Changing the world through the power of breath
by teaching people how to breathe together and better
BreathLogic is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to global Breath Literacy and world peace.
BOARD OF DIRECTORS
LAURIE ELLIS-YOUNG, MTC, SYT
Co-Founder, Chief Visionary Officer
For over 40 years, Laurie Ellis-Young, co-founder, has been practicing, studying and teaching yoga, breath work, mind/body therapies and wellbeing techniques from both ancient and contemporary traditions. For more about Laurie, click here.
Nancy Chakrin has over 45 years of experience working for both non-profit and for-profit organizations in the areas of photography, marketing and design. She oversees the myriad of details for the organization. For more about Nancy, click here.
DEBBY MAGNUSON, MA
Debby is an executive coach, author, speaker and BreathLogic Instructor. She is the coauthor of two books; Work With Me: A New Lens on Leading the Multigenerational Workforce, and The ReFirement Workbook.
Debby’s career includes 10 years as V.P. of Talent Management with Career Partners International (CPI) Twin Cities, and four years as Sr. Consultant in Leadership Development for Personnel Decisions International (PDI). Debby has been adjunct faculty in St. Catherine University’s Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership program, teaching graduate courses in Professional Ethics and Strategic Communication.
Debby trained in early 2020 to be a BreathLogic Instructor, taught by Laurie Ellis-Young in Guatemala. She is a member of the BreathLogic Board of Directors and is enjoying a new career teaching on-line breathing workshops. She also serves as Advisory Board Chair of Girls Taking Action www.giaction.org.
Debby holds an MA in Counseling Psychology from the University of St. Thomas and is a Certified Professional Coach. She lives in Minneapolis with her retired architect husband, Jeff. They have two adult daughters and a dog, Leo.
ROSEANNA GAYE ROSS, PhD
Dr. Ross is Professor Emerita in the Department of Communication Studies at St. Cloud State University, MN. As an independent communication consultant and trainer, mediator and conflict coach, she has over 40 years of experience in designing and facilitating seminars, assessing organizational communication needs and providing keynote presentations in public and private sectors. She is recipient of the Communication and Theater Association of MN Outstanding Individual in Communication and Theater Award (2012), the SCSU College of Fine Arts and Humanities Leadership Award (2010), and the National Society for Experiential Learning (NSEE) Pioneer in Experiential Learning Award (2006).
Roseanna’s expertise in communication skills aids the board by effectively positioning the mission, message, and vision to donors and grantors.
MARY A. MCDONALD, MA
KARYN FULTON, CYT, CHTP
Karyn Fulton CYT, CHTP is a certified yoga teacher and Healing Touch Practitioner. During 2013, while taking a U of MN Center, Spirituality and Healing course, she met classmate Nancy Chakrin, co-founder of BreathLogic.
This friendship led Karyn to participate in the “Power of Breath” workshops and wellness retreats to Guatemala & Lake Superior. Then she become a participant in the BreathLogic Level l, ll “Optimal Breath Literacy” Leadership program developed by Laurie.
Karyn has taught several classes around the Twin Cities for BreathLogic. Karyn believes that the gentler we are with our bodies, the more readily they will respond and heal. “Since beginning my work with the breath, I have much less pain, more energy and a better outlook on life!"
PATRICIA ANGULO, EdD
Patricia Angulo EdD is an innovative educational leader with 20+ years of experience providing administrative direction to organizational leaders, MBA & Management programs (online and on-site), as well as effective leadership to diverse faculty and students, exceptional conflict mediation skills, and execution of creative change management initiatives.
Patricia is passionate about leadership in diverse cultures, creating culturally competent management communication systems and improving teaching methods for adult learning and development. She loves working with students on Educational Leadership Action Projects.
With the increased demand for on-line learning and continuing education, the University of St. Thomas’s STELAR division for Innovation and Technology Services has contracted Patricia’s consulting services as an instructional designer for professional development and academic programs.
Patricia earned her EdD in Educational Leadership from Hamline University, and has broad range of educational credentials and certifications in e-learning, conflict mediation, adult learning, organizational leadership and racial/gender justice. She holds a Certification from Hamline University Law School in Employment Conflicts, Intercultural Conflicts and Violence Prevention. She also has an MA in Business Leadership, where her thesis topic was “The Financial & Moral Payoff of Ethical Business Behavior.”
Julie Condon is a Volunteer Extraordinaire with a long history of serving others in need. In 2011, she discovered BreathLogic through a traveling photography exhibit in Minnesota. Since then, Julie has led numerous BreathLogic volunteer projects and has been an invaluable asset in forwarding BreathLogic’s work around the country, including assisting with the 2017 “Power of the Huddle Super Ball Gala” event for BreathLogic, House of Charity, Hope Rides, Girls in Action and Invent Minnesota.
Julie’s professional career experiences have developed her skills in effective communications, working under pressure, managing multiple priorities and taking command in a crisis situation. Her career includes various roles with large medical centers in the Twin Cities including Nicollet Clinic and Waconia Ridgeview Medical Center.
Julie states: “I welcome the opportunity to be involved with the mission of BreathLogic —especially at this most critical time in the world when everyone is focused on the significance of their breath. After participating in several Power of Breath workshops, I have been able to share many techniques that help others in stressful times.”
Marlene Johnson is a communication coach and trainer with over 25 year experience helping clients become more confident, dynamic and persuasive public speakers and writers. Her clients include Fortune 500 companies as well as startups, nonprofits, and small businesses. She has worked as a trainer for Spoken Impact and as a facilitator for The Ariel Group in Boston providing communications training and executive coaching to business leaders and teams across the country.
Marlene currently facilitates online training in Executive Presence through the Theater Department at Cornell University. Previously, she created and delivered short videos for an online course in conflict resolution at Sophia Learning at Cappella University.
In February 2020, Marlene completed the Power of Breath instructor training with Laurie Ellis-Young in Guatemala. She is a NEW member of the BreathLogic Board of Directors and is looking forward to teaching online breathing workshops.
Marlene has been a mediator with the Conflict Resolution Center in Minneapolis, serving as their Board Chair. She holds degrees in English and American Studies from the University of Minnesota. She has also studied acting at HB Studios in NYC and is a member of the National Storytelling Network.
CHRISTOPHER WARDEN, PT, DPT, MA, CSCS
Christopher is an integrative performance coach and licensed physical therapist with 20 years of experience “helping others to help themselves heal” around the world. He has a Masters Degree in Applied Sports Psychology and a Clinical Doctorate in Physical Therapy from the University of MN. Christopher has practiced in the Twin Cities, NYC, and Morocco. Career highlights include authoring 2 books, consulting with high-ranking diplomats and celebrities, and serving as personal coach to a member of the Moroccan royal family, as well as head strength and conditioning coach for the Moroccan professional and amateur golf teams.
Christopher is passionate about learning, connecting, and moving deeper into life’s various experiences and expanding his own self-awareness in order be a potent advocate for others on their health and life journey. He has studied around the world in areas including movement, pain science, traditional nutrition, spirituality, and alternative healing therapies - including the powerful effects of breath work.
Recently, Christopher was given the opportunity to become the successor to Doug Merz as the new owner of Merz Physical Therapy at The Marsh in Minnetonka, MN. Additionally, he is excited to be a member of the BreathLogic team, with the opportunity to dive deeper into breath practice and help spread Breath Literacy and the healing power of breath.
BreathLogic's mission is to teach Breath Literacy locally and globally, alleviate suffering
and expand world peace.
BreathLogic's vision is for humanity
to breathe together and create a
world of wellness and peace for all.