Meet our Board
Our Board’s composition is a strong, balanced blend of skills, experience, and compassion for our cause in bringing yoga to the most under-served communities in South Florida and across the country. Their passion fuels the movement!
President, Founder – Terri Cooper, to learn more about Terri Cooper, please visit 305yoga.com
Director – Carolina Henao, was born and raised in Colombia. She earned a Bachelor Degree from Emerson College in 1998 and worked 8 years in the advertising industry before finding her passion in the healing field. She has studied and traveled with Deepak Chopra & Swami Sitaramananda. Carolina completed her yoga teacher training with Terri Cooper and is currently studying crystal therapy healing at the Crystal Academy for Advanced Healing Arts. Carolina is an energy healer, certified yoga and meditation teacher, and has a deep passion for teaching our children how to lead a mindful life. Having two children of her own, and realizing how humbling and challenging it is to be responsible for the spiritual, physical and mental development of a human being, she is eager to share with Yoga Gangsters what she has learned through yoga, meditation, mindfulness and Ayurveda so that our kids can make more conscious choices and feel empowered no matter what.
Director – Hera Zee’s, journey into Yoga and Meditation began in 2001 while in college. Seeking a more “well-balanced” lifestyle, she enrolled herself in an immersion course for Yoga and Meditation. She soon began to share what she learned, and Yoga quickly became a way of life for her and those around her. As a lover of travel and all things education, Hera chose to pursue her Masters degree in Teaching Foreign Languages, graduated from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst in 2005.
While teaching high school, she found that many of her students struggled immensely with societal pressures, both in school and at home. She recognized a great need for her students to have access to the tools necessary to thrive in life, to connect with one another, improve their self esteem and make wiser decisions…all of the tools she received through Yoga. Wanting to share these tools with a broader community in 2010 Hera was inspired to become a certified Yoga instructor.
Soon after, she founded The Yoga Treehouse®, a place where she could share her love for all things Yoga. Known for her playfulness and creativity, Hera Zee is a Certified PiYo® and Yoga Instructor, LifeStyle Trainer and Health & Fitness Coach. Hera’s passion is to give from the heart. It is her belief that everyone should have tools to live life to its fullest and she has dedicated her life to sharing those tools with others.
Director – Phylice Kessler comes to Yoga Gangsters with vast experience in fitness and yoga and possesses a tremendous reputation for challenging, dynamic, and uplifting classes, infused with motivation and inspiration to create an overall powerful experience. She has been an acclaimed yoga instructor and fitness professional in South Florida for over 20 years, and is known for blending her academic background in wellness with her unique personal style of teaching and training to empower bodies, engage minds, and evolve lives. Additionally, Phylice received her Master’s degree in Mental Health from Nova Southeastern University and currently works as the Fitness Director at aLaya Spa at Bonaventure Resort & Spa. She is a strong leader in the yoga community and has been a top fundraiser for the past 2 years and spearheaded the South Florida Yoga Alliance Round Table to organize & unite the local yoga teachers. She is a single mom of three boys 17, 15, & 13 and resides in the Weston area.
Director – Daphne Sullivan
Fourteen years ago after the birth of her second son, Daphne Sullivan discovered the transformative power of yoga. She became certified in 2011 and has been teaching students to discover the magic that body, breath and spirit produce. She was Marketing Manager for USA Today prior to being a full-time mom. Desiring a place to use her business skills she became a consultant to MorningCoach.com and Social Media Creator for Functional Fitness Bahamas. Daphne is the Marketing Director of The Yoga Joint studios in Fort Lauderdale, where she is also a Vinyasa and Restorative Teacher. She enjoys strength training at the gym, functional fitness, Muay Thai, paddleboarding, boxing and was a competitive swimmer in the Panamerican Games as a teenager. Being balanced physically, mentally and spiritually is her life philosophy. She believes that kids today need a place to connect to others at a tangible level, to expend their energy and find their strengths. Yoga Gangsters provides the perfect place to attain that through the right combination of physical movement through asana and nurturing of the soul.
Director – Estee Shiffman, update coming soon
Director, Pam Butler, update coming soon
Director, Dr. Neel Amin, update coming soon
Please mail all donation checks made payable to Yoga Gangsters; to the following: PO Box 771978, Coral Springs, 33077