Boots on the Ground

Boots on the Ground

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Kathy O’Brien Rogers

FIELD PROGRAM DIRECTOR & ACTIVE DUTY BASES

Kathy is a retired MAJ, US Army, master fitness trainer, nutrition coach, and wellness coach. She joined CW in 2011 as a part time teacher for one class and has now helped grow her region of CW to 20 states and four overseas locations. She works full time as a Training Developer at Ft. Campbell, KY and teaches CW yoga to the Special Operations Aviation community. Outside of yoga, Kathy enjoys running, weight lifting, krav maga, SUP or anything else on the water, in the woods, or on a trail. She has spent several years competing in 5k/1/2 marathons, duathlons, triathlons, bike races, and even the Bataan Memorial Death March where she received a first-place medal (heavy class). She loves teaching to veterans and believes there should be a CW class for Veterans everywhere!

Senior Regional Coordinators

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Amy McDevitt

SENIOR REGIONAL COORDINATOR- FLORIDA

Amy is a Fort Lauderdale Native who has been practicing   yoga regularly since 2004. She became a certified Yoga   Instructor in 2011 at Yoga South. During her time at Yoga   South, trainees were to observe and assist in Friday   Connected Warriors classes, making Amy uniquely qualified to participate as a Regional Coordinator for the Connected Warriors organization. After completing her 200 hours, Amy often assisted or substituted the Red Pearl Yoga class on Thursdays and brought her own father, a Vietnam Veteran, along. Bob, Amy’s Veteran father, became very enthusiastic about the program, taking two classes per week and has become an Ambassador for the Connected Warriors. Amy currently teaches the Red Pearl Yoga class and is thrilled to be more involved as Senior Regional Coordinator for Florida.

Amy earned a BS in Apparel Design from Florida State University and has additional training in Yamuna Body Rolling, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, and Restorative Yoga. Her favorite thing to do is enjoy Florida State University Football and Baseball games!

Mischa Hines

ASSISTANT EDUCATION DIRECTOR, SENIOR REGIONAL COORDINATOR- WESTERN US & INDIANA

Mischa is a Certified Yoga Therapist and Senior Yoga Teacher with a specialty in trauma-sensitive yoga and wellness-focused mind-body practices. A 28+ year yoga practitioner and proud wife of a Gulf War Veteran who served as a US Navy Corpsman, she and her husband have both found a path to healing through yoga and mindfulness.

She started teaching Veterans in 2012 and got Involved with Connected Warriors in 2013. Mischa now serves as the organization’s Assistant Education Director, mentor teacher trainer and as Senior Regional Coordinator for the Western US.  She also teaches two Connected Warriors classes a week in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles, California.

Off the mat, Mischa is a voracious reader, music junkie, hockey and roller derby fan (and former player), amateur cook and proud stepmom to two incredible young men.  She lives in LA with her Husband & two dogs and is grateful every day for her remarkable family and friends.

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Amy McDevitt

SENIOR REGIONAL COORDINATOR- FLORIDA

Amy is a Fort Lauderdale Native who has been practicing   yoga regularly since 2004. She became a certified Yoga   Instructor in 2011 at Yoga South. During her time at Yoga   South, trainees were to observe and assist in Friday   Connected Warriors classes, making Amy uniquely qualified to participate as a Regional Coordinator for the Connected Warriors organization. After completing her 200 hours, Amy often assisted or substituted the Red Pearl Yoga class on Thursdays and brought her own father, a Vietnam Veteran, along. Bob, Amy’s Veteran father, became very enthusiastic about the program, taking two classes per week and has become an Ambassador for the Connected Warriors. Amy currently teaches the Red Pearl Yoga class and is thrilled to be more involved as Senior Regional Coordinator for Florida.

Amy earned a BS in Apparel Design from Florida State University and has additional training in Yamuna Body Rolling, Yin Yoga, Prenatal Yoga, Yoga for Athletes, and Restorative Yoga. Her favorite thing to do is enjoy Florida State University Football and Baseball games!

Regional/Field Coordinators &

 Ambassadors

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Angel Coughlin

REGIONAL COORDINATOR- GEORGIA

Angel Coughlin is a wife, mother and Navy veteran. She is a certified yoga teacher RYT-500 and pursuing a Professional Yoga Therapist Certification. Angel currently the CW Regional Coordinator for Georgia. She found CW a little over a year ago and immediately knew this was an organization she would be involved with. Her favorite part is witnessing the life transforming effects of trauma conscious yoga on the minds and bodies of her fellow service members and their families. Angel has a passion for bringing Yoga to people in all stages of life and has a sincere desire to help those around her find peace in the midst of the chaos we call life.

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AnnMarie Burnett (Annie)

FIELD COORDINATOR- OHIO

Annie is a military spouse who loves to get others involved in CW. She enjoys helping people incorporate exercise in their daily life while having fun. Annie is a 200 RYT through Yoga Alliance and Dancing Dogs Yoga Savannah. She is also a Certified Personal Trainer through ACE, TRX Instructor and Certified Aerobic Instructor through NETA. She specializes in senior fitness, child fitness and pre/post pregnancy. In her free time, she enjoys golf, yoga, the beach and exploring new places.

