Terri Cooper Space |   Email   |   Terri Cooper is the founder of Connection Coalition (formerly Yoga Gangsters), a non-profit organization that collaborates with schools, jails, foster homes, crisis centers and rehabs across 17 states to bring yoga, meditation and mindfulness to youth. Based in Miami Florida, she is the owner of  Chakraology , a somatic form of self-psychology offering courses online & in-person . A long time trainer of teachers, Terri co-authored the curriculum for international yoga brand  ALL YOU CAN YOGA  and she is on faculty with  OFF THE MAT, INTO THE WORLD .  Known for her strong spiritual message delivered through an uncensored teaching style, Terri drives a slow yet challenging vinyasa practice with an accent on alignment and safety. She is committed to diversifying the face and shape of yoga, and can be found at conferences and festivals spreading the message that yoga is for bodies of all size, color and level of experience.

Terri Cooper Space | Email |

Terri Cooper is the founder of Connection Coalition (formerly Yoga Gangsters), a non-profit organization that collaborates with schools, jails, foster homes, crisis centers and rehabs across 17 states to bring yoga, meditation and mindfulness to youth. Based in Miami Florida, she is the owner of Chakraology, a somatic form of self-psychology offering courses online & in-person . A long time trainer of teachers, Terri co-authored the curriculum for international yoga brand ALL YOU CAN YOGA and she is on faculty with OFF THE MAT, INTO THE WORLD.

Known for her strong spiritual message delivered through an uncensored teaching style, Terri drives a slow yet challenging vinyasa practice with an accent on alignment and safety. She is committed to diversifying the face and shape of yoga, and can be found at conferences and festivals spreading the message that yoga is for bodies of all size, color and level of experience.

Marisol Tamez |   Email   |   After serving as CoCo's Executive Director from 2011-2013, Marisol's deep passion for service led her back home as our Trainings Manager & Facilitator, operating from the West Coast in Los Angeles. In 2019, Marisol took on the role as our Director of Brand + Social Impact, striving to increase CoCo’s digital imprint while spreading education and awareness.  She combines her BA in Psychology & Criminology from the University of Miami, along with a near decade long career as a TV Host, Writer & Producer, ensuring an experience that is not only grounded in mind-body science, but also creative and entertaining.  Born and raised in Miami, Marisol now resides in LA, where she also manages her crystal healing lifestyle brand,  Mayan Rose .

Marisol Tamez | Email |

After serving as CoCo's Executive Director from 2011-2013, Marisol's deep passion for service led her back home as our Trainings Manager & Facilitator, operating from the West Coast in Los Angeles. In 2019, Marisol took on the role as our Director of Brand + Social Impact, striving to increase CoCo’s digital imprint while spreading education and awareness.

She combines her BA in Psychology & Criminology from the University of Miami, along with a near decade long career as a TV Host, Writer & Producer, ensuring an experience that is not only grounded in mind-body science, but also creative and entertaining.

Born and raised in Miami, Marisol now resides in LA, where she also manages her crystal healing lifestyle brand, Mayan Rose.

Jennifer Cousineau |   Email   |   Jennifer has 10 years’ experience working with Homeless and Runaway Youth. She works full time managing a 14 bed shelter in Lansing MI, and also teaches yoga in the area at studios and with other organizations.  Jen pulls from her decade of experience working with at risk teens to lead the CoCo volunteer certification training, facilitating discussions on engagement strategies with youth, the impact of trauma on behavior, and how to structure classes with diverse populations.

Jennifer Cousineau | Email |

Jennifer has 10 years’ experience working with Homeless and Runaway Youth. She works full time managing a 14 bed shelter in Lansing MI, and also teaches yoga in the area at studios and with other organizations.

Jen pulls from her decade of experience working with at risk teens to lead the CoCo volunteer certification training, facilitating discussions on engagement strategies with youth, the impact of trauma on behavior, and how to structure classes with diverse populations.

Jodi Weiner |   Email   |   As the Executive Director of Connection Coalition since 2013, Jodi facilitates CoCo trainings that have been referred to as “awakening”, “brilliant”, "life changing" and more.  Her energetic passion to inspire healing and connection allows her to serve as a teacher to new and upcoming yoga teachers in her community, as well as develop a national group of nonprofit yoga studios serving local communities.  When she is not teaching, she parents, plays, and finds balance in nature and laughter (lots of it!).

