Board of Directors
The board meets as needed, usually once a month.
Program Consultant and Website Administrator
Board Officer Bios:
Linda Smith, President, is a native of Canton NY. After raising her two daughters she decide to try Yoga. She started with Yoga in the Park, then Community Yoga and has since tried many different teacher's classes. Linda says, "Adding Yoga to my other regular fitness routines helps with my posture, core strength, flexibility and relaxation. I was honored when asked to volunteer for the Yoga Loft Board to help with fund raising and future plans of the Yoga Loft."
Robin Gagliardi, Treasurer, is a licensed mental health counselor in private practice in Canton, NY. She and her husband, Dan, moved here in 2002 with their three children, Zach, Michael and Eric. Robin started experimenting with yoga as a form of stress reduction while working in foreign investment banking in NYC. Recently, she has become interested in developing a more holistic approach to healthy living which brings together physical and mental health. For Robin, Yoga is central to this effort. She is an avid participant and regularly attends classes offered through the Yoga Loft.
Sarah Scafidi-McGuire, Secretary, began teaching at the Yoga Loft in 2005. She currently teaches a variety of classes, including Vinyasa, Power Yoga, Kids Yoga classes, and she organizes the annual FREE outdoorYoga in the Park. She likes the way practicing yoga leaves her feeling completely content. She lives with her family in an off-the-grid, energy efficient home in Canton NY and spends most days with her two sons. Sarah enjoys the outdoors, especially running, going to the beach, and rock and ice climbing.
Kara McLuckie, circa 2008, came to Canton by way of Astoria, New York carrying with her a blue Giant W3 road bike, a sky azure Aurora Flex fountain pen, and four 10-gallon bins of books. So far in life, Kara has collected up educations that have appointed her to teach writing at SUNY Canton, tutor for her own business, FreshEyes Consulting, and occasionally solve 7th grade math equations. On a whim, Kara joined The Yoga Loft’s Board of Directors in early 2019. The move has proven a test of her experiences as a member of the board for Deep Root Center for Self-Directed Learning. She’s thankful for that.
Erica Norton is a native of Northern New York and current lives in Potsdam with her husband, Josh. In 2011, she asked for a yoga DVD for Christmas, and her interest in yoga has only grown since then. She has been attending various classes at the Yoga Loft for over five years now, and recently started a yoga teacher training program at Yoga Vermont in Burlington. She hopes to complete her 200 hour teacher training sometime in 2020.
Sarah Oakley is owner of MamaBirth YOGA, a small business supporting families in the childbearing and parenting years since 2011. She and her family moved to the North Country in 2016, following a dream to live in a small community near the mountains and rivers. She teaches from the heart, with a reverence for the wisdom within. Her two sweet, strong and spirited daughters are the most incredible teachers of her life and have been the muse for much of her work. In addition to serving on the BOD at the Yoga Loft, she is active in the community with reproductive justice, cultivates her own daily yoga practice and tries to find time to become immersed in the natural world daily.
Jennifer Pfotenhauer is a Canadian transplant to the North Country. She and her husband live with their 2 teenage children in Canton, NY. Jen is a registered dietitian and loves that yoga fits perfectly with her focus in community health and wellness. She started practicing yoga while pregnant with her daughter 18 years ago and has continued doing yoga with her children as they have grown. Her practice now keeps her mind well and body moving as she moves into a new phase of life. Gardening, teaching, reading, and cooking also keep Jen busy. So happy to be a part of the Yoga Loft!