Board of Directors
Ms. Amy Conn, Founder, A Quality Life Community
Amy Conn is the founder and director of the non-profit Quality Life Community. Amy has a Masters Degree in Special Education, as well as, an American Sign Language interpreter certification. She is currently in a PhD program at the University of Utah in the department of Exercise and Sport Science researching the benefits of yoga on special populations; specifically cancer survivors. Amy is a certified 1000-hour trained National Registered Yoga Instructor. As an instructor, she is frequently asked to participate in training teachers for yoga teacher training courses (specifically, Children and Cancer Survivor courses). Amy is the author of Revealing Grace, a story about a cancer adventure and a community.
Mr. William Held, Director
Bill Held serves on the Quality Life Community board of directors as well as teaching yoga classes to aid in cancer recovery. Bill found yoga just when he needed a new purpose in life. . Through his yoga practice Bill has gained more physical strength, mental clarity, renewed spiritual belief, and a sense of peace and well being. He has worked at Huntsman Cancer Hospital Oncology Unit and University of Utah Hospitals. Bill shares his passion for yoga by teaching at Huntsman Cancer Institute and Veterans Administration Hospital. Bill is a Registered 200 hour Yoga Teacher.
Dr. Nitin Chandramouli, Utah Cancer Specialists, Medical Advisor
Dr. Chandramouli earned his medical degree from the University of Iowa in 1996, where he completed his residency in 1999. He completed his Fellowship in Hematology and Oncology at the Huntsman Cancer Institute, University of Utah, where he also served as Chief Fellow for two years. He is board certified in both Medical Oncology and Hematology.
Ms. Corena Hammer, Owner, Infusion Yoga and Pilates Studio
In 2014 she was hired by Duke University to train Xcelerate, an elite group of Nike executives. She is the Yoga Trainer for Fitflix, the #1 site for streaming workout videos and was one of the first teachers to teach Utah Yoga Day at the state capitol, the first legislatively recognized in the nation. Corena is a nationally Registered Yoga Teacher at the E-RYT 500 hour level and runs the Registered Yoga Teacher Training programs at her Infusion Studio in Bountiful. She has been certified in yoga and has been taught in the classical teacher to student method as well as some of the country’s leading authorities in yoga including Duncan Wong, Anodea Judith, Sean Corn, Baron Baptiste, and Ana Forrest. She has also been certified in Pilates by the Physical Mind Institute of New York, in Reformer Training by Kim Lee and is a former tri-athlete. She has been in the fitness industry for over 20 years and an ACE certified instructor since 1998.
Corena has been certified in Pilates Reformer Training by Kim Lee, owner of Pilates Zen and trainer to clients such as Madonna, Sting and the cast of Oceans 13. She has also been certified in Mat Pilates by Physical Mind Institute of New York. Corena is a continuing education specialist for American Council on Exercise and is one of only a few to do so in yoga. She had held workshops and Master classes for both teachers and students at Treehouse, Lifestyle 2000 and Xcel facilities.
Mr. James Burris Technology Consultant, Lichthaus Media
James Burris is a strategic communications consultant and is currently the principal of Lichthaus Media. He brings 18 years of marketing communications experience to A Quality Life Community. James’ history is made up of corporate and ad-agency leadership and he has worked with a broad array of organizations ranging from investment banks to mining companies as well as a variety of non-profits and municipalities. He is a strong believer in the spiritual rejuvenation that comes from yoga. He also praises the humanity QLC provides to cancer patients and their families during an extremely challenging and seemingly powerless period in their lives. James is proud to serve A Quality Life Community.
Ms. Noelle Reymond, President & CEO, Lupus Foundation of America/Utah Chapter, Inc.
Noelle Reymond has always been a supporter and proponent for the positive effects of yoga. Prior to being diagnosed with lupus, she was a home birth midwife and one of the services she offered her clients was a prenatal yoga class. She observed reduction in prenatal and post natal stress, lower blood pressure and happier moms. Noelle has witnessed the positive effects of yoga on pregnant and new moms, cancer patients, lupus patients and the often forgotten caregivers and support people. Noelle and Amy Conn have been friends for nearly a decade, so when Noelle was diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2011 and she and Amy formed an even stronger bond.
The Lupus Foundation merged with AQLC for weekly yoga class offered to both people affected by lupus and cancer. Noelle is a member of the board of directors. As funding increases, she looks forward to program growth, new ideas and being able to help people in our community.
Ms. Shanna Sheline, Marketing and Communications Coordinator, Discovery Gateway: The Children’s Museum of Utah
Shanna brings her professional experience as the Marketing and Communication Coordinator for Discovery Gateway: The Children’s Museum of Utah to A Quality Life Community. She is also a Thai Yoga Massage Practitioner as well as Yoga and Pilates Instructor at Avenues Yoga in Salt Lake City.
Shanna moved to Salt Lake in June 2010 from Cleveland Ohio where she was a professional Modern Dancer for more than a decade. She holds a M.A. in Contemporary Dance from Case Western Reserve University, a Yoga Instruction certification from Kripalu Yoga Center and a Pilates Mat certification from Power Pilates. Shanna is also a certified Thai Yoga Massage practitioner through Lotus Palm School. Most recently Shanna received the Marketing and Communication for Nonprofits Certificate from the University of Utah Nonprofit Academy for Excellence where she was awarded the Arts and Museums Scholarship.
Although Shanna turned to Yoga, Pilates and massage in order to become a better dancer, she found that it enhances all other aspects of her life. Sincerely dedicated to an integrated practice herself, Shanna is happy to be part of an organization focused on bringing the benefits of yoga to the cancer community.