Sandra Till, Executive Director and Founder
Sandy Till began teaching incarcerated youth as a service project for her Forrest Yoga teaching certification in 2009. Over the past six years, Sandy has expanded the program to provide trauma-sensitive yoga classes to all units at San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall. She is passionate about providing youth in the justice system with yoga and mindfulness as an outlet for relief of stress and chronic pain. She recently oversaw the doubling of classes at the hall and introduced weekly classes at the Log Cabin Ranch facility in La Honda, CA. Sandy is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher and has adapted much of the Forrest practice for use with the youth in the hall. When she is not teaching, Sandy can be found working magic on her clients as a massage therapist, or taking her dog, Franklin, for long walks at Ocean Beach.
Abbie Dutterer, Board Member and Lead Teacher
Abbie D. Dutterer is dedicated to bringing mindful movement to underserved teenagers. She is a lead teacher for Lemonade’s program in San Francisco’s Juvenile Hall and also facilitates a yoga program in Oakland for middle school students. In addition to her public and private teaching, Abbie provides writing and program management services to yoga teachers in the Bay Area. Prior to teaching full-time, she was a Vice President at Chubb and Son, specializing in multinational insurance sales and marketing. Abbie has served on the board of Lemonade as secretary and treasurer since August of 2012 and is a certified Forrest Yoga teacher. She resides in San Francisco with her husband and two furry, feline gurus.
Kerry O’Donnell, Board Member
Kerry O’Donnell is Senior Employment and Labor Counsel for the Sierra Club, providing in-house advice to the nation’s largest environmental organization.
Kerry originally hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania but has called the Bay Area home since 2007. Before working for the Sierra Club, Kerry was an attorney with the law firm of Renne Sloan Holtzman Sakai LLP. While at law school, Kerry devoted her time to the local legal aid program and the school’s non-profit foundation, which raised money to support internships for law students at area non-profits. When she is not working or supporting Lemonade, Kerry enjoys spending time with her husband, practicing yoga, and exploring her new hometown of San Francisco.
Julie McLaughlin, Board Member
Being of service has been important to Julie since an early age. In high school and college, Julie volunteered for a diversity of organizations, culminating in a two-year Peace Corps service focused on Environmental Education in Nicaragua. More recently, she served as a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters of New York City. Julie believes in the importance of education and mentoring for youth and sees Lemonade’s yoga program as an exceptional vehicle for motivating and coaching youth towards more fulfilling life choices. In her day job, Julie co-leads Vertex Energía, a Mexican solar power development and finance spin-off of the engineering firm, The Vertex Companies. Julie has over 12 years of experience in the energy and environmental sectors across 15 countries. Previously, she was employed by E.ON Climate & Renewables where she held positions as Regional Director for South East Asia, Head of Origination for South East Asia and M&A specialist in solar PV. Prior to joining E.ON, Julie worked with EcoSecurities Group PLC in New York, Santiago (Chile) and Oxford (UK). Julie holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, an MPA in Environmental Science and Policy from Columbia University and a BA in Environmental Studies and English from Bucknell University.
Maria Willett, Board Member
Maria is an executive search consultant/coach with Facebook, freelance writer, and certified yoga teacher. She specializes in recruiting senior leadership and has extensive experience conducting executive searches for global public companies, as well as private equity-backed emerging growth and turn-around businesses. Maria has spent her executive recruitment career at two of the “Big 5” global search firms, Russell Reynolds Associates and Korn/Ferry International, as well as in house at Genentech, one of the world’s leading biotechnology companies, and Amazon.com, the largest internet retailer in the United States. Prior to executive search, Maria practiced law in the state of California, in the areas of eviction defense, domestic violence, and access to benefits. Maria is passionate and committed to working with youth—particularly those in poverty or underserved communities. Maria has taught yoga at Girls, Inc. of Alameda County and is currently partnering with Citizen Schools to teach a yoga apprenticeship at Greenleaf Middle School in East Oakland. Maria holds degrees from CUNY School of Law (JD) and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst (BA), where she was a member of the women’s crew team. Still an avid water lover, Maria is now a member of the Wahines, an all female outrigger canoe club based in San Francisco, where she works and lives.