Student Spotlight: Mary Gillaspey

Greetings, fellow yogis! I’m Mary Gillaspey here. I live in Urbandale with my husband, Dean, and our golden retriever Luke. Our two adult sons are out in the world—Daniel in corporate America, Adam as a chef. Before I retired in 2001, I worked for 15 years at Metro Waste Authority, our local solid waste agency, […]

Student Spotlight: LJ Pollack and Nancy Crowfoot

Hello Yogis!  We are John “LJ” Pollak and Nancy Crowfoot.  We are retired in our 60s. LJ from 3 decades as a nonpartisan bill drafter and administrator for the Iowa Legislature.  Nancy from nearly 40 years as a producer and director of presidential debates, Market to Market, Iowa Press, and other public affairs programming at […]

Student Spotlight: Rachel Regenold

I would have scoffed if you had told me I’d one day enjoy practicing yoga via on-demand video. For me, a big part of the practice of yoga was about going to the studio, setting up my mat and props, and lying back in constructive rest to settle in before a class. I first started […]

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 […]