Kristy Johnson, Executive Director
I believe in justice and in compassion, and in access to healing and learning for all people. I recognize my own privilege, and the power with which I was born, and believe that if I do nothing to help dismantle the inequity that exists now, that I am perpetuating an intensely broken system and society. These beliefs began while working alongside parents and other community members each morning so that the neighborhood children could have a playground free of syringes and used condoms. My belief was further cemented as I listened to immigrants and refugees new to the small, Colorado community share their stories.
My work facilitating a community needs assessment and then serving as the first Executive Director of the newly re-structured non-profit, Family & Intercultural Resource Center, only ignited my intense professional, and personal, desire to help provide more access to resources, services and education. After realizing my MA in working with cultural, linguistic and academically diverse students, I led the implementation of an evidence-based, social-emotional program around the state of Colorado with the non-profit, Invest in Kids, for ten years. Helping children and families to notice and become aware of their feelings catalyzed a now 20-year personal practice in yoga, and later in mediation, and finally dance, all of which have become wellness tools that are fundamental to who I am today. Most recently, my professional work was in Costa Rica with an incredible bilingual school called La Paz.
I know that our personal journeys are intricately bound with our professional ones, and for me, being the Executive Director at Light a Path, is the perfect intersection of my belief about working to provide access to all people with my belief about the power of the wellness tools that connect us to ourselves and, ultimately, to one another. I truly look forward to our work together to create a more just, and connected world.
ANDIE MORGENLADNER, PROGRAM COORDINATOR
Andie believes in the connection that is born of authentic human experience. She uses acting, filmmaking and the practice of yoga to create platforms that cultivate a collaborative and ultimately, more sustainable way of being.
Andie is currently working on her 300-hr YTT training at Asheville Yoga Center, and received her First Degree of Reiki under the tutelage of Mary Goslen. She has taken continuing education in MindBody Centering Yoga, and completed social justice training through both Off The Mat, Into the World and Skill In Action.
As a teacher, she fosters a supportive atmosphere where students can get radically present with themselves, so that they can use their personal practice of self-inquiry to compassionately show up for collective wholeness. Andie works with the non-profit Light A Path as the Program Coordinator, and is dedicated to connecting under resourced communities with physical fitness, yoga, dance and other somatic healing tools.
CAITLIN VAN HECKE, VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Caitlin loves to ponder the question, “What if we started living yoga and practicing life?” Continuously connecting the dots between what happens on her mat with what happens off is what propels her to share her passion with others.
On the mat, she volunteers as a yoga instructor at Swannanoa Correctional Center for Women. She remembers walking into her first class with trepidation, not knowing what to expect and of how she would be received. She left with tears in her eyes, having witnessed the students’ courage, kindness, and humanity. It was and maintains to serve as a reminder that we are more alike than we are different.
Off of the mat she serves as the Volunteer Coordinator, providing outreach, on-boarding and support for future volunteers. She welcomes everyone who wishes to serve with Light A Path to ask themselves, “What is my work in the world, and how can I best align that in service to others?"
Michele Ashley, Consultant, Equity Education & Community Programming:
In her capacity as a consultant, Michele provides experience and expertise from a racial equity and trauma informed lens to Light A Path’s community partnerships, programming and volunteer orientation. As a Yoga Teacher and Student, Life Coach and business consultant, she brings over a decades worth of insight, lived experience and knowledge to the table to support Light A Path’s effort to have a greater impact in the community.
Michele is passionate about using her skills, her voice and her spirit to facilitate change. Her work includes, but not limited to, facilitating healing circles, Mindful Leadership Retreats, teaching Yoga, Life Mastery Coach and conscious business consultant.
She is a recognized Yoga Teacher, teaching at Asheville Community Yoga, Asheville Yoga Center, Everybody Yoga and MAHEC [Mountain Area Health Education Center]. She is also a Facilitator of YOGA IN ACTION, a grassroots, purpose driven leadership program developed by Off The Mat, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting people in becoming conscious and effective community leaders, that brings the experience of self-inquiry into communities for the purpose of effective social change.
Michele is known to bring her belief of the interconnectedness of mind, body and spirit to her work enabling her to hold space for courageous conversations, support the healing process for both organizations and individuals, and provide guidance on next steps aligned with the highest good for all. Her ability to weave the spiritual, with the mental and physical, allows her to show up in a capacity that allows for a deep transformative process to take root and take place bringing about transformation, shifts in consciousness and wellness.
When she is not on her yoga mat, leaning into her own personal journey of change, gathering with family and friends, she can be found driving the Blue Ridge Mountains, watching her favorite film or sipping on her favorite cup of coffee at a local cafe in Asheville, NC.
Zachary GLadwin, Graphic Design, Social Media
As a visual artist I believe in the power of beauty to cause positive change and the important role that art can play in communicating the heart and vision of an organization. I enjoy the process of translating ideas into images and creating them in a way that connects with the heart and emotions of the viewer. Quality design is a simple yet effective way to value the content and the people it represents and I am honored to be able to offer my artistry to such a meaningful organization.