Board of Directors and Officers

Holle Black – Co-Founder, Director and OfficerHolle

Holle Black is an E-RYT 500 certified Pranakriya Yoga Therapist who studied under the guidance of master teacher Yoganand Michael Carroll, and Marlysa Sullivan MPT, E-RYT. In addition, Holle is a certified prenatal yoga teacher, certified kids yoga teacher, and has completed a 20 hour training with David Emerson at the Trauma Center in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as trauma sensitive yoga training with Pranakriya Yoga and Street Yoga. Holle designed and directs the Trauma Sensitive Yoga, 20 hour training module for both the 500 professional and 500 therapeutic Pranakriya Advanced teacher certifications.  She has completed a 5 week victim’s advocacy program through Agnes Scott College and the Women’s Resource Center to End Domestic Violence., and is currently co-teaching weekly yoga classes at the Veterans Administration in Atlanta, working with Emory University and the VA on a research study of the benefits of yoga for women with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder from sexual trauma while in the military. Holle’s duties for Centering Youth include recruitment and training of teachers, supervision of the classes offered by Centering Youth, as well teaching classes and workshops, herself.  She also works on the operational, administrative and fundraising functions of Centering Youth, Inc.


Marlysa Sullivan – Director Marlysa

Marlysa Sullivan is a nationally known yoga therapist, as well as a professional physical therapist, yoga instructor and trainer. She is an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University in the Physical Therapy Department where she assists in several courses and teaches the application of yoga into physical therapy practice. She practices physical therapy, yoga therapy, teaches yoga classes and is an instructor of yoga teachers in the Pranakriya Yoga 500 hour teacher training program. Marlysa is a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapy and is currently developing a yoga therapy curriculum for the Pranakriya school. She reviews and considers administrative and corporate matters of Centering Youth, Inc. and consults on operational, teaching and training matters.

Amelia Reiser – Director

Amelia Reiser is a 200hr Pranakriya Yoga teacher who studied under the guidance of Yoganand Michael Carroll and Marlysa Sullivan, with mentorship from Holle Black, Tra Kirkpatrick, and Vladimir Tchakarov. Amelia has completed Yin yoga training with Douglas Johnson and Trauma Sensitive yoga training with Holle Black. Also a professional dancer, Amelia worked for many years with her mother, Dr. Joan Phillips PhD, LMFT, LPC, ATR-BC, in crisis relief bringing creative movement, breath and body awareness to devastated populations of tornado victims in Oklahoma and Missouri. Amelia has found her home at Centering Youth teaching classes as well as working with Holle on the operational, administrative, and fundraising aspects of the organization


Sean Minton – Admin