KENNETT SQUARE, PA — Transformation Yoga Project (TYP) has announced the appointment of Adrienne Dolberry as Executive Director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which serves people impacted by trauma, incarceration, and addiction through trauma-sensitive, mindfulness-based yoga programs and education.
“Adrienne is a well-known figure in Philadelphia’s wellness community with many years’ experience studying the foundations of trauma and the practices proven to build resilience,” said TYP Board President Nicole Anderson. “She has made teaching and promoting these tools throughout Philadelphia her life’s work. Adrienne’s passion to serve communities impacted by the criminal justice system and substance use disorders is unmatched, and we look forward to her leadership.”
Dolberry will lead an effort to expand programming directed at those reentering their communities following incarceration. TYP’s ability to offer in-person programming at congregate facilities such as prisons and recovery centers has been severely curtailed during COVID-19, and her significant experience in offering online programming will help bridge the gap, according to Anderson.
“We view recovery from trauma as a shift in perspective and lifelong behavioral changes,” explains Dolberry. “Our programming is driven by the recognition that individuals have the power to take their well-being into their own hands, and TYP exists to provide the education and practical tools to support them along the way. At the same time, it’s important that our organization better reflects the communities we serve. How we show up for others requires us to recognize and correct our lack of representation and unconscious biases—allowing ourselves to truly support empowerment and liberation for all.”
Transformation Yoga Project serves people at nearly 60 facilities in the greater Philadelphia and Delaware regions, including prisons, community reentry programs, hospital-based inpatient treatment centers, outpatient substance use disorder centers, court diversion programs and area schools. In 2020, TYP facilitated over 3,300 classes for more than 21,500 participants. The organization also offers four to six annual educational/training programs and professional development for individuals working with populations impacted by trauma.
Concurrent with Dolberry’ s appointment, Nicole Anderson was elected President of Transformation Yoga Project’s six-person board of directors. Michael Huggins, TYP’s founder and Board President since 2004, will assume the role of Board Treasurer, after growing the organization to be one of the largest trauma-focused service organizations in the Philadelphia area. “I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve those impacted by trauma as well as to the entire team for their dedication to yoga service,” says Huggins. “This is the right time for me to step back and support new leadership as we develop innovative ways to serve under challenging circumstances.”
Dolberry replaces outgoing Executive Director Kate Bollo Ferris, who will remain involved with the organization as she continues to support Philadelphia-area non-profits.
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