Meet Our Board

Stephen Moist, President

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Stephen is a relative newcomer to yoga, having only been practicing for less than a year; however, as a ready volunteer, a lifelong learner, and a marital artist with over 20 years experience, he has been unknowingly walking the four paths of yoga for much longer, and welcomes the opportunity to integrate these studies into a unified practice. He has come with a sense of service to The Om Tribe to facilitate the sharing of the collective experience, knowledge, and practices of The Om Tribe teachers with members of the community, both for their own benefit, and for the benefit of the community as a whole.

Stephen has a degree in Organizational Leadership from Illinois State University, and currently works at Heritage Enterprises as a technician in the Information Technology department. He enjoys hiking, camping, and other nature activities, photography, and live music.

Kate Vernor, Vice President, Teacher

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The owner of Palms Together Yoga, Kate graduated with a BA in Psychology from the University of Illinois Springfield and an MA in Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She discovered yoga a decade ago and found her calling as a teacher in 2013. She completed her 200-hour registered yoga teacher training at Sundara Yoga Therapy in Austin, Texas. She then went on to earn her Trauma-Informed Yoga Therapist (TIYT) designation and Heavyweight® Yoga instructor certification. She believes everyone can benefit from yoga and is passionate about finding a way to make yoga accessible to everybody.

Jill Nydegger, Secretary

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Jill is a Business Analyst at State Farm. She is married with two sons. She has connected to the four paths of yoga as a gradual progression through her life. She enjoys a life of learning – also known as Jnana Yoga and has continued to reconnect with the practices of Karma & Raja Yoga.

Lisa Knuffman, Treasurer, Teacher Liason & Teacher
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Lisa has been practicing yoga since 2001 and completed her 200 hour yoga teacher certification in Pranakriya Yoga in 20009.   She is currently working toward her 500 hour certification.  A mother of three young girls, Lisa is passionate about sharing yoga with children as well as adults.  She believes that yoga can benefit anyone at any stage of life.  Lisa encourages her students to truly honor their bodies as they practice and to listen to the innate wisdom they carry inside in order to nourish the soul, calm the mind, and bring joy into the heart.

Tonya Keach Moist, Founder, Executive Director, Teacher

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Tonya Keach, certified in Kripalu and prenatal yoga, began practicing yoga in 1997 and teaching classes in 2001.  Her classes blend postures & breathing, as well as reflection, intention, and the occasional singing. This brings a meditative quality to her teaching style. Tonya’s classes guide students to trust their boundless inner wisdom and surrender to the flow of life moving through them, as them. Students are reminded that yoga is not merely a practice, but also a path. This helps to inspire her students to carry the peace of their practice into their lives, and into the world. She has two daughters, who are being raised with the heart of yoga philosophy in the heart of their home.