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Meet Our Team

We are led by passionate individuals who inspire, educate and connect through mindfulness.

Our experience is trusted by a variety of community partners in Lehigh County and Northampton County, Pennsylvania. Learn more about our dedicated staff.



Executive Director

Kim has held senior leadership positions in both for-profit and nonprofit organizations, specializing in strategic planning, fundraising, partnership development, and marketing. Prior to joining Shanthi Project, Kim served as the Vice President of Strategic Business Development at Sony Music Entertainment and, most recently, as the first ever Executive Director of the Wilson Area Partners in Education Foundation.

In 2010, Kim began an energy work, mindfulness, and yoga practice, which she credits with helping her navigate significant personal adversities. Kim holds a B.A. in both Journalism & the Mass Media and Political Science from Rutgers University and a Usui Reiki Master certification from the Greenshire Institute for Holistic Studies. When not working, Kim enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering in the community. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Easton Area Chamber of Commerce.



Director of Programs

Sarah is a Licensed Behavior Specialist with a Master’s Degree in Special Education from Lehigh University and a certified mindfulness and yoga teacher for children and adults. Sarah oversees our community programs, including Calm, Kind + Focused Classrooms offered in 230 K-12 public school classrooms, and Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and Yoga taught inside Northampton County Juvenile Justice System. Sarah has nearly 20 years of experience in the autism field, and has been a Behavior Specialist Consultant for the last ten years. She holds certifications from Mindful Schools in Mindfulness Fundamentals and Mindful Educator Essentials, and is certified in Trauma-Informed Mindfulness and Yoga.



Research & Development Coordinator

Daniel earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology and neuroscience at Temple University, where he worked with at-risk youth in Dr. Steinberg’s Juvenile Justice Lab. Since graduating, he has served as the Subcommittee Chair of State Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s Pennsylvania Reentry Council—to advocate for individuals returning to their community after incarceration—and as Safe Harbor Easton’s Program Coordinator. After spending years working on the front lines with many dual-diagnosis substance use disorder and mental health clients, he began to see that underlying untreated trauma was at the root of many people’s suffering. This spurred him to earn his master’s in public health at East Stroudsburg University. During his graduate studies, he conducted an independent research investigation into how Shanthi Project’s trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness programming affected currently incarcerated individuals with PTSD.

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Workplace Mindfulness Trainer

Shauna is trained in trauma-informed practices and compassion resilience, in addition to training as a Behavioral Health Technician in Applied Behavioral Analysis and Behavioral Interventions, too. Prior to her work with Shanthi Project, Shauna worked with Resilient Lehigh Valley, where she helped plan, develop, and write a training curriculum designed to teach parents and caregivers how to raise resilient children. Through community outreach and engagement, Shauna has worked to bring a trauma-aware mindset into various community organizations. With a background in the medical field and coursework in social work from Liberty University, Shauna values meeting people where they’re at and helping organizations use mindful approaches to become more resilient. Shauna has also been trained in the Mindful Schools curriculum and has completed the 8-week Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction intensive.

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School-Based Instructor and Workshop Facilitator

Marguerite joined Shanthi Project in 2021. She is a certified Mindful School’s ‘Mindful Foundations’ and ‘Mindfulness in the Classroom’ Instructor. She completed Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Training and Compassion Resilience Training in 2023. Marguerite came to mindfulness through yoga. She teaches at Easton Yoga, where she trained as a Certified Yoga Teacher (CYT) in 2022. Marguerite holds a Master’s of Science in Photography from Syracuse University’s S. I. Newhouse School for Public Communications. She credits a career in documentary photography with honing a professional set of mindfulness skills; listening closely, noticing storytelling details in everything, everywhere, all at once, gratitude, connection, kindness, empathy and compassion. 


Meet Our Board

Our Board is an important part of our organization, comprised of knowledgeable and compassionate leaders who make                        valuable contributions of their time and talents to enhance our mission.   

Board of Directors:

  • Tiffany Noll Yurasits, PHR, SHRM-CP, UKG - Board President

  • Cheryl Kienzle, MD, Lehigh Valley Physicians Group, retired - Vice President 

  • Angie Andresen, MA, Pinebrook Family Answers - Secretary

  • Dave Erickson, BSI Corporate Benefits - Treasurer

  • Subhajit Ghoshal, Air Products

  • Kelsey Gasper, MPH, St. Luke's University Hospital 

  • Shonda Moralis, MSW, LCSW. Mindful Empowerment Coaching and Psychotherapy

  • Denise Veres, Shanthi Project Founder, Board Member Emerita

Thank you to our amazing team of teachers!

Shanthi Project teachers are highly-trained, trauma-informed mindfulness and yoga instructors.

Each holds various certifications in the field, and they join our program with an extensive background of

professional experience working with children, adolescents, and adults.

In addition to the staff listed above, our teachers include Kristin Baxter, Melanie Smith, John Cosgrove, Jo-Ann Devereaux, John Hawkins, Jocelyn Hontz, Dona Jones, Sally Kraft, Nancy Matheny, Annie Serfass, Sara Timofeev, JoEllen Millspaugh, and Susan Morelock.

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