Board of Directors

Carrie Waters Schmidt

President/Co-Treasurer

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/Co-Treasurer

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.

Nicki Vander Meulen

Secretary

[Bio forthcoming]

Jack Longert

Jack is a legal advocate/counselor and a consultant in the IRIS program, a Medicaid-based program for adults with longterm care needs, including adults with autism.

Jack is dedicated to using his skills to help people in underserved and disadvantaged populations achieve their goals and desires to fully participate in the world around them. His professional career as an attorney has centered around helping and learning from people who have a lot to offer but are not often recognized as such. YogAutism's mission very much fits into his passion to find creative ways to reach these goals. Jack is enthusiastic about offering his skills, while continuing to learn and use that knowledge to "pass it forward."

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.