Board Members

Dawn Rizzo

Dawn Rizzo

Founder & President

Dawn is a Yoga Instructor, Life Coach, Community Change Maker, and Leadership Consultant. Dawn started practicing yoga after experiencing a panic attack post 9/11. In 2011, after ten years of studying with various teachers in NYC, she discovered Baptiste Power Vinyasa Yoga and became a 500-hour Certified Baptiste Leader. Dawn has also trained with J. Brown and at Laughing Lotus, is a certified life coach and has 20+ years of corporate and leadership experience. She is the founder of NYC Yoga Project, a 501(c)(3) whose mission is to provide yoga to underserved New Yorkers. Her leadership goal is to be a vessel that supports others develop their full leadership potential, live their passions and transform the world.

Madeline Quinn

Madeline Quinn

Treasurer

Madeline has more than 20 years’ experience working in the financial services industry, and is extremely involved with the Diversity and Inclusion employee networks where she works primarily focusing on people impacted by disabilities. Madeline is currently an advisory committee for Daniel’s Music Foundation focusing on strategic relationships and growth and a member of the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation, Executive Women’s Leadership Council. Madeline has been practicing yoga for 6 years at Sivanenda in NYC and later received her teaching certification at Even Flo Yoga in Red Bank, NJ. Madeline believes yoga is more than the asana, is an achievable lifestyle for all and that yoga begins with the self. Madeline is a mother of 2, a grandmother of 4 and loves classical music, the beach, traveling and living a yogic lifestyle. She has been a NYC Yoga Project Board Member since 2016.

Liz Mulligan-Ferry

Liz Mulligan-Ferry

Secretary

Liz has been practicing yoga since 2003. She first came to the practice because it seemed like a fun way to exercise and a nice complement to long-distance running–but quickly discovered that it was so much more. Liz believes yoga is for everyone, not just those with a certain body type or financial means, and her teaching style makes yoga accessible, relatable, and relevant. Through proper alignment and healthy engagement, she believes yoga can help students open to their inner goodness and grace. Liz completed her 200-hour teacher training with Julie Dohrman (Shaktiyoga New York) in 2016. In addition to teaching yoga, Liz is Senior Research Associate at The Posse Foundation, a college access and youth leadership development nonprofit. Originally from Tacoma, Washington, Liz lives with her husband and dog in Brooklyn.

TEACHERS

Shelby

Shelby

Teacher

Shelby is passionate about leading people to live their best lives by using yoga as a tool for growth and connection. She is a Baptiste certified yoga teacher and leads practices and workshops at 5 Boro Power Yoga in Staten Island, NY. Shelby is the creator of Little Jay Malas – custom malas and sacred jewelry for yogis, hippies, free spirits, and seekers of love and truth. Shelby loves being a part of NYC Yoga Project and celebrates the uniqueness and diversity in all of us by sharing this love with her students both on and off the mat.

Michelle

Michelle

Teacher

Michelle received her 500 hour Yoga Alliance certification in Austin, TX as well as a Prenatal/Postnatal yoga certification. She has been practicing yoga since 2000, and has been teaching since 2008. Yoga has been an incredible tool and guide in Michelle’s life as a mom, a professional dancer, and a teacher, and she believes it has the ability to help people through the many facets of life. Michelle infuses her knowledge of yoga, meditation, breath work, and dance together as a way to cultivate compassion, healing, balance, and body awareness. She loves teaching and connecting with these beautiful communities of people and hopes these classroom moments will help them heal and discover the light they hold inside. Namaste. 

Louis

Louis

Teacher

Louis is a man of values, commitment and dedication. He is a yoga instructor, marathon runner, head chef and leader. He is a man that lived through the struggle of addiction on the streets of Brooklyn. His chances were slim but due to a strong will to live he has overcome and outshined to live a beautiful, successful life. Currently he is a head chef in a Manhattan restaurant and is in pursuit of a new career. Louis’ motto is to live with no regrets and to follow his intuition. What’s next on the journey of life? 

Veronica

Veronica

Teacher

Veronica received her 200 hour yoga teaching certification through the Baptiste Yoga, Expand Your Power training at 5 Boro Power Yoga in 2016. In 2015, Veronica began her journey after seeing students walk out of her local yoga studio all sweaty and happy. Curious about yoga, Veronica found acceptance, non-judgment and a place where she can be herself, with no filters. After completing 40 Days to  Personal Revolution, Veronica manifested teaching yoga to the Spanish speaking community.  Veronica’s intention is to serve communities who don’t have access to practice yoga in their primary language. Veronica has taken numerous Baptiste intensive courses and has completed Sonia Sumar’s Yoga for the Special Child Level 1. She is attending Baptiste Level 2 in July 2018.  Veronica also assists kids yoga at 5 Boro Power Yoga.