Jodi Weiner | Email |

As the Executive Director of Connection Coalition since 2013, Jodi facilitates CoCo trainings that have been referred to as “awakening”, “brilliant”, "life changing" and more.

Her energetic passion to inspire healing and connection allows her to serve as a teacher to new and upcoming yoga teachers in her community, as well as develop a national group of nonprofit yoga studios serving local communities.

When she is not teaching, she parents, plays, and finds balance in nature and laughter (lots of it!).

Andrea Kupferman |   Email   |   At the age of 19, Andrea began to experience the healing and profound effects, on deeply rooted beliefs, that yoga and mindfulness bring. For years, she has made this practice a MUST to her self-care routine and in 2014 found and joined the CoCo team.  Andrea blends her experience as a mental health therapist, her passion for helping youth, and her excitement to provide yoga to ALL, to fulfill the duties of the Programming Manager. She spends her CoCo time networking, creating and maintaining relationships with other community providers, scheduling programs and connecting CoCo teachers to our youth!  "Introducing kids - who are naturally curious, malleable, and willing - to a practice that can only improve them in whatever way they allow brings me joy and an unmeasurable amount of purpose."

Andrea Kupferman | Email |

At the age of 19, Andrea began to experience the healing and profound
effects, on deeply rooted beliefs, that yoga and mindfulness bring. For
years, she has made this practice a MUST to her self-care routine and in
2014 found and joined the CoCo team.

Andrea blends her experience as a mental health therapist, her passion for helping youth, and her excitement to provide yoga to ALL, to fulfill the duties of the Programming Manager. She spends her CoCo time networking, creating and maintaining relationships with other community providers, scheduling programs and connecting CoCo teachers to our youth!

"Introducing kids - who are naturally curious, malleable, and willing - to
a practice that can only improve them in whatever way they allow brings me joy and an unmeasurable amount of purpose."

Melissa Carter |   Email   |   Mel Carter is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Innovation for New York University. After a decade long career as a music business executive in a number of roles including Hip Hop management to digital marketing and sales for the number one music company in the world. Mel embarked on a spiritual journey that inspired transformations in both her career and daily life. For the last eight years, Mel has served as a meditation teacher, holistic, wellness and intuitive lifestyle coach. While Miami served as home base for the last three years, her private practice brought her to 16 different countries to facilitate online group programs, workshops, and seminars focused on intuitive intelligence and mindfulness. Her work in Miami was devoted to serving as a mindfulness consultant for various companies, colleges and C+ executives to identify gaps and needs within those cultures to foster stronger mindfulness foundations, tools and leadership.

Melissa Carter | Email |

Mel Carter is the Head of Mindfulness Education and Innovation for New York University. After a decade long career as a music business executive in a number of roles including Hip Hop management to digital marketing and sales for the number one music company in the world. Mel embarked on a spiritual journey that inspired transformations in both her career and daily life. For the last eight years, Mel has served as a meditation teacher, holistic, wellness and intuitive lifestyle coach. While Miami served as home base for the last three years, her private practice brought her to 16 different countries to facilitate online group programs, workshops, and seminars focused on intuitive intelligence and mindfulness. Her work in Miami was devoted to serving as a mindfulness consultant for various companies, colleges and C+ executives to identify gaps and needs within those cultures to foster stronger mindfulness foundations, tools and leadership.

Jen Sloan |   Email   |   Jen joined the CoCo team in 2019 as our National Trainings Manager. The practice of yoga allowed Jen to truly see herself for the first time - unmasked. This awakening created a connection to a level of spirituality that she had long been searching for. When she discovered there was much more to yoga than fitness, she instantly wanted to share this with others.  Jen’s intelligent sequencing is combined with speaking to the energetic aspect of the yoga practice, allowing her students to have a transformational experience - inside and out. Her hope is to cultivate a space where students feel brave enough to shed the layers and limiting beliefs that keep them from growing towards their true potential.

Jen Sloan | Email |

Jen joined the CoCo team in 2019 as our National Trainings Manager. The practice of yoga allowed Jen to truly see herself for the first time - unmasked. This awakening created a connection to a level of spirituality that she had long been searching for. When she discovered there was much more to yoga than fitness, she instantly wanted to share this with others.

