Board Members

Sandra Till, President 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.

 

 

 

Iswari Espana, Treasurer

Iswari Espana is a proud San Francisco State University alumnus. He holds a BA in Political Science and BA in Latino/Latina Studies, with emphasis on Community Relations, Policy and Law.

As a professional, he has over 20 years of experience in management and supervisory roles in non-profit and governmental programs, providing sustainable resources to transitional youth, adults and families. He is a self-starter with a background in community relations, employment, housing and Criminal Justice. He has worked for corporate sales, the State of California, a Nonprofit youth advocacy and empowerment center, and the City and County of San Francisco. As a Coordinator, Manager, Director, Educator and Facilitator, he has learned and developed strong cross-cultural sensitivity in program design and implementation.

He is solution oriented and has experience leveraging services to create innovative solutions to community issues. He has been a notable advocate for youth and adults with physical disabilities. He has published several online articles on adults and youth dealing with political systems. He served as a consultant and as youth advocate for therapeutic services for at-risk youth in San Francisco. He has served in a Board of Directors capacity for SFSU EOP scholars program, adult re-entry programs, and a task force to implement and distribute stimulus funding from President Obama’s Administration to youth programming in the San Francisco.

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Orly Politi, Vice President

Orly Politi is a native to San Francisco. She is dedicated to working locally with like minded individuals on enhancing the livelihood of those around her -through healing. Her previous work in art therapy, with youth who have been incarcerated as well as in and out of the mental health system, has contributed to her desire to maintain a connection to her community. She enjoys sharing in creative forms of expression as well as wellness practices, such as yoga and nutrition; modalities which continue to be highly impactful on her own healing journey.