Kula Member Spotlight: Kathi Kruidenier

Hello. My name is Kathi Kruidenier and I have been a student of Mary’s since day one – almost 23 years.  I have two great kids, a son and a daughter, and a wonderful daughter-in-law plus a married granddaughter and two grandsons.  I also have four fabulous sisters, a brother, and their families.  I have […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Robert Brammer

Greetings to you who are part of Mary’s community and to anyone thinking about joining Mary’s extraordinary work to foster their physical and mental well-being.  My name is Robert Brammer (nickname Bram). I tune in and attend Mary’s livestreamed Strength & Balance class almost every Wednesday at noon and other times via recording.   I live in Beaverdale with […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Judy McClure

Hello! My name is Judy McClure, and I’m a Midwesterner—born in St. Louis, lived in the four central states until we moved to Cedar Rapids when I was in 4th grade. I attended Iowa State and have been in Des Moines since the mid-1970s. I live in an 1895 late Victorian house in the Sherman […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Dawn Reser

Dawn Reser

My name is Dawn, and I live in West Des Moines with my husband, John. We have two adult children who both live in the DM area. I am a hospital pharmacist at UnityPoint, where I’ve been for more than 25 years. Outside of work, I love being in nature, bicycling, camping, and bird watching. I […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Susan & George Riley

Meet Susan! Greetings! My name is Susan Riley, and I live in Windsor Heights with my talented husband George. We are both retired now. Since moving to Windsor Heights a few years ago, I’m enjoying more gardening. (Our previous property had a steep hill in the backyard.) I’ve discovered deer spray to deter hungry deer […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Deb Hill-Davis

Hello friends! My name is Deb Hill-Davis and I live in Des Moines, Iowa with my husband, Todd. Our two adult children live out of state: Sarah in New Orleans and Bridget in Lincoln, Nebraska. I am a minister, currently serving Unity Church of Ames. It is a part-time ministry, if there is such a thing. […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Hannah VanEvera

Hello! My name is Hannah VanEvera. I live in West Des Moines with my 3 cats: Jack, Sahara, and a 6-month-old kitten Bellatrix. My sister Abby, her fiancé Jake, and their 2 cats, Milo and Charlie, are currently living in my basement while they save up for a house of their own. I am a […]

Kula Member Spotlight: Patty Dornacker

Hello! My name is Patty Dornacker and my husband, Doug, and I are natives of Omaha and currently live in West Des Moines. We have one son, Alex. He lives in Des Moines. Alex just graduated from Drake Law School. I worked as a reading specialist in the local public schools for 30 years. When […]

Student Spotlight: Alfonso & Heather

Heather and Alfonso Erdmann are virtual students practicing yoga online from Sioux City, IA. This post is written by Alfonso, with the help of Heather. Q: When you discovered yoga and why you started practicing. A: Heather first found yoga in her 20’s and has practiced sporadically ever since. She first tried yoga to add […]

Student Spotlight: Barb Madden-Bittle

I live in West Des Moines off Grand Avenue beyond Raccoon River Park. I live with my husband, Ed; we are in a second marriage and just celebrated our 38th wedding anniversary. When we married, we had 6 children at home- two boys age 16, a boy and a girl age 13, a girl age […]