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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

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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.

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NANCY CHAKRIN

Co-Founder, Chair

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.

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DEBBY MAGNUSON, MA

Vice Chair

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.

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ROSEANNA GAYE ROSS, PhD

Secretary

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. 

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MARY A. MCDONALD, MA

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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.”

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JULIE CONDON

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.”   

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MARLENE JOHNSON

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.

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ANDREA SMITH

Andrea Smith is a Certified Holistic Health Coach, Certified Yoga Teacher, health & wellness specialist and educator. She supports youth, parents, and community members with their health & wellness related needs through her work. She is a passionate advocate for health equity in underserved communities and works to bring accessible resources to those who need them most.

Andrea currently works as the Health & Wellness Specialist for The Power of People Leadership Institute and as the Holistic Health Coach for The Vision Investment. She specializes in group facilitation and 1:1 support; using the Motivational Interviewing approach in her work.

MISSION

BreathLogic's mission is to teach Breath Literacy locally and globally, alleviate suffering

and expand world peace.

VISION

BreathLogic's vision is for humanity

to breathe together and create a 
world of wellness and peace for all.

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