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Niroga Institute Board of Directors
Nik Banerjee is a seasoned financial services executive with over two decades of senior management experience in leading brands such as Bank of America, Charles Schwab and MasterCard. He is currently Vice President of Marketing and Product Management in the small business group at Wells Fargo. A former professor of English, Nik holds a PH.D. in English from the University of Maryland and has attended executive development programs at the University of Virginia and the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Nik’s desire to create more meaning in his life drew him to Niroga and its core mission of service to underserved communities and youth. Nik lives in San Rafael.
Bidyut K. Bose learned Yoga from his father beginning in childhood, and later studied Sanskrit philosophical texts, Yoga, and Meditation with monks in the Himalayas. Having earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley; his research interests have shifted to the scientific application of Yoga to special populations, and for many common chronic conditions. He is an advanced yoga teacher trainer and certified yoga therapist, and is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists. BK lives in north Berkeley.
Judy Dunlap has had extensive experience in finance, marketing, and sales, and was Director of Operations of a software company for 10 years, after receiving her MBA from Golden Gate University and undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara. She has an abiding interest in Eastern philosophies, and a holistic approach to healthful living and evolving consciousness. She is a certified Yoga teacher, having directly experienced the integral therapeutic benefits of Yoga first hand. Judy lives in Oakland.
Julie Hanamura is a financial services executive with 30 years of experience in banking and consulting. She has previously served as a nonprofit board member of the International Institute for the East Bay, Daruma no Gakko and the Kensington Educational Foundation. A lifelong Bay Area resident, she is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and is currently enrolled in the Masters of Public Administration program at Golden Gate University. A longtime Niroga yoga student, she is also a Certified Yoga Teacher through the Niroga teacher training program.
Shobha Hiatt has over 15 years of experience in fund development and nonprofit management. Currently, Shobha is the development director at Hesperian Health Guides. Prior to Hesperian, she was at Center for Volunteer and Nonprofit Leadership in Marin as marketing and development director, and she co-founded and was executive director of Narika, a helpline for abused South Asian women. Shobha was recognized by the Berkeley Commission on the Status of Women as a "Woman of Achievement" and by the Berkeley Public Health Department for her leadership of Narika. Shobha has Masters in International Economics and resides in Berkeley.
Harvey Kletz attended law school in Pittsburgh, PA., and initially taught at Hastings College of Law and Dominican College, with a practice in Oakland. For the past 30 years he has been in private practice in Rockridge, specializing in plaintiff personal injury law and has also practiced other areas, always with insurance carriers representing the "other side". Throughout the years, he has spent long, enjoyable hours coaching youth baseball and soccer. Abbey, his wife of 41 years, is a Niroga - Certified Yoga Teacher; the two of them live in Berkeley.
Michael Pace was introduced to Niroga through its Integral Health Fellowship program, seeking to build on his skills in offering healthy and transformative practices to communities in need. For more than a decade he has been a student and practitioner of meditation, and has a BA in philosophy from Stanford University. Having witnessed the immense value and effects of offering stress-reducing practices in mid-west high school classrooms in the early 2000’s, Michael is a strong proponent of yoga and meditation as means of real change for violence prevention and academic performance. Michael is also a small business entrepreneur. He lives in Richmond.
Fred Schnider is a criminal defense lawyer currently specializing in state and federal appeals appeals. From 1987 to 2004, he was a trial attorney in the Alameda County Public Defender’s Office, handling mostly adult and some juvenile felony cases in Oakland. Fred grew up in Washington, D.C. and attended the University of Virginia and Georgetown University Law Center. He is married to another former public defender, Sue Sargent, and has two very entertaining children, Reid (13) and Owen (10). He and his family live in Berkeley.
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