Philipa von Kerckerinck
Shortly after completing her MA in International Affairs and Development at The New School in NYC, Philipa von Kerckerinck was working to complete her 200 hr yoga teacher training when it struck her that yoga could be a powerful tool for development. Since that day she has been working to materialize her vision of using the practice of yoga (including traditional yoga postures, breath work, mindfulness & meditation practice, music, dance/movement, discussion, philosophy, laughter, and celebration) to establish a more holistic means of cultivating positive change throughout the world, one child at a time.
Alessandro’s experience in strategic consulting for non-profits stems out of more than a decade of experience in international development, humanitarian aid, and philanthropy. Thanks to his experience, Alessandro has been able to successfully consult and guide implementation for clients, both in a small and large scale, in the non-profit and commercial sectors.
Alessandro’s broad involvement with non-profit organizations across a range of issues has given him insight on a strategic capacity and on the tactical deployment of resources. He has been involved in running The Santa Maddalena Foundation’s writers retreat in Florence, Italy since 2000, and has been the Secretary of the Board of Trustees since 2006. In addition, he lived in Damascus, Syria working with the United Nations (UNRWA) on social services for Palestinian refugees. During this time, he co-founded and directed Offline:Media, a non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the original work of media professionals from conflict regions. He is also a member of the Family Council of the Flora Family Foundation since 2006 and a fellow of the Institute for Philanthropy. Alessandro is also on the Board of Slow Food USA. As of 2016, Alessandro is on the Board of Advisors of Amigos de las Americas, and the Institute of Play.
Alessandro holds an M.A. in International Affairs and Non-Profit Management with a focus on Media and Culture from The New School University in New York, and a B.A. in Social Anthropology from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. He speaks Italian, English, French, Spanish, and Dutch, and is passionate about photography.
Rachel’s background is in accounting, She has a B.S. in accounting from the University of Delaware. She spent the first 5 years of her career in the audit side of public accounting and worked the next 10 years in the mutual fund industry, primarily in accounting and reporting. While taking a break from the corporate world to raise her 2 daughters, Diane and Anna, she took on many volunteer positions, most in accounting roles in various non-profits. Currently she has her own business and provides accounting services to small businesses and non-profits. While continuing to volunteer in a number of accounting and finance roles Rachel has recently tapped into her creative side, taking on the costuming for her daughter’s high school production of Fiddler on the Roof. Rachel has been married to her husband Jim for the past 25 years and resides in Kennett Square, PA.
Peace Corps Liaison
At Northwestern University’s Cancer Prevention Consortium, Katrina is changing attitudes toward clinical trials and helping cancer prevention researchers recruit participants. She designs interactive web tools and websites to make the clinical trial process more transparent to participants. Prior to her work in Chicago, Katrina moved to The Gambia in West Africa for two years, where she empowered rural communities through health and food security training. Katrina now maintains that connection with The Gambia by volunteering with Roots Tribe Yoga, an international development NGO working in countries all over the world.
Katrina holds a Master’s in Public Health from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH.
Lea Schodel is the founder of Wellthy Pty Ltd and The mindful wealth movement, a uniquely feminine program that empowers women to take control of their relationship with money and create financial well-being for themselves and their families.
Lea is passionate about financial well-being and teaching women about money in a holistic and creative way. Lea works with an array of people from different backgrounds who are seeking support in creating an authentic and purposeful relationship with money. Lea believes the journey to financial well-being starts by understanding ourselves: our money personality and money habits, as well as our goals and intentions with money.
Tiffany is currently a student at West Chester University studying for her Bachelor’s of science in Nutrition and Dietetics and minor in Contemplative Studies. She is also completing her 200hr Yoga Teaching Certification through West Chester University, and teaches two yoga classes on campus. Tiffany has hosted a RTY Program at a community center in Kennett, PA and hopes to continue to create positive change in her community and around the world.
Fundraising and Training Director
Alexandra participated in the first RTY training and Girls’ Camp in The Gambia in 2016 and immediately fell in love with the curriculum. Through her time in Peace Corps The Gambia she participated in two RTY Girls’ Camps as well as a RTY program in her village. In each instance she saw how the girls grew in their comfort and confidence from the first day in which they barely spoke to the final days in which they actively shared the goals and intentions and support for each other. While she is proud of her Peace Corps service for many reasons, her work with RTY is where she felt she was able to have the strongest, deepest, and longest-lasting positive impact in her country of service. As a team member, she is honored to work with such a supportive, engaged, and hard-working group of women!
Website and Tech
Stephanie is a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer and RTY enthusiast. She had implemented her own RTY program in West Africa prior to joining the team managing social media. Stephanie has practiced yoga for nearly eight years, but her time spent implementing RTY pushed her to travel to India, this past 2018, to obtain her 200 HR Yoga Teacher Certificate. Stephanie is currently on the path to obtaining her PhD in Clinical Acupuncture, Herbology, and Chinese Medicine. It is her deep belief that wellness starts from the inside, and she hopes to help others tap into their own intrinsic want to holistically be the best that they can be!
Alex is currently living in Baltimore, Maryland and about to graduate from the University of Maryland Baltimore School of Social Work with a Master of Social Work in May 2019 and is the President of the International Social Work Organization at her university. She plans to use her social work degree to help develop equitable community-centered programs that improve the health of those across the world. She served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in South Africa and implemented two successful Roots Tribe Yoga programs with her students there. Now, Alex is serving as the fundraising intern for Roots Tribe Yoga and developing her solicitation and communication skills to ensure the success of Roots Tribe Yoga continues.
Ambassador Liaison Intern
- Kaye Gentle
- Brian Ford
- Bob Altman
- Sharon Johnston
- Sophia Demas
- Dawn Smelser
- Barbara Pizzala
- NdeyFatou Ceesay