Our Team

Jeff Chen

Jeff Chen

  • Executive Director

I received my finance and capital markets training from 1989 to 1998, working in New York City for several Big 8 Accounting firms and a specialty finance lender for residential and commercial loans. In 1999, I became a shareholder and principal at...read more

Stacy D. Hunter

Stacy D. Hunter

  • PhD | Research & Education Director

Dr. Stacy D. Hunter is the research director for Pure Action, Inc., a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing the ancient benefits of yoga to mainstream medicine through research, education and community outreach. She received... read more

Lindsey Stanley

Lindsey Stanley

  • Development Director

Lindsey Stanley is the Development Director for PURE Action and is committed to cultivating partnerships by bringing awareness about the healing power of yoga. She discovered yoga ...read more

Stephanie Jain

Stephanie Jain

  • Community Director

Stephanie Jain is the Community Programs Director for PURE Action and is passionate about making the medicine of yoga accessible to all. She has been practicing yoga regularly since 2012...read more

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Mardy Chen

Mardy Chen

  • Founder

With a total of five studios and teaching since 2002, Mardy has helped many students develop long-term yoga practices to reap and maintain the healthy benefits of hatha yoga. Her education ...... read more

Christopher Hager

Christopher Hager

  • Board Chair

Chris keeps a steady yoga practice as a needed part of his busy life. He has worked for years in the Financial Services Industry helping families... read more

Tedd Li

Tedd Li

  • Board Member

Tedd Li became a certified yoga instructor in 2011 after seeing years of prescription drug abuse and chronic pain from poor ergonomics fade after just two months of daily yoga... ....... read more

 Advisory Council

Ismene Petrakis

Ismene Petrakis

  • MD

Dr. Ismene Petrakis is a Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale University School of Medicine and the Chief of Psychiatry Director at VA... read more

Sundar Balasubramanian

Sundar Balasubramanian

  • PhD

Dr. Sundar Balasubramanian is a Cell Biology researcher. He is currently studying mechanisms involved in resistance... read more

Luciano Bernardi

Luciano Bernardi

  • MD

Dr. Luciano Bernardi (born in Verona, Italy, in 1950) is a full professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Pavia, Italy. His main research... read more

M.Rajajeyakumar

M.Rajajeyakumar

Dr. M.Rajajeyakumar is an Assistant Manivelprofessor of Physiology at Chennai Medical College hospital and at research Centre (SRM Group) Trichy, Tamilnadu, India... read more

Philip L. Hooper

Philip L. Hooper

  • MD

Dr. Philip L. Hooper is on the clinical faculty at the University of Colorado Denver—Division of Endocrinology. His career includes... read more

Stephanie Shorter

Stephanie Shorter

  • PhD

Dr. Stephanie Shorter is passionate about promoting yoga as a foundation for wellness, personal transformation and profound... read more

SJAAK POUWELS, MD

SJAAK POUWELS, MD

Dr. Sjaak Pouwels is currently working at the Department of Surgery of the Catharina Hospital in Eindhoven, The Netherlands. His current ... read more

Ambassadors

Jeanne Heaton

Jeanne Heaton

Jeanne’s journey to addiction recovery through yoga began with a deep realization that if she were to save her life she would need to change it, entirely. An actor and musician, she arrived in NYC... read more

Monica LeBansky

Monica LeBansky

Monica LeBansky oversees the PURE Action 30 Day Discovery graduates and is a volunteer teacher at centers around the Travis County surrounding areas. Her affiliation with PURE Action began in 2013 during her enrollment at the Benchmark Recovery Center.....read more

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