The Yoga Seed Collective is organized as a non-profit organization. As a non-profit, we have a Board of Directors that is part of our leadership structure.
Board Chair, Jeanne Munoz started practicing at the Yoga Seed when the doors first opened. She volunteered at the front desk and has served as a Board Member for more than 2 years.
A 200 hour RYT teacher, Jeanne holds a deep love and appreciation for the benefits of yoga, meditation and mindfulness, and feels that her life purpose is to be of service from the heart, connecting people to a practice of unconditional self-love and continual self-care.
Jeanne received a BA in Cultural Anthropology from UC Santa Barbara and her JD from the University of St Thomas in Minneapolis.
Treasurer, Samantha Contreras has been practicing yoga for over 5 years. She became a member of Yoga Seed in January 2016 and is currently enrolled in the 200-hour teacher training program. Her desire to become a yoga teacher stems from her deep commitment to support transformation in the lives and environment of marginalized communities through social justice.
Originally from Los Angeles, she moved to Midtown Sacramento in 2012 to purse a career in public policy. Samantha is Senior Legislative Advocate for the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) Local 2015. She represents over 315,000 In-Home Supportive Services (IHSS) caregivers and nursing home workers in California in various issue areas including health, social services, retirement security, labor and workplace
safety, immigrant rights, and in the Budget process. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Political Science from California State University, Los Angeles.
Aside from practicing yoga, Samantha also enjoys running, hiking, Latin dancing, and volunteering to improve her community.
Secretary, Lisa Murphy started her yoga practice at the Yoga Seed Collective in 2012. At a time in her life when she was in need of something bigger than herself, she was comforted and centered by the community and compassion that Yoga Seed Collective offered. In the yoga studio, on her mat, she found her home away from home. In the Yoga Seed community, she found her tribe.
Professionally, Murphy works for the California State Senate as a consultant. She also has almost a decade of political campaign experience. Murphy is the managing editor of the popular local blog, GirlsontheGrid.com. She also served for two years on the New Leaders Council, Sacramento Chapter board as the Communications Chair and National Liaison.
Murphy joined the Yoga Seed Collective board in October of 2016. She is looking forward to being of service to a community that helps make yoga accessible to everyone.
Reyna V. Schlichter, brings more than 25 years of non-profit experience to The Yoga Seed Collective. While living in Phoenix, AZ, Reyna was tapped to be the interim Executive Director for the local ACLU.
Reyna’s most challenging and rewarding experience was as the Executive Director for El Concilio del Condado de Ventura, Oxnard, CA, a Latino service organization. Also, while living in Ventura, CA, Reyna was the chair for the Ventura Alcohol and Drug Advisory Board, member of the CA Department of Alcohol and Drug Programs, LGBT Constituent Committee and Chair of ACLU of Ventura, CA. She is also the founder and former board chair of the LGBTQ Family Center, an organization that provided support services to LGBTQ youth.
Over the past 25 years, Reyna has been involved with non-profit organizations in areas of non-profit program development, creation, program evaluation, non-profit accounting, and grant writing.
Reyna lived for a time in Phoenix, AZ, where after only 3 months she became the co-chair of the Arizona Aids Network. Reyna lived in Ventura, CA for 11 years. Prior to her contributions in the community, she lived and worked in Sacramento, CA. There she was a Latina advocate for reproductive rights, HIV/AIDS and Alcohol and Drug Prevention. Reyna has been a business owner providing support services to small business owners and non-profit organizations.
Zachary Pasillas, ERYT-500, IAYT , is the Founder and Director of Trauma-informed Programs at
the Yoga Seed Collective. His studies at UC Berkeley and the University of La Verne led him to his life-long passion of teaching, where he excelled working with at-risk students, and was awarded teacher of the year in 2009. He is a registered 500-Hour experienced yoga teacher and a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists.
Zack’s expertise in yoga therapy and passion for social justice compelled him to create trauma-informed programs in psychiatric hospitals and detention facilities. In 2014 he taught a pilot inmate peer facilitator training at Solano State Prison which allowed incarcerated men to become champions of their nonviolent, life affirming practice. This program expanded the number of classes from 4 to 27 each month as the men began to teach classes to one another. The success of these programs have been affirmed through data collection, and student feedback that the yogic tools help relieve suffering and create a positive culture within the institutions.
Recently, Zachary has focused on training other yoga teachers and allied professionals to make yoga relevant and accessible to these underserved, often overlooked populations.
Tova is the the librarian, and the keeper of the knowledge of programs, software, payroll, calendars, budget, bills, marketing, and all the many other things it takes to run the Yoga Seed. From studio programming, to organization wide operations and marketing, Tova has the map.
She joined the Yoga Seed Community in 2012 and joined the staff as a teacher and administrator in 2013. She created the foundation for programs such as the Sliding-Fee Program which provides over $15,000 in services to students per month, spearheaded the Yoga Seed’s Karma Service River Clean Up Projects, and created many of the processes and procedures that keep the organization up and running.
