Our Board of Directors
Dr. Howie Shareff | Executive Director
Dr. Shareff has dedicated his adult life to helping others heal. His 25 years of compassionate chair-side dental care have provided a deep understanding of pain.
Dr. Shareff suffered from chronic arthritis during his forties, a disabling condition which led to the early retirement from his practice and most of the recreational sports that he previously enjoyed playing.
Yoga has been integral to Dr. Shareff’s personal journey toward healing. He began practicing in 1996 to improve muscle strength and increase flexibility in his back and shoulders. The benefits of his yoga therapy extended to better management of the physical and mental strains of his dental practice, sports traumas and chronic arthritis. Yoga became essential in his preparation before, and rehabilitation after, surgeries and career transition from dentist to chair yoga teacher.
Dr. Shareff achieved certification as a Lakshmi Voelker Chair Yoga Teacher in 2008. Since then, he continues to advance his studies under the mentorship of Cindy Bulka at Moving Mantra Yoga Studio in Raleigh, N.C. and expresses his passion to heal by teaching chair yoga regimens based on principals of yoga and physical therapy.
Dr. Shareff shares his love of chair yoga and gentle restorative mat yoga at independent living facilities, the YMCA, public libraries, and other public and private venues. In 2010, Dr. Shareff re-established his business as the non-profit organization, You Call This Yoga(YCTY), to facilitate public education of the benefits and practice of gentle Adaptive Yoga programs. In 2011, Dr. Shareff received Level 1 certification as a Restorative Yoga Teacher from Judith Lasater RYT, PT.
Sarah Wechsberg, MBA | President
Organizational Design & Change Management Consultant at Centerline Digital and Director of Forward Triangle, Triangle Entrepreneurship Week
A lifelong student of yoga and life, Sarah is drawn to opportunities for transformation, whether it’s in the boardroom or on the yoga mat. With eight years of business experience, launching socially and environmentally focused businesses, helping small and large organizations change for the better, and directing a conference for entrepreneurs, she started to see the additional need for support with people’s person transformation. She began her yoga teaching journey in 2014 and says "I am humbled and honored to help guide beautiful souls through their own personal journey of aligning heart, mind, body and spirit and unveiling their authentic and honest selves." She is deeply passionate about helping others, paying it forward, and creating a community that lifts each other up and helps heal our world (tikkun olam).
William A. Harmon, Jr. CFP, RFC | Vice-president
Bill Harmon has been a financial services professional for thirty years in the triangle. His business life encompasses a wealth management firm, life insurance agency and college planning software company. As a life long health advocate, Bill is a vegetarian, an active competitive martial artist, and yogi.
Barbara Vosk, Ph.D., RYT | Secretary
Barbara Vosk, Ph.D., RYT500 is a licensed psychologist, yoga teacher, and student of yoga. In her psychotherapy practice in Raleigh, she helps adults with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, and recovery from trauma. Experiencing the ways yoga provided healing and health in her own life motivated her to become a yoga teacher; she completed her 500-hour training at Blue Lotus Yoga and Movement Arts studio in Raleigh in 2016.
She has blended her two passions of psychology and yoga to co-create a Yoga for Anxiety Relief program, which is offered at several studios in the Raleigh area. She is currently developing a Yoga for Trauma training program for teachers and mental health professionals, and teaches restorative yoga at Bliss Body Yoga studio in Raleigh.
Mor Aframian is a global citizen who enjoys working with creative individuals and social enterprises to build forward-thinking communities by creating unique and engaging experiences that inspire others to take action. Aframian has been working with You Call This Yoga as the YogaFest NC event coordinator since 2013. In addition to YCTY, she is also the co-founder of Redress, an event planning company that brings together sustainable minds within the fashion and textiles industry.
Mor currently works with Cherokee Media Group as the Online Community Manager, overseeing digital marketing for Cary Magazine, Auto Remarketing, and Auto Remarketing Canada.
Susan Kilmon, Certified Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher
Susan Kilmon, is a 500-Hour Certified Professional Level Kripalu Yoga Teacher registered with Yoga Alliance. She is a member of KYTA, the Kripalu Yoga Teachers Association, a professional association with over 2000 yoga teachers in over 30 countries.
Susan is committed to her own personal growth educationally, spiritually, and professionally since beginning the study of yoga in 1993. She brings safety, compassion and support to her students. She is currently teaching Yoga at Sertoma Art Center with Raleigh Parks and Recreation. She teaches beginner and intermediate classes as well as Seniors and people with varying degrees of mobility. Kilmon has also trained teachers and participated in workshops with the National Multiple Sclerosis Society since 1997.
Julee Snyder, E-RYT500
Julee Snyder is an E-RYT500 Yoga Alliance registered yoga teacher and licensed massage and bodywork therapist. She has been practicing yoga since 1994 and completed her first teacher training in 2004. She works as the Director of Therapeutic Programming at EVOLVE Movement and teaches Anatomy in several local teacher training programs and assists the Body-Mind Centering practitioner programs, as well as the yoga application program. Her passion is the merger of somatic practices (Body-Mind Centering, Feldenkrais, Alexander Technique, Franklin Method, etc.) with yoga.
She runs two yoga specialty training programs in Gentle Yoga and Restorative Yoga that incorporate a somatic approach with the premise that any body and every body can do yoga. Julee passionately aligns with YCTY’s mission to create accessible avenues for people to experience yoga.
Nancy Gilbert E-RYT, RPYT
Nancy is a passionate yoga teacher. She shares her love of yoga through her yoga school, the Tiitbha School of Yoga, plus offers seminars for teachers in prenatal yoga and the ancient yoga texts. Nancy lives in Clayton, NC and teaches gentle yoga classes in the area. Nancy has participated in most of YCTY's YogaFest NC events, trained Howie Shareff as a private student to acquire his RYT, and helps community organizations through acts of service.
Sandy Scherer, RYT500, President, MSS Communications, Inc.
With more than 30 years of experience in creating and implementing communications solutions, Sandy Scherer operates her own corporate and marketing communications consulting business. Through her work in leadership roles for regional and global organizations, Sandy found yoga to be a great source of balance to her professional work life. The practice also helped to provide insight as she transitioned to operating her own business in 2006. This balance and insight of the practice continue to guide her daily.
In her yoga teaching, Sandy creates opportunities for her students also to experience balance, insight, self-acceptance and compassion, as she encourages them explore the connection to self in all ways. Her training and teaching experience in Yin Yoga and Therapeutic Restorative Yoga as well as Trauma-Sensitive Yoga and Yoga for 12 Step Recovery inform the supportive, safe and compassionate approach to her teaching.