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.

Tra Kirkpatrick_HeadshotTra Kirkpatrick – Director 

Tra Kirkpatrick, E-RYT 500 is a certified Yoga Therapist and teacher with over a decade experience working with clients and groups to heal the body and mind.  Tra designed and directs the behavior and lifestyle change module and the yoga therapy internship for the Center for Integrative Yoga Studies, as well as teaches for the Pranakriya School of Yoga Healing Arts in both the 200 and 500-hour certification programs.  In addition, Tra is a certified empowerment coach, conferred by the International Coaching Association, who spent three years developing and offering life skills training at the Gateway Center, a Metro Atlanta organization that offers therapeutic programs in an effort to impact chronic homelessness.  During her time at Gateway, Tra provided group and individual support to give individuals tools to achieve self-sufficiency.  Prior to her career in yoga and therapeutic healing arts, Tra spent nearly 20 years in business development and project management in both start-up businesses and Fortune 500 corporations.  Tra’s duties with Centering Youth include organizational, operational, and administrative management.

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.