Tova holds a bachelor of arts in English from CSU Sacramento and a associate of science in natural resources management from American River College. She is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher, and an advocate for the health of the natural world and its ability to bring better health to us. She is also a dedicated practitioner of the yoga of service. Tova also leads Yoga Seed camp outs, backpacking trips, and karma service river clean-ups (on the second Sunday of each month).
Jen Durkee started practicing at The Yoga Seed in 2012 because she could not afford to practice anywhere else. She has served tirelessly as a volunteer in almost every capacity for several years. Since her time as a volunteer, she received her first 200 hr RYT certification from the Hari Om Ahram Rajasthan, and second here at The Yoga Seed starting her career.
Jen oversees day to day operations in the studio with the help of volunteers, student/client management and relations both directly and with volunteers (either Jen or one of her volunteers will be the one to respond to your emails and phone calls, so be kind!), Overseeing the sliding fee program, recruiting, managing and retaining 40-50 volunteers in the Karma Crew.
Jen gets to plan our fundraising events ( yoga with cats, say what?!) that help fund our programming, manage and honor all Bodhi tribe members, business sponsors, and donors, and create/implement a fundraising strategy for the organization.
Jen is a tenaciously motivated employee, teacher, volunteer and friend.
Jen can be found all over the schedule, since she is often the go-to for a sub: she teaches All Bodies and Beginner’s!
John is a passionate supporter of our mission and believes Yoga can be practiced by anyone anywhere. He knows that service to others is an integral part of his path to freedom and liberation. That is why he actively engages in offering Yoga in high risk environments and for all persons, especially those who have been impacted by trauma.
John started practicing at the Yoga Seed in 2011 when he could not afford to practice anywhere else. In 2012 John began volunteering and a short time later began to teach in our studio.
John currently serves as the Trauma Informed Program Manager. In this role he supports Yoga Seed programs in Psychiatric Hospitals, Prisons and other locations. John was a pilot teacher in our psych program and assisted in the facilitation of our pilot APPLY program. Promoting trauma informed practices is important part of his role as a manager and educator.
John is a 200hr ERYT and is currently enrolled in the Yoga Seed’s 300hr YTT. He teaches a variety of regular studio classes: Tuesday 4:30pm Vinyasa, Thursday 6pm Yin and 7:30pm Queer Community Beginners.
John also serves as a facilitator of Yoga Seed’s 200 hr YTT.
Celeste has been a member of the Yoga Seed Community since 2012. She started as a dedicated student who had no idea teaching was in her future, but after participating in Yoga Seed’s pilot year of training she was hooked. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Feminist Studies from the University of California Santa Cruz and has a passion for social justice. Yoga Seed’s mission and it’s strong community continue to inspire her to be a warrior of light among many bright shining stars.
She currently teaches 3 studio classes a week as well as in multiple Outreach programs including the Psychiatric Hospitals, the Youth Detention Facility working with sexually exploited young women, and at Sacramento’s Main Jail. As Lead teacher Celeste helps keep the studio running and is the main source of contact for those employed or seeking employment with The Yoga Seed.
Karen took her very first yoga class at The Yoga Seed in 2014, and she was immediately drawn in by the positivity of the community and the way yoga helped her feel joy in her own body for the first time. She started practicing in the studio multiple times a week, and within a few months her chronic back pain of ten years was completely gone. Karen decided to take the Assisting Workshop, which ultimately set her on the path to teaching. She completed the 200-hour Teacher Training and then immediately the 300-Hour Trauma Informed Condition Specific Teacher Training.
She joined the staff of The Seed in 2016 and left a 16 year career as a Store Manager for Starbucks the same year. Karen now teaches classes in studio, as well as multiple Outreach locations including the Sacramento Native American Health Center, the Psychiatric Facilities, and a class for the Easter SEALS. She also teaches Meowga, a fundraising class benefitting the Sacramento SPCA and The Yoga Seed!
Karen serves as a part of the administrative team, where she wears many hats! She has a BA in Graphic Design from UCLA and is the resident design specialist at The Seed. She leads the Assisting Program and also serves as the coordinator for both the 200-hour and 300-hour Teacher Trainings.
When Karen isn’t at The Yoga Seed, you might find her jumping out of planes (she is a licensed skydiver), volunteering at the SPCA, gardening, or hanging out with her two dogs and two cats.
Would you like to be on our team? Yoga Seed is a non-profit organization, which means our work is about community service and all revenues are used to operate our programs. Part of being a non-profit is having a Board of Directors that works with our staff to set policy, make decisions, and represent Yoga Seed in the community and work on fund raising. Board Members are stewards of the organization, responsible for ensuring our mission is fulfilled. If you love what Yoga Seed brings to our community and want to see our studio and outreach programs grow, please consider becoming a Board Member. It is a wonderful opportunity to serve our Yoga Seed community as well as the many people we want to reach with yoga services. All are welcome to apply. Board Members volunteer their time, and need to be able to devote 15-30 hours per month to this service.
Please feel free to download the YSC Board of Directors Application, and send the completed form or questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.