Our advisory

Board of Directors

Alexia Cervantes

Director of FitLife UCSD

Alexia is a life-long learner, movement specialist, and lover of people. In her role at UC San Diego Recreation as the Director of FitLife, she has the opportunity to influence campus culture. Alexia and her team work with students, faculty and staff to provide a broad spectrum of health and well-being services. UCSD Recreation FitLife’s mission is to inspire and educate through group fitness and yoga programming, instructor training, personal services, injury prevention, health improvement, and fitness space management.

When not leading her dynamic team, Alexia enjoys time hiking, practicing yoga, and travel.

Shane Barnard, Esq.

hane Barnard, Esq., is the CEO, creator and co-founder of the Urbankick, UBOX and Reboot fitness formats and instructor educational certifications. She is the co-founder of Urbanplay, a non-profit health and fitness program for youth, and a fitness blogger for MyFitnessPal/Under Armour.

Shane is a nationally recognized leader in the field of fitness education having presented at the IDEA World Fitness Conference and SCW Fitness Conventions. She is certified by and a continuing education provider for the National Academy of Sports Medicine, Athletic and Fitness Association of America and the American Council On Exercise.

She is a part-time attorney having previously represented children in foster care in San Francisco County and is expanding her legal practice and specialization into Estate Planning. She is passionate about animal welfare and volunteers for Hopalong Animal Rescue, fostering puppies until they find their forever homes, and enjoys horseback riding, (which is her mediation), a few times per week.

Steve Mongiello

PT, Certified MDT, CSCS

Steve is founder and CEO of Renew Physical Therapy, the leading therapy clinic in the Bay Area. He’s an orthopedic manual physical therapist who holds a degree in Physical Therapy from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. He is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as one of a select handful of Certified McKenzie Provider therapists in the San Francisco Bay Area.

He has over twenty years’ experience, including more than 1000 hours of continuing education to enhance his skills as a clinician and stay abreast of the latest developments in his field.

Steve has been featured on Good Morning America and has been an influential thought leader in his field while building a successful company for over than 12 years.

Eric Kaufmann

Executive Coach

Eric is a rare and exotic creature who is both passionate about business while deeply grounded as a result of three decades of training in Zen meditation. Eric, founder and CEO of Sagatica, mentors and coaches CEOs and executives, leads executive retreats, and guides high-level executives through leadership, strategic, relationship, and life crises. Eric has discovered that it is always an internal breakthrough that leads to resolving a leadership breakdown.

The higher the leadership role an individual achieves, the fewer options there are to find mentorship on the levels that matter most. Eric is known as a change-maker among Silicon Valley, Fortune 100, and privately owned company executives. They share endless success stories of how they reached what they thought was their edge of achievement, only to discover Eric’s guidance as a way to unlock their true, hidden potential.

Eric is the author of The Four Virtues of a Leader: Navigating the Hero’s Journey through Risk to Results, as well as Leadership Breakdown: How to Break the Vicious Cycle, Release the Struggle, and Success with Conscious Leadership. His work teaches the virtues shared by successful, passionate, and creative leaders and how they navigate through uncertainty and anxiety.

Eric is a Fellow and Thought Leader at Harvard’s Institute of Coaching, and a speaker for TEDx. He draws from two decades of coaching leaders, management roles at Fortune 100 firms, degrees in business and psychology, thirty years of Zen practice, living in Israel and South Africa, teaching as a Master Scuba Diving instructor, working as a certified hypnotherapist, and meditating in a year-long retreat in an isolated cabin he built in the mountains of New Mexico.

Eric lives with his wife, two daughters and dog and cat in San Diego, CA.

Hannah Drain Taylor

Hannah discovered yoga during graduate school at CU Boulder – she needed a way to find a center and manage the stress of life. She found so much more. In every class, she was curious to learn more. She spent the following years practicing in studios around Boulder & Denver, Colorado. In 2020 amidst the pandemic, civic unrest, economic dysfunction, and a general sense of fear and consternation that those events brought, she turned to her muse, yoga.

Hannah Drain Taylor is the co-founder of an executive strategy agency called Delta Awesome, a yoga and meditation teacher for ZaaS, and a faculty member at CU Boulder. Mindfulness is at the center of all of her work.