Our Associate Board Members

Catherine Bradley Richmond, “b” is a Yoga Alliance continuing education provider (YACEP), a professional member of the American Massage Therapy Association, an active Rocky Mountain Professional Ski Instructor (PSIA LV 3 Alpine and Nordic Downhill, Children’s Specialist) for 27 years, and a certified US Ski and Snowboard Association Coach.  She recently became a USA Yoga coach and passionately hopes to work with other board members to bring yoga competition to the Olympic Level.

Her goal to inform, educate and market USA Yoga as a unifying organization that creates harmony within the sport and science of yoga through the discipline of exact yoga postures stems from a background in kinesiology and sport's science.  Her hometown of Crested Butte, Colorado (population 2,500) located at 9,000 feet has many world-class athletes, two of whom are Olympic athletes (Aaron Blunk and Emma Coburn). 

The three things she yearns to contribute are; recruiting more youth athletes, creating athlete-centered training that helps to bring laughter and fun into the pain and suffering, while prioritizing correct postures and spinal alignment, and finally, perseverance despite all odds, to raise awareness of the extraordinary qualities yoga asana develops that can help to heal the planet as well as the individual body, mind and spirit.

“Imperfections and failures are as much a blessing from God as success and talents and I lay them both at his feet”     -Ghandi
“Have more mental strength, don’t be afraid of suffering. Keep your mind positive and strong.  It is your inner experience that is most important.”  -Paramahana Yogananda

Clara McGrail rediscovered Yoga after dancing ballet for two decades, and she has been practicing regularly since she moved to northern Virginia in 2012.

When she isn't in the hot room, Clara works in marketing and communications as a content manager for the Charles Koch Foundation and Institute, educational non-profits in the Washington, DC, area. She has her BA in English from Fordham University and her MA in English from Georgetown.

Clara has joined the board to help with marketing and writing.

 Lisa Pafe has been practicing yoga since 2006. She is a Yoga Alliance certified yoga teacher (RYT 200), and a USA Yoga Federation Senior Athlete and Senior Women's Division champion (1st place Virginia in 2016, and 2nd place Virginia in 2017). She teaches a variety of yoga, including Vinyasa, Spa Yoga, and Yin and is a committed Bikram Yoga practitioner. In addition, she is a doTERRA Wellness Advocate.

Her professional background includes nearly 30 years of experience in project management, marketing, business development, sales writing, training and public speaking. She is currently Vice President of Lohfeld Consulting Group, a successful business development consulting firm that helps companies win government business. For the past six years, she has served in elected roles on the Board of Directors of the non-profit Association of Proposal Management Professionals (APMP) National Capital Area (NCA) Chapter which has 1,400+ members. Her roles have included Speaker Series Chair, Vice President, and currently President.

She holds a BA from Yale University, MPP from Harvard University, and MIS from The George Washington University. She speaks regularly at a variety of professional conferences, delivers professional webinars, and provides training in effective sales writing techniques. She is a frequent guest writer for Washington Technology and a popular LinkedIn Publisher.
Lisa continually seeks to share the physical and spiritual growth she attains through yoga and meditation. Balance, flexibility, strength of mind and body: we need these attributes even more as we grow older.

Lisa has joined specifically to promote outreach to senior athletes, she wants to help USA Yoga Federation share how yoga and yoga competition keep you healthy, happy and young at heart!