Board of Directors

Carrie Waters Schmidt


Carrie is a Financial Planner and business owner of Equanimity Wealth Planning and Investing in Madison, WI. She is highly organized and goal-oriented with a history of successfully lifting non-profit Boards off the ground and on to being self-sufficient entities.

As a person diagnosed with anxiety, Carrie understands and empathizes with those who share this experience. Carrie believes in the role YogAutism can play in anxiety reduction, among the many other benefits, which can lead to experiencing a higher quality of life which we all deserve.

In her spare time, she enjoys reading, crafts, riding horses, playing with her young daughter, and yoga.

Nan Negri

Vice President

Nan has been passionate about supporting individuals with autism and their families since 1972 through her past experiences as a classroom teacher, a signed-speech specialist, a teacher trainer, a parent trainer, an administrator for a state wide system of services in NC, and since earning her Ph.D from UW-Madison, her private consulting practice, Autism Resources Network.

Nan understands the value of yoga and mindfulness through her personal practice. This naturally expanded into her work, where she continually witnesses how important yoga & mindfulness can be for people with autism, their family and friends, and those who support them.

Diane Sing


Diane is a meditation and yoga practitioner and instructor and is the owner of 8-3-1 Yoga. She is also the founder of Madison Outdoor Yoga and believes yoga should be accessible to all. Specifically, she is passionate about making yoga accessible and available to people of color and those with disabilities.

Anne Daugherty-Leiter


Anne is an attorney at The Law Center for Children and Families, where she practices school law, advocating for parents of children with special needs; estate planning and family formation law for LGBTQ families; employment law; assisted reproduction; and international adoption. Her full bio is here:

Anne has professional and personal experience supporting people with health care needs, including people living with HIV/AIDS and people on the autism spectrum. She is excited to join the YogAutism board. In her free time, she writes fiction and spends time with her family, including her three kids, five cats, one dog, and one Madagascar Hissing Cockroach.

Kelly Petrie

YogAutism Board Liaison

Kelly is a registered yoga teacher & independent contemplative educator dedicated to cultivating a sense of wellbeing, impassioned learning, and interconnectivity through innovative programs that employ contemplative pedagogies and creative modalities for optimal human flourishing.

Kelly spent many years supporting students with autism in a public school setting, has trained other educators, and engaged in autism research studying implicit intelligence. Her involvement in YogAutism stems from a deep passion for people who experience autism.

She holds a Master's degree in Contemplative Education from Naropa University. In her free time, she enjoys travel, outdoor activities, reading, and playing board games with family & friends.