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Beth Kiser

FIELD COORDINATOR- WISCONSIN

Beth Kiser is a professional cellist, wellness specialist and creative arts therapist. She is passionate about the use of the arts, vibration, yoga and mindfulness as healing tools. Beth practices music therapy in schools, community centers and mental health settings. She uses her cello, yoga, the Tibetan gong and ensembles to inspire creativity and healing. Beth is the founder and director of the Madison Cello Ensemble as well as Camp Begin, a wellness and arts program for kids. She has partnered with Breathe For Change to teach mindfulness and mentor new yoga teachers. Beth loves to share her yoga practice, music, great food and healthy outdoor time in the garden with her friends and family. In her free time, Beth enjoys sailing, skiing or hanging out with her crazy Portuguese Water dogs!

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Christina Andrini

FIELD COORDINATOR- LOUISIANA

Christina Andrini is a 200hr E-RYT, YACEP Yoga Instructor and owner of Jai Bhakti Yoga Foundation based out of New Orleans, LA. She is an adventure loving, globetrotting yogini, a mother of two boys and a pug, and a wife of a Navy Corpsman Veteran turned NOPD. In her downtime, she enjoys reading, being an at-home tourist, traveling, and continuing her spiritual, mental, and physical yoga practice. Most recently, she has begun to learn Bahasa, Indonesian and is taking yoga classes in Spanish. She travels the world hosting Yoga Wellness and Volunteerism retreats to work with other Nonprofits and NGO’s in an effort to make a difference in the life of each person she works with. Christina began her CW journey in 2011 and has since become a Regional Director for Louisiana and Mississippi and is continuing in her journey to becoming a CW Trainer. Her favorite aspect of CW is seeing the change in the lives of so many veterans and service members as well as her own husband. “When a veteran tells me he was able to sleep through the night and gives me a hug of appreciation, it continues to solidify why I teach this practice.”

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Dan Johnson

REGIONAL COORDINATOR- AFGHANISTAN

Dan Johnson lives on the Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan. After serving eight years in the Navy, he moved to Jalalabad in 2012 to work for the Army and then went on to Bagram in 2013 to support the Air Force. His hobbies include traveling, surfing, snorkeling and diving. Dan found yoga to be ideal for correcting the mental and physical imbalances that develop in a deployed environment. In 2016, he began instructing Bagram Power Yoga and coordinating classes with other instructors as the CW Regional Coordinator for Afghanistan.

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Felicia Mason

REGIONAL COORDINATOR- TENNESSEE, KENTUCKY & VIRGINIA

Felicia Mason is an army wife and mother of two, student and teacher, concert goer and gardener. Her husband is the fourth generation to serve our country in her family. She has been teaching yoga since 2008 and has been with CW since 2013 through our Program Director, Kathy Rogers. Felicia is now the Regional Coordinator and Senior Teacher in the Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia chapters. For Felicia, working with the Warrior Transition Battalion and Intensive Outpatient Unit at Fort Campbell has given her the opportunity to really get involved with our active duty personnel to help them heal. She has enjoyed seeing these groups open up and create a supportive community amongst each other regardless of their rank.

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Jason McKeogh

ACTIVE DUTY COORDINATOR- WASHINGTON

Jason McKeogh has been involved with CW for over five years. He began his journey as a student enjoying the myriad of benefits that comes with a regular yoga practice. In 2016, he was asked if he would be interested in becoming a yoga teach for CW. After several months of studying and practicing teaching to his family, he earned his 200-RYT. Jason’s favorite aspect of CW is that a soldier can take CW classes throughout their military career and continue once they retire or leave the military. He is a father of two wonderful daughters and in his free time, he enjoys running, hiking in the mountains, and playing X-Box.

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Martha Catz

REGIONAL COORDINATOR- NORTH CAROLINA

Martha has been practicing yoga for over 25 years and has been teaching for nearly 20. She completed her Duke Integrative Medicine’s MBSR and Health Coaching certification, a Masters degree in Health Psychology and an additional 700 hours of yoga therapy training. Her family is made up of her husband, Dan, daughters Jessica and Rachel and pets Sam and Buzz. Outside of yoga, her hobbies include Jiu Jitsu and rock climbing. Martha was introduced to Judy Weaver four years ago through her teacher/mentor, Janet Gormley-Etchells, and is now the Regional Director for the Connected Warriors program in North Carolina. She loves bringing CW to military bases where active duty personnel, veterans, reserves, and their families blend together.

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Sandra Weiss

FIELD COORDINATOR- TEXAS

Sandy first approached yoga in a “Yoga for Strength” class more than 20 years ago. She completed her 500 hour yoga teacher training with Beryl Bender Birch through the Hard and the Soft Yoga Institute and has been teaching for ten years. With her philosophy of “all that you need to do is breathe”, Sandy is able to skillfully instruct yoga to all levels. She began teaching yoga to military veterans, active duty personnel and their families through Connected Warriors in 2016 and takes pride in allowing everyone to feel successful within their own practice. Outside of teaching yoga, Sandy enjoys simply being active, travelling, and spending time with her husband, three daughters, and granddaughter.

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Scott Pacello

AMBASSADOR- ALABAMA

Scott Pacello retired from the US Army in 2011 with 29 years of enlisted and officer time. He is married and has three boys. His interests include rugby, trail running, mountain biking, surfing and many other outdoor activities. After retirement, he has worked multiple jobs domestically and abroad supporting our country’s interests. Currently he is working as a sales associate at Mountain High Outfitters in Huntsville, AL. Scott has been involved with CW since 2016 and is currently our Alabama Veteran Ambassador. His favorite part of CW is that it is an excellent method of helping Veterans that has proven success that he, himself, has experienced.