Chief Collaborator / Executive Director
Mike is passionate about helping others and building community. As an Army Judge Advocate and public defender in Minnesota, Mike realized that he needed healthy ways to manage stress and trauma. Mike found that yoga and meditation worked well for him. Mike wants to bring yoga, meditation, and other healthy life practices to all communities.
Mike teaches yoga, meditation, and compassion based mindfulness in the Minnesota criminal justice system and Veterans community. Mike serves on the Veterans Yoga Project Board of Directors and volunteers with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans.
Mike manages a small law firm dedicated to helping Veterans and Servicemembers. In his spare time, Mike coaches his son’s sports teams, plays hockey, and (of course) practices yoga and meditation.
Chief Operating Officer / Board President
Jenilee serves as licensed social worker dedicated to helping individuals as a dispositional advisor with the Ramsey County Public Defender’s Office. She also teaches Vinyasa and Yin yoga to women in the Ramsey County Correctional Facility. In addition to helping clients, Jenilee provides wellness training for fellow social workers and those serving clients in need. Jenilee teaches yoga at Studio One and recently completed Mindful Resilience for Trauma Recovery with the Veterans Yoga Project. Before serving at the PD office, Jenilee used her training to help people suffering with mental health issues.
Chief Wellness Officer
Ayan Hassan has a postgraduate degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner and Master’s degree as a Clinical Nurse Specialist from Winona State University, in Minnesota. Her role is to provide family-centered healthcare to patients of all ages. Ayan’s clinical expertise spans from general family medicine, women’s and men’s health, pediatrics, diabetes, infertility and nutrition.
Ms. Hassan is also a Yoga instructor who is passionate about health from a holistic framework of food, supplements, and lifestyle. Her approach to health has always been treating the person as "whole" - not just their physical symptoms and illnesses. Ayan is completing her doctorate of Family Nurse Practice in May 2019 and is a part-time graduate assistant.
Our dynamic team consists of other community leaders, entrepreneurs, meditation guides, yoga teachers, medical professionals, and mental health experts. Our purpose is to build our community.
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