Humanity Moves is a veteran-created, non-profit organization dedicated to providing research-based mind-body education programs for underserved populations.
Suzie Verdin, M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education, RYT 200
Suzie graduated cum laude from Harvard College in 1998, with a concentration in Hispanic Studies. At Harvard, she co-founded the Crimson Dance Team, and was active in student dance companies and independent choreographic projects. From 1998-2002, she carried out her service commitment to the US Air Force as an aviator aboard the E-3 AWACS, a surveillance platform, and later went on to perform various duties as a civilian contractor in South America in support of U.S. State Department programs. A lifelong student of dance and movement education, Suzie continued to teach, perform, and collaborate with community-focused artists with a passion for providing access to quality arts education to people of all ages and abilities. In 2008, Suzie traveled to Ayacucho, Peru to lead a dance workshop for women imprisoned in the Ayacucho Prison. From 2009 to 2010, Suzie organized various creative movement workshops for the children of Casa Hogar Elim, an orphanage in Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. In 2013, Suzie graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Education with a Masters in Art in Education. There she was awarded the Leadership in Education Scholarship and was one of three students selected to be Artists-in-Residence at Project Zero, an education research organization affiliated with Harvard. During her residency, Suzie worked with thirteen HGSE educators from diverse movement-arts backgrounds to form the Interdisciplinary Movement Ensemble from which to explore physical inquiry from various academic, artistic, and somatic viewpoints. Recently, Suzie collaborated as a filmmaker and dance teacher in an internationally crowd-sourced dance film produced by dancer/filmmaker Mitchell Rose and choreographed by Bebe Miller. Suzie is currently attending the University of North Texas, completing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Educational Psychology.
Jon Greuel, M.H.R., RYT 200, Major, US Air Force (Retired)
Jon has been teaching yoga to active duty military personnel and veterans since 2005. His effort to document the healing power of yoga and mindfulness culminated in his collaboration as the principal investigator of the recently published study, The Effects of Sensory Enhanced Yoga on Symptoms of Combat Stress in Deployed Military Personnel (AJOT Jan, 2012). During his last deployment, he continued to document the therapeutic effects of yoga and mindfulness through surveys covering various anxiety and sleep quality aspects. His simple, yet keenly effective research technique has yielded a rare glimpse into the deployed military perspective. Jon has presented at civilian and military healthcare conferences where he discusses his unique perspective regarding the mind-body connection, combat stress and PTSD. He currently serves as a Teacher Trainer for Lucy Cimini’s, Yoga Warriors International. In 2013, he completed a Professional Certificate in Mindfulness Studies from Lesley University. With his wife Suzie Verdin, Jon launched Humanity Moves to continue their work with teaching artists, yoga instructors and various at-risk populations including youth, prison parolees, veterans and their families. From a diverse set of experiences that span from yoga studio owner to Iraqi Combat Air Advisor Instructor Pilot, Jon teaches yoga and mindfulness from a place of understanding and compassion, especially for those veterans with PTSD.
We are a group of educators, yoga instructors, dance artists, and veterans dedicated to the advancement of personal and interpersonal well-being through mind-body education that celebrates the body’s movement potential. We provide evidence-based information on mindfulness, yoga, dance, and mindful movement approaches that can be used by parents, caregivers, teachers, social workers, and individuals looking to enhance their emotional well-being by embracing the mind-body connection. We also provide on-site teacher training in various research-based methodologies, such as the Yoga Warriors International curriculum and Visible Learning/Visible Thinking reflective strategies.
Board of Directors, 2015
Jon Greuel, M.H.R.
Alexandria Chambers, M.Ed., Harvard Graduate School of Education
PhD, RYT 500, Professor of Mathematics, Worcester State University
Dr. Fowler is a mathematics professor, statistician and yoga teacher and trainer. She earned her PhD in statistics from Carnegie Mellon University in 1989 and coordinates the statistics program at Worcester State University. Since 2010, she has served as quantitative evaluator for GEAR-UP Massachusetts; GEAR-UP, Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs, is a federally funded state grant. The goal of Gear Up is to increase college opportunities to low income high school students. She currently is working with Worcester County Committee for Public Counsel Services as an expert witness on selective prosecution defenses to address gender and racial targeting in a variety of offenses. In 2009, Dr. Fowler collaborated with Jon Greuel, Lucy Cimini and others in the study on the effect of yoga on symptoms of combat stress in deployed military. She served as lead statistician as she develop the experimental design and performed the analysis for this randomized control study. Since then she has become a registered yoga teacher and teaches yoga classes and contributes to the Central Mass Yoga Teacher Training program. Click Here to view Dr. Fowler’s Curriculum Vita.
President: Suzie Verdin
Secretary: Nancy Greuel, M.A.
Subject Matter Expert
PhD, Department of Psychology, Rowan University
Dr. Michelle Evans-Chase provides expertise in the practical application of developmentally appropriate approaches to treating trauma, using empirical evidence in intervention design, delivery, and assessment. Her areas of expertise include adolescent neural development, mindfulness meditation, and the impact of trauma on psychosocial outcomes in older youth and young Veterans.
Michelle received her Master’s degree in Social Psychology from San Francisco State University and her PhD in Social Welfare from the University of Pennsylvania. She is a teacher, researcher, and ocean athlete who, when not busy with academic pursuits, can be found surfing and paddle boarding off the coast of New Jersey. Michelle’s research activities seek to advance the use of developmentally appropriate approaches to treating trauma in youth incarcerated in the juvenile justice system and young soldiers/Veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. To this end she has thus far conducted a randomized trial of Internet-based mindfulness meditation instruction with incarcerated youth and two systematic reviews of the juvenile justice intervention literature, one of which identified a pervasive flaw in the analysis of intervention effects when outcomes are self-regulatory in nature. Her most recent research includes a cross-sectional study of psychosocial correlates of Adverse Childhood Events and military trauma in student Veterans. Along with her research, Michelle teaches in the Psychology Department at Rowan University and in the Social Work program at Stockton University.
Click Here to view Dr. Evans-Chase’s Curriculum Vita.