Our Board of Directors
Guided by Experienced Individuals
Our board of directors have varying backgrounds that allow them to guide us as we move towards providing more free yoga classes to children, men and women.
Meet Our Board of Directors
Matt Hirsch, Board Chairman
Matt Hirsch currently serves as Director of Volunteer Engagement at Three Square Food Bank. His contribution to the local nonprofit community includes Goodwill of Southern Nevada (Director of Operations), the Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth (Executive Director), and United Way of Southern Nevada (Senior Director, Community Development). He was recognized in August 2013 by the National Association of State Treasurers and Nevada State Treasurer Kate Marshall for his role in launching “The Piggy Bank Project” (with United Way and Andson). Matt is originally from New York City and is a graduate of Brown University (BA) and Columbia University (MA).
In addition, Matt discovered yoga and meditation in 2012. Read more about his bio.
Myesha has worked in the nonprofit sector for over a decade. Currently, she is the Executive Director of Olive Crest, a nonprofit organization that has transformed the lives of over 70,000 abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. Prior to working with Olive Crest Nevada, she was responsible for providing effective and inspiring leadership to aid in achieving strategic program goals and financial sustainability at St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, where she served as Executive Director for four years. Myesha is a trained behavioral therapist with a Master’s Degree in Special Education and an emphasis in emotional disturbances as well as a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology, both from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
Jennifer has been working in the nonprofit sector, and specifically in the area of fundraising, since 1996. Prior to joining Optimist Youth Homes & Family Services, a nonprofit based in Los Angeles that provides services to at-risk youth and their families, in 2006, Jennifer worked for a variety of organizations where she honed her fundraising skills and developed a passion for working towards meaningful causes.
Jennifer was born and raised in Los Angeles and obtained her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the California State University, Northridge and her Master’s in Business Administration from Pepperdine University.
In 2014, she received her Certified Fundraising Executive (CFRE) credential which demonstrates an individual’s mastery of the standards set for core knowledge and skills required of fundraising executives.
Denrick Bayot, PHD
Denrick has been a regular Ashtanga Yoga (Mysore Style) practitioner for over a decade and throughout his career in education as an economist. He has a unique approach and passion about his field of work. Denrick’s areas of expertise includes research in industrial organization and applied microeconomics, with an emphasis on empirical contract theory. His strong academic background will guide Yoga Haven and achieve its practical application goals.
Why We Provide Free Yoga Classes
To empower at-risk youth, men, women and young adults through the practice of yoga and meditation.