|Candidate Ellen Leonard|
2016 NAMA Board Member Candidate
Name: Ellen Leonard, M.S.Ed., AP
State of Residence: Indiana
Committee Service: Conference Planning Committee, Student Work Group
Membership Level: Professional Member - Ayurvedic Practitioner
Why would you like to serve on the board?
As a more recent Ayurvedic professional, I believe I can contribute a perspective representative of students and more recent graduates who are trying to figure out how to create an Ayurveda career. I believe that the work that NAMA does towards the professionalization and licensing of Ayurveda is essential for the overall future of Ayurveda in the US, and also for individual Ayurveda professionals to make a living in the field. I believe that credentialing and exams are important steps towards professionalization. As a professional educator (M.S. Ed.), I am passionate about cultivating sustainable and valuable continuing education opportunities. And as somebody who lives in an environment which is not familiar with Ayurveda and has few Ayurveda professionals, I am interested in fostering communities to support NAMA members. As a former scientist, I am interested in current research in Ayurveda.
What skills and experience do you see yourself contributing that will support the management, direction, and growth of the association?
I have been involved with NAMA for three years: I have been a Member of the Student Work Group since 2013 and Chair since 2015. I have been a member of the Conference Committee since 2015, working at both the 2015 and 2016 conference.
Statement to the Membership:
I’m relatively new to the profession of Ayurveda, graduating from Kripalu in 2013 and have an Ayurveda practice, seeing clients and teaching workshops. I think that this newer perspective, of trying to utilize the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda in the modern world, would be beneficial to have on the board. With a passion for Adult Education, I am fascinated by translating Ayurveda for the western learner.