Founder and Executive Director
Howie Shareff founded You Call This Yoga in 2007 as an organization to share yoga that was adaptable for people with physical ailments. As a 52-year-old practicing dentist and recreational athlete, he was managing his own severe arthritis for many years with gentle yoga – using the practice to prepare and recover from surgery. Through these positive experiences, he found that the practice of yoga to enhance healing and comfort could be accessible to anybody willing to breathe, focus and move mindfully.
Howie’s goal for the organization was to serve the community in an effort to improve social, emotional and physical health. He believed that yoga should be accessible for all people, delivered by skilled, passionate and professionally supported teachers. In 2010, Howie succeeded, with help from the NC Center for Nonprofits, in having You Call This Yoga recognized by the IRS as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
He has grown in the role as Executive Director with advice from the Small Business Center at Wake Tech, the Board of Directors of You Call This Yoga, and many coaches in our region. Howie enjoys engaging prospective yoga teachers, host partners, team members for YCTY, sponsors and students. He welcomes your contact to learn more about your interests. You can find him regularly playing disc golf to stay active and laughing at Raleigh’s Cedar Hills Park.
Board of Directors
President – Shannan Tyndall
Shannan joined You Call This Yoga over 7 years ago as the Event Planner and Media Manager and first joined the board as the Secretary. Shannan received her marketing degree from the University of Wisconsin Madison and has worked in the corporate world building brands and developing businesses for over 17 years. She was also a Marketing Manager at Triangle Business Journal and Advertising Director at The INDY.
Shannan has been practicing yoga for over 12 years and has always appreciated the health benefits of a regular practice. She enjoys getting her husband and four-year-old son involved with yoga any chance she gets. She believes that everyone can benefit from yoga and loves that You Call This Yoga makes yoga accessible to those in the community who may not otherwise have access to it.
Vice President/Treasure – Max Lanning, CPA
Max Lanning is a CPA in a local Raleigh CPA firm, Norton Collar Lund Lilley, PLLC. Max brings his experience with financial reporting to YCTY. He graduated from North Carolina State University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Accounting and 2014 with a Master of Accounting. He has practiced public accounting with the firm since 2014 and obtained his CPA license in 2016. Max’s role at his firm is managing financial statement audits, reviews, compilations, and preparations. He also is the lead auditor on many audit and review engagements with the firm in many industries, focusing in not-for-profit organizations. Max has many years of experience with nonprofit tax and payroll/contractor tax compliance.
Max joined the YCTY Board in 2020, acting as treasurer. He oversees the monthly accounting, facilitates tax compliance, and helps guide organizational finance decisions. He is in charge of ensuring the monthly financial statements are sound, annual 1099s are filed, the annual 990 is prepared, and the NC solicitation license is renewed annually.
In 2015, Max began his journey to become a healthier individual with a weight loss and exercise regimen. He has seen the emotional and physical benefits of exercise and a healthier lifestyle. Max is excited to be a part of a local organization that ensures individuals, who would not otherwise have the opportunity, have access to an exercise practice.
Development Committee – Randy Cagan, MBA
Randy Cagan, Managing Partner of Fortune Personnel Consultants of Raleigh (FPC), brings thirty years of recruitment and business leadership experience to You Call This Yoga (YCTY). FPC is a Forbes 50 top-ranked executive and management search firm. In 2012, Randy was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Wake County Community Foundation (WCCF), which directs over 100 different charitable funds and 15 scholarships, awarding grants to an array of local community nonprofit organizations, including the YCTY veterans’ programs. Randy served as the WCCF Board Chairman from 2016-2018 and remains active in this organization.
Building on his WCCF nonprofit background, Randy recently joined the YCTY Board of Directors to lead development and recruitment efforts. He has known Howie and Barbara for 27 years and is excited to help build a strong future for YCTY and the community.
President Emeritus – Barbara Vosk, Ph.D., RYT500
Barbara is a founding member of YCTY, having served on the Board as Secretary since 2014 and as President for the first part of 2020. She has been a yoga practitioner for over 15 years, and completed her 500-hour yoga teacher training at blue lotus yoga in 2015. Barbara is a licensed practicing psychologist in Raleigh, and integrates many aspects of yoga into her clinical practice. Barbara offers training to yoga teachers and mental health professionals on ways to integrate yoga to assist those coping with anxiety, trauma recovery, and other emotional issues. She believes strongly in the healing power of yoga, and is passionate about bringing these practices to others-beyond the bounds of yoga studios. Barbara looks forward to continuing her participation in the organization as it moves into its second decade of providing accessible yoga to the Triangle community.
Development Committee – Celia Hartnett, CSW, RYT200
Celia Hartnett believes that yoga helps dissolve the illusion that our bodies, minds, and spirits are separate. She began practicing yoga when she needed a complement to triathlon training. She eventually stopped doing triathlons but went on to become a yoga teacher, receiving her 200-hour training at The White Lotus Foundation in Santa Barbara. Yoga is an excellent adjunct to her psychotherapy practice and Celia studied its role in treating trauma, sharing its wisdom with her patients. To improve her skills, Celia has studied yoga, meditation, and recovery at Kripalu among other places. She has been a student of Tracey Rich, Ganga White, Elise Browning Miller, Amy Weintraub, Cheri Clampett Borda, Arturo Peal, Leslie Howard, Bessel van der Kalk, Rolf Gates and Niki Myers. Celia teaches yoga to women in recovery from substance use disorders on Tuesday evenings at Healing Transitions.
Because of her own physical differences, Celia finds that You Call This Yoga allows her to explore more effective and inclusive teaching. She believes that everyone can find some benefit from the eight limbs of yoga and feels it is an honor to serve on the You Call This Yoga board.