Paul Keoni Chun
Founder and President
Paul Keoni Chun started Keoni Movement Arts out of his own passion for doing yoga, dance, and gymnastics and from a deep desire to share these activities with others, particularly those with least access to them. He has acted, dance, sung, and tumbled professionally in Off-Broadway, Regional, and international Theatres. Stage credits include: The King and I and La Cage Aux Folles at The Carousel Dinner Theatre, M. Butterfly at Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Seattle Rep, Aloha, Las Vegas and Shogun Macbeth with Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, and FantAsia, Japan Tour. Television credits include One Life to Live, All My Children and As The World Turns. He danced in concert performances for the modern and jazz choreographers Eleo Pomare, Flower Hujer, and Ehud Krauss. He has choreographed and staged modern dance pieces that combine yoga, dance, and gymnastics for the last 5 Keoni Movement Arts annual recitals. He is a member of Actors Equity and SAG-AFTRA, and is an Experienced—Registered Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. He holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University, where he competed on the Varsity Gymnastics Team. A native of Hawaii, he has made Manhattan his home for the last 32 years.
Jen Yip has extensive experience in marketing and communications and has worked at stellar firms including Thomson Reuters, Deloitte, Moody’s Investors Service, IBM, Sun Microsystems, and various startup ventures. Currently, she is a freelance marketing & communications consultant working at a large pharmaceutical company. Ms. Yip is also a New York City based performer and teacher. She wrote and performed a solo show “Iris” based on the life of the late author Iris Chang (The Rape of Nanking), has taught dance and acting at New York University and Sarah Lawrence College and is a 200 hour Registered Yoga Teacher with the Yoga Alliance. She served on the Board of San Francisco-based Lines Ballet under the direction of Alonzo King and was the co-chair of their annual gala fundraiser. Ms. Yip resides in Brooklyn and studied Operations Research and Industrial Engineering at Cornell University and Communications at Northeastern University. She feels that her involvement with KMA is a perfect fit with her background in yoga, dance, and gymnastics and with her belief that 'movement is life.'
Katty Lau is a third generation jeweler who immigrated from Hong Kong to New York when she was 6 months old. She’s had a life long love of art and design and earned a BFA in Fashion from Parsons School of Design in 2005. She has also studied in Parsons Paris as well as Jewelry Design from Le Arti Orafe in Florence, Italy. Currently, she is VP and Creative Director of Magnolia Fine Jewelry. She enjoys using her experience and creative talents in all areas of her business whether it is in design, packaging, marketing, or assisting her clients in choosing the right jewelry to add to their collection. Ever since having her son in 2011, she has become inspired to be more involved with community service and volunteering, such as her work with Keoni Movement Arts. She is a passionate believer in children, and in supporting them to unlock their capacity for love of life, learning, and compassion for others.
Originally from Albany, NY, Ellen Potenza brings her experience in nonprofit fundraising to KMA’s board. Ellen worked in development for the Ballet Tech Foundation helping to support a $3 million budget. After five years at Ballet Tech, she moved into the media industry and is currently an executive assistant at Refinery29 where she manages day to day logistics for the company’s top executives. Ellen graduated from Barnard College with a degree in English and spent a year in Paris with Columbia University’s study abroad program. She practices yoga regularly and also enjoys dance, film, politics and travel. Ellen firmly believes in the many benefits of studying the movement arts, particularly at a young age. She lives in the Yorkville neighborhood of Manhattan and adores living in New York City. With her many skills, talents, and passions, Ellen is a great fit to help guide KMA as a director and is thrilled to see its mission grow.