Our Team

Jody Alexander

Facilitator and Trainer

Jody has been a long-time advocate of YogAutism. She is a registered yoga teacher and body work professional. She is trained in Alignment Yoga and has both her 200 hr. and 500 hr. Yoga Teacher Training certification. She is also a licensed massage therapist, a certified Zero Balancing practitioner and is a TRE Provider for trauma prevention. She has a long history of supporting individuals with autism through her volunteer service with such programs as Gi Gi's Playhouse and the Special Olympics, and has worked with MSCR, the MARC Center and Madison Metropolitan School District.

She has a lifetime of personal and professional experience with developmentally disabled people. From growing up with a sibling with a disability to working among diverse populations throughout her adulthood and participating in activities like meditation and yoga, Jody’s experiences have shaped her into a patient and compassionate person. She is full of creativity and playfulness, and is committed to "thinking outside the box."

Jody enjoys serving all ages and populations. In her spare time you can find her cooking, reading, hiking, and enjoying other outdoor activities.

Nan Negri, Ph.D.

Autism Specialist, Trainer

Nan has been passionate about supporting individuals with autism and other neurophysiological differences along with 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 SC, and since earning her Ph.D from UW-Madison, her private consulting practice, Autism Resources Network. There, she provides consultation to schools and agencies and offers a variety of direct supportive therapies for individuals and their families, primarily through yoga, mindfulness and play. Nan is also a published author, she penned "Walk a While in my Autism" and co-authored "Progress Without Punishment: Effective Approaches for Learners with Behavior Problems", both available in most bookstores.

Lisa Hoeme, MS, LPC, CYKF

Autism Specialist, Trainer

Lisa Hoeme, MS, LPC, CYKF is a Licensed Professional Counselor, consultant, and presenter. She is a partner at Imagine a Child’s Capacity where she has a clinical practice and provides training and consultation to schools, community agencies, other professionals, families and individuals seeking services. She has clinical experience serving an expansive range individuals and families, including autistic individuals and those with Down syndrome, traumatic brain injury, attention difficulties, obsessive compulsive disorder, anxiety, and depression. In her counseling practice, Lisa uses a variety of approaches, including mindfulness, cognitive behavior therapy, collaborative problem solving, expressive therapy techniques, yoga and interpersonal neurobiology. She uses these modalities as a catalyst to help clients work through difficult life experiences, develop effective coping and relaxation strategies and to express themselves authentically. Lisa is committed to helping those she supports to achieve personal growth and overall well-being using a positive, individualized and person-centered approach.

Kelly Petrie


Kelly Petrie is the founder of the Maitri Center for Mindful Living, located in downtown Oregon WI, where she is dedicated to cultivating a sense of wellbeing, impassioned learning, and interconnectivity through the development of innovative programs that employ contemplative pedagogies and creative modalities for optimal human flourishing.

She holds a MA in contemplative education from Naropa University where she dedicated her graduate studies applying contemplative wisdom to the cultivation of meaningful relationships between autistic and non-autistic people. She received 500 hours of yoga teacher training from Scott Anderson’s Alignment Yoga and holds the following Yoga Alliance designations: E-RYT® 200, RYT® 500, YACEP®. Kelly is a professional mindfulness teacher, with a specialty in teaching mindfulness-based social emotional learning skills to youth. She is also a practice leader with Tergar International meditation community under the guidance of meditation master, Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.

Kelly has had a lifelong passion for people with autism and a wealth of experience supporting autistic individuals through her many years working in public schools, serving on an autism support team, and her involvement with autism research at UW-Madison. Kelly’s longtime personal practice in meditation, yoga, and contemplative arts and 25+ years of experience educating adults and children of all ages and diverse needs serves as the inspirational ground for her teaching.

Barb Waters


Barb has extensive experience expanding more than 30 years as a Human Resource professional and office administrator. Since 2013 she has founded her own HR consulting business. Having served on various for profit and not for profit advisory boards, she especially enjoys working with the underserved population.