Michelle Garrison Hough, RYT 500, E-RYT 200, M.A., J.D., Board Vice President
Michelle Garrison Hough is a yoga teacher, wellness agent and spiritual mentor. Through her own yoga practice and the programs she designs for clients, Michelle emphasizes holistic well-being, strength, self-expression and empowerment. She works with people from all age groups and a variety of lifestyles to build resilience, achieve a healthier relationship with the body, and cultivate inner connection. The advanced yoga teacher training Michelle completed with Kristine Kaoverii Weber of Subtle Yoga included trauma-informed yoga teaching methodology and yoga practices for mental and emotional well-being. Before becoming a yoga teacher, she worked as a lawyer in the field of international securities law and taught French at the college level. She has always enjoyed working with youth and volunteering for religious and charitable organizations. Michelle currently works with another yoga education non-profit organization based in India, also serving and mentoring girls. She is highly motivated to support the Crossover Yoga Project because she has experienced first-hand the ways that yoga and creative practices heal the effects of trauma and build resilience.
Selina M. Urbina Board Secretary
Selina M. Urbina is a Managing Director in the Institutional Solutions and Relationships division at TIAA, (TIAA.org), a Fortune 100 financial services organization and leading provider of asset management and retirement services for the academic, research, medical and cultural fields. Selina is responsible for TIAA’s client relationships in the New York Metropolitan area, primarily in the Higher Education and Private K-12 Marketplace. In this role, Selina manages a team of relationship managers, client services managers, and field consultants dedicated to serving the financial services needs of institutional and individual clients. She is also responsible for TIAA’s New York Financial Center, a retail storefront serving New York City based individual customers. Selina has been a yoga practitioner for over 20 years and has volunteered her time in support of girls and women in crisis. The Crossover Yoga Project marries these interests and aligns with her strong belief that yoga has the power to heal. She is also a Board Member for New Visions Charter High Schools in the Bronx. She lives in Croton on Hudson with her husband and two children.
Jamie Hough Board Treasurer
A chartered financial analyst, Jamie Hough has been working in financial services for 18 years in the United States and internationally. An expert in global strategic solution technology and operational delivery, Jamie is currently a Business Analyst at Millennium Capital Partners. He previously held positions at De Shaw & Co., Lehman Brothers, and Rollins. He received Bachelor’s degrees in Finance and International Business from the University of Richmond. Jamie has volunteered for multiple charitable and religious organizations, and is passionate about workplace equality and women’s issues. A college swimmer, he has taught swimming to kids, and for the past five years has coached youth soccer.
Kendra Valentine, KYT 200, Rieki Master, Owner Dragonfly Wellness Board Member
Kendra has been a yoga practitioner for the better part of 20 years. She received her Kripalu 200-Hour teacher certificate after taking an immersion training at the Kripalu Center. Starting at 5 years old, Kendra was exposed to and worked with energy healing under the guide and watchful eye of her Grandmother, Petra Valentine Negron and is a Reiki Master for over 12 years. Kendra holds a Masters of Business Administration/Operations Management, has a background as a Massage Therapist and believes in empowering women to step into their power and embody their authentic self.
As a survivor of abuse, she is intimately aware of what it feels like to fight with myself for claim over the physical body that houses all of my life experiences, both good and bad. She is passionate about being part of an organization that sets out to heal, empower and give women and young people a voice they may not have otherwise given themselves permission to have. Her passions include singing, dancing, random out bursts of laughter, helping others, and her own journey toward compassionate self-awareness. She is deeply in love her four children and her pitbull, Skylar, and knows how blessed she is to have such an amazing and supportive family.