Keoni Movement Arts has an active Board of Directors.
Paul Keoni Chun
Founder and President
Paul Keoni Chun has been a movement educator now for more than 14 years in New York City. Currently, he teaches yoga in the leading NYC health and fitness clubs, where his teaching is highly regarded and respected. Over the years, he has taught yoga, dance, and gymnastics to children as young as 2 years old all the way up to adults 80+ years of age. As a teacher, he has actively sought out students from diverse backgrounds and socio-economic conditions. Over the last fifteen years, he has worked with youth/teens with special needs (some examples are: autism, Cerebral Palsy, schizophrenia, and cognitive delays). He was a competitive gymnast in college. He has also worked as a professional dancer in the areas of modern dance and musical theater. He is a certified Vinyasa Yoga Teacher with Yoga Alliance. In addition to teaching movement, he works as a professional actor. Known as the actor Keoni Scott, he has worked in off-Broadway and regional theaters and has appeared in film and on television. Paul holds a B.A. in Human Biology from Stanford University.
Jen Yip has extensive experience in enterprise software development, product marketing, strategic alliances, and communications. Ms. Yip has worked at stellar firms including Thomson Reuters, Deloitte, Moody’s Investors Service, Lotus Development/IBM, Sun Microsystems, Bolt Beranek and Newman, and various startup ventures. Currently at Medidata Solutions she is the Product Marketing Director for the company's Mobile Health Business Unit. Contract roles include clients across multiple industries such as Autodesk, Health Insurance Plan of New York/Emblem Health, Reliant Security, Gerson Lehrman Group, Fareportal, and GROUP Business Software. Ms. Yip is also a New York City based performer and teacher. She performs 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 lives in Brooklyn, and teaches dance and yoga throughout New York City. Ms. Yip holds a Bachelor’s degree in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering from Cornell University with a minor in Dance.
Laura has a long and versatile history (20+ years) of working in New York City based non-profit organizations. After several strong suggestions from many co-workers Laura returned to school and obtained her Master's in Social Work from Columbia University. Afterwards, she participated in many years of advanced post-graduate training in Family and Couple's Therapy at The Minuchin Center for the Family as well as advanced training in Group Therapy from The Center for Group Studies. In addition, she is co-author of the book "Making Contact: The Therapist's Guide to Conducting a Successful First Interview.” More recently, as a relationship therapist, Laura has been asked to contribute to articles in such publications as New York Magazine, the Huffington Post as well as Self Magazine, CBS News and others. Laura maintains a private practice near Columbus Circle where she mentors a recent marriage and family graduate from Iona College. She also incorporates canine therapy in her practice with a -15 pound female schnauzer named Copine (which is french for friend).
Amanda Joy Ryles
Amanda Joy Ryles has 20+ years of accounting and tax experience. In her career, Ms. Ryles has worked for large public accounting firms such as PricewaterhouseCoopers and Grant Thornton as well as Fortune 500 and multi-national corporations such as Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation (Freddie Mac), The PNC Financial Group, and TD Bank Group, where she is currently employed. In her current role, she is responsible for tax compliance and reporting for TD Bank Group's U.S. operations. Ms. Ryles holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and a Masters of Accountancy. She is a certified public accountant licensed in the state of Virginia. Ms. Ryles currently resides in Manhattan where in her spare time she enjoys practicing yoga and exploring new fitness classes.
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.