Lucy Pirner

President

Lucy has a master’s degree in counseling and extensive continuing education in trauma, spirituality, mind-body medicine, and somatics. She was a founding board member of the Starry Night Collective, which provides grants and support services for the arts to programs serving students with disabilities.

In her own words: What brought you to yoga, Lucy?

“I entered the world of yoga and meditation in 1999 in search of a cure for my own depression and anxiety. Decades later, I now have firsthand experience in the profound healing effects of yoga.”

Chelsea Lambert

Vice President

Chelsea grew up in River Falls, WI, and has built a career at 3M, most recently transitioning to be the Facilities Coordinator for the 3M healthcare business spin-off to Solventum. Outside of her career, she coordinates homeless outreach providing clothes and food for the Twin Cities with her partner Lucas. She also holds certifications in yoga, Thai yoga bodywork, and reiki .

In her own words: What brought you to yoga, Chelsea?

“It started as a new challenge. As I recently shared with my yoga class, I wanted to do crow pose. It is an arm balance that takes practice and skill to learn. That was around 8 years ago. Today, I am teaching others arm balances and inversions in my yoga class. Reflecting on where I was back then, I am in awe of all the things I have accomplished. I have continued to push myself and grow to be a healthier and mindful human. It has led me to where I am now. Giving back to my community has become an important part of who I am today. I am so excited that the Abundant Yoga Community can be a platform that I can be a part of to do just that.”

Michelle Kraft

Treasurer

Michelle holds an MBA and is also a (currently inactive) CPA. She worked in healthcare finance for close to 30 years, including for two healthcare foundations, prior to retirement in 2022. She volunteers for Our Neighbor’s Place, a non-profit providing support, shelter, and housing services in Pierce and St. Croix counties.

In her own words: What brought you to yoga, Michelle?

“I discovered yoga through Inspiring Actions in 2014 through a class held at my workplace. I fell in love with yoga as the practice helped me deal with a stressful career and continues to provide me with flexibility, strength, and the mind-body connection. I am grateful my yoga practice eventually led me to become part of the Abundant Yoga Community.”

Tracey Mortensen

Executive Director

Tracey holds a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics. She is the owner of Inspiring Actions Yoga & Wellness Center, which she founded in Hudson, WI, in 2008. In 2019, Inspiring Actions added a second location in River Falls, WI.

In her own words: What brought you to yoga, Tracey?

“In my life before Inspiring Actions, I worked as a mortgage broker and, to be honest, I was miserable. I was looking to find any sort of release from the stress and anxiety of my job, and that’s when I found yoga. What happened through my journey with yoga was, in every sense of the word, life-changing.”

Erin E.H. Austin

Board Member at Large

Erin is a high school teacher, writer, author of education books, and educational consultant. She has been actively involved in the non-profit world (with Big Brothers Big Sisters), including in leadership, since 2005.

In her own words:

“What brought you to yoga, Erin?
I started doing yoga through St. Paul Community Education with a friend of mine in 2004 or 2005. At that time, yoga wasn’t nearly as prevalent as it is now, and I got into it specifically because I was looking for something different, something no one I knew was doing. I ended up loving it, and found that it met so many of my health needs/goals in one fell swoop.”

Cori HildebranDt

Board Member at Large

Cori has a master’s degree in Adlerian Counseling and Psychotherapy, she’s a certified EMDR and BRAINSPOTTING therapist, she is the owner of Coriander Living Collective, and she is a teacher-in-training for the resource-based mindful movement practice of Open Floor International.
 
In her own words: What brought you to yoga, Cori?
 
“I spent the summer of 2000 in Europe and a girl I met in a train station bathroom in Greece invited me to my first yoga class, I’ve had an ongoing practice since. As an adolescent and young adult, I was someone who did not have a lot of confidence in my body’s physical ability, yoga is where I learned to appreciate my body and sense its power”

Erin Stamets

Board Member at Large

Erin’s background is in public health nursing. She did home visiting in underserved communities throughout the Twin Cities for many years, primarily working with women facing high risk pregnancies. Erin holds a master’s degree in women’s health and worked as a nurse practitioner in a St. Paul clinic before moving to River Falls. 

In her own words:

 

“Yoga has been a consistent source of inner strength and calm throughout my adult life. Among the many gifts I have received from yoga practice is the power of breathwork, both on and off the mat. I find myself tapping into yoga breath throughout the day if I feel anxiety rising, or if I simply want to be more present in the moment. I completed a yoga teacher training program in 2019 in order to deepen my own understanding of yoga history, philosophy, and teachings. I hope to share the beauty of this practice with others for many years to come.”

Kelsey Kaufman

Board Member at Large

Kelsey is the co-owner and co-founder of Encompass Birth & Wellness, a pregnancy, birth, and early post-partum doula service. She is also the office manager for Inspiring Actions Yoga in River Falls and Hudson.

In her own words: What brought you to yoga, Kelsey?

“My first yoga class was to fill a college P.E. credit. The instructor was nine months pregnant, and I was so impressed that she was able to continue to practice yoga. At this time, my husband and I were going through a 4-year fertility struggle, so I thought yoga might help. I googled yoga classes near me, and Tracey’s Yoga 101 came up. I signed up and loved it! I was the nerdy person getting there early and sitting in the front of the class taking notes. Besides increasing my strength and flexibility, yoga taught me how to breathe in a way that is beneficial to my body and overactive mind. My stress and anxiety levels lowered. I tried meditation for the first time. Two months after completing Yoga 101, I found myself pregnant, which led to our first full-term pregnancy and successful birth of our oldest daughter.”

Kelsey Kaufman

Wendy Moss

Board Member at Large

Wendy is a long-time Wisconsinite who has long worked in the private health insurance field. Currently, she is a senior provider contract manager at a not-for-profit government programs health insurance company. She also holds a 235-hour yoga teacher training certificate.

In her own words: What brought you to yoga, Wendy?

“A love for any form of exercise initially brought me to yoga for something “different”; however, I now focus more on breathwork, meditation, grounding/slow flow classes, and Ayurveda (the “sister science” of yoga). I’m excited to be part of the Abundant Yoga Community and all that this wonderful organization has to offer to anyone interested in embracing the practice of yoga.”