Jen’s intelligent sequencing is combined with speaking to the energetic aspect of the yoga practice, allowing her students to have a transformational experience - inside and out. Her hope is to cultivate a space where students feel brave enough to shed the layers and limiting beliefs that keep them from growing towards their true potential.

Victoria Albury |   Email   |   Victoria Andino Albury began her work in the yoga community by doing the bookkeeping for just a couple of yoga studios in South Florida. She grew steadily in that niche and found herself immersed in the yoga culture. By working closely with original 305 Yoga & Outreach owner Terri Cooper, she found herself inspired by the early work Terri did with Connection Coalition (then Yoga Gangsters). Being from a service – minded family Victoria took to non-profit work right from the start. She has been with the organization since the beginning and considers herself very fortunate to have been able to see its continued growth and development. She built her company Lotus Business Solutions and is now the Financial Manager for Connection Coalition, as well as the bookkeeper / administrator for several businesses based in South Florida, the majority being yoga studios. Victoria is also a Doterra Wellness Advocate and is starting her own line of all-natural essential oil based products, in addition to constantly expanding her knowledge and experience in yoga teachings.

Victoria Albury | Email |

Victoria Andino Albury began her work in the yoga community by doing the bookkeeping for just a couple of yoga studios in South Florida. She grew steadily in that niche and found herself immersed in the yoga culture. By working closely with original 305 Yoga & Outreach owner Terri Cooper, she found herself inspired by the early work Terri did with Connection Coalition (then Yoga Gangsters). Being from a service – minded family Victoria took to non-profit work right from the start. She has been with the organization since the beginning and considers herself very fortunate to have been able to see its continued growth and development. She built her company Lotus Business Solutions and is now the Financial Manager for Connection Coalition, as well as the bookkeeper / administrator for several businesses based in South Florida, the majority being yoga studios. Victoria is also a Doterra Wellness Advocate and is starting her own line of all-natural essential oil based products, in addition to constantly expanding her knowledge and experience in yoga teachings.

Siha Collins |   Email   |   A teacher, storyteller, experiential creative and much more, Siha fills up spaces with her unique brand of humor and ease to create transformative practices that help people connect to themselves and each other. Siha is the creator of Yellow Mat Yoga, a wellness lifestyle brand + studio located in Decatur, GA. In addition to her work as a Cannabis educator and activist,  Siha is proud to serve as Brand + Social Impact Manager for Connection Coalition.

Siha Collins | Email |

A teacher, storyteller, experiential creative and much more, Siha fills up spaces with her unique brand of humor and ease to create transformative practices that help people connect to themselves and each other. Siha is the creator of Yellow Mat Yoga, a wellness lifestyle brand + studio located in Decatur, GA. In addition to her work as a Cannabis educator and activist,

Siha is proud to serve as Brand + Social Impact Manager for Connection Coalition.

Shante Haymore-Kearney |   Email   |   Shanté Haymore-Kearney is a champion for personal empowerment and wellness of the mind, body, and soul. In 2011, she became certified as a RYT-200 and since then, she has guided and taught hundreds of people to connect with their inner peace and personal power through movement and meditation. Shante believes there is a spark inside of everyone that was meant to be lit and set ablaze.  Shanté is known for her 'Manifest Your Life' Vision Board Workshops. As a Manifestation Coach, she leads and guides people to get clear on their authentic desires and boldly manifest their lives. Shante' believes that living with intention is a necessity to fulfillment. She shares "tools for mindful living" through classes, workshops, and retreats to help people maneuver the challenges and successes of life. Through it all, Shante' continues to strive for balance while creating a purposeful life filled with gratitude.

Shante Haymore-Kearney | Email |

Shanté Haymore-Kearney is a champion for personal empowerment and wellness of the mind, body, and soul. In 2011, she became certified as a RYT-200 and since then, she has guided and taught hundreds of people to connect with their inner peace and personal power through movement and meditation. Shante believes there is a spark inside of everyone that was meant to be lit and set ablaze.

Shanté is known for her 'Manifest Your Life' Vision Board Workshops. As a Manifestation Coach, she leads and guides people to get clear on their authentic desires and boldly manifest their lives. Shante' believes that living with intention is a necessity to fulfillment. She shares "tools for mindful living" through classes, workshops, and retreats to help people maneuver the challenges and successes of life. Through it all, Shante' continues to strive for balance while creating a purposeful life filled with gratitude.