inspire and challenge students to discover new connections within themselves, and with others. Find out more at

Tara Sanders 

Tara Sanders came to her yoga mat to explore and heal. Having a strong commitment to serving the community and advocating for underserved populations, she has taught students at a mental health advocacy agency, homeless youth, and developed a therapeutic yoga & mindfulness program for a domestic violence shelter in upstate NY. Tara is a 500 hour registered yoga teacher, and has continued her education with an emphasis on trauma-informed yoga, Yoga Nidra, children’s yoga, mindfulness, restorative yoga, adaptive yoga therapeutics, anatomy and bodywork, meditation, and somatic healing. Working with adults and youth, it has been a dream come true to share the healing and grounding practice of yoga, and to be a conduit for the practices and teachings that have had such a profound impact on her life.