Board of Directors
The board meets as needed, usually once a month.
Administrative/Program Consultant and Website Administrator
Board Officer Bios:
Erica Norton, board secretary, is a native of Northern New York and current lives in Potsdam with her husband, Josh. Erica has been a student of yoga for over 10 years, and has practiced at the Yoga Loft for the majority of those years. In addition to volunteering on the Yoga Loft Board, she has also been a teacher at the Yoga Loft since the fall of 2019. Erica works at Frazer Computing in Canton. In her free time she enjoys reading and spending time outside: gardening in the summer, skiing in the winter, and walking her dogs.
Robin Gagliardi, board 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.
Helen Hutchinson: Fifteen years ago a friend and I agreed to do yoga together and I have been committed ever since. I am now retired from Planned Parenthood, from maple syrup production, and from volunteer work for Hospice. I live within the village of Canton with my husband Roger. In addition to yoga I also enjoy music, attend many concerts, and take piano lessons.
Geetika Narula moved to Canton, NY from India, the land of Ayurveda, after her wedding in 2013. She lives with her husband Rajiv and a toddler Rohan in Canton. She loves yoga and felt very supportive and content attending yoga loft classes during her pregnancy and postpartum. Cooking nourishing meals is her passion along with gardening and part time tutoring at SUNY Canton.She believes that nutrition involves our relationships with family, friends, community, the environment, and the world. We need to make decisions about what and how we eat that foster not only our health and well-being, but the health of those around us and our planet.
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!
Sarah Scafidi-McGuire 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.
Alison Brant is the financial consultant for the Yoga Loft. She takes care of the annual budget, of paying the bills, and also does much of the shopping for supplies. She also has a great sense of design and volunteers help with many Yoga Loft publications. In addition to her consulting work, Alison is a highly qualified yoga teacher and occasionally offers yoga and ayurveda workshops at the Yoga Loft.
Ellie Beeler is the administrative/program consultant for the Yoga Loft. She is responsible scheduling classes and workshops, for the monthly newsletter, for the website, and for keeping the day-to-day operations of the studio running smoothly. In addition to her consulting duties, Ellie teaches Chair Yoga and 50+ Yoga at the Yoga Loft.